When: This Weekend- September 10th Where;Timona Park Simon street Feilding. Entries have closed online but late entries for the recreational events (not the Joe Allen Classic), will be taken on the day up to 30 minutes before the rides start. The club would love to see as many cyclist support this great annual event as possible. For more details head to Feilding Festival of Cycling Website or the Bike Manawatu Facebook page.
1) Joe Allen Memorial Classic: Start 8.30am Feilding to Apiti return (17 and over licensed riders only) 2) The 90k recreational Ride: Start 9.30am Feilding to Rangawahia return 3) The 50k recreational Ride: Start 10.30am Feilding to Kimbolton return 4) The 20k fun ride all ages( Free). Start 10am Feilding-Colyton loop.
As always this annual event is a great event to start your spring cycling off after your winter base training. Ride Organiser Austin Smith and his team do a great job and the courses are awesome for scenery and to give you a test of where you are at this time of year over a short or longer distance. All ages and abilities can ride this event which makes it a great outing for all cycling people. Get your cycling buddies together and be sure to enter the Feilding Festival of cycling. Checkout the Facebook page and be sure to say yes and participate in this excellent event.
Palmfeilds Motors October 15th Recreational Ride
Check out upcoming Bike Manawatu Events Calendar Spring is the start of many club events for cyclists. If you own a bike and want to experience something new and different and get fitter, be sure to check out the clubs ride calendar online and try something different.
The club and event organisers would love to see you give different events a go this year. Cyclists can do anything and many masters riders tried different club events last year which resulted in their feedback being positive and are the same cyclist keen to return this year. How fantastic is that.
Check out your cycling interests: Kairanga Time Trial Series- From Horizons yard on Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Road on Wednesdays from 6pm. This flat 12Km weekly time trail points series has been a huge success with approximately 50+ riders biking out to the course and registered from 5.45pm. A great way to exercise before dinner.
Feilding Track Riding- Hire a track bike from the club for a modest amount of money and have fun racing different events on a balmy night at the Johnston Park cycling track in Feilding under the watchful eye of legend Ian Gray and his team. Fun. Join the 'Bike Manawatu Track Cycling' Facebook group to keep updated with this throughout the season.
Manfeild Criterium- On Tuesday's from 6pm for the Month of November the popular Criteruim series is on again. Safe off road fun graded riding for all ages. Last year people loved it and the improvement in their cycling was huge. Pencil this one in, it's contagious.
Weekend Festival of Cycling- Saturday January 27th and 28th 2018 Gravel and Tar Classic- 27th of January- This is an incredible coup by Bike Manawatu and event founder Steve Stannard to bring elite International Racing Teams to Palmerston North to race a physically and technically very difficult road and gravel 125km race. The Elite riders love this tough and very different event and our scenic region. Having them in Palmy is the start of something special for the region.
Gravel and Tar Gran Fondo- Saturday 27 January- This event has been designed for all recreational riders of all ages and abilities to give people a taste of something different and to feel part of the regions weekends Festival of Cycling. The Gran Fondo will offer two distances in 2018
1) The 70km Gravel and Tar course;
2) The 30km course.
There is something for everyone be they young, mature, male or female. Give it a go and support our Weekend Festival of cycling which will grow in our region.
Manawatu Mountain Bike Club Entertaining supporting Weekend Festival of Cycling- Bike Manawatu and our good friends the Manawatu Mountain Bike club are considering supporting the Manawatu Festival of Cycling Weekend with possibly running the Kahuterawa Challenge mountain bike ride on Sunday the 28th of January. Wouldn't that be mouthwatering for all cyclist riding The Gran Fondo in the Saturday and the Kahuterawa Challenge on the Sunday. We will keep you informed with the progress of this.
Manawatu Schools- NZ National Schools Road Championships -September 30th to October 2nd bringing the best of New Zealand's schools riders to our region to compete for their school. Novice Tour of Manawatu- December 9th-10th. A proud forty four year old multi-stage Manawatu Tour highlighting some of New Zealand's best rising stars racing for individual and club honours.
Members to Promote Rider Safety at all Time
As responsible cyclists we must all constantly remind ourselves to promote rider safety and road code etiquette when riding at all times. Our sport shares the roads with vehicles of all sizes and drivers of all capabilities. Our daily ride groups are the flagship of our sport and are responsible for promoting road codes and standards to keep everyone safe. All rider groups are encouraged to identify ride leaders amongst yourselves and where possible have identified a safe course to ride. Letting people know where you are heading is also advised and how long you might be. Often road works can disrupt rides and checking out council reports or talking to other fellow riders is a good idea before you set your course. The fact that most of us learnt to ride a bike as children and then put the bike down when we got our first car at around 15-17 years old means most people have not ridden a bike for years before we decide to join Bike Manawatu and start riding a bike again for health and fitness. To help these people is all of our responsibility.
Cycling NZ with support from Sport Manawatu and Sport Whanganui is running a free Ride Leader Programme in Palmerston North and Whanganui in October.
If you love cycling like we do, and you are passionate about your community, why not become a ride leader and share your experience with others?
We would like you to be part of a network of passionate people who are keen to share their knowledge and passion of biking with others by becoming cycling ambassadors and cycling group leaders on or off the road.
Whether you are a person who rides for fitness, recreation, commuting or who enjoys exploring our region’s network of wonderful cycle paths, we are keen to have you part of this programme to help others to get cycling.
We have attached a poster for more information, if you are interested in the programme.
Here is the latest ride leader video promoting the programme:
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I have as part of recording the history of successes of Manawatu riders in national Championship have produced a document recording all the medal winners. It can be seen since year 2000 we have had phenomenal success of riders who all started their track cycling career on the Feilding track. This is a testament of the organization of racing at Feilding and the quality of the coaches we have here in the Manawatu. I would like to acknowledge Megan Blatchford in the processing of this word document.
Riding a “Fixy” on the track (or on the road for training) certainly makes a big improvement in riders sprinting ability and peadlling skills. Any road rider can get immense benefit by riding the track and a days race programme is great form of intense interval training. We have track bikes for hire that have been very popular in past seasons for new under 15 and under 17 riders to try track racing. Details on hire age to follow.
The Beginning if the Changing of the Guard!
Although it is still only September and we are just starting to come out of winter we need to start thinking about the organization of the coming track season.
The annual track racing committee meeting will take place on Sunday September 24 at 4pm and is scheduled to take just one hour. If you are interested to come along to the meeting and be prepared to take a position of responsibility to help run the track programme we would be very pleased to have you along. If you would like to be apart of the track committee, or just volunteer at events for the season please get in contact with Kate Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org or 0278139922).
Kate Stewart has done a wonderful job of keeping everybody informed through Facebook, but she will be leaving us in January 2018 to take a position up at DairyNZ in TeAwamutu. So we need somebody to take that very important job now, and you will have time to learn what is required. I have been involved in organizing track cycling for sixteen years and I would like less responsibility for the coming season.
Bike Hook Racks
There are real good bike hook racks (professionally made) available from out if the old Pedal Pushers/ Animates building. The hooks arte attached to strong piping and ideal for hanging your bikes up in the shed if you have several bikes, and these racks are real strong. Peter Shelton the new owner of the building has taken them all down from the mezzanine, and will sell at $5 a meter and will cut to size. He has agreed to give 50% of the money to BikeManawatu. Text or ring Ian Gray, 0211205751 if interested.