Jonathan and Gareth are two New Zealand photographers heading out on a photo series Schwinn adventure on their Schwinn Rocket 1s.
You can learn more about the duo and their journey in their interview Before the Adventure Begins.
Having checked out the local options in our neighbourhood we figured it was time to head out west to the famed Woodhill bike park, our city’s premier bike park. Putting in the hard yards to climb and gain some height came first but we were quickly rewarded as we experienced our first taste of the well crafted and groomed downhill tracks.
Weaving and whipping through the trees was pure joy and the shade provided meant we didn’t take a beating from the brutal New Zealand sun. In between sections of the forest there were scenes that had recently been cut down which offered some contrasting scenes to play with and we had a good time ripping skids through the metal and kicking up a bit of dust here and there.
As we gained confidence we upped the ante and tried some more challenging technical trails. We were surprised to find ourselves riding in parts we never would have thought possible at the start of the day. Picking our path carefully through the roots and humps and really leaning in through those berms.
By the end of the day we found ourselves hitting the downhill with more speed than before and were even popping off the jumps on the track. When we made it back to the car our bodies were sore but hungry for more. It was so exciting to explore this playground that realistically is at our back door, we definitely can’t wait to return and continue to grow in confidence and build to some of the more advanced trails next time.
Jonathan and Gareth
Jonathan and Gareth are two New Zealand photographers heading out on a Schwinn adventure on the Schwinn Rocket 1s,
See more from Jonathan on his Facebook page: Jonathan Suckling Photography
Learn more about Gareth on his Facebook page: Gareth Sutcliffe Photography