Episode 1: Arrival in New Zealand
Members of the Smith mountain bike team sent it down to New Zealand to explore the south island, ride single track, destroy an RV, forge storms, and have run-ins with the local law. What was captured in this three-part video series reveals a glimpse into their life on the road.
We did it. We’re here. The idea of coming to New Zealand to film, ride, and explore was underway. It seemed simple enough - fly in, build our bikes, pick up an RV, and make our way around the south island in ten days. Reality quickly set in, and that simple idea was soon forgotten. Traveling with 9 rowdy bike riders was going to be no easy task. Within just a few hours on the road we had our first "oh sh*t" moment. I will never forget the look on Lars's face when he told me he had just put gas in our diesel RV.
After our extended time fueling up and the weather taking a turn for the worse, every mile towards Nelson felt like a victory. Fortunately, we were greeted in Mai Tai Valley just outside of Nelson with a small break in the weather and a chance to get out for our first ride. It was a sprint to the trail head. We couldn’t wait for our tires hit the dirt on Nelson's famous steep, rooty trails. Within a few turns the rain returned, we couldn’t catch a break. Our first ride was quickly cut short, gear wet and filming came to a halt for the day.
With the weather lingering in Nelson, and our helicopter plans canceled due to wind, the team decided to head to Kaiteriteri Bike park just outside of Nelson. With the distraction of the warm sun, golden sand and turquoise water we headed up into the park to see what we could find. With the rising harsh sun we finished what was a quick ride with burgers and "chips" and headed back to the Nelson airport to pick up our last member of the crew.
|Captains Log, March 8th 2015. After a long three days (which feel like 6) we have finally rendezvous with our final member of the NZ Team, Mike Hopkins. Conditions are variable, spirits still high and the outlook is promising (no one has been arrested...yet!). With filming being a little behind due to weather we made the call to charge ahead. Tomorrow we embark on Craigieburn, God help us. - Lars Sternberg|
Alex “KrunkShox” McGuinnis
Photos: Paris Gore
Film: Joey Schusler and Thomas Woodson
Words by: Mallory Burda, Team Managerwww.smithoptics.com