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January 2015

New Store Opening Soon

For the past 10 years Outside Sports has been trading from its 3 floor building on Shotover Street. The success story that is Outside Sports today began in 1995 when John and Judy Knight moved to Queenstown and opened their first outdoor sports shop and called it Outside Sports. Their vision was to create a unique outdoor sports shop that was dramatically different from any other store in Queenstown, and to have a product range devoted exclusively to outdoor sports. They wanted Queenstowners to enjoy and be as passionate about the outdoors as they were.

The formula certainly worked and in 1996 the company moved to the top of the Queenstown Mall and they never looked back. The store operated seven days a week, running a retail shop, rentals and a workshop. In 1998 the Outside Sports store further expanded and introduced the ever popular range of Icebreaker Clothing. In 2009 Outside Sports merged with two other well established companies to form the enlarged Outside Sports group which now has shops in Queenstown, Wanaka and Te Anau.

A great article from 360 photography about Outside Sports, Queenstown's New Store- Opening February 2nd 2015:

Posted on 28/01/2015 by 360 photography

The new Outside Sports flagship store in Queenstown will officially open its doors on Monday February 2nd, offering the highest levels of expertise and equipment. Managing Director John Knight said he and the staff “couldn’t wait” to get into the new store, which has two separate entrances on Shotover Street and Memorial Avenue.

 The purpose-built 700sqm store is all on one level, and designed to be easily interchangeable between summer and winter stock and services.

Managing Team, Outside Sports, Queenstown NZ

Managing team at Outside Sports, From Left to Right: John, Judy, Neil and Eric.

 “It’s a beautiful landmark building with fantastic attention to detail inside and out, a combination of schist, glass, steel and wood,” said Mr Knight.

 “Internally at its highest point it’s 12.2m high, almost like a cathedral and a magnificent space.”

  “Whereas in our previous store our staff were spread over three floors, here they can all interact with customers which is fantastic.”

   “It makes it easier for us when our key points of difference are our service levels, our technically-knowledgeable staff and the high-quality equipment we sell.”

   “When people come in to buy or rent one of our Specialized bikes, our guys and girls will make sure they fit properly to your requirements – from the recreational biker to the avid downhill fan.”

   “Similarly for Winter sports, whether you’re a beginner snow bunny, a back country snowboarder or a ski racer our staff can help you with boot, ski or snowboard fitting and servicing your gear.”

   “Every time our skis or bikes go out they’re fully maintained, tuned and repaired. We have a huge range of rental bikes, including bikes worth up to $9,000. They’re ‘fit for purpose’ bikes so you don’t have to bring your own kit here, and it’s the same if visitors are here over winter.”

The Outside Sports store also incorporates new Marmot and Icebreaker concept stores.The final touches are now being put into the building by Naylor Love Construction. Mr Knight said the new store would raise the benchmark for outdoor retail in Queenstown, and boasts customer parking at the rear of the building.

 The current shop will shut its doors for the final time this Friday 30 January.

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PowderPak Parks Queenstown

The first PowderPak Parks is opening soon in Queenstown, NZ.

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Powder Park Queenstown NZ Outside Sports

PowderPak Parks Queenstown is a dry slope terrain park for skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels to learn and progress.

The team at PowderPak Parks Queenstown are in the process of designing and building New Zealand's first indoor dry slope ski and snowboard terrain park.

The park will provide permanent and interchangeable features for people to learn, practice and progress on all year, any weather, any time. It's perfect for all levels of riders from first timers all the way through to experienced riders for practicing.

Beginners and early learners are able to pick up the basics and practice for the real thing at the snow resorts, for experienced riders, there’s the opportunity to practice new tricks and perfect their style on a year round basis as we will be replicating certain features from the surrounding ski resort's terrain parks.

Click here for further information and to make and enquiry.

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The Highest Mountain Bike Race in New Zealand, The Camelbak Big Easy is a 48km Mountain Bike mixed terrain course of big climbs and downhills. The Race begins at Snow Farm, South Island, New Zealand and climbs to the top of Mt Pisa taking a downhill ride to Luggate crossing under the main road (stock underpass) then cross country back to the Albert Town Tavern. Starting at 10am on Saturday 24th January.

Online entries close Thurday 22nd January at 8pm. . Late entry fee of $25 for all entries after Mon 19th Jan.

THE CAMELBAK BIG EASY outside sports nz

There is also the Lil’ Easy 18km Family fun ride starting at 12.30pm for family fun. This starts at Lake McKay Station Woolshed, Luggate. An easy easy bike loop on farm tracks around the Station then joining in with the Big Easy heading to the Albert Town Tavern. The course heads under the main road heading toward the Clutha River for about 500m, a short climb up onto the upper terrace following a farm track to the crossing of the Cardrona River, around the edge of the Clutha River up to the finish at the Albert Town Tavern.

