A big day out for most on Day 2 of the Great Southern Brevet.
Ian Edmonds put in a blinder to blitz the field and make it to Lumsden (just shy of halfway in 2 days!).
At the back of the field it is looking a bit more challenging. Still smiling but concerned about more big days ahead. We may see some liberal geographical re-arranging of the course today and tomorrow.
Not a problem because the course was designed with this in mind. There are several "strategic" shortcuts in place to make sure everyone gets to enjoy some of what makes this part of New Zealand special. Remember you have 8 days to enjoy and the weather didn't help.
Speaking of weather, the forecast is a return to the Otago summer today. High cloud and fine with the next few days looking even brighter (good, might melt some of that snow.. more on that later).
SMS with Graeme Noble
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 18:23:43
Tracks good today :-) head wind for most of the day. Stopping at omakau.
SMS with Mark Rayward
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:34:00
Man. That pack track was brutal! Not nice weather to head nevis
SMS with jasper van der lingen
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:49:06
Good tail wind to Wanamaker
SMS with Daniel Roberts
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 19:56:45
In Oamaku with Gordon at Commercial Hotel. Not taking camping gear was a huge mistake. Has anyone mentioned the headwind?
SMS with Gary Mckenzie
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:24:14
Arrived at omakau at 5pm. Having chest problems so have withdrawn. Safe riding to everyone out there.
SMS with Arran Pearson
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:17:15
Wow what a day... A master class in granny gear climbing and gate opening. Need to get new tyres tomorrow so treating myself to a hotel room and a sleep in!
SMS with Tristan Rawlence
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:20:24
In Wanaka. Cheers Tristan and Anja
SMS with jenny cossey
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:20:26
Hurrah and tonight i get to sleep toes an apple tree on the rail trail off to wanaka tomorrow
SMS with Roy Johnston
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:27:43
SMS with Roy Johnston
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:30:45
Actually near tarras. Thomson track sweet after first 2k of uphill
SMS with Mary McBride
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:35:38
Picnickers have arrived in Omakau, after a scenic trip along the rail trail - last 10km in the dark.
SMS with Barryn Westfield
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:36:40
Made it to Wanaka, good hard day, bigger one planned tomorrow - just as a brevet should be :D
SMS with Chaplow Paul
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:36:44
Big day to Wanaka. Odometer clicked 210km as we came into town. An even bigger day tomorrow. Same distance, bigger hills. Yikes!
SMS with Mark Wallace
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 07:36:47
Made wanaka about 8.30. Rooted