Please support the partners that have supported us as filmmakers. These are the companies and organisations that are truly supportive of the mountainbike community in New Zealand.
Rotorua is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. A three-hour drive from Auckland, it is an easily accessible weekend break, short stay holiday or a touring destination. Rotorua is a well-known mountain bike heaven. Just minutes from the city centre is a spectacular forest playground home to an extensive network of tracks. Towering Redwoods line the road leading to the Whakarewarewa Forest, guarding trails that weave through native and exotic trees. Riders can catch glimpses of Rotorua’s beautiful lakes, geothermal activity and brooding Mt Tarawera through the trees. Enthusiasts can easily fill an hour, a day, a weekend or longer with gentle or action-packed adventure. Entry to the forest is free.
Established in 1975 in the US, Nature Valley have devoted themselves to making the best tasting crunchy snack bars around. Nature Valley Crunchy snack bars are the perfect balance of great taste, and a healthy snacking option. Every bar is made with the natural goodness of whole grain oats and is free from artificial flavours and colours. One bite and you are away.
Spoke was created in 2001 by Caleb Smith and Emma Gee as a response to the vast amount of generic mountain bike magazines available at the time. Spoke strives to bring a fresh and innovative look at mountain biking through original content, bold design and high quality production values. It provides an unbiased look at the lives and activities of mountain bikers in Aotearoa, consistently pushing the boundaries of mountain bike photography and graphic design.
Based in Dunedin, New Zealand, Freeload has evolved out of an environment that uses design, ingenuity and the most advanced R&D technology available, to create products that respond to riders’ load-carrying needs. The Freeload rack is the world’s first fully adjustable bicycle carrier rack that can be fitted to the front or rear of all types of bikes. They create products that extend and enable exploration and enhance the recreation and transportation experience of the modern bicycle. They design and innovate products that encourage the uptake of long-range cycle touring, both on and off-road. They are passionate about discovery and adventure, whether it be in the design studio or off-road exploring the wilderness by bicycle.
Yeti has been building the best bikes on the planet since 1985. From their humble beginnings in a California garage to Yeti’s new digs in Golden, Co. It has been a great ride for Yeti Bikes. Yeti started as a labor of love in 1985, when John Parker, a welder who built movie sets in Hollywood, bought some jigs and fixtures from a defunct bicycle factory and applied his craft to making Yeti mountain bike frames. His early days were spent honing his craft in the back of Matt Sweeney’s special effects shop.
For more than 15 years, Yeti has been on the forefront of product development and one of the leading innovators in the bicycle industry. Driven by a passion for racing, Team Yeti has produced some legendary race teams that have included the best racers in the sport. Yeti has attracted a worldwide following they refer to as the Tribe. These Yeti freaks are hard-core, bike loving, fanatical devotees who often travel great distances to visit the venerable Yeti factory and meet the people who made their bike. The company’s factory is located in Golden, CO.
As a French company located near Saint Tropez on the Mediterranean, much of Urge Bike Products’ research and development has been undertaken by Fabien Barel, who himself hails from Nice, approximately 75 miles down the coast. With two World Downhill Championship titles and six French Downhill Championship titles to his credit, Fabien Barel is one of the most decorated athletes in the sport of mountain biking. He is also one of the most industrious.
When asked, Fabien Barel is quick to point out that he and his Mondraker teammates, Damien Spagnolo and Aurielien Giordanengo, are not simply mountain bike racers. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Fabien demands that the three riders, together with Paul Walton, a mechanical engineer by trade and the manager of the Mondraker Factory Team, do all of the R&D on the mountain bike equipment they employ to win races and earn their living. This includes the R&D for their head protection. Fabien Barel’s work with Urge Bike Products has led to the creation of some fabulous protective headgear.
Founded in 2003 by Luke Howard-Willis, his aim was to give the bike industry a shake up. It needed one. Goods were over priced, the range was limited and customers didn’t have a whole heap of choice. Now they do with Torpedo7 open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and a variety of exceptional specials. Torpedo7 are the leaders in on-line buying and selling for all goods bike, snow, motocross and adventure in both New Zealand and Australia. For the best range and service head to Torpedo7.com.
Contour, formerly known as VholdR, is the market leader in hands-free video cameras and adventure storytelling tools that enable modern day explorers to tell their stories of action, adventure and travel through video. Leading the way in making action video easy to shoot and share, Contour is dedicated to creating simple tools that enable hands-free capture and effortless sharing of video online with the world. The team at Revolution Products who import Contour HD into New Zealand have helped us out with the latest Contour HD video camera for the production of “Trailnotes”.
Pinkbike.com is the leading mountain biking website in the world. Their informative content and its community-oriented presentation supports the sport from the ground up, from the grassroots to the elite race and freeride scene. Pinkbike started as a local biking website in Calgary, Alberta 11 years ago and since grown into the face of mountainbiking online with over 1 million people visiting the site from around the globe each month. With a focus on bringing the photography and videography of biking to the masses, Pinkbike was the perfect parter to showcase the story to the global mountainbike community.
Creative Communities Rotorua is a partnership between Creative New Zealand and the Rotorua District Council. The scheme’s main focus is to stimulate and provide support to arts and culture projects that broaden community involvement; support the diversity and cultural traditions of local communities, enrich and promote their uniqueness and cultural diversity. It enables and encourages young people (less than 18 yrs) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.