The 2016 Edition of the Great Southern Brevet kicks off on the 16th of January 2016 in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.
Will be gradually getting more information up over the next couple of weeks but to answer the basic questions:
Start/Finish - the start and finish location is unchanged. It is in Lake Tekapo township at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo.
The Course - does change a bit to keep things interesting but if you are looking for a substantial change to an on-road brevet then that is not probably going to happen. The Great Southern Brevet is an off-road brevet which explores the rich and varied countryside of the central South Island of New Zealand.
Will it be Easier - probably not, all that beauty comes at a price. You have to climb some magnificent hills to get those views! There are plenty of long distance rides now (almost monthly) which cater to the less adventurous or those seeking mostly road rides. The Great Southern Brevet remains a little challenge for those wanting to get off the beaten track. It is achievable by most riders if you approach it with the right attitude, you have to keep moving but there is always time to stop and admire the view.
The Map - The 2014 map is currently on the link to the right. If you look at the 2014 course and think you are not really that inclined, then the 2016 map won't probably help a whole lot. It could be easier (or not) and it most likely will not be shorter. The 2016 map will be indicative till I have had the chance to explore some of the remote sections to see how they have shaped up over the winter. A overview map should be available soon.
Fees - There are none! The Great Southern Brevet is not donation-ware or mandatory pay this, or pay that, to someone. I trust most of you support those charities that mean something to you and contribute what you can or feel is appropriate. You will not be required to prove it to go for a bike ride. Having said that you do have to feed yourself and keep your bike going for the 8 days so cost is a relative thing. Carrying a SPOT Tracker is mandatory for safety and a requirement to cross private land. It is a small cost to protect your life.
Will look to have a registration form up soon as well.