Easter is often all about kids and families enjoying far too many Easter eggs and hot cross buns while having quality time together. Cyclists will of course be keeping an eye on the weather to sneak out and cycle off all that chocolate. Whatever you are up to enjoy your Easter and stay safe on the bike as debris and slips are often forgotten when the weather does fine up.
WCNI Road Race Results
A strong contingent of Bike Manawatu members went to Hawera to compete in the West Coast North Island road Championships last weekend.The results for the green team were fantastic with a sea of members on the podium accepting Gold,Silver or Bronze.Racing was competitive and challenging and the club congratulate all those members who competed.Join with us in congratulating the following members;
Under 15 Boys: 1st Ben Irvine. 2nd Dras Caldwell 3rd Ewan Cousins
Under 15 Girls; 1st Georgia Simpson
Under 17 Boys; 1st Jack Pronk
Under 19 Boys. 1st Dillon Simpson
Under 19 Girls: 1st Peita Ranson
Under 23 Men; 1st Jacob Sievwright
Masters1 Men; 2nd Ian Eagle
Masters2 Men; 1st Sam Gardner
Masters2 Women: 1st Michelle Turner
Masters3 Men; 3rd Tane Humphrey
Masters4 Men; 2nd Cliff Hughes.
The following were unable to contest the WCNI champs due to attending an under 17 development camp. They raced the Waikato Bay of Plenty Champs which was run over the Nationals course in a large field of 47 riders. Race placing:13th Ethan Craine,27th Kyle Hoskin, 32nd Angus Clausen,37th Michael Richmond.
Held at the Marist Sports Club this week the annual Club Track Prize giving was once again a well organised and run evening by Ian Gray and Kate Stewart. An excellent turn out and some remarkable new records set this year tells us the future looks bright for this popular cycling discipline. The prize giving results will be posted. Congratulations to everyone who contests the club track series at the Feilding track and special congratulations to all those who received awards. Well done.
We pay tribute to Libby Arbuckle for an outstanding year and for her winning the Clubs most improved rider. Her rise to make the New Zealand team is a proud moment for Libby, her family, her coach Mike McRedmond and of course all of Libby's friends and supporters.
After posting my club chairperson annual report in the newsletter last week and sharing it at the AGM, the feedback has been positive and supportive from members towards the uniting of schools and masters to combine the resources of both for more club road races.
The power of any great club often comes down to the loyalty, unity and passion that all members have toward their club and each other. We see this illustrated by the unwavering loyalty of club members and devoted fans of house hold club names like Arsenal or Liverpool and other great clubs around the world no matter what their results or financial situation is. Wouldn't that be something great for our club to aim for?
To conduct more graded races for all levels of members (A,B,C,D grade)here in the Manawatu can happen with rider support. At the AGM some people put their hand up to help out as a race volunteer for one race event which was fantastic and appreciated. The more people that put their hand up to help out with one event, the quicker we will be able to plan a road race series for everyone to try out and enjoy.