This is awesome. In this time of absolute weirdness it's great to have some "normal" athlete life battles to provide support for. You go Katy!! My family has followed your progression for the last few years and it is an inspiration to us. My kids who are 14, 12 and 10 think you rock! Us as mum and dad have done heaps of racing but the kids need bigger heroes. Those who struggle through and overcome obstacles in their lives, especially in the mtb area are meeting that need. Even though in NZ we have lots of great racers your story strikes a chord with us for its honesty and we can really relate to it. Especially for the washed-up old school racers like mum and dad ha ha. Never say die though eh. The single speed NZ world champs in 2017 was mum and dads latest race but not our last! The kids are now boosting gaps and aspiring to be EWS racers thanks to the likes of you Katy. Lots of community support here in NZ. Go well with your new program. We will enjoy your racing experiences no matter what the outcome. Enjoy yourself and know that you are having an extremely positive influence on the next generation of riders, racers or otherwise. Well done!
On my bucket list for sure. And if the trip gets salted with some adversity then that just adds to the adventure right! Ridden some in BC but a Chillies trip is yet to come about. One of many places on the planet I'm keen to experience but have not yet made it to..bring it on!
Rad. The initial brake squeal goes on for ages…..must be pretty damn steep even though it's hard to tell otherwise. That 20′ drop to start is cool…..the clip doesn't really show just how steep the line must be but what a sweet run. Would love to have the skills to nail that!
Rode some trails there with my wife on a pre-kids trip from NZ about 10 years ago. Hung out with some cool locals and had a rad time. Great beers and some sweet flowing single-track. Very cool memories and on the bucket list for a return visit. Looks likes things have got even better!
No stitches but got a damn big graze/bruise from log stall/pecker meets stem mishap back in the late 80's…..rode with part of an old foam grip zip-tied to the stem for a few years after that. Never had a repeat but the the memory of doing a John Wayne walk for a week after kept me extra careful while log hopping. Not anywhere near as bad as this fella though….ouch!
I've crashed my bike lots pushing the envelope during the last 30 years….guess that counts as practice….
Damn funny. And Rad! Made my day.
Three Kiwis in the top ten!! Superb effort fellas….and great to see Danny back up there after so long
I liked it. But then I do enjoy drop bar bikes off road (as well as my 820 wide bars on my Norco Range of course. Nothing like a bit of variety to spice life up a bit eh). Good riding Kerry. Enjoyed that.
Uncle Dave and Caleb plus Konas….what more can we ask for. Great job guys. Also great to see some Whitaker's Chocolate in the esky next to Ferrentino…. see your influence there Caleb. Keep up the good work!
Nice. After all, RAW is the new EPIK….but it did look fun, not just taking the piss out of RAW.(I like my rides RAW too…ha ha 🙂
Ah the memories….wtf happened to 'Pineapple Bob'? Wonder if he's wearing an AM helmet these days or if the concussions finally nailed him. Always thought the MB-zipp was the business though back in the day. Couldn't get em' in en-z though so the Peterson approach had to be re-invented with a local flavor. Good flash-back to the early times….(even though lots of new standards keep appearing in my fleet, despite swearing that each new bike is 'the' one to satisfy the 'need'
Hmmm….so no more x-ups then?? Currently have a 29″ Fuel in the stable which I like lots. Have been waiting for the Plus version but not so sure about the 'Knock-back' addition. At a glance it looks like we are back in the realm of triple-clamps with no x-up options (bit of a fan of trying to make x-ups happen….not always successfully but I have fun trying). Tell me I'm wrong??……
Yep. With you on that. Pretty damn moving for sure. Neat to see such a great bond between Kelly and his dog. My family includes a great dog who we love to bits. It's an awesome part of your life! This is yet another side of Kelly to respect and appreciate. I feel sorry for Tui now that Kelly has gone…must be tough on the dog too
Thoughts go out to his partner, family and friends. Very sad news. Never met Kelly but have long admired his style and attitude - think the first pic I saw of him in Spoke magazine he was upside down on a pink Cove launched off a snow-covered ramp in Whistler or Squamish. Blew me away at the time. And then he turns out to be such a great dude as well. And he really seemed to pack his life full of fun. RIP Kelly. Well done on a life well lived. Sorry to see you go so young.