Starting your race right

  You’ve made it to race day, breakfast has been eaten, you’ve parked up at the event. Walking to the arena, bags in hand, you think “I hope I have a good run today”. How many orienteers have this thought run through their mind on the morning of a race. The pursuit of a clean…

Navigating with ‘stepping stones’

Everyday we have situations where we use a process to get things done. From tying our shoes laces to driving a car, we all follow step by step processes to complete a task. Sport is no different – be it a tennis serve, kicking a rugby conversion or finding a control while orienteering – we…

Route planning in rogaining

Roagaining, or score events, add some different challenges from traditional orienteering. Not only do you have to find the controls, but you have to decided which order to collect them. Planning a good route can be helpful in terms of controlling the difficulty of navigation, making the most of your strengths and maximising points for…

The Nights Experiment

  Objective: The aim of this study was to ascertain the effects of night shift work on athletic performance in cross country mountain bike racing. Methods: The study model had participants (n=1) work a night shift at Rotorua ED followed by competition in the 2016 Nduro Winter Series XC race (42km). Study participants were not…

Nduro Winter Series – pre ride 1

Cold mornings, wet days and dark evenings conspire to make long training rides less appealing over winter. It’s usually not a problem once the first 20 minutes are done, but getting out the door can be a real drain on the motivation stores. Last year the Nduro winter series was 3 races that helped tilt…

The Goat Kaimai 2016

The Goat Kaimai seems to have the little brother reputation when compared to its older, longer , more mountainous sibling held at Mt Ruapehu. To my eyes, the Kaimai is one mean younger brother. Steep, root infested trails. Beautiful, mysterious forest. A sense of distance, as the race traverses across the Kaimais. I enjoy Tongariro,…

NZ Orienteering Nationals 2016

The 2016 NZ Orienteering Champs marked my 12th NZ Champs in a row. Easter weekend is orienteering and the 4 days always means tough racing, exciting (often new) orienteering maps and a chance to see a whole lot of the NZ orienteering community in one place. For 2016 the event was hosted by Nelson Orienteering…

2016 Trek TopFuel 9.8 SL

This year I have taken the leap to full suspension. In late December I added a 2016 Trek Top Fuel to the garage. I love my Superfly, a fast and lean hardtail, but the promised advantages of full suspension sounded far too tempting. I had to go 29er and with the brand new Top Fuel…

Trek Topfuel 9.8

Christmas has come early this year in the form of a new bike in the stable. To complement my Trek Superfly 9.8SL hardtail, Cyco and Cyclesport NZ have helped to get me sorted on a Trek Topfuel 9.8. The Topfuel is Trek’s latest cross country full suspension bike (more info here). It is an evolution…

Around the block

Moving house means saying goodbye to some favourite tracks and training loops. Leaving Whangarei back in April meant farewell to favourites like Parihaka, Western Hills, Mt Tiger and Kara Road. I’d spent two years and a half years on the roads, tracks and in the forests around Whangarei, and I felt like I knew some…

The Goat Tongariro 2015

The 3 mountains of the central plateau each show a different character. Tongariro is strange and varied, irregular and cratered. Ngauruhoe is the most aesthetic – a near perfect cone. ┬áRuapehu towers above and stands with a powerful sense of scale. At no time is size of Ruapehu more appreciable than at dawn and at…