Sunday, 26 January 2014

GSB 2014 Day 9 Txts Final Day of the Great Southern Brevet

With 4 riders left to complete the 2014 edition of the Great Southern Brevet they may have felt some pressure. Both groups rode well into the night to finish ahead of any perceived finish deadline (Rule 8: Riders should finish in under 8 days).

They can now have a relaxing Sunday knowing they have completed a monumental route through some of the toughest, and most scenic, the central South Island has to offer having began in Canterbury (Mackenzie Country), traversing into Otago and even dipping into Southland (Mossburn).

Mel, Jon and Donna finished at a brisk 4:20 am, followed with Keith finishing in daylight at 9 am.

Keith started a day later than the field as he had commitments on the Saturday. A top effort to cycle 1200 kms on his own.

Date: 26 January 2014 04:28
Subject: SMS with Jonathon Jarrett

Jon, Mel and Donna in at 0420 Tekapo. Serious headwind last section. Thanks Dave for organising an amazing ride.

Date: 26 January 2014 09:51
Subject: SMS with Keith Payne

Arrived around 9am at the church. Cheers keith

GSB 2014 Day 8 Photos

Another spectacular Mackenzie Country day with the sun beating down on the riders still turning over the cranks on their way to Tekapo.

Dave had mechanical issues so finished on Shelley's bike and had to retrieve Shelley after first managing a lap of  the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shore of Lake Tekapo.

Dirk and Jenny arrived just on lunchtime.

More tall tales from the back roads and tracks of the lower South Island

Debbie and Emma, still eating 2 days later

Dirk and Jenny happy to see us again. Back where it began.

Mel, Jon and Donna taking a brief break on Hakataramea Valley Road

River might be a bit strong a term here?


Keith, with time for a photo before riding well into the night to get home (literally, he is from Tekapo)



GSB 2014 Day 8 Txts

With a large numbers of riders completing the ride yesterday it was much quieter today.

The weather still held with a brilliant sunny day and no wind to begin. The wind did manage to pick up and make it's presence felt by late afternoon.

8 riders remained out on the course. 4 of these looked to be finishing today (Saturday) with the others are well within reach for Sunday.

Date: 2014-01-25
Subject: SMS with Cliff Clermont

Final kms for foursome under 6 days.


Date: 2014-01-25
Subject: SMS with Wendy Raich

At saddle. Beautiful evening. See you in a few hours



Date: 25 January 2014 09:52
Subject: SMS with Keith Payne

Enjoying a coffee in ranfurly

Date: 25 January 2014 11:26
Subject: SMS with Dave Fleming

Smashed through to Tekapo 1 lap of church

Date: 25 January 2014 14:28
Subject: SMS with Jonathon Jarrett

Jon and Mel Jarratt plus Donna Brown checking in from Kurow. All good

Date: 25 January 2014 15:29
Subject: SMS with Jasper van der Lingen

Jasper and Dan finished in 6 days 11 hours. Had a great time riding, Drinking beer looking at the scenery. Thanks for all the good company and for Dave Kings organisation.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

GSB 2014 Day 7 Photos

A long and rewarding day for those pushing on to Tekapo. Excellent conditions and amazing vistas.

Jasper and Dan saddle up for the long ride to Tekapo


We've seen similar warnings before haven't we?

Leaving the Maniototo behind and climbing Danseys Pass

One last ride on the Kurow Bridge as it's replacement rises in the background


The third traffic jam today, transport woes in the Hakataramea Valley

Courtney and Al celebrate cresting the last hill of the ride

Mt. Cook looms over the road to Tekapo

And the vast Mackenzie plains to navigate the final few kilometers

Greg and Mary finally get to put a foot down


Paul and Lisa celebrate a milestone

The aftermath, nothing a bucket of ice and beer won't fix

The fog creeping through the passes into the Mackenzie basin


Jasper arriving in the dark as usual (but dry this time)

Friday, 24 January 2014

GSB 2014 Day 7 Txts

Another absolutely stunning day for many starting in the Maniototo and finishing in Mackenzie Country.

The wind was generally light with the short (15km) turn on Haldon Road at tough head wind. There was some very localised and unusual weather phenomena which resulted in rain that existed in a small 1 km square area and dramatic fog rolling over the passes from the east.

Many riders enjoyed excellent riding conditions and arrived well ahead of schedule and had to revise their day plans. Most choosing to push for the finish in Tekapo.

