DesperadoTrailblazer

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Love to get out on my bike!
In the Northwest US, I rode three of the five last summer... I'd rate Big Sky far ahead of both Grand Targhee and Silverfish.
Desperado   on Apr 24, 2018
added a review of Reefton to Big River
 

There are better trails in Reefton although this one does offer a challenge and has some mining heritage interest and...
Desperado   on Mar 31, 2018
added a review of Craigieburn Forest
 

Just rode it again. Still one of the best "challenging sub-alpine back-country adventure rides" on the planet. Only surpassed by...
 

Now I don't want to be negative - Whaka Forest is still the best bike park in New Zealand and...
Desperado   on Mar 1, 2018
added a review of The Timber Trail
 

This in New Zealand's premier two day, intermediate, back-country adventure ride. It has surreal hobbit forest, the longest swing bridges...
Desperado   on Jan 21, 2018
added a review of Coal Pit Spur Track
 

I liked riding through NZ beech forest on this trail. It has some great moments and I've (over)rated it 5...
Desperado   on Dec 13, 2017
added a photo of Wakamarina
 
Photo is from https://marlboroughnz.com/guides/biking/wakamarina-track
Desperado   on Dec 10, 2017
added a review of Zoot
 

Short but very sweet! It is somewhat rutted so it demands very good balancing skills. It's below Rude Rock on...
Desperado   on Dec 10, 2017
updated Bridge to Nowhere conditions to
 
Desperado   on Dec 10, 2017
added a review of Bridge to Nowhere
 

This is a stunning one day out-back ride into history - a place of myths, legends and icons. There is...
Desperado   on Dec 10, 2017
added a review of Pirongia Forest
 

You gotta love this little mountain bike network! Nice trails that don't need a lot of pedal work and a...
Desperado   on Nov 16, 2017
added 2 photos.
 
Desperado   on Mar 19, 2017
added 3 photos.
 
Desperado   on Mar 19, 2017
added Salt Water Creek
 
Salt Water Creek runs along the southern edge of Timaru. The trail follows the left bank of the creek from...
Desperado   on Feb 18, 2017
added a review of Kataore
 

It's a hand built, very technical trail with lots of roots that you often drop off, frequently wet and slippery....
Desperado   on Feb 10, 2017
added a review of Lankey Creek Tram Track
 

Partly historic tram track, partly hiking track - it's a schizophrenic trail! And there is a lot of push and...
Desperado   on Jan 26, 2017
added a photo of Mt Vic Easy
 
Desperado   on Jan 26, 2017
added a review of Mt Vic Easy
 

Mount Vic Easy is generally wide with a good surface but it's very undulating and quite steep it places. It's...
Desperado   on Jan 26, 2017
added a review of Shuttlecock
 

It's a short and sweet grade 4 downhill trail. You wouldn't go out of your way for it but it's...
Desperado   on Jan 26, 2017
updated Mt Vic Easy conditions to Good
 
Desperado   on Jan 22, 2017
added a review of Erua Forest Trail
 

I haven't actually ridden this trail but I do know that it's not one of the most popular on this...
Desperado   on Jan 13, 2017
added a review of Twin Coast Cycle Trail
 

The trail is finally completed. As it's close to Auckland it could become New Zealand's most popular family-scenic, weekend-break, mellow-adventure,...
Desperado   on Jan 13, 2017
replied to Road trip of a lifetime
 
Hey Jim!  I can join you for a week in July!  Woohoo!   I'll be in touch so we merge!
 

You need intermediate or better skills to enjoy this excellent little bike park. It's very popular with locals so it...
Desperado   on Dec 26, 2016
added a review of Kirwans Track
 

This is a very tough ride. You climb over 1000 vertical metres to the hut - it's relentless. Views at...
Desperado   on Dec 26, 2016
added a review of Welcome Rock Trails
 

I love these Central Otago back-country rides in tussock country where the views go on forever. Another good one is...
Desperado   on Nov 22, 2016
added a review of Cristchurch Adventure Park
 

Jim, did you really say "rad-sick"???... You need to take more care on your bike and stop landing on your...
Desperado   on Oct 9, 2016
added 3 photos.
 
Desperado   on Oct 9, 2016
added Col de Balme
 
The Col de Balme is the pass between France and Switzerland at the head of the Chamonix valley. It will...
Desperado   on Oct 1, 2016
added a review of The Old Ghost Road
 

Don't underestimate the challenge of this amazing trail; it is only suitable for fit, advanced riders. It's a tough, alpine...
Desperado   on Dec 17, 2015
added a review of Coronet Peak Trails
 

The Coronet Peak trails give you the feeling of being on top of the world. They are stunning. Rude Rock...
Desperado   on Dec 17, 2015
added a review of Skippers Pack Track
 

I love these rides with history, heritage and stunning scenery. Don't miss it and don't turn round at the bottom;...
Desperado   on Dec 17, 2015
added a review of Coro XC
 

It starts at the top of the chair lift but the chair lift only works in the ski season so...
Desperado   on Dec 15, 2015
added a review of Rainbow Mountain Loop
 

This is a very special ride that you should save for a fine day. Take your swimming gear because you'll...
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