Well I do not know whos been riding lately but I have got 3 rides in since the beginning of the year.
Ride 1 was a simple grunt up the main Rd towards Riwaka from marahau. Long climb to the top then left onto the fire rd still climbing. From here i followed it down at speed. A few ruts a slip or two to negotiate but fun all the same. Got back to the kaiteriteri Rd and then rode back to camp.
Ride 2 was from camp along the Kaiteriteri rd. This twists and turns all the way, up and down. I then looked at the veiws along the beach before doing some of the MTB park. After 20minutes in here it was the ride back to camp.
Ride 3 I took a couple of novices with me. They hired some bikes and we entered the Kaiteriteri MTB park at the bethels Beach Camp end. We attacked Ziggy (well I attacked and they struggled) which zigs and zags up the hill before climbing further along big Airs. They were happy to go straight back but I said "No come this way." That was along the new one way section of Skull Duggery. A nice peice of singletrack winding its way along the face of the ridges. Quite narrow with some big drops but oh so sweet. Rode along here to Bay Veiw which is an up and down fire road. Excellant little rutty downs and short steep climbs. Dropped from here down to easy rider before heading back around Switch, swamp monster and revelation to the beginning. A great little ride and I sure want to do some more next time.
Meanwhile, Mellonfarmer enjoyed a summery time at his bach in Little Akaloa. Whilst there he rode a few times, including a wee blat over the Menzies Bay Rd, a ride up View Hill with Phatboy and Phatboy Jr and the Palmtree (Phatboy Jr's buddy), a ride of two rides of more down than up, and his first of the new year, a grovelly climb out of the bay and back round over View Hill...