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Jon Keyzer

Adventure Cyclist, Jon recently completed the Tour of Aotearoa an epic 3000km brevet from Cape Reinga to Bluff and loved every moment. His adventures continue with regular missions around New Zealand and Dunedin, taking beautiful pictures of his trips along the way. He happily lends expert tips and pointers to budding enthusiasts.

I first jumped on a bike when I was about 15, right when the BMX scene in California was starting to really blow up. I watched a few BMX edits and was already into hardcore punk, so getting myself into a BMX and rolling around with my friends, sessioning urban spots, and getting into trouble at shows was what I was all about for a few years. Next thing I know, I started rowing and racing boats, following in my brother’s footsteps, and mountain biking was some great cross training for that. By the time I was in my third year at uni, the fixed gear scene started popping off and I got myself into a fixed gear to mob around town. That was pretty great, but I wanted to go further and faster, so I got a road bike. Three years and a couple category upgrades later, I was the criterium champ in my new-found home in Colorado. I was always into racing cars, so zipping around tight turns and going flat out in sprints came pretty naturally to me. Just over two years ago, I moved to Dunedin and got myself back onto a mountain bike and, after a few shorter trips, I set my sights on the Tour Aotearoa, a 3000km self-supported backcountry mountain bike tour across the full length of New Zealand. I couldn’t think of any better way to see the country, nor could I think of any better way to spend my life than riding bikes with my friends in the most beautiful country in the world. The tour ended up taking about 26 glorious days and though many think that that’s a really long time, I just want to be back out there and get into the next adventure. Fortunately, Dunedin is a pretty good place for adventuring, right off your doorstep. Plenty of awesome little hidden roads and tracks to check out. So if I don’t see you in the shop, I’ll see you out there!
I love riding for many reasons, but chief among them is the sense of adventure and of freedom. Between you and your bike, you can go anywhere and do anything, you’ve just got to keep those pedaling going around and you’ll have a great time, I promise.
It’s got to be anywhere hot, dry, and rocky, preferably off the beaten track and in the backcountry. Central Otago is great, as is inland Canterbury and Nelson area.
ALL OF THE ABOVE! As they say, “horses for courses”! I’m into everything and anything—road, mountain, cross, track, cargo bikes, you name it and I want to ride it.
My favourite local ride has got to be a big figure eight type loop around Waitati via Leith Valley Rd (gravel) and out around Church Rd and Mountain Track Rd, near the Silver Peaks—roughly 85km all up. Epic gravel and big dramatic ridgeline views out there, can’t be beat as an adventure ride.
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