Award Winner - Campbell Stewart


Club Time Trial Round 3 Results

“All Time” records broken, established or equaled this week in the Club’s 12km Time Trial’s nine year history came from:

  • Josh Mulcahy – 11yr Boys - 22.33min
  • Dra’s Caldwell – 12 year Boys – 20:06min
  • Thomas Stannard – Under M17s – 16:55min (equalled Adam Martin’s record)
  • Libby Arbuckle – Under 19 – 17:58min (best female time ever)
  • Barry Gilliland – M7 65-69yrs– 18:35min
  • Neil Pollock – M9 75-79yrs – 22:33min (established)

Season record/s, broken this week:

  • Louisa Cousins – W3 45-49yrs – 23:52min


Halberg Award Winner Campbell Stewart


Watching in anticipation on TV last week to see Campbell take out his Halberg award for the best emerging talent in New Zealand must have been an excitement highlight for the humble Campbell and his family but also to everyone associated to him in cycling. We are all so proud of you Campbell. A special mention must also go out to Campbell's coach Mike McRedmond who must also take a bow for a job well done.

A Week of Hard Out Cycling

I write this week’s newsletter while on the BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge which is brutal for us weekend cyclists amongst the 275 riders. Myself and Bike Manawatu character Tim Mackey are riding for Bayleys in the Corporate Team Challenge and raising money on Give a Little for"Make a Wish". Tim and I are having lots of laughs but hurting every day.
At the time I sent this newsletter BM Club Members Glen Kirk is winning with Cliff Hughes and Mike Thompson not too far behind with three days to go. We have had constant wind, rain and even hail to contend with and two hill stages have had to be cancelled due to violent winds. Nice summer we having don't you think.
Checkout for results.

Manawatu Cycle Challenge


A lot of our members rode the Manawatu Cycle Challenge last weekend and reports are they really enjoyed the event. Sam Gardner won the gruelling 144km in a time of 4.02.04, Colin Sullivan the 104km in 3.27.08,Charlie Studd the 72km in 2.06.33,and Ewan Cousins the 36km in 1.06.56.
Check out results on facebook.

Bush Ride lucky draw


Big Haul of Medals for Manawatu Track riders at Invercargill

At the recent New Zealand Track National Championships held in Invercargill our local Manawatu riders competed extremely well bringing home a big haul of medals for them and us to be proud of.

Michaela Drummond collected bronze in the women's 20km points race and teamed up to win a gold in the Madison.She also was part of the silver medal performance by WCNI in the under 19 women's 4000m team pursuit. Those other valuable team members included Emily Shearman, Libby Arbuckle and Megan Gardner.
Emily Shearman also went onto take Bronze in the under 19 women's 500m time trial and silver in the 2000m individual pursuit.
Meanwhile Libby Arbuckle took out Bronze in the under 19 women's 7.5k scratch race and silver in the 15km points race.
Our boys also did themselves proud with Jordan Castle taking out Bronze in the 1000m time trial. Carne Groube bronze in the 15km scratch race and Campbell Stewart bronze in the 30km points race and then teamed up with Kennett Dylan to win Gold in the Madison.
Campbell Stewart was later named NZ junior men's rider of the year. An outstanding reward for Campbell and his support team.

Well done to all of those who travelled south to Invercargill and congratulations on a fantastic representation and medal haul for yourselves ,WCNI and your support teams.

World Cup Selection For Stewart and Drummond

Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond were later chosen to represent New Zealand at the upcoming World Cup in Los Angeles. A proud moment for the riders, there families and support teams.Campbell Stewart is also up for the prestigious Halberg Awards which will be announced and televised live on TV after this newsletter was sent.Go Campbell.

NZ Masters Games Whanganui

Last weekend a number of Bike Manawatu members competed at the Masters games.In the time trail we rock. In age group order; 35-39 Mark Hudson 2nd, 45-49 Glen Kirk 1st,40-44 Chris Pinkney 4th,60-64 Barry Gilliland 1st, 65-69 Colin Anderson 7th.Women; 55-59 Glenys Taylor 2nd.
Note; not all other event results were in at the time of this newsletter being sent

Manawatu Cycle Challenge

Good luck to all of those riders who will challenge themselves on this years Manawatu Cycle Challenge. A beautiful scenic ride and good challenge for all bikers. Give it a go.

Let's all celebrate the Clubs riders success.

Bike Manawatu Happy Hour
When: Friday 24th Feb
Where; Lonestar on the Square

Club 12km Time Trial Update

Congratulations this month to Robert Stannard who set a new “All Time Record” for the Under 23 category (14:37min) and Josh Mulcahy, in the 11 year old category (26:33min).


