John’s Tour Aotearoa

Tour Aotearoa – Bikepacking New Zealand

We are excited to share JOhn Ramsden’s adventure across New Zealand by bike. Learn more as he prepares for this ride of a lifetime and follow along.

Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bikepacking trips: stretching 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.

I first heard about it from Anka Martin at TransProvence 2015. It was her intent to participate in the first event which occurred in February of 2016. The event is the brainchild of Jonathon Kennet who has patched together the collection of roads and trails that trace the entire length of New Zealand.

The event is a Brevet. There are a few rules. They can be essentially broken down to

  1. It is self-supported – no outside help
  2. You must complete the exact route in more than 10 days and less than 30.
  3. You must have 6 hours rest in the 24 hour period from 9am to 9am, and
  4. There are 30 photo control points where you must take a picture to prove you were there.

And that is essentially it.

I have had a fair amount of time to think about the event and the logistics involved. I have used the information I learned from bikepacking the Stagecoach 400 as well as reading many blogs from the original event in 2016 such as http://www.ankamartin.com/blog/2016/3/23/bw0vmhh3b905dydeblh1nlyaeht5lb  

I will provide more on my choices in another blog.

You are required to carry a SPOT or similar tracker for the entire event. Follow us at www.maprogress.com under Tour Aotearoa 2018. There are 6 waves of 100 riders each. The first wave of which I am a part starts February 10, 2018 and the last wave starts February 28. I will be posting as I travel along.

Follow John as he rides here: https://share.garmin.com/JohnRamsden