Still buzzing from our escapades in Derby, Tasmania our now, group of four, were moving on to the land of the Aotèaroa. This would not be a maiden voyage for any of us. It’s a place that we never seem to cross off our to-ride list; in New Zealand, there’s always another adventure. In fact, this was my fourth time visiting, and I’m sure that with my insatiable lust for life on two wheels, the growth of our sport, and the on-going construction of new trails, it will not be my last.
We all have that one adventure. The place we daydream about when we need to escape our current reality. For me, this is that one trip. I knew it the moment we started pedaling up our first trail, Axehead, actually, all six of us knew – Derby, Tasmania was about to steal our hearts. I’ve never encountered MTB trails purpose built with such attention to detail, with what I can only describe as true love for mountain biking made visible. Have I caught your attention? Good, because what I know for sure is that I will forever be dreaming of Derby’s masterfully constructed singletrack, and longing for the piece of my heart that I left behind…
Didn’t get enough riding done this summer? That's a silly question, you can NEVER get enough riding in! Still, winter typically comes on fast in the Okanagan - you’re never ready for that first snowfall and the immediate trail shut down that comes along with it (unless you’ve got a fat bike). Fly south to warmer climates with your bike in tow and satisfy that shoulder season riding itch!
BC, in November - ugh. For many of us, the riding season is coming to a close, but not for ALL of us. Sovereign Cycle team rider Jillian Thatcher got it right. She packed up her bike and headed south. Why? Because it's summer somewhere - Sedona, AZ to be exact! Here's Jill's take on extending the riding season with insight on biking, eating, sleeping, and repeating.
Remember the sales tag on the Sovereign swag you picked up in 2017 - $5 from every shirt is donated to a local not-for-profit trail advocacy group? Well, the year is up and we’ve made a tally of the money raised. Thanks to YOU, we are able to donate $525 to the West Kelowna Trail Crew! Thank you for your support - let’s see if we can beat that for 2018. Rumour has it the new t-shirts are gonna be dope!