When: September 10th
Where:Timona Park Simon street Feilding.
Online entries are open and registrations close 11pm Thursday 7th of September.
More information can be found at www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz and on the Bike Manawatu Facebook page.
1)Joe Allen Memorial Classic: Start 8.30am Feilding to Apiti return(17 and over licensed riders only)
2) The 90k recreational Ride: Start 9.30am Feilding to Rangawahia return
3) The 50k recreational Ride: Start 10.30am Feilding to Kimbolton return
4) The 20k fun ride all ages (Free): Start 10am Feilding-Colyton loop.
As always this annual event is a great event to start your spring cycling off after your winter base training. Ride Organiser Austin Smith and his team do a great job and the courses are awesome for scenery and to give you a test of where you are at this time of year over a short or longer distance. All ages and abilities can ride this event which makes it a great outing for all cycling people. Get your cycling buddies together and be sure to enter the Feilding Festival of cycling. Checkout Bike Manawatu Facebook or feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz and be sure to say yes and register online for this great event.
Emily Shearman and Libby Arbuckle at Junior Worlds in Italy
Club members Emily Shearman and Libby Arbuckle have been representing New Zealand at the Junior World Track Champs in Italy. Both young ladies performed incredibly well which you can checkout on the Cycling New Zealand website. Emily was part of the incredible NZ pursuit team who were outstanding in there effort to take Silver in the 4000m Team Pursuit, and Libby celebrated coming 6th in the world for the 5km scratch race.
In the following days, more impressive efforts from the girls saw Libby come home in 7th in the new single-day format omnium consisting of 4 events, whilst Emily teamed up with Nicole Shields from Clyde in the 80 lap Madison to take a solid 5th!
Two proud local girls on the world stage.
Palmfeilds Motors October 15th Recreational Ride
Bike Manawatu Sunday Draw Won by Austin Smith
Regular Bike Manawatu Sunday riders will register a smile when they see how happy long standing club member Austin Smith was when winning the Bike Barn lucky draw to the value of $450 a few weeks back. Austin told me last week he had only spent $360 so far on Bike Barn product and was as happy as. Another nice benefit of being a Bike Manawatu member for only $45 per year.
Sam Gardner competing in NZ Cyclocross Nationals
Sam has been mixing it up competing around the country in the NZ Cyclocross Nationals and is now up in China competing as we write this newsletter. Thats commitment to a club member who has represented England on a mountain bike and races and coaches here in the Manawatu.
Wednesday Cyclists Group
There are many groups that head off for rides on a regular weekly basis and one such group is the Wednesday Cyclist Group which has been in action for many years. This is a group with history, lots of characters and every Wednesday morning leave from opposite the BP service station on Fitzherbert Ave at 6.30am for a 90km ride with a coffee stop in Feilding. The pace is perfect for all ages.
Members to Promote Rider Safety at all Time
Sadly this week a cyclist died on the streets of our city. No words can describe this kind of tragedy and we pass our condolences onto the grieving family.
As responsible cyclists we must all constantly remind ourselves to promote rider safety and road code etiquette when riding at all times. Our sport shares the roads with vehicles of all sizes and drivers of all capabilities. Our daily ride groups are the flagship of our sport and are responsible for promoting road codes and standards to keep everyone safe.
All rider groups are encouraged to identify ride leaders amongst yourselves and where possible have identified a safe course to ride. Letting people know where you are heading is also advised and how long you might be. Often road works can disrupt rides and checking out council reports or talking to other fellow riders is a good idea before you set your course.
The fact that most of us learnt to ride a bike as children and then put the bike down when we got our first car at around 15-17 years old means most people have not ridden a bike for years before we decide to join Bike Manawatu and start riding a bike again for health and fitness. To help these people is all of our responsibility.