Weekly Racing Embraced by BM members.

With winter well and truly upon us, what better way to get the blood flowing than to get some racing in on a Sunday morning.

Bike Manawatu Schools Cycling runs racing events most Sundays during school terms and this year there’s been a positive response to the invitation for all BM members to race with the up and coming youth of our area.

The first Criterium for the year was held at Linton camp on Sunday 27th May. The day started of damp but with no rain during the morning some great racing was seen by all in attendance..of which there was 79 riders and dozens of spectators.

Huge thanks must go to Linton Camp, the patient Golfers and the Café staff. It truly is a great venue and many parents enjoyed a coffee in the café while the races were passing metres away.

Madi Hartley-Brown took out the A grade 30 minute race from Thomas Stannard and Ethan Craine. The B grade 25 minute race saw a great mix of youth over experience with Senior (took a while to decide on that title) riders Lincoln Jones and Dean Wade pushing the predominately BHS field hard. There was no shortage of attacks of the front and in the end Ben Orr took it out from Ben Irvine and Ewan Cousins won the sprint over Lincoln Jones…bit soft Lincoln. Phil Devlin , Paul Cooper and other BM members were all in the mix during the race where tactics and endurance all played their part. The red faces at the end showed the level of competition, nothing else.

C grade race was the biggest field taken out by PNINS Josh Mulcahy with a great sprint to the line. Dima Luitenko was second with Bella Ives from PNGHS third. With 35 riders and a great mix of genders you never knew which way to look. 7 different schools represented and more BM seniors in the mix made a great spectacle. D grade was taken out by Harrison Craw with his brother Ta following closely, nothing like a bit of sibling rivalry. Tom McInnes chased them home in third in what was once again a large mix in size and speed and grace.

An awesome event and a venue that was are very lucky to have access to.

Last Sunday June 3rd was the first ITT for the winter. Heading away from our normal Rongotea or Kairanga flat tracks this event started at Colyton Hall and was an Out and Back on the so called “road to nowhere”

You don’t get a lot tougher than this. 16 kms with hills, false flats and head wind on the way home.

88 riders took the start with once again a great mix of size and experience. The school riders were required to run restricted gearing (Roll out) that they use in competition.(see below)

PNBHS teacher and cycling coach Winston Briggs won the day with a 23.47 from Boys High Students Adam Martin  24.16 and Jack Pronk 24.42 and Jamie Dennis 25.04.

Nigel Doyle was the next best of the BM senior riders with a very respectable 9th 26.10 with our very own BM board member blowing off the cobwebs with 16th overall and 27.49.

Great to see Paul Cole, Bruce Powell, Megan Blatchford-Peck, Jessica Hamilton, Paul Cooper, Deb Cuff and other BM members taking on the challenge

For those who don’t know Juniors ( Under 16 )is restricted for Team Time trials to 6.61 and Senior (over 16) are 7.0 metres.

In road racing under 15 is 6.61, under 17 is 7.0 and under 19 is 7.93 metres… welcome to schools cycling!!!!

The reason these roll out exist is to encourage the youths to run and be able to race a high cadence, which in their growing years looks after their joints and muscles as well as fostering good technique…anyway enough of the detail but give it some thought when you see the results and speeds the youth ride at.

Next up is Akers Road , registration at Linton Country School, this Sunday..Check the facebook page for details. Four grades, flat track but that’s all we can guarantee……could be windy..bring it on.

Thanks all of our Traffic Management , timing, marshalls and other helpers. Thanks also to Austin Smith from Colyton School and Katy Marsh from Linton country school for having bathroom facilities available to us to use

Manfeild 6 Hour - It's this weekend!

You’ve seen it advertised and now it’s just around the corner…Sunday 20th of May.

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The 6 Hour has eclipsed 10 years of running and is one of the highlights of the Bike Manawatu calendar. Riders from as far a field as Auckland are travelling to Feilding to take part in to what is for many people their first opportunity to ride a long distance as a bunch ride.At the WCNI road race series last Sunday it was humbling to hear all the riders that had registered and excited about competing in this classic event.

One of the great aspects of the 6 hour is the numerous different facets that is undertaken on the day. From the Male and Female solo divisions to the workplace and “social” team divisions. Some in each category very competitive, others just the achievement of completing the 6 hour challenge.

