Longitude 1563450.89; latitude 5501652.9 lands you out west from the top of New Zealand's South Island, roughly the location of Kahurangi National Park and Jamie Nicoll's latest adventure - continuing his mission of exploring Aotearoa by 4x4 and mountain bike.
Jamie Nicoll reports from a sneak preview on a recent promotional trip for DOC on the soon-to-be-completed Paparoa Track. 55km of new singletrack from Blackball to Punakaiki on the South Island's West Coast.
Post-lockdown time warps us back 20 or 30 years to a quieter NZ. Jamie Nicoll suss's out some local adventures to fill your bucket list. First up, an accessible get-away to the upper Hurunui River and its legendary hot pools.
Jamie Nicoll's lockdown was spent camping at his mate Glen's engineering yard rebuilding his recently acquired 4WD wagon from the 'hubs up' in preparation for an upcoming global overland mtb adventure.
Jamie Nicoll reflects on his sixth, and last (as in the event is no longer happening) Trans Provence - the iconic multi-day enduro race that traverses the mountains of Southern France, before rolling into Menton and the azure blue Mediterranean.
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.
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.