If you like to ride a bike, any kind of bike, then Cambridge has you covered
Cambridge is “cycling central”, with spectacular road rides, world class bmx and pump tracks, mountain biking, the Te Awa River Ride and track cycling at the national velodrome. No one else does it better!
Best of all, when you visit Cambridge, you can ditch the car and explore the town by bike. Cambridge is bike friendly, relatively flat with a compact town center. With wide cycle-friendly footpaths, 22kms of green belt, cycle lanes, 40km main street zone and the Te Awa River Ride to help you get around safely. There are numerous bike racks to lock up to, and the local cafes and retailers are well accustomed to bikes parking up nearby.
Our top picks for cycling in and around Cambridge are below – see you soon!
TE AWA RIVER RIDE
The world class Te Awa River Ride, Cambridge Section. The Te Awa Trail starts at Ngaruawahia north of Hamilton and ends south of Lake Karapiro. The Cambridge Section extends from The Velodrome, through Cambridge and out to the Lake. It is a safe, 3m wide concrete path (mostly) with boardwalks and bridges, that is shared by cyclists, walkers and runners and has stunning views of the Mighty Waikato River and Lake Karapiro. Grab refreshments at “The Bikery” at the velodrome or “Podium Cafe” at the lake.
WAIKATO RIVER TRAIL
Explore our 105km Waikato River Trail by bike – the River Trail follows the Mighty Waikato River, which is super scenic. You can break the trail up into sections, the northern most part being popular as it includes the Arapuni swing bridge and dam. Commencing at Pokaiwhenua bridge (on Horahora road) , South of Cambridge and extending to Atiamuri. Smash it out in one day (for the extra fit) or extend out to 3 days and around 35km per day. Transport, Bike Hire and accommodation options are available. Ask at Cambridge i-SITE.
A WORLD CLASS Velodrome where everyone can "have a go"
Ride like a pro at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome when you book in for a session on the velodrome track!! This is exhilarating and anyone who can ride a bike can book in for a “Have-a-go” Session, as long as you are of a certain height (over 135cm) or ability. The experienced staff take your nerves away as they expertly guide you through the process. Do it!!
For the keen mountain bikers, Cambridge is 20 minutes from the exciting Te Miro MTB Park and 40 minutes from Mt Pirongia MTB Park. Te Miro offers a range of trails from fairly flat Lake Edge, family friendly to expert black runs and everything in between. There is a park there and BBQ facilities. Closer to home there is a fun MTB Track behind the Velodrome that drops down onto the Te Awa River Ride. Watch out for small people playing on the bumps and jumps at the bottom – FUN!
FOR THE KIDS
Get the kids sorted on the Pump Tracks and Child Friendly areas. The Gallagher bike park at the Grassroots Trust Velodrome is ideal for children. They can progress from the flat, sealed bike area to the gravel pump track and skills park. There is also a playground there. For the more advanced grommets (and the big kids) there is a brand new, world class, sealed, pump track – Velosolutions Pump Track. You will find it in town, behind the local pool, on Dominion Ave.
HIRE A BIKE
Need to hire a bike? Bike and E-Bike Hire – this can be arranged for all sizes, plus all the accessories you will need such as helmets, pumps, trailers, kids bike seats etc, from the Cambridge I-SITE. Book in advance over summer.
Visit one of our local bike stores for bike servicing, bike parts and accessories.
Spoken Cycles – 48 Empire Street, Cambridge / www.spokencycles.co.nz
Evo Cycles – 6 Albert Street, Cambridge / www.evocycles.co.nz
The Stihl Shop – 26 Victoria Street, Cambridge / www.stihlshop.co.nz
FOR MORE INFORMATION, MAPS & BIKE HIRE...
Contact the Cambridge i-SITE – open 7 days 10am-4pm
Address: 79 Queen Street, Cambridge
Phone: 07 823 3456