Spin and Beer it, latest ride info and photos
This is the spot where you can catch up on whats been going on and whats coming with the RTD crew.
Stories fill in at the top so for older ones scroll down.
Remember Spin and beer it Wednesdays 6.00pm and Saturdays 2.00pm (rain hail or wind)
Another couple of rides have passed.
Some random shots this week
She has Run all the way to here and back again.
Awesome little dog!!!
The bus for up to 5, the Hauler for 3 or a fatty to get your self to the best Wellington trails.
Chose from 8 bikes and 3 Tandems to get your self put there.
The new fat bike Hauler made a guest appearance at the Petone Christmas parade.
More amazing trails ridden this week as well.
We had a awesome run up Wainui hill and an out and back on Rata Ridge and a loop round Towai traverse and back along freewheel. It was then a full speed blast down the single track back to the bottom.
Irish Dr Peter MacSorley has also ridden from the UK to NZ. Pete met Peter and Alice along the way and have meet up again here in Wellington.
Team RTD kindly loaned Pete a fat bike for the afternoons outing, and Yes he loved it!!
Jase rode a team RTD Carbon 29er hire bike for the day. And yes, he loved it!!
Till next time.
Hi All, another few weeks of riding has passed.
The team has taken possession of its new Rocky Mountain Blizzard fat bikes.
I have not had so much fun on a bike for a long time.
Pommy Pete, John John and I had a long ride out and over the hill to Red Rocks on Saturday.
The run along the ridges is very rocky and normally taken with care.
The 4.7 inch tires on the Rocky's just blasted over every thing.
This ride is available with 2 bus uplifts, bike hire and guiding for $195.00 PP
Allow 4 hours to complete the tour.
Both of these guys are over 60 and are very hard to catch. Fit buggers.
That's the inter-island ferry going past.
Happy to guide you if you are not sure where to go.
Pete having fun.
Loads of seals to be seen (and smelt)
The opposite view from 4 shots back up the story.
3 happy campers with an hours ride back to the bus.
You would not think, that the weather back in the city was grey and wet but mint here.
Well the fat bike bug is going round the crew.
All who throw a let over the fat tired fun machines are lining up at the shop counter.
Keep an ear our as the team are getting a couple to hire and try out.
There has been lots of riding going on.
These photos are from our Saturday 3 Sisters ride.
Its a nice long climb from here.
The power of FAT!!!
Thats what i call awesome!
Cheers for now.
Well, out and about again over the last few weeks.
Daylight savings here in NZ allow for a longer ride's
Check out the latest photos.
If you are reading this you need to get your self here with a tour with the team.
Francis on his 76 Husky 175 riding up the driveway to the barn.
2 fast Poms in this bunch,
Just shows how strong the wind can be.
A Jug of Tuatara APA at One Red Dog.
Cheers for now
Well done to the team for slipping over to 10,000 views on the blog.!!
But bugger, the time flies. 2 months has snuck past since i last got to add to the Spin and Beer it page.
The riding has been sweet, lots of wet Wednesday night rides.
The T23 29er movement is gaining momentum as well as the Fat bike fad.
Team RTD has had another fabulous day out with a group of 5 celebrating a birthday.
A sweet day of shuttle fun with some new welly tracks for all to sample.
Photos in no particular order
Come and book your ride.
Wellington city and harbour in the background.
7 bikes and 7 people with ease.
Book your group now.
I think Starky must have to much energy.
The Richy 650b is treating him well, with lots of miles under the wheels.
Loads of fun in the sun.
Well, global warming is here. woohoo.
The winter weather here in NZ has been mostly warm. The last week of so has been wet and cold, but we have had a few stunning days. The riding has been great, with a broad array of trails ridden to give Pommy Pete a good look round.
Some random shots from the last few weeks,
This has built up into a sweet ride.
This is the bike to ride in the winter months. Contact us for a hire.
Heading up towards Skyline.
He's looking a bit stressed as i fluffed around with my phone to get the shot.
No one was hurt in the making of this photo LOL
First in with the location will get a free Tuatara beer from me.
You need to pop down for a look!
Cheers for now
Another week and 3 more rides completed.
For those of you that caught up with the team RTD world tour (see the on tour page) I meet an English couple in Manali India.
Pete and Alice had left London and were biking to NZ for their honeymoon.
I am happy to say that after 22 months and 20,000 odd klm they have made it to NZ and are currently enjoying a Tuatara APA here at Team HQ.
