Bikepacking comes in many flavors. Bikepacking is from a slow camping trip for some to an ultra endurance race for others. For myself it’s somewhere closer to the later. The amount of logistics and gear choices can be overwhelming not to mention the details of the route itself.
As I returned for my third “Kiwi Double” - the Great Southern Brevet followed shortly afterward by the Kiwi Brevet I felt more confident than ever. The single most important thing in bikepacking is experience. I have been playing around in these events for several years now and I was ready. Don’t get me wrong I’m still learning.
After 8.5 hours of hard riding we began the first of many hike-a-bikes the GSB would serve up. It started in a rain storm but we pressed upward for well over an hour and found that keeping moving can have its advantages.
The Crown Range tar seal pass is a welcome relief as its all downhill into Arrowtown, NZ.
The high plateaus of Central Otago are epic, exposed and lonely.
The descent after this pass is also incredible and seemingly endless.
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