Après biking is the ultimate way to end any day in the saddle, no matter where you are in the world! Whether you’re a seasoned bike expert or you’re here for the social side, we’ll run you through how to make nail the après bike experience.
What is Après Bike?
Après means ‘after’ in French, so in other words, après biking is the social activities and entertainment after a day of biking. The ultimate experience should have some key elements, including heaps of fun, a little relaxation, socialising and of course, a drop from the local breweries or vineyards in the area. We’ve listed some must-do activities to include on your next après bike for the ultimate experience.
Quench Your Thirst
Quenching your thirst after a long ride on the trails with a local beverage is one of the essential experiences to the ultimate après biking experience. You’re supporting a local business (kudos to you) and adding knowledge to your worldly and cultured repertoire. You never know, you might even find your new favourite drop? At Bike Glendhu, we’ve got a blissful sun drenched beer garden to enjoy some of our local drinks, including beers on tap from local craft breweries and other non-alcoholic post-ride refreshments for the lucky driver.
Revive Your Muscles
If you’re after the ultimate experience, putting your feet up to relax after a long day of pedalling is a must! Depending on the trails you ride, fitness levels and a few other factors, mountain biking can burn anywhere between 200 – 1400 calories per hour, which is why you need to chill out and relax at the end of your day. Grab a bean bag in our beer garden, chuck a sun hat on and take a load off – you deserve it.
Get a Snack
All of that energy burnt off means that you need to refuel! Make sure that you end your day with a snack before you commence with beers to ensure that tomorrow’s biking mission is a dream. Velo Café offers a delicious range of healthy and tasty treats, including nachos, pies, sandwiches and cabinet food at Bike Glendhu to refuel before full après mode. If you’re after one of the best pies in Wanaka, Velo’s pork, apple, and fennel pie is a must-have!
Have a Laugh
You can’t claim that it’s après biking without some laughs and a bit of banter involved. Make sure that you bring along great mates to provide great times. If you’re feeling faded by the end of your big day, find some lawn games to lighten the mood and facilitate your laughs. We’ve got some awesome lawn games at Bike Glendhu, including giant Jenga!
Après Biking with the Family
Making a family occasion out of it? Make sure there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around so you can chill out for a while. Our Base area has an epic sandbox and lawn games like giant Jenga) are great options to keep them occupied. We’ve also got a mini pump track and balance bikes (with helmets) for the groms hanging out at Base if they’re still full of beans.
Take a Moment to Relax
Before you leave the mountain bike park and head into the hustle and bustle of town, soak in the fun and relaxing atmosphere for one more time (because happy hour in town is bound to be busier). Appreciate the epic day you’ve just experienced, and don’t forget to jump into the lake on the way into town!