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Moonlighting Ben Lomond

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

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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Catlins Christmas Cartel

Sasha Smith recounts an entrancing six days of great food and better company, cycling around the Catlins at the bottom of the South Island. 

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Skippers Pack Track

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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Kopiko Aotearoa

Cherie, Ground Effect's 'Chef de Tous Choses' reflects on long days of gravel and pie-free diet on the inaugural Kopiko Aotearoa bikepacking event from Cape Egmont to East Cape.
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Stairway to Pisa Heaven

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

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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