Stories of Zane riding his Mountain Bike in New Zealand

Awesome Winter CURD biking mission

Today was a good day for a Carry Up, Ride Down (C.U.R.D) mission. Foggy and frosty in Christchurch when we left, but a beautiful winters day out in the foothills, so off we headed with our bikes.

The target for the day was Mt Oxford. Altitude start = 350m (1148.3 ft), top = 1364m (4475.1 ft). A difference of 1014m (3327ft). It was frosty starting out, but we soon warmed up.

 

Destination in the back ground.

Destination in the back ground.

 

Frosty!

Frosty!

There was only about 15 minutes of riding before the hill really started and we were hike-a-biking.

 

Getting up the hill. Snowy mountains in the background

Getting up the hill. Snowy mountains in the background

Carrying up the snow

Carrying up the snow

There was still a fair bit of snow in the shady patches. All pretty hard and icy, which was not too bad to climb up! It took just over 2 hours to get to the top of the hill, and we were all commenting how unfit we were feeling, with many of us not getting much riding in over the last 3 weeks.

The trig station at the top of the hill was a welcome sight. It was time to put some warmer clothes on, eat some food and start smiling knowing that there was a whole bunch of single track down the hill to get back. It was a loop that we were biking, and we had just carried up the steep face and were taking the long way home! There was a shelf of snow for us to start on before heading off down the ridge line.

 

Trig at the top

Trig at the top

Heading on down, starting on the snow

Heading on down, starting on the snow

 

Sweet ridgeline tracks

Sweet ridgeline tracks

The ridge with 3 riders

The ridge with 3 riders

We soon dropped off the open ridge line and into the beech forest. While the ridge was fun with chunky rock and swooping corners getting into the beech forest was the start of the really good track. In my mind this piece of track is totally worth carrying a bike up a hill for a couple of hours!! The beech forests winding trail and rooty challenging drops and corners make a fantastically fun piece of track, and with a 1000m of altitude it goes on for a long time!!

 

Speedy on the way down

Speedy on the way down

going down?

going down?

Raaar!

Raaar!

Whenever we gathered on a little uphill the enthusiam and joy at being out riding these trails was pouring out of us. You can’t help but be grinning from ear to ear being on an awesome trail with like minded people on a beautiful day!

It took over an hour to get down the steep ridge line track with one puncture, a crash, a dismount and a number of photos. From here there was a  nice technical piece of single track that undulated along another ridge to get us back to where we started. This track had some lovely flowing corners with challenging roots, holes and creeks to keep us entertained. Then we were back to the van, 5 hours after starting out. As you can see from the last photo we were pretty happy with the days outing!!

 

Rockin!

Rockin!

 

Woohoo! Primo day out!

Woohoo! Primo day out!

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5 responses

  1. Hey Zane, looks like a fab day out 😀 Your blog looks sweet as too….nice work. Next ride to to foot hills, I’m really keen…if you don’t mind me tagging along? Happy trails!

    June 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm

  2. mountainbikingzane

    Yup, will let you know next time there is a mission planned. Probably going to be out skiing for the next couple of months as long as some good snow arrives!

    June 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm

  3. Sweet. I hear you about the winter. I’ve pretty much reserved Spring time as the start of my riding again.

    June 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm

  4. Hi Zane

    Nice website and wicked photos it looks like you get out on a few missions now and again. I’ve just found some old school MTB photos from the ole Geraldine crew so I’ll scan then for you and send them to you later this week.

    Cheers Don

    Premo Pies

    August 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    • mountainbikingzane

      Hi Don, Would love to see some of those old Geraldine Mtb crew photos. I look forward to seeing them!!

      August 5, 2009 at 8:30 am

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