Home' QT Magazine : QT Spring Magazine Contents Outside Sports General Manager John Knight is well
qualified to talk on the subject of bikes being one of the
best-known multisport, adventure racing and Ironman
athletes in the Queenstown region.
“Our store is dedicated exclusively to Specialized
bikes not only for the elite rider but for anyone who is
looking for a bike to fit their lifestyle and their budget,”
“Specialized is one of the most technically advanced
bike manufacturers in the business and has been at
the forefront of the elite bike scene for many years. But
now they have a full range of bikes that are available
for everyone to benefit and take advantage of their
technology and expertise.”
The Specialized range at Outside Sports includes bikes
for children starting from just $299, and quality de-
signs specific to both men and women who are start-
ing out recreational riding.
“Our staff are passionate about riding themselves and
are very knowledgeable as to what is available. It’s re-
ally a fun place to spend time talking about your latest
ride, finding out about any new tracks and checking
out all the gear,” says John.
Specialized Demo bikes are available for those keen to
try before they buy and there is a full range of biking
accessories with everything from helmets and gloves
to the latest bike accessories.
Outside Sports is committed to delivering the very
best in service and maintenance and runs an exten-
sive bike repair workshop. The store has also installed
a state of the art Specialized Fit centre where riders can
be fitted correctly to their bike.
“It’s the best money you will ever spend ensuring that
your bike actually fits your body and your style of rid-
ing,” he says. “It can be something simple like the
height of your seat or the length of your handlebars
but it can make a significant difference to your comfort
level and overall enjoyment of riding.”
The New Zealand
we all dream of...
Escape to Southland. Cycle with us.
By Margo BerryMan
Communities centred on the new Around the
Mountains Cycle Trail are being encouraged to em-
brace the opportunities and benefits the trail will
bring to the region.
Preparations are underway for the official opening
of stage one of the trail, from Kingston to Moss-
burn, with a community event to celebrate the
launch on October 31.
Southland District Council Mayor Gary Tong says
when the first leg of the trail opens it will not only
provide a fresh biking opportunity for locals but it
will also be a drawcard for other New Zealanders
and tourists from all over the world.
The cycle trail was positively received at the 2014
TRENZ international tourism forum. Gary says the
Otago Central Rail Trail is an excellent example of
businesses building on the success of a cycle trail
and he hopes Southland businesses will see the
Around the Mountains Cycle Trail as just as good
Mossburn farmer Rex Carter, who is part of a group
inspired to open the Dome café in the town to ser-
vice trail users as well as tourists to Milford Sound,
is optimistic business will grow once the second
stage of the trail from Mossburn to Walter Peak is
complete next year. There is a possibility of includ-
ing both accommodation and bike hire facilities in
Mossburn to meet the expected demand.
Chairman of the Lumsden Community Development
Association Rob Scott, who also owns the Route 6
Café and Bar in Lumsden, says the opening of the
new trail is an exciting time for the region. He says
positive word of mouth about the trail, and the
towns that it accesses, is the best advertising pos-
sible. If ten people ride the trail and pass the word
to ten others it will have an ongoing snowball effect.
“Cycle trails are becoming increasingly popular in
New Zealand and riders who have done the well-
established trails need to be convinced to make the
Around the Mountains Cycle Trail their next adven-
ture. The feedback is that it’s not too challenging and
people love the scenery and sense of isolation.”
AROUND THE MOUNTAINS CyCLE TRAIL ADVENTURE
QTMAGAZINE SPRING 2014 QT.CO.NZ
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