Without doubt the largest group would be from PNINS. 8 teams of kids and 4 teams of parents…what an outstanding turnout. Many of the year 7 and 8 kids are very green to cycling but in the last few month under the guidance of Tane Humphrey, Steph Harris and their team of parents all the riders are improving out of sight. It will be a tough day for some so when you see them slugging it out, please give them all the encouragement they deserve.

Gates open at 7.30. Track opens at 8.00. Briefing at 8.45, Start time 9.00.

Online etries are closed, but you can enter on the day but please be there early, Volunteers always needed and Welcome.


WCNI Road race series.

After Bike Manawatu surged to the lead of the series after our Halcombe Road Race, because of our huge turnout of riders, it was always going to be difficult to hold off Wanganui and New Plymouth for overall honours. 16 BM riders made the small drive to the Brunswick course just north of Wanganui on Sunday 13th. Everyone woke to torrential rain in Palmerston North and with the BM Schools Crit cancelled due to safety it bolstered our numbers, so we were in with a shot. As everyone travelled north west the rain stopped and we were warmly welcomed to Brunswick hall. Wanganui turned up in mass, as did New Plymouth….nothing like waking the Sleeping Giant to get them enthused.

Grades A (4 laps)though to D (1 lap) raced under clear skies that clouded over as the races went on. The wind built as the race went on and punished the unfortunates that fell off the bunches. Awesome course, Fast racing and as tough as you wanted it to be. Club racing really is fantastic…what a blast. Very close to the regional rugby (and other codes) clashes of old, with Club Members wearing their Club kit with pride and forging friendships and alliances with everyone there.

A grade was taken out by Glenn Haden (Wanganui) with BM riders Dylan Simpson and Ethan Craine finishing 4th and 5th respectively. Angus Classen and James Cuff had their own stories to tell, but hey when the winners average speed is close on 40kph it’s no easy in A grade.

B grade was won by Local talent Kyle Hoskin who was racing for his Wanganui club on this occasion. Michael Richmond finished 2nd on the day leading home a bunch sprint but won the B grade overall for the series. Well done Michael…fantastic display of consistent racing over the 3 race series. Elizabeth Stannard raced hard and came home 9th but a result that on paper doesn’t give her credit for her performance only finishing 2 seconds behind Michael. Toshi, Tim and Emily Shearman hung in there with that Power House Steve Stannard putting everyone in the peleton through their paces, putting us to the sword to be fair.

Ben Irvine was our best performer in C grade finishing 2nd to Richard Peters from New Plymouth by a slim margin of 0.6 seconds. Nigel Doyle pressed on to be 6th , 7 seconds back. Great to see Jessica Hamilton competing at interclub level again finishing 13 with Jack Carson pulling out with Man Issues…sorry mate, had to have a go.

The silent assassin Georgia Simpson was the best of D grade coming home 7th only 90 seconds of the lead but first female, top job again Georgia. Our Favourite Gold Sponsor Dave Hoskin beat his lovely Mum Sue Hoskin , on Mothers day of all things too Dave, take a look at yourself. As always Sue had a huge smile on her face with both of them saying more training needed.

At the end of the series. A grade was taken out by yours Truly …Bike Manawatu, B grade Wanganui, C grade Wanganui, D grade Hawera.

How does all this work…pretty easy, Bums on seats, race hard, have a good time.

Our aim next year is to wipe the floor with them…who’s in?

Special thanks to Kyle Hoskin for lending the author his spare pair of riding shoes, they were a bit slow but much appreciated.

Results Here



With New Plymouth cycling not having a major sponsor this year they are relying on entries to run the event.

Increases in all costs mean that they need 130 entries for this 3 day, 5 stage event on June 2nd to 4th to proceed.

Come on people. Lets support our fellow WCNI club and visit the fantastic Taranaki for the long weekend.

See details below..

Have a great week


Looking forward with a new Board.

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With the AGM done and dusted with the Annual Road and Track prizegiving taking place last Saturday 28th April at the Marist Clubrooms the Board of Bike Manawatu is totally focused on presenting a full year of Racing and Recreational riding in 2018.

Thanks to Kate Stewart who came along to assist Ian Gray with the track prizegiving and Campbell Stewart who was in attendance to award some trophies and have a talk about his year so far and his journey for the next few months.  Campbell also popped down to Memorial Park on Tuesday evening to address the PNINS cycling group before their training ride.  A truly awesome couple of young adults who we are incredibly proud of.

