Bike Manawatu teenage rising star Campbell Stewart gave a hint of his prodigious future with a close fifth placing in the Omnium on the penultimate day of the UCI track cycling world championships in the Netherlands. A double junior world champion who was having his first venture into the gruelling four event Omnium that comprises a scratch race, tempo sprint race, elimination race, and points race. “It was a pretty cool experience with all the top guys there" Campbell said.
The fact is Campbell was the youngest in the field of the best older seasoned riders in the world.
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Michaela Drummonds women's pursuit team we shut out of a place in the gold medal round. Their time meant they finished 6th fastest to miss out on a bronze medal ride. Michaela also teamed up and raced with Racquel Sheath in a hectic high speed madison to finish a credible 13th.
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Jordan Castle was placed second in both his Keirin races, the first round and repechage, pipped in a sprint finish for a place in the semi final.
Stewart and Drummond Third consecutive Sports Manawatu Titles.
The prestigious Sports Manawatu awards was an amazing evening of the who's who in Manawatu sport where Motorsport ace Brendon Hartley was named supreme winner. Bike Manawatu was well represented with nominations for Emily Shearman, Libby Arbuckle, Michaela Drummond and Campbell Stewart. The later taking out junior sportswoman and sportsman completing a brilliant result for both. Watch out for both in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.
Age group National Track Championships
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Thursday the 8th to Sunday 11th March
Bike Manawatu wish to extend all the very best of luck to our age group national track riders who have travelled south to the Invercargill Velodrome. This will be a busy programme for everyone and an event to keep an eye out on. Check out results on www.cyclingnewzealand.nz
Sunday Recreational Group Rides Popular
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The weather this summer has been fantastic and our Sunday group rides have been well supported by regular riders and newbies. 8am on Sunday at memorial park we yet again saw over fifty members enjoy our Bike Manawatu ride touring through the beautiful Manawatu countryside finishing off with a coffee.
Kairanga Time Trial Results
The Kairanga Time Trial series has been hotly contested over the summer and we say well done to everyone who competed in this week’s gusty conditions. Challenging conditions and cross-winds still didn't stop people scoring two points for the night with a sub 15 minute time set by Luke Mudgeway.
Well done to race organiser volunteers Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm and those who have volunteer their services over the 8 week series. The series comes to a close at the end of the month- 28 March. Be sure to get out to the Kairanga every Wednesday at 5.45 to register.
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Laskeys Bush Cycle Tour 2018
Hill Climb Champs
Manfeild 6 Hour Cycle Challenge
Bike Manawatu Prize Giving
When; 28th April
Where: Marist Sport Club
When: Happy Hour" from 6pm.
We are busy planning our club prize giving and this year would really love you and your partners and cycling buddies to join us for a few drinks and some quality time together.
Discounted drinks at the bar will be open for the night and the prize giving will be broken up during the evening for people to mix and have a laugh. The old fashion concept of "bring a plate" we think will be something of a tradition people might enjoy. We will keep you posted.
A group of keen BM racers headed to the Naki for the latest round of the WCNI Road Race Series last Sunday.
As we know BM is part of a group of Regional Clubs from New Plymouth through Hawera, Whanganui Manawatu and Horowhenua finishing south of Levin.
The beginnings of WCNI date back to the early 1930’s and at its’ peak the inter-club rivalry was fierce to say the least.
Racing was graded from A-E with the A and B grades doing 4 laps and the grades below completing 2 laps of a pretty savage 15km circuit.
The charge was led by Thomas Stannard and Ethan Craine in A grade, Michael Craine, Michael Richmond and Tim Lloyd in B grade, Graeme Bull in C grade and Kyra Craine in D grade.
Very tough course , racing with seasoned club racers who are well versed in club racing was expected and certainly didn’t disappoint. .
First to crack was Ethan who had a misdemeanour with a chainsaw the day before and was nursing a taped up calf muscle. Ethan is training really hard this year under guidance of Jessie Sargent and is going from strength to strength, but every dog has his day.
Thomas Stannard had his place in the bunch for the majority of the race but the 4th lap took it’s toll on the pack and he finished just of the bunch, once again a young man going places fast.
B grade was the race of the up and comers, has beens and never really had it’s,,,Michael Richmond winning B grade, Michael Craine cracking on the last lap and Tim Lloyd doing his usual PPP.....and loving it.
Graeme Bull and Kyra Craine flew the flag in C and D grades and finished behind the bunch but held their heads up the whole way.Great to see Steve Stannard out on the bike supporting on the day.
