Author Archives: John Veldthuis

1KC Hamilton 2018 – A nice day out

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Time for the 2018 addition of the 1KC ride Hamilton start. 1000 kms in 12 hours (or so). This years was around the mountains sort of. Around the Coromandel loop anti-clockwise then down around the 3 big mountains in the middle of the island. A week out the weather forecast did not look too hot and the best outcome was… Read more »

NI800 2018 Ride Report

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NI1600 Sorry, that’s NI800 The NI1600/NI800 came around again and I could not decide which one to do. Last year’s NI1600 was a bust for me due to a bruised rib from coming off my Jetski at 60kph and the constant rain. I was sore and very uncomfortable. I was planning to do the NI1600 but have had a bad cough… Read more »

TT2000 2019 – Planning Time

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The TT2000 web site went live this month so that means count down to the trip has begun. I got an email from Wayne a couple of weeks before hand asking if I would like to automate the check sheet again. I said yes of course and Wayne emailed me the list of checkpoints so I had an early preview… Read more »

TT2000 2018 – The Whole Trip

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TT2000 2018 Route

TT2000 2018 – The Wait Pays Off (February 2018) It is now the 21st February and only two days until the TT2000 starts for 2018. Cyclone Gita has just past over last night with just a power cut of 3 hours here at home. Have been watching the weather closely for the last week now because 10 days out it… Read more »

Northern Odyssey – Part 2

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Well part 2 of the Northern Odyssey 2018 was not going to plan at all. Really no pictures this time because I never checked the camera battery. Previously when checked it was always full or ¾ and it wasn’t that long ago since I charged it. Well bugger me when I went to take the first shot the GPS would… Read more »

Northern Odyssey 2018 – Part 1

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One Tree Hill North

NORTHERN ODYSSEY 2018 “You will be given a route of approx. 1000 kms of North Island roads selected for their good riding, great scenery and points of interest along the way.  Every hour or so, you will need to stop and find the answer to a question.  The 2018 Odyssey will take you through Auckland and Northland, starting in Central… Read more »

1KC Hamilton 2017 – Is it Raining?

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Checkpoint 5 - Skyline

1KC Hamilton Start 2017 It has been just on three weeks since my failed attempt at the North Island 1600 ride due to weather and a sore rib. In that time the rib is a lot better but still giving the odd twinge when I pull stuff towards me, so I am hoping that it will not hinder this ride…. Read more »

North Island 1600 2017 (NI1600)

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NI1600 2017 Route

North Island 1600 – 2017 Saturday 7th of October was the day for the 4th running of the NI1600 (North Island 1600km  in 24 hours) motorbike ride. However, the week leading up to this wasn’t good for me. The Saturday before this I went on a Jetski ride down the Patea river to the dam. It was a good ride… Read more »