When: Friday 27th of October
Where; Lonestar on the Square
Time: 5.30 - 7pm
Some great results for local rider Joel Yates in the current Trust House North Island Series who has the U23 leaders Jersey and is currently in second place overall after stage 2. Unfortunately Joel will miss stage three of the series as he heads down to the Tour of Southland where he will compete for the second year, last year finishing 11th in the U23 the youngest rider in the race at 17.For all Trust House Series rider results Check out www.cyclingseries.co.nz
The focus for many masters riders this time of year is training and preparing for Taupo, K2 or other iconic events. With BM Legend Colin Anderson looking to conquer an amazing 8 laps of Taupo this year, there are other local masters riders (men and women) who call themselves the Endurables looking to achieve their first two laps this year. Jennette Flipp inspired the 320k team Endurables challenge for a very lovely lady cyclist we lost. Watch out for the Endurables you might see out and about on our roads or at a local coffee shop.
Cycling has bagged the double at the Manawatu Secondary Schools Sports awards for the second consecutive year. Campbell Stewart and Emily Shearman where named sportsman and sportswomen respectively. On behalf of Bike Manawatu to all nominees and winners and their support congratulations. We are proud of you and your achievements. Check out stuff.co.nz for the full Manawatu Standard article, nominees and winners.
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The next chance you get to meet these two local world class cyclist who have just return from the world UCI road championship in Qatar take the opportunity to say hello. They are both humble and would be proud to share their experiences.
The upcoming spring and summer Bike Manawatu events calendar presents cyclist of all ages and stages of cycling the chance to mix up your riding routines and experiences. To do the same week after week is safe but for many of you it could be the perfect time to explore the variety of exciting events BM have available to you.
From the weekends BM Summer Road series and Donaldson Cup this weekend to the new Tuesday night six week Manfeild Criterium series to the Wednesday night Kairanga (Lockwood road) Time trials and onto to Track racing at the Feilding velodrome you can only benefit as a rider from this variety of events.
The club are continually trying to give members variety and fun and always welcome your support to help running an event.We would value your help.
Also the Tour de Manawatu is also just around the corner on the 6th of November.Check out bikemanawatu.co.nz for upcoming events.
Bike Manawatu member and BikeBoxTeam leader Sam Gardiner is pleased to see his team held three out of the six podium places in last weekends Elite and under 23 grade at North Island series in the Wairarapa. BikeBox team won last weekends Criterium and a road stage.In fact for local interest, Carne Groube came third in the Criterium and Alex West was second in the road race placing Manawatu riders in five of the six podium finishes. Their were other positive local results to Check out www.cyclingseriesnz.co.nz
Doha, Qatar, 9th -16th October, 2016.
The biggest, in terms of participating nations anyhow, annual event on the cycling calendar has just been run and won in the Gulf nation of Qatar.
The very contrasting conditions, and a very contrasting environment to last years Championships in Richmond, Virginia, provided the opportunity for a different type of rider to wear the Rainbow Jersey for 2017.
The event was held a fortnight later than usual to allow the weather in Doha to cool a little from the 40 degree plus conditions which can occur in September. Even so, the predicted conditions of high thirties and mid-range humidity was on the minds of those preparing, as the heat can potentially play a bigger role that race fitness.
The week started out with the Teams Time Trial (TTT), where the cream of the road cycling professional peleton competed for 183,000 Euros and bragging rights as to who was the fasted team in the world. The extremely hot conditions saw a number of riders in distress, but some very fast times on a technical 40 km course.
The womens TTT was won by Boels Dolmans , a team that included high profile riders Elizabeth Deignan (nee Armisted), Evelyn Stevens, and Ellen van Dijk, in a time of 48.41. Taking the minor placings were Canyon SRAM and Cervelo Bigla. The team of NZ rider Georgia Williams, Be Pink, were 50 seconds from the podium in 4th position.
In the mens event, Etixx Quickstep lead by former individual time trial (ITT) champion Tony Martin, beat last years winners BMC Racing, by only 12 seconds and averaged 56.426km/h for their win. The Australian registered Orica Bike Exchange team were third, some 37 seconds in arrears. No NZ men were involved in the TTT.
Two days later the ITT events started, with the U23 men and U19 girls the following day. Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling) and Sam Dobbs (BMC Development) were the kiwi contingent in the U23 mens event, with Madeleine Park and Mikayla Harvey our representatives in the girls event. A mechanical in the first 3 km put paid to McCormick’s chances, but Dobbs posted a very respectable 37:37 for two laps of the 15 km course. Despite losing a few valuable seconds with a jumped chain on the penultimate corner, national champion Park rode an impresive race puting her in eleventh spot, only 7 seconds from eighth position. Harvey was just over 2 min down on winner Karlijn Swinkels (Netherlands) in 31st position.
The U19 mens event was the next day and featured Oceania and National Champion James Fouche and the in form Robert Stannard. Stannard started conservatively finding himself 25 seconds down on the leader after one lap, but did not fade like many others on the second lap to take the leaders ‘hot seat’ with a time of 36:44. Fouche unfortunately “over-cooked” one corner to lose some time and some skin. Stannard ended up in 11th best, only 2 seconds from a top ten finish, whilst Fouche was 44th, 3:49 behind eventual winner Brandon McNulty (USA). Notably, McNulty’s time of 34:42 would have placed him 3rd in the U23 mens race even though he was restricted to a 52 x 14 rollout!
The only elite (senior) rider to do the ITT was Cannondale’s Jack Bauer. In very trying conditions in the heat of the midday sun, Bauer finished the 40km course in 47:48, putting him 27th out of a field of 66 of the worlds best. Being only 3 min in arrears of winner Tony Martin is event more impressive (for both Martin and Bauer) when you saw that third place was well over one minute behind Martin. Indeed Martin alone posted a faster time than nine of the teams in the TTT on the same course!
Under the leadership of Garry Buys and his trusted lieutenants, 38 cyclists of varying ages and experience set off into the unknown on a three day 500km ride to the Hawkes Bay in three suitable groups last Saturday.
Tackling very strong winds on the first day was a big challenge while traveling the picturesque back blocks to complete the 180km to Hastings. Some riders doing 200k just to say they could. A well deserved group dinner and some refreshments set everyone up for the second days ride with many finishing off the day with a steep climb to the top of Tamata Peak.Ara accomplishment.
The traditional final nights group dinner was a memorable evening with lots of great stories on one another's cycling efforts and antics.Enough said. The next morning with tired legs ahead of the 174k ride home was the hot topic of conversation. Suprisingly the sun came out and after some spirited riding home everyone reached Palmerston North safely to celebrated their achievements at Hotel Coachman in true kiwi style.
Well done to all involved especially to Garry Buys and his support team for a memorable Three Day Big Easy.