So far this year with two TT’s run, Yvonne Clarke (W3) has broken her previous record with Thomas Stannard (U17), Samara Fenn (Under 19) and Louisa Cousins (W3) establishing 2016/2017 season records.

More photos

Results here


2017 Uniform Order


New Zealand Masters Games - 2017

BM Track Cyclist

Several BikeManawatu cyclists competed last weekend in Whanganui at the New Zealand Masters Games, achieving lots of medal winning outcomes.

The games attracted over 4,400 athletes in 50 sports. The games annually alternate between Whanganui and Dunedin.

Picutred are the BikeManawatu Trackies, but check out more photos and results here

WCNI Open Track Champs 2017


WCNI Track Champs

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Bike Barn Lucky prize draw hits $200


The Bike Barn lucky Draw has hit $200.  Plus an additional $100 if you are in BikeManawatu kit!

Recent unlucky members include:

$100 - Dave Drummond - not present
$110 - Brian Silver - not present
$120 - Emma Briant - not present
$130 - Steffan Fuller - not present
$160 - Grant McCaskie - not present
$170 - Dean Wade - not present
$180 - Neil Pollock - not present


T & Cs :-
Only financial club members are eligible for the draw.
The drawn club member must be present at Memorial Park for the announcements.
Bike Barn’s voucher re-starts at $20 and jackpots $10 per week if not struck, this is not capped.
Bike Manawatu’s cash will be awarded to the winner if present wearing a BM Club shirt, the cash matches Bike Barn’s voucher value up to $100 when it is capped.

You know what to do!

Locals Robert Stannard and Alex West beat Internationals at Gravel and Tar

GnT Startline

I was lucky enough to commentate this year’s Bike Manawatu 'Gravel and Tar Classic' last weekend which brought top teams and riders from all over New Zealand and Australia to Palmerston North for our unique 100k Gravel and Tar race. Professional riders say they
love something different as a race and of course the prize money on offer and have said they'll be back next year which is a fantastic outcome. Race organiser Steve Stannard and his team worked tirelessly to make this second year a success and Mayor Grant Smith was in the square to welcome the riders and there support teams at the start.
The anticipation of who would win brought cycling enthusiasts to the Memorial Park finish line while the race organisers fed me by phone what was happening on the tough 100k windy course which I conveyed enthusiastically by microphone.
It was exciting with reports coming in of Robert Stannard, Alex West (Team Skoda) and Glenn Haden (Team Bike Box) making an early brake with the chase group of Sam Burston and Dylan Newbury (Möbius Future Racing-Australia), Roman van Uden (team Cyclista), Chris Denholm (Team Skoda), Luke Mudgeway, and Logan Griffin (Oliver's Real Food Racing) last year’s winner working hard to bridge the gap.

In the meantime, the Gravel and Tar 80k Gran Fondo riders were also finishing there event at the same time. First across the line in the Gran Fondo was Jason Sturzaker followed by young local rider Max Taylor and local masters rider Glen Kirk was third place. The women's first three placing saw Kirsten Hagen from Wellington win the event followed by local teenager Pieta Ranson in second with masters rider Carol Webb in third. To all riders well done and a fantastic effort in tough conditions. We hope you'll be back next year.

Meanwhile in the Gravel and Tar Classic elite race reports of a cat and mouse dual between Robert Stannard and Alex West had developed with 5km to go. Glen Haden had a puncture to deal with and was chasing hard to catch the two out in front while the chase group with top Australian and New Zealand riders were still unable to bridge the gap.
The class and effort of our two local riders was evident. With the home straight in sight Robert was on the wheel of Alex ready to pounce. The sprint and finish was exciting with Robert winning marginally over Alex (Team Skoda) Glenn Haden (Team BikeBox) in third place. Racing at its best.
For a full report go to the RoadCycling website.

Bike Manawatu we're proud to bring racing of this calibre to Palmerston North and we thank the valued Sponsors of Gravel and Tar Classic for there support.
AvantiPlus, The Lion Foundation, Hotel Coachman, Cyclista, Bayleys, Churchyard Physiotherapy, NZ Farm Source. Sport Manawatu.

Back to Cycling-2017

Tune in the Bike Manawatu calendar for upcoming events that you are interested in. There will be some changes to the calendar and we will update you as soon as possible.
Road, Track, Time Trails, social and upcoming events will keep you fit and keen while enjoying this amazing sport of cycling in 2017.

Bike Manawatu Happy Hour

When; 24th of February
Where; Lonestar on the Square
Time; 5.30pm
See you there...

Gravel & Tar - Late Registrations welcome


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