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.
Details for the upcoming West Coast Criterium Champs:
North Island Schools Championship in Cambridge in the weekend was a wet affair under foot but luckily the rain held off for the majority of racing.
Manawatu School Cycling was well represented with wins to Libby Arbuckle ,Chenuka Rajapaski and Maddi Hartley Brown in the road races.
Backed up with the win in the Under 16 boys Road race and a multitude of podiums and placings PNBHS took out the Overall Schools title.
They backed that up with a raft of podiums at the Avavti Velodrome of Monday with Podiums to Micheal Richmond, Ewen Cousins and Ben Irvine and other PNBHS riders to grab 3rd overall in the North Island Schools track champs
Manawatu Schools cycling encompasses all schools in the region and it was great to see Georgia Simpson from Ashurst School and Tyler Mumby from St Peters School also taking Podiums in the road races.
PNINS teams placed 3rd in both year 7/8 boys and girls Team Time trial..
The list goes on and on..Full results on the Schools Cycling NZ facebook page..
Thanks to all the riders and parents who made the weekend a great success
The riders were met with tough conditions for this years Feilding Festival of Cycling, with occasional showers and strong nor-westerlies. All competitors did a great job to finish and we look forward to seeing you all back next year for another crack in what we hope will be improved weather conditions!
Huge thanks must go to all the event organisers, sponsors, volunteers, spectators and participants for making the event a success. Cheers!