After we put a call out for riders from NZ to help grow the number of rides from New Zealand, Marty stepped up and offered to help grow our collection of rides from the region.
Lucky enough to call the stunning Wānaka in New Zealand home, Marty Robb (72) is one of our newest contributors.
For his next adventure, Marty is off to conquer the Alps to Ocean (A2O) route, a 300 km ride from Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru on the east coast. It features spectacular mountain scenery, rivers, hydroelectric dams, and vineyards until finally, you meet the ocean for a well-earned swim at the end.
Here’s a little bit more about Marty and why he chose these rides.
Tell us about this collection
These rides are based around where I live in the Wanaka region of New Zealand, a favourite area for biking, hiking, mountain climbing and skiing.
The scenery of the region is stunning and some of the Lord of the Rings footage was filmed around here, as well as footage for Mission Impossible and many other movies. I hope to film many more rides as time goes on.
What’s favourite real-world ride?
I like many of the off-road bike trails around Wanaka. Unfortunately, I think they’re a bit too rugged for FulGaz.
Favourite FulGaz ride & why?
I like so many of the FulGaz rides it’s hard to pick a favourite, but at the moment I love the Cornish Fishing Ports rides, having been there on holiday a few years ago.
How did you start filming rides for FulGaz?
I saw on the FulGaz Facebook group discussions that volunteers were needed to film more New Zealand rides, so I put my name forward.
Favourite cycling memory?
My favourite cycling memory is riding the beautiful Newcastle Track alongside the Clutha River near home with my daughter in spring with the wildflowers in full blossom.
Dream bike or favourite bike?
My favourite bike is a Specialized Epic MTB.