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Looks like a lot of guys spent big bucks on the DHR and had none left over for gloves. ;)
That's a helluva wide looking flat bar in that last photo.

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Looks like a lot of guys spent big bucks on the DHR and had none left over for gloves. ;)
That's a helluva wide looking flat bar in that last photo.

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Sam Blekinsop, another Kiwi & one of the fastest WC racers on the circuit doesn't wear gloves either, must be a New Zealander thing :)
 

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Sam Blekinsop, another Kiwi & one of the fastest WC racers on the circuit doesn't wear gloves either, must be a New Zealander thing :)
i think it's a dumbass thing. :D

i forgot gloves on a recent ride so i had to ride gloveless. Much like sex, riding feels much better without gloves but the risk of riding without protection is too great to do it all the time. unlike sex, you don't get to ride gloveless when you meet the bike of your dreams. I also heard that the NZ federation made gloves mandatory during final runs.
 

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dead grass?

I thought NZ was a bloody rain forest! Looks like SoCal down there, how do I go about imagrating? What could be better, dry condtions and lots of mountains!

Lot of new skuul riders don't wear elbow pads either, I think they just grow up learning to crash like a skater sliding on their knees or taking a roll over their helmets, or as Franc Roman used to say, skin heals.

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I thought NZ was a bloody rain forest! Looks like SoCal down there, how do I go about imagrating? What could be better, dry condtions and lots of mountains!

Lot of new skuul riders don't wear elbow pads either, I think they just grow up learning to crash like a skater sliding on their knees or taking a roll over their helmets, or as Franc Roman used to say, skin heals.

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Ya know, it looks just like the Nationals at Sonoma a couple years ago, now that you mention it :D

And for the record, I hated that race, even though I ended up on the wood. :mad:
 

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i think it's a dumbass thing. :D

i forgot gloves on a recent ride so i had to ride gloveless. Much like sex, riding feels much better without gloves but the risk of riding without protection is too great to do it all the time. unlike sex, you don't get to ride gloveless when you meet the bike of your dreams. I also heard that the NZ federation made gloves mandatory during final runs.
Haha yeah maybe, I dunno why the gloveless revolution has taken off down here, I preferred to run gloveless on the DJ but not the DH bike, maybe gloveless toughens up ya hands, I'm sure Sam B started it and others have just copied for kicks and giggles :D

I'm sure I raced that kids dad in moto back in the 80s, and his bar looks like a 777 Gravity, flat or flat low rise bar, they are also all the rage here too, I like it:D
 

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I thought NZ was a bloody rain forest! Looks like SoCal down there, how do I go about imagrating? What could be better, dry condtions and lots of mountains!

Lot of new skuul riders don't wear elbow pads either, I think they just grow up learning to crash like a skater sliding on their knees or taking a roll over their helmets, or as Franc Roman used to say, skin heals.

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haha it is in some places, but not all, like the US it has a lot of variation! I'm sure immigration wouldn't be too hard DT, NZgovt.org:D

Pretty much most of the West cost of the South Island is as you call it rain or we call it native forest and some introduced beech pine and mixture of stuff, East coast is and can be very bare and barren from Blenheim down to the Southern tip, Canterbury where those shots are can be bare to a patch work quilt as the flats between the Ocean and Southern Alps is mainly agriculture farm land with rugged rivers and lakes in between, some forest and ski fields, Pine and stuff. further south central south south Island is as bare as my bottom lol, but awesome, if ya like that then its the place to go, and the best MTB in NZ period imo.

That track was pretty mean from what I hear, good to see so many DHRs glovelss or shirtless :D

Maybe I'll make it next year.

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That's beautiful, TA. One of the best pics you've ever posted:thumbsup:
Cheers bud, I only wish I was there and I took it so I could claim it ;)

Still worth it, eve if porned :D

Opposite the end of the spit in the middle left hand side mainland is Lyttleton town cool little port and cafe bar region :D

Main city is on the other side of the hills, dam good place, and that harbour rocks, def a great spot for DH they did good them southern boys.

