Stopping to Smell the Roses on the TA
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by Erin Young
3d ago
Words: Emma Bawtree Photos: Fiona Hosie Turning 50 was a milestone worthy of a grand celebration for me, and an opportunity to embark on a bike adventure that’s always been on my bucket list, the Tour Aotearoa (TA). To celebrate I embraced my hard tail bike with its skinny tyres, left the family and mountain bike coaching world behind, joined up with my good friend Fi, and set out to ride the North Island section of the TA. The TA is renowned for its breathtaking scenery, diverse landscapes and of course demanding hills. Different to those in a hurry to finish the km’s ..read more
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Tassie Bikeparking
 
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by Erin Young
1w ago
Words: Robin Pieper Photos: Robin Pieper & Will Keay Just across the ditch and considered more synonymous with New Zealand rather than Australia, I feel like I must be the last person on earth (at least within the MTB world) to go riding in Tasmania. Multiple years of EWS racing, photoshoots and holidays by many two-wheeled enthusiasts have been encapsulated in stories of the amazing riding and history hidden within the eucalyptus and valleys of Tasmania. A deal on a cheap rental van and flights extinguished my briefcase of excuses. Even better, only four days annu ..read more
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Africa Five-0
 
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by Erin Young
3w ago
Words & Photos: Jo Wynn-Williams Milestone birthdays often come with bucket lists, and for our mate Euge, his looming 50 years stirred up an urge to bike and drink beers ‘under an African sky’. He created the ‘Biking in Africa?’ WhatsApp group. Excitement was instant and before we knew it, we had booked 12 spots on Escape Adventures' Kenya/Tanzania trip from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam in East Africa. Then, like all well scheduled, really fun plans, covid came along and squished them. Several post-covid years later and few months after Euge blew out candles on his 53rd cake, we were fina ..read more
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Central Europe – Stage 2
 
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by Cherie Rusbatch
1M ago
Words & Photos: Joe Houghton Where to begin? I made it to Poland, had my first race, watched a kiwi stand on the top step, visited one of the world's darkest places, rode almost 500 kms to Vienna, broke my bike, detoured to Germany to get it fixed, stayed in a German town on the river, pedalled 200 km to Mainz and now sit on a train heading to Salzburg, ready to pedal to Leogang for the next round of the EDR World Cup Series via Munich which is potentially about to enter a state of emergency due to flooding. And did I mention it’s been less than three weeks since the last update? Star ..read more
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A long distance love affair with Auckland
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by Cherie Rusbatch
1M ago
On the Subject of Just Riding Your Bike for No Particular Reason with No Particular Destination in Mind Words & Photos: Tony Hutcheson Warning: this story contains no useful information about mountain biking, cycle touring, road cycling or bike packing. Reader discretion is advised. Disclosure statement: I was born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau. Aside for six or seven years in more remote regions of the North Island and selected parts of Europe and Asia, I’m an Aucklander. A recovering Aucklander, but an Aucklander nonetheless. I abandoned Auckland indefinitely around 18 years ago hav ..read more
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Summer Bikepacking Trip
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by Erin Young
2M ago
Words & Photos: Joe Houghton A Kiwi summer, with sun, and not to mention two weeks off work - I knew that some big rides were gonna be on the cards. With endless time and money tight due to the very exciting trips planned for 2024, the idea of a summer bikepacking mission started to come to me around September. The chance to explore, test out some equipment, and more importantly try out a concept of enduro bikepacking that I knew would play a large role in my 2024 plans. Enduro bikepacking has been owned and made famous by Matthew Fairbrother in recent years by bikepacking round the E ..read more
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Finale Ligure – Stage 1
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by Erin Young
2M ago
Words & Photos: Joe Houghton Almost a year in the waiting, six months in the planning and two weeks of nervously packing and it was finally time to leave NZ. It felt like my Not Quite the Ideal Summer Everest and Summer Bikepacking Trip had come together nicely to prepare me for this, my dream bikepacking experience. Three months pedalling across Europe, racing a few Enduro World Cups and the Megaavalanche along the way. The days leading up to flying out had been filled with the usual last minute errands, packing AND a full rebuild of my bike, resulting in ..read more
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Tour Te Waipounamu 2024
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by Erin Young
3M ago
Words & photos: Emma Bateup In 2022 I took on the Tour Te Waipounamu as my first bikepacking race. Riding 1330 km along some of Aotearoa’s toughest terrain to take a bike was quite the intro. Although I made heaps of mistakes, I had a fun time (even if it was mostly type 2+) and put in a solid result. I came to the realisation that this was something I was good at despite being fairly young for an ultra-distance racer. I left the finish at Slope Point that year with the aim of putting in a solid 24 months of prep to come back and do things better in 2024. Life seemed to get in the way and ..read more
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The Finale
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by Erin Young
3M ago
Words & Photos: Dave Mitchell & Ditte van der Meulen The descent into Italy. To the Med. If Italy's profile reminds you of two heads, a leg and a boot, north to south, then picture this: the Ligure coastline is an eyelash below the left-hand head, and the furtherest north section of coastline Italy has on offer. This region traditionally receives around 1200mm of rain per year which is relatively evenly distributed throughout, but for 2023 a long dry spell had persisted into late summer, as we discovered and devised our cunning riding plan. Finale Ligure old city centre. All t ..read more
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New Year's Nydia Loop
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by Erin Young
3M ago
Words & Photos: Cati Pearson The prelude You can’t beat Wellington on a good day. We arrived early avo for the Picton ferry the following morning, so decided to treat ourselves to a relaxed start to our holiday. Card games and gin in the sun at the campground under a massive pohutukawa. Perfect summer vibes for starting our summer bike packing loop… or so we thought. Day 1 We awoke at 4am to drive to the ferry terminal, ditched the car and loaded our bikes with five days worth of food and camping supplies. We boarded the boat and quickly nabbed a comfy spot, chowing do ..read more
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