The next Bike Manawatu fun day out is the Manfeild 6 Hour Challenge which has been a massive success since it began 10 years ago. Riders have thoroughly enjoyed the day wether doing the solo or in a team. Last year approximately 300 rider were involved. If you haven't already, be sure you organise a team or yourself to ride by registering for this event on the BikeManawatu.co.nz website.
We thank Steve Stannard for his weekly articles in the Manawatu Standard News Paper. This week covered some of our club’s successes.
The biggest sporting event in New Zealand in years, the World Masters Games, was in Auckland last week, with cycling events from mountain biking to road, and track. Manawatu had three riders who produced a number of podium performances.
On the track, Megan Blatchford-Peck won gold in the women's (50-54) track sprint and silver in the 500m time trial.
On the road, Neil Pollock won bronze in the (75-79) 20km time trial and Neville Weir won a well-deserved bronze in the 55-59 20km time trial.
Grant Haggett was sixth in men's (40-44) 750m time trial.
In the road race on Sunday, Ian Eagle was fourth in the (35-39) 95km road race and Cliff Hughes was 14th in the (50-54) 79km road race.
Also at the weekend was an event at the other end of the age spectrum; the Te Awamutu junior two-day tour.
Manawatu was well represented in almost all the many grades, each of which was stacked with the best junior riders in New Zealand in big fields.
In the under-15 girls event, Rosie O'Brien was fifth on final general classification (GC) at the end of the tour, but also won the sprint ace jersey.
Our under-15 boys, Ewan Cousins, Draas Caldwell, and Fergus Lloyd, were eighth, ninth and 11th on GC respectively.
In the under-17 boys Ethan Craine was 16th in the final GC at the end of the two days of racing and Aiden Jones was 33rd.
Our under-U19 women, Libby Arbuckle, Connie O'Brien and Samara Fenn were fifth, ninth and 18th on GC.
Emily Shearman was riding well, including finishing fifth in the time trial, but crashed in the sprint in the last stage. Emily was OK, but couldn't complete the race.
The open women's race, run alongside the under-19 women's event, saw Deb Paine fourth on GC and winner of the queen of the mountain jersey. Lizzie Stannard was sixth on GC in her first race back after her accident.
In the men's under-19 race, Madi Hartley-Brown was eighth, Dylan Simpson 10th, and Thomas Stannard 33rd on GC at the end of a hard-fought race, but one marred by cancellation of the last stage due to traffic issues.
Robert Stannard was second in the Toscana Terra di Ciclismo Eroica two-day tour in Italy, his first podium for his 2017 European campaign.
In the same race, riding for the New Zealand team, Alex West unfortunately crashed out on the white gravel section of the race, the same roads used in the Strade Biache Pro-Tour race earlier in the year.
Campbell Stewart's United States campaign has also started, but was marred with a crash which saw him need a trip to the hospital.
We understand that Campbell is OK and already back on his bike ready for the next event.
This weekend, the NZ road cycling season reaches a finale, with the national club championships being held in Cambridge.Bike Manawatu have a big number of riders heading north and we wish them and their support teams a safe and successful tour.
When: Friday 28th of April
Where; Lonestar Upstairs on the square
Time; from 5.30pm
A time to get together and share as club members. Discounted Tap beer and house wines.
It's seems our club spirt is alive and well as young and older members were quick to spread the word about last weekend’s club champs at Colyton which the club appreciates. 55 members lined up and registered to race the safe and challenging Hiwinui circuit at different distances. 18km,36km,54km and 72km. A good combination of roughly where schools’ riders and the other half masters.
All age groups were well catered for in competitive grades by race organiser and board member Mike Craine. Mike and his team of volunteers did a fantastic job and we thank them.
Traffic Management: Peter Robson, Tim Lloyd, Paul Ainsworth. Registration; Tim Lloyd and myself. Marshall's; Karin and Eden Craine, Kylie Mulcahy and Steph, Dave Hoskins, Shaun Cousins ,Louise Ransom. Sag Wagon: Darren Sharland. Finishing Judges: Bernie Richmond, Mike Simpson, John Stewart.
