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February 2016

Healthy Catch Ups at Rabbit Ridge

What is Healthy Catch Ups?

Specialized bike company has put together a program for 2016 that aims to promote healthy living for females, it has been called Healthy catch Ups. The program asks leading Specialized retailers around the world to organise social cycling experiences for women that are about friendship, fitness and fun. The initiative aims to inspire people to get out there, discover new experiences with friends –and have lots of fun along the way!

Outside Sports Queenstown, as a local Specialized supplier, has organised ladies social rides on the last Sunday of every month for summer 2016. These social rides hope to bring a mixed group of females together in an enjoyable healthy setting– and the first ladies ride did exactly that.

Sunday 31st January was a beautiful blue-bird day

perfect conditions for Outside Sports first Healthy Catch Up. By 10.30am the carpark at Gibbston Valley Winery was filled by 30 ladies and their bikes, all looking forward to a day on the trails. Once gathered, Alex from Rabbit Ridge Bike Park led the group through the vineyard and up the hill to ‘the Hub’ of the bike area. At the Hub, Outside Sports bike mechanic, Jaques checked over the bikes and fixed any problems. There was also a range of Specialized bikes to test including ladies specific bikes, full suspension bikes, and half-fat tyre bikes.

“Great level of track, something for everyone.” 

With Alex’s advice, the ladies went out form the Hub and explored the 40km of single track. There was a great mix of experienced and beginner riders and people went out in groups so everyone could ride with people of a similar skill level. Plenty of laughs were had and everyone seemed to have a lot of fun riding the trails and socialising at the Hub.

Specialized Ladies ride Rabbit Ridge and Outside Sports NZ

Photo Credit: Sarah McIlwrick

“I had a great time. Biking was really good fun. I’m not an advanced biker at all, I didn’t feel excluded by my lack of experience which is great. Highly recommend”

After a couple hours of exploring the trails and soaking up the sun, it was time to cool down at Gibbston Valley Winery for a well-earned lunch. The ladies descended back down to the starting point and gathered around two large tables at the Gibbston Winery for a delicious lunch of platters and wine. The table was full of chatter and laughter while the ladies ate and drank. Comments were made such as “Excellent way to get a group of ladies together who don’t know each other” and “A lovely way to finish with food”.

Specialized Ladies ride Rabbit Ridge and Outside Sports NZ

The day succeeded in showing a variety of people how enjoyable a healthy day out can be (besides the wine maybe) and hopefully encouraged a group of people to get out on their bikes more often.

Thanks to all the ladies who attended, Rabbit Ridge for the use of their trails, Gibbston Valley Winery for the amazing lunch, and Specialized Bikes.

Follow upcoming events for Healthy Catch Ups on the Facebook Page.

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