Pedal power delivers cargo of fun

02:15, Jul 22 2014
Angus Edmond cargo bike racing
CARGO CHAMPION: Winner of the Christchurch cargo bike race, Angus Edmond, jumps on to a two-wheeled cargo bike and races off during this weekend's event.
Pete Pinckney and Angus Edmond cargo racing
GETTING SET: Pete Pinckney (right) on a three-wheeled Christiania cargo bike, and Angus Edmond on a two-wheeler, square off in Saturday's Christchurch Cargo Bike Event.
Cargo racing
AT THE START LINE: The finalists in the Christchurch Cargo Bike Race take off from the start line.
girls cargo racing
GIRL RACERS: Jess Smale races in the Trailer Trash Classic, a side-event at the Christchurch Cargo Bike event held this Saturday in the central city. Megan Aiken gives her a helping hand.
Olly Crawford trailer
TRAILER TRASH: Olly Crawford-Ellis battles away at Saturday's Cargo Bike Event on his ridiculous ride.
Angus Edmond cargo racing
HERE FOR THE WIN: Angus Edmond won the Christchurch Cargo Bike Championship this weekend. Edmond is Christchurch born-and-raised but lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the reigning world cargo racing champion, and took out the Christchurch race with ease.

Cargo bike racers lugging beer kegs, sacks and bike frames turned heads in the central city this weekend.

The Christchurch Cargo Bike Event attracted 15 competitors, racing in the city centre near the corner of Cashel and High streets.

Competitors created a spectacle in the central city, racing while carrying cargo consisting of empty beer kegs, sacks full of gravel and bike frames.

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CARGO BIKE: Christchurch Cargo Bike Event organiser Daniel Nielsen showcases the pedal power he uses to take his children to and from school.

Event organiser Daniel Nielsen said the event was organised to promote cycling in Christchurch.

"I bought a cargo bike instead of buying a car," he said.

"It is great. I transport my children to school in mine. I avoid the chaotic nightmare of dropping them off in a car, becasue I can take them right to the entrance of their classroom."


Angus Edmond cargo racing
CARGO RACING: World Champion cargo racer Angus Edmond takes out the Christchurch Cargo Bike Race.

Nielsen said Christchurch was ideal for cargo bikes with its flat, wide roads.

"There is plenty of room for big bikes, and it's only going to get better with the cycleways and lanes being developed."

The cargo bike race was won by world champion cargo racer Angus Edmond, who is from Christchurch but is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Anton Schmitz from Arrowtown placed second, while Christchurch pedal pusher Ross McIntosh finished third.


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