Ciclocultura Colombiana

5 min read


"Stay safe", everyone said. "Be careful". Their fear and concern were infectious, by the time we left for Colombia I had to keep myself away from the internet, stop searching for tales of mayhem and terror there. Four weeks later, this picture records the reality we encountered - welcoming, helpful with not a hint of danger.

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Namaste Nepal - A Bikepacking Adventureland

5 min read


If you like a challenge, mountain biking and big, big mountains, Nepal is the right place for you. We decided it was the right place for us, as we bikepacked a loop from Kathmandu, around the famed Annapurna Circuit trekking route, and back to Kathmandu via the Chitwan National Park jungle.

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Victoria's Brevet Secrets

3 min read

A Brevet is basically a fast paced, self supported dirt tour, which you happen to be completing along with a few new 'best friends forever'.

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Destination Barn Bay

3 min read


With a clearing southerly forecast on the West Coast, we knocked off work early at Ground Effect last Friday and hung up the “Gone Whitebaiting” sign on the front door. Our destination was Barn Bay - a remote fisherman’s cottage - 50km by gravel road, a river crossing and a half day’s ride south of Haast.

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Tour Aotearoa 2016

5 min read


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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The training begins... countdown to Tour Aotearoa

2 min read


Ground Effect's Scott is in count-down mode to this summer’s Tour Aotearoa. A brevet on steroids with 3,000km riding in around 12 to 14 days. He’s blogging the build up and actual event. Check in here to see the latest. 

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Sort-of Full Tilt on the Great Southern Brevet

5 min read


Cycle touring always seemed like an invitation to meander through the countryside on a bike loaded to the gills with stuff slung on racks over front and rear wheels, map in hand, punctuated with leisurely picnic and ice cream stops planned well in advance.

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African Queen

5 min read

Some smart-arse once muttered, "it's not the things you do in life that you come to regret but the things you don't". So I quickly say "Yes" to John Etherington when he invites me on one of his Escape Adventure trips through East Africa.

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Dirt Roading in Colombia

6 min read


'The Only Risk is Wanting to Stay', promises Colombia's latest tourist advertising slogan, printed over glossy photos of idyllic Caribbean coastlines, perfectly preserved colonial towns, rolling, lush coffee plantations and a Latin couple dancing hot cumbia.

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Laid-back Laos

4 min read


Picture yourself on an empty mountain road. Limestone peaks stretch all the way to the horizon. The sun is shining. There are villages every fifty kilometres, where you can refuel on tasty noodle soup for less than a dollar. As you cycle through villages, kids run out and cheer you like a Tour de France rider with a hearty "Sabaidee!"

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On a Wheel and a Prayer Flag

5 min read

The first thing you notice about Tibet is its assault on all previous conceptions of scale. The plateau is endless, the mountains massive, and it's capped by a piercing, limitless sky that by 9am has bleached every colour out of the landscape.

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Shanti Shanti - Across the Himalaya by Bike

4 min read

Me, my bike and an empty mountain road. I was seduced by the idea of cycling across the Indian Himalaya back in 1992 when I took a two-day bus trip from Leh to Manali. Eight years later my dream came true. As the locals say, "shanti, shanti" - slowly, slowly.

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