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The Pedallers Sunday Ride - Oct 22 2017

The Queenstown Pedallers, Queenstown's most active and social cycling club meet up several times a week to drink coffee, have a yarn and ride their bikes. Active supporters of the Queenstown Trails Trust and we'd hedge a bet at most active user base of the trails, they have some great stories to tell. Read on to hear Nigel's MTB trip report from their recent Sunday ride...


MTB Riders: Annie R, Pam R, Nigel H, Alan W.

We gathered, happily blocking the main street of Arrowtown with cycles of all kinds of shininess. It was a cracker day for a bike ride. Especially a mountain bike ride, though only four of us were on fat tyres.

Our initial attempt to reach the river track failed, due to the lower car park being closed for maintenance and improvements. We managed to obtain access to running water, and followed the river down to the Edgar Bridge.

It was a cold start to the journey to the Gibbston Winery loop. We stopped to discuss weather, weeds, death, politics, and a few other inescapable aspects of life.

Alan and I continued our muted ride to the (Kawarau) Bungy Bridge, trying to avoid the chill wind as we waited for Pretty in Pink Pam and Amazing in Orange Annie. They soon arrived, effortlessly conversing at an admirable cadence.

Pedallers at Edgar Bridge

Pam chased by Annie at Edgar Bridge

The return around the loop was a short, original, course opted by the lead group (Alan), and the main route chosen by the rest of the resting peloton. We all caught up again at the Edgar Bridge. There we met Gabrielle, who was punishing her friend Jane, for being a friend she used to mountain bike with, by getting her back out on a mountain bike. This is the core to a good friendship.

So, the catch up at the bridge turned into a social gathering of like-minded people, further delaying our return to caffeine and cake. No problem.

After getting back to Terra Mia way after midday, we discovered a lack of fellow cyclists. The roadies had ridden.

The tight four sat with our selection of yummy foods; gluten free, offal free, date free and otherwise, discussing healthy diets and other inescapable aspects of life.

If you are interested in joining the Queenstown Pedallers on any of their weekly rides please do get in touch with Peter - peter@upminister.co.nz.