Early on Sunday morning, 40 or so Bike Manawatu members met at Memorial Park ready to bus to Mangaweka and cycle back to Palmerston North. There was a mix of riders in attendance and it was great to see some newer faces and some of our younger members too. Some were there to ride a course they hadn't ridden before, others for the challenge of riding some hilly terrain, but everyone was there to enjoy themselves.
There were two rides on offer, the first a 90km route travelling through Rangiwahia, Kimbolton Cheltenham and Colyton and the second a 125km route going through Rangiwhaia, then just before Kimbolton turning left and going to Apiti, then Umutoi, Raumai and Ashhurst and on to Palmerston North.
There were 2 groups doing the 90km course, and people quickly assembled into the groups suited to their ability or the challenge they were there for. There was 1 group tackling the 125km ride.
The weather dealt us a mixed bag with all groups getting 4 seasons in 1 day. We had sunshine, wind, rain, hail and the odd thunderclap too - but all in all - we had a great day and most ticked a ride off their bucket list and achieved a personal challenge they had set themselves - so well done to the participants and thanks for your support.
One person who deserves a big thank you is Bike Manawatu sponsor Garry Buys, who gave up his free time and was there at 6.30am on his day off to load bikes into the Bike Barn van to transport them to Mangaweka, and have them reassembled and ready for the riders to depart. He then went on to pack up the bags and blankets and bring them back to Palmerston North for collection. Without Garry's assistance, we wouldn't have been able to accommodate for such a large group and start riding as early as we did. Garry's support on the day was invaluable.
Upcoming club races-Check out Bike Manawatu Calendar for details.
Up Coming Club Road Rides for Everyone.
When; Saturday 21sf October. Where; Pohingina Village Registration 2pm Ride starts:2.30pm The club invite all members and abilities to join us in the Pohangina Village for this beautiful Manawatu countryside ride. Open to schools and masters riders. Enjoy riding with your mates at your pace. The circuit is awesome and a drink somewhere on the way home together will top off a great afternoon. A great club thing to do.
Kairanga Time Trail Series
When: starts Wednesday 25th October: Where; from Horizons yard on Kairanga-Bunnythorpe road. Registrations from ;5.45pm Start Times from : 6.30pm. A flat 12Km course time trail points series run weekly. Approximately 50 riders biking out to the course and registered from 5.45pm.This is another great way to improve your fitness while exercising before dinner. Short but intense and will improve your strength and speed.
Manfeild Criterium- Registrations are now open
When; Starting on Tuesday's 7th,14th,21st.29th November Gates open:5.30pm Start Time:6pm.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.
Lions Tour de Manawatu
When; Sunday November 5th Events: 114km,75km,43km,16km options. Check out registrations tourdemanawatu.org.nz
The Novice Tour
When : 9th and 10th of December Two days and four stages 44 years of history and bringing most of the best young riders in New Zealand to the Manawatu to compete in four stages over two days. A tough Tour and brilliant spectacle Manawatu are proud of. Some of New Zealand former and current stars have ridden rode this tour and they speak fondly of what a great the Novice tour was in their development.
Bike Manawatu Happy Hour
When: Friday 27th of October Where: Lonestar on the Square Time: From 5.30pm Love to see you especially now the weather is on the improve.
Angus Claasen makes NZ under 19 Track Team
Congratulations to Angus Claasen for being selected in the New Zealand under 19 Track team for the upcoming Oceania Championships. After a fantastic two years along with some standout results Bike Manawatu want to acknowledge Angus and his team for this incredible reward. We all wish him the very best.
Cycle Touring in New Zealand
I was driving to the supermarket the other day and spotted a cyclist riding fully packed up heading to the supermarket also. Checkily I asked where was she heading? A big beaming smile opened with a great conversation. I video interviewed her which you can catch on Facebook TeamJVL. Perrine was awesome. She had been cycling New Zealand for six weeks and was a French firefighter. The night before she had stayed at the Palmerston North fire station where she helped with an emergency and she went on to tell me about how she has enjoyed New Zealand, it’s hills and the people. Cycling people connect wherever they are in the world and it was really nice to say welcome to the Manawatu and New Zealand. She then headed up the Pahiatua Track (Sunday and not so busy) heading for Masterton and Wellington. A tough challenge and a great lady.
