What’s going on..
We are officially out of our 117 Riccarton road location on September the 23rd. You will find us, and all our stock, in our newly expanded Tower Junction site. We are squeezing in for a month or so as our Megastore is due to open 16th November. This is super exciting for us - the first time we will have a great big pretty store since the earthquakes.
Camping season is around the corner and we have our new seasons Freedom Dome tents due in from the 24th of September and the Canvas tents a week or so later. We will be having an outdoor Tent Sale this year at Latimer Square on the 12-14th of October. We will be pitching all tents so great opportunity to see them pitched and compare sizes and features.
Whats on sale at the moment? Heaps…..
At least 30% off all remaining 2012 bikes
30% off the entire merino Mons Royale and Icebreaker ranges
30-60% off ALL winter stock at our Riccarton site until we move.
Whats happening in the area?
The worlds largest womens adventure race, the “Spring Challenge” is on the 28th-30th September in and around Methven, keep an eye out for competitors as they Raft, bike, hike for 3, 6, or 12hrs. Check out www.springchallenge.co.nz for more info.
What are the staff up to?
Graeme is back from a well deserved holiday and has been getting his groove on at the last original Wiggles tour with his little rug-rats.
Fleur placed 1st in the Icebreaker Quickie in the Forest and one of our part-timers/coaster-in-training, Tabitha, got 4th
Bike boys Ford, Nick, and Willy are having a “see you out there” day (this is where the boss pays!!) and taking off for a day riding the Wharfdale track in the Oxford area.
Duncan went up to Craigieburn with Hans Peter from Ski/Board Surgery and had an epic day last Wednesday. The snow is excellent according to them.
Rusty, Graeme, and Nydia are forming a socially competitive touch rugby team “Lost Property” for the summer……
Arthurs Pass ski areas basking in fresh snow - Broken River, Cragieburn 12cm, Cheeseman 17cm, Temple Basin 45cm!! Avalanche risk is high so don’t forget your transceivers/probes/shovels.
If you want to come and join some of the staff for after work rides, keep and eye on our Weekly Rides page on Facebook.
What’s happening out of the store…
Daylight savings Sunday 30th September!! Dust off your bikes, running shoes, togs, jandals, bikinis, mankinis or what ever floats your boat for the long sunny evenings!
First 20 people to mention this mailer get a free standard bike service!
“See you out there!”
Graeme and The Crew at R&R Sport Christchurch
The view from Ohau on one of our recent Ski trips.
Our GM Mat Woods was over in the States at Trek World checking out the new 2013 Trek range, and he came back stoked - here’s why in his own words …
Trek World, Madison, Wisconsin.
Guess what just arrived in store??? 2013 Giant Anthem X 29er – 1,3 and 4W (the first womens specific Anthem 29er!) styles….give us a day or two to build them, then come and see the eye-candy!
I have the priviledge of using this Giant road bike. It’s a DREAM to ride compared to my earlier version of the TCR series. It is light but and stiff which is very important for a track sprinter. I find that I can feel the power that I put into the pedals to drive the bike forward. The Ultegra gearing is smooth and handling is very responsive. My tip for purchasing any new Giant road bike is to use the knowledge of the staff at R&R for sizing as you can’t just fit any stem on these bikes. If you need to adjust the length of the stem, you need to purchase a ‘Giant’stem. You will not regret purchasing the TCR Advanced 2! Happy riding!
We reckon backcountry touring is something you should try. And it has never been easier, with huge advances in equipment in recent years:
R&R Sport has all the latest gear and knowledgeable staff in-store to make getting geared up easier than ever. Check our our great prices on G3 gear, a brand specialising in backcountry equipment.
And before you think “backcountry is too hardcore for me”… read on…
Miff our Marketing Manager has recently dabbled, here is her take:
“I thought I had better see what all the buzz was about so last year I borrowed some skins and alpine trekker adapter bindings, bought some Garmont Xena boots, and gave it a go. Skinning is like hiking on skis - it’s a great form of exercise and I loved it as much as the downhill. Helmet on, skins on, backpack and camelbak (its thirsty work), goggles, layers etc ….off up the hill. You’re in your own zone, all you can hear is the huffing and puffing of your hardwork. Yep had to stop and peel off a few layers. Get up top, enjoy the view, solitude. Ski down.
So that was phase one. Easy to do for anyone who already has a bit of ski gear.
This year I’ve invested in Marker F10 bindings, Volkl Aura skis, skins, shovel, probe and a pieps (avalanche transceiver). Next challenge, learn how to use it all, do a safety course, find some mates and head off side/back country.”
Where to go
The South Island has a wealth of backcountry skiing. From Nelson Lakes National Park in the North to The Remarkables in the South, the opportunities are numerous. See the Ski Touring New Zealand website for some inspiration.
Also check out the New Zealand Alpine Club’s excellent guide to Backountry Skiing to get an insight into the available options - you will probably be surprised how much opportunity is out there.
But what about avalanches…
The primary rule - don’t go into the backcountry alone or without avalanche gear if avalanche is at all possible.
And finally, remember to check the Avalanche Advisory before your backcountry trip.
Still not sure, and want to try before you buy?
Backcountry touring gear is available for Demo or Hire through R&R Sport in Queenstown:
1. At our Coronet Peak demo days every Wednesday and Sunday throughout July, or
2. Instore in our Rental department
R&R Sport Queenstown have skis, skins, shovels, probes, transceivers, snow shoes, packs and even split-boards to hire. See here for the rates or contact us in-store for more info.
Who wants to win a NEW season’s Bataleon Snowboard?? Yeah we knew it, you do.
Follow us on Facebook during May to find out how… More details coming soon on facebook.com/rrsportnz
Woohoo! Our brand new R&R Sport Albany store is now open!!!
Pop in and say Hi to the hardworking staff :)
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Inside look into Team R&R Sport's GODZone Journey
Seagate place 1st in GODZone Adventure Race
WINNING VICTORY FOR TEAM SEAGATE AT GODZONE ADVENTURE -
Team Seagate, finished the Orion Health GODZone Adventure six day race in a time of three days,14 hours and 55 minutes (86.55mins)!