Lisa (left) and Nicky (right) started Wheelie Fantastic Cycle Tours when they moved to the area in 2011.
"We moved to this area to take advantage of the great cycling routes and climate. Now we want others to find out what we already know: that the Nelson/Tasman area is a great cycling destination. We have a long association with cycling and are both qualified coaches."
Lisa's favourite bike is her track bike, "I love the simplicity of a single speed, fixed wheel – you just have to cycle faster to go faster. My favourite route I guess would be 200 metres on a velodrome, with a flat out sprint. I also enjoy a social ride with friends on my road bike, with the chance to cycle and talk at the same time."
Lisa represented Ulster in track cycling as a sprinter. She has also conquered many of the Tour de France Alpine mountain climbs. Nicky has competed in and refereed triathlons around the world.
"We both consider completing Ironman Triathlons as one of our most satisfying sporting accomplishments. Since moving to the area we have competed in local cycle races and we have also come to appreciate the value of more leisurely cycling, especially when a coffee stop is included!"
"Nicky's favourite bike is her road bike. "I enjoy the versatility of being able to go out for a tough ride (or race), yet I can use it to just cruise along, in a world of my own, enjoying the tranquil roads and beautiful weather. Most importantly my bike seems to stop when it gets to a café and won’t leave home if there is a hint of a chance it will get wet."
We aim to offer a very friendly and professional service. Our services stem from having hired bikes in a number of countries around the world. We want to deliver a service that is better than anything else we have experienced as tourists.
Lynley and Belinda are two of our guides who certainly can claim to be the most local of us all.
Belinda is our original guide who started ‘helping out’ when the company was first formed in 2011. She is from a family with direct linkage to the early European settlers in the Nelson region. She lived and worked in a variety of countries and travelled extensively with her husband and children, before returning to Nelson. She works part-time at the local hospital, which gives her the flexibility to enjoy many of her sporting interests. Belinda has competed in the renowned multi-sport Coast to Coast event, as well as the World Master’s Games. She is too modest to tell you, but she has won medals at those events. When you are out on a bike ride (or at the frequent coffee stops) with Belinda, it is almost 100% certain she will meet someone she knows. Her knowledge of the area, its people, landscape and wildlife are second to none. We are very fortunate that she finds the time to help with guiding our guests.
"My road race bike is my favourite because it means I can enjoy so many lovely parts of the countryside and get to some great coffee stops. My favourite bike rides are on the quiet country roads around the Moutere and Mahana."
Lynley was born in the area. Apart from a few years offshore, which included an extensive cycle tour of England and Scotland, she has mostly lived and worked in the region. She worked in the medical industry until a few years ago, and now enjoys a more flexible lifestyle, working on their farm with her husband and getting more time to go for bike rides. She is passionate about what is on her doorstep and welcomes every opportunity to share her knowledge of the native flora, fauna and general local knowledge with our guests. Lynley has been helping our guests enjoy the area since 2015.
"My favourite bike is my full suspension bike, I even take it when we go around winery routes, just because I like it, not because I need the full suspension! My favourite bike rides are on the mountain trails along the Richmond foothills, but there are many sections of The Great Taste Trail that I enjoy cruising along too."
Vanessa is one of our valued guides who joined us in 2016; she was born on the South Island and is a very proud Kiwi! Having lived for many years in the North Island, Vanessa and her husband jumped at the chance to move to the area in 2012. She has travelled extensively throughout the world and loves a bit of "adventure", but she is happiest on her bike in her home country. Vanessa is a great people person and her ideal job is sharing her knowledge of the local area, whether biking to the vineyards in the Moutere Hills, on the Great Taste Trial, or walking in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.
"My favourite bike is my 29er mountain bike, it lets me enjoy places you just can’t get to by car. My favourite bike ride is a route from my house at Ruby Bay along the Great Taste Trail to the Riverside cafe, then follow some lovely back roads through the Moutere towards Mapua."
Bicycles can make a difference - We are fortunate that we can enjoy our bicycles. For some people bicycles can change their lives and make a positive difference to their education, their livelihoods and their health. Every year Wheelie Fantastic makes a donation to World Bicycle Relief. We aim to donate at least $1 for everyone who books a tour with us. We are passionate about cycling and we appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the idea that "The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world's most complicated problems".
We have committed to the Tiaki Promise
Tiaki - Care for New Zealand has been set up by a group of New Zealand tourism organisations to actively encourage local and international travellers to care for our country as much as we do. Tiaki means to care for people and place.
The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, now and for future generations. Wheelie Fantastic’s values align with Tiaki. We are wholeheartedly behind the Tiaki Promise and encourage all visitors to our region to act as guardians of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We ask that you uphold the Tiaki Promise while travelling in New Zealand by following these guidelines:
Care for land, sea and nature, treading lightly and leaving no trace
Travel safely, showing care and consideration for all
Respect culture, travelling with an open heart and mind
And please use the Tiaki hashtag to show your support #tiakipromise
For more information go to the Tiaki website.