Micky in Queenstown, 2017

We are all devastated and deeply saddened from the loss of Micky Inagaki in a serious crash with a truck on the Tekapo-Twizel road during our "Tiki Tour" ride.

Micky  at Rakaia Gorge 2017

Micky at St Arnaud 2015


This was Micky's second visit to New Zealand and I had ridden with him in Australia. It was always pleasure to host him with his jovial persona. On this occasion, his wife Tomomi was also able to join us as part of our volunteer team for the Tiki Tour. Micky was the President of Audax Japan, a role in which he was always striving to improve the sport in Japan, to encourage Japanese riders them to participate in events abroad and foreigners to come to events in Japan. Micky was and a prolific randonneur, completing 18 1200km or longer randonneuring events around the world (8 in Europe, 6 in North America, 3 in Asia and 1 in Australia). Along the way, Micky touched the lives of many international randonneurs with his cheerful a smile, friendly waves, encouraging words and generous assistance to all of those around him.

Micky on the Crown Range, 2017

Micky on the Port Hills, 2015

Chris Wilby was injured in this incident and following some time recovering from the accident at Christchurch Hospital he now back home in continuing his recovery. We wish Chris a speedy recovery.

Chris Wilby

The cause of the collision is subject to an investigation by the Serious Crash Unit. Kiwi Randonneurs will provide any assistance required in support of the investigation(s) into this tragic incident.

We believe rider safety is paramount and will review any findings from this accident closely.

We would like to thank the support we have received from those in the International Randonneuring and New Zealand cycling Communities.

Tiki Tour – Agenda


  • 2-4pm, Saturday, 11 March
  • 6am, Sunday, 12 March (347km)
    • Riders depart Queenstown from Cycle Higher, 9B Earl Street
    • Route highlights: Crown Range, Lake Hawea, Haast Pass
    • Overnight control is at Ivory Towers Backpackers, Fox Glacier
  • Monday, 13 March (296km)
    • Route highlights: Glaciers; Otira Viaduct; Arthurs Pass
    • Overnight control is at Flock Hill Station
  • Tuesday, 14 March (356km)
    • Route highlights: High Country; Plains, Rakiaia Gorge; Lake Tekapo
    • Overnight control is at Lake Ruataniwha Holiday Park
  • Wednesday, 15 March (206km)
    • Route highlights: Lindis Pass; Finished
    • Finish is at 111 Frankton Rd, Queenstown
  • 10:30am, Thursday, 16 March
    • Post ride brunch
    • TBC

Support we provide

Randonneuring encourages self-suffiency. For this series we will arrange limited support to ensure that riders are not stuck in the middle of nowhere (or is that middle earth?) should you encounter a major mechanical or injury. We will also ensure that you will not be left with an empty stomach because you arrived after closing time.

  • Accomodation during the ride
  • Meals at overnight controls
  • Transport of one overnight dropbag for riders (please pack compactly, should be no more than an airline carry on bag; same bag for all controls)
  • SAG for abandoned riders in case of breakdown or injury
  • Brevet cards, cue-sheets and GPS files.
  • Food will only be provided at selected checkpoints, where services such as cafes, stores or pubs are not expected to be available at the time we anticipate riders to arrive while remaining within time-limits.
  • Support and accomodation is organised based on riders making use of overnight controls. If a rider chooses to carry on without stopping at organised overnight controls they may be in front of any organised support that we provide.


Controls and Services en-route

Controls and Services en-route


Due to the front loading of the hills on this route, Les Randonneurs Mondiaux have authorised us to use revised cutoff times based on a 13.333km/h average speed.

Please remember the revised time-limits are set to ensure riders can get adequate rest. I recommend aiming to get the overnight controls by the regular "ACP90" closing time and leaving prior to the "Cutoff Time" that has been calculated based on 13.333km average over the whole route, from Day 2 onward.

Control #LocationDistanceOpenACP90CutoffDetailed Location
1Queenstown012/03 06:0012/03 07:0012/03 07:00
-Crown Range36Water Stop at Summit before descent.
2Makarora West14412/03 10:1412/03 15:3612/03 15:36Makarora Country Café
3Haast22712/03 12:4412/03 21:0812/03 21:08The Hard Antler
4Bruce Bay30312/03 15:0613/03 02:1213/03 02:12
5Fox Glacier34812/03 16:3013/03 05:1213/03 05:12Ivory Towers Lodge
6Harihari43312/03 19:1413/03 10:5213/03 14:29Pukeko Café
7Hokitika50812/03 21:4413/03 15:5213/03 20:06
8Otira59013/03 00:2813/03 21:2014/03 02:15Stagecoach Hotel
9Flock Hill64113/03 02:1614/03 01:3514/03 06:05Flock Hill Station Lodge
10Geraldine84613/03 09:3514/03 19:3214/03 21:27
11Tekapo93413/03 12:4415/03 03:1415/03 04:03Near Church of the Lost Sheperd
12Lake Ruataniwha99713/03 14:5915/03 08:4415/03 08:47Holiday Park
13Tarras110713/03 19:1215/03 17:0215/03 17:02Tarras Country Coffee Shop
14Queenstown120513/03 22:5816/03 00:0016/03 00:00111 Frankton Rd

