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Tour Aotearoa 2016

Finally, after months of planning and training, the Tour Aotearoa 2016 starts this weekend. Physically, I feel in good shape, and I have confidence in my gear. I am nervous about the logistics. Where to camp. Where is my fresh water coming from. What time is the solitary service station on that 250km stretch open until. How fast do I need to go to make the last ferry. Which way is the wind forecast. Will I be riding with a group. For how long? Will they be hard as nails outback bush bikers that can ride all day on a jammie dodger. Will 5 hours sleep be enough to ride 445km in the first two days…

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I’ll find out soon enough. We drive north on Thursday, and will be at the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga on Sunday morning for a noon start. I’m enjoying some rest this week, after a practice tour of the central North Island. I managed 807km and 17,792m climbing in six days, and was generally happy with how it went. My gear stood up to several days in the bush, and I was able to deal with the occasional problem. I even got to use the ‘reverse route’ function on the Active 12 after discovering I had lost my waterproofs on the previous nights descent. Incredibly, despite being bagged to resemble a legless dachsund, they had not rolled off the track, and were waiting for me in the middle of a rocky section. Trail magic – I’ll be hoping for a lot more of that in the coming days and weeks. And northerlies…

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