An epic adventure starting at Lake Tekapo, riding a loaded bike all day long and into the night. A mental challenge as much as a physical one, dealing with the ups and downs both mentally and the physical forms that were the mountains of the South Island. Planning and calculating resupply points, navigating, and trying to get as far down the road as possible as quickly as you can, while still appreciating the amazing scenery, were all part of the challenges at The Great Southern Brevet.
This ride has it all. It traverses through the majestic South island, passing snow-capped mountains and aqua colored lakes and rivers, then up and over rolling green hills reminding me of Scotland. Riders headed south, through some beautiful towns such as Arrowtown, Queenstown and Roxburgh. We climbed up over massive mountain passes, walking our bikes one minute in the heat, and the next minute in cold and blustery conditions. Café owners and workers in general stores were unsure of the 75 or so riders who would trickle in over the days looking tired, dirty and no doubt in need of a shower. On we went through the rocky terrain over more mountains passes. Some riders stayed in hotels, some in bivvies or tents. Some riders stopped only for the mandatory 4 hours every 24, others stopped and enjoyed the views, lattes and delicious food.
For a full report on Courtney’s adventure, check out her blog here: http://therollingadventures.com/2014/02/03/great-southern-brevet-2014/