Kiwi Randonneurs

long distance cycling in New Zealand


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  • 7 Jun 2021 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    A group of enthusiastic cyclist spent Queen's Birthday weekend based at Glenross Station, 8 km from the Pongaroa village in the Tararua District providing an opportunity for randonneurs to meet and cycle with other long distance cyclist. The weekend organised by Janet Chilton had something for everyone with a challenging 208km BRM event and shorter social rides for those riding party pace such as the stunning Akitio Beach out and back and loop.

    Janet has provided a write-up of the weekends cycling


  • 25 Mar 2021 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    We are looking at placing an order for more kit. This is what it looks like

    Kiwi Randonneurs GREEN mock up 13th March 2019[1217].pdf

    Kiwi Randonneurs PINK mock up 13th March 2019[1218].pdf

    BTW there is a Black version

  • 15 Nov 2020 8:44 PM | Anonymous

    Do you work on weekends and so have not been able to do our rides?

    Now you can!

    The Audax Club of Paris has temporarily relaxed some rules:

    "To cope with your local restrictions linked with the pandemic and to allow social distancing in your organizations, we can accept temporally adjustments of the BRM regulations :

    - riders can do an event 1 to 7 days before or after the planned date."

  • 9 Jul 2020 7:02 PM | Anonymous

    Ride organiser report by Janet Chilton

    A superb team effort helped three Kiwi Randonneurs, Linda de Ruyter, Simon Henderson and myself, complete the Wairarapa Winter 600kms (Greytown to Dannevirke and back) during the weekend. As well as the excellent support provided by Ed Allen and Tim O’Brien, our small group was fortunate that the weather gods smiled on us for the two day epic as cycling long distances in the middle of a New Zealand winter has its risks. This ride was a replacement one for a 600kms planned for warmer times in April, but postponed due to the Covid Lockdown. Altogether we climbed over 5207 metres in 36 hours and 40 minutes. Jeremy Rowe, long distance extraordinaire, also signed up and cycled the 442kms Day One loop back to Masterton, in an impressive time.

    Day One. Began in Greytown at 6am on the Saturday morning with a -3 degrees frost blanketing the ground. However, after three hours in the saddle, the sun came out and warmed us for the gentle ride through scenic rolling South Wairarapa countryside. During this time we were fortunate to have Ed Allen’s friendly banter and company, as he braved the frosts and early morning start, to escort us for the first 120 kms before turning back to Martinborough at the Dyers Rd turnoff. After a brief stop at a Masterton café, we set off for Glenross Lodge, Pongaroa. Absolutely no wind to bother us and just one tough hill to climb before meeting Tim at the Lodge, mid-afternoon. He welcomed us with tea and food, then joined us for the night-time Pongaroa, Pahiatua, Woodville, Dannevirke, Weber, Pongaroa loop – altogether 170kms and some challenging hills to climb.

    Climbing on the Pahiatua Pongaroa road. Although coldish with a slight head wind, we were lucky to be guided during the night by a beautiful full moon. Skyline views were stunning.

    During the night, Tim, cheered us with his stories and towed us all the way to KFC at Dannevirke, introducing me to my first KFC experience. We warmed up with hot food and drink.

    At KFC, Dannevirke, the only place open in the town, so late at night.

    We set off for Weber, during the coldest part of the night. A sugar injection of crunchie bars and sweets, helped Simon and Linda spin up the hills and push through the cold to our planned 360kms stopover back at Glenross Lodge. Despite arriving there at 2.30am and cycling the night loop with us, Tim was quick to light the fire and cook a dinner of hot soup, spaghetti, eggs on toast. The perfect host! So welcome! Alarms were set for 5am (two hours sleep in all) before setting off on Day Two to complete the remaining 240 kms.

    Day Two.

    We woke to discover that the weather gods were still on our side. Warmish morning, no frost and slight norwest winds - made it easier for us to cycle back. Spirits were sagging at Alfredton, so a brief break there and talk of a cooked breakfast when we made it back to Masterton, spurred us on. From there it was a quick, tail wind ride to Martinborough and Lake Ferry.

