16 January 2015

Two weeks to go!

Hello Brevetters! Happy New Year to you all.

By now I hope you have got your gear sorted and have managed to get out for a couple of overnighters to find out what a loaded bike rides like!

Jo and I have been busy with the last minute preparations.

If you are signed up in the last couple of days you should have received emails from us about the SPOT trackers (if you are hiring one or have your own, otherwise you won't have received an email). I sent out a separate email with the .gpx files and the links to the courses overlaid a NZTopo map, and finally today I sent another email out with the Cue Sheets, and couple of useful links and some other notes!!

I would like to once again thank Gary Mckensie for providing the .gpx files, links to the NZTopo maps and the basis for the cue sheets, you are a champion.

We will be having a meet n greet on Friday the 30th at Dodsons Beer Garden from about 6.30pm. They have a great selection of beers along with fantastic food. We have not "booked" a table or anything but have let them know we are coming, it's pretty informal! Jo and I will be there to answer any queries of course. Thanks to Mondo for organising the venue
We would like to issue SPOTs that evening to those who are there. Tony from SPOT NZ will be there to issue the units and answer any questions.

Briefing will be held at the Top Town Cinema at 4 Kinross Street, Blenheim at 8am on Saturday the 31st January
We have a wee bit to cover off that morning so try to be on time ;-)
We will issue any SPOTs not issued at the meet n greet, collect your SIGNED any indemnity forms (emailing out next week) and take a mud shot of you and your rig and of course do an event briefing.
Please don't be shy about having you photo taken, it's all fun and I promise we won't sell them.
BIG thanks to Duncan Mackenzie for making this available to us.

OK that's it for this dispatch. Email us if you have any questions.

Cheers Scott and Jo


08 January 2015

Topomap links to courses

Hi again everyone.

Gary Mckensie has been good enough to upload the courses to Topomap, thanks Gary!
The links for each course are below:
Brevet
Brevette
You can zoom in, print out, have fun with these maps.

Cheers, Scott

07 January 2015

Happy New Year Brevetters

Hi everyone, Happy New Year from both Jo and I.
I hope you all enjoyed a break, some great weather, a bit of time getting in "credit" with the family and a lot of riding!
Jo and I managed to get away for a couple of quick camping trips in-between working hence the lack of communication over the silly season.

We are well and truly in the Brevet swing now though.
I will email out cue sheets and a .gpx file by the end of next week. This .gpx file will be the official .gpx file, so if you choose to use your own .gpx file and go off course don't blame me ;-) Please note I have made a couple of slight changes to the map on mapometer, so if you have downloaded your own .gpx files from that you will need to do it again sorry. You can find the updated Brevet map here and Brevette map here.

Please note that although we are providing cues and a .gpx file you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times. You cannot rely on the .gpx to be 100% accurate, or the cues for that matter.  This is a SELF SUFFICIENT adventure :-)

We have spent a lot of time trying to get these as accurate as possible but things do change over time. I have overlaid my .gpx files from last year's Brevet to ensure accuracy of the file we are providing BUT it could still be slightly different on the ground.
Don't spend the entire time staring at the pink line on your GPS, lift your head up and take in the awesomeness that you are riding through! It is a wonderful country we live in (or you are visiting), take in as much of it as you can. Stop, smell the honeydew, take photos and enjoy it!
It isn't the World Championships or the Olympics, if you see something cool, stop and check it out, remember there are no medals on offer.

The hirage of the SPOT trackers is being managed by Tony at SpotNZ. Next week I will email out a link to the registration form. The cost is $125 per unit which includes hirage, a fresh set of batteries and tracking.
Those of you who have your own units I will send a separate email out asking for your ESN and Share Site page details.
Tony will be at registration to hand out the SPOT units and answer any questions.

Speaking of registration, our plan is to have a meet n greet on the Friday night and the actual event briefing on the Saturday morning.
The event briefing will be held at the Top Town Cinema at 8am on Saturday morning, that's right 8am. Start time is 10am this year, it's a long way to Hanmer ;-)
The meet n greet venue and time TBA.
We will be sending out registration forms prior to the event requiring emergency contact details etc. PLEASE fill them out before arriving in Blenheim and give them to us on the Friday night or Saturday morning.
We also want to get a photograph of EVERYONE and their bike. We would love to get some done on Friday night so if you can, turn up on your bike (preferably fully loaded), otherwise we will do it Saturday morning. Don't be shy, we all want to put a face to the "blue dot"!

The aim is to have more regular updates from this point on.

Keep up the training, enjoy some adventures and remember to have fun.

Until next time, Scott and Jo







15 December 2014

Update

Hi Breveteers!

We have 105 total entries, 74 Brevet Individuals, 11 Brevet Teams, 13 Brevette Individuals and 6 Brevette Teams.
At this stage we have allocated 71 Spot Trackers.

YOU have donated a whopping $5940 on our official Givealittle page and I know of a few donations which were made that somehow ended up with the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, but not on our page, THANK YOU all!

Thanks to some eagle eyes (thanks Ross and Brian) I have corrected a couple of mistakes on the full Brevet map which is here, there are a couple of further adjustments that need to be made to the track in the next week. Please note that through a couple of sections the .gpx might not be exact BUT at those points you will be on a well formed and obvious track so navigation should not be a problem.
We will have comprehensive cue sheets which we will email out around the middle of January.
It is your responsibility to make yourselves familiar with the course by using the link above for the Brevet and the Brevette link here.
Start looking at the distances between services, find out what time those services are open etc.
We will provide a lot of information but certainly not all.
Some of you may want to start thinking about how far you will get each day and make separate maps for those days. You can create elevation profiles from these, mark where towns etc are.

