This Sunday's Bike Manawatu Manfeild 6 Hour Challenge has been a massive success for the club since it began 10 years ago. All ages of riders have thoroughly enjoyed the day whether doing the solo or in a team. Last year approximately 300 riders were involved. If you haven't already, be sure you organise a team or yourself to ride by registering for this fantastic event. Enter online at www.bikemanawatu.co.nz (Up till midnight Friday) or enter on the day at registration. See you early Sunday.
Thank you to all of those people who put their name forward to volunteer. The old saying "Many hands make light work" is a excellent motto which is what a great club is all about. Mike and Christine Christie have once again done a fantastic job to manage this event on behalf of the club for which the club are truly grateful.
Over the last eighteen months Dylan Simpson has been developing as a rider with some outstanding results. His recent podium finish at the NZ age group road Nationals seen in the above photo is testament of the hard work he has been putting in. The excitement of Dylan last week being selected to represent NZ at the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Bahamas in July is all worth the hard work. The club wish to congratulate Dylan and his support team for his selection.
Linton Army Camp was the perfect place for 67 riders to contest the first of the four Criterium Series races last weekend. A safe and fast circuit with quality riding once again showed the depth of junior riding in the Manawatu.
Winners: Micheal Richmond (A Grade) Aiden Jones (B grade, combined with A ), Holly McInnes (D grade) and Josh Mulcahy (E grade)
Chris Denholm and Jacob Sievwright competed in the 228km Grafton to Inverell Classic in Australia with Chris having an outstanding race and finishing 16th in a group just 27 seconds behind the race winner. Jacob also road well to finish in the main bunch. With most of the Australian based professional teams competing, this race was a big step up for our boys. Well done.
In the United States Michaela Drummond completed the Amagen women's race in California a women's world tour event. Racing doesn't get much bigger. We understand she handled the event well and is yet again another learning step along her journey.
Meanwhile in Italy Robert Stannard and Alex West road in the 170km Gran Premio Industrie Del Marmo UCI race. What a great experience these boys are having racing in Europe. At the same time, the Giro d'Italia is the main focus of International attention in Italy.
In all the hype of last week’s success at the age group road nationals we forgot to acknowledge club member Winston Griggs gallant third place podium finish in the senior men's 23-34 road race. A tough competitor and massively supportive schools and club person. Well done.
A note to members and their support teams: We send out a request for people who can help or volunteer yourself to make this day run as smoothly as we possible. The old saying "Many hands make light work" is a great motto. Please contact Mike Christie 0274422522 if you can help out. He would love to hear from you.
Bike Manawatu were well represented at this year’s three day event in Cambridge where racing was extremely competitive with the best riders from across New Zealand in all age groups from under 15 year old through to masters competing for honours.
To stand on the podium is a massive achievement and Bike Manawatu wish to congratulate all of those members who travelled north and represented your club.
Congratulations to the outstanding podium finishers;
Under 19 Women; 2nd Libby Arbuckle,3rd Emily Shearman
Men’s Masters 2; 3rd Sam Gardner
Also in the top 10 finishers:
Masters Men 3: 4th Glen Kirk, Masters Men 5; 10th Nigel Doyle
Under 23 Men; 7th Joel Yates
Under 19 Men; 8th Madi Hartley-Brown
Under 15 Girls; 9th Rosie Obrien
Under 15 Boys; 9th Dra's Caldwell
Under 19 Men; 3rd Dylan Simpson
Under 23 Women; 3rd Deborah Pain
Also in the top 10 finishers;
Under 19 Women; 4th Libby Arbuckle
Masters Men 5; 5th Glen Kirk
Under 15 Girls: 5th Rosie O'Brien
Under 23 Men: 7th Chris Denholm,9th Jacob Sievwright
Under 15 Boys: 10th Ewan Cousins.
Firstly having spoken to a number of our club members who competed in this amazing global event, they say they have all taken away lifelong memories. To have received a medal is even more special which we acknowledged in last week newsletter.
Equally when trying to report on our members events, sometimes we can miss a person or get a placing wrong for which we deeply apologise. One such time was last week when missing Bike Manawatu member Sam Gardner’s incredible double Gold medal swept at the masters games.
Sam won gold in the men's 40-44 MTB and Gold in the 40-44 Road race. A huge result and proud medal winning performance for Sam and his team supporters. Sam and his BikeBox branded race teams have has a great season and this personal performance by Sam is great reward for the hard work he puts into the sport.