It’s been a busy year to date with Racing held at the Feilding track under the eyes of Ian Gray and his support group. Track records broken by numerous riders even though numbers were down on previous years. A robust calendar being worked on for this years road and track will ensure more riders are able to enjoy the benefits of both disciplines without burn out. The club ran a successful but wet Hill climb championship at Valley Road, the ITT Championship at Rongotea and combined WCNI / Road race championships at Halcombe in the early part of this year. Adding to this the continuation of the ITT series at Kairanga you’d have thought we have done well, but the New look Board of Bike Manawatu know we can do better.

Our New Chairperson Mike Craine has an eager board under him with the Assistance of a very worthy Deputy Chairperson Michelle Turner. Together with Megan Blatchford-Peck, Michelle brings a important gender balance back to the table and the whole board has an enormous faith and respect with Keryn Paekau our secretary James Denholm, Andrew Ward, Dan Mackay and Tim Lloyd complete the board but we have the assistance of many other enthusiastic Bike Manawatu members both Young and Old. All the shoes of the board have Cleats attached

The Boards aim is to reignite the racing programme. To work closely with WCNI to foster and grow centre racing and as mentioned to incorporate our Local track competition. We are kicking off our schools programme this week and there will be racing events open to BM members Sunday Morning in the not too distant future. Whilst we are absolutely focused on Racing we certainly aren’t forgetting the recreational rides, we are well aware that this is where many cyclists start. However we encourage some of the riders to challenge themselves and give racing a go. You are never too old, never out of your depth.

We are aware our Website needs an upgrade, we use Facebook but also understand this doesn’t suit everyone. The word passionate gets thrown around a lot, almost as much as “like” get added between words in sentences by our young riders, but if the cap fits we’ll were it. We all know what a great sport Cycling is, it’s addictive, it’s fun, it’s social and above all it’s great for your health both Mental and Physical. Mistakes have been made, people have been upset, we are looking forward because the only thing you get from looking back is a sore neck.

Keep those legs pedalling

Tim Lloyd on behalf of the Board of Bike Manawatu

Manfeild 6 Hour

Get those entries in for the annual Bike Manawatu 6 hour to be held at Manfeild next Sunday 20th May.

For many year Mike and Christine Christie have run this event and they have left us with a great foundation to carry on with. We owe them a great amount of gratitude for all they have done for Bike Manawatu.

This is a truly great event that can be approached on many different levels. There are trophies for Solo Men and a new Trophy for Solo Woman with entries at this stage numbering 20 and 7 respectively.

The Jocelyn Goodwin Memorial Trophy is one that is close to a lot of Bike Manawatu members hearts that is awarded to first female team across the line. Other trophies for fastest lap and First team across the line are always fiercely competed for.

One of the high lights though is the amount of families that join in as a family unit just to give it a go, also the dozens of school teams from Year 7 upwards that have come together through the Bike Manawatu School Cycling programme and give road cycling a crack under the very safe and controlled conditions that Manfeild provides. The team work and encouragement that this event nurtures rapidly improves the youths confidence in Road Cycling and they leave the event a better rider than when they arrived that morning.

The organising group need some volunteers to help out during the day and any one with a spare hour or so would be welcome. Our big shout out is for timing.. Bike Manawatu has it’s own timing system that we aim to have up and running at most road events from now on. The problem is personal to run the system. This year Gavin from Trident Wheeltime in the Hawkes bay is running the timing for us on the day, Gavin is available to run through the timing system with anyone who sees themselves as having the passion for cycling, maybe not to race though, who would like to become part of a network of members to run our Timing System. We have a Van that is set up for a base at events, all we need is a group of people to have a Roster to do events. I’ve been told it’s straight forward.

We also require people to pass the Timing tags from Rider to Rider at change over and we have a BBQ that we will be having a sausage sizzle on.. Anyone that can help please contact Tim Lloyd on 0274 964411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cycling NP Mountain Classic

Cycling New Plymouth held the famous Round the Mountain Classic last weekend which is one of the longest standing races held in the country dating back to 1911.

Held as a Handicap event with riders starting at different start times it comes down to who crosses the line first 120kms later. Bike Manawatu was well represented in the 57 who started the event with our own Local Legend Colin Anderson coming home 2ndwith an average speed of 32.4 kph.

I talked about the word Passion last week and how it gets thrown around a lot, but no other word but “legend” describes Colin, at 70 years young he’s unreal . Toshi Yamauchi was 4th and Phil Devlin 5th. The handicapper were a bit mean on Glen Kirk who started over half and hour after his club mates and fell short even with an average of just under 40kph..great effort Glen.


