When; Friday 27 October Where; Lonestar on the Square Time: From 5.30pm
Young Club under 23 Riders Busy Internationally.
Chris Denholm,Mitchell Kinghorn,Jacob Sievwright
A quick update on some of our long serving younger talented club members who are busy on their bikes building their season. Chris Denholm and Jacob Sievwright are not long back from an international race event in New Caledonia where some of the best up and coming riders from Europe were also competing. An amazing environment for Chris and Jacob to help build on experience for upcoming and future events. Mitchell Kinghorn is off to compete in the tough New Zealand Tour of Southland which will also be a great experience while Chris Denholm heads off to Australia to race the Tour of Tasmania. We have watched these talented riders from a very young age when competing for the club and school and now to see them competing at this level is a proud time for the club, their family and supporters. Well done boys.
Essex Cup Club Road Race.
Last Saturday the club invited all members and abilities to join us in the beautiful Pohangina Village for our Essex club road race. Sadly, the wind and overcast weather in Palmerston North dictated and the numbers were well back on expectation. However, with less wind in the Pohangina valley those that did ride enjoyed the circuit and scenery. Congatulations to all that participated. Checkout the results of BikeManawatu Facebook Next road race is another handicap-The Sutton Cup-18th of November. More info will be available on the website race calendar soon.
Kairanga Time Trail 8 Race Series Under Way
When: Wednesday 1st of November Where; At Horizons yard on Kairanga-Bunnythorpe road. Registrations from ;5.45pm Start Times from : 6.30pm: Last Wednesday the Kairanga Time Trail 8-week series got underway in overcast windy conditions which is always a great test on the mental strength of cyclists. Everyone gave a gallant effort on the flat 12Km course time trail course to record their first points of the series. Next week they will try and better their time to accumulate points. Last season an average 50 riders per week contested the series and their improvement in fitness, strength, speed and bike handling was a massive reward more most riders. Come and try the Club event out. The club asked if Time Trail riders over 18 years would put their name forward to Organiser Mike Craine ( please email email@example.com) to go on a rosters list that would require you to stand down for one time trial week only to help out on the night. For that you would get 2 points toward the series. We hope you see that as fair. The popular Kairanga time trial has always been well supported and run by a small group of dedicated club members who simply are unable to sustain this year after year. Checkout results on Bikemanawatu website or Facebook
Upcoming Club Calendar Events
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.Its contagious.
Lions Tour de Manawatu
When; Sunday November 5th Events: 114km,75km,43km,16km options. Check out registrations tourdemanawatu.org.nz
WCNI Track Carnival
When: 19 November Where;Feilding Velodrome-Johnston Park Check out further details on BikeManawatu Facebook This will be a great event and a fun day for the whole family. Racing or watching racing right before your very eyes. Don’t miss it.
Manawatu -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 this iconic four stage tour over two days.This is a tough tour and brilliant spectacle Manawatu are proud of.Some of New Zealand's former and current stars have ridden this tour and speak highly of how important the Manawatu Novice Tour was in their development.
Manawatu Festival of Cycling -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. It’s 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 for all ages and abilities.
The 125k UCI International race along with the recreational rides will set the stage for us to build year after year on creating our own "Manawatu Weekend Festival of Cycling" for everyone in the region and beyond. 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. Neutralised 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 there 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.
Our main build up for Junior Worlds began mid July in Melbourne where we competed in a week long International Track Series. We competed in numerous races throughout the week. My highlights from these races were placing 3rd in the Scratch and Points Races and 4th in the Elite/U19 Womens Madison (a 2 person event where I partnered with past club member Emily Shearman). A crash took me out of the team events due to slight concussion and broken bike wheels. At the end of this week we flew back to Cambridge and began our training for Junior Worlds. Being away from home for so long throughout the year at smaller camps and now the last 3 week camp was hard at times but it helped the team become a tight unit that supported, trusted and respected each other. On the 13th August we started our 40hr journey to Montichiari. The team stayed about 10kms from the velodrome, and spent some time adjusting to the 35+ degree heat and the track conditions. The track in Montichiari is steeper than usual (42 degree angle round the bends) with longer straights and tighter corners. Thankfully we had nearly a week to train and adjust to the boards. During the event we witnessed and dodged plenty of high speed accidents from riders who had not adjusted to the track. 42 countries attended the world champs. For the competition I was selected to race the Scratch race (5km’s) and the Omnium event – I was also the back-up rider for our team pursuit team. Over the four Omnium races I placed 6th, 8th, 7th and 5th. This placed me 7th overall in the final standings. In the Scratch race I placed 6th. Out of 42 teams that’s not too bad!
