Pedal power delivers cargo of fun

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 09:55 24/02/2014

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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.

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."

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.

VIDEO: CARGO RACING IN CHRISTCHURCH

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