Take it from Trev

Hi Cyclists,

Well, if you are planning on coming for a visit, best I reckon, I should tell you a bit about where it goes – don’t want you getting lost on the way round – of course if you’re riding one of them two people tandems bikes only the person on front needs to know the way, but all back seat drivers do have an opinion though!

Around Brunner is a real good 130kms ride on sealed roads that go through the most wicked scenery the West Coast and New Zealand has to offer.

It all starts where the mighty Grey River heads out to sea in Greymouth after its journey through the Southern Alps. I reckon some of this water was used to make that brew at Monteith's.  If you want a bit of this in your drink bottle, just be careful as you may be tested at the end and we wouldn't want you over the limit.

Anyway, people wearing flash, tight fitting bike gear that’s all shiny, and a few wearing gear that’s maybe not quite so tight and not so shiny, head south to Kumara Junction where heaps of gold was found about 100 years ago. I reckon there’s still heaps of gold in those hills.

From here you turn inland on a road that gently goes up through a real nice bit of rain forest - although it doesn’t rain that much round here in April.

After heading towards the mountains for a bit, the road comes to Jacksons Historic Tavern, which is a shame, because the road that everyone needs to follow turns left over the Taramakau River. Some folks may have been inclined to stop for a pint of the brown stuff before turning "had Jacksons not been closed" to keep you going, you need a bit of water or electrolytes that you may have in that water bottle. 

The road heads north to Inchbonnie, the half-way point, where those folks doing half of the ride meet up.

The road goes along the flat for a bit - a nice warm up for those just doing the second half. This goes through some more real nice scenery which has a couple of fantastic lakes. The first isn’t actually Brunner, so try not to get too excited - just so you know, it’s called Lake Poerua. The road keeps going between the mighty Southern Alps and Lake Brunner. 

The road climbs a bit coming into and going out of Moana, and then it winds around as you head through the Arnold Valley to Stillwater. Then best you turn left. It's pretty flat beside the banks of the mighty Grey River, with even a downhill section as the road takes you back to where it all started, in Greymouth.

Around Brunner is a cycle ride for everyone, from the folks that are new to riding bikes and are still getting used to all of the tight fitting clothing, to those that are way too comfortable wearing tight clothing, and even to those that I hear shave their legs.

If you think the 130k ride Around Brunner is just a bit too much for the old legs, why not give the Teams section a spin. Find a mate or someone else's mate and do it as a team.   It’s good fun and guess what; you finish before 130k ride as well and all the spectators don’t know you’ve just been around the bridges.

So, whether you shave your legs or you've just bought a bike and are thinking about it - riding that is, not shaving your legs - come and ride with us. 

I’ll be around keeping an eye on things and maybe having a few pints of the brown stuff with some of you guys that make it all the way round. See you in April 2018!

Opps nearly forgot; you do have the option now to do a lap of honour with the Enduro event, just 2 laps, you start a bit earlier 5:00am, that means you get a 4 hour start on the guys and girls doing 1 lap.

Like all good things on the coast, both rides finish at Monteith's Brewery.

"A good honest West Coast workout that anyone can do."  
CheersTrev Pedals
Enthusiastic Cyclist and West Coast Self Proclaimed Local Identity


Check out Trev's ride around the course     

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Take it from the guys at Bike NZ:
Once you've ridden Around Brunner, you'll include it in your race calendar as must do again. And for those who have yet to get a taste of good old fashioned West Coast hospitality and a bloody good ride, what are you waiting for, get into it in 2018!

Course records set in 2010:
Shane Archbold: fastest overall - 3 hours, 1 minute and 17 secs
Karen Fulton: fastest female - 3 hours, 1 minute and 22 secs

Enduro Ride Course Record 2015:
Shorty Allnut: fastest male - 7 hours, 12 minutes and 6 seconds

Enduro Ride Course Record 2016:
Heather Daniels: fastest female - 8 hours, 18 minutes, 51 seconds

Enjoy your training - We look forward to seeing you on the start line on Saturday 28 April 2018.