    A stop at Lake Ferry before setting off on the last leg to the East West access to Lake Wairarapa, then around the bottom of the lake to Featherston.

    Linda’s selfie. A surprisingly warm mild sunny winter’s afternoon.

    Simon’s comment when he took this pic of Linda and me on the south side of Lake Wairarapa near sunset with only about 30kms left to complete. “I'm glad I got that one because it marked the point when we didn't have a strong headwind which was forecasted to fight through. The weather gods loved us!”

    Linda - ‘I was so focused and wouldn’t let my guard down until I had finished. I wasn’t going to tell myself I had completed the ride 30ks out from the finish line, it was when I crossed my front wheel over the driveway to Janet’s house in Greytown, that I could tell myself ‘I have just completed a 600kms ride. How surreal is that! So happy I completed the ride’.

    Overall, the supportive team effort and the especially kind weather gods, made it a very special magical winter ride. A huge thank you to Simon, Linda, Tim, Ed and Jeremy for joining me on the 600. And congratulations to Linda for completing her first 600kms and also to Simon, as the ride marked his comeback to randonneuring after swifting for the last 18 months.

  • 1 Jan 2019 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Homologated rides for the 2019 season are now in the Results hub members area - already we've collectively knocked out 5900 km!

  • 3 Dec 2018 7:33 AM | Anonymous

    Keep up to date with what is happening on the Events Forum

  • 24 Oct 2018 8:42 PM | Anonymous

    Perth Albany Perth 1200kms, October 1 – 4, 2018

    Completing my first 1200kms.  I had been building up my training for the 1200kms all year, mainly cycling long distances during the weekends.   My most irrational fear was coming across a live snake while on my cycling journey, so I had to overcome my Kiwi phobia.

    Day One: South Perth Observation  Deck  to Nannup.  Distance 384kms

    Sixty three riders signed up for the 1200kms.  Most were from Perth, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney but there were small groups from the United States, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Singapore, two Kiwis (Simon Henderson and myself) and one rider from Japan.  In all, only six women cyclists had entered the event.

    Start Point – South Perth waterside.

    Early morning start at 5am – still dark in Perth and really it was a very fast flat cycle with head on winds for the first 300kms.  The cycle ways in Perth were impressive  - about 50kms of them before

    we left the city’s outskirts, then we wound our way south down the coast to Margaret River. 

    Control point at Yarloop

    Continuing on to Busselton


    After  Margaret River , we hit the rolling hills and we climbed and descended in the dark for the next 70kms.  I was surprised by a kangaroo that jumped across the road in front of me, while I was descending down hill.  Luckily I  braked  in time to avoid it.

    Arrived at our accommodation at  Nannup at 11pm.  Provided with a hot meal and shower.  The sleeping arrangements in the large Nannup  Sports Hall were two large dormitory rooms – one for the men and the other for women.  The bed – a blow up air mattress.  I thought I would be able to get in at least a good four hours sleep as I assumed there would be no snorers in the women’s dorm.  I was wrong – one of the fellow woman riders snored loudly all night – so I only managed to snatch a couple of hours of sleep.

    Day Two: Nannup to Albany. Distance 320Kms

    A 5am start after a hot cooked  breakfast.   The next 77 kms  to Pemberton consisted of one steep hill after another steep  hill.  I reached my  ‘lowest point’  during this early morning stretch  but  I managed to revive after a  welcome coffee at the  Pemberton control.   The coffee certainly helped me tackle the next 120kms of continuous rolling hills with head on winds . A welcome ‘Secret Control’ halfway through, also provided us with tea and cake. 

    Cycling through a national park.

     No toilets, until Warpole, and because of my fear of meeting a poisonous snake during a toilet break  on the roadside  -  I just sped up until I reached the small town’s public toilets.   The next  120kms  were cycled in the dark,  with further rolling hills to tackle and head on winds,  arriving at  the coastal town of Albany at 2.30am. 

     A number of cyclists said Day Two was the toughest day – and by the end of it,  14 riders had pulled out of the event, including my Kiwi colleague, Simon, who had  knee problems.     Accommodation that night was at the Albany Residential College.  I arrived at 2am, was given a hot meal, and my own room to sleep him.   I managed to get two solid hours sleep (no snoring)  before  setting off the next morning at 6am.

