Tour Aotearoa

Postby fraew on Mon 15th Jan 1:42pm

Anybody here doing the 2018 edition? Riding the trails? Following etc?

I'm in Wave 1, aiming to finish in around 13 days after sneaking in just under 15 days the first time around (2016).

Here's my rig from a couple weeks back. It's 19kg including camping, cooking stuff and food but not water and a fw other toiletry type items etc (that'll be another 3kg or so):

https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/dbe699ab73774d308a78c41fba31373e
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby Rik on Mon 15th Jan 2:53pm

Not me, But every (two) years, I'm running out of more excuses not to do it. 2020 i'm thinking might be a must.

but I did bump into Jono Tunnell (4th wave) at the top of Western Valley road getting some practice in last weekend.
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby fraew on Wed 17th Jan 9:23am

I've done a little bit of trail riding with my full loaded setup (Crocodile and Bottle Lake) and i'm feeling really great about my cockpit change - switched to Woodchipper bars a while back. Other than that its all distance... I reckon knowing to limit yourself and concentrating on nutrition is more important than upping your fitness (assuming a relatively decent base fitness).
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby BrokenKonaRider on Wed 17th Jan 9:41am

Cool rig Fraew. Thanks for posting. Hope it goes well for you
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby pushbikerider on Sun 21st Jan 9:39am

Nice looking set up. Hope your T A goes great, and get through in your goal time.

I would love to ride T A , but I can't get leave in Feb from my job, it's way too busy.
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby mfw on Mon 29th Jan 7:05pm

Crikey, 2018 edition is oversubscribed with close to 700 riders listed :o
fraew wrote:Anybody here doing the 2018 edition? Riding the trails? Following etc?

I'm in Wave 1, aiming to finish in around 13 days after sneaking in just under 15 days the first time around (2016).

Here's my rig from a couple weeks back. It's 19kg including camping, cooking stuff and food but not water and a fw other toiletry type items etc (that'll be another 3kg or so):

https://lightroom.adobe.com/shares/dbe699ab73774d308a78c41fba31373e

Rig looks built for speed over comfort!
Is the loud speaker for music, gps navigation or Strava segments?
Is the saddle stolen? :p
Good luck fraew, I will be following this on the tracker :thumbsup:
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby fraew on Mon 5th Feb 9:29pm

The speaker is for music (cheap AliExpress jobbie with a built in SD Card reader)

It's totally built for comfort, notice how low my seat is - I basically sit upright with my arms extended just a smidgen to use the aero extensions. The Woodchippers are a HUGE upgrade on regular road/cx handlebars when heading offroad

The saddle was bought 2nd hand from an ex-bike store employee. Its an Fizik Aliante with a cut-out. 2016 I went with a B17 Narrow, but I've found with the aero extensions i need some central relief.

Cheers guys. Only 4 days to go now!
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby Rik on Tue 13th Feb 4:52pm

Oh how I have missed the watching of dots.

Loving it.

Thanks https://touraotearoa2018.maprogress.com/ :D
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby neels on Wed 14th Feb 8:55pm

Rik wrote:Oh how I have missed the watching of dots.

Loving it.

Thanks https://touraotearoa2018.maprogress.com/ :D

Likewise, waiting for a mate to start, so I can have up on the screen and be suitably depressed that I'm at work and he's out riding his bike.
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby mfw on Tue 20th Feb 10:31am

Oh shit, plenty of riders in the path of the storm...

TA.jpg
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby Rik on Tue 20th Feb 10:33am

Yeah, I'm feeling very sorry for the few leaders.

Are the ferries running?
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby scatter on Tue 20th Feb 11:07am

Have heard that at least one rider is going to stop for 24hrs and wait it out.

3.30am ferry ran this morning. Dunno about subsequent ones.
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby Rik on Fri 23rd Feb 3:37pm

100Km to go till the finish and there is only 10Km between the two at the front.
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby fraew on Fri 27th Apr 8:36pm

Hey I never followed up on this!

I was the guy at the front of wave 1 - though I actually DQ'd myself on day 1 after breaking my rear derailleur. I hitched a lift to Auckland, then carried on on day 3 right on schedule.

Will did catch up and pass me heaving over Lake Wakatipu - he rode over 300km the previous day to Arrowtown, sleeping on a porch somewhere for a couple hours before getting to the Queenstown boats just as we were boarding - I told him the Earnslaw was fully booked and he ended up jumping on the other boat, which put him almost an hour ahead of me!

Thankfully he was so exhausted I ended up catching and passing him by Lumsden anyway... that was the moment we were 10km apart. I ended up getting in to Bluff an hour or so before him...
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Re: Tour Aotearoa

Postby mfw on Wed 2nd May 8:59pm

fraew wrote:Hey I never followed up on this!

I was the guy at the front of wave 1 - though I actually DQ'd myself on day 1 after breaking my rear derailleur. I hitched a lift to Auckland, then carried on on day 3 right on schedule.

Will did catch up and pass me heaving over Lake Wakatipu - he rode over 300km the previous day to Arrowtown, sleeping on a porch somewhere for a couple hours before getting to the Queenstown boats just as we were boarding - I told him the Earnslaw was fully booked and he ended up jumping on the other boat, which put him almost an hour ahead of me!

Thankfully he was so exhausted I ended up catching and passing him by Lumsden anyway... that was the moment we were 10km apart. I ended up getting in to Bluff an hour or so before him...

Nice work fraew, you make light of what must have been a huge effort, hope you got chance to look at the scenery?!
Trying to remember the timing of the big storm - did you make it down South before it hit?
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