Not so Gorgeous Rakaia

Well that did not turn out the way I planned.

We started out in fog at 6am and were 33km down the road before seeing sunlight. Three km later the fog closed in again for another 10km before the day cleared up.

I was paying the penalty for not riding anywhere in the last month and by the time we got to Hororata (76km) I was feeling shattered. I had just brought my bike back from Australia and put it together the day before. My knees were complaining and I decided to call it a day rather than push my luck. Continue reading “Not so Gorgeous Rakaia”

Gorgeous Rakaia 200

This Saturday we will be riding to Rakaia Gorge and back,.

It is a gentle climb all the way to the gorge where we turn around and retrace the route. Once we get back to the top pf the gorge it is an easy ride home, as long as there is no easterly breeze in our faces.

Check out the Gorgeous Rakaia randonnee,


Paris-Brest-Paris has long been the pinnacle of Audax/Randonneur achievement but London-Edinburgh-London seems to be trying to catch up.

See Damon Peacock’s video on PBP & LEL

Garmin Edge 810

The touchscreen Edge 810 rovides navigation and advanced training capabilities for the dedicated cyclist.

It connects through your smartphone to access live tracking, social media sharing and weather.

The 810 works with detailed street or TOPO maps for navigation when touring, commuting or doing other activities. Its GPS capabilities provide accurate data and navigation capabilities worldwide.

Read a detailed assessment of the Garmin 810

Vale Douglas Mabey

Douglas mysteriously collided with a trailer on a training ride on 5th January 2013, apparently skidding across the centreline into a trailer being towed in the opposite direction. This was most uncharacteristic of a man who was such a skilled cyclist and known for promoting safe cycling.

He was a stalwart of Kiwi Randonneurs and an active organiser and two times Paris-Brest-Paris ancien.

Douglas was actively involved in Kiwi Randonneurs since 2007 when he first completed PBP. He was the longest serving member and a great advocate of randonneuring in New Zealand. Riding with Doug we all remember our friend who mentored, encouraged and ensured the safety & enjoyment of us all.

Douglas also contributed greatly to cycling in Wellington, organising the Featherston Fun Ride and as a long serving committee member of the Wellington Masters Cycling Club.

Our condolences to Kay and family.

We have lost a wonderful friend and endurance riding legend.

Eulogy by Derek Locke

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Kiwi Randonneurs 2013

Kiwi Randonneurs have got off to a good start with a number of rides completed for this year.

Last weekend saw the Picton-Westport-Picton 600 run with a variety of weather conditions from headwinds on the first leg to Murchison followed by rain through the spectacular Buller Gorge with a very hot following day through the Nelson hills.