Jonny and Georgie
Jonny and Georgie both love the outdoors and are stoked to have moved back up to Jonny’s old stomping grounds of the beautiful Bay of Islands!
After spending a few years living in cold Dunedin at the other end of New Zealand studying at the University of Otago, and spending a year or so traveling around and exploring what some of Asia and the world has to offer, they have realized that one of the most spectacular places was right on their doorstep! We are fortunate enough to live in this untouched part of the world and want to be able to share it with the rest of you…and get some more people out enjoying the outdoors on bikes!
Jonny has spent a fair bit of time on the saddle, after helping set up and market the New Zealand Mountain Bike Tours company (Haka Tours) and guiding MTB and Adventure Tours all around New Zealand, it’s time to stay in one place for a while. Jonny has ridden heaps of the awesome trails around NZ- and he reckons the Waitangi MTB Park is going to be one of the best!! He loves any sort of riding, whether it is in a MTB Park, Rail Trail or even a big back-country mission.
Current rides: A specc’ed up 2019 Kona Process 134SE and a 2020 Merida eOne Sixty 800SE Ebike.
Favourite track: Kunekune- Grade 3, super fun and flowy! Yeehoo!
Georgie is the brains on the computer and the design whizz. Georgie is all over it when it comes to organizing conferences, group bookings, brochure drops, marketing campaigns and spreading the word about Paihia Mountain Bikes and the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park. You might even see her driving the shuttle! Georgie is an accomplished hockey player, an ex-adventure racer, and a keen runner. She loves riding the Rail Trails around NZ and is enjoying riding in the Waitangi MTB Park too.
Current rides: A 2018 Scott Spark Contessa 920 in very cool blue colour. Converted to ‘1 by’ for more awesomeness
Favourite Track: Kaokao Chaos- Grade 3- long, flowy and tabletops
Ben is the other full time team member keeping the Paihia Mountain Bikes ship sailing. Ben has come from a tourism and dive instructing background and has a wealth of knowledge in customer service, health and safety and retail operations. He has picked up mountain bike mechanics quickly, learning the tricks of the trade and absorbing new info like a sponge. He now knows his Fork Offsets from his Head Angles and his Shimano e8000 motors from his e7000’s. An e-bike expert, Ben will not only happily service your bike, sell you a bike or rent you a bike- he will also drive you on the shuttle bus, and might even catch him shredding around the trails in the afternoons. Out of work, Ben still likes to dive, explore bushwalks, jam to some reggae and go camping around Northland with his daugher.
Current ride: 2020 Merida eOne Sixty 500
Favourite Track: Te Ara Kaanihi- Grade 3- great jump practice over the doubles and tabletops