Archives for September 2012

Parakai Wellsford – the Aftermath

Well done to everyone who could make it out this morning. Another stunning Auckland day to welcome daylight savings.

A very big thank you to our awesome helpers and drivers – Emma Kathryn Sandra and Steph – and a shout out to Morgan for babysitting the site while Steph resolved my BBQ issues.

For those that attended – and for those that didn’t, heres a few photos to remember some of the climbs


Parakai Wellsford II September 30th

It’s on!!

Second ride in the pre Taupo/K2 training regieme, the extended Parakai / Waimauku /Wellsford / Parakai ride is on this Sunday.

We’re still in need of a couple of drivers to make this work  – any volunteers please email me (

Things to note:

BBQ and Coffee after.

Longer route this time

Daylight savings!

Weather: High 18°C Overnight 11°C Rain. Westerlies

Same details as last time  – 3 bunches ( 30kph; 25kph and 80km ( shorter ride )

$20 for members ($25 for non DOC riders) – covers support vehicles -food and beverage after.

Open roads – obey the rules.

7am Start! – registration from 6:30 on. Briefing at 6:50

See you there!

Race Report: Day Night Thriller 2012

by Duane Watene (originally posted on Facebook.)

What did you do for your birthday Duane?

Oh just rode my bike for 12 hrs.

Actually 11:26:37. Couldve got another lap out but was fully over it by then, the rain and the cold finally broke me. So that was the Day Night Thriller in Taupo for another year. 31 laps done. 180 odd kms in the legs. Huge thankyou to my support crew of Catherine Webb and Jeff Webb, without your help none of this would be possible. Thankyou to the Phillimores for the pie and encouragement, and the AvantiPlus Waitakere crew for all the support also (you know who you all are).

Was in 3rd for a while, but lost out in the final 4.5 hour sprint to the finish. Managed to place 4th in male, 5th overall. I got chicked, but Kim Hurst is a freak so Im ok with that haha .
I went through some good times, and some bad times, but no tears this year. Bike was great except I kept losing pressure in the front tyre. Oh well, gave me a good excuse to stop for longer at transition while the boys pumped it back up.
Its only my 2nd ever 12 hour solo and Ive learnt so much from last year. There comes a point where it is no longer a physical challenge, its a mental one. Thats when you have to dig deep to battle with the inner demons yelling at you to “STOP!!!!” Does help though when you have an outer demon yelling at you to HTFU and get back on yer bike. (Thanks Cat, love you).
Great event (pity bout the weather), Im so happy with how everything went. Great crew to hang and ride with, spa pool was epic.
Finally thanks to all those who passed me and offered words of encouragement. It might not seem much but it really helps when you’re deep in the box.

BDO Tour of Northland – start planning now

A few people have mentioned wanting to ride the 2013 BDO tour of Northland

A great ride  – well organized by Stephen Cox and great views ( or racing )

Now is the best time to put together your teams – with accommodation being at a premium its good to get in early.

Anyone interested in riding T.O.N 2013 as a team – let me know ( and I’ll put you in touch with others interested.



30th September -Parakai Wellsford II

So who’s up for a second shot? 🙂

Parakai – Wellsford II is next Sunday (30th) – map will be released early next week.

A great way to measure your fitness and to preview the longer rides ( Taupo K2 etc )

We still need a couple of drivers if anyone is keen to watch a bunch of people torture themselves for a morning.

Any volunteers please email:  (me) and I’ll keep you posted.

Keep training and see you all soon!