Welcome to the January newsletter for the 2024 Tuatara bikepacking adventure, presented by Restrap & Everoutdoor NZ .
With one month left until the Tuatara grand depart from the Trout Statue in Gore, we hope your preparation is going well. This newsletter fills you in on with some helpful information to help set your adventure up for success.
By now you should have registered for your Spot tracking device with Maprogress. They are the official tracking partner for the Tuatara. If this is a step you have not completed, you can register for tracking here.
Spot trackers will be available for collection at the Trout statue from 5pm on Friday night.
GPX files are available here for all three of the rides, if you need Cue sheets, you can follow the Map link and download these directly from RidewithGPS. Please note the Iti course makes the most of the newly completed Clutha Gold trail - a day pass is required and the trail is to be followed. The GPX file starts again from Waihola.
Riding in Style / The style of your ride
Some people are here for the challenge of finishing a fantastic ride around the deep south, some are here to see how fast they can do this. Either way, bikepacking rides are defined by a set of principles that set them apart from other styles of riding, please read the 'agreements' here that define the style of riding the Tuatara.
Dot Watching is via MAProgress - enjoy
The point of designing the Tuatara route was to create the opportunity for people to experience Southland and portions of Otago from a fresh perspective. Arriving into town from a different street, filled with fresh air and new sights, the Tuatara is designed to give people an "off the beaten path" view while enjoying the small communities of the deep south. Thank you for joining the adventure, we hope the weather is good.
Saturday Start Time
The start time is confirmed at 7am, which means briefing is at 6:45am at the Trout.
Between now and the end of February, we will be posting blogs with answers to any questions we get.
Happy preparation, happy riding and we will see you soon.