1) The Kiwi Brevet
A self-supported 1100km or 700km cycle event around the top of the South Island.
When: 31 January – 8 February 2015.
Never heard of a brevet before? Riders follow a course through a series of pre-determined checkpoints. You can ride individually or in groups, and must be self-sufficient in terms of food and accommodation.
The 2014 Brevet traversed anti-clockwise from Blenheim – route details for 2015 will be announced shortly. You can read about the 2014 Brevet – and register for the 2015 event – here. (Entry numbers are limited and filling fast, so get in quick if you’re keen.)
2) The Rainbow Rage
21 March 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of this Kiwi classic. The 106km route takes in the wild and mountainous terrain between St Arnauld and Hanmer Springs – expect big climbs, dramatic downhills and ford crossings.
Entry fee: $99 before 15 March. Includes free entry to the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa + meal ticket.
Late entry: $130 (no soak or meal tickets).
Find YouTube footage of the 2013 race here.
3) The Tour Of New Zealand
8 days of road riding through either the North or South Island, averaging around 100km per day. On the last day, everyone meets in Wellington for a head-to-head criterium in the grounds of Parliament. You can enter individually, ride in a team of three or more, or join for day stages.
When: 11-18 April 2015.
For full details, head here.
We can hook you up with bike hire for all these events! Check out our range of rentals here.