Stigmata gravel bike build

Stigmata gravel bike build

Recently I had a blast touring the back roads and trails of the Nelson region. I was blown away by the versatility of the bike and how fun it was to ride whether on gravel roads or Kaiteriteri MTB Park single track.

Lazer Helmets and Eye-wear

Lazer Helmets and Eye-wear

Woohoo, I am stoked to be now riding for Lazer Sport Helmets and Eye-wear. Helmets are a key piece of MTB equipment I place super high importance on. This season I will be riding the Revolution all-mountain helmet with detachable chin bar for gnar trails and backcountry exploring. Basically it's two helmets in one!  My whole family are using Lazer helmets, they will be rocking the Roller Helmet. Like the helmet, having eye protection is right up there in my priorities as well. Lazer have a wide variety of eyewear from riding glasses to street wear. 😎👓

Mid Winter Heaphy Track trip video - Trails 'n' Coffee

Mid Winter Heaphy Track trip video - Trails 'n' Coffee

This year's family trip on the Heaphy Track was just Zack and I over a couple of days in the middle of the winter. The Heaphy track is always a special trip with my kids, really rewarding to see them grow and progress on each trip. Each time we take them through we always talk about sections of the trail they have had challenges on, like the first time Zack cleaned the notoriously slippery coal seam (RIP), or highlights like getting to the Heaphy hut or reaching the tops of major climbs... but mostly we end up talking about food. 

Yakima Bowdown Kayak racks and Kayak HQ

Yakima Bowdown Kayak racks and Kayak HQ

Part of the training for the Waiau-Toa Odyssey Film was to get some time in a kayak to get fit for the big pack rafting sections of the trip in the Waiau and Clarence Rivers. I reached out to Yakima, an existing sponsor of mine and Kayak HQ who sponsored PFD's, river shoes and paddles for the film.  

Nydia track

Nydia track

The May-June issue of Mountain Bike Australia magazine has just been published with my feature on the Nydia Track. Grab a cuppa and check out the behind the scenes images, stories and maps of my trip back in December of this iconic track. Cheers to The Mailboat and On the Track Lodge for making this trip happen. Also cheers to Virginia for taking some cracking shots.

Ground effect 2017 Old Ghost Road video

Ground effect 2017 Old Ghost Road video

The Ground Effect Old Ghost Road gathering was a special one It's not often the crew gets together like this. Check out my video of the weekend

Hacket track Micro Adventure Video

Hacket track Micro Adventure Video

I'm always keen to get into the Backcountry, but then reality gets in the way to fit in that epic multi-day trip! We are lucky in Nelson to have a lot of options to get your back country fix without going far. New for me on this trip was my ACR ResQlink Personal locator beacon from SAR Dynamics. I couldn't be more happier about this, to have the support from SAR Dynamics is fantastic.

Osprey packs

Osprey packs

After using Osprey packs for many years from backcountry trips through to quick shreds in the local bike parks, I am now ecstatic to be officially representing Osprey packs New Zealand. 

Waitangi Weekend - Queen Charlotte bikepacking

Waitangi Weekend - Queen Charlotte bikepacking

Recently I had a quick weekend trip to ride the Queen Charlotte track as a shake-down for an upcoming multi-day backcountry trip. I wanted to test some systems out on the bike and try out the Stealth 'Heaphy Harness' and to get my head and legs into bikepacking mode.

Kill Devil Track

Kill Devil Track

My First New Year's trip was to the Kill Devil Track, one of Golden Bay's iconic backcountry trails. Mechanic extraordinaire Gazza and I have been talking about this trip for a while. 

Destination craigieburn

Destination craigieburn

I was recently invited by a back country shredder of mine Rhys Palmer and a bunch of his mates on a trip to the Craigieburn region and Mt Oxford and it was an offer I could not refuse. The reputation of this area ranges from the Mt Oxford technical alpine tussock single track through to tight and steep beech forest and the fast and flowy

Shimano Brand Ambassador

Shimano Brand Ambassador

This is really exciting news for me, I am now a brand ambassador for Shimano NZ. I am proud to represent such an iconic brand in the cycle industry and it's incredible to have the support and backing of this brand to continue my mountain bike adventures.

Adventures with Yakima

Adventures with Yakima

Thanks to Yakima I have a Skybox roof box to make getting to my next adventure this spring/summer easier yeeow, sweet for loading up the ute for the road missions and keeping the wet and dirty gear separate.

Jetboil NZ team

Jetboil NZ team

Woohoo I am on the New Zealand Jetboil team. I am really stoked to join Jetboil. I'm looking forward to using their equipment from one day MTB missions through to multi day bike packer backcountry trips.