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Thursday, October 27, 2016

News for October 2016



Welcome to Pedaltours 'Dispatch' a brief newsletter we will send on occasion to keep our Pedaltours customers up to speed with our activities.

Dear Reader

Welcome to our 2nd Dispatch! Our first tour of the season, in the Czech Republic, has just come to an end so we thought we’d share the impressions of one of our New Zealand guides who went to help on the tour and was visiting the country for the first time.

We also thought we’d introduce a new ‘Behind the Scenes’ section to the newsletter, introducing some of our team who work in the background to organise all our tours so this dispatch we introduce our Tour Co-ordinator, Angela Chen.

Back from the Czech Republic

I set off from my Auckland home with dreams of fabled European cities, Bohemian villages and sweeping vineyards... The Prague to Vienna cycle tour which I recently accompanied for my employer, Pedaltours, certainly delivered on all fronts but also an unexpected bonus - some of the best cycling I have ever enjoyed ...anywhere in the world.

Long undulating roads, virtually free of traffic, huge rural vistas and perfect weather.... my togs ( swim trunks) were packed on the bike daily in order I could take a mid p.m. lake or river swim.

We left the stunning city of Prague and cycled our way through historical villages and towns each even more impressive than the last, Tabor, Cesky Kumlov, Trebon, Telc.... on we rode each day visiting castles and markets along the way.

As we got nearer to the Austrian border we used a road that had been built to service the Iron Curtain and is now a cycle path. Some of the barbed wire fencing and watch towers have been left in place as a reminder of the old 7,250 kilometer barrier which stretched across Europe.

Crossing into Austria we reached our ultimate destination, beautiful Vienna.

My Viennese sightseeing included a guided cycle tour during which we visited the Frederick Hundertwasser community housing village. Hundertwasser is well known in New Zealand. The socialist Austrian artist spent the last years of his life here and designed the colourful public toilets at Kawakawa, Bay of Islands. A small world indeed.

This was an unforgettable trip, wonderful cycling with kindred spirits, I can strongly recommend it.

Alex Anderson is in his eighth season as a professional guide with Pedaltours. He has led trips in India and throughout New Zealand as well as cycling in Europe, Australia and the U.S.A.

Pedaltours also offer a cycle tour fromPrague to Salzburg in addition to Prague to Vienna.


Behind the Scenes

Angela gets married in Bali

There has been great excitement ‘behind the scenes’ here at Pedaltours as one of our team chose to take a holiday in our off season to get married in Bali!

Angela is our tour co-ordinator with whom many of you will have corresponded when booking your tours. She is Kiwi Chinese and when she’s not organizing clients, bikes, hotels, restaurants, logistics, transport, etc. she enjoys baking, dogs, travel, nature and photography. Her previous career was in project management so she has brought some very useful skills to Pedaltours and as an avid traveler herself, she is enjoying working in an industry focused on helping people experience wonderful cycling holidays in some stunning parts of the world.

Angela married her fiancé Billy in August and they enjoyed a memorable week in Bali with close friends and family, all flying in from both China and New Zealand. We enjoyed a small celebration in the office but our ‘cake’ looked rather like a cupcake in comparison to the stunning creation in the photograph!

Angela works hard to ensure all our tours run as smoothly as possible and views any problem as a challenge to be overcome with a smile!


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