Pete and Alice were busting to get out and about on our awesome trails ( I think i might have talked them up a bit! :)
Pete is riding a T-23 single speed from the RTD vault. Alice has swapped the stokers chair on the tandem for a Jamis carbon 29er.
Dave and Jody hav'n a laugh at my expense.
Starky giving the carbon Niner a proper spanking.
Pete stopping for a photo on the Cannondale T-23
Chris, Jody, Dave, UK Pete, Francis and John.
Hi all. More riding has been undertaken. As predicted, the camera is still a bit hit and miss.
Korokoro to Belmont trig.
Wellington at its best.
Hi All, Another update on the blog with a few more rides undertaken.
My new camera lasted 3 rides till i hit my head on a low tree and smashed it off my helmet. Bugger!!
I am back to the go pro, and on the look out for something else.
Random photos from the last few weeks.
I run the steeper angles for our usual riding as Wellington trails are quite tight, and open it up when shuttling. Awesome!!
New track looks very nice and will be a big climb when finished.
Must be Noel, Again!!
This is in the middle of the town belt. Turn back and its 15 mins to the waterfront.
Francie, Starky, Noel and Brent at Wrights hill carpark.
See you all in Wellington some time.
Well the Queen Charlotte trip has been and gone.
6 Team members made the trip over to the south island with a flatish sailing over.
the weather was not looking the best so we were all packed with winter rain gear.
Saturday had us at the Cougar line by 9.00 for an hour ride out into Queen Charlotte sound to Ship cove.
This was named by Captain James Cook as he beached his boat the Endeavor her when he arrived in NZ as well as the last place before he left.
Amanda, Dave, Stu and Jodi.
The Marlborough sounds has 3500km of shore line. Slightly more that the UK. There are 3500 batches and houses out here, most with boat access as the only way to get there.
That's how long it took us to cover the first 12k.
NZ at its Best.
The mighty tandem covered in it.
Truly the best service on the planet!!!
Its amazing where this thing will go when normal tires crap out.
Stu can only look on and push.
Now only a 25k road ride back to Picton. Bugger!
We get a hot shower in and then have a 3 hour ferry ride back to Wellington.
Well we will do this again as its a truly awesome weekend away.
Thanks to my fellow team members for a great weekend.
The team is embarking on a South Island tour with a 2 day run over the 70k Queens Charlotte walkway and a 20k road ride back to Picton.
look out for some photos soon, as i have got a new camera and should be back up to speed.
Well another Month has past and a lot of rain has fallen.
We have had some very wet rides, with the tracks holding up well.
Wellington has a lot of clay and rock so the tracks mostly keep together.
Did i mention we have a lot of bush as well and lots of tree roots, so the winter skills are needed to keep the wheels down and the rider up.
Wellington city is on the far side of the island.
note the long shadows and its only 3.30pm
See the 2 giraffes in the background. Must be on a walk from the Zoo lol
Well, Cheers for now
Another few rides have passed.
I forgot to take the go pro the last 2 rides so not a lot of photos.
Ben has taken my camera on his O/E so i am looking for a new one.
The Go Pro is ok, but he moisture proof cover is not so and i lose a lot of good shots to a blurry lens.
Dan has scored a job as the team mechanic for the Bergamont Hayes elite down hill team, competing in the world cup D/H races. Well done that man!!
Dave wanting to feed Brent to the Lions.
The weather is just holding off.
Wow, how time flies.
There has been plenty of action over the last few weeks.
The weather has improved a bit from the very average summer that we have had with some dryer weather and calmer days. Still not a lot of sun.
Luckily it was not as bad as it could have been and after a number of stitches and a week of the bike he is back in the saddle.
Thank you very much!!
This was taken on a new track from Horokiwi that runs down to the northern suburbs
Lots of long grass and unseen grenades making life very interesting.
16 bars and 2 brewerys.
we completed 12 bars and the brewery's with 4 more to go next week.
Dave will add some more shots on his beer page.
I wonder if the RTD sticker is still there??
All the best cheers Pete
17th, Saint Paddys day
No Luck getting all the shots up last week, so I will try again with some more.
We had an awesome ride up and over Tinakori, up thru the Cemetery, along Skyline and down Johnsons.
Dave and I had a run down Bull Run, plus some other random shots from the last week.
It does not last. Lol
A view back over the Hutt from Belmont regional park.
Another awesome weekend.
Lots of riding undertaken.
