Why did I create a mountain biking blog? I wanted to record my progress getting fit again and improving my skills on a mountain bike. Last year I broke my left wrist and since then I’ve been building up strength and mobility in the joint. 

For a long time I’ve had a mental block about getting back on a bike again. The crash which resulted in the injury was mundane but resulted in big consequences. I kept thinking that if I hurt myself through a simple lapse in concentration, then how could I ride challenging trails again. I also became convinced that if I crashed again it would result in more broken bones. But the hunger to riding again only grew over time so I decided to do something about it. I came to understand that part of this mental block came from losing confidence in my bike. I’d been riding a Giant Trance XC for a while, it was a beautiful bike to ride, but I’d had a some sketchy moments on it. And so I decided to sell the Trance and be proactive about changing the situation.

Time for a Change

If I’m going to have a midlife crisis then I might as well make it a good one. I’m a mountain biker and that’s not going to change. I have no interest in riding on the road and going for coffee on Saturday morning. I don’t enjoy driving where I live, so riding on the road is a big no. My road bike for training at home where it’s far more effective.

I bought a Santa Cruz Nomad. It’s been my dream bike for a while. I wanted a bike that could handle anything I’ll throw at it. It has lots of suspension travel, amazing handling and is truly an “All Mountain” machine. My motivation to ride more, train properly and get fit again is really high. There are so many amazing locations in New Zealand for mountain biking now. I’m excited about riding in locations such as Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown and Rotorua.

This blog is not also going to be about my personal journey. New Zealand is a big tourist destination which also includes mountain bikers, so I’m hoping that I can communicate the experience of riding here to riders from overseas planning to visit New Zealand. It will evolve into other areas in the future as well.

So I’m looking forward to documenting my return to fitness, riding the trails and heading to locations around the country. There will be lots of photos showing New Zealand at it’s best. Once my fitness and speed has sufficiently improved I’ll also be adding videos.

At the Summit on the Rimutaka Incline.

rimutaka incline santa cruz nomad

Thank you for reading – Happy trails!


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