Category Archives: Kiwi Brevet

Kiwi Brevette Day 2 – an “easy” day

Distance: 170km Health Status: Darth Vader Snuggling into my bivvy in Hanmer in the first night of the Brevet, I had snuggled a bottle of near-boiling water in against my chest.  The idea – hopefully expedite the process of chest-infection … Continue reading

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Kiwi Brevette Day 1: In Search of an Adventure

Distance: 260km Health Status: Pack-a-day Wetness: English transitioning to glorious In late 2014, the original cast of the 2010 Kiwi “Brovet” began planning a reunion for the 2015 Brevet.  The idea: replicate a spectacular, 50% dirt bikepacking trip circumnavigating and wending … Continue reading

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Kiwi Brevet Day 7 – Molesworth to Blenheim

Distance: Only 120km! Day 7 dawned with a strange feeling of anticipation – and also of loss.  Even though tired bodies looked forward to the end of riding, we’d well and truly adapted to the rhythm of cycling by this … Continue reading

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Kiwi Brevet Day 6 – McDonald Downs to Molesworth Station

Distance: ~150km Time: ~11 hours Day 6 began with a very cold and rather damp start. After several mugs of coffee, the distinct lack of food became apparent and the first priority was getting some breakfast down – which couldn’t … Continue reading

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Kiwi Brevet Day 5 – Flock Hill to… somewhere!

Distance: ~150km ? Time: ~ 13 hours We awoke in the grey, early morning light at Flock Hill station to the continued bleeting of 9,000 traumatised lambs. It actually had a certain rhythmic quality that complemented the idyllic setting, not … Continue reading

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Kiwi Brevet Day 4 – Waiuta to Flock Hill

Distance: ~185km Time: ~ 11 hours Day 4 began with waking up reluctantly in a foggy, slightly creepy ghost town. I think the fog also lent the ruined and abandoned buildings a rather poignant air, given the town’s history. The … Continue reading

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Kiwi Brevet Day 3 – Murchison to Waiuta

Distance: ~150km Time: ~14 hours Day 3 began with an unexpected sleep-in following a very deep and satisfying night of sleep next to the river, despite continual harrassment from the sandflies. Apparently Joel and Phil were trying to dodge the … Continue reading

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