Tag Archives: New Zealand

New Zealand: DOWNHILLLLLLLLLLL

Finally the day arrived. Within a day of our putting the tent up near Queenstown, Sean had found a shop from which to hire a proper mountain bike rig, together with the necessary downhill helmet.  Julia was quick to point out that the man who served him evidently had brain damage. The entire one side of his face had dropped and was sagging below his chin. “I’m just saying” Julia insisted. “That that was PROBABLY a mountain bike injury.” “No” Sean argued Read More...

New Zealand: South and more South

We left Franz Josef just as the weather lifted. Which was in retrospect a good thing as it prevented us from blowing hundred of dollars on a helicopter ride over the snowy mountain passes. We drove South and more South still. Once again New Zealand surprised us with its deepening sense of grandeur. “It’s like this is where the Riders of Rohan ACTUALLY live!” enthused our son Oak, as we turned the corner. And certainly it was. By now the wind had Read More...

New Zealand: The Old Ghost Road

A disappointingly small post must be written about the Old Ghost Road – New Zealand’s longest piece of single track. Sean had been dreaming of this one from the far shores of England. The plan had been to take a Daddy and Son trip of a lifetime and spend three to four days navigating this pristine and challenging piece of wilderness. The mountain huts had been booked. And Julia had been dreaming of some time off to buckle down Read More...

New Zealand: Nelson and warm showers

Continuing with our New Zealand adventure… By the time we crossed the Cook Strait over into the South Island and drove the spectacular Queen Charlotte way, with it’s sweeping vistas over the Marlborough Sounds, we were already bouncing back and ready for some cycling again. Lucky for us that we were hosted by Andy Pettit – Nelson native and Cycle Systems Academy podcast fan. Andy is a cycling aficionado with a garage full of bicycles – plus luckily for us he Read More...

New Zealand: Wellington

The Lallys literally drove the road from Pureora Forest Park at the end of the Timber Trail,  to Wellington  – New Zealand’s capital city – in a strange state of ecstasy. Never had the family known such a high. It was strange to be so happy because really we only completed the first leg of the track. As cyclists, the Timber Trail had defeated us – and we were all disappointed not to continue. Especially as that second section is meant Read More...

New Zealand: And finally, we’re going to start talking about bicycles

We decided to head from Auckland to Paeroa where we had a loyal Academy graduate David Morris offer us all a bed for the night as we headed down to Raglan in Captain Fantastic (our car) for some surfing. David lives with his wife Annette and daughter Louise in Paeroa – a small town just at the bottom of Aucklanders’ holiday peninsula – the Coromandel, and also en route to the more touristy coastline and the Bay of Plenty. The Read More...

New Zealand: Take bikes, hire bikes, buy bikes..?

When we flew to New Zealand this winter just gone for our extended trip, we decided not to take our own bikes. We debated this for a while and researched the cost of sending them versus the cost of buying them etc. But in the end, and especially with the stop off in Dubai (the city where women and lycra do not mix), it all seemed like too much hassle to take anything other than the three of us Read More...

The Great Escape To New Zealand

After ten years (nearly) of running Cycle Systems, this winter just gone, co-founders the Lallys had a “what the hell is it all about anyway?” moment and decided to do what many had done before them – hit New Zealand for a road trip. Bearing in mind of course, that a road trip in our family is and will only ever be a kind of a road trip between bike stops, we begin a blog series today that highlights some of the – Read More...