Those continuing on were rewarded with spectacular views of Mt Cook and the Mackenzie basin before a short roll into town.


Date: 24 January 2014 01:31
Subject: SMS with Marcus Smokey Peters

Marcus has finished the Brevet.

Date: 24 January 2014 09:15
Subject: SMS with Thomas Cube2 Ekholm

Julie. Kurow.

Date: 24 January 2014 09:15
Subject: SMS with Thomas Cube2 Ekholm

kurow thomas ekholm  julie williams all good

Date: 24 January 2014 09:15
Subject: SMS with Jenny Cossey

Four square in ran furled

Date: 24 January 2014 09:45
Subject: SMS with Al Gribble

Courtney, Al and Paul all in kurow eating breakky!! Bring on the last leg yehhhaaa

Date: 24 January 2014 09:47
Subject: SMS with Dave Cooper

Back at the church. Bloody done.

Date: 24 January 2014 09:48
Subject: SMS with Matthew Hughes

Leg 12 complete! Tekapo done. Dang that's a loop! :) till next time.

Date: 24 January 2014 10:16
Subject: SMS with Michael Hoogeveen

Complete. Riding bikes is fun! Loved most bits of it.

Date: 24 January 2014 10:21
Subject: SMS with Hamish Pedersen

Text in
Finished
Dunzo
What a roller coaster
Thanks

Date: 24 January 2014 10:41
Subject: SMS with Jacqueline JackieO O'Hagan

In Ranfurly fueling before the Naseby tikitour and headed to Dansey's Pass pub tonight. Brr that was cold this morning. Jackie and Barryn!

Date: 24 January 2014 11:31
Subject: SMS with Andrew Bichan

Andrew B checking in at Tekapo. All done.

Date: 24 January 2014 11:36
Subject: SMS with Peter Maindonald

Finai check in, 5 days, 23 h, 48 m. Full course complete. Cheers Peter M

Date: 24 January 2014 12:39
Subject: SMS with Andy Jones

In Kurow. Heading for Tekapo

Date: 24 January 2014 12:39
Subject: SMS with Greg Thurlow

Kurow.stunning day up the waitaki.slightly different to las time lol


Date: 24 January 2014 12:41
Subject: SMS with Jason Brown

Check in Kurow.

Date: 24 January 2014 12:54
Subject: SMS with Steve Gwilliam

At tekapo. Magic stuff. Steve

Date: 24 January 2014 13:20
Subject: SMS with Wendy Raich

Ian and wendy checking in from a sunny windless kurow. Wendy's swollen foot is improved so life is good. Beautiful through danseys pass then even a light tail wind to kurow. So early that we'll enjoy the cafe and then head in to somewhere

Date: 24 January 2014 14:06
Subject: SMS with Michael Greaves

Tekapo and a hard final push in the sun. What an epic week. Fark.

Date: 24 January 2014 14:07
Subject: SMS with Stewart Thomas

At a church we saw a week ago !  Big thanks to justin and Michael for the trip. And Dave for organising

Date: 24 January 2014 14:39
Subject: SMS with Justin Maxwell

Tekapo. Thanks dave, we took a few liberties with your course. Great challange, excellent time. A bit sore.

Date: 24 January 2014 14:43
Subject: SMS with Dan van Asch

Dan and Jasper eating double scoop ice cream in Kurow. Heading back out into the afternoon sun for a wee ride up the Haka valley

Date: 24 January 2014 15:18
Subject: SMS with Dirk Naish

In kurow. Up the valley for the night.

Date: 24 January 2014 16:07
Subject: SMS with Michael Greaves

Thanks Dave. For everything. Really enjoyed this, with all of the ups and downs. Every single day would have been a great ride of itself, back to back, day after day made it a huge challenge. Bests for 2014. Michael.

Date: 24 January 2014 16:07
Subject: SMS with Glenn Heenan

Arrived kurow

Date: 24 January 2014 16:17
Subject: SMS with Thomas Cube2 Ekholm

Julie. Tekapo:-)  woot.  Great route. Great camaraderie. Thanks all

Date: 24 January 2014 16:18
Subject: SMS with Al Gribble

GSB 2014 you have been epic. Peace out!! Touch down at tekapo at 4.10!! CS.

Date: 24 January 2014 16:19
Subject: SMS with Al Gribble

AL is also here

Date: 24 January 2014 16:19
Subject: SMS with Dave Fleming

In Kurow

Date: 24 January 2014 16:20
Subject: SMS with Paul and Diana Conner

What a great ride. A few lows over ridden by a good number of highs.

