RIDES | Juliana Joplin
Jodie Fa’avae started mountain biking in 1990, she borrowed a front suspension mountain bike in 1992 and won her first New Zealand Downhill Mountain Bike Title. Her second downhill race was the American Junior Final Round in Colorado, and her third race was the World Championships in Canada. While picking herself and her bike up after crashing, Julie Furtado went whizzing past and went on to win her only World Downhill Title. Jodie went onto to win 7 NZ Downhill Titles. Fast forward to 2017, Jodie loves to ride with her children now 10,12 and 14-years old.
Jodie organises the biggest adventure race in New Zealand - The Torpedo7 Spring Challenge where teams of 3-women raft, bike and run. Jodie is rides a Juliana Joplin and has set her next challenge of competing in the NZ multi-day adventure race ‘GODZone’
Anja Mcdonald & Tristan Rawlence
ANJA RIDES| Juliana Roubion. Santa Cruz Stigmata. Santa Cruz Highball 29".
TRISTAN RIDES| Santa Cruz Hightower 29. Santa Cruz Stigmata. Santa Cruz Highball 29.
Peanut butter and jam, cheese and Marmite - all good things by themselves, but better together. The same could be said for Tristan and Anja, longtime Santa Cruz stalwarts. Although they're each high achieving riders in their own rights, these days it's hard to mention one with out the other.
Anja and Tristan hail from Rotorua and Nelson respectively and both had mountain biking in the blood from an early age. both have dabbled in the full spectrum of off-road racing, but biking, to them is much, much more than competition.
Back country missions with mates, thousand kilometer bike packing missions, high octane cyclocross hit outs or just a post work afternoon pedal, they're up for it.
Anja's also keen on seeing more people loving riding as much as she does and is a coach for Tasman based Wheel Woman clinics and the Nelson Krankin Kids program when time allows
Brenda Clapp & Chris Burr
BRENDA RIDES | Juliana Roubion, Bos Deville AM fork. Santa Cruz Highball 27.5, Bos Dizzy.
CHRIS RIDES | Santa Cruz 5010. Santa Cruz Chameleon 27Plus.
If you’re 26 or younger, Chris and Brenda aka 'Bob' have been riding mountain bikes longer than you have been alive. After many many years of racing mountain bikes around New Zealand and the world (with a couple of National and Oceania titles, and course records between them), they finally got tired of travelling to nice exotic locations and racing the same loop for 2 hours. So, the washed up XC racers got trail bikes, a Landrover and a dog, and started exploring. They can be spotted in an occasionally good camping spot, sneaking in a Tour Aotearoa or helping out at top notch events, like the ‘NZ Enduro, ‘DME’ and ‘Coppermine’, or at demo day doing bike set ups.
RIDES | Santa Cruz V10, BOS Idyll Fork. Santa Cruz Hightower 29.
Kieran has spent most of his life on two wheels starting out on motorbikes and bmx's before finding a passion for mountain biking, mostly of the downhill variety. This eventually led to several years racing in Europe and the USA on the World Cup downhill circuit.
His impressive CV includes 2012 NZ #4, 2008 Oceania Champion, 2x US National DH Round Wins, 2007 NZ National Champion, 2006 NZ #3, 2005 NZ Junior National Champion.
These days he resides in Christchurch where he works in sales and marketing while still racing Enduro and downhill races throughout New Zealand.
RIDES | Juliana Nevis, Bos Dizzy fork. Juliana Furtado
Mountain Biking Cross country 2015 U17 Woman's NZ National and Oceania Champ
Mountain Biking Cross country 2014 U17 Woman's NZ National and Oceania Champ
RIDES | Santa Cruz Tallboy. Santa Cruz Highball 29".
A 24 year old professional On and Off-road Triathlon athlete from Rotorua, New Zealand. Living and training in Rotorua, a mecca for mountain biking, trail running, and open water swimming, Olly has the perfect platform to chase his dreams. Olly has been a previous Xterra 20-24 age group World Champion, Asia-Pacific 70.3 Champion, New Zealand Elite Cross Triathlon Champion, and was 1st New Zealander home at the Xterra New Zealand Champs in 2013 and 2014 where he finished 3rd professional. Olly has already achieved over 10 Xterra World Tour podiums in the past three years and won his first World Tour race at the Motatapu Xterra in early 2016. More...
RIDES | Juliana Roubion
Wellington-based Canadian Meagan Robertson only found true love (of mountain biking) in 2010 in Squamish BC when her flatmate introduced her to sport, she introduced him to his wife – she reckons they’re even. Since transplanting to Wellington in 2011, Meagan has thrown herself into the scene wholeheartedly. She attended her first Revolve Cycling ride months after arriving, and has been invested in the women’s cycling club ever since – first as a ride leader, then as a committee member and, more recently, as president. Keen to use her skills – as a communications/PR specialist – to contribute to the trails she enjoys, she joined Trail Fund NZ in 2013 as their communications manager. There’s nothing Meagan enjoys more than seeing women getting involved in, and realising the awesomeness of, mountain biking. This motivated her to help coach the next generation of women MTBers through the Wellington Off-Road Department (WORD), where she guides the 10-12 year old shredders of tomorrow!
