Monday, 28 January 2019

GSB 2019 Finale!

Rachel and Jo finished their last battle with the wind gods to arrive in style back where all began a week ago for them on the Great Southern Brevet 2019



Rachel and Jo finish their final battle with the wind to arrive back in Tekapo where it all started a week ago for them


 
Finishers Rachel and Jo celebrate their Great Southern Brevet 2019 completion on a very hot Mackenzie Country day.


Back to the spot they kicked off from 8 days ago
Lake Tekapo signs off for the Great Southern Brevet 2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Hot and Windy!

As the final day of the Great Southern Brevet 2019 unfolds, Jo and Rachel are still in good spirits as they battle high temperatures and high winds into Tekapo today.


Saturday, 26 January 2019

The Wind, again!

Looks like our five riders on course are again doing battle with the wind!

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 19:20
Subject: SMS with Jo Haines

Rachel and Jo made it to Kurow after slaying the wind monster again

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 21:00
Subject: SMS with Alex Grigg

Awesome to be finished great event and superbly organised. Thanks to Dave for being out there and looking out for us along the way. Apricots and Cherries in Nevis were great  
 
The 3 amigos arrive in Tekapo. Another great evening with 23 degrees and the usual headwind for the riders.
 
Dean, John and Pascal happy to be done with battling the wind. — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

John would be our not-so-youngest rider of the Great Southern Brevet. Not exactly putting his feet up! — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.
 

Arriving


Still looking surprisingly fresh and arriving at speed, Nathan Mawkes, Craig Newton and Andrew Scott


Rolling in on fine Saturday afternoon, the way you should always be able to finish the Great Southern Brevet. Richard and Robin and Alex and Di.

Riders enjoying much more settled and appropriate weather to put in that last dash to the finish line.

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 09:26
Subject: SMS with Richard MacDonald
Kudrow last Bundy to go.

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 09:26
Subject: SMS with Grant Fraser
Hi Dave, Grant in Kurow

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 09:26
Subject: SMS with George Richardson
Kurow for coffee. Giorgio

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 at 15:39
Subject: SMS with George Richardson
Back where we started. Giorgio

Richard, Robin, Alex and Di still smiling after 1100 km all under their own steam. — with Richard Lindsay in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Cheesecake it is, to celebrate the milestone of completing the GSB 2019 — at The Greedy Cow.


Richard, Grant, and George finally done. Looking surprisingly fresh but very keen to get a beer! — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Bikes leaning against things, is apparently a thing? — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

And into the Night

A couple of late evening texts and then a group of finishers just on dusk follow somewhat later (1:45am onwards) by three more arrivals.

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 18:47
Subject: SMS with Steve Scott
Steve Scott tekapo. Great event .

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 21:04
Subject: SMS with Alex Grigg
In Kurow and shattered only 1 leg to go, can smell the Parrot Dog APA in Tekapo

All smiles from the three musketeers, Craig, Nathan Mawkes and Andrew Scott — with Nathan Mawkes in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Jeremy arrives under the cover of darkness to start a string of finishers over the next hour — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Bill Brierley done and dusted, 1100kms of the best the south island has to offer in remote bike packing — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Our final arrival tonight (morning that is at 2:30am) is David — in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Tekapo Greeting

Jake and Steve roll into Tekapo to a greeting by fellow riders of the Great Southern Brevet 2019.



Tekapo welcomes more riders

More finishers arriving in Tekapo. With a brilliant morning and no wind seems many are making good progress on the home stretch.

May be a few late night finishers if they decide to keep going with the good weather conditions.

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 09:52
Subject: SMS with Jake Stow

Arrived in kudrow. Get in. One more section to go! Woop woop😏

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 14:03
Subject: SMS with Dean Marshall
Dean Pascal and John
Have been thru MiddleMarch
On way to Naseby

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 14:03
Subject: SMS with Brendan Pheasant
Done. Perfect riding weather to finish off. Brendan

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 14:09
Subject: SMS with Andrew Scott
In Kurow, miles to go before we sleep. With Nath and Craig at 2.00

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 17:09
Subject: SMS with Jo Haines
Rachel and Jo, arrived in Middlemarch. Great day over the Dunstan trail

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 at 17:16
Subject: SMS with Jeremy Barbe
Jeremy Barbe @ Kurow

Brendan enjoys arriving in Tekapo after a brilliant morning on Hakataramea Pass


Jake and Steve, just a little bit relieved that it is all over!

Mackenzie Country Sunset

Mt. Cook from the top of Hakataramea Pass this evening. You can just pick out the small Hogs Back cloud cresting off the summit indicating high winds.

Hogs Back cloud off the High Peak of Mt. Cook. The Low Peak of Mt. Cook is to the left.

A brilliant sunset in the Mackenzie Country this evening with views of Mt. Cook from Hakataramea Pass.

Debbie and Emma finish

On a clear and very crisp Mackenzie Country night Debbie and Emma finish at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Tekapo.

Keith finishes

Late night text messages and another finisher.

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 22:55
Subject: SMS with Alex Grigg
Alex and Di in Middlemarch 20 bonus Kms on the rail trail this morning - missed the turn enjoying the flat trail to much

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 23:48
Subject: SMS with Keith Payne
Keith Payne home in Tekapo. Great ride, thanks everyone!

Another finisher and more aiming to finish

Another finisher as Hooge powered into Tekapo early evening.

And the followers are taking advantage of the tailwind to continue the push to the finish. With a fine and crisp night many riders are extending their advantage and closing the gap to Tekapo tonight.

Meanwhile Jo and Rachel cleared their last big hurdle, the Old Man Range (with snow!).

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 18:28
Subject: SMS with Jo Haines

Rachel and Jo, Alex, wheels still turning towards Tekapo

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 19:51
Subject: SMS with Grant Fraser
Hi Dave, Grant in Middlemarch

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 19:51
Subject: SMS with Michael Hoogeveen
Church of the good shepherd.
I have arrived.
Riding bikes is fun!!
Thanks for the good times😊

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 19:51
Subject: SMS with Richard MacDonald
Middlemarch. Very parched.

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 20:09
Subject: SMS with Rob Dawson
Middlemarch with Richard, all good!

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 at 20:10
Subject: SMS with Bill Brierley
Dave and Bill at Middlemarch. 😎

Debbie and Emma Lee Tait McCosh rug up for the dash over Hakataramea Pass in the southerly. Coll but excellent riding conditions. — in Hakataramea.
Keith with his eye on the prize. About to hit the smooth stuff on Haldon Road and into Tekapo. — with Keith Payne in Hakataramea.


Riders head for the finish line

Seems some riders are intensely focused on finishing tonight. With a light southerly to push them to Tekapo the ride is on.


Brendan Pheasant in a hurry to get over Danseys Pass.


Debbie and Emma Lee Tait McCosh powering up the Hakataramea Valley