30 October 2013

Late October Update...

Planning for the 2014 Kiwi Brevet is proceeding slowly but surely. There have been a few enquiries about how to enter.

There is no entry fee for the Kiwi Brevet, but we expect riders to contribute to an event charity in order to secure some good ride kharma, and confirm that they really, really want to enter. We suggest people consider a typical event entry fee when deciding how much to donate. Last year the event charity was Project K and we were to see the Kiwi Brevet riders contribute, collectively, a few thousand dollars to their good work.

For 2014 you'll have a choice of two charities:
- The Canterbury West Coast Rescue Helicopter (who paid one of our riders a visit in 2010 when he accidentally pressed the 'Help' button on his SPOT tracker)
- Project Rameka Inc. who are a charity that build tracks and plant native trees on a block of land halfway between Abel Tasman National Park and Takaka. It's a covenanted block of land set up to provide for public recreation (primarily mountain biking) and be a carbon sink.

Very shortly we'll post the account details for those charities on this site and you will then be able to enter by making a donation and emailling us your choice of course and category.

The courses will be the 700km Kiwi Brevette and 1100km Kiwi Brevet, as outlined in previous posts. More details on the course will be issued soon.

The categories and simply solo or team. Every solo rider or team must have a SPOT tracker or some other sort of recognized emergency locator beacon. We'll be hiring a bulk load of SPOT trackers from overseas so that riders can hire one at a cheap rate. If you have your own, that's fine.

In the meantime...if you are looking for an event to test your fitness or gear, check out Le Petit Brevet lepetitebrevet.blogspot.co.nz  or 'Brevet's Little Brother' - http://www.vorb.org.nz/brevet-little-brother-t124818.html#p2556825  Both offer a similar mix of sealed & gravel road, 4WD track and some singletrack. Le Petit Brevet is possibly the hilliest ride in New Zealand!

If you have any questions, please feel free to fire them through.