I can recommend to anyone that attending the Sports Manawatu Annual Awards is definitely worth doing. Held at the Arena Manawatu BM centre last Friday which was staged like the Emmy Awards, this glitzy evening was a proud event for all sporting codes and their stars. Rugby, football, Sevens, Cycling, the list goes on. Trevor Shailer and his team at Sport Manawatu and MC Hamish McKay should be congratulated for an outstanding evening. Well done.
So should congratulations go out our cycling award winners Michaela Drummond and Campbell Stewart for taking out Junior Sports Women and Man of the year for the second consecutive year over some amazing sports nominees and finalists in there categories.
Equally finalist Emily Shearman for a great year in Cycling.
This is a prestigious event and a great outcome for Cycling and our Bike Manawatu Club.
Note; If you want to listen to my Facebook interview with Campbell Stewart this week which was fantastic go to www.facebook.com/teamjvlatbayleys or search TeamJVL on Facebook if it is easier.
At only 18 years old Campbell was polished, informative and humorous.
Bike Manawatu Masters and Schools Racing
The upcoming Saturday race calendars for Bike Manawatu is currently being tweaked for the lead up to the club Champs. We are yet to be 100% confirmed so please check out upcoming notices on the newsletter or Facebook. At this point we do have 18th March,31st March,22 April awaiting confirmation as well as other options. We do have new and exciting news though.
It is our intent that all masters or school riders at any level can race together over a short or longer distance for the benefit of everyone wanting to try out racing Saturday or Sunday.
Head of School Cycling Mike Craine and his schools organising committee have welcomed master’s riders to race on the Sunday morning Manawatu schools calendar at no charge this season.
Together Bike Manawatu members and our growing Schools cycling numbers enjoyed a successful Manfeild Criterium race series late last year where young and old enjoyed safe competitive racing side by side with everyone riding in their appropriate grades and loved it.
Our BM Saturday Race program can cater for this also and collaborating with Schools with their well organised Sunday race calendar we hope will give members the chance to try new events as we develop stronger ties between all cycling people in the Manawatu.
The benefit of racing is huge to everyone who cycles and for all social riders the short 20km races is a great place to start. Check out the schools calendar and show up on a Sunday morning at the advertised start time. You will love it.
To conduct our Bike Manawatu Saturday races we require people to put your name on a roster list to help put on a rotational basis only. Generally, five or six people per events is required. Just email us and your name will go in the hat and we can set up a roster so that our race events can grow. Riders who put themselves as helpers mean you might miss one of the races which we hope is a small price to pay for having such race events. Please let us know if you are happy to go on the roster by 3pm Monday the 13th of March for our upcoming events.
Bike Manawatu AGM
All members are invited to this year’s Bike Manawatu AGM which involves acknowledgements and prizes as well as the club’s year ending report and overview.
When; 11 April
Where; Marist Club Rooms
Time; from 6pm