Date: 2014/1/24
Subject: SMS with Stewart Thomas

Breakfast up the last stage



Date: 24 January 2014 18:37
Subject: SMS with Thomas Cube2 Ekholm

tekapo finish thomas ekholm    thanks for organisation

Date: 24 January 2014 19:06
Subject: SMS with Jonathon Jarrett

Jon and Mel Jarratt and Donna Brown checking in from Ranfurly. All good

Date: 24 January 2014 20:04
Subject: SMS with Greg Thurlow

Tekapo.end of an adventure.

Date: 24 January 2014 21:25
Subject: SMS with Wendy Raich

Ian and wendy checking in at the finish. Brutal winds from every direction but mainly headwind


Date: 24 January 2014 22:59
Subject: SMS with Glenn Heenan

Finished! That was epic! Awesome!

GSB 2014 Day 6 Photos

Having turned the corner and headed in the northerly direction (the direction of Tekapo), many riders began to relax confident it was within reach.

Morning Tea anyone?

Snowing on the left and blue sky on the right, welcome to Central Otago!

The folded landscape, where's my paint brush Grahame?



Lake Onslow Outlet

Wendy adding colour to the vast landscape

Dan and Jasper, who needs gears with this tailwind

Cycle mustering, not uncommon on the Great Southern Brevet

Thomas and Julie enjoy an afternoon siesta before riding into the night

Children, stop playing in the swings and come inside it is late


Another night roughing it?

GSB 2014 Day 6 Txts

Well one word sums up day 6 of the 2014 Great Southern Brevet: Wind!

Some battled a headwind to push on through to Tekapo while others enjoyed a tailwind to drive them up the Maniototo Plain (reaching 60 kph in sections rolling along Deep Creek Road).

Although chilly at Lake Onlsow, once over the crest of the hill the temperature rose by 5 degrees and the wind was full on the back driving them to Ranfurly. A large contingent again bunched up on the Art Deco Capital of the south.

Some settled for Naseby for the night while others pushed on for the luxury of the Danseys Pass Coach Inn. And a few even bypass all comforts to have a final night out under the stars along Danseys Pass.


Date: 23 January 2014 09:36
Subject: SMS with Matty Graham

Have left spot jst inside back door (was open). Thanks so much for organising such a great event. It was a very challenging ride through some amazing places!

Date: 23 January 2014 10:04
Subject: SMS with stephen stealth mode butterworth

Having poridge in Kurow nice head wind today

Date: 23 January 2014 12:05
Subject: SMS with Nathan Mawkes

Nathan, in Ranfurly, had a great ride down from lake Onslow

Date: 23 January 2014 12:08
Subject: SMS with Andrew Bichan

Andrew B checking in from ranfurly.  One minor excursion over the handle bars, slight damage to the pride.

Date: 23 January 2014 13:56
Subject: SMS with Debbie Chambers

Debbie and Emma in kurow - coffee and panini time - one leg to go - looks massive

Date: 23 January 2014 13:56
Subject: SMS with Michael Hoogeveen

Ranferly check in

Date: 23 January 2014 13:56
Subject: SMS with Dave Cooper

In ranfurly.

Date: 23 January 2014 13:57
Subject: SMS with Richard Davies

Richie davies - kurow. Headwind about as welcome as a bacon buttie at a bar mitsvah

Date: 23 January 2014 13:57
Subject: SMS with Ken Scotty Scott

In Kurow. Will push on

Date: 23 January 2014 13:57
Subject: SMS with Julian Jules Morton

At kurow.

Date: 23 January 2014 13:57
Subject: SMS with Trevor Woodward

Jill Jo and trevor refueling in ranfurly

Date: 23 January 2014 13:57
Subject: SMS with Cliff Clermont

Cliff C. Finished. Is anyone said a thing about the wind?

Date: 23 January 2014 14:05
Subject: SMS with Steve Gwilliam

At ranfurly. Nice wind! Shit straight roads!

Date: 23 January 2014 14:24
Subject: SMS with Brian Alder

Dave , Anja dropped off our spots in town. Thanks for making this happen.  Hardest & best  thing i've done for years . Brian

Date: 23 January 2014 14:26
Subject: SMS with Michael Michi Speck

Michi in kurow, onwards to tekapo...  can I order a tailwind to go?

