Tour Aotearoa

TA Countdown 6: Eat to Ride; Ride to Eat

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3000 kilometres on your bike, plus the training miles, burns plenty of calories. Combine this with the constraint of 'eating what's available when you can', rather than what your nutritionist prescribes - and you'll spend a lot over dosh on crap food... and still misplace a few kilos between Cape Reinga and Bluff.
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TA Countdown 7: Training Wheels

3 min read

Training for most TA riders involves a mixture of some long distance/multi-day training rides with a 'slow-start' strategy - gaining fitness, speed and distance as you progress down the country. Irrespective of how juiced you want to be on the start line - Ollie, Anja, Tristan and Scott outline some considerations for preparing your body to ride the length of New Zealand.
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Tour Aotearoa Gear List

6 min read

Suggested master list of bike baggage, clothing, camping stuff and navigation nic nacs to blast through your Tour Aotearoa. Mixes restraint to minimise the payload on your bike with commonsense to ensure you arrive safely.
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TA Countdown 8: It's All About the Bike

4 min read

The Tour Aotearoa invites endless excuses to indulge in a new bike plus screes of hi-tech gear and clothing to enhance your tip-to-tail adventure. The pragmatic reality is that the best TA bike may well be the one you already own.
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TA Countdown 9: Philosophically Speaking

4 min read

Without wanting to overthink your Tour Aotearoa too much, some 'in the beginning' navel gazing helps to resolve decisions on bike, gear, training and attitude.
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TA Countdown 10: Committed But Not Insane

3 min read

'Your' TA may be as fast as 10 days, as luxurious as the thirty day maximum, or anything in between. Over the next few months we'll countdown various topics to help prepare your bike and body for the challenge.
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Man, I Feel Like a Woman

3 min read


I’m a huge fan of badly sung music - at the end of a long day with the prospect of a soggy bivy and soggier chips your only reward.

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Ollie's Selected TA Tales

5 min read

The Inaugural Tour Aotearoa saw 250 cyclists pedal 3000 km along the NZ Cycle Trails, from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Ground Effect sponsored rider Ollie Whalley, arrived in Bluff after just 10 days. That's a daunting 300 km per day.
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Scott's Tour Aotearoa 2016

5 min read

The TA takes its lead from the rapidly evolving NZ Cycle Trails network and the burgeoning popularity of Brevets. These 'competitive' bikepacking rides have lured a bunch of nutters like me into the pain and reward of travelling far and fast by bike.
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