Now that we have less than two months until take off, you’ll want to read this update carefully.
Updated December draft GPS files are now available for the TA route here: http://www.kennett.co.nz/maps/
These files have had minor updates made since they were first released in November and will be updated again before the final version is sent out the week before the event (the gps tracks for the new sections of the Waikato River Trail and Around the Mountains Cycle Trail will be added).
The Tour Aotearoa course is described in full detail in the third edition of Classic New Zealand Cycle Trails, which is available from bike shops, book stores and online from us (www.kennett.co.nz) or Ground Effect (www.groundeffect.co.nz). I strongly recommend you get a copy as it has all the info you need to do the tour.
Stu Smith from Auckland has sent me some useful tips on the ride through the metropolis, which I’ve attached to this email update.
Erik Westra has put some draft cue sheets up on the Tour Aotearoa facebook page – check it out.
And Julie Williams has been phoning all the shops on the TA route to get opening hours, to add to the shops cue sheet that Bryan Prestidge has written. It will be out in the next update.
We now have open homes in Auckland, Owhango, Wellington and Albert Town. Details for these will be given the week before the event. Some will require texting in to check they are open, or to find the exact location (for security reasons).
If you are able to provide an open home, please let me know.
Mike the Scout
Mike Brien is heading off in a few days to scout the TA course for us. Keep an eye out for updates on the facebook page, and join him for part of the tour if you can. Follow his progress live on Maprogress.
Jennie from Sweat Cheeks is offering a 100gm pot of Butt Butter plus free Super Balm and shipping to Tour Aotearoa riders. You’ll want to use some chamois cream every day, and this stuff is good. Go to http://www.sweetcheeksnz.co.
Tracking – you all need to be tracked…
A message from Shane Davidson at Maprogress
Just a reminder that everyone needs to register their tracker at https://touraotearoa2016.
whether you buy/hire your tracker from us or not, so that you appear on the website
map, and your photos get logged too.
Kaipara Harbour Boat
The boat will cost $50 each (cash), takes 3 hours, and does not run to a regular timetable. This is because it is a massive harbour, full of sand bars, etc. The captain will be watching your spot trackers and will make two or three trips a day to collect you from Poutu. There is no jetty or wharf, so he has to nose the boat up onto the beach. This cannot be done during high tide. The boat will carry up to 30 riders at a time. Take the attitude that Poutu will be where you stop and have a good long rest. There is a large hall there with bunks, a kitchen and board games.
Whanganui River Boat
I have contacted the two main jet boat companies, and had one reply at this stage – from Whanganui River Adventures, based in Pipiriki. This company also provides accommodation, camping and some food at Pipiriki.
The standard price is $90 per person, and they generally do pickups from the landing at 1:30pm and 4pm.
They will offer a discount for groups of 8 or more, of $80 per person.
They have 3 boats and can carry up to 31 people per trip.
The other operator (Bridge to Nowhere Tours) will do an earlier pick up at 10am and a late pick up at 6:30pm if riders book in with him (contact details are on the web and in Classic NZ Cycle Trails).
That’s all for this update. I’ll be in touch again in January. Until then, happy training – there are only two months to go, so hopefully you are all comfortable riding 100 km in a day by now! We’ve been hearing of TA riders doing some awesome trips already.
P.S. If you have any questions, the next few weeks are a good time to ask. Also, there are two spare places available if any of you reserve riders would like to enter.