The next Bike Manawatu fun day out is the Manfeild 6 Hour Challenge which has been a massive success since it began 10 years ago. Riders have thoroughly enjoyed the day wether doing the solo or in a team. Last year approximately 300 rider were involved. If you haven't already, be sure you organise a team or yourself to ride by registering for this event on the BikeManawatu.co.nz website.
We thank Steve Stannard for his weekly articles in the Manawatu Standard News Paper. This week covered some of our club’s successes.
The biggest sporting event in New Zealand in years, the World Masters Games, was in Auckland last week, with cycling events from mountain biking to road, and track. Manawatu had three riders who produced a number of podium performances.
On the track, Megan Blatchford-Peck won gold in the women's (50-54) track sprint and silver in the 500m time trial.
On the road, Neil Pollock won bronze in the (75-79) 20km time trial and Neville Weir won a well-deserved bronze in the 55-59 20km time trial.
Grant Haggett was sixth in men's (40-44) 750m time trial.
In the road race on Sunday, Ian Eagle was fourth in the (35-39) 95km road race and Cliff Hughes was 14th in the (50-54) 79km road race.
Also at the weekend was an event at the other end of the age spectrum; the Te Awamutu junior two-day tour.
Manawatu was well represented in almost all the many grades, each of which was stacked with the best junior riders in New Zealand in big fields.
In the under-15 girls event, Rosie O'Brien was fifth on final general classification (GC) at the end of the tour, but also won the sprint ace jersey.
Our under-15 boys, Ewan Cousins, Draas Caldwell, and Fergus Lloyd, were eighth, ninth and 11th on GC respectively.
In the under-17 boys Ethan Craine was 16th in the final GC at the end of the two days of racing and Aiden Jones was 33rd.
Our under-U19 women, Libby Arbuckle, Connie O'Brien and Samara Fenn were fifth, ninth and 18th on GC.
Emily Shearman was riding well, including finishing fifth in the time trial, but crashed in the sprint in the last stage. Emily was OK, but couldn't complete the race.
The open women's race, run alongside the under-19 women's event, saw Deb Paine fourth on GC and winner of the queen of the mountain jersey. Lizzie Stannard was sixth on GC in her first race back after her accident.
In the men's under-19 race, Madi Hartley-Brown was eighth, Dylan Simpson 10th, and Thomas Stannard 33rd on GC at the end of a hard-fought race, but one marred by cancellation of the last stage due to traffic issues.
Robert Stannard was second in the Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica two-day tour in Italy, his first podium for his 2017 European campaign.
In the same race, riding for the New Zealand team, Alex West unfortunately crashed out on the white gravel section of the race, the same roads used in the Strade Biache Pro-Tour race earlier in the year.
Campbell Stewart's United States campaign has also started, but was marred with a crash which saw him need a trip to the hospital.
We understand that Campbell is OK and already back on his bike ready for the next event.
This weekend, the NZ road cycling season reaches a finale, with the national club championships being held in Cambridge.Bike Manawatu have a big number of riders heading north and we wish them and their support teams a safe and successful tour.
When: Friday 28th of April
Where; Lonestar Upstairs on the square
Time; from 5.30pm
A time to get together and share as club members. Discounted Tap beer and house wines.
It's seems our club spirt is alive and well as young and older members were quick to spread the word about last weekend’s club champs at Colyton which the club appreciates. 55 members lined up and registered to race the safe and challenging Hiwinui circuit at different distances. 18km,36km,54km and 72km. A good combination of roughly where schools’ riders and the other half masters.
All age groups were well catered for in competitive grades by race organiser and board member Mike Craine. Mike and his team of volunteers did a fantastic job and we thank them.
Traffic Management: Peter Robson, Tim Lloyd, Paul Ainsworth. Registration; Tim Lloyd and myself. Marshall's; Karin and Eden Craine, Kylie Mulcahy and Steph, Dave Hoskins, Shaun Cousins ,Louise Ransom. Sag Wagon: Darren Sharland. Finishing Judges: Bernie Richmond, Mike Simpson, John Stewart.
People who have not raced before were buzzing after their ride and some of our more experienced and competitive masters riders were also buzzing having had the opportunity to race against under 23 club and national stars like Campbell Stewart and other young and upcoming riders which they said was a fantastic learning experience.
All and all, members young and old thoroughly enjoyed the two hours afternoon of racing and the word is people want more racing.
If people are prepared to put there hand to help out as we experience this time round them we will address the race calendar and see what we can organise further events. In doing so maybe afterwards we will be able to all stay on for a social hour and a cup of tea.