Introducing Sam Shaw

Introducing Sam Shaw

We’re pretty pleased with ourselves, having partnered with Sam Shaw as Brand Ambassador for Osprey and Lezyne.

Here’s more about Sam:

Born and raised in Rotorua I caught on to mountain biking in my early teens and was quickly introduced to racing through school and my parents. I competed in both downhill and cross country disciplines until 15 when I decided to just race cross country. Since then I have raced internationally on the cross country world cup scene and have dabbled in the enduro format. I have completed an undergrad degree majoring in Ecology at the same time as racing the 2017 EWS series, a tough challenge at times. 

For 2019 I aim to be consistently placing in the top 30 and at least one top 20 result. For 2020 I aim to be a consistent top 20 finisher and then go from there. 

Photo Credit: Sven Martin


Sam has just placed 4th in the 2W Enduro and won the North Island Cross Country Mountain Bike Champs. Here is his diary of the weekend.

08/02/2019 Friyaya, Pre-race Rituals

Full day in the office, writing site descriptions, using Googleearth, and all the layers of maps. Headed out for a small ride over to 2W Registration at Waipa carpark before cruising the 15km commute back home to catch up with the last minute guests. Had a team dinner, made sure the bike was running minta, and headed to sleep early.


09/02/2019 Satdee, 2W Race Day

Team breakie with everyone, kinda all actually doing our own thing here. I packed up a bunch of gear for a night away and headed to Waipa carpark, the 2W event HQ.

Very chill start to the race as per usual. Ryan Mackay and I teamed up for the day and headed out for a hugey of a day on the bikes. Stage one, Tihi o tawa, was a bit of a wake up and I caught up to the odd rider while racing down the stage. Stage two, Hatu Patu started out well for me on the native single trail and then progressed to dry dusty trails where I struggled to hold corners. Better than stage one though! Stage three, New dh line, I managed to run into the tape a couple of times on this stage and ended up re-doing the stage (something the 2W allows. So may as well make use of it). The second time around I had a reasonable run, but still not feeling right on the bike. Stage four, Corners,  still waking upppp. Stage five, Eagle vs shark, after a sausage sizzle break at the top of the hill I was feeling good and rode this stage feeling a lot better than the others up until now, linked turns a lot better and felt way more comfortable. Then off to the final stage, stage six, Hot x buns, I had a good stage until one of the final corners, riding into tape again.. Cheeky re-do and all fixed up and off back to event HQ after 50-60odd kilometers of riding and some 1700m elevation GAINS. Cramp free after sucking on GU nector all day. Happy to finish fourth overall and second in the senior men.

Begun my career as a journalist with John Colthrope and interviewed some of the riders post race, even securing a job with the KOM kings Colon Lucas.

Packed all the gear and myself into the Hilux and left Rotorua headed for Palmerston North with a stop on the way for a swim at lake Taupo and the Waioru fish n chip shop (taste way better the more inland they get em). Making it to Matt Millers and May Sasikunya’s whare for the night.


10/02/2019 Sundee, North Island Cross Country Mountain Bike Championships 

Photo Credit: May Sasikunya

Arose at 8am for breakfast number uno and back to sleep until getting back up at 11am for breakie rua. Prepped up Dad’s xc bike, did a gear check.. ah forgot my lycra.. baggies it is! (lucky everything else made it). Gave the body a coffee before heading off to the race venue, I kept cool in Matt’s van and caught up with many familiar faces before heading out for a little warm up (1.30pm, with a 2pm race start).  It was HOT as maaate and was peaking by about race start with not many clouds in the sky and a whole lotta dust out on course. Race call up (managed to sneak onto front row) and without much time the gun went and everyone boosted for leaders rights into the first trail. I sat back on the start sprint and went straight back to tenth. After breathing in dust for half a lap I stayed feeling all right and decided to move up to the front of the race. By the end of lap one I was back on the leaders’ tails.

For the second lap I sat tight before putting in an attack on lap three to leave the current second and third place riders Josh Burnett and Glen Hayden. For the remainder of the race I extended the time gap and secured the Jersey yet again. Super stoked to keep the North Island jersey for a second year and good to see the xc scene growing again.

Straight to the river for a swim and some fast food with Matt and May before making the trip back to Rotorua for a big ol shleep.

Photo Credit: May Sasikunya

11/02/2019 Mondee, annual wasp run

Up at six am to meet up with Co-worker Angela Simpson for a day in the field out at Kawarau (Tarawera forest park) searching for Carex lucida and royal fern. I managaed to bust up a wasp nest in the middle of a wetland and tried to bolt, standing in a waterwhole and falling face first into the firing zone before properly bolting outta the holla’ing and hooting. Managing to get stung five times on my bottom lip, on each arm and on my torso. It looked pretty funny, but I went to hospital, got out and headed up stairs to visit Pauly (backstory, he broke his leg in three places on the 2W over the weekend) and Bubbles (backbackstory he broke his ribs and body at the previous race, the Dodzy memorial enduro). I gave them much entertainment with the new botox. Headed home and straight to bed.