People who have not raced before were buzzing after their ride and some of our more experienced and competitive masters riders were also buzzing having had the opportunity to race against under 23 club and national stars like Campbell Stewart and other young and upcoming riders which they said was a fantastic learning experience.
All and all, members young and old thoroughly enjoyed the two hours afternoon of racing and the word is people want more racing.
If people are prepared to put there hand to help out as we experience this time round them we will address the race calendar and see what we can organise further events. In doing so maybe afterwards we will be able to all stay on for a social hour and a cup of tea.
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.
When: This Saturday April 22nd
Where; Colyton Hall.( Hiwinui Circuit)
Time; Registrations at 12.45
Racing starts: 1.30pm
The Hiwinui 18km circuit is a familiar safe circuit to most cyclist in the Manawatu. That is why we invite all members who are interested in trying out graded racing to come along on Saturday to ride or help out. The circuit is close to home and you will be fit enough after your summer season of riding and events and at only $5 the event is extremely affordable. Just bring yourself and or your cycling buddies and enjoy the outing at whatever level or grade you are at. It will be all over in around two hours for everyone. This kind of fun unites people and our club. Check out graded rides and on the day the race organisers we will manage which grade suits you. See you there.
Under 15 Boys and Girls - 1lap ( 18km)
Under 17 Boys and Girls- 3laps(54km)
Masters Men and Women 3laps (54km)
Under 19 Men and Women 4laps (72km)
Under 23 Men and Women 4laps (72km)
Open Men and Women. 4laps (72km)
Congratulations to Michaela Drummond and her amazing Bronze medal performance in the team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, the first NZ women's team since 2011 to have medalled in this event. To top that off, this is Michaela's first year at elite level and she clocked a personal best time of 4.20.17. A huge effort.
Her successful world championships didn't stop there. The gruelling Madison and her outstanding ride for 4th place in the Madison in only her and her team mate Racquel Sheath fifth time of riding the Madison was an eye opener.
Our local girl and her support team have done themselves, the club and New Zealand proud and will hopefully inspire all club cyclists what is possible to achieve.
Please join us to congratulate two newly voted on board members Tim Lloyd and James Denholm who are well known to Bike Manawatu members. Firstly, Tim who is a masters cyclist who has been heavily involved with Schools cycling over the past few years brings his contagious enthusiasm for the sport to the board. Secondly James at only 20 years old will bring fresh new ideas and a wealth of cycling knowledge to our board for his young years. Two great people to represent our club.
It is exciting times ahead as the club looks to unite all club members. Our current board of Peter McCarthy, Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm and myself look forward to your support as the club build on the love we all have for cycling.
When;Friday 28th of April
Where; Lonestar in the Square
Time; From 5.30 pm
Last Friday "Happy Hour" was enjoyed by a number of members at a balmy Lonestar on the square. One of our keen and valuable sponsors. The evening was warm and friendly with plenty of laughter. Don't forget the last Friday of every month.
Check out the Bike Manawatu Calendar for further details for the coming racing on 9th April (WCNI Road Championships-Hawera) and 22 April the Bike Manawatu Road champions at Colyton.
Racing is great to test yourself. This has been a long season for many and your fitness is still up there. So, have a go. Register now.
All members are invited to this year’s Bike Manawatu AGM which involves acknowledgements as well as the club’s year ending report and overview. Track Prize Giving is a Big Highlight during the evening with many of our NZ Track stars in attendance.
When; Tuesday 11 April
Where; Marist Club Rooms
Time; AGM from 6pm (the bar will be open)
Food from 7.30 and Track Prizing from 8pm
Please bring a plate and let's have some fun celebrating success.
Cyclone Debbie has hit hard in New Zealand and the roads are covered with branches and all sorts of debris as well as slips to make cycling dangerous. Please take care and use your common sense when heading out on a ride knowing this and that other road users need to do the same who are bigger this us cyclists.
Bike Manawatu have employed recruitment agency Adecco to manage the employment process for a new club secretary. However, in the short term the club is pleased to have appointed Catriona and Tom Pirie as temporary club secretaries to fulfil the day to day duties required for the role. Catriona and Tom are long standing club members with experience and we are pleased to have them as part of the Bike Manawatu team. Thank you Tom and Catriona.