I have been with out my camera for the last month so I have grabbed some shots from Dave's camera, so some random shots from the last few weeks.
Bugger, the server has gone bung.
Well that big ride has been and gone for another year.
Francis has just completed his 24th in a row.
Noel, Pete, Francis, Kotw and Quin, Strewn and Billie all made it out for the big day.
It was a perfect day and the track was the fastest its ever been.
The winning time of 2.07 proved that.
Pete stayed out at the river for the night ensuring a prime spot for the bus.
Quin needed a pole onto Jason's bike to keep him in check. He knows that dad needs a helping hand some times!
The should have hired one off Team RTD
Its a wee bit of a push up the hill.
Well a month has passed and lots has happened.
The team has been visited by Dennis from the UK and Christian and Rafael from Switzerland.
These lucky guys got to head out and sample the trails.
Dennis had a couple of moments and left some skin around the place.
The team has just finished a long weekend away in Rotorua.
We had a 4 hour ride in the Red Woods, a 4 hour ride in some of the best natural trails out towards Te Puke with Clive and then a 2 hour blast on the W2K trails in Taupo.
Cheers for now
Sorry we missed last week as Amanda and I rode up around the East cape on the motor bike for the long weekend.
Saturday dawned dry and warm with a bit of the usual wind.
Peter, Noel, Dave, John and Francis set of from Johnsonville cycles and headed up Mt Kaukau for a run along skyline heading towards Johnson's hill.
From there it was a run down and then up and over Tinakori hill and off to O,R,Dog for a beer.
Dave and I were looking forward to catching up with Jason (from Texas) whom we had ridden with on Monarch crest when we were in the States.
The Demo Rocky getting another outing with the RTD crew.
Jason was telling us that they have just built a new Hypermarket store in Texas that has 50 beers on tap.
When you are doing your shopping you can have a beer or 2 to help you with your decision making. The trolleys have drink holders so you can still pluck from the shelves with 2 hands.
Well, all for now, as i plan a trip to that shop right there!!
Well finally we have had a few wonderful days weather.
Saturday was nice so we decided to have a sift round Mt Vic and then a short road ride across to Miramar and a few loops of Jail break and back to Mt Vic.
It was so very nice.
The hills in the background to Daves left is our destination.
Cheers For now
Wow, look at the date.
A new year and another quality day for a ride. Well it was another day, not so flash in the weather department.
The new year here in Wellington spells the start of some longer rides,
At the start of March each year, we have a 50k mountain bike race called the Karapoti classic.
Francis who has just turned 54 is the record holder for the most consecutive races completed in a row.
Something like 23 or 24.
He never trains for the race but we notice our rides getting longer and harder with lots more hills and a lot more hike-a-bike.
Here are some photos of Saturdays ride out to Red Rocks from Aro Street and back up unhappy valley.
If you are completing Karapoti then a climb or 2 up this track is a must. It is very steep and long.
Dave on his way down.
Catch ya next week.
Well Christmas has come and gone and one day till the New Year.
Francis, Stu K and Pete managed to get out for a couple of rides. We completed a run up to the wind turbine, around the fence and down Deliverance and back up salvation and over wrights hill.
Tuesday saw us blast up Wainui and have a quick spin round the trail park in the rain.
Francis and Stu have ridden both rides on 2014 650b Rocky Mountains.
Stu grinding up the climb.
Well, Getting back into the swing of things.
We had our last Saturday ride before X-mass, heading for a run over Tinakori hill and then down Mairangi and School boys.
A loop round Johnson's and back for a run down Datsun and off to ORD
Those that rode on Wednesday night were feeling the effects of a big ride and it took an hour to get the legs freed up. This ride is 80% tight single track and some of the best riding in the country.
We are 5 mins from premo single track.
Rob sliding down into the start of Datsun.
Have a nice X mass break and safe riding.
Bugger, how time flies.
I had been sorting out my India photos and the blog slipped thru the gaps.
I have had a week off and 2 rides so I will through the rides in together to get us back up to speed.
Francis and i rode to the end of long gully and up to the end of the road.
That's the South island right there!
Dave getting ready to ride Eldson bush in Porirua
A nice board walk on the way to the climb
Well, must run for now, more to come
Hi All, ride no 3 (well a shuttle really)
We just had the best Spring day here in Wellington. Saturday was Awesome!!
Francis was away with Dave Fitter Welder at a round of the NZ VMX (vintage motor cross series) so we took the opportunity to head out in the bus for a Shuttle day.