In her “spare” time, she also writes articles and reviews for NZMTBR, Licence to Chill and other MTB publications.
RIDES | Santa Cruz Bronson, Bos Deville Fork.
Chris has ridden SantaCruz bikes since the first shipment landed in NZ back in the 90's. From a solid racing background, he's whittled things down to one event each year he'll still take seriously and that's the DME. Chris runs MTB Skills Clinics, NZ's longest running (since 2004) skills provider, and he also runs the BOS NZ Service Centre. Having been involved with trail advocacy since he started mountain biking, with MTBNZ and as a life member of the Nelson MTB Club, 'Mildie' now puts a bunch of time into chairing the MTB Trails Trust, driving trail development and advocacy across the Top of the South, without doubt an amazing place to ride trails. On a national level he's also part of an advisory panel for the NZ Recreation Association, an organisation that is moving to make a real difference for recreational mountain biking in NZ.
RIDES | Ibis HD3, Ibis 741 wheels. Ibis Mojo3, Ibis 742 wheels.
Georgia is a 19 year old Enduro Mountain Bike racer with a passion for competitive racing whilst balancing Canterbury university studies, working and of course, riding with friends. She loves the race environment and all the people she's met on the way - if you get stuck with her in a 6 hour enduro you will be exhausted - not from riding, but from talking! She loves any track that's steep, rocky and rough and Hyperformance Hardware has supported Georgia since 2012 - back when she was just 15. Winner of the U21 class at Enduro World Series Round 1 in Rotorua 2015 and 2x Dodzy Memorial Enduro Winner, 'GP' is always trying to be faster, and stronger with the help of her bright blue Ibis HD3, a bike she dearly loves. She's focused on completing her Commerce degree in Marketing and Information Systems in 2017, hoping for good results both on and off the bike.
RIDES | Juliana Furtado.
Emma is the founder of Wheel Woman, mountain bike workshops for woman in the South Island. In 2015 she successfully launched the Krankin' Kids coaching programme for kids aged 7 -15 years. Emma has been riding mountain bikes for more than 20 years and has a racing background with six years racing on the national mountain bike circuit. Now a mum she enjoys sharing skills to help other woman feel empowered and happy on their bikes and to develop the next generation of shredders. More...
RIDES | Ibis HD3
It's fair to say that Loui is obsessed and totally immersed in all things mountain biking - race organisation, trail building, coaching and racing. He has a real passion for people and the sport involving himself in the Nelson Mountain Bike Club as part of an amazing crew of people who volunteer their time to make Nelson a greater place to ride bikes.
Loui loves competition and after consistently proving himself in the tough Nelson race scene and taking second place in the 2016 Top Gun Enduro (a highlight of the season) he has officially changed his sporting goals and left the Rugby pathway (Nelson Bays, Tasman under-20 and Tasman Makos B) to focus on EWS rounds in 2017 whilst continuing with the NMTB club events and trail building for next summer.
RIDES | Santa Cruz Highball 27.5”, Santa Cruz 5010, Bos Deville 140 fork, Ibis 741 wheels
Brian has been having adventures around the globe for along time, generally up high and far from civilisation. He’s been riding mountain bikes since the 80’s and has combined his passion for wilderness and biking into many out there adventures.
A stalwart of the Golden Bay Mountain Bike Club, Brian has been instrumental in the running of the Club’s annual Milk and Honey Race, an event like no other! In his day job, Brian works as a guide on the Nelson’s famous back country trails the Heaphy Track and Old Ghost Rd and also guides on cycles tours in the outer reaches of the cycling world through western China and Kyrgyzstan.
For kicks Brian has a knack for riding a long way, like a really long way. Always a contender in local bikepacking epics like the Kiwi and Great Southern Brevets, he finished 5th in the 2016 Tour Divide, riding 4500km in 16.5 days.
RIDES | Santa Cruz Hightower, Santa Cruz Highball 29
Jonny has been riding and racing mountain bikes for a long time. He races cross country and enduro events and prefers his riding to be technically challenging. Some highlight events he's completed are Trans Provence, NZ Enduro, several EWS events, Coppermine, and Trans BC. He's also a Karapoti life member. But Jonny is at his happiest deep in the New Zealand back country surrounded by native trees, mountains, and rivers. He's not afraid to carry his bike for a few hours to find secret trails. A 10 hour adventure is good, but 20 hours is better!
Follow Jonny's jungle adventures on Instagram
RIDES | Santa Cruz Nomad.
Jonas has a long-standing passion for bicycles. He had a humble beginning picking gravel out of his knees as he struggled to stay upright off his rickety ramps as a youngster in rural Nelson. Now residing in Christchurch he balances a busy day job working as a product development engineer with training ,riding and racing mountain bikes all around New Zealand and abroad. In the past couple of years Jonas has focused on the Enduro racing discipline, finishing the 2016-2017 season with round 1 and 2 of the Enduro World Series (EWS). Up against the best in the world he finished a respectable 50th in Rotorua and 44th in Tasmania.