Our Mountain Bike Community
The hub, heart &
of Bike Glendhu
What’s going on out at Bike Glendhu
Sponsored by Velo
Our friends at Velo Café are stoked to be bringing you the 2021 Falcon’s Quest, a race to the top! Be ready to ride for 9 am when the gates open. The race will start just past the gates and will be self-guided to the top (via Adze Up, not the 4WD track).
Categories: First Male Analogue Bike, First Female Analogue Bike, First Male E-Bike, First Female E-Bike.
Velo will also be putting on a scavenger hunt for the kids along the new green Family Loop. Kids can follow the spray-painted clues to find their coloured rocks which can be redeemed for treats at the café. The first three kids back to base with their rocks win a special prize!
After your ride, join us back at Base 334 for tasty food, new beers on tap and general good vibes in the beer garden.
No registration required, just be ready to ride at 9am.
GLENDHU SUPREME: PART 1
Watch this space. Details coming soon!
CRANKWORX SUMMER SERIES
Crankworx is coming to Bike Glendhu. Crankworx has officially announced their summer series tour through the South Island which will see world class mountain bike riders competing in events in Central Otago, Wānaka and Queenstown.
The series will give up-and-coming riders and locals the chance to mix, mingle and drop in with some of the world’s best mountain bikers.
Bike Glendhu will be hosting the final segment of the tour on our Dual Slalom Course December 11 & 12 which will also be live broadcast on crankworx.com. For those looking to get amongst, there will be race categories for Pros, Amateurs and CWNEXT racers. Details will be released soon, with registration open as of Monday, September 20! Those keen should keep their eyes locked on @crankworxrotorua on Instagram for details.
For spectators who want to watch it all go down, the Crankworx Summer Series New Zealand will be free to attend.
- November 27-28: Matangi Station Mountain Bike Park, Alexandra
- December 4: Skyline Queenstown
- December 4-5: Queenstown
- December 9: Cardrona Alpine Resort
- December 11-12: Bike Glendhu, Wānaka
Crankworx Rotorua’s Event Director Ariki Tibble explains: “Crankworx has played a key role in raising the profile of Rotorua as a destination over the past 6 years. The mountain biking scene has taken off, and seen us become a key destination on the list for riders, from families to avid riders and the world’s best. We know how powerful this has been for the region, and this is the first opportunity we’ve had to unlock these benefits for other regions in our country. The mountain biking in Central Otago is out of this world, not to mention its world-renowned scenery and epic summers. It’s inspiring to see young people riding alongside their heroes and appreciating the trails we have in our own backyard. We can’t wait to bring a grassroots version of our Crankworx Festival to Central Otago.”
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.
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.
Rick is a mountain biker through and through. He frickin loves it and has ever since he first got on one in 1988. In his own words “Tramping and road cycling were officially over. Hello dirt, mud and scars.” Now he works with bikes all day and every day at Outside Sports. He’s a fan of everything riding and sharing it with the community. He’s spent many a year organising races, fun rides, biking trips, and exploring new trails and terrain, and racing XC like a boss. He’s a huge supporter of Glendhu and giving the biking community here something to get stoked about, ad how fitting that he was the 1990 (or ’91… or ’92… he can’t quite remember) NZ Dual Slalom champ!
If you’re in town and want to hear more about Glendhu, swing by the Outside Sports bike shop and Rick will happily chew your ear off.
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.