The Tour Aotearoa (TA) 2020 (A Leap Into The Unknown – A Bikepacking Odyssey) – by Graham Plews

 How the journey started 

My wife, Rhonda, and I were travelling north after touring the New Plymouth/ Taranaki area on the North Island of New Zealand in our campervan and stopped for a coffee at a café in a place called Mangakino. We got chatting with a fellow cyclist and his wife. That was in 2018. It transpires he had just completed the TA2018 and was travelling home. The TA (Tour Aotearoa – Aotearoa is the Maori word for New Zealand) is an unsupported biannial 3000Km mixed terrain bike packing brevet ride. It starts at Cape Reinga which is the most northerly point of New Zealand to Bluff which is the most southerly point. Inspired by this conversation, the seed was sown and I had two years to plan and prepare for the TA2020.

Planning and Preparation 

Having been a road cyclist for most […]