Country: New Zealand
State/Province: Hawkes bay
Date of Birth: 1963
What type of riding do you do?:
let me get my Orange 5 and lets go for a ride. Love getting out with a map and following my nose and just love riding in Europe on natural trails. Not a huge fan of groomed trails. but keen most days to ride, shame about work.
Your Local Trails / Where do you ride?:
I am currently the Chairman of the Hawke's Bay Mountain Bike Club in New Zealand. My local trails are in the PanPac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park and thier are about 90klm of trails in this forest park.
PanPac Eskdale park is one of the best riding places in New Zealand. If you want to ride here in Hawke's Bay New Zealand contact me and I will show you around my favourate trails here in the sunny Hawke's Bay.
Enjoy biking with my family to Crab Farm Winery for a beer or try the coastal cycleway.
All the places you have riden:
I started off riding in West Yorkshire, England in 1990 with a mate I met over there and bought my first bike. You didnt mind the cold and rain you were just buzzing about getting out on the briddle ways and riding some amazing trails. The UK has some of the best natural trails anywhere in the world though it does rain a wee bit.
Rotorua, New Zealand is very cool with some of the best trails anywhere in the world they are New Zealands mecca the trail network is very cool riding. The World Champs a few years ago put that place on the world stage and we all raved about it internationally.
2009 I went and stayed with a mate in Europe for three weeks riding which was excellent real alpine riding! We road in the Verbier Valley in Switzerland for five days with uplifts to the top of the mountains then adventure rides back to my mates place please check out some of my video clips of some rides over there. If are ever over there and want a guiding company contact www.bikeverbier.com
We then headed down to Seirra de Espuna in Southern Spain and road local trails with the locals from El Berro check out Simon a member here at BigBlue he doesnt speak English but it is easy to comunicate with "Google translate". What a very cool village and an excellent place to ride, steep, loose, rocky, dry, fast. Very very cool place to ride.
Queenstown in New Zealand the adventure capital of the world we did some very cool heli biking down there up the Remarkables down through the gold mineing trails to Gibbston Valley where they grow a mean grape.
Your favourite trails:
My favourate local trails are in PanPac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park in the Hawkes Bay New Zealand, local favourate trails are: Luge onto Rocket, El Berro, Maxxis, Bolt Boulder, Dam Cannyon, Klingon, The duel slalomn track, #244, Fern Gully, Twoman, and I enjoy building trails for the family and my kids.Check out the new Nemo for the kids.
Rotorua NZ; What a place to ride just amazing with way to many trails to single out get over there and ride with a local.
Queenstown NZ, If you have the cash helibike!
Auckland NZ; Riverhead Forest and contact Ryan at "Freeriden" bike shop Huapai he builds some sweet trails out there check them out.
Verbier, Switzerland now that has some epic trails and if you have limited time book www.Bikeverbier.com
Spain, what a place to ride there are way to amny riding spots just get on the bike and ride.
The UK, this is truely a mecca for riding admitidly the weather is a bit crap in winter but the riding is simply amazing natural trails all over the UK I just loved riding there.
Your local club link: www.hawkesbaymtb.co.nz
Local Advice places to stay, cool things to do etc:
I live near Napier New Zealand my local bike shop is Avanti Taradale, Napier, New Zealand give me a yell if you want me to show around and take you riding trails.
The Westshore pub is worth a beer which is halfway to Napier from the bike park also the local pub in our village "The Bay View" or if you like funky cool winery try the local "Crab Farm Winery"
But please contact me if you are coming to Napier for a ride and I'll show around.