The Reset - Wanaka Brevet

March 23, 2024

The Reset Brevet


The Reset is a bikepacking dirt brevet, starting and finishing in Wanaka, New Zealand, and exploring some classic Central Otago adventure terrain.

This adventure is all about putting aside the complexities of life, packing up your bike with just enough and coming face to face with nature, yourself and the challenge of the route. A reset for body, mind and soul.

This first edition of The Reset will see riders departing the shore of Lake Wanaka and travelling through some of central Otago’s rugged contours, crossing saddles, traversing ranges, and relishing tough climbs and spectacular landscapes.

The route is varied with a mix of rocky double-track, gravel back roads, minimal tarmac, a sprinkle of single-track, and of course, some delectable hike-a-bike.

The long route: 550 km with 9,300 m elevation gain
The short(er) route: 350 km with 6,450 m elevation gain
Off-road: a mountain bike is recommended

Location: Starting and finishing in Wanaka at the Outlet Camp
Registration: open now until Thursday 21 March, 23:59
SPOT Tracker hire: Via MAProgress until 17th March
07:00, 23 March 2024
Tracking cut-off: 23:59, 29 March 2024

Entry: open now
Open to: solo entrants or pairs
Cost: no entry fee / MAProgress Tracking fee (obligatory): $40.75 / SPOT Tracker hire: $99 (from MAProgress), or use your own (no charge)

Loaded bikepacking bike sketch

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Share your ride pics to our Instagram. We hope that you will afford the odd moment to gaze out at the landscape, and snap a few shots of your experience, warts and all. 

The Route

The Reset comes in two sizes: Long Route 550km and Short Route 350km. The short route is no less tough or rewarding, but it is a day or two shorter overall. So if time is tight, or you just want a shorter adventure – this one’s for you. The entire route is on publicly accessible land, but there may be some restrictions as to where you can camp. Check out the route maps, stats and resupply points on the RideWithGPS maps below.

Long Route 550km

Short(er) Route 350km


Update: Registration is now open at MAProgress.

To register for the brevet, head over to MAProgress and complete the tracking signup page. Please add a few details about yourself and your bike and setup.

You will need a tracking device to ride the brevet. Use your own device (SPOT, InReach, InReach Mini, Zoleo, Bivy Stick, Somewear and YB (Yellow Brick) all work with Maprogress), or if you need to hire a tracker, these will be available from MAProgress, and will be ready for you to collect at the start. Last date for booking and paying for hired SPOT trackers is 15th March.

Alternatively, complete the form below and I will send you the details for registration.


The Reset brevet is a bikepacking challenge, as defined by the course and the event rules. It is not a race, and there is no organisation or support beyond the provision of a GPX route. Utimately you are solely resonsible for how fast, and in what style you ride The Reset brevet.


Do it all yourself, under your own power.


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

No outside support is permitted (no support from friends along the way, no support vehicles of any kind meeting you along the way). 

Ride the course

Riders should follow 100% of the course. If you leave the course, you should return to the course where you left it, under your own steam.


Riders must carry a tracker (SPOT, InReach, InReach Mini, Zoleo, Bivy Stick, Somewear and YB (Yellow Brick) all work), and register it with Maprogress for tracking. 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.

Stop time

Between midday one day and midday of the next, every rider must spend at one block of at least four hours not traveling. That is, the maximum time any rider may spend traveling along the course will be 20 hours (between each noon-to-noon period)

Min/max times

Riders must not complete the course in less than 2 days (remember – not a race!). Riders must finish in under 6 days.

If you have to scratch

You must contact MAProgress in the event that you are unable to or decide not to complete the course, and withdraw youself from the brevet (you can do this via your tracking page or directly with Maprogress) – this is for your safety and so you don’t trigger a rescue!

Leave no trace

If you wild-camp/bivi, bury your poop, leave no trash, camp away from water sources, do not disturb wildlife, take nothing but pictures.

No camping on station easements.

Stay safe

When on public roads, follow the NZ Road Code. Beware the sleep monster if you are going hard, roads and sleep deprivation don’t mix well.

Don't be a dick!

Hopefully this one doesn’t require an explanation…

550 km | 9,300 m


Is there an entry fee?

There is no fee to ride The Reset brevet. The route is all on public land and roads.

The only cost to riders is the tracking fee for Maprogress (obligatory), renting a tracker if you don’t have your own, and a hut pass if you plan on hitting any of the DOC huts.

Can I ride with a mate/partner?

Yes! If you decide to ride as a team (no more than two riders), you can share a tracking device, and also other gear such as camping gear, stove, tools. If riding as a team, you must ride the whole route together (this is as much a safety issue as anything, as you will be tracked as one dot).

Will riders be tracked?

Yes! Dot watching is addictive and adds so much to an event – you friends and family can see how you’re going and even send you messages of support via the tracking page. It is also important for safety reasons (your tracking device is also your SOS device in the worst case).

We will be tracking The Reset on Maprogress, a highly evolved mapping system that makes following the brevet fun and informative for everyone.

You must carry a tracking device that works with Maprogress. Luckliy there are lots of options: SPOT, InReach, InReach Mini, Zoleo, Bivy Stick, Somewear and YB (Yellow Brick) will all work. Most common is the SPOT tracker.

Fans & whanau

Make sure the folks back home know how the tracking works. No one associated with the brevet will be organising anything on your behalf, and we take no responsibility for doing so. All decisions you make as to whether and how to proceed (or not) are yours, and yours alone. Your tracker is your safety device (and PLB if you decide to carry one) and the contact you have listed on Maprogress is the go-to in the event of an incident. Make sure that those following you understand this.

What gear do I need?

There is no obligatory gear list. In the spirit of ‘self-supported’ – spares for your bike, clothing for the weather, food, etc. are basics, and you also need to carry as much as you would need to keep you alive if things turn bad (i.e. caught out in bad weather, or if you get injured). You must carry a SPOT Tracker, Garmin Inreach, or PLB with you.

What sort of bike should I ride?

The best bike for this route is a mountain bike. Rigid, front suspension, or XC full suspension would all work, and a 29er rolls along nice and quick. Gravel bikes? Well depending on the rider, but you would still want big tyres. And it almost certainly will be less enjoyable.

What is the weather is bad?

With a defined time window comes the perils of some uncertainty of weather. We’ll likely all be travelling through this route in somewhere between 2 and 6 days, which gives some time for the weather gods to jerk us around, if they like… Central in summer tends to be settled, dry and hot hot hot. But hey, El Niño! So there’s always the possibility of knock-me-down winds, rain, and even snow and hail. So, be prepared for any of these curve balls, and pack accordingly. There’s not much shelter (if any) on the tops, so sometimes it’as better to sit it out for a few hours before heading to higher parts of the route. Remember, not a race, so if you feel happier hunkering down in comfort until it blows through, then give yourself a pass 😉 Most severe weather around here has passed through in 24-48 hours.

If there is something biblical in the forecast we may advise some detours, and provide GPX files accordingly.

Your responsibility

This is not a race per se, but in the interests of the inevitable competition there are some rules (see above). By entering the The Reset you are accepting all aspects of the challenge and sole responsibility for your own safety. The course designer bears and accepts no responsibility for anything that happens to you during your ride. Do your own research of the route, and plan your gear, bike and approach accordingly.