The first run was down Carparts and Transient from the wind turbine carpark.
This is a 25 min run down one of the most flowing and fun trails about. Its starts about 1/2 way down the hill. The harbor entrance is in the background.
That's the rest of the hill, (Hawkins hill) with the radar dome at the top.
Stu (foreign correspondent) had returned for a break from his super yatch and joined the fun.
He is having a breather on High-bury fling after doing the roller coaster jump track.
Must remind Noel to put his hat on LOL. Stu, Dave and Starky behind driver Pete.
After filling a couple of 1/2 gallon vessels and trying out some of the brews we hit the road.
The nice hosts at the brewery gave the Bus some new adornments.
The local track builders have done a awesome job in this part of town
Starky, pushing thru the lush spring grass, with the harbor and Tinakori hill in the background.
Behind that is Skyline, which you can ride along the full length of the tops.
A little off camber turn with a few roots thrown in. Lovely in the dry, not so in the wet.
Every one loved this trail.
End of a great afternoons riding. The team enjoying the garage Project beers and a mint Sunny afternoon.
One of the best days of 2013 right there!
Ride No 2 Wainui.
Well another week has passed.
The bus took us to Wainuiomata on Saturday for a ride on Rata ridge and a loop around the new mtb park.
Bikes and bus at the car park. Francis and Dave, Sellens lurking round the back.
Most of the down hill is awesome and to fast to stop for photos. You will just have to join us to see for your self.
Well, that's Wainui, for ya. This is only a couple of trails in the park. You can ride here for 3 hours easy and that's with not having to go to far.
Cheers Till next week.
Back in wonderful Wellington and back on the bike again. After sampling all the trails In Canada and the states that Dave and I rode, and Wales and India, You cannot beat riding 3 hours of Wellington single track and a blast down to the Dog for a beer.
One thing that Tony from Colorado back Country bikers asked Dave and I was, did we ride on grass?
Well we do have a number of trails that have grass!
Over the next few rides, The team will aim to cover Wellington and surrounds as best as possible and I will add some photos to show you what we have got to offer.
The brown bits are were we live and the green bits are where we ride. The biggest hill we ride up is Belmont trig @ 456m. Our local hill Mt Kaukau is 445m.
Most of what you can see in the photo is hills and we spend a lot of time going up and down. The only really flat bit is to the pub and that is still down hill. The pub (One Red Dog) is about 3m above sea level.
This is in the middle of the western suburbs and is a favorite starting point for our rides.
The following photos are on our recent ride starting and finishing from here. (yes the jumps on the right are very big, and No i, cannot jump any of them!)
Brent is out on one of the hire bikes, as his one is a pile of poo and needs to go to the dump, lol.
This pine plantation has a heap of single track trails as well as having hosted the national down hill series a number of times.
The NZ native bush covers this mighty hill and many of the best rides in Wellington will use one of the many trails in this area. The bush allows for dappled lighting that can be hard on the eyes. The trails are rocky and have numerous tree roots. A 20min granny ring climb in this area is not uncommon.
Brent, Francis, Pete and Dave enjoying a Tuatara APA.
Well for those who get to read this, This is a typical Wellington ride. This was about 3 hours and we climbed for about 800m.
See you again next week,
Cheers Team RTD
This is the last posting from NZ for 3 months as Dave and I are heading of to Canada and the States.
The weather in Welly has been mint for the last week, so the boys had an awesome ride from the shop, Up Kaukau, along skyline, down thru the cemetery and up and over Tinakori hill and back to J/ville.
Pete and Dave are heading of to Canada and the States next week so the ride was planned to end with a beer tasting at Central Wines and Spirits and then a meal at One Red Dog.
The boys had started from the shop, Amanda and I had driven the bus to town and were on our way up to the wind turbine and then back down on the single track.
A wet ride in Wainui and this week a ride and then our going away drinks thanks to Dean @ central city wines and Spirits.
We then went over the road to One Red Dog for a mighty feed and a jug or 2 of Tuatara APA. the very best beer in the world.
Well what a week its been.
Wednesday night had us out for a windy ride and then onto One Red Dog for a beer and the draw of the tour sweepstake. Stu Koo's was the winner on the night, drawing the best of the best.
Dave will have the names out to those that entered. Send him a thread and he will send you out the list.
Saturdays ride was for me in Chch. This weeks photos are a quick look about Chch and the local trails.
Land. get your box, unpack and ride away. all good!
