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2014 Collingwood Street Trolley Derby

David Letsche Photography was at the 2014 Collingwood Street Trolley Derby and captured all the action, pre race nerves, cool trollies, close shaves and examples of kiwi “no.8 wire” engineering at it’s best.

Photos are now available via the link below.  Please remember to purchase the commercial license option if you are getting the photo for business purposes.  (Price includes GST and receipt is available on request.)

Photos from the 2014 Collingwood Street Trolley Derby

But here are some images from 2012….

Trolley racer ready to go down the Collingwood St course

Racer ready to roll down Collingwood St in Nelson.

Is it a formula 1 car, nope, a converted mussel buoy.

The race is on down Collingwood St.

Collingwood St provides the perfect gallery for spectators to watch the racing.

This is a bit of a squeeze.

Village Cycles

The Kiwi Flyer, a trolley that featured in a film of the same name that was filmed at the Collingwood St Trolley Derby.

The film star trolley, the “Kiwi Flyer”.

Parents get to race too.

Parents get to race too.

Speeding in a 50 zone is encouraged, but only for the trollies!

“Excuse me, but I recorded you doing 70kph in a 50kph zone, well done mate!!”

Plus the occasional spill

Collingwood St Derby, always something exciting going on.

Hope the weather stays fine for the racing on Saturday.



Richmond Rodeo 18th Jan 2014

Photos from the 2014 Richmond Rodeo

The annual Richmond Rodeo will be held at the Richmond Showgrounds on Saturday 18th Jan 2014.

Bull riding at Richmond Rodeo 2014

Superb bull riding at the 2014 Richmond Rodeo.

The barrel racing event at the local rodeo held in Richmond near Nelson NZ.

Barrel racing at the local rodeo.

There are events for the kids too at the rodeo.

Sheep riding.  Looks almost comfortable.






Waimea Bridge Opening Ceremony

Great Taste Trail - Waimea Bridge Opening

The Waimea Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge was officially opened on Saturday 26th Jan, 2013.  The bridge crosses the Waimea River and allows yet more of the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail to be cycled as a continuous ride, linking Richmond to Rabbit Island.  The Mapua Ferry further links riders to Mapua and beyond.

Waiting for the Waimea Bridge to open

Cycling on the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is something that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Mayor Kempthorne officiates the opening of the Waimea Bridge

Tasman’s Mayor Kempthorne introduces the speakers during the opening ceremony.

Nick Smith MP talks about the National Governments cycle track initiative.

The Hon. Nick Smith MP talks about the government’s cycle trail strategy in a week that saw him reinstated back into Cabinet with the Conservation portfolio.

Waimea Bridge

A young rider views the bridge before his first crossing.  (Note: the photographer’s self portrait in the lens of the sunnies!!)

The Waimea Bridge gets well used on the first day after the official opening ceremony

The Great Taste Trail has been  welcomed by so many bike riders who enjoy the traffic-free tracks.

Heading off the Waimea Bridge nr Richmond near Nelson

There will definitely be health benefits to the community from the extra exercise and reduction in stress.

Bike riders on the Great Taste Trail

Faster mum, faster!!!

What a brilliant childs seat!!

The track just past the Waimea Bridge

Leaving the Mapua Ferry to start the Great Taste Trail

The Mapua Ferry links Rabbit Island with Mapua Wharf.  Bike racks are provided in the boat to store your cycle during the short journey.

Relaxing at the JellyFish Cafe in Mapua after biking the Great Taste Trail

Recreational cycling doesn’t have to be all hard work.  The wharf at Mapua offers lots of opportunities to relax with a drink, meal, ice cream or the Smokehouse’s Fish and Chips eaten out of the paper.

Enjoying the Mapua Ferry ride

Pure relaxation.

Straight off the Mapua Ferry at Rabbit Island

A flying start to the trip back home via Rabbit Island. What a smashing day out from Richmond or Nelson.

More photos can be viewed on the David Letsche Photography facebook page >> Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Waimea Bridge Opening Ceremony and trip to Rabbit Island and Mapua

Further information about Nelson cycle tracks and Mapua.

Heart of Biking website – Official website of the Great Taste Trail

Mapua Ferry website

Mapua Wharf website

Ruby Coast Moutere Hills website

Nelson City Cathedral Criterium – Nelson Cycle Fest 2012

Nelson Cycle Fest 2012

Superb Weather for the 2012 Nelson City Cathedral Criterium blessed this unique race. Riders race on a tight circuit around Nelson’s famous Cathedral, which most spectators will not appreciate has a tough uphill section on every lap.

Many more photos on facebook

A Grade –

B Grade –

C Grade –

DE Grade –

Juniors –

D Grade clips in for the Nelson City Crit

D Grade sets of from the start line.

Felix Laufkotter wins the B Grade sprint

Felix Laufkotter wins the B grade sprint.

Peter Angelsey - Nice colour coordination!

Negotiating the tight turn at the top of the course.

Murray Cameron

Murray Cameron MCs the Nelson City Cathedral Criterium 2012.

Ross Ellison

Ross Ellison – President of Tasman Wheelers Cycling Club.

A Grade in front of the Cathedral steps

A Grade lines up for the start

Daniel Ellison

Daniel Ellison

Kieran Hambrook

Kieran Hambrook


2011 Nelson City Criterium Photos

I will be photographing and maybe riding (scary thought!!) around the Cathedral in Nelson this Sunday.  Here are some photos from last years racing.

Nelson City Cathedral Criterium - Murray Cameron MC

Murray C – hey – MC

Start of the Kids Racing

Before the off at the Cathedral steps in sunny Nelson.

Nelson Cycle Fest

Stop it Murray – you’ll scare ’em off.

Nelson Cycle Fest - kids racing can be serious stuff!

A grade starters at the Nelson City Cathedral Criterium

A Grade about to start.

George Bennett turns the tight corner around the back of the Cathedral

George Bennett makes easy work of the Nelson Cathedral circuit.

Kieran Hambrook

Kieran Hambrook flat out around one of the fastest corners on the Cathedral circuit.

Dean Fulton

Dean Fulton at the highest point on the circuit behind Nelson Cathedral.