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