We weren’t able to see much of Italy while we were there as we needed to stick to our processes and not eating too much pizza and pasta at the buffet. The parts of Italy we did get to see however while we were riding were beautiful and one day hopefully I’ll get to go back (for a holiday this time). I am very proud of my achievements this year and the hard work I’ve put in - believe me you don’t get to a world championship without a lot of sweat and tears. I am very grateful for all the opportunities I have been given over the past year and for everyone who has helped and supporte me along the way. Trying to balance both NCEA with my cycling training, gym work and racing definitely wasn’t an easy task. There were a lot of highs and of course the occasional low but all in all 2017 has proved to be a very successful year for me in both road and track cycling. Once again, a massive thanks to Bike Manawatu for supporting my cycling development and helping me achieve my goals.
Awarded to the rider who has improved the most over the track season in the opinion of a small group that select this award.
Track season points trophies and cups
Points are accumulated during each track race throughout the season. The person with the most points in each category receives the award for their individual category.
U15 Girls (Ian Gray Trophy)
U15 Boys (Ian Gray Trophy)
U17 Girls (Dean O’Keefe Trophy)
U17 Boys (Dean O’Keefe Cup)
U19 Women/Open Women (Alex Gracie Points Cup)
U19 Men/Men (Joe Allen Trophy)
Masters Men (BikeManawatu Trophy – new trophy)
Where stored – These trophies and cups are awarded at the annual track prizegiving at the conclusion of the track season, and are kept by the recipient for one year.
Club Championship Awards
Medals awarded to the top three in each of the following categories (subject to participants in each grade). The points are awarded for participating and getting top three places in club championship events (500mTT, Individual Pursuit, Scratch and Points race).
Cancellations of meeting due to bad weather will be posted on the BikeManawatu Track Cycling Facebook group at least 45 minutes before track start time. We will also endeavor to get this posted on the BikeManawatu website and Facebook page
Racing grades: You will start at the beginning of the season in the grade according to your 2017 CyclingNZ license category (this is dependent on your age at the 31st December)
Cost: $20.00 for the whole season (racing before and after Christmas), this is to be paid in cash when you register at your 1st meeting of the season. Kate Stewart will be at the first two meetings running registration, so you may need to arrive slightly earlier to register. Registration involves payment, signing the waver, filling out your contact details and receiving your number for the season
Numbers: Again this year you will be responsible for your own number. This involves bringing it to each race meet (NO NUMBER = NO RESULT) and returning it at the end of the season. If your number is not returned to Kate Stewart or Ian Gray within a month of the last track meet you will be charged $20.00
Warm-up starts 30mins before the start of racing
Licensing: Track riders need to be at least a member of BikeManawatu club. To race at WCNI events a centre license is required. National events require a CyclingNZ race license
If we have enough masters riders we will run a masters grade
Results: Will be posted on the BikeManawatu website each week under 'Event Results & Records'
Records: The updated list of records is kept on the BikeManawatu website under 'Event Results & Records', if you would like to break a record please request it with the race organiser
Track cycling awards: We celebrate many successes at the track prizegiving, which is held at the end of the season. There is the overall points awards and the club championship awards. For a full list of the awards click here to check them out, so that you can strive towards them
A 'Rookie Track Rider', is a track cyclist who is racing on the track for their first season. Follow the below tips to come across as less of a 'Rookie'.
Get your position on your track bike checked out on the track. A track position is different to your road bike. We have good coaches with lots of experience to help you set your bike up
Most track cycling is explosive short distance and you need ti be well warmed up. Get there early to meetings to get well warmed up. If cold, bring plenty of warm clothes to keep warm
Wear gloves and a singlet under your racing top
For bike fittings bring your cycling shoes and pedals; and measure your seat height and know your crank length on your road bike
Pulling your feet out if your clip less pedals is extremely dangerous on the track as in track racing you are often putting optimum pressure on the pedals. It is very strongly recommended that you get Velcro straps fitted. We will do this for you at minimal cost
Make sure your tyres are pumped up near to the maximum recommended pressure for the tyres specification. Don’t role soft tyres; your bike rolls much easier at correct pressure. Check this before each meeting or training session
For rookie riders (new to track) it is compulsory to attend one of the orientation sessions organised
It is recommended you purchase a book “Beginners Guide to Road and Track Cycling” Authors Ian Gray and Jonathan Kennett. It has a lot of essential information for ‘rookie’ track riders. These will be available at half price for new track riders (normal price $20).