There’s only so much feeling of adventure we could have with the beautiful Wellington views beneath us, but it did give us a good feeling for the infamous wind the city is famous for. At some points we were completely sheltered from the westerly coastal winds that kept the windfarms working hard; at other times we fought the bikes, trying to keep them upright in what became a comedy of errors. Fortunately crashes on the trails end up in high-fives rather than in an ambulance as often happens on the open road.
Later in the day, when we told a local about how windy it was and the fact we nearly had to lean our bikes sideways just to keep upright, he asked, “Could you actually stay up on your bikes?" When we said that we could, he replied: "Well then, it wasn’t windy.”
We made the best out of it and came away from a 60km ride with nearly 2,000m of climbing. We were completely spent, and therefore satisfied.
Wellington, you’re alright.
View trail maps of the route we took here.