I have a new sponsor, CLIF Bar. Anyone that knows me would agree that food is a pretty high priority for me. I have a small mantra when doing adventures, ‘eat a little often.’ Essentially it’s about efficiency, when you pause to look at a view or have a rest etc. have something to eat and drink. By doing this you are keeping the body fueled and hydrated and avoiding going into deficit.
Late last week I received numerous messages from my local bike shop Avanti Plus, Richmond and was super excited to go out and see a box that had just arrived with the new XTR group set. Have a read of my impressions with some detailed photographs of this flag ship group set.
I’m pretty excited by this, I have the new freshly released Yakima Hold Up Evo. In this video I explain and put together this 4-bike rack. This bike rack is going to get a lot of use going on mountain bike missions.
Kirwan's track has been on the list for years, finally got there a few weekends back. Located in the Victoria Forest Park on the West Coast of New Zealand. One of New Zealand's classic mountain bike overnight trips. A magic hut overlooking the Grey Valley and Paparoa National Park.
The top of the South Island of New Zealand has rapidly become a destination for backcountry cyclists. Like all good ideas, this one, to ride the Old Ghost Road and Heaphy Track in one grand loop, was thrown about over a few beers in a bike shop in Richmond, Nelson. Two riders, Damian Stones and Erik Hall completed this 6-day adventure in mid-winter on gravel bikes. Recent snowfalls, and a first bike packing trip for Erik, made this journey all the more challenging.
Really stoked to now be representing Absolute Wilderness For the bicycle adventures I do, having light, freeze-dried and super tasty meals really makes the trip.
The Heaphy track is one of the iconic backcountry trails in New Zealand and we are lucky enough to have this in our backyard. Come along on a journey through the Heaphy with us. As a family we try to do this once a year, this year only 3 of us made it, but it was still as memorable as ever.
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.
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. 😎👓
Really stoked that Waiau-Toa Odyssey full-length film is now online. Hope it gets you stoked on our little island country and pumped for some summer missions. Massive high five to our film sponsors this film wouldn't have happened without them Kayak HQ, Alpacka Pack rafts, Packrafting nz and Marmot NZ.
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.
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.
Sea to Summit gear was key for the Waiau-Toa Odyssey adventure film. They are synonymous with lightweight outdoor equipment. Over the last five months, I have used their gear for bike packing, pack rafting, and tramping missions. I was super stoked to have them onboard for Waiau-Toa Odyssey and future missions.
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.
Had some rad time following my mate Glenn around the Kaiteriteri Mountain bike park it was a pretty entertaining day and Yes include some drifts, scanties and yip some crashes. Should get you pumped for riding this weekend yeoow.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.