Some comments from some locals :eek:

Yeah this was the main talking point of the weekend and in my opinion it was the right decision.
While some of the riders where loving it ALOT weren't and the track was basically mayhem during practise day due to there being bodies, or stopped riders at every 15-20meters of track with stoppages due to this every couple of minutes. This was making it impossible for anyone to ride for more than 100meters out having to stop(let alone get clean run).
Yes the track was SUPER steep/tech when you have riders like Sabrina J,Fabien P saying to your face that its to much,and Justin Leov commenting that the top section was harder than Champery. Then IMO its a bit much to throw 15yr old kids down it....Esp when due to circumstances out of everyone's control they only have one day to practice.
The track was only completed a couple of weeks before the event so was fresh and untested. I hope that the local club doesn't just give up on this track as once the top has been cleaned/fine-tuned and bedded in with a better access for spectators and medics etc, It will be an superb super tech course that will rival/beat anything anywhere.

Well that's how i see it..I'm sure some others wont
You got it pretty much right , I was the guy walking / stretchering riders off the hill ( it was so steep we had to let the stretcher down with attached rope off the step downs ). It was getting pretty crazy at the bottom section

Gravity Canterbury are going to develop this track over the next 12 months and it will be world class 4 sure

The main reason for the change of track was rider safety, access for medics was less than ideal and nobody wants to see riders getting maimed. I ride with a lot of these guys so it gets kinda personal to. Justin Loev pretty much stood up and called it and the riders agreed that the track be changed.
It was a great weekend, the riders made the most of the situation and are no doubt itching to ride MkII.

Kiwis being tough - well one guy who came to grief off a big drop dislocated his knee ( a full 90* ), we removed his shin guard, he looked at his knee and proceeded to wrench it back into place ( right in front of me )
. What a hard ass
Found another DHR shot more good pic's here too!

 

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Haha yeah maybe, I dunno why the gloveless revolution has taken off down here, I preferred to run gloveless on the DJ but not the DH bike, maybe gloveless toughens up ya hands, I'm sure Sam B started it and others have just copied for kicks and giggles :D

I'm sure I raced that kids dad in moto back in the 80s, and his bar looks like a 777 Gravity, flat or flat low rise bar, they are also all the rage here too, I like it:D
i hear ya, TA! i always ride the DJ without gloves too, and wide bars are the bee's knees. I can't believe I used to ride with 27" bars just a couple years ago, what as i thinkin :D
 

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Cheers bud, I only wish I was there and I took it so I could claim it ;)

Still worth it, eve if porned :D

Opposite the end of the spit in the middle left hand side mainland is Lyttleton town cool little port and cafe bar region :D

Main city is on the other side of the hills, dam good place, and that harbour rocks, def a great spot for DH they did good them southern boys.

Some comments from some locals :eek:

Found another DHR shot more good pic's here too!

Current Junior world champion Brook MacDonald right there.
 

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That looks cool. And you even have George Dubya on your trail building squad. :D



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I thought NZ was a bloody rain forest! Looks like SoCal down there, how do I go about imagrating? What could be better, dry condtions and lots of mountains!

DT
Dave, we have everything from from rain forest to rocky mountain tops to dusty dry trails, and the great thing is that you can totally change conditions by simply driving for a couple of hours. In the winter time you can often even spend half the day skiing, and the other half biking!

If you ever get over this way and want someone to show you where the really good trails are... then give me a yell :thumbsup:

Some of my favourite trails/missions with photos over on my blog

http://mountainbikingzane.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/nydia-bay-boxing-day/

http://mountainbikingzane.wordpress.com/2009/06/27/awesome-winter-curd-biking-mission/

http://mountainbikingzane.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/last-of-the-summer-mountain-biking/
 
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