This area is now owned by the Chch CC and they have allowed a number of very good tracks to be built in the area.
Sweet as, cheers Pete
A shorter ride this week.
Pete and Dave had to slip away to Sinitta,s 21st so a ride on Te Ahumairangi Hill was planned.
This awesome hill has a number of tracks along and around it.
The ride started out from Tinakori, with Pete, Dave, Rob and Francis in attendance.
A week out from the storm, we were amaised at the number of huge trees that where down and blocking the trails.
The track here will be out of action for many months.
Traffic jam at yet another tree down
Thursday Nights storm has left wellington a bit of a wreck.
Dave and Pete braved the elements on Saturday after noon and had a sift round Makara,
The place was like a river. Water flowing down all the trails. The bush was shattered, Lots of leaves and branches down.
It was so cold and wet we keep down to the lower trails. We were soaked in 5 minutes.
A quick change and of to the Pub
Big ups to the ladies at One Red Dog making sure we were watered and fed.
Saturday proved to be a bit warmer than it had been.
We had a new rider (Brian) out for the first time. We headed out from karori Park, Up the hill and down Deliverance. Up to Makara peak and out Varleys and Wahine.
No Wednesday night photos this week.
Saturdays ride was up to the turbine and out and down Jawbone. Back up the road and down carparts to Aro st.
Wow, another mint day. We parked at the Sanctuary and headed of up Highbury fling and then carparts and extension, and then round the fence to wrights hill.
Deliverance and then up salvation back to the scout lodge and the cars.
Timing was perfect as it was getting very dark by the end.
Awesome ride this week.
Had Paul and Erica, turn up for a ride. BMX track. Skyline to Varleys, Vertigo and down Live wires.
Scout lodge and home
Had a mear with the uploads last week so here they are.
Hi All, another week and another couple of rides.
Photos in no particular order but all in Wellington.
Mr Sellens. borrowed bike, borrowed lungs. still got the skills to spank all.
Another week has gone by.
Another random selection of photos. The weather was mint for the weekend, and i managed to get 3 days of riding in. The Saturday ride had a mix of new (to me) trails south of town.
A run from Mt Vic and around the south coast and back for a run down north face (Mt Vic)
Cheers for now.
The NZ Single speed champs woohoo.
They say there's no i in team but the trip up to vegas for the SS, was only me.
No Problems. An over night at Brents on the way had a bit of panel work going on with his old ute and Miss Julie had a couple of bottles of fizzy wine (read 4) ready to wash the dust down.
After getting on the road early, this is the sights that you get with an early run over the desert road.
I arrived in Rotorua and headed out to the forest for a quick look about.
After catching up with Starky and a nice meal in town, it was all go for the next day.
It was a 500m run back to where we had left the bikes to find that they where not in the same place that we had left them!
Well, as it says above, we ride rain hail or wind. Saturday had lots of the rain stuff happening and Makara was the place to be.
The weather gods decided to let up a wee bit as we started our ride on Saturday there were a few cars in the Makara car park, showing that there are a few hard core riders getting ready for the winter season.
This Lady was out and about marking the tracks for the X-terra run held on Sunday.
After heading up to the top we swung back and over towards Leaping Lizard for a run down to Nikau.
Dave had a puncture so buy the time we sorted that it was getting gloomy, so we completed Missing link down and then a run back to the car park down lazy fern.
Remember to check out the notes from the single speeds next week.
We had a great ride Wednesday night, but I had a bit of a fail with the Camera.
Saturday we headed of to wainui for a blast.
We completed a loop of the trail park before we headed of up towards the top and over the road for a run on Rata ridge.
We had a big rain shower just as we hit the start of the last climb and it got realy dark so we turned around and had a blast down the wet roots, back down and back to the trail park carpark.
Another mint ride out.
See you next week.
Two rides mixed together this week.
Dave and I had a blast up the Roller coaster and down the long run to Aro St on Sunday and Clive joined us for a ride on the following Saturday with Francis, Dave, Zac and Pete
Dave on Barking Emu
This is a very central spot to start and finish your ride from.
This bike has been spec'ed well and ride shows it.
Well, with daylight savings gone its time to dust of the lights and get ready for the winter riding sessions to come.
Remember now is a good time to have the bike serviced ready for those wet rides.
Ever thought to turn your bike into a single speed for the winter? It will save you a heap on worn out components with the benefit of improving your strength and skills.
