Ride the Rakaia 

Cycle Ride

Rules and Safety

These are important points. Further rules will be described in the entry form, emails, newsletters, confirmation letter, race pack information, pre-race safety briefing and course signage. Such rules form part of the event rules.

All road rules, event signage, directions of event personnel and police must be obeyed at all times. In the absence of police control all road rules must be obeyed. You will be cycling on public roads and must share the road with other users. No crossing the white centre line.

Cycles must have either standard drop style or flat mountain bike style handle bars. No aero bars or handlebar bar fittings that could cause injury to other riders are permitted in Ride the Rakaia Cycle Ride and  Ride the Bridge Rides. 

Where marked on roadways, cyclists must use cycle lanes.

Cycle helmets must be of a standard recognised by Land Transport NZ and must remain on your head, securely fastened at all times while the cycle is in motion.

While cycle support will be provided, repair of punctures and mechanical issues are the competitor’s responsibility.

The Race Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitor for cheating or breaking the event rules. The decision of the Race Organisers or his/her representative is final.

Timing Transponders, Helmet Stickers and Race Numbers

Timing transponders and helmet stickers must not be removed until competitors have passed through the finish timing chute.

Helmet stickers must be worn with the number clearly visible at all times by the competitor actually taking part in each stage.

Stickers must not be altered in any way.

Support Crews - Assistants

Support crew vehicles must not follow or lead their participant during the cycle ride. Unauthorised support vehicles cause an unacceptable and significant hazard to cyclists.

Police will strictly enforce all event and road rules. Support crews must be at the finish line to take their competitors cycle away from the area immediately – we have limited space.


In the event that you sustain an injury or illness whilst participating in the cycle ride, you authorise the appointed medical personnel to perform and administer such emergency medical attention as they think is necessary. They have the right to remove competitors from the course based on medical grounds. We appreciate the assistance that riders may give to injured participants. See us at the finish line and we'll adjust your time.


Competitors are responsible for the equipment they use in the cycle ride and for arranging any insurance to cover loss or damage to equipment.

They must ensure that equipment is in good condition, safe and serviceable. It is strongly recommended that all entrants have their bike serviced and helmet checked out by a bicycle retailer prior to the cycle ride. 

Withdrawals during the event

Anyone picking up a race pack that chooses not to participate on race day must inform the race organisers before the race start and return the helmet and cycle stickers and cycle number. This is very important for safety reasons.

If for any reason you are unable to finish the cycle ride please notify a course marshal. This is very important for safety reasons.