The great parts of the day were the interclub atmosphere, the coffees and food at the end, Awesome organisation and banter and the school swimming pool to cool off in.
Club racing really is that..racing. As much as we all blow our own tyres up about who has the fastest segment of Strava , racing with equal or similar ability riders representing your club is a bloody great day out.
Bike Manawatu has a lot of Road Racing for club trophies over the next 6 weeks or so with our round of the WCNI series at Halcombe on April 15th.
With the Woolworths Cup in Pahiatua next weekend, Valley Road Hillclimb the weekend after, TT’s on for the next few weeks there’s plenty going on.
The Manfeild 6 hour Challenge is coming up in May and new this time is a 90 minute solo E Bike Challenge..(Conditions apply)
A group from Lone Star Cycling are off to do the 4 day tour of Northland next Weekend, 360kms of racing, 4500 metres of climbing, 509 excuses and a few laughs...
The National Elite Track Championships recently held at the SIT Zero Fees Invercargill Velodrome witnessed exciting racing from the 21 to 25 of February and our local stars shone brightly. Congratulation to all who travelled south an competed in this tough national event. Our Bike Manawatu young men and women represented themselves and their families well and we should all be proud of their outstanding results. In particular Angus Clausen, Emily Shearman and Libby Arbuckle. 1 IMG 5105
Check out all results on nationalelitetrackchampionships. Results in finals. Angus Clausen/Conor Shearing: 1st Men’s under 19 sprint. Angus Clausen:2nd Mens under 19 Keirin Angus Clausen and opposite team of 2; 1st Under 19 men 750m team sprint Emily Shearman/Jessie Hodges; 1st Woman's open Madison Emily Shearman and composite team of 3; 1st Women's Elite under 19 4000m Team Pursuit. Libby Arbuckle; 3rd Women's Elite points race Libby Arbuckle and composite team of 3; 2nd women's Elite under 19 4000m team pursuit.
Age group National Track Championships
Bike Manawatu wish to extend all the very best of luck to our age group national track riders who are getting ready for their upcoming trip to the Invercargill Velodrome. Have fun and do your best.
UCI Track World Championships
Our young Bike Manawatu Commonwealth games team members Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond are currently in the Netherlands competing against the best in the world. A fantastic honour to represent their country at such a young age against much older and more seasoned riders. Campell Stewart rode in the men's pursuit team were fifth fastest to qualify and did well to avoid a crash finishing 0.8s off qualifying for the bronze medal ride. Michaela Drummond was yet to ride when this reports written. Check out results on cyclingnewzealand.nz pjimage 10
Colin Anderson wins Two Golds at Masters Games
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Colin Anderson seems to get fitter and more determined it seems. Winning gold in the time trial and road race at last week’s New Zealand Masters Games would suggest he is on a roll. Watch out everyone there are more events coming up. Congratulations Colin on your great achievement from us all at Bike Manawatu.
Bike Manawatu wish to congratulate Campbell Stewart, Michaela Drummond, Libby Arbuckle and Emily Shearman on being selected as finalists for the Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards to be held on Friday the 2nd of March. Tickets are available from Sports Manawatu and doors open at 5.45pm at Central Trust Arena.
A Hot summer of Safe cycling
1 IMG 4922 This year’s summer has been kind to cycling enthusiasts with groups and solo riders building their kilometres. Every year is different and we all know weather plays a big part of how much time we spend on the bike often braving the elements. More recently though everyone seems to be loving the weather and cycling. May it continue. On a more serious note. All recreational riders and groups are responsible to choose the safest possible route please. Staying hard left on the left side of the road and two abreast (unless single file is called for) concentrating and communicating throughout the ride is road etiquette and generally safe. So why have many of our riders and ride groups been seen (far too often) looking for cover and spreading three and four abreast across the road at times even over the white line. This disregard for safety is why many other road users get frightened or angry towards cyclists when approaching us from behind or oncoming. Please be sensible and ride in the most appropriate groups and follow cycling etiquette. Spirited riders if you want to race knowing the group will split at some point maybe pre plan your groups more appropriately before you leave. A good safe ride with your cycling buddies and a coffee and good banter together afterwards is fun. A serious accident would not be worth thinking about. Check out: nzta.govt.nz. NZ Transport agency- The Official New Zealand Code for cyclists.
Bike Manawatu " Dinner and Dance Prize Giving "