2019 was the tenth anniversary of the Tour de Coffee Culture and it’s also been the biggest year to date.
It’s hard to believe when we started our little cycle tour/cafe crawl back in 2009 that we would have had so many amazing people and stories come out of the Tour de Coffee Culture.
2019 has been no exception, with over 650 riders participating in this year’s tour. Not only is this up on last year but the $5 registration fee has helped us to raise $3380 for the Coffee Culture Charitable Foundation. This money helps us to support local youth as well as the workers who grow our coffee in Papua New Guinea.
Another welcome addition to the Christchurch TDCC was the re-opening of Sumner Road. This stunning piece of road with breathtaking views of Lyttelton harbor and the southern most point of Pegasus Bay links our Sumner and Lyttelton stores, and also shaves hours of cycling time off the tour for those riders who are ultra keen to post the fastest times.
Completing the TDCC is no mean feat, and this year we had a couple of riders that absolutely blew us away with their rides.
Mark Lane decided to raise the bar this year and create his very own version of our Tour by doing all our Canterbury stores in alphabetical order. Not only was he up and at it at 4am, but he then proceeded to carry on cycling for close to 18 hours and 302km! As the first person to complete this feat, it’s safe to say that Mark deserves his very own spot in Tour history for creating and completing the Pro Elite Alpha tour. Our hats are off to you Mark!
One of the most inspirational tour tales came to us this year thanks to Peter Rickard-Green and his mate Blair McConnell who teamed up to complete the first tandem tour. Blair’s efforts prove that nothing is impossible. Not only is he the first blind rider to complete the tour, he also managed to throw in some fundraising for the Blind Foundation to boot. Legend!
Believe it or not Tour de Coffee Culture 2020 isn’t too far away. With a new store to visit, plus us working with Le Race again TDCC 2020 is already in preparation. Thanks to all of our tour riders that make the Tour de Coffee Culture such a success.
We’re always keen to hear your ideas and feedback on how to make next year’s tour even better so if you’ve got something to share, feel free to drop us an email at: