Three weeks, three destinations, two helicopter flights, many articles, stunning images and lots and lots of riding. Local riders and their business, in Wanaka, Queenstown and Rotorua, is what really brought these stories to life.
I have two pet peeves when it comes to bike reviews. The first is magazines or websites that don’t acknowledge their female audience when reviewing bikes. This doesn’t just mean a failure to review bikes designed exclusively for women. It also means reviewing unisex bikes without considering how it might fit, perform or otherwise meet the needs of girl riders.
Covering the global launch of a bike you’d dream to ride, by a company at the top of their game, is a cycling journalist’s dream. The mercury in the dream status meter blows right off the measuring chart when that launch is in a location that most riders choose for their holidays.
Traveling through Tropical North Queensland is an experience that remains with you forever. It’s rich in lush, jungle vegetation, iconic Australian creatures, and an expanding network of world class mountain bike trails; trails that have changed mountain biking on a global scale.
The summer vacation months saw two high-profile mountain bike stage races unfold in Tassie. The inaugural AvantiPlus Hellfire Cup took place in November half an hour east of Hobart, while January saw riders flock to the west coast for the Pure Tasmania Wildside.
In May 2014 I was invited to join a group of mountain bikers on a tour through South Africa. Our itinerary was handcrafted by South Africa Tourism and built around the 270km Nedbank Sani2c stage race from the Drakensburg mountains to the coast near Durban.
Specialized are committed to increasing the positive experiences of women in cycling. Testing some of the brand’s innovative women’s bikes and attending a world first training day for ladies in retail was fascinating and fun. Initiatives like this are rapidly changing the way women discover this sport.
The feature interview: It’s one of my favourite types of article to write. It’s also one that draws most on my academic work as an ethnographer – writing about people in a way that reveals how they make sense of the things they do. I also enjoy this format of writing as a way to offer a stepped-back sense of perspective on other topical issues at the time of publication.
‘Flow State – On the Topic of Flow’ is a feature article I wrote on the psychological experience of Flow for the mountain bike magazine of the same name. It took the academic work I’ve been doing in this area and shared it with the community that’s been the subject of that research.
This site pulls together the research I do, the equipment I test and the stories I tell. It is a place to share the work I've been involved in and the adventures had along the way.