Iconic hill cycling event, Coffee Culture Le Race, takes off from Christchurch

Wednesday 13 March 2013, 2:55PM
By Christchurch City Council


New Zealand’s premier hill cycling event, Coffee Culture Le Race, is scheduled to take off at 8am on Saturday 23 March, starting in Christchurch and crossing the finishing line in Akaroa.

Speed, summits and scenery combine on a course that will see cyclists tackle 100 kilometres of fast flats, challenging hill climbs and exhilarating descents as they head to the French surrounds of Akaroa on picturesque Banks Peninsula.

Mayor Bob Parker says Coffee Culture Le Race is a must-do event for both competitive and casual cyclists.
“This is a great chance for cyclists with a competitive streak to race for a course record – equally, it’s ideal for recreational riders to take in the stunning Canterbury backdrop at a leisurely pace.

“Coffee Culture Le Race’s appeal continues to extend beyond Canterbury, with an increasing number of North Islanders and Australians entering and returning year after year to race in the event and enjoy the dramatic scenery on offer,” he says.

A road bike, mountain bike or even a tandem can be used for the event. Participants can sign up as an individual or as a two- or three-person team to make the challenge more manageable.

As a major sponsor of Coffee Culture Le Race, Christchurch City Council is running two promotions with Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre to encourage cyclists to participate.

‘Track your ride’ on the in-class chart each time when training at a Spin class until 20 March and be in to win a great prize pack valued at more than $400. For each 100 kilometres clocked up, go in the draw for a $500 prize pack that includes Coffee Culture Le Race cycle gear and Coffee Culture vouchers.

Get motivated and join elite cyclist Paul Odlin for a unique, French-themed Spin endurance class from 6.30pm–8pm on Wednesday 20 March. There are plenty of spot prizes worth getting on a bike for.

The Contact National Schools Triathlon Championships at Pegasus is happening prior to Coffee Culture Le Race, on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March.

“The triathlon stands out for all the right reasons,” Mayor Parker says. “Fun, exercise and the coming together of children from a variety of schools nationwide. Children will enjoy pulling out swimming caps, putting on runners and pushing the pedals during this delightful, two-day sporting event.”

Coffee Culture Le Race
8am, Saturday 23 March
100 kilometres, Christchurch to Akaroa
Entry fee: Individual $95, Tandem $140, Relais 2 $180 and Relais 3 $250 (must enter at the same time)

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Contact National Schools Triathlon Championships
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 March