Date: 23 January 2014 14:42
Subject: SMS with Stuart Banks

Stu Banks withdrawn

Date: 23 January 2014 15:06
Subject: SMS with Lisa Phelan

Phew. Arrived in ranfurly after what felt like an unfeasibly tough first climb out of roxburgh. The pains of day six! Digging deep...and still loving you dave ;) lisa and paul

Date: 23 January 2014 15:16
Subject: SMS with Marcus Smokey Peters

marcus in Kurow sheltering from the southerly

Date: 23 January 2014 15:26
Subject: SMS with Thomas Cube2 Ekholm

Julie. Ranfurly eating new favorite food mousetraps.  Wild thyme on knobby range y.day.

Date: 23 January 2014 15:33
Subject: SMS with kevin mojo moginie

Kevin Marcus and Peter have arrived in kurow  we took out Dansay's pass on under 1 hour

Date: 23 January 2014 15:34
Subject: SMS with Peter Pedro Keller

Pedro in Kurow  Wow!

Date: 23 January 2014 16:08
Subject: SMS with David Butler

Tekapo check in. Hooray.

Date: 23 January 2014 16:24
Subject: SMS with kevin mojo moginie

Got accommodation thanks

Date: 23 January 2014 16:50
Subject: SMS with Greg Thurlow

Ranfurly.great tailwind over from roxburgh.trails of naseby await...

Date: 23 January 2014 17:01
Subject: SMS with stephen stealth mode butterworth

So good to have a headwind for 9 hrs on the last day woo hoo Tekapo

Date: 23 January 2014 17:17
Subject: SMS with Paul and Diana Conner

Got to feel lucky to have the wind on your back.  In Ranfurly having a cuppa

Date: 23 January 2014 17:30
Subject: SMS with Michael Greaves

Naseby and back on track. Front coming through, getting a bit damp at the minute. Michael.

Date: 23 January 2014 17:30
Subject: SMS with Jonathon Jarrett

Jon and Mel Jarratt and Donna Brown checking in from Alex. All good

Date: 23 January 2014 17:31
Subject: SMS with Michael Greaves

Sanest wind assisted climb (blown up). In duntroon great day. Kurow bound. Michael.

Date: 23 January 2014 18:05
Subject: SMS with Dirk Naish

Made it to ranf├╣rly

Date: 23 January 2014 18:10
Subject: SMS with Wendy Raich

Ian and wendy checking in from ranfurly. Slow day with drive train and puncture problems for us. Beautiful in the linnburn area

Date: 2014/1/23
Subject: SMS with David Butler

Done!



Date: 23 January 2014 18:24
Subject: SMS with Jason McAvoy

Tekapo: That was the hardest thing I have ever done. Challenging but rewarding. Now time to EAT!!

Date: 23 January 2014 18:35
Subject: SMS with Jasper van der Lingen

Jasper and dan in ranfurly heading to naseby for a beer

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Stewart Thomas

Back on course option A   Camping up at kurrow. First tail wind of the week today. Yeah!

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Julian Jules Morton

Finished at 7.55 at tekapo. Yay.

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Glenn Heenan

Arrived Ranfurly. Great day biking. Tailwind was pretty helpful. The pub I'm staying in makes a cut lunch- excellent!

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Ken Scotty Scott

Finished. Hard last bit into wind. Where can I drop off the tracker. Thanks for a great week

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Nathan Mawkes

Nathan, in Kurow, had a great ride with strong tail winds alot of the way

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Steve Gwilliam

Kurow pub. Awesome ride up from Ran. Steve

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Michael Michi Speck

Yeah boi, sweet home tekapo:-)  time for a warm shower and a home cook meal:-) Michi signing out:-)

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Justin Maxwell

Kurow for more food.

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Michael Greaves

Kurow check. Final push from duntroon block head/crosswind. Smelling tekapo now.

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Keith Payne

Finally in Alex. Got chased by a sleet storm all the way along the Nevis. Legs fell off halfway through the day. Not sure what happened!

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Debbie Chambers

Debbie and Emma done and dusted - awesome journey - thanks

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Richard Davies

Rd - tekapo. Dave thanks for all the trials and tribulations to get us to the startline to then have our own trials and tribulations. Headwind home not the least of them! Richard

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Ken Scotty Scott

1qq

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Michael Hoogeveen

Kurow check in.

Date: 23 January 2014 22:45
Subject: SMS with Andrew Bichan

Andrew B checking in from kurow. Great tail wind up Danseys and steak dinner at the Kurow pub. Quite a few in tonight and the tactics have already started.