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Ode to New Zealand's club fields

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Photograph By Colin Wiseman

The nutcracker lift is unique to the New Zealand club fields. The antiquated surface tows are powered by diesel engines, and the rider must wear a harness and a hinged contraption -- the "nutcracker" -- which attaches to the tow rope heading uphill. It takes a bit of getting used to but gets you up the hill quickly and efficiently once mastered. Alex Yoder displays perfect style, negotiating a pulley at Broken River.