Gravel & Tar 2018

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When:- Saturday January 27th
Where; Start from the square on Palmerston North. Registration packs will be collected from Cyclist Cafe -George street in the morning.
Time; Start times from 1.15pm
Party/Prize Giving; George street. Times to be confirmed.
Registrations; http://www. and courses.
Check out all the finer details about the three events on the above online address and register today.
Also check our video interview with last year's winner Robert Stannard, race organiser Steve Stannard and riders Carne Grouse and Rosie Obrien about what the "Gravel and Tar" means to them.@teamjvlatbaylets>

Three "Gravel and Tar" Events for everyone.

Three "Gravel and Tar" events will be on Saturday January 27th 2018 following the New Zealand cycle Classic a week earlier.
The headline event, the "Gravel and Tar Classic" will attract professional riders and teams from all over the world who have travelled to Australia and New Zealand seeking UCI points early in the International season. The world will live streaming the beautiful Manawatu which is a coup for New Zealand and Bike Manawatu. It is expected New Zealand’s best trade teams will participate and will be hard pressed against the Australian and Asian based teams, continental and pro continental teams.
Alongside with the "Gravel and Tar”, and to support our "Manawatu Festival of Cycling Weekend" a Gran Fondo (sportive)ride will be held over 70km.This is to give riders of all ages, levels and genders the opportunity to ride as part of the course the elite men will be riding. Crossing the international finish line will be exciting.
There is also a 30km fun ride called the River path Challenge for the recreational riders like Mums, Dads, Kids and Grand Parents which is flat with a few easy gravel sections.
Enter online:

1) UCI 125km Manawatu Gravel and Tar Classic-International teams. Starts 1.30pm
2) The 70km Gran Fondo- All ages and abilities $55 per person: Start 1.15pm
3) The 35 River path Challenge- All ages and abilities.$35 per person: Start 1.30pm

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.

The "Manawatu Festival of Cycling Weekend”. The stage is set for us all to build on year after year hoping to create our own "Cycling Festival" for everyone in the region and beyond to enjoy. Often cyclists have to travel away to events and pay for accommodation and entry fees upwards of $100 versus staying and supporting our local events and only pay $55.

Bike Manawatu's concept on the "Weekend Festival of Cycling" on the 27th and 28th of January is perfect timing for families at the end of the school Holidays before returning to schools. Consider how the Lake Taupo Cycling Challenge got started all those years ago and where it is today.

Gravel and Tar practice ride

Practice the Gran Fondo course

This Sunday the long recreational ride is the Gravel and Tar Fondo course (without the Higgins quarry).


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Helping Mohammad Darwish

We have a refugee that we are helping getting back into cycling here.
Ian Grey has sorted him a track bike but we need to sort a road bike so he can bike to Feilding track meetings.
Good bloke, and we wish to help out.
If anyone has a 54-56 cm Road bike they could lend to Mohammad and some shoes and cleats to match he would be most appreciative.

If anyone can help out contact Tim Lloyd on 0274 964411

Firstly, I would like to thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I want you to know that I am very interested in cycling. I started my career in 2013, when I joined the Bangkok Cycling Team for three years and participated in many races and competitions between the Thai capital and provinces. Unfortunately I could not join them legally because I was an illegal refugee, however, for the last three years I have been training permanently until the last six months. Since then, I have completely stopped practicing because New Zealand accepted me and my family for resettlement so we moved here. Now, I hope I have the opportunity to return to cycling and be a successful member of the Manawatu cycling community.
As requested, I have included my measurements:
Age: 22 years
Inner leg measurement: 87cm
Height: 172cm
Shoe size 10.5 or 44EU
I have a cycle helmet and lock, but I do not have bib shorts, or shoes with cleats.
Again, thank you very much for your help.

Best regards and I look forward to meeting you soon,
Mohammad Darwish

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