Kiwi Randonneurs

long distance cycling in New Zealand

Kiwi Randonneurs Gravel Brevet Rules 

from 100 km to 1000+ km

Adopted by the Executive Committee on 20 October 2015



Unsealed back-country roads offer additional venues for long distance cycling on roads that are rough, hilly and isolated. These conditions make the time limit and the validation requirements for brevets under the existing BRM rules challenging.

These Gravel Brevet Rules have been created provide an alternative for Ride Organisers to offer our members new adventures over rough, isolated roads that would not usually be included in Kiwi Randonneurs organised brevets.

Please note: Results of brevets under these rules are only recognised by Kiwi Randonneurs. They cannot be used as qualifying events for Paris-Brest-Paris or other international Randonneuring events.


Article 1 : Kiwi Randonneurs has exclusive sanctioning authority for brevets operating under these rules. Each brevet receives a verification number. Brevet verification numbers are assigned chronologically and alphabetical based on the time of receipt.

Article 2 : Brevets are not competitive events. No winners or placings will be declared. Brevet results will be published in alphabetical order.

Article 3 : Any vehicle that complies with New Zealand Law and is powered solely by the Rider may be used for participation in brevets.

Article 4 : Brevets are open to any cyclist  satisfying the registration criteria set by Kiwi Randonneurs and the Ride Organiser.

Article 5 : By their participation in a brevet, Riders accept the publication of their name and the time achieved in the results published by Kiwi Randonneurs or the Ride Organiser.

Article 6 : Brevets operate under an ethos of personal responsibility and self sufficiency. Each Rider is responsible for their own repairs and support.  No personal lead, follow or vehicles are permitted on the route. This does not prohibit receiving assistance from other participating riders; neutral support that is made available to all participating riders or accepting random acts of kindness from strangers.

Article 7 : Respect others and the environment. Riders and Ride Organisers must interact with each other, the public and their surroundings respectfully. Do not litter, and use discretion when nature calls.


Article 8 : On all roads, Riders are responsible to ensure that ride in accordance with the New Zealand Road Code, and all laws and regulations applying to cycling on New Zealand roads. Keep left of any marked centre line at all times.

Article 9 : At night or during times of poor visibility Kiwi Randonneurs Night Riding Rules apply. Be safe. Be Seen.

Article 10 : At the start, the Ride Organiser will provide each Rider with a cue sheet indicating the route and the location of the checkpoints. It is also recommended that Ride Organisers make GPS files of the route available before the brevet.

Article 11 : It is recommended that Riders ride socially with other Riders participating in the brevet. This recommendation does not prohibit any Rider riding at his or her own pace.

Article 12: Riders must stay on the route. If a Rider leaves the route, they must return to the route at the same point prior to continuing. i.e. sidetrips are permitted but no shortcuts or detours from the route, unless specified by the organiser, emergency services personnel or required due to a road closure or clearly evident safety hazard. All detours must be reported to the Ride Organiser.

Article 13: Riders must stop at each checkpoint to confirm their passage by means of receipt, sign-in sheet, photograph or a text-in (as specified by the Ride Organiser). Ride Organisers may also include unannounced checkpoints along the route to confirm that all Riders have followed the prescribed route. Missing checkpoint confirmations will prevent a Riders brevet from being recorded.

Article 14 : Time limits vary for each brevet according to the cue sheet distance. Time limits are set according to minimum average speed.

Brevet Distance

Minimum Speed


Up to 320km


A 200km brevet has a time limit of 16 hours  (200/12.5)

A 300km brevet has a time limit of 24 hours (300/12.5)

320km to 1000km


A 400km brevet has a time limit of 40 hours (400/10)


 Case by case

Determined on a case by case basis in consultation between the Ride Organiser and the Kiwi Randonneurs Executive Committee


Article 15 : Unmanned intermediate checkpoints will not have time limits, except in the cases where absolutely required such as:

(a) The Ride Organiser has specified an intermediate time window to allow safe passage (For instance to avoid riding in treacherous terrain in the dark; or to cross an estuary at low tide)

(b) The Ride Organiser has arranged for access private land during a specified time window.

(c) The checkpoint is the Finish. 

Article 16 : On arrival at the finish, the Rider must advise the Ride Organiser that they have completed the route and the current time.

Article 17 : If the Rider is unable to complete the ride or has breached these rules they must advise the Ride Organiser of this as soon as possible.

Article 18 : At their discretion Kiwi Randonneurs may establish awards or titles for Riders who complete brevets under these rules.

Article 19 : Any fraud, cheating, or violation of these rules will result in disqualification from the brevet, and flagrant violations of these rules will result in the exclusion of the Rider from future events promoted by Kiwi Randonneurs and/or the Ride Organiser.

Article 20 : Any complaint or question concerning a brevet or its organisation must be submitted to the Ride Organiser in writing, within 7 days from the finish of the brevet. The Ride Organiser will review the complaint and forward it, with a recommendation to the Kiwi Randonneurs Executive Committee.

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