Another Awesome day for a ride in Wellington
Pete, Dave and Francis set out from The BMX track in Karori heading out for a big loop,
We headed up thru the Cemetery on our way up to skyline.
The run along skyline from this point is nice. All of the steep climbing is back the other way towards Mt Kaukau.
As you can see the track is open and fast, Makra peak top left.
At the end of this trail you enter the pines at the top of Karori park and cross the road and up Varleys heading towards the peak.
The marker on the left is for T3 and the right for North face.
I highly recommend T3 and Vertigo as a cool way to the bottom. The team have cleared T3 and it is the best that I have seen it. If you can ride this trail dab free i will buy you a beer!!
Note down the page a few rides ago the difference now the T3 has been cleared.
After This we headed over and up Salvation and then down wrights hill and back to the BMX track
After all this riding the next stop was to buy a nice cold beer and sit round and contemplate the world.
These two need to join the crew for a spin and beer it session!!
The team was out and about this week.
Pete and Noel had a fun day Sunday getting in a race in Palmy with the locals hav'n fun in town.
Hi all ,
This is a special day as Noel gets to ride his new (for him) Carbon Commencal.
The ride up to the dam and then round Marcos trails and back out was a blast.
Lights needed again as daylight savings draws to a close.
Well we have had the opportunity to get 3 rides in this week.
With no fixed order i will add the best photos from the week here with a short commentary on each.
Francis on the Rocky demo heading down mr X towards deliverance.
Well, lots more riding happening,
Another beaut day.
Dave, Francis, Pete and new guy Glen out for a blast.
The boys at the bottom of Tranient, Glen on the Rocky, Pete on the RTD single speed, Francis on the Comencal 26AM and Dave on his Intense. All looking in need for a refreshment.
Ride safe Pete
Another Wednesday night Awesome!!
A Wednesday night ride with Nick from Jamis, Dave Zac, Alex, Ben Noel, Dr Robertson, Francis and Pete.
The slow ones took the bus to the top and the fit ones rode up.
A Sunday ride!!
Pete and Dave had a short blast up Makara peak.
A loop down from Leaping Lizard on the new link track to nikau and then back up and down T3 and Vertigo.
T3 is nearly fully gorsed over and needs a trim, Vertigo was mint.
The big race is here again.
Francis was heading out for his 24 time (Legend) Noel was hitting out in the over 60,s and Dr Robertson was looking to smash the 3 hr mark.
KOTW Jason was also on hand to add some flavor to the event and represent Team RTD
All the boys finished and had a ball.
Will try to load the Videos at a latter stage.
Wednesday night Spin and beer it.
We had a nice wee group heading out for a Wednesday night ride with new comers Ben and Dyno joining Pete, Dave, Francis, Noel and Chris for a short pre Karapoti warm up on Makra peak.
We headed up the main trail into the park with Dyno enjoying his first time out on a proper MTB bike. Dyno had hired the RTD Rocky Mountain for the journey and was hav'n a ball.
As we change into Autumn the evening light is changing so we decided to do a half loop upto the start of missing link and then across to JFK for a blast to the bottom.
A fun and fast ride to the car park was had by all and a few Tuatara APA beers tucked away at cafe 162 in Marsden village on the way home.
Another perfect day in Wellington.
We decided to have a ride from the shop and head out to Colonial Knob and back.
We road out from J/ville over the Old coach road out to the Ohariu Vally intersection. From here we headed up Ohariu valley road looking to pick up the track thru the pines at the back of the tip.
There is a large amount of road works being completed, to allow the construction equipment in for the new wind farm to be brought in. Some one has build a new single track up the hill. Is is a very cool track.
From the end of the single track there is a steep portage up to the open paddocks.
From here we went up the paddocks to the top of the hill.
this way up to the top is lots steeper than the road so its a good grunt.
After leaving the knob Dave Phil and Pete headed back to J on the road and Francis, Mike and Rob went back round the valley.
Well another cracker ride, if you read this and are keen, call us for details for Wednesdays ride.
Catch up time.
Hi All, I hope you have had a read of the Tiger blog. It was an awesome trip.
Because of this I have missed a couple of the latest rides so in no particular order I will add some of the better pictures.
Enjoy for now, Cheers Pete
Pete and Dave have been talking about riding the Mikimiki track in the Wairarapa after reading the ride report in Dave Mitchell,s Mountain Biking North book of 34 Great North Island rides.
Francis and Starky were both keen and a trip was planned.
