How did you find out about the Timber Trail? And why did you choose to ride it?
Some of my friends rode this trail a few years ago and I volunteered to drop a car for them at the end of the trail and ride my road bike back up to the start on the road to pick up their car. Little did I know the road ride was gradually uphill the whole way, and I said to myself, next time I’m going to go down this hill on a MTB not up it! They highly recommend the ride and so I couldn’t wait to give it a go.
I asked my coach about the ride and he had done it and loved it too so we tried to find a time that it would work with my training program. We decided May would be a good time as I was just coming back from a break after a busy track season with Worlds and the Commonwealth Games right after each other.
What was your highlight on the Trail?
The whole ride was a huge highlight for me. Both my husband and I had never really been MTB before so it was a totally new experience. The swing bridges in particular were such a great way to see an amazing view of the nature all around us. Seeing that kind of beautiful, untouched and pristine scenery makes me so proud to be a kiwi and so happy to call New Zealand home.
My husband loved the fast down hill sections and (being an engineer) thought the tunnel was pretty neat too.
I kept saying to my husband ‘this is so epic’, ‘why haven’t I ever done this before’. I really enjoyed it so much and can’t wait to have another go at it sometime in my next off-season. It was a good balance of challenging and enjoyable.