This is it. A challenging 1,200km ride around the Auckland region.
This is an UNSUPPORTED event to be run under the auspices of les Randonneurs Mondiaux.
Bag drops are not offered.
You may need to organise your own accommodation
The time limit for this event is 90 hours.
Start time will be 6pm on the 24th April.
Support that will be provided on this Unsupported ride
· Printable Maps & Cue sheets
· GPX Track files (for most GPS) & TCX Course files (for most Garmin Edge only GPS).
A Super Randonneur Series comprising of 600km, 400km, 300km, & 200km BRM rides (or longer ACP/LRM ride) since July 2019.
· Mandatory front and rear lights and reflectors that comply with NZ Road Rules
Spare lights highly recommended
Reflective vest or equivalent meeting "AS/NZS 4602:1:2011 – Garments for high risk applications" requirements for day/night applications.
The full course map is as follows.
Ride with GPS route is: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31858732
There are three sections to this ride.
The first section covers the North of Auckland This leg is 380kms long with 5,425 metres of climbing. There are hills with sections of steep gradients. This leg starts from the Auckland Museum. By utilising the North Western cycle paths, most of the traffic should be long gone by the time we hit the roads. Once out of Auckland the only overnight food stop, is at Wellsford (116kms, 147kms), which has a Caltex and MacDonalds. There is a 500m section of gravel road at the 140km mark, heading back into Wellsford. This first section finishes back in Auckland.
The second leg is an easier section of 382kms, with climbing of 3,840m. Heading down Great South Road, the route meanders down to Morrinsville. There are more locations for food and sleep.
Around the 528km mark there is a 3km section of flat gravel road.
The third, final section is 442kms long with 3,782m of climbing. The section between Ngatea and Pukekohe (130kms), has limited food stops late at night, so some discretion is required around the timing of the run.
It has just come to my attention that over the Anzac weekend, the V8Supercars will be racing at Hampton Downs. This shouldn't affect riders too much, as motorists will be travelling on SH1, but it may be prudent about accommodation around the Pukekohe, Te Kauwhata areas.
Checkpoints will be:
0kms: Auckland Museum
377kms: Newmarket (Auckland)
483kms: Port Waikato
547kms: Te Kauwhata
639kms: Te Kauwhata
1,200kms: Auckland Museum (Finish).
Base entry fee will be $15.00. The aim is to keep the cost of entry as low as possible, with no surprises.
Ride Organiser: Kelvin Spicer. 027-368-7266