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Where do you go? with Bryn Dickerson

By Martyn 16 Aug 2018

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Bryn Dickerson

Bryn Dickerson, a professional mountain bike racer from Pauatahanui, has spent the last six winters travelling around the world competing in bike races. This winter, he's been in Europe and Canada, racing in the European and World Cup series where he's competed in eight races over the past two months. 

When he's at home in Wellington and taking a well-deserved break, Bryn can be found giving mountain bike rider training, helping to build some of the mountain biking trails around the region and riding the local trails

Martyn had a yarn with Bryn about why Wellington is so good for mountain biking, his favourite local trails and where he goes for a post-ride beer and bite to eat. 


Bryn taking on the trails at Makara Peak (video produced by the multi-talented man himself). 


What part of Wellington do you live in, and what are your favourite things about it?

I live just north of the city in Pauatahanui, it is an awesome place, and I love being there. You are close enough to the city to get in and out but still being able to get home and feel like you are in the countryside. Another massive bonus is being nearby to Battle Hill and Colonial Knob/Rangituhi, two amazing areas that allow me to get on my bike easily and into the hills within minutes. Other than that, the Pauatahanui inlet is gorgeous, and Plimmerton beach is always good for a dip!

What are some of your favourite biking tracks around Wellington, and why?

In Wellington, we are incredibly lucky to have a massive variety in track style and difficulty so I’ll try to keep the list short! If I am looking for a technical challenge, then I ride Yeah Gnar at Makara Peak or Morepork at Wainuiomata Trail Park. I do a lot of teaching at Makara Peak, too, as it has great variety. Or if I just want to go fast, then TTS on Mt Victoria or 491 in Wainuiomata Trail Park. 

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I also spend a fair bit of time just north of my house at Dirtfarm. Tim Browne has an epic jump trail up there that we have been developing over the last year. When I say “we," he builds something ridiculous and then gives me a call to and see if I can do them and provide him with feedback and ideas. I think his goal is to build something that is too scary for me to try. He hasn’t done it yet, but we have some cool stuff planned that I can’t wait to see!

I live just north of the city in Pauatahanui, it is an awesome place, and I love being there. You are close enough to the city to get in and out but still being able to get home and feel like you are in the countryside.
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It’s awesome having so many cool parks so close to the city. Being able to park up and ride three to four different areas in one ride is really unique... it’s very rare that you don’t bump into a past client or buddy. It really makes the whole experience awesome, and everybody is stoked to be out riding bikes!

What are the great things about biking in Wellington?

It’s awesome having so many cool parks so close to the city. Being able to park up and ride three to four different areas in one ride is really unique. We also have a community that is becoming more connected through events, Facebook groups, and clubs. It’s very rare that I don’t bump into a past coaching client or buddy. It really makes the whole experience awesome, and everybody is stoked to be out riding bikes!

Any favourite spots for grabbing a post-ride cold one or a bite to eat?

One of the best things about having trails around the city are the pubs you find on the post-ride mission for a cold one. On my adventures so far, the pick would have to be The Pickle Jar or One Fat Bird in Karori, closely followed by the Sprig & Fern in Petone and St Johns Bar on the waterfront. They all have an awesome atmosphere and good selection. 

I love a good post-ride feed: The Pickle Jar has an awesome steak night. For a good view and amazing parmesan fries, The Spruce Goose in Lyall Bay is also a favourite. When it comes to takeaways, you can't beat a packet of fish and chips from the Plimmerton Fish Supply on the Kapiti Coast. 

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St Johns Bar

Got any favourite bike shops in Wellington? 

Burkes Cycles in Kilbirnie are the number one go to for sure; they have an awesome selection, from entry level to the top of the range, as well as e-bikes and riding gear. Very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable on all things two wheels. When it comes to repairs, the mechanics are top-notch, too. The other shop I head to, normally due to a mid-ride crisis, is Mud Cycles — great people and in a good location for Makara Peak.

Finally, and I ask everyone this: what is your favourite part of the central public library?

The cafe! I am a massive fan of hot chocolate, and Clark’s Cafe does a really good one!


Stay tuned to WellingtonNZ.com for another mountain biking video drop this spring. 

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