Aotearoa Bike Challenge Month
February is Aotearoa Bike Challenge month, New Zealand Transport Agency’s annual mission to get more people on their bikes. The Queenstown Trails Trust is fully behind the initiative and wants to encourage more Queenstown employers to sign up teams to the challenge and inspire staff to take part in a daily ride during February. It’s a free challenge aiming to encourage more people to give cycling a try or simply ride more. It’s all about participation - employers sign up teams and motivate staff members to get out and ride daily for at least 10 minutes. Teams log rides and the organisations who get the most staff to ride a bike during the month of February can win a host of fantastic prizes. Go to https://www.lovetoride.net/ to find out more about getting involved.
To build awareness of the bike challenge and inspire businesses to get involved, the Queenstown Trails Trust has joined forces with a number of local organisations to host a series of fun events in February.
Here's what we have lined up:
Wednesday 14th February – Valentines Day – Cycle Speed Dating.
Meet at Cycle Higher on Earl St to meet like-minded people during this relaxed and fun cycling dating night. For everyone who likes bikes. Find out more and register here - www.facebook.com/CycleSpeedDating
Saturday 17th February – Jardine Park Family Fun Day
Round up the kids and their bikes for a fun morning of activities for kids of all ages with races, prizes, a BBQ and more. Bikeaholic will be on hand to do some free bike maintenance checks too. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 18th February – Queenstown Park Station Recreational Bike Ride and Picnic.
A fun and relaxed social ride through Queenstown Park Station. Register for this event by visiting www.remarkablespark.com/community
Sunday 18th February - Welcome Rock Brew Chop
Welcome Rock are holding their annual BREW CHOP 47km cross country race up on their high country trails on Sunday 18th February. So if you love bikes, views, brews and chops, this is the event for you! Go to https://www.welcomerock.co.nz/ for more information.
Thursday 22nd February – Big Bike Film Night – ‘The Moment’ at Crowne Plaza, 6pm or 8.30pm. A Look at the pioneers of Freeride MTB riding. $22 adult/ $16 junior, tickets available here: https://www.bigbikefilmnight.nz/product/queenstown-1-the-moment-thursday-22-feb-crowne-plaza-6pm/
Monday 26th February - UPfront Session - Bike
A fun and casual evening of 10 minute presentations of all things bike, from those who live and breathe two wheels. We will be hearing from Emma Timmis, Leigh Halkett, Henry Quinney, Sara Leadbetter and Alexa Forbes and more. Find out more by visiting https://www.facebook.com/FluidQueenstown/
There are many regular bike related events happening in our community - there has never been a better time to get on a bike! Here are a few:
Torpedo 7 Weekly Rides - beginner friendly social rides all summer. For more information, check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Torpedo7-Queenstown-Weekly-Rides-227026610679754/
QMTBC Wednesday Night Dig Crew – every week the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club head out to hand dig some trails for everyone’s enjoyment. To get involved and find out more go to: https://www.facebook.com/QMTBC/
Dirt Town Queens – Thursday evening rides that cater for beginner to advanced mountain bike riding ladies. Information about this week’s ride is posted a few days before on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Dirttownqueens/