Cycling, coffee & cake – a girl couldn’t ask for more!
As a regular Coffee Culture customer and a multisporter that has finally found her cycling legs, I wanted to get involved in the Tour de Coffee Culture. I roped in a riding buddy and we entered the Pro Elite category. We set off on a crisp Sunday morning and ticked off a few of the Christchurch city stores before barreling out to Rangiora for elevenses. With a few shots of espresso under our belts we hit the road again on our stamp-and-coin collecting adventure.
Happy customers at Coffee Culture Riccarton.
Many kilometres of open road welcomed us as we skirted the city with Rolleston and Lincoln in our sights. We had a pit stop in Lincoln, a detour back to town, then pointed our wheels toward the hills and powered our way over Dyers Pass Rd to Lyttelton.
We had just over an hour to reach Sumner from there before closing time, normally a 90 minute ride. But we had a cunning plan. We pedalled bravely towards Bridle Path Rd and upon reaching the road end it was shoes off, bike over the shoulder, and up we go. Twenty minutes later we were back on the asphalt and tootling along Summit Rd gazing out over the city.
Tootling along the Summit Rd.
We rolled into Sumner, for our 15th and final stop, to collect our last stamp and coin. After a high five and a celebratory smoothie it was time for a cruisy pedal home.
All 15 Coffee Culture cafes in the Christchurch area, 9 hours and 185 km of riding to reach them – all in the name of fresh air, fitness, fun and free stuff.
5 Tips for Tour de Coffee Culture
1. Find or organise a riding group and register online at www.coffeeculture.co.nz.
2. Carefully plan your route. Choose roads that are safer for cyclists, and take note of the opening and closing times of each cafe.
3. At each cafe get your Tour Card stamped and collect a tour coin. Five tour coins will get you a coffee, a Coffee Culture drink bottle, or power snack.
4. Drink and eat plenty along the way.
5. Enjoy the adventure.