Retailers in New Zealand
Retailers in New Zealand. These good guys & gals will have a range of our bikes and products in store and ride them too
213 Dominion Rd, Mt. Eden, Auckland 1024
09 630 6940 planetcycles.co.nz
33 Barry's Point Road, Takapuna, North Shore 0622, Auckland
09 489 5494, 0800 KIWIVELO, firstname.lastname@example.org
K Road, Auckland 1010
09 309 6444, email@example.com
1133 Pukuatua St, Rotorua
07 343 9372, firstname.lastname@example.org, bikeculture.co.nz
Central Bicycle Studio
69 Walding Street, Palmerston North, 4414
06 358 6151, email@example.com, centralbicyclestudio.co.nz
93 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington
04 385 0398, mountainbikingwellington.com
Cnr Rutherford & Bridge Street, Nelson 7010
03 548 4999, firstname.lastname@example.org
206 Wordsworth St, Sydenham, Christchurch 8023
03 366 3773, email@example.com, scottybrowns.com
1 Picton Ave & Blenheim Road, Tower Junction, Addington, Christchurch 8011
03 365 2178, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forge Building, Cnr Camp & Shotover Streets, Queenstown 9300
03 409 0409, email@example.com
99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305
03 443 7882, firstname.lastname@example.org, racersedge.co.nz
70 Stuart St, Dunedin 9016
03 474 1211, email@example.com
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Taking orders now (ok, we'll make it Monday, I need to go for a ride too).
First shipment 10th June (probably in NZ a little later than that).
White with Black or Black with Gold.
You can start thinking about your colour co-ordinating now, you might want some bling Straitline stuff to go with that and now that new Joplin4 with the gold bits is starting to sound OK.
Friday, March 26, 2010
This is the ad for the new Carbon Nomad in the latest Decline Magazine.
So before anyone could post pictures of the new Nomad all over the internet, Mike Ferrentino posted this on the Santa Cruz blog.
This is all I know, so don't bother quizzing me with more info.
Yeap, thinking about my ulitimate build already.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Monday, March 08, 2010
I've recently competed in a few very fun races and i'll give you the lowdown on them in a short while because they're stories worth telling, but this email is all about Karapoti.
Saturday was one of those beautiful days where nothing seemed insurmountable. I led from very early on, happy to control the pace through the gorge and avoid the shower of muddy spray that you expose yourself to when following another.
The warmup climb was a bit of a revelation. Instead of being pushed back by a steady stream of guys coming past, as i expected, i was able to maintain the aggression and shell a few more riders so that at the top it was me, Brendon Sharratt and Stu Houltham. I haven't done so well on the climbs in recent years and so this was the first hint that i might be in good shape to place well today.
Deadwood followed the warmup climb and it was here that i had a sweet wee moment, passing Stu while climbing. That certainly doesn't happen often and so i quietly savoured that act. I was working bloody hard for it though, with my heart rate at 180bpm since the start.
It was along the rolling ridge at the top of Deadwood that i dropped Stu and Brendon. I'm not sure precisely where it was but it wasn't so surprising. I really like that type of terrain, where you maintain the momentum of the previous downhill to drive up the following climb. It was an area of strength for me, but there were a few more areas of weaknesses ahead - Rockgarden and Dopers - and so i still expected to have company at some stage.
It wasn't to be. I rode the Rock Garden the best i ever have, thankful to be on my Santa Cruz Blur XC carbon as i went down it. Hiskey had shown me how quick you can ride it a a month or so earlier, and while i don't think i even approached his speed, it was hugely useful in resetting my expectations.
I was looking forward to Devils Staircase where i felt i would have an advantage over all but Cabin, who is also training for Xterra. I didn't quite bound up this hike-a-climb but i moved pretty past, and crucially didn't have to contend with screaming legs unaccustomed to walking, as it was when i was a cyclist.
Big Ring Boulevard was a blur with a few pockets of spectators at crucial junctions yelling encouragement. Then things got a bit desperate. With one climb remaining my legs were beginning to feel the effects of my earlier effort. My bike hadn't quite emerged unscathed through the muddy bogs / rock gardens / bush either and i'd lost my two easiset rear gears. There was nothing for it but to climb as best i could and adopt an air of fatalism accepting that i might be caught.
Dopers seemed to go on for an interminable length of time as i hurried to stay hidden in the bush. I was having to stand a great deal though thankfully my Maxxis Aspens were hooking up well, as they had done all day, and i didn't have to devote to much energy to maintaining traction.
Finally i crested, and with only downhill remaining I could begin contemplating the prospect of a win. I was riding raggedly though and took a tumble part way down when i fluffed a line through one of the clay bogs. It wasn't major, though i did knock my head, but it was disruptive to my flow.
