Our Mountain Bike Community
The hub, heart &
of Bike Glendhu
What’s going on out at Bike Glendhu
Opening Day 2022
Opening Day is scheduled for September 3, 2022! Keep your eyes peeled for updates closer to the day. Early Bird Passes go on sale August 1st.
The Folk Helping Us Bring Biking Dreams To Life
Whyte Bikes are an award-winning British bicycle company with a focus on performance and design. Superb aesthetics combined with the best handling.
Every Whyte is designed to create a unique chemistry with its rider to let you go faster, further and more comfortably in total confidence.
Whyte were an obvious choice for our rental fleet for many reasons – they’re committed to giving people the best riding experience possible, and have a vested interest in growing the biking community.
Whyte’s NZ base is in Wānaka, meaning the level of service for our rental fleet is second-to-none, as the Whyte staff frequent the trails on any occasion possible and can often be found in the workshop talking bikes with Alex and the team.
Designed from the mountains, for the mountains.
Born in Wānaka in 2009, Mons Royale designs performance merino clothing for the mountains. Merino baselayers are breathable, warm, and anti-odour, and with Mons being bold and edgy, suddenly base layers that were purely functional in the past became acceptable for après.
Mons quickly grew beyond winter baselayers to include active apparel for the summer and eventually, a range of mountain bike garments. Today, Mons offers the most comprehensive layering system for your snow sports, high performance bike apparel for your time on two-wheels and merino for the life in between.
Mons used ZQ certified Merino. ZQ stands for a better quality of life. For animals, for our planet and for you. ZQ farmers believe in farming sustainably and live for the ZQ values. Animal Welfare, Environmental Sustainability, Social Responsibility, Quality Fibre that is Traceable.
Partnering with Mons is a no-brainer for us. Not only is their gear perfect for the conditions at Glendhu, but having them based just down the road means we have a great relationship and the brands can support one another on many levels.
The Mons team have set up an epic space at the park, so pop in and pick yourself some sweet kit for your biking wardrobe.
Local Wanaka native James Hay started brewing refreshing, sessionable craft beers under the b.effect name back in 2015. All b.effect beers use the best local ingredients to create unique flavour profiles that are perfectly suited for the mountains and lake all year-round. James and the team at b.effect play a huge part in supporting the Wānaka mountain bike community. Where there’s a local event, the b.effect team won’t be far behind!
Change is our only constant, and we’re inspired by Edward Lorenz’s Butterfly Effect: small changes can cause great effects. Our philosophy is built on highlighting small changes in the brewing process that have large effects on the final product. Small changes in individual variables like using Pinot Noir yeast or fermenting and aging the beer in barrels display how small changes can have a great effect on the beer. All our beers are extensively researched and re-brewed as many times as needed to become the best beer that can be made.
In 2019, James teamed up with Matt and Anna Lamming (owners of local eatery Urban Grind and the Hawea Hotel) to create b.social, a local brewery serving up delicious craft beers and tasty food in the heart of Anderson Heights. They took an old car mechanic shop and turned it into the brewery of their dreams – complete with an outdoor beer garden, upstairs mezzanine and beer tasting room.
BlackFox Ride provides skills courses and camps to give you the skills to confidently explore our environment. We run mountain bike skills courses for everyone and also women’s specific skills courses for ski, bike and surf (Mission WOW).
Whether you are new to mountain biking and want to learn the basics correctly from the start or have been riding for a while and are looking for a refresher or techniques to push your riding to the next level we have you covered.
We believe that purposeful practice is important – you don’t need to be training for an event to be motivated; knowing what you need to work on to keep improving helps fuel your desire to get out and do it. It’s about breaking down the barriers that stop you from trying something new, or pushing yourself that little bit harder – the stoke that comes from achieving a goal or conquering a nemesis never grows old.
The legends that we support that support us!
When we were dreaming up what our ambassador programme might look like, we knew one thing – we wanted our ambassadors to reflect the community that we have out at Bike Glendhu. They didn’t need to be the best riders, or have the most Instagram followers, they just needed to be good people who care about growing our community, getting more people on bikes and sharing this epic piece of land with like-minded folk.
Conor is (in his own words) an “alright” rider and (in our words) one of the nicest guys around. He is Queenstown-based but has been a huge supporter of what we are doing out here from the beginning. He’s known for his tricks and flips but actually loves to spend a day on the trail bike pedaling to maintain his fitness. You’ll see him over here from time to time getting his pedal on, and you’ll see his face in a lot of our material. He’s photogenic as.
Wanaka-based Phoebs has also been a long-time supporter of Glendhu, being one of the first out here exploring the hill before there were even trails to ride. She’s lived in Wānaka from about age 12 and since jumping on a DH bike at 15, biking has become a huge part of her life. She’s since switched to racing Enduro and while she loves racing, the thing she loves most about biking is sharing it with mates, experiencing amazing places and meeting rad people.
