Howdy all.

We've run quite a few Big Day Out rides now.  And a couple of 2 day, Big Weekend Out rides as well.   These events are all about getting our on some new roads and enjoying each other's company.

Well this takes it to a whole new level...

Mike Watson has proposed a Big Week Out to coincide with the Graperide next year.  At this stage it's just a proposal and we want to see who would be interested in doing it.

Mike's put some time into coming up with an amazing schedule of riding in beautiful countryside. 

Here's the highlights....

The trip would start with heading down and doing the Graperide...  And then carrying on for the following week. 

  • Saturday Ride the Graperide and then have a dinner at a vineyard budget style possibly Wairau River Wines.
  • Sunday Blenheim to Nelson via Renwick, Havelock, Rai Valley, Rai Saddle, Wangamoa Saddle, (120kms) Two good climbs but we can stop several times to regroup.
  • Monday  two coffee rides, Cable Bay in the morning and visit the Cable Bay Café - this is 66km return. And then Brightwater return in afternoon taking in the Grape Escape Café in Richmond.  This is aproximately 40kms return on a cycle trail. (100 easy kms today)
  • Tuesday bike to Motueka via Nelson hills (Ridgeway, Stoke, Richmond, Moutere Hill, Upper Moutere, Neudorf Hill, West Bank Motueka River, Riwaka, Motueka). 100km mostly easy.  Group Dinner somewhere interesting in the area.
  • Wednesday The Takaka Hill Climb 20kms up, 20 km back - so a serious ride in the morning. It is steep near the bottom then eases off somewhat towards the top. In the afternoon there would be a ride to Kaiteritiri and back (scenic coffee ride, rolling hills). Organise own dinner (70kms) 
  • Thursday Motueka to Murchison via Motueka Valley, Kohatu junction, Hope Saddle, then downhill to Murchison. A very pleasant ride with one big hill half way. Organize own dinner. (130kms) 
  • Friday Murchison to Maruia Springs via Upper Buller Gorge, Inangahua, Reefton, Rahu Saddle, Springs Junction. There are two climbs, Dublin Terrace Buller Gorge and The Rahu Saddle. (143km)  Overnight in comfortable accommodation about $120 each, with unlimited use of hot pools. Dine in Restaurant and order breakfast if wanted. Dinner $40-$60 Breakfast up to $20 Cooked.
  • Saturday Maruia Springs to St Arnaud  via Springs Junction 10kms, Shenandoah Saddle (which is the biggest climb).  We'd stop in Murchison for café break, and then a gentle climbing 65kms to St Arnaud. (150kms).  Stay at The Alpine Lodge either back packer style or very comfortable accommodation, punters choice. Can probably organize a cheapish cyclists dinner there with Mike's contacts or eat in Restaurant.
  • Sunday St Arnaud to Picton via Renwick 90kms, and Havelock, Queen Charlotte Drive. (151kms). Showers to be arranged somewhere, then onto the ferry. Own catering.

The trailer would go with Mike's wagon - and we could possibly rent a minibus - but the way the trip is designed - it might not be necessary, as we're riding from place to place (and there will be room in Mike's Wagon for 4 extra riders that aren't riding if they don't feel up to it for any reason.

Some Nelson club riders may wish to join us for some sections and there is also the possiblity of racing a few sections if wanted...   All up for discussion.

Mike would take his tandem and can arrange another - if people are interested in doing a few turns on them.

Mike has made a rough costing for accommodation of about $400 for the week + fuel and ferry costs for the trailer and vehicle.  

If you wanted to ride the whole lot - it would be just on 1000km for the week.

Please let me know (by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in this (or even in this type of thing at some other time)....  Obvoiusly we would need firm commitment from people to make this happen..  So please let us know ASAP.

We can discuss at the Club BBQ for those that are there.

Big thanks to Mike for the time he's put into coming up with this.




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