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About helsbels75

A keen cyclist, with no preference for which type of bike, as long as it helps me get out to see whats around the next corner.

Tour Aotearoa 2016

Tour Aotearoa, to ride the length of our country, 3000km, between 10 and 30 days.  Self supported. 12 months of discussion, working out what kit and bike set up would work.  12 months of body and mind preparation.  The last … Continue reading

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Pre-Tour Aotearoa Ramblings

I’ve 1 shift to go, 1 flight, and 3 more sleeps till Tour Aotearoa (TA) 1st wave gets the horn at midday sunday 21st February from Cape Reinga. After a wee flea got in my ear, I put in my … Continue reading

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Wonderings in Aotearoa

So my touring has taken a bit of a radical twist.  Instead of taking Shirl off road with on road tyres, I’ve let her to pasture for a little while, and have taken on a 29″ wheeled bike, oh and … Continue reading

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Still going

The last month has been interspersed with seeing yet more family, going for runs with my 71 yr young Aunt, staying with a girlfriends’ parents on their farm, learning all about their off the grid existence.  Meeting up with mum … Continue reading

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Beautiful Aotearoa

My home country has been turning it on since I’ve been back.  Have been enjoying the warm temperatures even though it is too dry.  Having great times back coasting the hills on Shirl as I make my way round various … Continue reading

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Lovely Vancouver

8 days, it has just flashed past! 3 days of snow, and more of sun. I’ve enjoyed visiting Capilano Suspension bridge and surrounds covered in snow; a real live ice hockey game, the Canuck v’s St Louis; runs around the … Continue reading

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UK

A busy few days in the UK packing Shirl for the big trip home, catching up with friend Andy from Yorkshire, a nice day bouldering at Stanage, I think I quite like Gritstone! And a day wandering the streets in … Continue reading

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