So… New Years and the days surrounding haven’t been so good to me in the past... five years ago I broke my wrist from a drunken fall, two years ago my sister rear ended my parked car and finally last year when I clipped a pedal mid run I limped away with a broken collarbone
(4:28min). This year I decided it would be a different affair...something I’d actually like to remember.
I live in little, old New Zealand and as you may know it’s fast becoming a Mecca for mountain biking. It has heaps of sheep and everyone’s your “mate”, it also happens to be the first country in the world to see a new day. That’s right, I was part of first few million people to say hello to 2012...
After a few beers with friends and the mandatory countdown I legged it home, grabbed a strong coffee, my GT Fury, the Go Pro and headed to the hills to anxiously wait for the Sun to rise over earthquake shaken Christchurch, so I could make the first turns of 2012.
After 2-3 hours of riding (I lie! mostly walking) in pitch black I had arrived at track of my choice: one of my favourites, "The Flying Nun". It doesn't have the big airs or steep sections you'll find elsewhere on the Port-Hills, but plenty of small gaps/pops, tight berms, rock gardens and rollers to keep it all interesting, the perfect way to start the New Year, fast and fun, but nothing too risky.
After a solid hour of waiting for the Sun to rise, on this rather chilly morning, it finally popped over Mt Bradley, I strapped on the chest camera and got to it. The first few turns were a bit sketchy as I woke myself up, but soon I found the flow and I was loving it. After a few breathers and a chance or two to admire the sunrise I had reached the bottom, prior to that moment I had all intentions of legging it back up for some more, but reality set in. Nearly 24 hours without sleep, solid three hours of riding the same track only twelve hours earlier, a few bourbons, beers and partying - I was done! It would have to wait for another day.
Not quite content with the video results, I spent the month of January and the start of February hiking back up 2+ times a week to put together the remaining shots.
Hope you enjoy it!