Another month ends as does 2021 - looking forward to the last weeks of preparation before we head off on this great adventure. Entries to the 2022 event close at the end of this month so encourage your mates to get in and secure their entry.
Road updates: Takaka Hill has finished the work on it and Takaka Hill traffic lights are no more!
Two lanes all the way, with speed restrictions until the locals get used to keeping left. Thanks to Andrew Spooner for this update.
David Britten has been out riding the DUX as he will be riding another plan on the weekend. Scoring of his attempt will not be part of the official results as we are just including those who complete the challenge on the specified weekend and times, but we will acknowledge those who do complete it. David scored 5001 points picking up all the requirements for the DUX. For those who are aiming at planning for this you might be interested to know that David stopped both nights to sleep and finished by 10:15am. Along the way he dealt with horrendous wind, rain and delays caused by a road being closed due to an accident.
This shows planning that happens before the event sometimes can’t take into account what will happen on the road, so time needs to be put aside for the unexpected. David very nearly missed out on this DUX as one of his photos submitted was of the wrong school sign, fortunately for him the correct sign was in the photo so he was able to claim it. Make sure you know what the signs look like for each checkpoint to ensure that you get the correct one.
Well happy new year to you all and we will see you in 48 days. I know Phil Biggs is counting down the seconds!
PS David’s final km count was … coming next update!