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The Pedal Pusher

Rat Race: The Pedal Pusher


Christchurch is well known for its cycling history. Its flat landscape has always been ideal for recreational riding.

 

The Pedal Pusher

As far back as the 1870s, cycling clubs encouraged enthusiasts to take to the streets on the new machines. One such group decided one day to ride to the small railway junction of Rolleston. During the trip, one of those riders burst a tyre – a newly invented pneumatic tyre – and ended up taking the train back to town.

Times have changed, but the passion for cycling remains for many. The Pedal Pusher in Rolleston gives a respectful nod to those glory days. It’s a great place to escape the rat race and enjoy a friendly, casual atmosphere that maintains an element of finesse. There’s a great gastro-pub menu and a spectacular line up of beers, wines and cocktails. Located in South Point, in the heart of Faringdon, The Pedal Pusher is the ultimate local.

 

There is outdoor dining for balmy summer nights, TV screens for sports fans, a kiddie’s corner and cycling themed décor throughout, including the lighting and even the children’s highchairs! It also has a new summer menu and some exciting things on the drinks menu. Slushy and Tiki cocktails, craft beers, and you must try Purple Angel, a Chilean red wine from Montes.

Next month, February, will be Beer Appreciation Night, a chance to sample great Asian street-style food cleverly matched up with a selection of Tuatara craft beers. This and other events at the Pedal Pusher are very popular, and you will need to book via the restaurant’s Facebook page.

 


The Pedal Pusher is at 55 Faringdon Blvd, and there’s more info at
www.thepedalpusher.co.nz.


 

Southern Lakes Cycling

Trailing behind: set about seeing the Southern Lakes by bike or foot

Autumn is often rated as the most picturesque time of year in the Southern Lakes region, and Queenstown Trails Trust Chief Executive Mark Williams says it’s the perfect season to explore the area by bike or on foot.

Southern Lakes Cycling
PHOTO: MILES HOLDEN

With the trees now displaying the full spectrum of golden-bronze to rusty-red hues, mild temperatures and plenty of daylight hours, Mark believes the pre-winter conditions and stunning scenery are ideal for both cyclists and walkers. He’s on his bike most weekends in the 120-kilometre network of trails and tracks that make up the Queenstown Trail. And, after a year in the job, he is more passionate than ever.
“The Queenstown Trail is very multi-purpose,” Mark says. “It’s a fantastic ride experience for visitors from out of town, but also a great commuter trail for residents. With Queenstown under a bit of infrastructure pressure, it means people can use a different mode of transport to get to work. So it serves a wide range of users.”
From April to June, the views along Queenstown Trail are breathtaking. It traverses two impressive suspension bridges, crosses three rivers (the Kawarau, Shotover and Arrow) and circumnavigates Lake Wakatipu and Lake Hayes.
“At this time of year, you get a beautiful mist. It’s pretty spectacular seeing the mountains poking out from the mist. And you get the first snowfalls, so it looks like a dusting of icing sugar on top of the mountains. With the golden trees and snow, it’s a really nice mixture of colours.”
Mark recommends trying Arrow River Bridges Ride during autumn. For more information, visit www.queenstowntrail.org.nz.