ROLLIN’ REVIVAL

April 30, 2014 by

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Many many moons ago, this used to be a thriving little page with regular weekly content and an excited bunch of busy beavers pedaling and pushing to make Steady Rollin’ something fun for people to be part of.

Since then I moved to Sydney and so did Justin. Justin has since moved back and the guys are close together and rolling again. I figured it would make sense to pass on the keys to the blog to Justin, Mike and Jeff to resuscitate the blog and get things rollin’ again.

Things are different now- people have grown, got busy, got married, had babies, changed jobs, or avoided jobs entirely to become self employed entertainment tycoons, but we are all still the same. I roll on 4 wheels more than two, and Justin and Jeff are riding road bikes more, Mike is still the Semi Pro BMX’er and all are sporadic fixed gear riders.

Whatever happens I know it will inspire me to ride more here across the ditch, and chirp in occasionally. I sure miss everyone back in NZ I got the chance to ride with over the years.

Let the good times roll.

Ivan

T.WHITE Visits from Across the Ditch

September 10, 2012 by

How rad is this guy?? It was awesome to see Tim White grace our sunny shores last week. While over he hooked up and went for a rip around town with Mr Sweeney.

We may have had a few foamy beverages at some stage also.

It’s been a while..

May 14, 2012 by

Kuwahara’s were sweet. Found these two on the streets of Sydney. There has been a total drought on the blog since I moved to Aussie.

I miss the crew. Justin has been going back to Auckland riding a bit with the guys. We made a pact yesterday to ride more here. It’s been pretty busy.

Hope you are all good out there.

Cornwall Park

December 23, 2011 by

These are some shots from a ride I did with Mike and Jeff when I was back in AK. Miss you guys – have a great Christmas!

Oh and this shot from the Zoo I took a few days earlier.

Seaons greetings all!

Merde!

December 16, 2011 by

At the risk of this looking like a “stalker fanzone” site I wanted to post another few shots of Jenna in Paris, more here on Jenna’s Blog

I’m back in Sydney – up to Surfers Paradise for the weekend for events, more next week !

Oui Oui!

December 15, 2011 by

Jenna held her own in Paris, beat all the ladies and made it through the qualifiers into the dual rider pursuit. Said it was a bit full on and offputting racing another person on the track, still killed it.

The clip is here @RedBull France

Jenna is off to Paris!

December 7, 2011 by

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Managed to secure a spot for Jenna Makgill for Red Bull Mini Drome in Paris this weekend.

So Jetsetter Makgill boards and Emirates flight tomorrow destined for Charles De Gaul airport.

Incredibly stoked she will be representing NZ for the 2012 event final.

http://www.redbull.fr/cs/Satellite/fr_FR/Red-Bull-Mini-Drome/001243109137509?page=home

 

Behind the Homer

December 2, 2011 by

 

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December 2, 2011 by

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December 1, 2011 by

Here are some of the shots from the Homer Tunnel. I’m obsessed with the photos of the Kea’s. The Kea is one of the biggest parrots in the world, indigenous to New Zealand. Anyone who has spent time snowboarding in the South Island will testify to how rad they are, super social, inquistive and sometimes vandals. Here is the story:

Jenna Makgill is one of those rare humans to possess both integrity and passion. Integrity in her own beliefs, her social conscious and respect for the environment she breathes and lives in. Passion for everything she does. “Do what you love and you will be happy” A simple statement that is so easily forgotten by so many people in today’s hustle and bustle existence. Jenna loves riding her bike; she is very good at it. Jenna is good at it because she loves it.

“Riding my bike is a faster way to get round and it’s a better way for me to treat the environment; plus I just love riding bikes!” Jenna’s love of riding started in her childhood; she has been road racing since she was 13 yrs old and racing Downhill MTB from 15. “I had a real passion for downhill racing, but ever since I built up a fixed gear out back in a cycle shop I was working in, I was hooked” that was in 2007. “I would check out riders and bikes on the internet and it all just flowed from there” There goes that passion again. That passion led Jenna to two women’s Cycle Messenger World Champ titles in 2008 and 2011.

So when Red Bull asked Jenna what she wanted to ride next, the typically Jenna answer, loaded with a question was “Something big?” That simple statement would turn into an idea, the idea into a reality.

Enter the Homer Tunnel; 942m elevation, 1270m long, single lane with walls of unlined granite. A gruelling climb to the Eastern portal entrance, rising through glacial valleys shadowed by snowy sheer peaks, 1:10 tunnel gradient, in the pitch black to the western portal; which leads into steep switchbacks winding down out of the Homer Pass.

Hardly what you would call ‘nice’ riding territory.  No brakes, loose gravel on the corners, steep terrain and a temperature of  7 degrees centigrade. What did Jenna think of the scenario? “Sounds good, meet you at the airport”

The Homer Tunnel was opened in 1954 and is a New Zealand State Highway that connects Milford Sound to Te Anau and Queenstown by piercing the main divide at the Homer Saddle. William H. Homer discovered the Homer Saddle on 27 January 1889. Government workers began the tunnel in 1935, starting with five men using picks and wheelbarrows. The men lived in tents in a mountainous area where there was no direct sunlight for half of the year. At least three were killed by avalanches over the coming decades. Progress was slow with difficult conditions, these problems delayed the tunnel’s completion and opening until 1954.

The epic unspoilt wilderness area really struck Jenna; “Since being back from Germany, I have been eyeing up places to go within NZ, as I have avidly taken up bush running and wilderness adventuring. Basically just want to start appreciating what’s on my doorstep rather than long haul flights to nowhere”  Jenna reflects after the ride “The whole thing was awesome; riding through the tunnel; getting up in the dark; killing my legs to the point that I could barely walk the next days. Definitely an experience up there on my list of all time awesome things I have ever done”.


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