Thursday, 14 January 2021

Tis the season for Revolution!

It appears a revolution is afoot. The sight of this apparently makes even the hardiest of cyclists shudder:

Yes, the infamous DOC Grandview Ridge Track.

Not wanting to risk having the GSB Twitter and Facebook accounts shutdown by insisting the original course was developed through a fair selection process (vote rigging aside), work is progressing on revising the course and shaving off some 700m of climb. Might have to throw in some extra gravel grinding and a river crossing to make up for the loss though.

Details will be posted as soon as final arrangements are made in the next day or so.

This could be the easiest GSB yet 😱

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Elevation Profiles

If you are the sort that just wants to ride and let the trail unfold in front of you then look away now!

These are the elevation profiles for each leg of the GSB 2021. Some like having these to plan their day and measure progress.

You can click on the image to enlarge it and then Right Click and Select "Save Image As" if you want to print them larger from your own computer.

The time draws nigh!*

Saturday 23rd of January, 2021 - 10:00AM

Please be down at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shore of Lake Tekapo for 10:00AM on Saturday the 23rd of January for the Grand Depart.

We will have a rider check in so we know who is out there on course and also the mandatory safety briefing. You will be traveling where few others go so it is important you have the latest information.

Once the formalities are done we will have a neutralised start. We have two crossings of State Highway 8 before you are free to set your own pace. It can be busy on a Saturday morning in Tekapo, we do not want any traffic mishaps so please respect the neutral section till we turn into Godley Peaks Road.

Lake Tekapo last week, The Great Southern Brevet Start awaits

* Some may feel the same foreboding as Walt Whitman in his poem when thinking of riding the GSB, rest assured it is about a life well lived and what lies ahead, get out and ride!

Welcome to 2021!

Well if you thought 2021 couldn't get worse than 2020 then you must be living in New Zealand! 

Elsewhere pandemic spikes and revolutions (that's what Trump supporters call it?) have made the challenges of 2020 seem a foggy memory. 

Meanwhile, I could complain about the torrential rain over New Years and early January but it would really pale into comparison. Flooded rivers and closed roads are fleeting.

So if Doom-scrolling is getting you down then get away from it all and bring your bike! The Great Southern Brevet 2021 edition kicks off in under two weeks and the sun of the Mackenzie and Central Otago will burn away the doom.

 Flooded rivers? a New Zealand first world problem in 2021

Ride details are getting there and those registered should have received their SPOT Tracker details via email and the route GPS files are now up on the "Route 2021" tab on the website. More details will come in the next day or so but looking forward to Saturday morning in Lake Tekapo.


Thursday, 5 November 2020

Ride into 2021 like 2020 never happened!

 Unfortunately 2020 did happen and will live in a much smaller world thanks to COVID-19.

If you are still having flashbacks to lockdown and being confined to small spaces then we have the remedy for you, the wide open expanses of the South Island's high country!

Join us for a ride where social distancing is easy!

The Great Southern Brevet 2021 is on and you are invited to Tekapo on the 23rd of January, 2021 to start your adventure.

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.


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!