The Grand Loop Film

The top of the South Island of New Zealand has rapidly become a destination for backcountry cyclists. Like all good ideas, this one, to ride the Old Ghost Road and Heaphy Track in one grand loop, was thrown about over a few beers in a bike shop in Richmond, Nelson. Two riders, Damian Stones and Erik Hall completed this 6-day adventure in mid-winter on gravel bikes. Recent snowfalls, and a first bike packing trip for Erik, made this journey all the more challenging.

Team: Damian Stones – rider / logistics / videographer Erik Hall – rider / Avanti Plus Richmond mechanic

Can you ride the Old Ghost Road and Heaphy Track on a Gravel Bike?

Can you ride the Old Ghost Road and Heaphy Track in Winter?

Here are your answers and some inspiring filming of a Kiwi adventure


The Doubtful Hope Route’- A double crossing of the Main Divide

An early winter impulsive 3 day backcountry bikepacking epic. Exploring the Amuri and Hope passes to link into a maybe un-ridden loop. Many river crossings and high hike to bike ratio meant for Type 2 fun all the way. Two mates, limited planning and a short weather window, sounds like an epic in the making…

Another great film for Deane and friend, enjoy watching


Navigation Systems, Apps & Tip’s

Overland Archive Podcast

22: Tech Talk 4 – Navigation for Bikepacking with Emma Flukes and Ty Domin

This week is another Tech Talk episode!

This time around, tackling the topic of navigation for bikepacking.

Lewis Ciddor joined by Ty Domin and Emma Flukes for a round table discussion to cover everything from our route planning processes, navigation devices, phone apps, and GPS communicators/trackers such as InReach, Spot and ePIRB/PLBs. via @PodcastAddict

I hope you enjoy and find of some help to you.

I once used a Spot Gen 3 tracker but after some disappointing tracking in two events I sold my one and replaced it with a Garmin inReach Mini and it just works, plus my Mum can now check on me in my adventures in the back blocks.

Recharging is very easy for me with a Battery Bank and having a Dynamo hub too it simple.



Mākū – New Zealand Gravel Bike Film

In November 2019 Damian Stones and Mike Anderson set off to the Marlborough Sounds across the top of the South Island in search of challenging trails on their gravel bikes. The weather forecast was less than ideal but due to time restrictions they decided to commit to this journey with the idea that, ‘surely, it can’t be that bad.’ This film was aptly named Mākū due to the adverse weather these riders faced during this 4-day adventure.

Big thanks to Shimano for the flawless Dura-ace, Ultegra and Pro components, and to keep things rolling, the GRX 650b wheelset.

Special thanks to Hyperformance Hardware for supplying the standout Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata.

Team: Damian Stones – rider / logistics / videographer

Mike Anderson – rider / owner My Ride Richmond

I hope you enjoy this short film and it may help with future plans.


Ride What Ya Brung: A First Brevet Cycling Experience

Deane Parker, a first-time Brevet participant, as he undertakes a 250km weekend bikepacking event with ‘The Flahute Presents’, in the Canterbury high country.

If you live in the South Island and would like join in with “The Flahute Presents” here is a few links for you and also find out more here too .

Enjoy Deane’s great filming and Happy Cycling Adventures

Guide To Tubeless Tyres

So here are two great videos about running tubeless.

The first setting up your bike tubeless.

The second video is about tubeless tyre repair’s when your out on you’re bikepacking adventure.

Some people are going to answer why go tubeless as it looks a mess, well with a tube in one’s tyre a prickle or thorn will flatten your tyre! but with tubeless you can keep pedaling and if you pull out the prickle sealant will leck out for only a few seconds seal the hole and on you go.

Do I run tubeless? Yes I have been running tubeless for more then 10 years now on all but my Fixie.

More info here

Thanks to for this great article.

A Bikepacking Adventure


In recent years it has become particularly fashionable to hang too heavy saddlebags on too expensive bikes and to push your bike down too steep slopes.
In this activity, a group of 9 promising youngsters is doing quite well, and is called the PCR Gravier.

Every year, they look for the best place to go on a beaver adventure and live a week in the great outdoors.

To make such a week-long trip a success is no easy task, so to give them the best possible chance, they have developed a manual with 8 crucial lessons for a quality trip.

Last summer they went to Slovenia.