Grand Tour of the Alps and Northern Italy
July 22nd 2018 will take place a 1400 km "randonnée", the "ALPI 4000 Brevet - Grand Tour of the Alps and Northern Italy" with BRM approval.
ALPI 4000 is part of IGT (Italia del Grand Tour), a four over 1200km randonnées brevet, each taking place every 4 years.
You will find all the information on www.alpi4000.it
Thank you, good work and best regards.
(President Audax Randonneur Italy)
(organizational secretariat Audax Randonneur Italy)
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Here are our provisional results for the 2017 season. Only ACP rides have been recorded here.
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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.
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.
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 #||Location||Distance||Open||ACP90||Cutoff||Detailed Location
|1||Queenstown||0||12/03 06:00||12/03 07:00||12/03 07:00||
|-||Crown Range||36||Water Stop at Summit before descent.
|2||Makarora West||144||12/03 10:14||12/03 15:36||12/03 15:36||Makarora Country Café
|3||Haast||227||12/03 12:44||12/03 21:08||12/03 21:08||The Hard Antler
|4||Bruce Bay||303||12/03 15:06||13/03 02:12||13/03 02:12||
|5||Fox Glacier||348||12/03 16:30||13/03 05:12||13/03 05:12||Ivory Towers Lodge
|6||Harihari||433||12/03 19:14||13/03 10:52||13/03 14:29||Pukeko Café
|7||Hokitika||508||12/03 21:44||13/03 15:52||13/03 20:06||
|8||Otira||590||13/03 00:28||13/03 21:20||14/03 02:15||Stagecoach Hotel
|9||Flock Hill||641||13/03 02:16||14/03 01:35||14/03 06:05||Flock Hill Station Lodge
|10||Geraldine||846||13/03 09:35||14/03 19:32||14/03 21:27||
|11||Tekapo||934||13/03 12:44||15/03 03:14||15/03 04:03||Near Church of the Lost Sheperd
|12||Lake Ruataniwha||997||13/03 14:59||15/03 08:44||15/03 08:47||Holiday Park
|13||Tarras||1107||13/03 19:12||15/03 17:02||15/03 17:02||Tarras Country Coffee Shop
|14||Queenstown||1205||13/03 22:58||16/03 00:00||16/03 00:00||111 Frankton Rd
The following services are available on the Tiki Tour route
||Cardrona Hotel (open from 9am)
||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)
||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 ?)
||Pukeko store and Café (opens 7:30am), GAS Harihari (opens ?)
|Ross (480 km)
||Ross store (open 8am to 8pm)
||Gas service station, Pub
||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!)
||Z service station (open till 10pm), Various cafes (most with closing times of 8-9pm), Excellent Indian Restaurant
||BP service station (open till 10pm), Caltex (open till ?), Four Square (open till 7pm)
||Challenge service station (open 7am till 6pm), Four Square (open till 8pm), Reflections Café (open till 8:30pm), Lake Tekapo Tavern (open late)
||Supermarket, various cafes and restaurants. Not much after 10pm
|Lake Ruataniwha (997km)
||OVERNIGHT: Lake Ruataniwha Holiday Park
||Oasis Cafe from 7:30am
||Country Coffee Shop until 4pm
||Subway until 9pm; Various cafes and bars
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.
Tiki Tour 1200K (Whole Route)
Tiki Tour 1200K (Day One)
Tiki Tour 1200K (Day Two)
Tiki Tour 1200K (Day Three)
Tiki Tour 1200K (Day Four)
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.