A Brief History of 80's Mtb, Part 1

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Dave Mitchell was amongst the small clan of kiwis who embraced the then embryonic pursuit of mountain biking back in the eighties. The fashion was appalling - a mash of tramping kit, sagging lycra and sometimes even gaiters over leather walking boots. Shocks, clipless pedals, disk brakes and dropper posts were yet to be imagined.
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Isthmus Peak Revisited

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In the last of their pre-covid-19 adventures, Dave Mitchell and Ditte van der Meulen revisit the hilly finger of land separating Lake Hawea from Wanaka - scoring the obligatory fisheye panoramas from the windswept tops.

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Moonlighting Ben Lomond

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Dave and Ditte link together stops for gelato and burgers (in that order) with honest exploration of Ben Lomond and the Queenstown hinterland.

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Wild Moonlight
 

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The day started like any other. The sun came up in the east and slowly but surely persuaded the clouds to exit stage left. Our high country grand loop began at Moke Lake on the Ben Lomond Station Farm Road near Queenstown.

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Skippers Pack Track
 

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Back in the late eighties, mountain bikers use to ride big bloody heavy steel bone shaking and crushing mounts (and lived in shoe boxes in gutter), suspension was courtesy of Fisher Fattrax tyres and the rider's arms and legs, but boy did we enjoy the wild Skippers Pack Track.

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Stairway to Pisa Heaven
 

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Wanaka town floats at the edge of a beautiful blue lake cradled below a stunning rim of rocky and jagged mountains brimming with mountain bike trails to explore.

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It's a Grand View Gromit
 

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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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Track Adders at St Arnaud

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Dave Mitchell vaguely recalls St Arnaud hosting a few National Series races back in the dark ages, but since then - and mostly under the radar - a network of superb trails has magically sprung up. The new tracks are mostly in the Teetotal area, with some long adventure loops just out of town around Beebys Knob and the Russian Red Hills.
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More Ramblings in Italy's Aosta Valley

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Dave Mitchell concludes his and Ditte’s extended exploration of the Italian Alps with a history lesson and up-lift indulgence using their non-consecutive three day passes, providing access to Pila Bikeland, Cervino and La Thuile.
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