Category Archives: MTBike


Wanaka Heli-Bike-Camp-SUP mission



“Approaching a wall of mountain in a helicopter with a 35-knot gale blowing is a good way to start a MTB ride. Apart from the obvious advantage – you don’t have to ride up – it means you won’t be phased by the ride down, no matter how sketchy. Reassuringly, the pilot looked more like he was solving a particularly challenging Sudoku puzzle than landing a helicopter – full of women and bikes – on the top of a 1500m peak in a howling gale.” (excerpt from Miek Deuninck’s account of Mission WOW’s epic Heli-Bike-Camp-SUP mission on the banks of Lake Wanaka in Cooler Magazine)

Want to read more? Check out the article in Cooler Magazine‘s new issue. Download the digital version for here or subscribe for the paper version to be delivered to your door.

Big shout out to Wanaka Bike Tours,Wanaka Kayaks Sup & SailStash Media WorxCarrick Winery & RestaurantMount Edward Winery,Federal Diner Camilla Stoddart Photography for making it happen.






Mission WOW Longest Day Ride 2013

On Saturday the 21st of December we’ll be putting all that light to good use by riding from sunrise ’til sunset. Sort of… we reckon there’ll be a lot of eating, swimming and banter to break up the riding.

You can join us at any stage of the ride for as long or as little as you like. During the day we’ll be doing regular updates via Facebook  and Twitter so you’ll know where we’re at and can come find us.

The map below is “The Grand Ambitious Plan” which we have roughly 18 hours to complete. You never know: it could actually happen!



We’ll be kickstarting at 5.54am at the wharf on the Wanaka lakefront for coffee and bacon rolls. From there we’ll be driving to West Wanaka to start our day’s adventure with a ride up to a hut.

After that the plan is to make our way around the lake via the Glendhu Bay track, stop in town for second breakfast, carry on to Sticky Forest, head round Dean’s Bank, eat more, and then ride to the Luggate Pub – and maybe back – depending on the state of us. Because it’s a grand and ambitious plan, we also have Hawea in there as the final leg.

We’ll supply bacon rolls and coffee at sunrise for those who let us know they’ll be there. Other than that you’ll need to bring your own everything.

We suggest plenty of snacks (and $ for cafe / pub stops), clothing for all weather, spare tubes and puncture repair kits, and some basic first aid stuff. Just the regular things you bring when going on a big outdoors mission.

All our plans are loose plans, they may change as the day progresses. You’re welcome to come and go at any stage, bring friends / partners / kids, and go at whatever pace is comfortable.

So, who’s keen???

It’s biking time

Settled back in Scotland for the next 6 weeks had me organising the next Mission WOW event. I got asked by the Highland Perthshire Cycling committee for run the women’s part of the Cycling festival. Cat at SCOTT UK had agreed to support whatever event that I decided to run so they were on board for the festival too.

Once landing in the homeland, there was plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble with the event but I needed exercising. Otherwise I and everyone else around me, was going to go mad. And last weekend my chariot arrived in all it’s glory to meet me in Keswick.

I was presented with a practically new SCOTT Contessa Genius bike to borrow from the demo fleet.

From the moment I lifted it out the van, I was sold. It has a carbon frame so can be carried on your shoulder with no bother (lucky, as the adventures it was going to get to go on that first day were slightly challenging) And it wasn’t pink. Contessa is SCOTT’s women’s specific range of bikes, they have 12 different models just in the mountain bikes department, and then there’s road bikes, E-bikes, and hybrids. Check out the range here.

After a brief explanation of the various levers and a shock adjustment from Gareth we were off on the Boradale Bash, with a twist. Never having been to the Lake District when I can remember at least, I had no real concept of what we were about to take on. Basically we were going to circumnavigate Derwent Water, the lake that Keswick sits on, clockwise. But instead of travelling at lake level we were going to go along the hill tops.

This plan is one of Jaymie Mart’s favourite rides. The skills that this girl possesses on a bike are unmatched by many man or beast, so I knew we were in for a good challenge and a lot of laughs.

The day involved some definite hike-a-bike parts, technical decents and smooth flowing sections.

With my trusty Contessa hooked over my shoulder I happily ambled up the side of Catbells, stoked on the 27lbs weight tag that it shouts about.

The moments of gold came with the reactions we got from everyone descending from the mighty summit of Catbells as we climbing up the side. There were two major issues they were having with us:

1. The effort involved lugging a bike up to the top and what on earth were we going to ride down on the other side

2. There was a constant gale blowing at the top and surely we’d be blown off once on a bike on the top.

We thought about both these factors, the first one covered as Jaymie had ridden down plenty times before and had explained that we would need to carry bikes in sections. No problem.

The wind. A slight potential issue but since we were already a good chunk of the way up, we’d just keep going to see the views. 

So it became easier to tell people we were in training, for what they asked? ‘Kite biking to the South Pole’ we replied. That shut them up pretty quickly. Others just stared and stated ‘You’re bonkers’.

And so we continued on up to the top, were rewarded with stunning views and a gnarly ride down with a strong side breeze.  This is when my new noble steed stepped it up a notch or two. After the first descent I has forgotten to click the lever which changes the rear shock from 95mm (3.7”) to 150mm (5.9”).  So this time I was prepared with 150mm beneath me, off I went on the cushiest bike I’ve ever ridden. Stoked.

All in all, well worth the effort for an epic adventure, hours of entertainment and the look on people’s faces. Highly recommended. And as for the bike, an ideal day to challenge it’s make-up and it shone through. Sorry Cat, not sure how you’re going to pry this bike off of me. Thanks again.

Danny MacAskill

Scottish Red Bull athlete Danny MacAskill – “Way Back Home” – NEW street trials riding short film

mad skills on a wee trip through bonnie Scotland from Edinburgh to Skye