Most of NZ has been glued to watching the excitement of the Americas Cup in Bermuda. Spare a thought for our own Manawatu and NZ Olympian and elite Cyclist Simon van Velthoven who switched from track racing to be an Emirates Team New Zealand member to help win the Americas Cup. For Simon to experience boat racing at this elite level at its best and worst when our boat tipped over and he found himself hanging must be phenomenal. Simon is a committed Olympic athlete and his mental strength and discipline will be an asset to the team now that they are at the business end of the Americas Cup. Together with his fellow Olympian Team mates on the boat, these boys have what it takes to win Cup and bring it home.
From Sunday, the head to head battle between Emirates Team New Zealand and Oracle USA and there two brilliant helmsman Peter Burling and Jimmy Spittle is going to be thrilling non-stop action that will stop our nation. We wish another proud Manawatu's icon Simon van Velthoven all the best.
Time trail racing is tough and last Sunday the West Coast North Island Time Trial champs were held in Ohau with a number of our club members from under 13 years through to masters and elite graded riders for medals.
We congratulate all members for their effort in representing the club and those that won medals
Under 15 Boys; Dra's Caldwell- Silver, Ben Irvine- Bronze
Under 17 Boys; Micheal Richmond-Gold
Under 19 Girls; Libby Arbuckle- Gold.
Under 19 Boys; Dylan Simpson- Gold
Masters3; Glenn Kirk-Gold
Masters5; Nigel Doyle-Gold
Elite; Mitchell Kinghorn.
If you are interested in following the progress of our overseas club riders on how they are tracking Facebook is often a great way to do that. We know that these young men and women are living the dream and appreciate the support of club members. They are doing themselves proud but won't forget where all the hard work started here riding in the Manawatu. Check out Robert Stannard, Alex West and Michaela Drummond who are competing currently in Europe and the States.
Robert Stannard is racing in the U23 Giro d'Italia as part of the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team and is sitting at 8th on general classification with one stage remaining as I write this and secured a well-deserved 3rd placing in stage 5a. A huge result in such a prestigious event.
When: July 1st to July 23rd.
We are approaching the shortest day in NZ (21 June) and the Tour de France beginning on the 1st of July.If you are grinding away doing your winter base training or you have something else much more exciting you are aiming at on your bike, what better way to get your motivation up than tune into to all that is unfolding for the upcoming Tour de France.
The club will offer a venue for you to join together and watch the last two hours of some of the key stages in the race so watch out for details in next week’s Newsletter.
When: Friday 30th of June
Time: From 5.30pm
Last week club members Carne Groube and Joel Yates left to race in the USA for three months. What an experience for the boys who must be living the dream. They are based at a University in Pennsylvania and will be racing, road, track and criterium during the hot summer months in a variety of different locations. We wish Carne and Joel all the best in their development knowing they will benefit massively from the experience and return to NZ ready for a busy summer of racing.
Once again, the clubs newest initiative of uniting the club by combining both schools and masters riders to race together was highlighted by the 100 registered riders at last weekend’s club graded road race at Colyton. The weather was fresh but without wind and ideal for riding and the numbers of supporters also was encouraging. The short 18km one lap circuit was a great circuit for graded riders. The A grade completed three laps and the B to E grade either two or one laps of racing. It was exhilarating stuff and those masters riders who gave it a try loved it.To all masters riders keep an eye out on the clubs upcoming road race events and next time bring your riding group of buddies out and try it out.Its fun.
A Grade 1)Adam Martin. 2)Aiden Jones 3) Ethan Craine
B Grade.1)Cam Jones. 2)Dra's Caldwell 3) Ewan Cousins
C Grade 1)Liam Ainsworth 2) Darcy Ainsworth 3) Finn Hannan
D Grade 1) Holly McInnes 2) Sam Wade 3) Dan Johnston
E Grade 1) Fergus Doolan 2)Tanika Whale 3) Wilson Hannan
Check out all results on Facebook-Manawatu Schools Cycling
Always a tough weekend of racing in the beautiful Taranaki and one many of our club riders enjoy competing in year after year. More than 150 cyclists peddled the 5 stages around the Taranaki region at Queen’s Birthday weekend taking in the beautiful scenery in Kaponga, Stratford, Te Wera, Inglewood, Hawera and New Plymouth.
