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NEW ZEALAND – world’s best for cycle touring?

Undulations down beside Lake Hawea

Few of us look our best in Lycra in the early-morning light. I kept this in mind as I checked out my fellow riders in the Adventure South minivan, rolling out of Queenstown to the start of our guided ride, hoping they would make allowances for my appearance, too.

Nine of us would be spending six days cycling together, taking in the hills, the food, the beverages and the sights of New Zealand’s South Island. It helps to get on with everybody in a small group. And when the cycling starts, you want to be able to keep up. Continue reading


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CYCLING NEW ZEALAND – Queenstown to Wanaka

It's hard to imagine a more beautiful country to cycle in, or a hillier one. Hugo was the only one of us who made it up the Crown Range under his own steam. I had to take the sag wagon...so I could be there at the top to take this shot.

So here we go, on a six-day cycling tour of New Zealand’s lovely South Island.

Seven riders, two guides, several hundred kilometres (I’ll tell you the exact figure when it’s all over), lots of hills, one van for carrying gear, and us too if things get really grim, wind and sandflies guaranteed, rain forecast. Continue reading


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