Bridge to Nowhere

If your looking for a great day ride this is a great idea and film.
I’m going to take my Gravel Bike this summer.
Happy watching and enjoy.
🙂😎👍
Please Note: I have bean riding and racing offroad since the 1980’s so I’m after a little bit more of a challenge and feel very comfortable riding 42mm wide gravel bike tyres on grade 3+ so if you’re not so confident ride a MTB and enjoy a day out, plus have a tracker or PLB with you because this is the NZ wilderness.
⚠️😳🙄⚠️

Pete

Big Bike Film Night

The Big Bike Film Night is on a mission- sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you.

Showcasing our 2021 collection that has everything a cycle-centric audience could want – action, drama, humour, and plenty of inspiration; the evening is unashamedly and utterly, utterly, utterly designed and devised for the two wheel devotee!

This year’s treasure chest of films includes an incredible story of a transformative bikepacking journey through the Canadian Rockies; an unusual Victorian pastime taking place in modern London, a rider who has a burden of blindness and its vulnerabilities to contend with while undertaking a gruelling self-supported fat bike race in the Arctic; the humble story of a BMX Club and their dream of becoming the number one Club in the UK; a young female rider who goes back in time to carry the stories of the past into the future; four adventurers bikerafting and riding through challenging landscapes, following the historical trails to and from one of New Zealand’s most significant rivers; and a unique bike builder who builds off-road cycles that help change people’s lives; ALL in the mix!

These short films are a great reminder of why we love to ride our bike; with stories that captivate us, stories that make us think, and most importantly of all- inspiring us to get out and ride. All celebrate the fun, adventure, and joy that cycling enables. 

So…listen to the voice inside you; it’s telling you to go. Grab your mates, grab your tickets, GO ON… grab your bike and come along for the ride!!

The Pedal On Podcast 15: Brett Cotter – curator of the Big Bike Film Night https://podcastaddict.com/episode/118604284 via @PodcastAddict

2021 is the Best Big Bike Film Night yet!

Some awesome and inspiring films this year so go and check it out for you self

Help watch and if your coming along to Taupo this 24th March

Pete

Tour Te Waipounamu

The inaugural Tour Te Waipounamu bikepacking race that starts on 14th February.

It is going to be NZ’s toughest bikepacking race to date.

Covering 1350km of the South Island high country from Cape Farewell in Golden Bay to Slope Point in the Catlins.

Below are a few links about the story behind the Race

So here is the live link of Sunday the 14th live tracking of the riders https://ttw21.maprogress.com/

Here is Maprogress info about Tour Te Waipounamu https://maprogress.com/2021/01/27/tour-te-waipounamu-new-zealands-toughest-bikepacking-race/

Here are two Podcasts from POP about the event/Race

Tour Te Waipounamu Part 1- a new Kiwi bikepacking event

Tour Te Waipounamu Part 2 – Pre Race Catch Up

And a bit more from Jeff

http://jeffsbike.blogspot.com/2021/02/tour-te-waipounamu.html

I hope you enjoy this event and look forward to the storys that come out over the next few weeks

Happy Peddling 🙂 Pete

BIKEPACKING AOTEAROA BOOK

So a new book from the Kennett Brothers called “Bikepacking Aotearoa” is out next week from most good local bike shops and book shops.

Loads of information about bikepacking setup, and much more it’s great read.

Would also make great present for Christmas.

Enjoy the read.

Pete.

Bikepacking Aotearoa is a guide to twenty cycling adventures around New Zealand. The trips range in length from two days to two weeks and explore the less travelled parts of this beautiful little country.

New equipment and a change of mindset have opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Bike packing bags, strap directly on to the bike and allow you to travel fast and light, on off-road capable bikes. Get away from busy main roads. Take to the gravel backroads, cycle trails, and back-country tracks to really get away from it all and find the hidden gems that Aotearoa has to offer.

For riders who are looking for adventures close to home and for bikepacking routes that can be completed in 2-3 days Bikepacking Aotearoa offers a choice of 20 exciting routes that explore some of the most scenic parts of the country. These routes are perfect as weekend getaways or as preparation for a bikepacking event.

• Introductory chapters cover equipment choice, bike setup, training and preparation.
• Includes detailed route descriptions, maps, elevation charts, essential service listings
• Routes are graded by difficulty
• Includes a list of Bikepacking events on offer around Aotearoa NZ

Contents
Introduction
Choosing and fitting your bike
Packing your bags
Preparation
On the road

North Island
1. The Heart of the Octopus
2. Great Barrier Island
3. Coromandel Peninsula
4. Raglan to Te Awa Loop
5. Caves to Coast Loop
6. Geyserland Classic
7. Whanganui – Whangaehu Valley Loop
8. Mangatutu Mission
9. The Five Beaches
10. Remutaka Plus

South Island
11. Marlborough Sounds Loop
12. Kahurangi 500
13. Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Plus
14. Rainbow – Molesworth
15. Wilderness No.8
16. Le Banks Peninsula
17. Alps 2 Hakataramea Loop
18. Te Kouka Traverse
19. Nevis and the Old Man
20. The Ram Rock

Other Rides
Plus summaries of an extra 20 nearby trips – recommended by leading bikepackers.

Bonus rides:
* Tour Aotearoa: 3000 km the length of New Zealand
* Kopiko Aotearoa: 1060 km cape to cape across the North Island