The Navigator Brevet is 500 kilometer ride aimed at introducing people to the “type2 fun” of self-supported multi-day navigation that are Brevets. Taking place on Labour Weekend, it’s a no-frills “you are on your own” self-supported bikepacking event.


Date: October 21, 2017

Time: 8:00 am


Event Website



Entry Details

You must register. Click on this link
to register. online registration includes three steps:

  • Individual entry – you can ride as a team of two or three and share the SPOT between you, but you each must enter indiviually for safety reasons. Enter a common team name when you register. The entry fee is a donation to the McQueens Valley Mountainbike Club (Inc.) which works out at $15 a day – what a bargain!
  • Booking a SPOT device or you can use your own
  • Arrange your tracking

SPOTs and tracking are compulsory – for your safety – and for friends, family and the Flahute to stalk you! There is a special deal through SPOTNZ for these events.

An electronic map in gpx format, cue sheets and a ride guide will be emailed out on receipt of registration and donation from 30 days before the event up to the Wednesday evening before the event.

IF you withdraw after the Wednesday prior to the event or don’t turn up on the day, there will be no refunds. There is some room for movement at our discretion. This will help the planners relax and if you register early, to get great rates on accommodation.

You will need to prepare everything else – your legs, your bike, your kit, food, maps, backup, transport, you name it.

It is highly recommended that you have a physical map as a back up. Your device will run out of batteries at some point.

Town List
Here be the town list and approximate kilometres from start to finish. No guarantees, they are completely accurate. Timaru – 0km; Temuka – 25km; Rangitata – 75km; Geraldine – 165km; Fairlie – 321km; Timaru – 500km

The Rules

Stolen largely from the Kiwi Brevet –
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 are to be made from designated locations along the route until you either finish or abandon the brevet.

  • Do it all yourself, under your own steam.
  • Riders must carry all their own gear.
  • Follow 100% of the course.
  • You must carry a SPOT, and agree to cover the cost of rescue in the event they need to be evacuated.
  • Riders must finish by 9pm on Tuesday.
  • 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)
  • When on public roads, follow the NZ Road Code.
  • Text-ins are to be made from designated locations along the route until you either finish or abandon the brevet
  • Riders must observe all rules laid down by land managers along the route.
  • Enjoy it, it is an adventure more than anything else.