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Show Profile  Michael Posted: 8 February 2016, 12:08 PM  
Rob Garden and Greg Barbour finished the 7-day MTB stage race from Chch to Queenstown last week. They were 2nd Masters 50+, behind Steve Gurney and Simon Callaghan. Didn't see you at the Welly sprints Rob:-))

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 8 February 2016, 2:40 PM  
It was one tough race with some hills(mountains) taking us 2.5 hours or so to get up, with plenty of bike pushing included. It was a superbly organised event, and we lucky the weather was kind, but extremely hot at times. With 35 plus hours racing in 7 days it was the toughest event I've done, but very rewarding to do it well.
Sprints not on the agenda although the Southern O Week was close to fitting in.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 19 February 2016, 2:09 PM  
And while we're on mountainbike pioneering, the kicks off from Cape Reinga on Sunday. Not a race (minimum time of 10 days, max 30) but the unsupported ride the length of the country will be a real challenge. The route: Some orienteers: Marquita Gelderman, Phil White/Anne Mortimer, Greg Thurlow, Mondo Kopua, Jill Clendon, Joe Jagusch, Kay Haarsma (Australia)

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 23 February 2016, 6:10 AM  
Riders in the first wave now spread out as far as the Waikato River trails. Tracking

Marquita is in a second wave starting today, and there's a third wave tomorrow, designed to spread the load on ferry crossings in the far north.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 25 February 2016, 10:58 AM  
Three riders heading for fish and chips in Eketahuna tonight. Big bunch of later starters (2nd wave Tue 3rd wave yesterday) crossing the Kaipara Harbour ATM. Includes Marquita and Kay. What are the rules about calling in at home?

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 1 March 2016, 10:50 AM  
First riders have crossed Lake Wakatipu and ridden out past the Mavora Lakes. They'll hit Bluff tomorrow. Leaders of the 2nd and third waves are near Murchison. Marquita is at Pipiriki on the Wanganaui River, having been riding for 7 days.




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