Entry fee’s Adult’s $30 Family $50 (1 or 2 Adults and 1 – 3 children, Online entries close Thurday 22 January at 8pm. (late fee $10 extra from 8pm Monday 19 Jan) Registration from 2pm-8pm on Friday at the Albert Town Tavern or 12pm Saturday at Lake McKay Woolshed (race start).

THE CAMELBAK BIG EASY outside sports nz

Minimum gear

Basic Repair Kit including a spare tube, two thermal top layers plus a good quality water proof jacket, warm hat/hood you can fit under your helmet and gloves. There are water stations about every 10km but a 2L Camelbak should get you through without stopping!

Check out a range of bike gearaccessories and nutrition to aid you in the race at Outside Sports.

Bike Inspections

Proof of bike service is not required, however it is expected that all bikes are of good and safe standard for this type of terrain, as organisers we reserve the right to have a bike mechanic to inspect bikes randomly for race worthiness. If any problems with a bike cannot be rectified by the mechanic the bike will be withdrawn from the event.

Get your bike race ready: services available by our expert bike mechanics at Outside Sports Queenstown Bike workshop and Outside Sports, Wanaka Bike workshop.

Enter Online.

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New Zealand National DH Round 1, Cardrona Bike Park NZ.

New Zealand National DH Round 1, Cardrona Bike Park NZ.

Cardrona Bike Park opened for the first time this summer 2014/15 and hosted the New Zealand National World Cup Downhill race series Round 1 on its last opening weekend. Keeping downhill racing action alive, Scotland's Greg Williamson took the winning title from the local start list. Katy Kurd earned a women's Elite victory.

 Cardrona Bike Park, Outside Sports, NZ

Photo: Sven Martin

The good news is... due to popular demand Cardrona will officially RE-OPEN the Cardrona Bike Park NZ Easter Saturday (April 4th) until the 19th.

Cardrona are developing several new trails including an even easier beginner run to the Dirtstar Chair which will be great for beginners and kids. Cardrona boost that the Bike Park will go out in style with the running of their first MEGA AVALANCHE on the 19th in conjunction with the Race to the Sky motor-race event across the valley, so watch this space!

Book Specialized bike rentals from Outside Sports and check out the trails yourself.

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The Milford Mountain Classic 2015, New Zealand.

The Milford Mountain Classic 2015, New Zealand.

For the tough Roadies out there- the Milford Mountain Classic in New Zealand is a must do bike race for serious road cyclists.

Milford Sound, in the South Island of New Zealand, has been described as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". A picturesque start to this 120km challenging road bike race. The Distinction Hotels Milford Mountain Classic Cycle Race begins in Milford at 4.15pm and ends in Te Anau, 24th January 2015. It is anticipated that elite riders will take approximately three hours and recreational riders up to six hours to complete the race.

The Milford Mountain Classic 2014, New Zealand. 

Tsukasa and Jim at the Milford Classic 2014. Jim holds the 2014 Milford Classic “King of the Mountain” title.

Along the way competitors will endeavour the initial gruelling climb from sea level to 940m in just 21km. The race initially climbs 620m over the first 18km before steepening to scale an additional 320m in just 3kms, including the 1.2km through the iconic Homer Tunnel; the location of the King of the Mountain title. Equating to an average rate of climb of around 11%. Another steady climb looms from the Hollyford turnoff at the 29km mark, ascending to The Divide – a 150m gain in 3.5km. From there, the race follows the Eglinton Valley downstream with a net drop in altitude of 360m to 220m above sea level at the Te Anau finish. The only climb of significance is 150m over 1.5km, out of the Retford Stream Valley onto the Te Anau Downs.

The Distinction Hotels Milford Mountain Classic Cycle Race is a fund-raiser for Fiordland College, local high school. Its original concept was embraced by the Te Anau Project Group – a sub-committee of Destination Fiordland with a mandate to develop iconic events for the area – and transformed into reality with the expertise of Sport Southland and Cycling Southland.

Stock up on 20% off deals at Outside Sports Te Anau NZ*:

20% off GU Energy Gels

Gu Energy Gels, Outside Sports NZ

20% off Sweet Cheeks Butt Balm

Sweet Cheeks Butt Balm, Outside Sports NZ

For further information and to enter online, click here.

*subject to availability and promotion period. Promotion dates will be advised in store at Outside Sports Te Anau.

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