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Coast to Coast Big Weekend Out
From Saturday 04 November 2017
To Sunday 05 November 2017
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For those that haven't been on one of these rides, the format is simple. It's not a race. It's simply a great big adventure on different roads than we're used to. The ride generally spreads out into several groups - but nobody rides alone. If it pans out that there is a slower group and a faster group, then the slower group leaves first and the faster group 30 mins or so later. We'll meet up somewhere along the way...


Vans (that we'll hire) will follow the groups and we'll all rendezvous at times, feed ourselves and refill water etc. from them... (so you don't need to carry everything on the bike).


And there is no necessity to ride the whole thing. If you are feeling the pinch - simply get in the van and become part of the support crew. The main aim of the ride is to have a great weekend sharing each other’s company and exploring new and interesting parts of the country! I love these rides...


So, what's the cunning plan you ask??


I'll tell you...


Following on from our adventure we had in the Wairarapa a few weeks back...


Big Day Out 8 (or Big Weekend Out 2) - Coast to Coast from Himitangi to Akitio - 4th November 2017
This is a couple of days of riding. Perfect as a last big push pre-Taupo.


Day 1 - This is a long but spectacular day to Akitio. 167km in all:


An early morning van ride to Himitangi will see us start with an obligatory dipping of the toes in the Tasman Sea. We’ll then ride to Palmerston North and on, over the Pahiatua Track, to Pahiatua (oddly enough!). From here we'll keep heading west to Pongaroa on amazing, quiet country roads, and from there to our first day destination of Akitio at the coast (and a 2nd dipping of the toes in the ocean... The Pacific this time!).


http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/812176757


As fortune would have it, there is a perfect looking shearers shed in Akitio. It's been converted to an accommodation block and can sleep 18-20. So we'd look at staying the night and then getting in another good ride the next day.

 

Day 2 - A shorter, but still spectacular, ride to Masterton. 124km


We’ll revisit Pongoroa then pedal on through Tiraumea and Ihuraua. After wending our way through Whangaehu Valley (there’s bound to be some nice downhill bits here) we’ll come into Masterton through Te Ore Ore.


The plan would be to stop in Masterton for a meal before heading home in the vans.


http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1621637887



As always on these rides, we run them at cost. This means riders need to cover the van costs, petrol costs and accommodation costs. But it works out cheap with everybody sharing.


And remember, as said earlier, you don't have to ride all of it... There are absolutely no problems with getting in the van when you've had enough.


The ride is open to club members (it's only $40 for a recreational membership so don't let that stop you) and we don't want people doing their own thing with transport and accommodation (we're all in it together). A big positive part of these rides is the trip there and back, and sharing in each other's company... (and if people are doing their own thing it just gets too much to manage, and I'm doing this for fun).


So...


Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let me know if you are interested... Apart from the riders we also will need a couple of support drivers... So please let us know if you can be awesome in that regard :)

So far the riders I have are...

  • Mike Watson
  • Eddie Bright
  • Neil Harwood
  • Paul Rawlinson
  • Janice Hill
  • Adrian McKenzie
  • Glynis Te Maipi-Kemp
  • Andrew Anson
  • Phil Morgan
  • Mike Jeppersen
  • John Rowlinson
  • Ernst Pretorius

I need to know numbers so I can confirm the shearers quarters (that have just been refurbished) in Akitio. there will be a limit of 20 people - so get in quick :)

Cheers all

 

Adrian