This week has been huge for mountain biking in New Zealand with the official opening of the Christchurch Adventure Park. A day that has been eagerly awaited by swathes of the mountain biking community. With the park offering 365 days of riding every year, all eyes are on Christchurch.
I was in shooting some Adventure Park opening goodness for a local print magazine and had decided to take my friend Blenki with me, as my subject matter for shooting. Now, when you have someone like Sam with you, it would seem rude not to harness his capabilities for one's own benefit. So, we set off with our Christchurch Adventure Park guides, Tom and CJ, and headed for the trails.
Guides Tom and CJ are so stoked to be out shredding bike park laps with Blenki.
It's a well-known fact that my riding is considered average at best, and we knew that Wanganui local Tom Oskam could handle a bike, so we strapped GoPro's to both Sam and Tom and sent them on their way, for basically a blind lap of "Moose Knuckle" into "Airtearoa". The results are in the video. Dust. Whips. Shouting.
Sam looks out over Christchurch from just above the top station of the lift.
900 acres of hillside now littered with tracks that are packed in and running sweet. Current conditions are dry and dusty, with goggles being a welcome asset.
One of the old trails that's been brought back up to standard.
The main attraction, the four-person x four-bike chairlift is capable of lifting 1200 stoked Cantabrians to the top, every hour, and is currently the focus of many POV style edits coming from the relatively quiet New Zealand town.
Looks fun, right?Christchurch Adventure Park mountain biking trails