Video: Juliana Bikes heads to New Zealand with Anka Martin for a Kiwi girl-duro

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Juliana Bicycles recently tapped mountain bike super couple Sven and Anka Martin to put together a stoke meter-raising video edit for the resurgent women’s bike brand. Last month Anka, one of Juliana’s sponsored enduro racers, hosted a women’s shred-fest in her homeland of New Zealand while Sven, Gary Perkin and Anthill Films captured it all in stills and on video.

Even if you don’t live in a place where there’s snow on the ground, you’re probably still jealous. Here’s a trip recap from Anka:

Anka Martin’s New Zealand Adventure

Our trip went down in early February in beautiful Nelson, New Zealand and the surrounding areas of the Nelson Tasman district. We planned a little backcountry adventure with a few of my friends on our Juliana bikes.

We started off with one of the toughest tracks in Nelson—Sunrise Ridge. It has a bit of everything, but it’s most famous for being super technical. After getting our adrenalin fix, we headed over for something a bit more mellow on the Coppermine loop. A great way to end off the day, take in the stunning ocean vistas and catch up with your mates.

The following day we headed out to ride the Nydia Track—another stunning area in the Marlborough Sounds area. This place is paradise. And it is another very rooty, very technical track, that can get you going over the bars at any given moment going up or down the track. We rode all day, then slept over at On the Track Lodge.

There is nothing more exciting than riding sick tracks, with your friends, and ending big days with beers and delicious food. Perfection.

Once we got back to the van, we had one more stop to make to ride one of my all time favorite tracks in the world – Wakamarina. It is really out there. NZ backcountry at it’s best. You work hard for your descents, but it was oh-so-worth every drop of sweat and hike a bike push. Beautiful, ancient, beech forest, with flowy, fast singletrack trails that seem to never end. Bliss.

Exhausted, exhilarated and knackered, we loaded the van one last time to head back to Nelson and back to the real world and our other lives. We were content. Happy, satisfied & loving our lives. This is what life is all about. This is living. These are the memories that you create with your friends & the moments that will keep you going until the next adventure.

Thank goodness for bikes.

-Anka Martin

All photos and video courtesy of Juliana Bicycles.

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About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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