I'm sure most of you are sick of hearing about The Dodzy Memorial Enduro. And sick to the back teeth of images of said event assaulting your senses every time you open a browser.....those of you that didn't go that is. You lucky folk who managed to get an entry just lap up everything you can get your hands on don't you 'cause you want to be reminded how awesome your life was for two glorious days.
Those who have attended in the past may have heard smatterings of urban rumour about the day before the event when a lucky group of people get in early and thrash the place, practice race runs and scope out cheat lines. And what about Pizza night? And who are these people that get to stay in the three luxurious huts in the park? Where there's smoke there are mirrors. It's not a big deal really....No really...!
I have learnt over the years that no one reads anything so I'm concentrating on a photo essay here.
Day minus one: Just trying to get to Wairoa Gorge.
Day Zero (this is the day you're all wondering about).
The original trail crews get together to ride and talk about a life well lived when life was simple....Wake, eat, dig, talk shite, play pranks, ride, eat ,drink, sleep and nothing else to think about but tomorrow.
Then add in a photo and video crew from Spoke Magazine and chaos ensues.
NOTE: I haven't got any pics of the video edit going on...I wasn't allowed to hang out with the A-team. What the hell ???
Day One: Practice day (you all know it from here on in). Some people practice, others ride random trails. All done with old friends and new. There is an orderly system of riding, queuing, shuttling and riding again. If you aren't riding with your buddies you may never see them again until tomorrow.
Day Two: Broken after a glorious day of trail riding and banter you all drag your sorry asses back to the gorge to pit yourselves against friend and foe for bragging rights in the following weeks to come.
So there you have it. As you can see I was flat out making sure everything went to plan. A great weekend of mates, bikes, food, beer and riding as fast as possible on amazing trails. It's not hard to see why race entries sell out in a couple of minutes.
See you all in 2018. Can't wait! (gee I hope I get invited again).
Pop over to SPOKE MAGAZINE to check out all the hard work the team put in to make this cool clip