NZ Distance Riders’ events are run BY distance riders FOR distance riders. Unless we’re raising funds for a good cause – like the relationship between the annual 1KC rides and muscular dystrophy – we only want to cover any operating costs involved. This means the registration fees for our events are intended to be realistic for participants.
North Island 1,600
This year is the Distance Riders’ fourth 1,600 ride. Keen? Then get ready to ride with New Zealand’s finest distance riders on the weekend of 7-8 October 2017.
We’ve got a yet another crackling route in store for this year, featuring some rare and exotic locations and roads. All will be revealed at 7:00pm on Friday 6 October 2017 in readiness for the start at 1:00pm on the Saturday following.
More details and registration forms can be found here. Remember that the close-off date for registrations AND payments is Friday 22 September 2017. This is so there’s enough time to get T-shirts printed, badges made, food organised, and so on.
Registrations are currently approaching 20 riders. If you’re keen to ride with your mates, please let us know who’s likely to be in your group so that the Event Marshalls can start you together.
North Island 800
This is our second 800km ride. Last year’s inaugural ride was a huge success, so we’re looking to start a tradition by repeating the format again this year.
This is an 800km-in-12-hours event that, like the 1,600, starts and finishes at Turangi. And it is being held on the same weekend as the 1,600 – 7-8 October 2017. This is a great opportunity for distance riders in the 800 and the 1,600 to meet and share experiences of what time-based distance riding is all about.
Registrations so far are currently about 10 riders.
Remember that very little evening riding is involved in the 800. Indeed riders on restricted licences should be checked in back at Turangi before the NZTA’s curfew kicks in.
More details and registration forms can be found here. The close-off date for registrations AND payments is Friday 22 September 2017.
1,600 & 800 accommodation
If you need accommodation in the cabins at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park, please contact them directly and let them know that you’re part of the Distance Riders’ events that weekend. Their website has online booking. http://www.turangiholidaypark.co.nz/ or phone them on 07 386 8754.
Those who have registered and not yet paid, please make payment ASAP. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and cash flow is important to us.
Support Crew Volunteers
If you’re keen to help out with this October’s Turangi rides, please let us know. We need people with a talent for online administration, motorcycle scrutineering, catering and general support tasks. As the 1,600 runs through the night, then so too does the support team. A roster arrangement is a key part of how the Turangi team operates, which means we need more than one person to fill each of the overnight support roles.
We’ll also need volunteers for our manned checkpoints for the 1,600. While we can’t give away details of the route, if you’re interested in helping, please let us know. We’ll make contact with you if you’re handy to one of our three manned outposts. As this event runs through the Saturday night, so too will a couple of the checkpoints. We usually aim to have at least three people supervising each checkpoint.
Hamilton & Wellington 1KC rides
Put Saturday 4 November 2017 in your ride calendars right away!
This November will once again see two 1,000km Cruise rides on the same day – the 1KCs. One will start and finish in Wellington, the second will start and finish in Hamilton. The routes for each will be different, with briefing, instructions and checkpoint information sent to registered riders one week prior to the event.
Pillion riders are allowed on the 1KC. There is no formal scrutineering of machines. Riders are expected to ensure that their bikes are legally roadworthy.
These are social rides, with plenty of opportunities for riders to stop and yack with each other. After-ride hospitality will be available at a pre-arranged venue. There will be commemorative badges and certificates awarded. Proceeds raised will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy New Zealand.
1KC rides start and finish on the same day. Riders usually start from 6:30am until 7:00am. Most are generally home by 8:00pm, with stragglers returning at up to 10:00pm.
More details and event registration forms for the Hamilton and Wellington 1KC rides can be found here.
But wait, there’s more…
Although not technically a distance riding event, the 42nd Cold Kiwi Rally is scheduled at Raetihi for the weekend of 1-3 September 2017.
More details can be found to the Cold Kiwi’s website http://coldkiwi.co.nz/