Track season is here

Just a reminder for any one that is interested in having a go on a track bike or even having a go on the track, if you haven’t had a look at the club calendar the important dates are listed here.


Sunday 16th October from 11.30am   Track working bee

Saturday 22nd, Monday 24th, Sunday 30th October Bike rental and fitting days – If you want to hire a track bike for the season we do have new ones arriving and they are available for rent for a very reasonable price. You need to make an appointment by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please not that all appointments have already been taken for Monday 24th and Sunday 30th.

Sunday 23rd October  Have a go day – Starting at 1.30pmEver wanted to ride a track bike on a track then come and have a go. We have plenty of bikes available and there will be a size available for you to have a go on. You may enjoy it so much that you may want to come to some of our weekly events. Bring your helmet and shoes (and pedals if you have cleats)

Monday 31st October First night for road bikes on track Warm up from 5.45pm. Racing starts at 6pm sharp. Different grades dependant on age and ability. Different races each week from handicap races, time trials, duathlons.

Tuesday 1st November Orientation night for track bikes Especially important that all first time track riders attend this night so that rules and events can be explained.Warm up from 5.45 pm Racing starts at 6.15pm


You are allowed to ride on 3 nights before you have to become a member. For non-members there is an entry fee of $5 per night.

Coaching Survey

Coaching SurveyCoaching SurveyThe coaching and Managers Working Group has posted to the Bike Manawatu web a survey that seeks to determine the exact needs of members from a coaching perspective. 

We would appreciate if you would take a moment to complete the survey.  Click here to take survey

The working Group can then use the data to determine priorities and how we might develop our technical capacity to deliver quality coaching to riders.

Manawatu Gorge Closure.

I noted the other day that it is highly likely that the Manawatu Gorge will remain closed for at least another 6-8 weeks, worse case  it could be even longer. 

The ramifications of this are already understood by Bike Manawatu but the closure will continue to present a dilemma for those who like to use the Saddle Road and the Pahiatua Track as training routes. 

We have advised for the safety of riders, and will continue to advise, riders to select alternative  hill climbing routes until the Gorge is re-opened. 

A ride out to Highland Home and Valley Road are probably a suitable alternative, if not the Apiti Loop.   

Track and Time Trial Season is Upon us

Time Trial SeasonTime Trial SeasonThe time trial series starts very soon.  Owning a time trial bike is not a necessity but wanting to see if you can improve your time over a 12km course will be helpful. 

Come out to Kairanga School on Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Road on starting Wednesday 12 Oct. 

Read more: Track and Time Trial Season is Upon us

Essential Road Cycling Skills program

Following on from the successful Essential Road Cycling Skills program held last school holidays, Ross Castle is pleased to inform you of another skills program sponsored by SafeZone Training Systems during the second week of the October holidays.
It’s a 2 part program that’s integrated, and open to all ages.
Riders that have already done the Essentials 2 Day (last school holidays) can come on the days Advanced (Sports Performance) days 3&4.
Unless riders are pretty good at handling a bike (in mine or others opinion) then those that haven’t will have to complete days 1&2 before advancing.

Read more: Essential Road Cycling Skills program