Best of 2017…

January, riding around Auckland with Antoine, an internet friend who turned out to be a real good fella, showing me around his home town, cooking dinner, providing beer, perfect start to my trip to New Zealand.

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February, first ride after getting ill, a gentle spin along the bottom of the north island, happy to be riding again.
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March, riding around Blenheim into a summers evening with this bloke.
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April, met Andy and we did a ride in the rain, just like being at home, apart from being on the other side of the world.
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May, grassupthemiddle chippy run, a perfect evening involving bikes, chips and beer…oh and warm sunshine.
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June, his and hers bivvy, possibly my favourite ride of the year, closely followed by our Otago Rail Trail trip back in March.
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July, north west coast exploring, always good times with good company.
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August, exploring Anglesey with this bloke, more of this needed.
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September, the Sunday morning breakfast rides in full swing, we can always find a reason to stop and brew up.
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October, ten days exploring north Wales, big climbs, lots of wind and rain, exceeded our expectations given the weather bomb we rode through.
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November, a barren month due to another chest infection, the odd short ride became a sanity saver.
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December, lingering chest infection and poor weather equal short rides, into the city via the canal, coffee shops and shelter, friends, chat, bullshit etc etc…
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Words and pictures – Steve Makin

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