    Day Three: Albany to Collie. Distance  294kms

    Day three had some hill climbing but it also had lovely, long, flat, downhill stretches through isolated farmlands and national parks.  After the Frankland General Store control earlier in the morning, there was another long 110kms stretch but again another Secret Control half way through that provided us with a much needed cup of tea and food before  the last control at Boyup Brook. 

    A welcome “Secret Control”

     The rain started to set in as I approached the cafe at Boyup  Brook.   I had my first experience of just about being blown off the road by two passing Road Train Trucks each with two long trailers.  I rode the final 70kms, in the dark and pouring rain with some fellow riders from the UK and Australia.  We joined forces to tackle the night stretch together, arriving drenched, cold and safe at the Collie Football Club Rooms around midnight.  A number of the Malaysian contingent did not complete Day 3, due to the cold and the rain– the sag wagon went out and collected them as one of the riders was hypothermic. By the end of Day 3, the number of Did Not Finish had risen to around 20.

    Arriving drenched at Collie.

    A hot shower and a meal was most welcome that night, and I managed a solid four hours sleep on an air mattress in the women’s dorm. The snorer had pulled out of the event during  Day Two, and there were only  three of us left that night.

    Day Four: Collie to Perth. Distance  205kms

    Knowing I only had 200kms left, I did not set off until after 7am.   The first 45kms included some lovely rollers to cycle through until the Harvey Control.   After that, the land flattened through farmland until I worked my way back to the estuary and  coast,  winding up through Mandurah to Perth.   I saw my first snake (fortunately when I saw it was dead) on the cycle path 40kms south of Perth.

    Cycling back along the coast to Perth.              Snake Alert!

     I  arrived back at the South Perth Bowling Club finish line just as it was getting dark at 7.15pm to a welcome clap from all the volunteers and supporters , for being the  ‘First Woman’ to make it back.  Of the six women riders,  two completed the ride. 

    After 1200kms the welcome sight of Perth’s high rises.    The finish line.

    Overall,  a rewarding, epic experience.   1200kms with over 9000 metres  of climbing completed  in 86 hours, 15 minutes.  During the three and a half days I managed a total of 8 hours sleep.  It was the toughest and most challenging thing I have ever done but it was empowering to know that I had navigated most of the 1200kms of Western Australian countryside on my own. 

    A special thanks to the Western Australian Audax Cycling Club, in particular Wayne Hickman, Peter Heal and all the other wonderful volunteers  for their superb support of the riders. They were up all hours of the night, offering hot meals, tea and encouragement.

    Janet Chilton

    (Photos were taken and supplied by UK rider,  Andrew Preston).

  • 19 Sep 2018 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    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.

  • 16 Sep 2018 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    Kiwi Randonneurs Incorporated: Annual Report 2015

    Kiwi Randonneurs Incorporated: Annual Report 2015.. 1

    Presidents Report 2

    Year Two.. 2

    Membership.. 2

    Club Kit 3

    Looking ahead.. 3

    Treasurer’s Report 5

    Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 October 2015.. 6

    Statement of Financial Performance. 6

    Statement of Financial Position.. 7

    Notes to the Financial Statements. 7

    Presidents Report

    Year Two…


    2015 was a strong year for Kiwi Randonneurs. We hosted several international visitors during our Gran Turismo Series in March. Our presence as a fledgling club now established as shown by all metrics that we track, with record participation rates across all distances for both the number of participants and total kilometres logged.  Financially, the Society is a stronger position on the back of a surplus from our GT Series, with the remainder of the accounts operating at about break even.



    We've also established an ongoing relationship with Cycling New Zealand through joining Cycling New Zealand - Wellington and continue to raise Kiwi Randonneurs' profile as the premier of source of long distance cycling opportunities in New Zealand.

    2016 season has seen some few new Ride Organisers step forward, and introduction of gravel events to our schedule, which has been led by Andrew Kerr. The idea of introducing a 12/24hr time-trial is often mooted, however to operate an event in this style would require some volunteers to make it happen.



