Author Topic: Kiwi 1200 in 2012  (Read 2947 times)

LittleWheelsandBig

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Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« on: August 04, 2011, 09:34:07 AM »
Kiwi Randonneurs in New Zealand are organising an unsupported 1200 in February 2012. Lots of scenery, lots of climbing and lots of wind on the Canterbury Plains, I'd expect. Duncan is a mate that I've known for years. He rode PBP03 and the kiwis have been Audaxing/randonneuring for quite a few years now.
http://www.kiwirandonneurs.org.nz/rides/377/the-great-kiwi-hunt-1200km
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

JStone

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2011, 10:00:13 AM »
Definitely agree about the superb scenery - we campervanned around virtually the whole route earlier this year and it's all magnificent. But beware sandflies on the W coast  ;)

Fidgetbuzz

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2011, 10:35:28 AM »
Umm - I expect to be in Oz in early 2012 ( and having screwed up PAP which I could have ridden - if I had got better organised ) then this is one that I want to keep an eye on, but not sure about lots of climbing !!

May not work - will depend on family etc in OZ -- but you never know - it would get me my International thingy too!!

So please keep me posted
I was an accountant until I discovered Audax !!

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2011, 10:42:54 AM »
You may want to consider the Great Southern Randonnee 1200 in 2012 (October I think), well supported and good fun in good weather. HK and I really enjoyed it in 2008.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2011, 10:21:07 PM »
I've cycled most of that route on my 1990 Tour. Ace, would love to go back

Andrew

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2011, 10:39:00 AM »
I chatted with a couple of the kiwi riders (Doug and Ed) during pbp (me being an ex-pat kiwi as it were), nice blokes and I enjoyed their company.

I must admit to thinking about this ride. It's been a while since I was in NZ and, to my shame, I have never really seen the South Island. I think I'd ride supported if poss, hiring a campervan that my wife would drive. Just got to price it all up and have a think.

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2012, 09:15:49 PM »
Just got to price it all up and have a think.
Andrew, did you have a think?  Anyone else, doing this ride?  Received email from Duncan,  entry form will be available soon.

Andrew

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 07:27:11 AM »
No, I can't afford it right now. Hopefully, they'll do it again next year.

Coincidently, I was thinking about it only yesterday as there was a program on the TV about NZ railway journeys. The alps are spectacularly beautiful. I did feel a touch nostalgic in truth. My mother visited me here in France last year so that lessened the need for me to go to NZ.

I personally would particularly look forward to the section up west coast.  It's pretty wild and rugged there in places. I'm envious. I really hope you both ride and enjoy it.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 10:35:33 AM »
No, I can't afford it right now. Hopefully, they'll do it again next year.

That is very unlikely IMHO. They may do it again in 4 years' time but who knows.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Fidgetbuzz

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 12:11:27 PM »
Our Oz visit for Feb and March has had to be cancelled - but may be reinstated for tail end of year. So this one is out - but the Oz one may be on.
I was an accountant until I discovered Audax !!

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2012, 10:05:37 PM »
Registration form arrived today - entered.  It's going to be a luxury tour with two bag drops!

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2012, 11:43:21 PM »
I'm off to NZ tomorrow.  Ride starts week Saturday.  It feels a bit lonely on this thread, compared with PBP/LEL.

I'll tweet where I can @swarm_catcher.

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Manotea

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 12:43:45 AM »
Have fun, Els. Watch out for the sheep!

AndyH

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2012, 07:51:06 AM »
Yes, good luck Els. I'll be following you blog & tweets.
slackjaws, ne'erdowells and/or quitters.
That's me  :thumbsup:

trixie

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2012, 07:54:10 AM »
Have a great time! Hope it all goes well  :)

chillmoister

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2012, 07:54:41 AM »
good luck Els ...soo wish I could join you on this one ...going to be an awesome adventure!  looking forward to the photos already!  BON ROUTE and BON CHANCE  :thumbsup:
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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2012, 07:56:25 AM »
Have a fantastic trip. Ever so jealous. I am sure we all look forward to reading about it upon your return!

Take loads of photos!

Andrew

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2012, 08:21:41 AM »
No idea if you'll read this or you're already on your way. Either way, I hope you enjoy it. I am envious and will follow your blog with keen interest.

A tip - peanut slabs are excellent bonk rations  :thumbsup:

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2012, 09:01:38 AM »
I'm going to NZ and perhaps Oz as well but unfortunately not 'til later in the year and would like to do a bit more cycling than I did the last time. Won't take a bike tho'. Hope there are some events that I can do esp. on the west coast in South island.

chillmoister

  • King of Compton
Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2012, 09:07:27 PM »
swarm_catcher, and only 8 others, started this adventure a couple of hours ago ...look out for her tweets and send some encouragement when you have time as it could be very long hilly ride with very little company.
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Salvatore

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2012, 09:38:46 PM »
https://twitter.com/#!/swarm_catcher

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First control! In group of three.
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2012, 07:57:11 PM »
Is there any more news from Swarmcatcher? I really must get around to looking into this tweet malarkey.

Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2012, 08:53:56 PM »
nothing for the past 20 hours or so.  Last post was at 470km so I guess she will be starting the return leg by now!
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Salvatore

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2012, 10:00:42 PM »
This just in

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Made it to the westcoast overnight. Now at 725 km Fox Glacier. Have very little time buffer. 1hr sleep last night.
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et avec John, excellent lecteur de road-book, on s'en est sortis sans erreur

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Re: Kiwi 1200 in 2012
« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2012, 10:17:07 PM »
Go Els!