Amazing scenery on the Kiwivelo bunch!
On Wednesday mornings, the Kiwivelo carpark has inadvertently over the years become the meeting place of like-minded road cyclists who gather for an early morning cycle.
It is important to note, that while this group of cyclists gather in front of the store, it is not a Kiwivelo organised event and we hold no responsibility for it. Riders ride at their own risk.
Riders in the group however have asked us to use our site/social media to voice the expected behaviour of the riders who participate. They have requested that if a rider cannot and will not fit the following criteria that they kindly find another group to ride with for the safety of the group and public.
1. This is not a race! It is a leisurely ride with experienced riders. There are no “sprints” and no “finish line”. It is expected riders will stay in an orderly formation and never ride more than two abreast and then only when it is safe.
2. Always obey the road rules.
3. Never run red lights!
4. Riders must have a high level of bunch riding experience.
5. Always have working front and rear lights on your bike. Please when riding in the group, dim your rear lights so not to blind the riders behind you.
6. Keep the noise to a minimum
7. Point out obstacles for riders behind you.
8. Always wear appropriate, safety approved road cycling gear – helmet, riding jersey and riding bibs/shorts.
9. Your bike must be of an appropriate standard, well maintained and safe with clip in pedals.
Cycling Road Code
- Wear an approved safety standard bike helmet
- Keep as far left as practical
- Ride no more than two abreast
- Ride in single file when passing other vehicles (including parked vehicles) or impeding traffic behind you
- Use hand signals to indicate your intentions
- Obey all road rules
It is compulsory for your bike to have:
- Rear facing red light that is visible from a distance of 100 metres.
- Good brakes on the front and back wheels.
When cycling at night or when visibility is poor, cycles must have the following:
- One or more steady or flashing rear-facing lights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres.
- One or two white or yellow headlights that can be seen at night from a distance of 100 metres. Only one of the headlights may flash.
Be aware of:
- Cars pulling out of driveways or parking spaces
- Hazards like parked cars, potholes, glass, litter and strong wind
- Opening car doors
- Other riders around you
Download the NZTA Factsheet – Cycles: Road rules and equipment
Every Wednesday (except in bad weather!). The bunch ride is avalible for all levels of riding ability with three groups on the Wednesday morning.
All rides do exactly the same course, the exception being that the 6:03am group does an extra lap of Lake Pupuke for an extra 5km. Once the groups have covered the lake, both bunches head into Devonport and up North Head. Each bunch re-groups at the summit and then heads along the waterfront and does a lap of Stanley Point followed by Bayswater. Both groups finish at the same time in Takapuna with a well deserved coffee at JAM on Hurstmere road.
5.50am ride: This is the Slower ride, averaging 27-28km/h (no Northhead) for 30km's
6am ride: This is the medium ride, averaging 30-32km/h for 30km's.
6:03am ride: This is the fast ride! Averaging 33-34km/h for 35km with a sprint or two along the way,
Bunch rides will continue over the Christmas/New Year break but may merge into one group depending on numbers.