    With our ongoing relationship with CyclingNZ now agreed, and our membership of Cycling New Zealand – Wellington we have recently transitioned to a paid membership model. On the back of increased activity levels, we have been able to set our membership policy to include the first four rides free. This offsets a large portion of the annual fee for “casual” members, while ensuring that Kiwi Randonneurs meets its obligations to its parent organisations with respect to insurance and other administrative requirements.

    Club Kit

    Many thanks to Simon for organising the synthetic kit designs with Ultimo Clothing. We have seen our jerseys around the country, and abroad with the two editions that were offered – Kiwi black, and a Paris-Brest-Paris edition in red, white and blue.

    Looking ahead


    The 2016 Committee will need to look at how to better support less established regions and how we can communicate more effectively both with our members and other riders that may be interested in participating in long distance cycling.  Ideally, this would include filling our six Committee positions with President, Secretary and Treasurer supported by Editor/Comms person, an administrator and the ACP representative. There are often non-decision making tasks that the Committee would appreciate assistance with from any of our members.


    Previously, our financial position has not enabled us to fund many of our activities in advance. We do not expect to require advances from Committee members in 2016, and are investigating whether we can start offering medals and awards immediately on completion of rides, rather than on the completion of paperwork and postal delivery from France.


    At present, almost all of our rides are "unsupported" brevets. Although these are wholly within the spirit of Randonneuring in order to introduce new riders to Randonneuring, we will need to look at how we can operate at least a few rides a year that provide a few additional services such as supported controls and perhaps a SAG.


    Preparations for our 1200km Tiki Tour (previously known as the Kiwi Hunt) in March 2017 will begin in the next few weeks. This will be the 2nd 1200km event operated in New Zealand under the auspices of Les Randonneurs Mondiaux and like our our GT Series in 2015, we expect to host a good number of international visitors for this ride.



    Thank you for your support.



    Craig McGregor, President

    Treasurer’s Report

    2015 was our second year since becoming incorporated. We started the financial year with a very small balance and thanks to Craig’s hard work – particularly on the GT Series we finished the year on a more comfortable financial footing. Many thanks for Craig’s countless hours in making the GT Series a success.  This will now enable us to operate the club activities with more ease.

    Kelvin Spicer has been nominated for the position of Treasurer for 2016. I would like to thank Kelvin for offering to take on this role and also for assisting me with the 2015 accounts.

    Simon Henderson.


    Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 October 2015

    Statement of Financial Performance

    Kiwi Randonneurs Inc

    Statement of Financial Performance for the year ended 31 October 2015























    Total Revenue



    Less Expenditure

    Brevet Expenses






    BikeNZ Affiliation & Insurance



    Information Technology



    Administration (includes loan repayments of $618)






    Total Expenditure



    Surplus/(Deficit) for the year from Operations




    Statement of Financial Position

    Kiwi Randonneurs Inc

    Statement of Financial Position as at 31 October 2015



    Current Assets







    Accounts Receivable









    Less Current Liabilities

    Homologation fees payable to ACP



    Subscriptions rec'd in advance



    Loans from Members



    Total Current Liabilities



    Net Assets/(Liabilities)



    Represented by:

    Accumulated funds brought forward



    Surplus (deficit) for year






    Notes to the Financial Statements

    I. Statement of Accounting Policies

    The Financial Statements presented here are for "Kiwi Randonneurs Incorporated" (the Society).

    The accounting principles appropriate for the measurement and reporting of earnings and financial position on an historical cost basis have been used.

    II. Goods and Services Tax

    The Society is not registered for GST purposes. All items in the financial statements are stated at their cost to the Society.

    III. Income Tax

    The Society has received an exemption from income tax under section CW 46 of the Income Tax Act 2007.

    IV. Securities and Guarantees

    There were no secured loans or mortgages against the property of the Society at the balance date, nor has any such facility been arranged.

    V. No Prior Balances, Loans, Income or Expenses

    The Society was formed in December 2013. There are no balances, loans, income or expenses brought forward from prior to the formation of the Society relating to the Finanancial Statements.    

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