Toby sums up Bike Glendhu’s fizz for biking. He encourages riders to do whatever you love on the bike, express yourself, have fun no matter what your ability, and not worrying what others think. He loves getting out there on the bike whether its pedalling to Falcons Nest, pumping out jump line laps with the crew, or gravel bashing the millennium trail – he’s just always having a good time on the bike. Toby is a key player in the Wanaka mountain bike community, organising the Super Series social races and other fun events to get people involved and help people find their inner ripper!
Emily is ‘stralian. But we don’t hold that against her. She and her husband and two boys moved out here 4 years ago to build a life in the mountains and have quickly become a big part of our Wānaka & Glendhu community. Emily runs Good Roots which supplies Velo with those epic snickers bars, amongst other treats. You’ll find the Bugg-Harris fam out here pretty much every weekend. “Biking has brought me so much joy – I haven’t felt that since I was a kid. It gives me freedom, adrenaline and a real sense of accomplishment as I am forever improving and learning.” Doesn’t get any better than that.
Known for her loud and infectious giggling, as much as her sweet skills on a bike, American-born Ash can be heard from miles away, which is rather helpful when bringing people together! As the founder of WORD, a non profit youth MTB organisation, she quite possibly has the best job in the whole world. Ash has been integral to the development of the NZ MTB Instructor Qualifications over the years and travels around Aotearoa to train and assess mountain bike instructors. She was put her on this planet to bring some sunshine, we’re just lucky it comes in the form of mountain biking and baked goodies.
A professional skier, Miguel has recently rekindled the love for mountain biking he had as a kid. He believes there is a lot of cross-over with the ski and bike frame of mind and is keen to use his profile to encourage more skiers to get back on their bikes by coming and sampling the flow trails at Glendhu. Miguel, born in bred in Wānaka is passionate about the place and thinks everyone should visit and sample the mountains and epic landscapes, whether it be on skis, on a bike, or just viewing from a beanbag with one of our local brews in hand.
Lottie, like a lot of Wānaka residents, is a skier first. But like many of us, quickly realised that if she didn’t get stuck into biking then she might not see a lot of her friends in the summer months. She got a bike, did a Mission WOW skills course and hasn’t looked back since. Fitness is a big part of Lottie’s life so if you bump into her at the summit it’s likely she’s ridden out from town along the millennium track first! She loves riding with her girl-gang and is a massive advocate for getting more females on bikes.
Braden is a world champion multi-sport athlete based in Wānaka.
Braden has a number of accolades to his name, but the ultimate endurance race on the planet, Kona, is his current focus.
You’ll find the Curries out here often, enjoying some down time and the beauty of Glendhu as a family.
Bri is Canadian turned Wanaka local. She loves all things to do with the mountains and is passionate about exploring and sharing experiences with others in the outdoors. Originally a soccer player of 20years, knee injuries helped her discover mountain biking. She raced XC for a few years then found enduro was more enjoyable. Bri is a teacher of outdoor pursuits and PE at mount aspiring college, then coaches mountain biking in the evenings. Her favourite part of riding is learning and sharing the experience with others, as well as the challenge and freedom riding a bike can bring.
A photographer & filmmaker with a passion for riding bikes, Ray moved back to Wanaka 9 years ago to get the most out of work & life in Central Otago. He loves everything about mountain biking in the summer & hitting the slopes in winter. He can often be seen ripping the trails chasing some riders with his camera bag. Ray does a lot of work filming with the ilabb team and runs the company Hoiho Media (www.hoihomedia.com)
Lui is a young Shepard just down the road from bike Glendhu at West Wanaka Station. He’s been riding for the last 5 or so years and been racing downhill nationally for the last three seasons. Aside from racing he just loves getting out riding. Whether its racing or cutting laps at at the bike parks, its all sick times.
Kalani has been in love with mountain biking from a young age and is an up-and-coming DH and enduro rider and racer. In the Crankworx Summer series she won the overall amateur women division, along with 1st in the Dual Slalom here at Bike Glendhu. She frequently is at the park riding with friends and family, and also coaches with WORD where she enjoys teaching kids who enjoy the sport as much as her. When she’s not riding you will find her lifeguarding at the Wanaka swimming pool.
An avid and super motivated outdoorsman, Charlie has grown up playing in the outdoors of Wanaka. Whether it be skiing, biking or just going on a mission in the mountains, Charlie takes it to the next level. He recently turned pro riding for Specialized, and last summer nabbed his first EWS podium at Val Di Fassa. He loves riding in the mornings, and you can often find him up on the hill as soon as the gates open. He’s a friendly approachable guy that is passionate about getting people into riding bikes and building trails.
Thomas is a born and bred local ripper who you will find riding at Glendhu on a weekly basis. He loves racing enduro, DH and dual slalom and says Glendhu has been the perfect training ground. His training has paid off this year with a 1st overall in his category in the Crankworx Summer Series. Keep an eye on this young ripper! When not riding or at school you will find Thomas surfing, skiing, or working at the local bike shop.