What a day the weather gods turned on for us for what has now become the MTB-Buddies Annual Coppermine Heli-Bike! A final count of 68 enthusiastic people turned up, including three walkers and Mad Marti who rode down on his Muni! The first flight up contained 6 of the more “Hard Out”
Here is the Video of our Starveall Trip!
Great day out for all!
On Saturday, 16 (15 in photo as John Sexton met us at the top) of us “Buddies” headed over to Kaiteriteri to have a play over there and give Misha a bit of a look at some of the other stuff we have to offer after showing him the Coppermine last week. The group are looking rather mirthful in this photo as I had set the camera on a post and turned on the Auto function, and in the process of running into position got my pack strap caught around my ankle and my gear went flying all over the place, needless to say I didn’t have to say cheese!
With the fantastic Easter Weather it was always going to be one of those long weekends where you don’t want to waste a minute of it inside if you don’t have to, so Swity and Myself took off over to Kaiteriteri to join Bryan and Nana Ian in a ride down the new “Corkscrew” Track from the ridgeline.
This was the first time I had ridden it in its fully finished state, I had been privy to a bit of a preview of it while it was under construction when Guy Trainor took me up there for a look under penalty of death should I let slip about it. In fact… Guy, you still owe me that beer!
Great ride up the Hackett on Saturday, Great group to ride with too
Tracks are in good condition too
Eddy managed to score a steak from a frying pan left unattended by some campers... that boy will get me into trouble one day
Well, I offered, and who showed up?........ just me. I am starting to think I have bad breath, or really stinky B-O, but I must say, the track today was even better than it was 2 days ago.
The rootball has been widened out nicely, and the rut I spoke about is all gone. Thanks very much to whomever did the work, it really is riding the best it ever has.
Each year there is an awesome mtb race in Nelson called the “Santa Cruz Coppermine Epic” A tough but fun blast up the old Dun mountain railway, around Nelsons’ alpine mineral belt, then descending down from the Coppermine saddle. An excellent ride, and were even rewarded with a beer at the top of fringed hill this year! It’s a tough and testing ride in places with a “splattering” (literally by some) of alcohol.
But today was something even more testing. The self proclaimed “Coppermine Epic Gargantuan Glover Gut-buster”, now even better, ...... it’s on “one” wheel .
Murray, Daena, Katie and I cruised up Codgers and return today on "one". A fun session and some good practice for the little kids, as well as us big ones :)Murray and I spent a bit of time picking lines through the gully, and also up to the Codgers sign which always seems to be a challenge to cleanly ride.
A lot of fun had by all