The following services are available on the Tiki Tour route

Cardrona (51km) Cardrona Hotel (open from 9am)
Wanaka (76km) Four Square (open from 7am), Various other cafes and subway restaurant
Lake Hawea (99km) Sailz Lake Hawea Store (open from 7:30am)
Makarora West (144km) Makarora Country Café (open from 8:30am), Makarora Tourist Centre (149km, open from 8am)
Haast (227km) The Hard Antler Bar and Restaurant (Open from 11am)
Bruce Bay (302km) Water Stop; Manned Control
Fox Glacier (347km) OVERNIGHT: Ivory Lodge Backpackers
Franz Josef (371 km) Full of Beans cafe (Opens 7am), Four Square (opens 8am)
Whataroa (402 km) Whataroa Service station (opens ?)
Harihari (433km) Pukeko store and Café (opens 7:30am), GAS Harihari (opens ?)
Ross (480 km) Ross store (open 8am to 8pm)
Kaniere (503km) Gas service station, Pub
Hokitika (507km) Subway restaurant, several cafes, BP service station, Four Square
Otira (590 km) Otira Stagecoach Hotel (open ?)
Arthurs Pass Village (603 km) ARTHUR'S PASS STORE & CAFÉ (Open 8am to 5pm), WOBBLY KEA CAFE & BAR (Open 10am to 8pm), Bealey Hotel (1km past village- food open till 9pm)
Flock Hill Station (641 km) OVERNIGHT: Flock Hill Lodge
Springfield (686 km) Springfield service station (open 7:30am to 7pm), Yellowshack Café (open 8am to 5pm), Springfield store (open ?)
Sheffield (695 km) The Famous Sheffield Pie Shop (open 6:30am to 4pm)
Darfield (712 km) Bakery, Cafes, Supermarket
Hororata (736 km) Cafe closes 4pm
Mayfield (812 km) Caltex Mayfield (open 24hours but NEED TO CHECK IF JUST PUMPS OPEN!)
Geraldine (846km) Z service station (open till 10pm), Various cafes (most with closing times of 8-9pm), Excellent Indian Restaurant
Fairlie (892km) BP service station (open till 10pm), Caltex (open till ?), Four Square (open till 7pm)
Tekapo (935km) Challenge service station (open 7am till 6pm), Four Square (open till 8pm), Reflections Café (open till 8:30pm), Lake Tekapo Tavern (open late)
Twizel (992km) Supermarket, various cafes and restaurants. Not much after 10pm
Lake Ruataniwha (997km) OVERNIGHT: Lake Ruataniwha Holiday Park
Omarama (1028km) Oasis Cafe from 7:30am
Tarras (1107km) Country Coffee Shop until 4pm
Cromwell (1137km) Subway until 9pm; Various cafes and bars

Finalised Tiki Tour Route

Following our vollies ride, I've made some tweaks to the route. These reduce the gravel on route to just 1.8km while still avoiding what we perceive as the worst traffic spots in the area, and also eliminating a couple of unnecessary 18% pinches on the way back to Queenstown.

The first two days are quite demanding. We have spaced out the first control on the third day to be time-limit friendly.

If you would like to use a phone as backup to GPS, I recommend joining our RideWithGPS club where you will be able to get offline maps and other "premium" features when riding on routes organised by Kiwi Randonneurs.
Kiwi Randonneurs RideWithGPS Club with join code

Following final tweaks to the route, there is now just 1.8km of hardpack, which is in better condition than some of the sealed roads. The rest is sealed, but much on the eastern side of the route is large stones in the chipseal, so I still recommend 28-32mm tyres.

Days 1 & 2 are tough. Day 3 has some of the fastest parts of the route.
Day 4 is the taper off.

Whole route:

Tiki Tour 1200K (Whole Route)

Day One:

Tiki Tour 1200K (Day One)

Day Two:

Tiki Tour 1200K (Day Two)

Day Three:

Tiki Tour 1200K (Day Three)

Day Four:

Tiki Tour 1200K (Day Four)

Tech Head 101 #The Wheelsucker

Unloved by the peloton, the wheelsucker is the hemorrhoid on the tail of the bunch, breathing easy, unshiftable from their trailing position until 10m before top of climb when they accelerate past and disappear into the distance.

A Dutch research team has tested the effects on a lead rider of having other riders closely following and found that the advantage goes to every rider but the last one.

Proving the wheelsucker is in fact a true friend of the bunch, toiling away at the back for the benefit of all.



