long distance cycling in New Zealand
A Super Randonnée is a permanent ride that can be done at any time, throughout the year. The course is a minimum of 600kms (max 620kms), with a minimum of 10,000 metres of vertical climbing. The standard time limit is 60 hours. There are two rider categories for the SR600. Those riders intending to complete the ride within the designated time of 60 hours, and a tourist category, where a minimum average of 75kms per day is ridden. Any rider aiming for the 60 hour limit who misses the time limit will automatically be classed as a tourist rider, upon completion.
The SR600 is an individual endeavour. The rider choses when to start. The ride must be unsupported. The control points are also unmanned. It will be up to the rider to validate their passage through the challenge.
More details, and the overall rules of the Super Randonnée can be found here:
The contact for these rides is:
The ride can be done as a group or an individual
Each rider must notify the organiser at least 30 days in advance, specify the ride date and start time.
Tourists don’t have to specify a start date.
The start date can be altered, by notifying the organiser, up to a week before the ride.
Upon registration, a SR card, guidebook with controls, will be sent out.
These rides are completely unsupported, including the control points. It is up to the rider alone to complete the ride.
The difficulty in setting a course, in New Zealand, is that courses must be certified through Openrunner. This provides a double conundrum. New Zealand doesn’t have enough alpine passes to run rides through to get the big vertical metre gains. On the contra though, the very hilly nature of New Zealand’s back country roads, aren’t recorded on Openrunner with a great degree of accuracy. This often results in some areas losing as much as 10 – 20% of their vertical metres. For example, the Forgotten Highway in the Ruapehu district, is truly forgotten. Thirty percent of the vertical metres are lost.
After much mapping, and remapping, we are pleased to be able to provide three, very different, Super Randonnée challenges.
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