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: face­­flahute/. It costs a min­i­mum $20 do­na­tion to go to­wards devel­op­ment of Haven MTB Park, on Banks Penin­sula.

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