KTM riders Gary Donaldson, Heath and Karen Botica, Brian Corman, Edd Shepherd, Ged Woods, Will Furniss and Donald McConochie at Nelson Motorcycles. Photo: Jonty Dine.

‘Gnarly’ KTM comes to town


From the Rocky Mountains in North America to the deserts of South Africa, the KTM Rallye will make its next stop in Nelson this weekend.

The region will host the KTM Adventure Rallye for the very first time and will see five action-packed days of adventurers treated to a course set by local experts.

Local rider Will Furniss says KTM is considered a religion and its local devotees take immense pride in their backyard.

“It is only held once a year and this year it will be in the Top of the South, it is a chance to show Nelson off.”

The rallye will begin in Nelson, go through Murchison, Hanmer, Picton and back to Nelson.

“It has all those traditional Nelson attributes, sun, mountains, views.”

Will says the local organisers have spent the last 15 weekends marking out the track with GPS and talking to landowners.

“We have riders who are passionate about the brand and the local riding scene.”

A field of 130 riders will be rolling into town for the event, from Japan, Australia, America and throughout New Zealand.

Will says they will experience some “gnarly terrain” along the 2000km route.

“We have been liaising with local forests and council and there has been some great cooperation, so we will be getting to ride some areas not normally open to public.”

The rallye will also have a support crew of medics and mechanics along for the ride.

This enables riders to have luggage transported to camp each night.

Top of the South KTM Adventure Rallye runs from November 10 – 14. For more info go to https://www.ridektm.com.au/2019- ktm-new-zealand-adventure-rallye-top-of-the-south/