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Paparoa Track Video

Jamie Nicoll reports from a sneak preview on a recent promotional trip for DOC on the soon-to-be-completed Paparoa Track. 55km of new singletrack from Blackball to Punakaiki on the South Island's West Coast.
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It's a Grand View Gromit

Behind the sprawling metropolis of Hawea township Nook Road heads to the start of the one and only Grandview Mountain Track. The name says it all.
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Jamie's Nomadic Weekend Away (North) 2020

Vehicles of all shapes and sizes rolled into Fourforty Mountain Bike Park in mid-February for Jamie Nicoll’s second annual Nomadic Weekend Away North.
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Craigieburn High Line Video

Deane Parker, Rose Green and Rod Harrhy tackle a variation on the classic Cass-Lagoon backcountry circuit - taking the 'direct line' up Craigieburn Valley ski field.
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Paparoa Track Video

Damian Stones, his son Zach and former Ground Effect staffer Zane Smith strike postcard-perfect weather on the 'almost complete' Paparoa Track.
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Sam 'All Rounder' Shaw

Racing XCO in baggies and Enduro on his hardtail, Sam Shaw tells stories out of school from the recent NZ Nationals and Oceania Cup.

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Paparoa Xmas Party & Video

The Paparoa Track joins the Old Ghost Road and Heaphy to form a holy trinity of multi-day backcountry rides on the upper West Coast. All are bucket list worthy. Ground Effect hit the Paparoas on opening weekend for our Xmas Party.

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Yakru Enduro - The World's Highest Enduro Race

With the highest mountains in the world, and raving reviews by everyone who had graced her soils, Nepal seemed to be a must-visit destination. So when Phoebe Coers sent us a link to the Yakru Enduro – an enduro on the roof of the world - it seemed like the best excuse to plan a trip around a 'race', and get over there.

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The EWS Season That Was

Fresh off the plane and back in her home town of Wanaka, Mops Newell reflects on her 2019 EWS season. Shifting allegiance from Masters to Women’s Elite was a step up but still a sweet, fun ride - just with a few more (big) bumps.

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A Spring Challenge

Anja debriefs the Whanganui leg of this year's Spring Challenge on behalf of Team Juliana - Anja, fellow Ground Effect Revolutionary Robin Pieper and long time MTB legend Brenda 'Bob' Clapp.
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Tour of Pie

Fiscally constrained and always up for a challenge, Sam Shaw bikes from Rotorua to Christchurch over four days for a weekend of responsible drinking and irresponsible skiing at Mt Olympus.
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Kiwi Beervet 2019

During an idle Wednesday night, whisky in hand, a plan was hatched to hold a non-event cycle tour. Invite no one, don’t race but don’t take it easy and above all else, stop for beer.

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