Stu Waddel - Chill - Explore with Us Director, Alpine & Urban Guide
I’ve lived in Christchurch for over 20 years, and initially struggled with the flat city having been brought up at the top of the Cable Car in Wellington. Cycling in Christchurch City for me started as a laugh on my first bike - vintage Raleigh, Stu’s Blue. I love the simplicity of the older bikes and the colour they bring to our city streets. Like any good collector, my next bike was irresistible, a gold Raleigh with a two speed kick back inner hub, now called Gold Member. Somehow the Vintage Peddler collection grew, and our excuse ….to share these bikes with others who wish to explore Christchurch.
Today, we offer tours of the city which take in the changing urbanscape, and we also have a collection of classic new bikes. Personally, exploring Christchurch on a bike is the best way to find secret spots, indulge in good food and activities on offer, and share the ride with others. I enjoy showing people about, sharing my story of life living and working in the city, and hearing about other people’s passion for travelling on two wheels. Chill - Explore With Us.
Adam Somogyi - Bike Mechanic, Sales & Logistics
Those who wish to control their own lives and move beyond existence as mere clients and consumers - those people ride a bike.
Being a lifelong bike enthusiast, I was always keen to learn more about bikes; I wanted to know how they work, what they are made of, how they are so simple yet so complicated, and most importantly, I was desperate to know why is it that there are still people on this planet who don’t ride one?!?
Having worked in the bike industry for nearly a decade helped me answer most of these questions but I still think that more people should be riding and my mission is to make the world a better place, one cyclist at a time. Keen to be next?
Glen Tregurtha - Urban Guide
Glen is a local entrepreneur and a passionate advocate for Christchurch. Born and raised in the city, he’s travelled extensively around the world but keeps returning to the city he calls home. An avid cyclist, Glen loves how the bike tours allow us to get up close and personal with the developing architecture, urban design, and public art.
Glen has an in depth knowledge of the city – where it’s come from, and where it’s going. His unwavering optimism for the city is infectious and you’ll no doubt end the tour as excited about this place as he is.
Clare Hastings - Urban Guide
Having lived and attended School within the 4 Avenues (Old City Belt) and also working in Cathedral Square 20+ years I am always enthusiastic to show everyone our fascinating City. Being a flat city and with all the cycle lanes now provided it gives freedom to explore easily by bike.
Many new buildings, parks, reinstated lanes and numerous restaurants make for an emerging fresh city after our devastating earthquakes of 2011 but we also have a great many years of heritage.
Having taken a cycle tour 10 years ago in Paris I thought “I can do this at home – I know and love my city” so consequently I have been a guide now for nine years and loving every minute sharing my knowledge with everyone.
Rahana Jarvis - Support Crew
In 2015 I answered a call to help send out a few thousand Chill Manuals and have been working with the Chill Crew ever since.
These days I mostly help out with online content and logistics but have to admit my favourite hat to wear at Chill has been as bike guide. You can't really call taking visitors around Christchurch work, especially when the sun is shining. I love this city and think biking is just the best way to see it. Favourite stops include C4 Coffee, all the Gap Filler projects and Rollickin' Gelato. My winter aim every year is to get to all the mountains on the Chill Pass which I haven't managed yet (looking at you Rainbow and Awakino), but there's always next season!