The Odyssey adventure - ‘a dirty weekender’
Get ready for a dirty weekender - a 300 kilometre bike-packing adventure.
The Odyssey departs from Alexandra on December 10, traversing the Old Dunstan Trail to Lawrence and back to Alexandra via the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge Cycle Trails.
Organiser Shailer Hart said it was part of a series of 12 not-forprofit bike-packing (brevet) rides around the South Island where riders ‘‘seek adventure through multi-day, self-supported trips on lightly loaded bikes’’. Hart first dreamed up the idea of Flahute (Flemish term for ‘hardman’) rides as she prepared for a cycling tour in Belgium in 2011.
‘‘It’s been great to meet new people and to help engineer that special kind of camaraderie that comes with suffering together in the rain or into a headwind and then sharing tall tales over a meal or drink under the stars.’’
One of the great things about the modern brevet scene was the combination of technology and the remoteness of the great out- doors both from a spectator and safety aspect. Riders were selfsupported and given an electronic map and cue-sheets. They also used SPOT trackers and tracking from SPOTNZ.
For more information visit: facebook.com/Theflahute/. It costs a minimum $20 donation to go towards development of Haven MTB Park, on Banks Peninsula.