05 February 2019

Molesworth Rd IS open

Hi everyone,  I have just gotten off-the-wall the phone with DOC about the Molesworth Station Rd.  It is currently still open.
At this stage they will be closing it on Monday the 11th so it should not affect us.
They have asked that I ensure everyone is aware how hot and dangerous it is. Take plenty of water.
This status could change at any time. I will stay in touch with DOC. they also told me that any status change will be put up on the website immediately.
You guys are all amazing,  keep chipping away.
Cheers Scott and Jo

04 February 2019

Brevet Reroute

Brevet riders plase note there's a reroute from Stillwater. Look for a text when you next get reception. Any stalkers please let your loved ones know the following:
Notown Road is closed for logging. Do not enter.
After the bridge over the Grey River at Stillwster do NOT turn left, follow the cues below:
• 0km - RIGHT into SHWY 7
• 0.5km - LEFT into Arnold Valley Rd
• 22.1km - Moana Township
• 36.2m - RIGHT into Lake Brunner rd
Continue on original course to Jackons and beyond
Sorry guys!
Cheers Scott

31 January 2019

30 January 2019

Briefing and Start

Hi everyone, I hope your week is going well.

I haven't had too many emails so I assume you are all set, that the cues make sense and that the .gpx files have uploaded ok.

The super friendly folks at BikeFit Marlborough posted this on the Facebook event page:
Hi 2019 Brevet/Brevette riders! Just to let you know you are welcome to leave any gear at Bikefit Marlborough on Market Street. Opening hours; Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 2pm and Sun 10am to 2pm. Good Luck everyone!
Also we are open Waitangi Day 6 Feb from 10 to 3. 😊
Please support them if you need any last minute bits n bobs.

The ride briefing will take place at 8am at Seymore Square, the start is at 10am from the same place. There's not too much to tell you at the briefing but I want to allow plenty of time for last minute questions and SPOT collections. This also allows you to listen to my dulcet tones then attend to the last minute nervous poos etc. You might even have time for a coffee and muffin.

The weather is looking a little cooler in Blenheim on Saturday and also in Nelson on Sunday.

At this stage there are no further forest closures that I am aware of but of course I will be monitoring this closely.

Any questions? kiwibrevet@gmail.com
Cheers, Scott and Jo

28 January 2019


Hi, I have been in contact with The Nelson City Council and DOC about the current situation. I will call the Rainbow station Manager this evening.

As it stands today the Maungatapu Track is open for bikes, but the forest which the Brevette travels trough from the top of Whangamoa Saddle is not.
The Maitai Valley tracks are closed to recreational users.
Rabbit Island is closed to recreational users.

What this means to you is as follows:

  • Brevet riders, the only change will be in the Maitai Valley, you will continue all the way down Maitai Valley Rd without crossing over the Tantragee Saddle.
  • Brevette Riders will not turn left off SH 6 but will continue on to join the cycle trail at Clifton Terrace School which will tack you into Nelson. You will not go across to Rabbit Island on the Great Taste Trail turning left onto Redwood Road then right onto The Coastal Highway, then right onto Mapua Road.
Hopefully the Rainbow and Molesworth remain open for the next couple of weeks!

I plan to update the .gpx files and cue sheets tonight/tomorrow and email out as soon as I can.

I realise this is not ideal but none of these changes should affect you overall planning of food/water or accomodation.

As per usual, any issues, questions or comments please flick me an email kiwibrevet@gmail.com

Cheers, Scott and Jo

27 January 2019

I thought it was going along too well!

Just a heads up kids we may have to make a couple of slight changes to the courses unfortunately.
I need to do some further investigation into this and how it affects our route. 
Please bare with me while I work through this.
Cheers, Scott

25 January 2019

Cues, .gpx files etc have been sent

I have just emailed out both the Brevet and Brevette .gpx file, cue sheets and a link to the ridewithgps page for the routes.

