Jamie Nicoll & MTB News on the OGR

Earlier in the month, Jamie rounded up his mates Max Schumann, Ines Thoma and Anja McDonald for a session on the Old Ghost Road. Stefanus Stahl from the German magazine Mtb News joined the fray and produced a sharp video of the trip with Jamie narrating. Great to get a feel for the OGR if you haven’t yet indulged, and excellent to reminisce if you have.
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A Weekend Away - St Moritz

Jamie Nicoll, along with good mates Ines Thoma and Max Schumann, upgraded their usual camping adventures to luxuriate in the decadence of St Moritz for a long weekend. Initially sceptical about such an indulgent adventure, Jamie was quickly swayed by Egyptian cotton sheets and the abundance of high-alpine technical and flow tracks. Plus the Swiss-punctual train uplifts. He'll be back.
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Jamie's Arctic Cycle

Jamie Nicoll, along with fellow Santa Cruz adventurer Max Schumann and a tight group of like-minded masochists braved the Arctic night, -30 degree temperatures and feral reindeer to ride the length of Pallas Ylläs Park in Finland.
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Jamie Filming for TV on the Old Ghost Road

The Old Ghost Road has established itself as one of New Zealand's pre-eminent multi-day backcountry mountain bike adventures. 85km of benched singletrack, 4 purpose-built huts, ladles of history, buckets of volunteer sweat... and deep pockets with the likes of Lotto stumping up cold cash to fund the project. Ground Effect Revolutionary Jamie Nicoll was recently subpoenaed to film this TV clip promoting Lotto's support of the iconic track.

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Where in the world...


Jamie recounts the last five months away from NZ with adventures in the Alaskan mountains, the Arctic Circle and various missions in the European Alps.

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The Jamie Nicoll Travelling Circus


There were large doses of envy around the office when Jamie sugested Guy join him and Santa Cruz photographer Gary Perkin on a mtb roadie from Picton to Rotorua. With the NZ Enduro in Marlborough and the EWS in Rotorua two weeks later a swag of international riders were in town, including the Santa Cruz enduro team and 50to01 crew. The roadie morphed into a travelling circus with the 'talent' (Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland and CG Cedric Gracia perhaps the most recognisable), media and even a camp chef.

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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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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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Jamie 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.

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Spot-Check Norway

What better place to explore as recovery from Euro Bike stress than Norway. Breathtaking scenery and jaw dropping single track. Check it all out here.
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Jamie Nicoll Wins Trans BC Enduro

This man deserves a beer! Ground Effect rider Jamie Nicoll rolled off the back of the Trans Provence to win the inaugural Trans BC Enduro in Canada at the weekend.

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Jamie Nicoll at Trans-Provence 2016

Daily updates from Jamie Nicoll at the Trans-Provence - the original multi-day mtb stage race. Six days, 24 stages and 27,000m of blind racing.
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