Once i was back on the flat and i just drove it as hard as i can to the finish. I was still convinced that someone would catch me and so it was with a huge sense of relief that i dropped into the final river crossing, 100m from the finish knowing that no one was immediately behind.
It was a great feeling to cross the line victorious, and a huge privilege to be wearing the Roadworks shirt as i did so. Oli Brooke-White has been one of my best supporters for a long time now and i knew that he'd be thrilled to add a Karapoti title to his already extensive riders results.
I completed the course in 2hr 21min 09 sec, some 2 minutes ahead of Brendon Sharratt in second place. From my rough reckoning this is the 6th fastest time ever recorded, with guys like Kashi Leuchs and Clinton Avery bettering my effort. I was hoping to go sub 2.30 so was pretty chuffed by this.
The Karapoti Classic was also doubling as the NZ Mtb Marathon Championships so i've taken that title too. Attached is a pic of me in the national shirt with Oli - we're pretty happy.
Spokemagazine.com might be the best place to find out some more info and see what i carried out on my head after my crash. It turns out that my very comfortable Lazer helmet did the job it was designed to do and sacrificed itself when i crashed. It must have been a much stronger impact than i thought.
Cheers Santa Cruz, Pearl Izumi, Maxxis tires, Roadworks - you guys are the best at what you do.
And Oli (of Roadworks) blog post here;
Thursday, March 04, 2010
4X and dual slalom are extremely fun events. Some people may feel put off given that the whole track is visible (excellent entertainment to spectators) and I wonder if that meant some more female competitors didn’t show up. The real beauty is that no type of bike is necessarily better than any other, so you could show up on almost anything and give it a crack. 4 women showed up for the 4x so we could have a race (Sarah taking that event out comfortably) and luckily the two of us entered dual slalom so we could have a final for that discipline also. I don’t know what they made my v10 out of, but obviously something pretty good for dual slalom because I unexpectedly managed to take that title out.
The Downhill was a race of a different kind. The track was pretty tame for the most part (no complaints here!) with lots of pedalling. Most of the regular elite women races had different priorities that weekend (work/xc racing/moto racing) and Rita Langley managed to injure herself the day before and didn’t show up to the start. So it was Sarah Walker in her first ever downhill race (I made her ask to race elite), Sophie the visiting French rider and me. When wind force exceeds the traction of two wheels on the ground even the tamest track becomes very tricky to ride fast. It was a lottery where the big gusts would hit: the start ramp was only an option (grown men were being blown off before the start beam), the first steep/off-camber corner/chute was so windy that my helmet lifted up so that my goggle foam was across my eyes, and the smallest drop in exposed sections meant you were blown into/off the bank on the other side.
Seeding run was fine- I had left a little room for improvement, and my time was comfortably in the same zone as some of the men I often compare myself with. Race run was terrible. I like to blame the wind for finding myself weaving all over the track in places, punching a tree on a corner and ending up on the ground. Whatever the cause, I was 9 seconds slower than seeding run- still enough to take out the race, but certainly not my most proud effort. Sarah Walker did amazingly well for her first ride on a dual suspension bike even managing to beat the visiting DH rider from France. I am sure that with a few more rides off the BMX track she could do very well in DH, and she would be surprised that not every DH race has such testing conditions (I hope she hasn’t been put off!). It was also really good to see so many junior women racing on the weekend: I think in a short time they will be very difficult to stay ahead of! (but I won’t admit that I am already a little nervous at times). (Especially if they all rode a Santa Cruz)
Thankyou to the Wellington club for hosting the event, and also to MTBNZ for co-ordinating this and a great season. Bring on Oceanias! (I can't wait to wear my new Thor outfit for it!)
Race day was hot and fine and the track was in perfect condition. After an average start where I struggled to stay in contact with the pace setters, I was forced to play catch up. I had a bit of work to do to get myself back up to the front of the race.
After catching the then U23 race leader Carl Jones I put on a burst to get a gap and got a bit excited and overshot a corner handing the lead back to him. Chasing hard I managed to retake the lead fairly easily and from then on I went in hunt of an overall podium spot. A lap later I had moved into third overall and was starting to ride well. Although I was still a fair way behind the leaders I kept the hammer down hoping that they would fade in the last laps as their early efforts and the toughness of the course took its toll. The crowd was very vocal and the atmosphere was great especially around the half way point were the track looped back on its self, and I really gave it everything finishing strongly to comfortably take the U23 National title and also finish third overall.
It feels pretty good to be the new U23 New Zealand National Champion and third overall is a nice bonus. A big thank you to: Santa Cruz Bicycles, Bike Culture, Interior Fittings Ltd and Julbo.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
It's in the latest Bike magazine.