Saturday, August 05, 2006

Newsletter 5 Really Winter 06 (Beep Beep)

Now, It’s REALLY Winter
Last month I told you I could see snow on the mountains outside my office window. This month I had to drive through it. I also have to get the frost off the windscreen before driving off in the morning. What happened to global warming…..i think everyone in NZ is freezing their butts off.

Beep Beep
There is a new member to the Hyperformance Hardware team. Please welcome BEM195, a ’96 Jeep Cherokee “limited”. BEM195 has very BIG boots to fill, because he has to take the job of old Val. Sandra and I have decided that it’s time for Val to retire and lead a life of luxury. Val’s been in daily use for many years now, travelling the country for racing and play. Now it’s time for a tidy up and special occasion use only. As you can imagine it was a hard to find a vehicle to follow Val’s foot steps. Of course a new Audi RS4, Chrysler 300c, AMG G-wagon or Maserati would have been nice, but that was a little out of our price range. The Jeep fits the bill, nicely. It will comfortably handle four mountain bikers, with gear, bikes and being a real 4x4 it will also get you to the top of the next shuttle run. Not that Val didn’t try.

Trapped in the North Island
Another month, another road trip. Another trip back up to Auckland, not only was there another shipment of Santa Cruz’s to distribute, there was my new nephew to visit, a going away do for Tony H and a Jeep to purchase. My “quick” trip took a little longer than planned. The list of “immaculate” Jeeps I went to see were not up to expectation, so more hunting was required. Any who, I found our dream Jeep, negotiated a price, serviced it and took it for it’s first road trip.

Beep, Beep, Jeep, Jeep
Road Trip, Part One
First test, Auckland to Roto-Vegas. I have made this trip so often, that I can almost do it with my eyes closed. A quick visit to my friends at Bike Vegas and a ride in Redwoods covered my trip to Roto-Vegas nicely. Thanks to Geeza and Paula for looking after me while in Rotorua.

Road Trip, Part Two
The next part of the road trip was to Wellington. I did hear that was a little bit of snow on the desert road, but by the time I got there it was closed. Actually after seeing some pictures in the newspapers, the desert road looked like South Pole. A little bit of snow wasn’t going to stop me. A detour via National Park, Raetihi and Wanganui helped me avoid the closed roads. But there was still a lot of snow. I saw this as a great opportunity to use the 4WD lever. I finally made it to Wellington and a close call too. They closed the roads shortly after I made it through. A quick visit to Burkes Cycles, a catch up with Caleb and Emma of Spoke magazine and my trip to Wellington was covered. Thanks to Caleb and Emma for looking after me while in Wellington.

Road Trip Part Three
The last leg of the trip was the easy part, Cross the Cook Strait, drive to Nelson. Weather conditions had been dubious, but the ferry crossing was surprisingly calm. A great test for the new staff car and it passed it with flying colours.

NZ No.1 Santa Cruz dealer
The question has been asked from some of my bigger dealers who is the “No1. Santa Cruz bike shop”? Usually I keep these things under my Santa Cruz cap, but in the spirit of the football world cup (competition), I’m pleased to announce that Bike Vegas (Rotorua) is now the No.1 Santa Cruz dealer in the Bay of Plenty. Hub Cycles (Christchurch) No1. in Canterbury and Planet Cycles (Auckland) is No.1 in Auckland and Northlnd. Talking about the Football world cup, if I was a betting man, I would have lost a lot of money so far.

Racing overseas
Annika Smail is finishing her overseas racing with a few more Swiss Cup races. Consistently finishing in the top 5 was the last update. Rob Smail has joined her for more Swiss adventures. Jenna Makgill won the DH IXS cup race in Germany, by seven seconds. Check out jennamakgill.blogspot.com for more info.
Lauren Campbell finished 25th at Mont Sainte-Anne and is now enjoying some riding time at Whistler before heading back to NZ. Good work team.







Rock N Roll
A quick plug for my sister’s band, “Labretta Suede and the Motel Six. They did a live roof top gig on K’Rd in Auckland. Very Rock N Roll, for more info check out cheeseontoast.co.nz. Go Anna!



Mojo Baby.
The Ibis Mojo gets the “big thumbs up” in the July issue of MBA. For those of waiting to see this amazing bike, I’ll have one in Rotorua for the world champs. Check out Ibiscycles.com for more info.

Talk to you all soon
Thanks again for your support;
Mike and Sandra.
World Champs, world champs, world champs. 2006 Roto-Vegas. My little plug for the world champs.