Big News- UCI International Race Awarded To Manawatu January 27th.
1) UCI 125km Manawatu Gravel and Tar Classic-International teams. 2) The 70km Gran Fondo- All ages and abilities 3) The 30km Riverpath Challenge- All ages and abilities.
Being awarded a UCI (1.2 level) International race is a big deal for New Zealand and the Manawatu. The Manawatu Gravel and Tar Classic has been running for two years and to get UCI accreditation has been described in rugby terms like holding a Super 15 Rugby final here in the Manawatu year after year. Its that big. Bike Manawatu are hoping our members and the community will embrace and support the beginning of something special for our region which involves an even bigger focus of people entering the Gravel and Tar 70k Gran Fondo and 30k UCI 125 Manawatu Gravel and Tar Classic The 70km Gran Fondo- All ages and abilities The 30kn Riverpath Challenge- All ages and abilities. recreational rides to create our own "Manawatu Weekend Festival of Cycling" for everyone in the region. Bike Manawatu's concept of a summer weekend " Manawatu Festival of Cycling" on the 27th and 28th of January at the end of the school Holidays every year will be good for all cycling age groups and abilities. Consider how the Lake Taupo Challenge got started all those years ago and where it is today. On Sunday 28th of January our good friends the Manawatu a Mountain Biking Club are hoping to support our weekend "Manawatu Festival of Cycling" which will allow cyclists to ride the Gran Fondo on Saturday the 27th and then ride the Mountain Bike event on Sunday 28th.How good would that be. On the 27th of January 2018 cycling fans in mid-winter over in Europe will be glued to their computers and TV to see who is going to win our tough Manawatu Gravel and Tar 125k Classic and get UCI points. Still to be finalised-The club are looking to create a festival atmosphere in George Street before and after the three rides where registrations will likely take place at Cyclista Cafe in George street. Neutralise starts from the square at a respectable 1pm start time we hope will capture a crowd atmosphere to give the event a Kiwi/European Vibe. The finish line will be at Memorial Park with the usual UCI finish line structures and hoardings we see on TV at International races across the world. A nice way for all of the Gran Fondo 70k and 30k Riverpath Challenge riders to finish. If your holiday plans can see you back in Palmy for the last weekend in January-You won't want to miss the start of something great in our region.
We welcome Bike Manawatu Memberships
Bike Manawatu welcomes all new members and value all of our current members who turn out week after week to ride a bike. Our annual memberships cost of only $45 for adults ,youths under 19 years old at $25 and family memberships with three or more at only $80 represent great value compared to most other sports. What is important to know is that your club membership covers public liability insurance which is a valuable benefit. With over 300 Bike Manawatu organised rides per year and loads of great people and friendships you make, what could be better for bike enthusiasts than joining our club. With your membership contribution we hope you try out as many local events as possible. Equally we extend a request for more members to help out with our annual calendar of club events during at events from time to time. Standing down riding an event every now to help out would help provide an even spread of helpers versus the small few who put their hand up regularly. Contact Keryn our club secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how easy it is to get your membership started or renewed or to be on our list of volunteers to call on every now and then.
How could the team improve on the successful first round of the Trusthouse North Island series?
Well... by adding the Overall leaders jersey to the U23 leaders jersey they already hold.
So that's what super star Madi Hartley-Brown did! After winning both the points race and the road race at the recent Schools Nationals recently, he carried on his amazing run of form.
Madi made the break of the day with some of NZ cycling's big names. Most 18 year kids would be daunted in the company but not Madi. He worked hard and finished in the top 5 for the second round in a row, proving to be the most consistent rider in the series.
The teams other riders Josh Page and Matt Webb-Smith both made the top 10 and now Team Tank Guy/Bikebox has 3 riders in the top 4 overall.
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