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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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Golden Bay MTB Club - Cannan Downs

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The Golden Bay Mountain Bike Club asked the Ground Effect Slush Fund for 
some cash to help towards finishing a section of trail inCannanDowns, calledRollerCoaster.The Slush Fund stepped up with $2000 to complete the job - funding the digger hire, bbq supplies, and a contribution to truck hire for the gravel transport
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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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NZ Enduro 2019 Photo Gallery

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With the biennial influx of international pros here for the EWS, the 2019 NZ Enduro was guaranteed to be a high octane affair. The weather gods did not treat the pros kindly though with heavy rain over the first two days. None of this diluted the big grins and general stoke though.

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Sam's NZ Summer Diaries

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Sam's hectic summer of racing and adventure continues with a whirlwind trip to Welly for the Karapoti, Eminem and the Wainui Enduro. The following weekend found him storming the NZ Enduro around Marlborough. Then back to Rotorua to pick up a bronze in the National XCO Champs.

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Summer Phat Snaps

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With the kiwi summer marching on at full volume and the event calendar half done ’n’ dusted we’ve complied a selection of hand-crafted photos from Jamie Nicoll’s Nomadic Weekend at the 440 Mtb Park and the Dodzy Memorial Enduro at Wairoa Gorge.
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The Great Divide Ride - Part 1, Canada

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After completing the Tour Aotearoa, I then (bravely) informed work that I'd be leaving at the end of the month. I was “heading overseas" for another solo cycle tour, yet still hadn't figured out where. I had a few ideas, but committed to none. Then fate popped the Tour Divide race up on my browser. I dug deeper and tickets were soon booked to Canada. I planned riding 8 weeks south to Durango.

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Plastic Not Fantastic

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In June this year mountain biker and adventurer Huw Kingston delivered a compelling TED talk, Message in a Bottle, at TEDx Athens in the magnificent new Greek National Opera House. Unsurprisingly Huw is a fine raconteur with a rich back catalogue of adventures and experiences to draw on.
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Nelson Lakes Mtb

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16 year old Hawkes Bay shredder Archie Elliot and Australian videographer Dominic Hook journeyed to Nelson Lakes National Park earlier this year. They thrashed St Arnaud's newer and older trails, capturing the adrenaline and ambiance on a short video.

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Milk and Honey Race

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Ground Effect Revolutionary Ollie Whalley recently defended his title in the Milk and Honey winning the men's team category along with his 'Fast and Hairy' team mate Martin. Fellow Revolutionary, Anja McDonald and Ollie’s wife Heidi raced as the Spinnarets. They won the women's team category. Anja also smashed the enduro.
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