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March 14, 2017

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Enduro Indulgence

The NZ Enduro serves up three days of gilt edged Marlborough singletrack around the top of New Zealand’s South Island. With the EWS hitting Rotorua in a fortnight’s time, there was plenty of international star power (and their media entourages) in attendance this year - including our own Jamie Nicoll, and eventual winners Damien Oton and Ines Thoma.

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March 06, 2017

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North to Alaska

Nelson was enjoying a spell of fine weather, that is more often than not, reserved for the golden province of the mainland. It had been mega windy and changeable further south and nothing but shite and rain further north, so our North Island aspirations would have to wait while we frittered away our time on Nelson's awesome MTB trails. 

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Endless Enduro

The Dodzy Memorial Enduro (DME) over Waitangi Weekend is a must-do institution on the kiwi mountain bike calendar. The Wairoa Gorge terrain is steep and spectacular. The trails extensive and eye-wateringly good fun. Each shuttle run serves up a massive 800m vertical of snaking descent. The park is privately owned and developed. Up until recently it has only possible to ride Wairoa during the DME. But late last year the Nelson Mountain Bike Club negotiated access. Discover all you need to know on the Nelson Club website.

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Waiheke MTB Club

The Slush Fund recently wrote a cheque for $600 to help out the Waiheke Mountain Bike Club with the purchase of signage for their trail network at the Onetangi Sports Park. To date volunteers have clocked up over 1000 hours work primarily on the implementation of the trail network.

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Tumut MTB Park

In late 2016 the Tumut Mountain Bike Riders approached the Ground Effect Slush Fund for a cash contribution towards their project to improve signage in the Tumut Mountain Bike Park.

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January 16, 2017

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2017 Adventures

Ground Effect and Jamie Nicoll have been mates through the highs and lows. We ramped up our support last season as he changed focus - adventuring with his bike to exotic and remote destinations, and competing in just a handful of his favourite enduros. 

Photo by Gary Perkin

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The Heaphy

The revised draft amendment to extend the mountain biking season on the Heaphy Track into the months of October and November has been sent to the New Zealand Conservation Authority for their consideration and approval. We’ll keep you posted on the outcome. In the meantime you can find out more about the consultation process here. The Heaphy is arguably New Zealand's premier multi-day mountain bike ride...

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