Trek Checkpoint – 2 months of exploring

New Zealand is lucky to have a huge network of back roads. Narrow, largely gravel roads criss-cross hills and valleys all around rural areas. Add to these access tracks through conservation land as well as a growing list of cycleways and you have near infinite options for back road riding loops. A cross country hardtail…

Whangamata 12 hour Adventure Race

The 2018 Whangamata Adventure Race took place from a base in Opoutere, not far north of Whangamata. The 12 hour race included 5 stages in a loops format from the start finish. Our team, Ataraxia, included myself, Hannah Lowe, Mat Morreau and Will Hand. Will was a late call up after an injury, but over…

Packrafting the Whirinaki River

The Whirinaki River is a one of the main rivers draining Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Forest Park around 1 hour east of Rotorua. It is fed by a watershed the extends south and east from the Galatea plains past Minginui and into the forest park. With amazing bush, easy access at a number of points and a…

Updating the Trek Superfly

I have been on a Trek Superfly since back in early 2011 (check an early write up of the bike here). My current Superfly is the 9.8 SL version and the spec was still largely stock and based on the 2014 spec. The bike has served me well through a whole lot of XC racing,…

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…