Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Great Southern Brevet - Jasper's Awesome Adventure

Jasper did it again, he conquered The Great Southern Brevet. For us yankees The Great Southern Brevet is a 683.5 mile (1100 km) race that tours the southern part of the New Zealand's South Island. 

Jasper at the finish.
I think. 
Who the hell would know? The dude sure knows how to bundle up!

Jasper's summary of his last day out on the trail:

"It started off great - 5.30am start in ranfurly, a great early morning through Naseby, tail wind up Danseys. Then It turned into a strong head wind As I turned at Duntroon. It got stronger and stronger and stronger. At the top of Hakataramea pass I could barely stand let alone ride with me being sand blasted from the sand, dust and gravel blowing into me. After the top of the pass I had to pedal hard DOWNHILL to keep any sort of slow progress forward frequently being blown of into the ditch on the side of the road. Then it got worse. Hail, sleet and snow started straight into my face. It started to get very cold and dark. A bit further on both my front lights gave up in the atrocious conditions. I was riding trying to use my tiny red rear light to see into the blackness. I eventually made it to Tekapo at 11.30pm where the photo was taken."

Check out The Great Southern Brevet race site:

AWESOME pics of the SUMMER SNOW in New Zealand. Yes, dudes and dudettes, January = Summer in New Zealand. AND there is a boatload of snow on the course. Definitely reminds me of the Colorado Trail conditions in July.

A History Lesson: 
Jasper, with excellent pacing from The Judd, completed the Le Petite Brevet in November 2011. AND the Super Freak also conquered the Kiwi Brevet a few years ago. So Jasper is a big bad Brevet fanatic and is probably looking for equally challenging 1100+ km rides in other outrageous locations. It will be interesting to see what Ludacris adventure he'll undertake next.  Maybe Jasper would enjoy 500 miles of the Colorado Trail with The Brothers Rohwer. Maybe.

Jasper's best quote:
 "These Brevets are all utter madness but thats the way I like it!

Now that is why Jasper is a Super Freak with Full Membership with Back of the Pack Racing.

One Question:
9 photos after an 1100km race? That's a concern. I had ~ 250 photos after 500 miles on the Colorado Trail. Maybe that's why I averaged 45 miles a day and Jasper averaged 125 miles (200km) a day. Something to think about. (Just joking, Jasper probably picked the best of the best - this day and age we all must go GREEN and not waste all the 1s and 0s associated with multi-national emails.)

The Brevets:
These monster Brevet's (1100km) on the South Island are scheduled every 2 years. I'm pretty sure we (The Morale Chairman & The Judd) will make the next one in 2014. And of course, that means Dan, The Ultimate Crew Chief, and Henry (?) will be forced into the adventure via EXTREME peer pressure. 2014 will be here before we know it - unless the Alien Invasion actually happens on Dec 21st.

A Few Pics WITH Jasper's Comments / Captions:

At the start with no idea of what was about to unfold

Bivving out with the sheep - hey its the NZ (and BPR way) 

Bottom of the best downhill of the trip.
At the bottom of the Nevis range by Garsten. A 1100 meter drop!

Obelisk looking the other way towards a 1500meter long downhill! 
A surreal and immensely sublime place. Red bull gives you wings.

Eating ripe plums straight of a tree.
At the bottom of the 1500 meter descent from the obelisk.

Highest point of the GSB. 
The obelisk on the old man range at 1700 meters height!

The Judd's Comment: What is this? A Social Event?

A sign. 
Morning of the last day going up to Danseys. 
Little did I know what drama lay ahead.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Race Schedule... The 2012 BPR Championship Series

2012 is here. That means one thing and one thing only. Time to start preparing for:

The 2012 Back of the Pack Championship - A Series

We all know who the odds on favorite is. But you never know what will happen in 2012.

AND, in the past, I've been accused of rigging the results. Seems like certain dudes that race at the back of the pack can't do simple Judd Math. They can't figure out how the points are totaled. So here it is.

The Official Formula for The 2012 Back of the Pack Championship Series:
  • 10 points are awarded for each lap completed at the 12 hour and 24 hour races
  • 1 point awarded for each mile completed at an endurance race
  • 1 point awarded for each mile completed during a bike packing experience
* We all know that life is full of obligations and responsibilities, at least that's what I've been told, so unofficial races can be (will be) added as alternate races if a certain responsible racer can't make a race in the BPR Championship series BUT is able to make local race. 
  • Example: Mad Rhino can't syphon enough fuel to make 12 Hours in the Wild West. So Mad Rhino attends the Mad Rhino Invitational in the Land of the Sun.
* We all know that The Lt Col isn't into bike packing - no need to worry. The bike packing points are equalizers - the bike packing points bring The Morale Chairman and Mad Rhino into the competition. (Even without the bike packing points The Lt Col doesn't have a chance of battling it out for the championship, just because.... that is what history says, even though I write the history.)

The 2012 Race Schedule:
The 2012 Ride Schedule:
This schedule can and will change as we move through 2012. And new competitors can be added to The 2012 BPR Championship series at anytime - all that is required is written pledge to uphold the Back of the Pack Operating Instructions.

And a Final View From the back of the Back of the Pack:

hanging at the back - Le Petite Brevet, somewhere in New Zealand

hanging at 12,000, somewhere on the Colorado Trail - Segment 27