This preparation is just as important to completing the event as fitness is. It is also the fun part of the prep, enjoy it.

OK, that's all for tonight.

Cheers, Scott and Jo


Updated Entry List


Brevet Individuals
Alistair Davidson
Andy Beale
Arran Pearson
Ben Wotherspoon
Bethany Dunne
Brenda Clapp
Brendan Pheasant
Brian Alder
Bruno Geldermans
Chris Bennett
Chris (Pure Sports NZ)
Colin Dodge
Craig Phillips
Davidson Kingan
Dan du Bern
Darren Gosse
Darren Tatom
Dave Cooper
Dave Sharpe
David Connor
Dean Ford
Dean Marshall
Dirk Naish
Gareth Rapley
Gary MacPherson
Gary Mckenzie
Geoff Gabites
Glenn Wright
Greg Galway
Greg Thurlow
Grenville Hirst
Hamish Dalglish
Hamish Southcott
Jackson Foster
Jason Flood
Jasper van der Lingen
Jeremy Bray
Jesse Patel
John de Garnham
John Etherington
Jonathan Kennett
Karl Yager
Keith Payne
Kirk Hamiltom
Luke Thompson
Margaret Leyland
Mark Wattie
Matt Roberts
Matt Quirk
Michael Dann
Michael Emerson
Mitch Potter
Nathan Mawkes
Oli de Bern
Paul Chaplow
Paul Horton
Paul Nicholls
Peter Maindonald
Peter Schaap
Phil Brownie
Rob Davidson
Rob Hoult
Ross Friedrich
Scotti Andrews
Scott Symes
Sebastien Dunne
Shelley Friedrich
Steve Bilton
Steve Halligan
Steve Makin
Steven Mac Leod
Stuart Maxwell
Thomas Crowley
Thomas Ekholm
Brevet Teams
Craig Madsen & Mark Humphries
Geof & Denise Thorne
Kim Daubney, Allister Adams
Derek Poshtar & Evan Bywater
Barryn Westfield, Jackie O'hagan & Trever Woodword
Sam Davidson & Jon Keyzer
Meg & Kim Carrigan
Coastal Crew'
Kirsty Moran & Robyn Blyth
Bike Fit Marlborough' (Craig Murphy & Ant Clark)
Ben Taylor & Chris Todd

Brevette Individuals
Andy Gilbert
Craig Moss
Dean Cameron
Elisha Nuttall
Emily Powell
Gordon Sloane
Iain Dephoff
John Carman
Lou Perkins
Mike O'Connor
Nicki Squire
Peter Goodman
Phil Jones
Brevette Teams
James Burgess & Alex Dyer
Scrambled Legs
Richard Hiles-smith & Nigel Walls
Alex & Dianne Grigg
Marcus Peters & Kieran Tibble
Alastair McDowell, Ben Gibson, Isla Smith

10 December 2014

2015 Route and Map links

We have just emailed this out to all registered entrants:

Good evening,

As most of you will be aware the Kiwi Brevet has been run three times previously. The first year in an anti-clockwise direction, the second time in a clockwise direction, the third iteration was back to anti-clockwise but it used the Rainbow Road in place of the Molesworth Road. 
Following on in this tradition, the 2015 edition will go in a clockwise direction and will also use the Rainbow Road with a couple of wee changes from the 2014 route.

The dreaded North Bank Rd is back! I have it on good authority that it has had a years use by logging trucks and is in much much better condition than earlier this year. We aim to stay on the lower road the whole way because we can guarantee the forestry managers that everyone will be through on day one (Saturday 31st January).
The Brevet will take in the St James Cycleway which starts just after the glorious Island Saddle descent, past Lake Tennyson, and will therefore miss out (nearly) all of the body jarring corrugations on the Lake Tennyson Road :-)
The Brevette will hang a left at Sedgemere Lakes, just before the ascent of Island Saddle, and take in the beautiful Alma Valley (Severn to Sedgemere 4WD Road) which brings you out near Red Gate on the Acheron Road (Molesworth Station Rd), which you will then follow out to Acheron Accommodation and onto Hanmer.
The other change is near the other end of the courses. The fantastic ascent of the Porika Track is still there but you won't be turn right when you hit St Arnaurd-Kawatiri Road, instead you will turn left and head down the valley to Kawatiri, then right again onto Kohatu-Kawatiri Road. You head up the valley turning off the main road onto Tadmor-Glenhope Rd for some more gravel and tarsal before popping out at Tapawera.
The course then follows the main road North for 6 or 7kms before turning onto another nice gravel road which pops you out on part of the Great Taste Trail. From there the next stop is Wakefield and then the same course as previous Brevets to finish. 

The Brevet will be 1151kms and the Brevette 739kms.

I will come back with some points about the route changes but will leave you to digest it all for now.

Please find the two links below to the Brevet and Brevette course maps.

Enjoy the planning, Scott and Jo

08 December 2014

Update

Good morning everyone,

I have updated the Entry List in the previous post.

Currently we have 94 places (teams and individuals, Brevet and Brevette) taken up and 115 individual people taking part.

We have had about 80 donations, so still waiting for a few to put money where their mouth is ;-)

We will have the course map up this week.

Keep up your training and adventuring,

Cheers, Scott and Jo