With New Zealand still under lockdown, we've pulled together some more videos to keep you entertained while we're still limited as to what, and where, we can ride. Grab something to sip on, get some snacks, sit back and enjoy!
Ben Cathro's Lenzerheide Course Preview
With the Lenzerheide World Cup coming up this weekend, check out Ben Cathro's preview of the downhill course ahead of the weekend's racing.
Destination: Wanaka with Casey Brown
Wanaka is often overlooked as a riding destination, but just over the hill from Queenstown, you'd be crazy to take a trip to the south without paying Wanaka a visit. Last year our new staff member, Cam, made the trip down with Casey Brown to check out all that Wanaka has to offer. Check out the video, then start planning your trip for once lockdown is all said and done.
This is Slopeduro
Rad riding, good soundtrack, unique editing make for a refreshing watch in a world of cookie-cutter edits. Not much more to say. Watch the video!
Butters - Skip the gym *& go Digging
Nelson plays home to some of the steepest, most technical riding in the country, but the trails don't make themselves. Digging trails is one of the most satisfying ways to give back to the community we all love, and here Damian Stones documents the build process of Butters - a new grade 5 trail.
"In between guiding and instructing earlier this year I was lucky enough to be a trail builder on a new Grade 5 trail "Butters". This short film "Butters - Skip the gym & go digging" documents the trail crew experiences building this trail, located in the top of the South Island, Nelson, New Zealand. This trail has been named and built-in memory of Bernard “Butters” Simmonds.
The Trail was co-funded by Santa Cruz Bicycles Pay Dirt fund and Nelson City Council. Special thanks goes to Nelson Mountain bike Club and Ngati Koata trust
It was a real privileged to work alongside such experienced trail builders. Easy trail building services, Ian Phillipps, Martin Strelka, Kurt Lancaster, Digby Shaw and Niklas Louis Hueber"
Building a $12 million dollar Bike Trail
"The Pike 29 Memorial Track was built as a living memorial to the men who died in the 2010 Pike mining disaster. It was sculpted into the landscape by passionate mountain bikers and track builders and is a world-class and first-of-its-kind mountain bike track which doubles and New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk.
This video shows some of the exploits of the team who built it called the Bush Walruses. MTB track designer and digger operator Milty Coultas, explosives specialist and track shaper Tom Woodward, and tree fellers Logan and Felix.
We cut the track through the bush over three long years while exposed, battered and frost bitten by the elements on the West Coast.
It was the most extreme construction site that any of us had worked at."