A group of keen BM racers headed to the Naki for the latest round of the WCNI Road Race Series last Sunday.
As we know BM is part of a group of Regional Clubs from New Plymouth through Hawera, Whanganui Manawatu and Horowhenua finishing south of Levin.
The beginnings of WCNI date back to the early 1930’s and at its’ peak the inter-club rivalry was fierce to say the least.
Racing was graded from A-E with the A and B grades doing 4 laps and the grades below completing 2 laps of a pretty savage 15km circuit.
The charge was led by Thomas Stannard and Ethan Craine in A grade, Michael Craine, Michael Richmond and Tim Lloyd in B grade, Graeme Bull in C grade and Kyra Craine in D grade.
Very tough course , racing with seasoned club racers who are well versed in club racing was expected and certainly didn’t disappoint. .
First to crack was Ethan who had a misdemeanour with a chainsaw the day before and was nursing a taped up calf muscle. Ethan is training really hard this year under guidance of Jessie Sargent and is going from strength to strength, but every dog has his day.
Thomas Stannard had his place in the bunch for the majority of the race but the 4th lap took it’s toll on the pack and he finished just of the bunch, once again a young man going places fast.
B grade was the race of the up and comers, has beens and never really had it’s,,,Michael Richmond winning B grade, Michael Craine cracking on the last lap and Tim Lloyd doing his usual PPP.....and loving it.
Graeme Bull and Kyra Craine flew the flag in C and D grades and finished behind the bunch but held their heads up the whole way.Great to see Steve Stannard out on the bike supporting on the day.
The great parts of the day were the interclub atmosphere, the coffees and food at the end, Awesome organisation and banter and the school swimming pool to cool off in.
Club racing really is that..racing. As much as we all blow our own tyres up about who has the fastest segment of Strava , racing with equal or similar ability riders representing your club is a bloody great day out.
Bike Manawatu has a lot of Road Racing for club trophies over the next 6 weeks or so with our round of the WCNI series at Halcombe on April 15th.
With the Woolworths Cup in Pahiatua next weekend, Valley Road Hillclimb the weekend after, TT’s on for the next few weeks there’s plenty going on.
The Manfeild 6 hour Challenge is coming up in May and new this time is a 90 minute solo E Bike Challenge..(Conditions apply)
A group from Lone Star Cycling are off to do the 4 day tour of Northland next Weekend, 360kms of racing, 4500 metres of climbing, 509 excuses and a few laughs...
We look forward to the debrief in a few weeks.
This week two riders broke Club 12km Time Trial Records which has been running for 9 years on the Kairanga course. Also I was told of one from last November.
If you want to acknowledge them, Deb Cuff, 22min10sec (W5), Libby Arbuckle 17min48sec (Under 23) and Tyler Mumby, 21min37sec on 29/141/2017 (11 Year old boys).
Attached are the updated all time records, and a copy of the times from this week,
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.
Congratulations Manawatu. Passionate cycling fans from all over the world have been watching the UCI "Gravel and Tar Classic" YouTube video footage which showcased our beautiful Manawatu region and "Manawatu Festival of Cycling"brilliantly.
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.