Congratulations to the many Bike Manawatu cyclists who competed.
Check out all results online. Tour of Taranaki.
Where; Ohau Levin
When: Sunday 11th June
Bike Manawatu riders will this weekend contest the exciting WCNI time trials at Ohau with high hopes of good results. We wish them all well.
When;Friday 26 May
Where; Lonestar on the Square
Time; 5.30 onwards.
Note:Cyclists bragging rights are allowed. Manfeild or any other event or social ride.
Just be there...
Bike Manawatu would like to thank and congratulate Mike and Christine Christie and their team of volunteers for the outstanding work they have done in making the Manfeild 6 Hour Challenge an incredible event over the last 10 years. Mike and Christine stand down this year as event organisers on a high after last weekends 10th anniversary event being able to look back with great satisfaction that all ages and stages of cyclists love the challenge of our Manfeild 6 Hour event.
Over 300 solo and team riders were registered and the weather for the day provided good blend of sunny cool safe hard riding conditions. An amazing cross section of community people from Businesses, Armed Forces, Clubs, Massey University, Social Groups, Mums, Dads, Schools and Masters riders participated in good spirit throughout the day.
This annual Bike Manawatu calendar event will grow and is already attracting riders from around NZ who thoroughly enjoyed the day. In anticipation, the club sent an early message out for next year asking for your help as a volunteer so we can build on the success of this great Club cycling day.
We acknowledge everyone who entered and all of those category winners for the day that collected prizes. The winner of the Men's solo was Mitchell Kinghorn who completed 85 laps or 257.55km with an average lap time of 4.16. The winner of the women's solo was Emily Shearman who completed 75 laps or 227.25km with an average lap time of 4.50.
Results can be viewed at Bikemanawatu.co.nz
Photos can be found on Bike Manawatu Facebook.
We have had a number of calls from people concerned over riders and large truck almost having an accidents on the Sadle Road and Pahiatua Track.
Please be aware that while the Gorge is closed the traffic is significantly higher on both roads and therefore more dangerous for cyclists.
Respectfully we recommend not to cycle these road until the Gorge is open again.
NZ road star George Bennetts win in the Tour of California must give all road cyclist in New Zealand an incredible amount of confidence that it is possible to make it as a good professional overseas. Next for George is the Tour de France where we will all be glued to the event to see how he goes. Meanwhile Robert Stannard sprints to second at the Travers Les Hauts de France opener and is living the dream in Europe after riding here as a valued school and club member. Watch for more from Robert.
Also, busy in the USA Michaela Drummond racing for Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling has started in three UCI races and finished in the top 10 last weekend. These are tough races and the results was a great effort.
Cycling New Zealand.
1) New Road and Track gearing and rules updates
2) Commissaires Courses
Check it out; www.cyclingnewzealand.nz
All club members are invited to this clubs Sunday graded road races at Colyton. No matter how fit or fast you are one thing is for sure, you and your biking buddies will get hooked on these short club bike racing events. These are the kind of club events that will help your strength and fitness for other cycling challenges you have set yourself for the year.
Also the club have formed a committee looking to firm up more race events for our annual calendar with the help of more volunteers. For those spirited Sunday riders we encourage you to try out our club road races starting this long weekend.
When: Sunday 4th of June
Where: Colyton. Graded A to E to cater for all riders
Time; Registrations at 8.30am.
Note: Racing the safe 18km Hiwinui Circuit .
Last Sunday Bike Manawatu-Schools run a graded road racing morning at the tough Colyton circuit. Close to 100 A to E grade riders registered to again confirm the passion and depth the club has for road racing.
We congratulate everyone who entered last Sunday's road racing and full race results can be found on Facebookmanawatyschoolscycling.
