Loose Riders was founded by Steve, Johnny, Ady and Tim in 2012 as a club / Facebook page about riding the mountains of Chiang Mai - Thailand, to inform people about the local trails and to share their passion for everything gravity / bike related.
With world class riding right at their doorstep but virtually no information to be found online they wanted to share their knowledge, meet like minded people, and become a reference point for riders visiting the area.
What the four founding members of all different skill level's had in common, besides their passion for riding bikes, was that they didn't take things to seriously, just want to have fun, go shred and party!
The idea caught on when a group of riders from Singapore that often visited Chiang Mai asked if they could be apart of this, they set up Loose Riders Singapore, and has since grown to over 40 chapters around the globe.
In 2013 Loose Riders arrived to New Zealand. A group of mates from Christchurch had been bombing the hills on their drift trikes after the earthquakes oblivious to the sport of downhill. The new found gravity rush was exciting and cheap but came with the price of constant hassle by the police and residents, including an old guy with nun-chucks.
The trouble soon landed us on the news, with LR CHCH admin Brent simply telling 3news " We aren't here to bend the rules we're here to rule the bends" , it got the giggles from the reporters but not the police.The sport was fun but it was becoming a pain.
Then we were shown DH and were completely blown away by everything! the tracks, the places, the people, the culture just everything!
After hitting the local trails we were soon on the road hunting for lines which got us to Dunedin where we meet Tim. We didn't know much to show but were happy as for another like minded person to join in on the amp. After learning about Loose Riders we were keen as to be apart of it to help others how we had been helped and formed NZ's first chapter Loose Riders Christchurch.
New Zealand alone now has 4 chapters (LR Christchurch, LR Taranaki, LR Nelson, LR New Zealand) and some of the best riders NZ has to offer inc, Wyn and Eddie Masters, Reece Potter, Veronique Sandler and Tom Matthews all riding for Global Alliance along side Nico Vink, Lluis Lacondeguy and many more
We just want to go out get Loose and get stoked on what we're doing and the people we're doing it with! and this is what being a Loose Rider is all about!