The adventures of an average mountain biker on a neverending quest to ride all the best trails in the world.


Name: Richard Bailey

Age: 29

Nationality: British

Height: Tallish

Weight: 73kg

Beard length: 7.5cm

Bike: Pyga Pascoe Oneforty


April 4, 2018

I spent January in Sintra, near Lisbon. I was lucky enough to spend a day shuttling with WERIDE and chasing some very fast and talented riders. Have a read to find out more:

March 12, 2018

When the suggestion was made to make La Palma the destination for our Christmas holiday last year, I was immediately on board. La Palma is known for a few things: hiking, bananas, and beaches. In the mountain biking world it is also very well known for its big and stee...

February 22, 2018

It wasn't meant to be a good ride. Yesterday my derailleur committed suicide. Getting a replacement and fitting it ate into the time that I had set aside this afternoon for riding. By the time it was done, there was no time to get out to the "proper" trails on the othe...

January 16, 2018

My photos from four days of steep and loose riding with Atlantic Cycling over Christmas.

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July 27, 2017

Sometimes life is really awesome. Getting in a helicopter with your bike and getting flown to the top of an amazing trail definitely counts as one of those times. Check out the story on Rad Season:

April 24, 2017

This one was thanks to Lisa again. She was signed up to race the Lake Hawea Epic with some mates. One of them dropped out so I was talked into a 125 km XC race. When I missed the last registration date, I realised that I could still tag along and hit the fun trails in...

April 19, 2017

I spent Easter in and around Dunedin. I got wet.

Remember that German bikepacking friend of mine? Well, she suggested a weekend of mountain biking in Dunedin over Easter. Eager as ever to see new places I said yes.

We left on Good Friday, early in the morning. A tropical...

April 8, 2017

After a week that saw Christchurch hit by almost constant rain that peaked spectacularly with a cyclone, I probably should have thought twice about going riding as soon as the sun came out. The trails had turned to rivers as the Port Hill tried to shake off all the exc...

March 26, 2017

The Old Ghost Road is 85 km of man made trail, following a gold mining road that linked some (now) ghost towns and took workers through dramatic mountains to their mines. When a Kiwi friend posted an article about this trail on Facebook just after it opened, it immedia...

March 13, 2017

Bike. Check.

Pack. Check.

Beard. Check.

Beard. Check.

...and we are ready to go bikepacking.

That was my expectation when I agreed to an overnight mountain bike mission. It turns out that much more planning and preparation is needed. Fortunately I had been talked into the t...

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