A Grade: 1. Joel Yates 2. Kyle Hoskins 3.Dylan Simpson
B Grade; 1.Aiden Jones 2.Ben Irvine 3. Sam Russell
C Grade; 1.Nathaniel Leaske 2. Liam Ainsworth 3.Darcy Ainsworth
D Grade; 1.Holly McInnes 2.Adam Wilson 3.Tyler Mumby
E Grade; 1 Josh Mulcahy 2.Wilson Nannon 3.Seth Cousins
"Lonestar" as a Bike Manawatu sponsor has been a great place for members to hideaway as a group on the last Friday of every month and spend some social time together.
The warmth, atmosphere and hospitality of the Lonestar has been welcoming for which we thank them. The club Happy Hour was designed to help create a club culture amongst young and mature cyclists versus the contrast of a cold club rooms. The concept seems to be catching on for a small number of members who are regulars. We would love to see more of the many great characters we have in our club as we build the culture of uniting together to become a great club.
Since Christine Christie stepped down as club secretary recently the Bike Manawatu board appropriately employed a third party to manage the task of employing a new Club secretary. Recruitment agency "Adecco" have been advertising the role on seek and various other avenues and will soon be closing off their applications. For those who have applied or are considering forwarding an application we wish you well.
To Catriona and Tom Pirie who have taken the role on in the interim, the board would like to acknowledge the commitment and excellent job Catriona and Tom are doing.
When: July 1st to July 23rd.
If you are grinding away doing your winter base training or you have something else much more exciting you are aiming at on your bike, what better way to get your motivation up than tune into to all that is unfolding for the upcoming Tour de France.
Fundraising is well underway for Dylan who is trying to raise money for his upcoming trip to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
If you want to support him he is putting on a night at Palmerston North golf club open to all members and their friends. Live music, dancing and an Auction. A night out for a club member.
When; Sat 24th June
Where: Palmerston North Golf Club
Time;From 7pm til late.
$30 for a single ticket $50 for a double ticket.
Call 0275058460 for your ticket.
This Sunday's Bike Manawatu Manfeild 6 Hour Challenge has been a massive success for the club since it began 10 years ago. All ages of riders have thoroughly enjoyed the day whether doing the solo or in a team. Last year approximately 300 riders were involved. If you haven't already, be sure you organise a team or yourself to ride by registering for this fantastic event. Enter online at www.bikemanawatu.co.nz (Up till midnight Friday) or enter on the day at registration. See you early Sunday.
Thank you to all of those people who put their name forward to volunteer. The old saying "Many hands make light work" is a excellent motto which is what a great club is all about. Mike and Christine Christie have once again done a fantastic job to manage this event on behalf of the club for which the club are truly grateful.
Over the last eighteen months Dylan Simpson has been developing as a rider with some outstanding results. His recent podium finish at the NZ age group road Nationals seen in the above photo is testament of the hard work he has been putting in. The excitement of Dylan last week being selected to represent NZ at the Commonwealth Youth Games to be held in the Bahamas in July is all worth the hard work. The club wish to congratulate Dylan and his support team for his selection.
Linton Army Camp was the perfect place for 67 riders to contest the first of the four Criterium Series races last weekend. A safe and fast circuit with quality riding once again showed the depth of junior riding in the Manawatu.
Winners: Micheal Richmond (A Grade) Aiden Jones (B grade, combined with A ), Holly McInnes (D grade) and Josh Mulcahy (E grade)
Chris Denholm and Jacob Sievwright competed in the 228km Grafton to Inverell Classic in Australia with Chris having an outstanding race and finishing 16th in a group just 27 seconds behind the race winner. Jacob also road well to finish in the main bunch. With most of the Australian based professional teams competing, this race was a big step up for our boys. Well done.
In the United States Michaela Drummond completed the Amagen women's race in California a women's world tour event. Racing doesn't get much bigger. We understand she handled the event well and is yet again another learning step along her journey.
Meanwhile in Italy Robert Stannard and Alex West road in the 170km Gran Premio Industrie Del Marmo UCI race. What a great experience these boys are having racing in Europe. At the same time, the Giro d'Italia is the main focus of International attention in Italy.
In all the hype of last week’s success at the age group road nationals we forgot to acknowledge club member Winston Griggs gallant third place podium finish in the senior men's 23-34 road race. A tough competitor and massively supportive schools and club person. Well done.