Shake, Rattle & Rando

Wow. That was quite some rattle to start the week, at 12:02am Monday morning. A magnitude 7.8 is a mighty shake. It was the second largest earthquake in terms of magnitude recorded in our Shaky Isles.

There is substantial damage from the earthquake, however our rides do not make a lot of use of north-eastern Canterbury where the roads are most adversely affected. Some Marlborough roads including Queen Charlotte Drive are currently closed, so a watching brief on the status of repairs will be required for some events scheduled in the next few weeks. In Wellington from the earthquake and flooding that followed there are a lot of rockfalls, road works and damaged buildings. Many businesses have yet to resume trading.

For all rides, and especially those south of the Manawatu Gorge

While there is no need to exaggerate please take extra care. It is important that all business and social activities, including randonneuring return to normal as soon as possible.


  • Most of our rides take place on lower priority roads. Please be aware that they may be subject to unrepaired damage or slips.
  • Please take extra care as there may be more uneven surfaces, rock falls and hazards than usual
  • I recommend riding with wider tyres if possible for the next few weeks
  • Some routes may have more traffic than previously due to highways repairs or delays

Ride Organisers

  • Please verify that roads are open
  • Check that services are available at control locations
  • Update the Committee if roads are observed to be more hazardous than prior to the earthquake
  • If rides need re-routing, please advise this as soon as possible so that riders know what to expect


Tiki Tour

We have not seen any damage reports on the Tiki Tour route. It is south of the earthquake area. It is business as usual, aside from some of our volunteers having a little extra to do to enable businesses to resume following earthquake damage.

Mail (new 17/11/2016)

Due to earthquake damage in Wellington we are currently unable to access our Post Office Box.

Please do continue to post brevet cards as soon as possible. New Zealand Post will have alternatives for us to collect our mail soon. This should include the remaining medals from the 2016 season so that we can get those posted out.

Membership and Ride Fees for 2017 Season

2017 Membership and ride fees 2017

Our 2017 season begins on 1 November 2016.
Our Committee has deliberated long and hard on various options. Ideally we would like to offer a single annual membership but those who participate in our rides come with different motivations, riding styles and participation level. Our rates have been set to ensure they are as economic and equitable as possible for occasional riders that ride a 2-3 200K's a year, right through to those who ride our events two times a month.

Changes for 2017

  • Kiwi Randonneurs have reduced our portion of the membership fee by $3.
  • A discount code for four x $10 ride discounts is included with membership.
  • Ride entry fees have changed slightly for longer events. For 2017, ride fees are based on $10 per day and for multi-day rides an "averaged" rate towards accommodation for overnights will be included in the entry fee. The intention is to have the averaged rate breakeven over the year, with hopefully equal cases above and below the averaged amount. We will review our averaged accommodation rate at least once a year.
  • For 2017, Cycling New Zealand have consolidated their rider licenses down to a single Adult License, with an upgrade to an International License also available. This is a simpler system, which is much appreciated but unfortunately also comes with a higher license fee than previous years.
  • 2017 Cycling New Zealand cards will include promo codes for discounts at:
    • Beaurepaires
    • Millenium and Copthorne Hotels
    • Noel Leeming
    • Office Max
    • Placemakers
    • Repco
    • Thrifty

Membership 2017

If you ride frequently with Kiwi Randonneurs we expect you to sign on as a member. We have set our membership rates as low as possible to operate our club while meeting both our legal obligations and the contractual conditions with our partner and parent organisations.

There are two components to our membership fee - a Cycling New Zealand license, and the Kiwi Randonneurs Membership fee. If you already have a Cycling New Zealand license through membership of another affiliated club you do not need to pay for this part of the membership fee.

As a benefit of membership you will receive a $10 discount on up to four unsupported Kiwi Randonneurs rides per year.

If you are under 19 years old, please contact us as further discounts may be available.

For most members, the Kiwi Randonneurs Membership + CyclingNZ Adult License is the most appropriate choice of membership.

Membership Option Kiwi Randonneurs Membership Cycling New Zealand License Total
Kiwi Randonneurs Membership + Cycling New Zealand Adult License
Allows entry into all Kiwi Randonneurs events, as well as races and inter-club races organised by other clubs; Wellington Centre Championships, National Championships, 2017 World Masters Games
$15 $65 $80
Kiwi Randonneurs Membership Only
You must have a Cycling New Zealand license through membership of another Cycling New Zealand affiliated club
$15 - $15

2017 Membership

You can find out more about the Cycling New Zealand Licenses here.


Ride Entry Fees 2017

Note: Kiwi Randonneurs members get $10 off up to four rides per year.

Feature events with additional support, such as the Tiki Tour 1200 are costed on project by project basis.

Distance Ride fee Accomodation
0-400km $10 - $10
600km $20 $40 $60
1000km $30 $80 $110