For those riders attending this years Castle to Castle brevet you will have the change to have a lunch break in Ochijiku historic village on the 2nd day of the Brevet, The village which is part of the old Nikko highway is right on the course and offers a fantastic array of food options for the hungry brevet rider. The pictures below were taken on a 5 day bikepacking tour in 2013
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For those of you who love following GPS trackers the leaders in the Tour Aotearoa brevet are getting nearer to the finish line in Bluff . The Brevet which includes some amazing scenery started on the 21st of Feb and takes riders from the top of New Zealand to the bottom a total of 3000 km. There are about 300 riders taking part with New Zealands Oille Whalley leading the field followed Australian Seb Dunne both finishes of the famous Tour Divide race in the USA , in fact Oille held the record for a while after winning it in 2012. This course was designed by the Kennett Bros and features off road, single track, gravel roads, sealed roads, jet boat rides and ferry crossings just to make things interesting !. Check out the following website which has the live map tracker plus some great instagram photos. http://www.touraotearoa.nz/ Pictured below is what the map tracker currently looks like and Oille posing for one of the photo check points !.