Category Archives: 2012 New Zealand Bike Ride

Day 4 Tue 21/2 Opitiki – Whakatane 48 km 350m vertical

I’d like to claim it as a strategic decision to leave my departure till so late this morning to avoid the morning downpour but I actually just couldn’t get going.  Was up nice and early as usual but then stuffed … Continue reading

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Day 3 Mon 20/2 Matawai – Opotiki. 73 km 500m up, 1000m down

Legs were feeling the effects of yesterday as rolled out of camp.  SOme nice rolling undulations for about 9km before a fairly brutal little climb of 170m saw us topping out over 720m.  But it was all downhill from here … Continue reading

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Day 2 Sun 19/2 Gisborne – Matawai. 73 km 680m climbing

The start of the normal routine – up before the sun and spending an inordinate amount of time stuffing around before being ready to go.  Recalibrated the speedo after yesterdays test run and managed to get everything either onto the … Continue reading

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Day 1 Sat 18/2 Gisborne Loop Ride 56km 95m climbing

Up for sunrise on the beach and a leisurely breakfast – very nice not to have to pack up the tent.  Route didn’t open till 9 and I was away some time after that after fitting my new wireless speedo.  … Continue reading

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Pre Ride Day 5 Fri 17/2 Napier to Gisborne

USed the morning trying to get profile data into a form I could print out while I still had access to power points.  Went into Napier for a while and realised why it had been so difficult to get a … Continue reading

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Pre Ride Day 4 Thur 16/2. Hamilton to Napier

Surprised to see fog when I poked the head out this morning.  Some more periods of heavy rain overnight made me thankful for my accommodation choice and when I saw the morning paper I realised it wasn’t just my imagination … Continue reading

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Pre-Ride Day 3 Wed 15/2. Paihia to Hamilton

Hadn’t done my normal levels of research for this trip and I paid for it today.  The first decent rain squall for the day waited until I was just about ready to pull the tent down, then back into town … Continue reading

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Pre-Ride Day 2. Tue 14/2 Auckland to Paihia

Weather forecasts have not been promising for days, but was nice and sunny early.  Back down to the docks and reinforced how much the place reminded me of Sydney by catching the Devonport ferry over and back for a quick … Continue reading

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Pre-Ride Day 1 Mon 13/2. MEL – AKL

The weather was trying to get me acclimatized as I left home in the dark – it was warm humid and trying to rain – and I think the cabbie had his heater on as well. Checked in with Virgin … Continue reading

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