NZ mountain bike adventures.. (cuzzy-pro tour 2010)..

3 mates on a self-guided, week-long mountain bike tour in New Zealand’s south island.. BYO mountain bikes – check..  Winnebago style tour bus – check..  steel gonads – check..

So if life is about doing what you love.. then for me.. travel + mountain biking + photographing = ultimate meal deal.  I’d like to say that yes, we three are maximum extreme hardcore death-defying riders, but I for one have been concentrating more on my ninja powers..  Obviously there is some cross-over with skills but hey..

Dylan Phillips..  Adventurer, lover of all things mountain biking.. (See here for awesome adventures undertaken by him).  Jason Starr.. photographer, cycling & fitness addict.. (click here for some of his sweet eye-hole candy).  Todd McGaw..  photographer, lover of all things (except carrots).. click here for.. ok you’re here..

So after kicking ass for years on the trails around south-east Queensland & feeling like champions, we head across to south NZ in search of something more to conquer..   Let’s just say, we now have a ‘healthy respect’ for mother nature, & the mountain biking peeps of NZ.  We’re talking triple black diamond downhill trails in Queenstown listing trail notes as, and I quote, “professional level, all jumps 8 metres +”..  OK so this is hardcore.. Obviously we all have families & wanted to see them again, & so alas, no triple blackies for us..  BUT riding through Christchurch & Queenstown generally is aMAZing!! The community really supports mountain biking & a lot of planning & time has gone into trail design..  Last day of riding was heli-bike day! ie.. load bikes & boys onto helicopter, get dropped in the middle of nowhere mountains..  All day = 50km of down, 5km of up.. so to quote Mr Schwartzenegger.. GET TO THE CHOPPER!

I could go on all day about how awesome this trip was, but it’s easier for you to check some sweet pics taken by us..

starrman - building a taco of destiny on the highway.. that's how we roll... on the highway.

Jason Starr magic off-camera flashpants

smeagol finally takes a bath

this is the morning after dyl got covered in his own poo from a backfiring toilet! (should have watched the instructional video mr poomanchoo). listening to your friend dry-reaching while covered in his own filth in a sealed, mini phone-booth sized shower/toilet in a Winnebago?.. priceless :D

full photo credit for this to jason starr

ran into adam sandler in Queenstown.. (image by Dylan Phillips)

*insert witty 'what happens on tour stays on tour' comment*

heli-bike was an amazing experience.. carnage was zero except for 10 punctured tyres between the 3 of us.. D & J carried their bikes out with 2 flats by end of day.. this is Dyl after repair #3 methinks.

Pleased to report also, there was no life-changing injuries on this trip & no animals were harmed during filming..  Jason hurt his elbow after going over his handlebars while trying to ride across a bitumen road.  I crashed out on the first day of riding in Christchurch after hitting a tree & cut my leg..  Got a good look at my tibia bone before getting stitched up at hospital where all the nurses & doctors were riders as well.. It was high-fives all round rather than “your riding career is over dude”..  Got some extra-strong stitches – 1 day off  – then back on the bike! (gross-out injury pics from Jason’s iPhone here if you’re in the mood – otherwise move along nothing to see here)..  Dylan didn’t crash because he was.. a) too awesome, or..  b) not pushing the limits of awesomeness like Jason & me..  I think b) is the more likely..

peace out

posted by : crash-test toddy

(post dedicated to Trent Rouillon – you know who you are..)

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13 May 2010 - 5:51 pm

the cuz Cheers eh bro, totally sic shots if I do say so myself. luvin the nudin up and that sandler fella is wicked cool. see ya cuz

19 April 2010 - 9:40 am

Paolo that is some good gash…

19 April 2010 - 9:17 am

William Massey I’ve gone through most of your blog and just wanted to say I really love your work. I’ll surely be returning here for inspiration in the future!

15 April 2010 - 12:18 am

Christine Pobke KICK ASS!!! :) Love all the extreme biking, extreme nakedness, extreme eating and extreme awesomeness!

14 April 2010 - 9:50 pm

Nige Awesome stuff boys – I’m soooooo jealous – I can taste the dirt and feel my heart pounding – Looks like a whole lot of FUN!!!!!

http://www.nigelwesley.blogspot.com

14 April 2010 - 1:37 pm

Matt Ebenezer Very cool. A great read and even greater images!

14 April 2010 - 12:55 pm

T.R. If I could, I would marry your photos. Then I would book you for our wedding!

14 April 2010 - 12:36 pm

Jono I was totally game to check the gash. yeouch! That’s heaps beached! Was there any potential camera smashing moments? Thems the worst.

14 April 2010 - 12:22 pm

tahlee oh yeah – and the photos are awesome. i miss new zealand :)

14 April 2010 - 12:14 pm

tahlee i know who he is.
ps – now everyone at work knows that i wasn’t working because i was laughing so hard at the poomanchoo jokes.

14 April 2010 - 12:13 pm

stephen henry That is brilliant! The photo’s take me there:) what a greay way to spend time.
I’m a bit worried I found the poo joke so funny.

1 November 2010 - 8:16 am

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