The Goat Tongariro – course preview

What better way to spend a Monday off work than running in the central plateau. Tom Ericksen and I hit the road early to make the most of a sunny Monday. We parked up on the Bruce Road at 8.30am – a bluebird day. Our plan was to sample the start of the Goat Tongariro course….

Whaka 100 2015

There’s a time that comes riding in the wet. It’s when you’re soaked to the bone, when your hands start to wrinkle up from the wet, when the bottom of your riding pants have trapped a handful of mud. It’s about the time that the mud starts to drip back into your eyes from rain…

Okataina-Tarawera: return to the pain cave

Rotorua isn’t just about the Redwoods, there is a whole range of other places to explore. When it comes to off road running the options are huge. When Gene Beveridge and Duncan Morrison let me know they were coming down for a weekend of training, I knew we had to head somewhere good. Our plan…

Nduro Winter series – race 3

The finale of the Nduro Winter Series for 2015 took a slightly different course shape from the earlier rounds. The power based course lacked a true long climb, and instead included a bunch of shorter, more punchy hills. Combined with the small rises and falls of the Chinese Menu and Old Chevy the course tested a…

Nduro Winter Series – race 2

The course for Round 2 of the Nduro Winter Series had a different feel to the preceding race. A road based start compared to singletrack, more sustained climbing instead of shorter, more punchy climbs. The weather also changed the feel, with a good amount of rain over the week before adding a good deal of…

No Brains – trail preview for NDURO Winter Series

Round 2 of the Nduro Winter Series is taking in No Brains. This long standing trail is a little off the beaten track and away from most of the commonly ridden loops in Whaka Forest. Check out the short video below for a look at what the trails holds. To summarise: – short singletrack –…

NDURO Winter Series 1

The move to Rotorua has meant a whole lot more time on the Superfly. Training on the mountain bike feels a whole lot more productive when big climbs are rewarded with sweet singletrack. My technical skills have also benefited from the greater range of trails in comparison to Northland. To give training some focus over…

Manawahe 6 hour Adventure Race

The Manawahe 6 hour adventure race is one of 3 annual 6 hour adventure races held in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Due to work commitments the first race in Kawerau was off the list for our team. For Manawahe we had to call in two extra racers (Ed had an exam and Mirjam was…

Remembering a moment – Stage 7, Godzone 2015

Stage 7 of Godzone 2015 started in the wee small hours for Team University of Auckland Adventure Racing. We pushed out of TA6 into a clear but chilly night. We had full packs. Not only were they bursting with food for 50ish-kms of trekking across the Hector and Garvie mountains, the deep chill from the…

Ruahines on the Mountain Bike

In early 2015 I had my first proper foray into the Ruahine Ranges as part of the High50 Challenge with Mal Law. That was on foot, and took in Hikurangi, the highest point in the range. Over the last few weeks I have been working down in Palmerston North, and took the opportunity to take…

Queens Birthday 3 day – Muriwai

Chasing start races are usually a highlight of the NZ orienteering calendar when they come up. Despite some small elite fields at the Queens Birthday 3 day, the chasing start middle distance races delivered. Reading the program and seeing Muriwai as the location seemed like an unusual choice. The maps were used heavily a few…

Queens Birthday 3 day – Waioneke

Waioneke is a very special map. It’s like nowhere else in Woodhill. It has lost a few of its technical areas to tree felling, but the map in general is my favourite in Auckland. The terrain is pine forest, with a variety of contour detail. The top of the map has intricate areas of blown…