This evening club life member Ian Gray was awarded a Palmerston North Civic Award hosted by the Mayor Grant Smith at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. The annual awards are the City’s highest recognition for voluntary service. They have been going since 1988.
Ian was nominated alongside 12 others and was one of the 5 deserving recipiants. As a club we are extremely proud of Ian and this achievement as we know the time he has put into Manawatu and WCNI Cycling over the last 50 years as a rider, official, administrator and coach.
He is an extremely knowledgble and kind man that has done wonders for cycling, and especially encouraging junior riders in the Manawatu.
"Ian Gray is a 75 year old cycling enthusiast, who has had an integral role in the success of cycling in the Manawatu and surrounding regions since he shifted here to attend Massey University in 1961, where he completed a bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1964 and completed Master Agricultural Science (Hons) in 1996. Ian originally grew up in New Plymouth, where he commenced cycle racing with the New Plymouth Amateur Road Cycling Club from 1956 to 1961.
Ever since moving to Palmerston North Ian has been an active member of the cycling community, as a competitor, businessman, historian, volunteer and leader in many capacities."
Congratulations Ian and thank you to all of those in the cycling community who contributed to this nomination.
Official event photo's to come.
We have three riders competing in Switzerland at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships, starting 20th July (at night in NZ).
Emily Shearman and Michaela Drummond will ride the Women's team pursuit on Wednesday, with Emily then riding the Scratch race and Michaela the Omnium.
Campbell Stewart will ride the Mens Team Pursuit, then the Omnium and Madison.
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Campbell Stewart has been named as a finalist for the Halberg Sports Awards in the Emerging talent category.
"Four promising athletes have been selected for the emerging talent award include pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, who broke a world junior record in December, and double junior world champion track cyclist Campbell Stewart. Tall Black and New Zealand Breakers development player Tai Wynyard and Dylan Schmidt, who finished 10th at the Trampoline World Championships, are also shortlisted."
Michaela Drummond's world champion and record team pursuit team did not make the finals for the Team of the Year, in a tough category, which includes the All Blacks and the Black Caps.
The winners will be announced in Auckland on February 18.
For a full list of finalists click here.
New South Wales gets tough on Cyclists... Including $106 for not having a bell on your bike!
On the plus side, drivers can now be fined for driving within 1m of a cyclist... although how this will be policed is unclear.
The change in laws was announced by NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay as part of a crackdown on cyclists who break road rules in the state.
From March 2016, riding without an ID will result in a $106 fine and not wearing a helmet or holding onto a moving car will cost $319, while running a red light will incur a $425 fine.
Mr Gay said carrying ID helped identify riders in an emergency or if they broke the road rules. Read More
This year’s prize giving and social get together was held at Hotel Coachman where 100 members enjoyed a delicious BBQ before a welcome from Board Member John Van lienen and Chairman Steve Stannard.