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May 26, 2016

Europe ›


Picos de Europa

The mountainous Parque Nacional de Picos Europa resides a couple of hundred kilometers inland from the northern coast of Spain. It's a park of steep and rugged limestone cliffs, valleys and mountains.

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May 25, 2016

Europe › mtb ›


Chapter One: On the Road South

Greetings from the country that brought you the Spanish Inquisition, Siesta, Paella, Corrida de Toros and the Seat Ibiza. After being overwhelmed, in a good way, at the Keukenhof by a zillion varieties of beautiful tulips we waved goodbye to the land of windmills, dykes, Ditte’s family and of course tulips.

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April 19, 2016

mtb › South Island ›


Golden Bay - Where the Sun Never Sets

Golden Bay is a magic place to visit, isolated from the madness of the mainland by that marble mountain they call Takaka Hill. It has kept the barbarian hoards at bay and even the Romans were reluctant to invade until the locals built a decent road up and over the big rock. Their preference was for a tunnel.

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April 13, 2016

mtb › New Zealand ›


Pioneers of the The Pioneer

Entries for the 2017 Pioneer Mtb stage race open this week. Ever since I finished the inaugural event earlier this year, friends have been asking me “would you do it again?”

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April 04, 2016

New Zealand › Tour ›


Selected Tales from the Tour Aotearoa

The Inaugural Tour Aotearoa saw 250 cyclists pedal 3000 km along the NZ Cycle Trails, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Ground Effect sponsored rider Ollie Whalley, along with Seb Dunn, were the first to arrive in Bluff after just 10 days. That's a daunting 300 km per day. Here's Ollie's story...

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March 17, 2016


Last Ride

At some point in a life time as the years tick slowly by, you say “Last Ride” and sometimes you truly mean it. It may be during a favorite epic, or just before you turn that first pedal stroke, or a random thought whilst pawing over a well worn map.

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March 11, 2016

New Zealand › Tour ›


Tour Aotearoa 2016

A love-child of the irrepressible Kennett Brothers, the Tour takes its lead from the rapidly evolving NZ Cycle Trails network and the burgeoning success of the Kiwi and Great Southern Brevets. These 'competitive' (the brevet tongue-in-cheek mantra is "this is not a race") cycle touring events have lured a bunch of nutters like me into the pain and reward of travelling far and fast by bike.

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