Crown Range road in New Zealand
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If you are fortunate enough to be cycling in New Zealand, then the road linking Queenstown with Wanaka, the Crown Range is going to test the legs. The road climbs up to 1119m, including a section with zig-zags and also some great downhill sections. Easy to get up to around 80 km/h on the downhill sections, although the bends will make higher speeds difficult. Great views down into the Gibbston Valley below, and also towards Queenstown and Arrowtown. The road is the highest sealed main road in New Zealand, winter snow and ice make the road difficult in winter time, but summer it is a joy to cycle. On the Pembroke-Wanaka side of the pass, there is the small settlement of Cardrona, which was once the site of a gold rush. Nowadays Cardrona is more known for its pub (in the second photo) , which has featured in advertisements, and also for the nearby bra-fence. The bra fence has been moved from the main road due to repeated theft of the bras and the problems caused by too many cars stopping to admire this New Zealand curiosity.
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