Super Randonnée

Super Randonnée is a permanent ride that can be done 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 intend 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. Upon completion, any rider aiming for the 60-hour limit who misses the time limit will automatically be classed as a tourist rider.

The SR600 is an individual endeavour. The rider chooses 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 general rules of the Super Randonnée can be found here:

https://www.audax-club-parisien.com/en/our-organizations/super-randonnees-en/

The contact for these rides is:

Kelvin Spicer

kelvinrspicer@gmail.com

Important points:

The ride can be done as a group or as an individual

Each rider must notify the organiser at least 30 days and 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.

An SR card and guidebook with controls will be sent out upon registration.

These rides are entirely 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 problem. New Zealand doesn’t have enough alpine passes to run rides through to get the significant vertical metre gains. On the contrary, though, the very hilly nature of New Zealand’s back country roads isn’t recorded on Openrunner with great 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 genuinely forgotten. Thirty per cent 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.

AUCKLAND COASTAL SCENIC SR600

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35079402

A completely different course again, the Auckland Coastal Scenic SR600 has the rider less than 50kms from a hot coffee or a cold beer at any point on the course. The most formidable challenge of this course is, Not to put on weight, with the abundance of cafés available.

Starting at the Parnell Baths and finishing at the War Memorial Museum, this course takes in Mt Wellington, Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Huia, Piha, Scenic Drive, Karekare, Waiwera, Waimauku, Wellsford, Warkworth, the North Shore beaches, and the Auckland Sky Tower.

This course will require careful map reading, as there are loops and crossovers, especially around Scenic Drive.

The first 200kms has almost 4,500 metres of vertical climbing. After that, it levels out somewhat.