Zones Episode Two: The Road To Rai - Video

Mar 7, 2017
by Hamish Bourke  
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

There’s a brand new 'big bike' jump line coming to life in the Rai Valley near Nelson, New Zealand. It will be one of the biggest jump lines in New Zealand and will sit strong among the biggest in the world.

The line currently consists of jumps ranging from 30-60ft, with the aim of getting an 80ft double rolling towards the end of the year, as far as we know the 80ft double will be the biggest big bike jump in the country and will be right up there on the world stage. The late great Kelly McGarry was a big inspiration in making this jump line happen!

The crew of Reon Boe, Emmerson Wilken, Adam Lynskey, Joel Tunbridge, Myself and filmers Scott Robb and Sam Cameron, set off from Queenstown and made our way to Nelson, riding in several unique locations along the way...

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Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Adam Lynskey, hyped to be rolling into the first day of riding.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Let the games begin!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
On our first day of riding we had to put in some serious push time to get up into the alpine, in the hunt for scree.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Emmerson dropping one of the more gnarly shoots of the day.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Joel Tunbridge

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Adam Lynskey

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Emmerson and Joel scouting lines.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Emmerson Wilken

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Scree shoots, party trains, walking miles racked up, a dislocated shoulder, numerous over the bars and bangers in the bag - we were all pretty damn wrecked as the sun started dropping behind the hills on day 1!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
It was always fun to get in a few skatepark laps when we could...
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
And it still blows me away how many small towns have the raddest parks here

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Adam and Joel, just doing it for Danger!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
The hype was real.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
The man, the myth, Shane Mitchell head digger operator and builder, put in some serious hours getting things done, shot bro!!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
When things are as fresh as they were, it takes some serious hours getting things dialed.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Glorious hits - when the clay lost enough moisture it was all hands on deck to try and get the jumps rideable...
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Which was proving a bit of a mission, rolling speed was causing us problems all week.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
The weather gods had been good to us on the first day, which meant by about 6pm we had got the first two hits rideable, lines were eyed and the sending started.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
The learning curve - Kurt and Shane inspecting where Reon landed after things got super wild on his guinea pig hit.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
The result, more dirt.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
There are few young riders out there that are as calculated as Adam Lynskey, he works massively on feel and if he is 'feeling it', everyone is in for a treat!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
That evening Adam was feeling it, this was his first hit of the jump and he found the pocket perfectly, at this point we all new things were onnnnnn!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Joel was super fired up to get into things, as the crew was getting sorted to run the line, Joel picked up his bike to find his shock had starting dropping oil, gutted!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
He just sent it anyway.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Emmerson Wilken...
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Getting after it!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
The dirt battle was continuous all week.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Kurt Lancaster, the ultimate Kiwi and the man who let us turn a serious amount of dirt on his property's hillside...thanks bro!

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Slappin lips.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Joel Tunbridge.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Reon Boe.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Adam Lynskey.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Property owners Kurt and Olivia, have built themselves a couple of super fun jumplines lower on the hill. We made the most of them while we were waiting for the clay to dry higher up.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Adam Lynskey vs...
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Joel (Runga) Tunbridge.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
On the left Runga full steeze...
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
And on the right Runga, full ejection on the 60ft step up.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Reon Boe
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Emmerson Wilken


Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Joel, Reon and Emmerson...
Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Rolling in tight for the train session.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai
Runga getting after it, as the light faded away on the final day of the trip.

Zones EP2 The Road To Rai

After five days on the road and six days in the Rai Valley, this mission had come to an end. We didn't quite manage to get done what we had in mind, but we will be back! A massive shout out to everyone who helped turn this project into reality, you all know who you are, and a special thanks to Scott Robb from Parallax Media and Torpedo 7.


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20 Comments

  • + 12
 How people manage to ride without gloves has got me stuffed...
  • + 11
 I personally find it really nice. Of course, if you crash, then it is not so nice anymore...
  • + 2
 true! but some people say that... when they ride without glasses!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Most of us have had shredded palms. It's not fun. Ride with gloves.
  • + 10
 Real Noice!
  • + 6
 Noice.
  • + 2
 Those guys are killers!!! To get inspiration of those jumps and bigger jumps yet to come from the one and only legend, Kelly McGarry, is so RAD!!! Keep going boys that is awesome!!!!! Wink
  • + 5
 Quite Noice.
  • + 2
 Growing up in Rai Valley 40 years ago, I wish we had mountain bikes back then.
  • + 2
 damn new zealand has beautiful men and also biking Smile
  • + 3
 what a time to be alive!
  • + 1
 These are some of the best videos. Just a bunch of bros sendin it. Yyeewww!!
  • + 1
 Looks rad buddy! Good work
  • + 1
 So rad! where can I see episode 1?
  • + 2
 Episode 1 is here dude, it was an NZ wakeboarding mission!
vimeo.com/153539028
  • + 1
 i need a ticket to this place ASAP
  • + 1
 Soo RAD!!! I am soo going to ride here someday!!
  • + 1
 These dudes get so rad!! Love it!!
Name of the last track anyone?
  • + 1
 any one kno where that trail at 1.58 is?
  • - 2
 awesome ???? f*ck imba

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