Thanks to our BikeManawatu track sponsors record BREAKERS will be recieving a prize at track prizegiving on Tuesday 5 April.
Organiser Rob Ryan and SPCA marketing manager Marty O'Fee both riding on this charity tour can be proud of the team of 20 local Bike Manawatu riders and their amazing support person when they banded together last week to tackle the 640k SPCA ride from Palmy to Akaroa and return home safely after five hard days having raised over $8000 for the SPCA.
The group trained hard over the summer and were farewelled by supporters on the 15th of March from the Bike Barn in two groups of 10 for safety reasons on the anticipated first leg of the journey in overcast windy weather soon after to turn to rain.Oh Joy.
On arrival in Wellington and after a pre arranged shower at the Wellington Intercontinental the group enjoyed a dinner out and a few shandies before boarding the BlueBridge Ferry to Picton that night departing at 2am.
Click here to view the Club Track Championship results for the 2015/16 season.
Make sure you are at the track prizegiving and AGM on 5 April to recieve your medal, trophy and support your friends.
Also at the prizegiving we will be awarding record breakers, the intermediate points competition, spot prizes, road bikes on track awards and the overall points from all the races this season. With so many awards you are bound to walk away with something. So make sure yoy can make this fun night!!
Race 3 of the Autumn Road Race series was run under blue skies and an easterly wind at Halcombe last Saturday. With a better handle on the current ability of participating riders, it was a very close race in the end. A sizeable scratch bunch was split into two with the late arrival of Winston Briggs and James Denholm. 90 seconds between the two groups wasn’t enough though for them to get together a become a “train” which began mowing the earlier starters down. A start of 6:30 to block (second last group to start) was not enough to keep scratch at bay, with a big group of riders forming on the downwind section on Makino Rd on the second lap. Speeds of nearly 60 km saw some riders spun off the back. The group started to catch the earlier starting groups on the ups and downs along Tokorangi Rd, and attacks from some of the A grade riders saw George Roberts, Steve Stannard, and Alex West get away with only a few limit riders still in front. In the end, Alex managed a last ditch effort to catch Joe Caldwell right on the finish line to win the handicap, with Steve a few seconds back in third. A very gutsy ride from Dra’s Caldwell saw him finish fifth just behind George Roberts. Other notable rides were from Tom Pirie and Tom Stannard. Ewan Cousins continues to impress by mixing it with the “big boys” (and girls) and holding his own very well. In the one lap race for the young riders, Josh Mulchay was first across the line.
Thanks to Megan Blatchford-Peck for managing the race on the day, and also to the other helpers.
Race report: Graded Handicap Saturday 5th March
The second of the Autumn race series was held on the Ashhurst-Highland Home (out and back) course last Saturday.
A total of 22 rides started the race, with the small A grade scratch group of Alex West and Steve Stannard leaving 19 minutes behind the limit (D Grade) group of Kyra Craine, Rosie O’Brien, and Jess Anniss,. C Grade was the second group to go at 7 min, then a large and strong B grade group at 14 min behind limit.
Conditions were good, but the hills took their toll on the lower grades, with many in C and D grades being caught before the turnaround on the 45 km course. The last rider to be caught by the fast finishing A-graders was Mervin Clark, who rode an strong race, mainly solo, being passed just before the turn back onto Pohangina Valley Rd.
Steve Stannard was first home and with the fastest time, just ahead of Alex West. Ethan Craine won the small bunch sprint for third, followed closely by Nigel Doyle and Chris Pinkney. Impressive rides from the girls in D grade to finish, and Ewan Cousins to be the first C grader home.
Thanks to race manager Mike Craine, Michael Groube for traffic management, and all the others who volunteered to help on the day.