One of the problems (the key problem really) when reading someone else’s description of a ride in order to gain some meaningful information about it is that you have no real idea of what kind of a rider that person is. When they say “stiff climb”, what does that actually mean?
So – let’s begin with an introduction. I (50 something year old male, enjoys beer as much as riding) recently rode from the Waikori Road trailhead of the (almost) newly minted Paparoa Track up to Pororari Hut, a vertical gain of around 500m over roughly 17km of 100% rideable, beautifully constructed trail.
I rode in the company of a group of 30 to 40 year old mothers from Hokitika – best described as active and healthy enthusiastic recreators with varying degrees of “technical skill” on the bike (no one jumps their bike through the air, bunny hops and wheelies are not really part of the programme, switchback corners are approached with as much trepidation as concentration).
So we are a bunch of enthusiastic recreators with full modern full suspension bikes, but no one here is wearing full face helmets or riding with their hair on fire and adrenaline coursing through their veins.