14 Feb 2018

Speed dating goes up a gear

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 1:25 pm on 14 February 2018

The wheels of love are being set motion today in Queenstown as Cycle Speed Dating is back.

If you're looking for that special someone to ride tandem with you through life this could be your chance…

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Photo: Paul Earnshaw

Paul Earnshaw from Cycle Higher is playing match-maker today and told Jesse Mulligan it’s a twist on the classic speed dating scenario

“You get a few minutes with a prospective partner but we throw bicycles into the mix and go out around the Queenstown gardens for a couple of hours, then we end up at the hotel next door for a cheeky cocktail.”

He says it’s not on tandem bikes, everyone brings their own bike and cycles side by side. Ladies in one line, men in another. An organiser with a bell rings it every few minutes and the ladies stay cycling in one place, the men have to put on a burst of speed to move to the next prospective partner.

“It’s a real mixture of locals and visitors, Queenstown being an international town. I think it’s just a great alternative to online dating, you’re actually in a physical space rather than looking at a screen or swiping left or right.

“For a start you’re both on bicycles” says Paul. “So you know there’s a shared interest, there’s some commonality to talk about from the offset.”

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