HOW THE GORGE WAS BORN…
The history of The Gorge goes back to around 2008 when the land was purchased with the intention of creating a location that showcased some of the best hand made mountain bike trails in the world.
Initially a private park, it was slowly opened up to the public. First access was via the annual Dodzy Memorial Enduro, then around 2016 by a short term lease to Nelson Mountain Bike Club and finally via gifting of the land to NZ via the Department of Conservation with Nelson Mountain Bike Club securing a 40 year lease to use the 70+ km of trails and lodges.
That summary doesn’t do the journey from conception to where we are today any justice at all. Hundreds of people, several years hard labour, tens of millions of dollars and a very generous gift all need to be acknowledged.
A GREAT VIDEO ABOUT HOW IT ALL STARTED
ANOTHER EXCELLENT VIDEO ABOUT THE TRAIL CREW THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE.
Thanks to our friends at Spoke Magazine for creating these videos that tell the story of the creation of The Gorge so well.