Talk about a tiger for punishment. Within 10 minutes of finishing Oli was wondering out loud about the sanity of considering the Alpine Epic in a couple of weeks. Two words, in sane.
Two vignettes 1. Ollie applying a goodly smear of anti-chafe in his 15min pitstop at Wharfedale Shelter yesterday - just as essential as food and chain lube for 4 consecutive hard days on the saddle. 2. Tony Bateup's bike featured a Sram XX drivetrain, and a piece of closedcell foam taped to his seat for extra padding - the latter looked ather No8 wire-ish, but I'm sure his bum appreciated it, even more so as he was riding a rigid.
Interestingly - with all the ponderings on "what bike is best" - the 5 bikes at the head of the field yesterday were; a 29er hardtail with hub gearing, 2 x cross bikes with skinny tires, drop bars and rim brakes, a 4-5" fully, and a full carbon XC hardtail = a pretty mixed bunch. Maybe it's not about the bike ??
Just got a text message from the legend himself, Mr Oli "arse of steel" Whalley.
An 1100 and 600 km bicycle brevet around the top of the South Island - with as much off road riding as possible.
Event creator Simon Kennett rode the 4000 km Great Divide in 2008 and decided to replicate the experience in New Zealand. This is the original kiwi brevet that spawned several other brevet throughout the country.
The 5th Kiwi Brevet is to be held on February 4th February 2017.