As we set out on this roadtrip we didn’t really know what to expect. I had never been to New Zealand, and Andy had only been to go snowboarding. The closest we’d got to riding in the region was reading and hearing (perhaps a little too often) about our boss Wade’s New Zealand trip last year. If our trip was half as good as Wade’s sounded then we were in for something special.
Our plan was to spread the 301km of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail over three days. This would give us enough time to enjoy the scenery and take in some little detours along the way.
The trail is technically a mountain bike trail but to make the most of the challenge we opted for CX bikes. As roadies, we’re used to pointing out every little pebble and pothole during group rides, so we were looking forward to getting off road and seeing where the trail would take us.