Another fine night on Wednesday for the time trial. The winds were light, however a tail wind on the outward leg threw a spanner in the works for many, making it hard for regular riders to better their previous times. Barry Gilliland was one of the exceptions, maintaining his perfect score of 2 points/week! Alex West had the fastest time of the week, with 15:34, but the long standing record is proving elusive for the "young guns". Thanks again to all those regular helpers who are becoming rather expert at setting up and taking the times, and even the entries!"
The annual Hub Tour at Hawkes Bay was held over the last weekend just west of Napier. Whilst the elite National Road Championships are always on the same weekend, the Hub Tour draws just about anyone else who races, making it one of the hardest tours on the Calendar. Particularly so for the B and C grades, where the always good prize pool is keenly contested.
As usual, Bike Manawatu involvement was high, with nine riders in the Elite mens A grade, three in mens B grade, one in mens C grade, two in girls U17, and two in U17 boys, making BM the best represented clubs behind the hosting Ramblers club.
The race started on Friday evening with a 6.9 km prologue. Notable rides in this stage came from Campbell Stewart, Alex West, and Robert Stannard in this opening stage, all three finishing top 5, with Robert grabbing the yellow jersey by 1/100th of a second from Aaron Strong (Auckland). Carlos Lopez-Lozano also showed his class with a second placing in B grade, whilst Libby Arbuckle and Emily Shearman ran one/two in their race, separated only by one second.
Twelve hardy Bike Manawatu riders are currently holed up at the Station Lodge in Ohakune on the second iteration of the Mt Ruapehu cycling camp.
Ably assisted by Denise Brown and Carol Roberts, and shepherded by Steve Stannard, some of Bike Manawatu's finest started the week (Monday) riding from Palmy to Wanganui via Hunterville.
Around 150 riders including Chris Jenner (ex. Tour de France) with a team of juniors from New Caledonia, current Australian Pro Series leader Wellington’s Joe Cooper, and top riders at U23 and Masters levels competed in the Capital Cycles Wellington Region Easter Tour. Bike Manawatu was well represented: A Grade - Alex West (8th on GC), Nate Levin (15th on GC, 3rd KOM), George Roberts (19th on GC), D Grade - Peter McCarthy (2nd on GC, 2nd KOM, 2nd Sprint) and John Arbuckle (4th on GC, 1st Stage 5), Womens B Grade – Libby Arbuckle (4th on GC, 1st Sprint). Colin Anderson (C Grade) had a mechanical in Stage 1 and couldn’t complete the tour.
The Massey/Bike Manawatu December training camp has just wound up.
We have had 21 junior riders from all over NZ stay for four nights after the Novice Tour to ride the local roads and learn from the experts at Massey.
By all accounts, they had a great time and have asked when the next camp will be!