We attended our good mate Stubbsie's wedding on Thursday night and had the ride planned for first thing Friday morning.
We had the bus loaded up and on the road by 9.00am and picked up Francis in Petone at 9.15am.
We cruised over the Rimutaka's and thru the smaller Wairarapa towns and headed out towards Mount Bruce.
The turn off to the start of the track is on Kiriwhakapapa Rd. After 5 k's we had a short stop for a mob of sheep that the farmer was moving.
After another 2-3 k's of tarmac and 3 k's of gravel road we got to a neat Doc camp ground at the end of the road.
Now when we started the ride the sign indicated that it was 7.8k to the other end of the trail.
The Mikimiki track is an old timber tramway that operated from about 1903 to the end of WW2.
My first thoughts were, it was a long way to come for a short ride. After a few meters down the trail the track started to soften in places. The soft patches turned into small bogs with a couple needing a dismount to skirt around. the track then started to climb and become more technical.
My thoughts on a short easy ride had changed by this point.
The latter part of the climb became very technical and a lot of fun. Francis and Dave were hav'n a ball and Pete was getting in some more walking practice.
We then hit the down side with the track flowing out in front of us.
It was not long before we hit the main stream crossing.
After a bit more of a blast we poped out into the open and onto the shingle road to the other end of the ride.
After hav'n a bit to eat we headed back towards home.
The climb back seemed a bit shorter and the last bit of the climb a wee bit more rideable.
Doc has built some nice bridges over the small streams but care must be taken over the 3rd one in.
This bridge when approached on the downward side (first leg) is very narrow.
Pete managed to hit both sides of his bars at the same time, bars at 700 wide and Starky ended up with one very sore and bruised little finger after collecting the end of the bridge.
The ride in both directions with an excursion round the 1.2 k loop at the end was 16.6k (taken by Daves GPS) and the ride time was 1.49 on the bike with a total time of 2.5 hours.
This is an awesome day out, 2 hours drive each way (bus time) a bit longer on the way home as some one wanted a beer??
Cheers for now,
Pete and Dave.
The First Wednesday spin and beer it session for the year.
Hi All, Pete Dave and Dr Rob/bert//son set out for a Mt Vic hoon and sift after a big day after New years.
The RTD team had a good sift around the tracks smashing the dry and dusty conditions.
We had a quick blast to the summit and then headed out to the North face.
This is a very steep and rooty section of track best ridden in the dry. The boys love this on a wet and windy wintery night.
After the wee sift on Mt Vic turned into a 2.5 hour ride the boys headed of to Regional's for a fill up of the Tuatara APA Flagoon (Old school half G (Gallon)for those not old enough to Know!!)
The next trip on the List is an away game to Mikimiki.
Look up the results soon.
Cheers Pete and Dave.
Hi All. After a Friday night of rain and a damp morning we decided that we would take the bus and shuttle for the afternoon.
We had our foreign correspondent Stu in attendance and Dave has decided that Zac can have a go on his intense. We headed off to Te Ahumairangi for our first couple of runs,
There has been a couple of trees down towards the bottom of Datsun and a bit of track work is taking place.
The RTD annual Christmas day Mt Kaukau ride.
Hi All, Dave and I had planned to have an afternoon ride to Kaukau to burn off some of the food that only Christmas day can bring. After not seeing middle management Phil for a while we spotted him the day before xmass and reminded him of his duty to Mountain biking.
We suggested that he could drag his carbon Jamis 29er out and he could carry the chilled bottle of Lindauer special reserve to the summit for the 2 El Presidente' to enjoy.
It just so happened that X-mass day was the warmest that we Wellingtonians have experienced for a wee while so the ride up Kaukau was going to be tough.
Luckily with Phil carrying all the heavy stuff and Dave loaded with the plastic glasses, it was an enjoyable (Hot) climb to the summit.
After a couple of wee walking bits we managed to get to the top, With the perfect weather and no wind the view from the top was awesome.
While we were at the top, Keith and DJ showed up after making the walk to the summit and enjoyed a drink with us.
After an enjoyable rest we made our way (carefully) back to the bottom and on our way home.
Have a good one,
The Christmas ride with Pete and Dave
Saturday was the last chance for a group ride before Christmas, but as in other years the festivities get in the way and every one had something on.
Pete and Dave decided to get a quick early ride in and headed off up and over Tinakori hill heading for a track called school boys.
The weather was very warm with a bit of humidity about so there was a few beads of sweat to be found.
