[DR] With only 3 training weekends left before we go, it is time to move
on to race specific training. One of our race strategies is Speed
Toursim, making sure we get as much local flavour out of our travels.
Where better to practise than in Wellingtons hidden gem - Karori. Much
maligned by ignorant Wellingtonians as having poor weather & traffic
issues, Karori is in fact a high altitude mountain biking nirvana. Once
above the cloud, and if suitably dressed to prevent shivering, the views
and single track are stunning. We restricted our mtb tour to 3 kms of
my house, so started with Wrights Hill (Deliverance, or Salvation for
the Wimps - Me? a wimp!), then into Makara Peak MTB Park for a look at
the route for Sundays PNP MTB race and out via Zacs and varleys, along
Skyline to take in some different views then down into the cemetary
across to the upper St Johns Pool track to the Scout Den, and a final
sprint up Wrights Hill. Back down the Burrows Ave track (now legal to
ride) before heading home for hot soup & bread. All is well.