Let Us Know…

With so many great cycling events going round all over the countryside and beyond it’s difficult to keep tabs on all your achievements.

If you do a solo expedition or meet up with other BM members at a race out of town please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your results so we can let others know.

We aren’t mind readers, and want to give accurate results, good and not so, so our other members can celebrate, commiserate and “pump your tyres up” if needed.


Bike Manawatu Schools Cycling.

Last Sunday May 6th was the first race of the year for BM Schools held on the Akers Road loop. A-D grades turned up on a dry but increasingly windy morning based at Linton Country School. With the A grades averaging 39.7 kph we should be in for some great racing with our Youth Development side of Bike Manawatu. Thanks to the adult riders that rode with the lower grades offering advice and support. It truly is inspiring to see the fast and vast improvement in all of our school cyclists.

Once the 6 hour is out of the way BM Schools Racing will be open to BM Members to race as well, Dates and events will be out in a few weeks.



A couple of events coming up. This Sunday is the latest round of the WCNI Road champs. After our awesome turn out at Halcombe , Bike Manawatu is leading the championship..How good is that.!!!!

Details are on a link further down the page.

Next Month June 10th Levin Cycling is hosting the Individual Time Trial Champs at Ohau Hall, Muhunoa West Road. More details to come but any info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> 


That Old Chestnut.Riding Etiquette

We love getting mail at Bike Manawatu, even the ones that “may” have nothing to do with us.

We do field a few emails commenting on groups of riders riding 3 abreast or even more. Some supply photos, which is even more alarming when you can see that the photo was taken by the person driving the car.

Not wanting to open a Hornets nest on this but our plea is always the same. Never forget that we the cyclist will come off worse when we come into contact with a car, everyone look around in the group that you are in and if the formation is too wide say something.

Take it on yourself if the margin is too narrow to say and signal “single file”. We don’t get a lot of mail with how great the Hundreds of Cyclists ride daily around our areas roads, we only hear about the few that are maybe a bit careless.

Please ride safe and consider everyone around you.

Done for another week

Ride Safe


Bike Manawatu AGM/Quiz/Prize Giving Invitation to Members.

When: Saturday April 28th

Where; Marist Sports Club -Pascal Street Palmerston North
Time: Happy Hour from 5pm: AGM starts 5.30pm
Followed by; Fun Breaker Quiz evening between Track and Road Annual Prize Giving
Quiz rounds include: Round 1) Toilet Quiz 2) NZ General Knowledge 3) Tui Bottle Top....
Note: Bring a plate and have a great evening together.

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As Bike Manawatu Club Chairman and a board member of four years I am stepping down as chairman at this year’s AGM. I feel satisfied I have given something back to our club in a positive way during my board tenure along with five years of school cycling with my son and daughter. The platform is set for our new and passionate board to bring fresh ideas that will take our club to the next level. I will remain actively involved with our club doing other helpful things behind the scenes.

At the AGM I will introduce you to the new Bike Manawatu board. Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm, Andrew Ward, Michelle Turner, Megan Blatchford-Peck and Dan McKay. Also our outstanding new club secretary in Keryn Paekau who runs our club professionally. As a team we meet once per month for our board meetings, and in-between we are talking and communicating by email on decisions that are in the best interest of the club.
Your club is in good hands going forward.

Bike Manawatu Chairmans annual report


Over 1000 riders at Vantage age group road National Championship

The Vantage Age Group National Championships were held in Carterton 20th-22nd of April with 42 of our Bike Manawatu members competing in the time trail and/or Road rides with over 1000 riders from cycling clubs all around New Zealand.
Cycling New Zealand describes the national championships as being the pinnacle event for age group road racing for New Zealand cyclists.
Five club members achieved podium performances and we acknowledge all our club members who competed at this amazing event.
National Medal Winners
Time Trial;
Jack Pronk U17 Boys - Silver
Libby Arbuckle U23 Woman -Silver
Deb Cuff -Masters Women 6 -Bronze
Megan Blatchford-Peck- Masters Women 4- Bronze

Road Race
Elizabeth Stannard -Under 23- Silver

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Anzac Day a great day ride and remember

Many Bike Manawatu Members started out earlier on Anzac morning in amazing sunny fresh weather conditions to spend time on their bikes riding the scenic Manawatu Countryside with friends at a steady pace followed by a coffee or two and more banter.
At Mount Stewart War Memorial, Club character Murray Boase gave us all an emotional and sobering an Anzac remembrance speech which set the tone for the rest of the day.
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