The tracks were perfect after a bit of rain on Friday as we headed up to the water tanks at the top of the hill.
The down hill run was awesome on one of the sweet trails and then a wee road run to School boys.
From School boys we headed over to Brooklyn and completed Highbury fling and then down Transient.
There were a few riders out and about so the down hill speeds were kept in check as we weaved our way down to Aro St.
After a quick check of the time and a calculation of time vrs number of beers required, we headed down thru town and onto the dog for a well earned beer.
The Dog was quite for such a nice afternoon. The ladies were quite happy about this as they said that the last 3 days had been crazy busy with all the end of year work do,s
We had a Tuatara or 2 and then set of back to the car for the trip up the hill, home.
Best wishes to all the team for x-mass and we hope to see you all out in the new year.
Cheers Pete and Dave
15/12/12 Backwards and the Tip track.
Saturday we had an awesome ride doing what we call the circumnavigation of Wellington backwards!
Dave, Francis, Noel, guest rider Brent and I set out from Thorndon and headed along the waterfront heading towards Mt Vic.
There was a cruise boat in, so lots of people walking and enjoying a mint wellington day.
The weather was fine but a wee bit blustery with all having issues on a couple of corners on the tip track.
After reaching the summit, we headed down barking Emu and into carparts, then onto Transient and down to One-Red Dog for a well earnt beer.
After a couple of wet ones we all headed home ready for another day.
9/12/12 Tuatara Brewery ride and tour
The team has just had a wonderful day out riding in the Western end of the Akatarawa's finishing with brewery tour of the Tuatara brewery.
We parked up at the new visitors center at McKays crossing and headed up to the end of the sealed road and then up Perhams rd towards Titi rd (this is known as Big ring boulevard)
We had set out to ride the Three Sisters, but as usual we wasted to much time getting there and got lost on the way. We all had a good work out and as we were booked at the brewery @4.00pm we had our priority's set.
After a slow climb (for pete) we turned and raced back down the hill back to the bus.
I must say the up hill track from the carpark is one of the better beginners trails in Wellington and would recommend it to all. Its still a decent climb, but the gradient is only 2-3 degrees, so a very good trail.
Back at the bus we packed up and had a cold one from the chilli-bin and then off to the brewery.
After the tour was over and we had started to settle in, Francis and Doctor Rob/Bert//Son turned up to help with the beer drinking.
It was a very good day out, and the Brewery a nice place to spend a couple of hours at.
We will be heading back so keep an ear out for the date.
The team had a bus load heading of to Taupo to compete in the 83k Huka Challenge over the same weekend as the Taupo road ride.
Pete, Dave, Jason (kotw) and Starky (Chris) set off on a road trip in the bus to get to Taupo for the big race.
With differing amounts of training under the belt (should read different types of training (read beer drinking!)) The boys set of with great enthusiasm for the trip. Kotw (King of the world) was first into the carbo loading with his first beer under way by the time we got to Levin.
With a change of driver at 1/2 way Pete and Starky slipped a few beers in and all was mint by the time we got to the digs.
Keith (the Welsh Dragon) and Hit Girl Jo had the place sorted for us and it was time to get ready for the big day. Off to bed by 10.00pm and up at 5.45am, ready to get down town for a 7.15am start
As we were expecting to podium we slipped into the 4.15-4.30 slot to let the Pro,s smooth the track for our assault.
We had to keep an eye out for Jeff Lyall and Peter Reynolds as they were lurking around looking at beating us to the first beer stop.
We had loaded Keith and Jo up with those most important Tuatara beers ready for us at the 30k mark.
After some encouraging words from the supporters at the 30k mark we blasted off to the tracks in Craters of the moon for a further 40 odd k's before we would get back for another beer, (tough day that!)
After another refreshing drop from our sponsers, we headed back to town with 8 k's to go to our rightful position on top of the podium.
As those who know us will understand, we had to hedge our bets as to who would get to the top step, so I had Starky slip away into the lead to ensure that the team would be well represented.
Dave, Kotw and Pete set up a solid platform for a grand team finish, slipping into the finish in an out standing time, a shade over 4.00 hours (3.10 over 4 hours to be exact LOL) Starky had an out standing day with a well placed 5.08 and Shane the panel beater with a 5.40.
Well, that was it, no first place, we did not win the car, but got to share another beer with RTD member Jody at the finish so off to the digs for a BBQ and a hot shower.
All and all a very good team trip away and we will be sure to be there again next year.
Cheers for now