I do not guarantee 100% accuracy of the cues, I’m human ;-) They are done to the best of my ability and the ability of technology!
You will need to download ALL .gpx files for the entire course.
Please if you find any issues let me know ASAP.

Thanks, Scott and Jo

Text in number, meet and greet

This time next week you'll be somewhere along the wonderful Port Underwood Rd, signing and loving life ;-)

We have booked a table at the Dodson Street Beer Garden (1 Dodson St) for 6.30pm on Friday the 1st February. Come along and catch up with Jo and I, fellow Brevetters and grab your SPOT trackers from Shane of Maprogress.

The text in number to use along the way is (0204) 174 1986.
Please ensure the phone number you have registered with Maprogress is the number of the phone you will be using on the event. The texts will go to Maprogress and the number will be matched by magic to your name so the phone numbers need to be the same ;-)

Any questions? Email me at kiwibrevet@gmail.com
Cheers, Scott and Jo

23 January 2019

Rider Profiles

We've started to collate a list of Rider Profiles, the link is here:
Or is available over there under Important Links>>>>>>>

22 January 2019

Event Rules

What's shown below is an edited version of the rules blurb from 2014. The main thing is to complete the course under your own steam, without a support crew or ANY outside assistance (other than what is commercially available to every participant).

Text-ins (rather than 'call-ins') are to be made from designated towns along the route until you either finish or abandon the brevet/brevette. Please text 0204 174 1986

The designated towns are in the cue sheets.


What is the Kiwi Brevet? What defines it? How does it differ from a race?

The Kiwi Brevet is a cycle touring challenge. It is defined by the course and the event rules. You can complete the course without following the rules, but you will have completed something that is, to some degree, different from the 'Kiwi Brevet'.

A really great dirt brevet has a challenging time component, but that is only one small element of what defines success in this event. If there were 'winners' in the inaugural Kiwi Brevet, I would say they were the riders who exceeded their expectations and shared their adventures with others (through photos, blogs, amusing call-ins and articles, etc). If you can meet some of the locals, enjoy some great food and scenery; and finish uninjured with a little bit left in the tank, then you have done very well indeed! And if you enjoy the company of fellow breveteers - deepening old friendships or developing new - you've really hit the jackpot.

The event culture is largely determined by its participants, but the rules lay the groundwork for how the riders tackle the course. With that in mind, here are the rules for 2019.

1. Do it all yourself, under your own steam.

2. Riders must carry all their own gear (i.e. no domestiques, unless you are part of a team).

3. No outside support (deliveries only to public addresses, no support from friends along the way, no support vehicles of any kind meeting you along the way). Prior to the race you may only post supplies to post offices.

4. Follow 100% of the course.

5. It is recommended that riders carry a personal locator beacon, and agree to cover the cost of rescue in the event they need to be evacuated.

6. Riders must not complete the course in less than 4 days (This event is not about finding the fastest rider).

7. Riders must finish in under 8 1/2 days. That is, by 10pm on Sunday the 10th Feb.

8. Between 9am one day and 9am the next, every rider must spend at least one block of at least six hours not travelling. That is, the maximum time any rider may spend travelling along the course will be 18 hours (between each 10am-to-10am period)

9. When on public roads, follow the NZ Road Code.

10. Text-ins are to be made from designated towns along the route until you either finish or abandon the brevet, text event HQ 0204 174 1986

11. Riders must observe all rules laid down by land mangers along the route (such as the Department of Conservation). Riders must not camp or light fires in the McDonald Downs Station section.

12. Don't be a dick

We intend having a finishing list, BUT please remember this is NOT a sanctioned event or race. Now I fully understand the competitive nature of these events, I get it, but please try to take part whilst keeping these guidelines in mind. This is a gentlemans agreement, no one is out there watching your every move although the MAProgress site does provide near 24/7 ability to virtually do so.

Enjoy it, it is an adventure more than anything else.