Congratulations to Michaela Drummond for an outstanding ride at the 2017 Elite Road Nationals in Napier last week. Michaela claimed the silver medal in the Under 23 Women’s race having only just moved up into this category and will turn 19 this year.

Michaela Road 2  Michaela Road Nationals

The Under 23 Women’s race was combined with the Elite Women, over a 112km course with a circuit in the hills of Taradale then returning to four laps of the inner city circuit including a tough climb up the Napier hospital hill and a final 13km flat to the finish.

Michaela was so close to winning gold, getting away with three elite riders, Rushlee Buchanan, Georgia Williams and Kate McIlroy but started to cramp with two laps to go re-joining the main bunch, but still managing to sprint to take second place.

After a very successful year in 2016, winning two Junior World Track Championship medals, the Elite Oceania Women’s Scratch race and the Australian Madison Championships, Michaela will head to the US to ride for the professional team, “Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling” this year.

For full results of Elite Road Nationals can be found here

Congratulations to the following five BikeManawatu riders who will be representing New Zealand at the Oceania Track Championships to be held in Melbourne next month.

In the elite mens sprint we have olympic medalist Simon van Velthooven along with young gun Jordan Castle.

Junior world champion and dual silver medlist Michaela Drummond will be riding in the elite women's endurance team, in her first official track meet out of the under 19 agegroup. But she does have experience at this level, having raced at an elite world cup in Hong Kong earlier this year.

Libby Arbuckle and Emily Shearman have the call up for the U19 endurance team. After gaining silver in the Junior World Track Championships in Switzerland earlier this year Emily will be one of the experienced members of the team, alongside Ellesse Andrews, Kate Smith and Nicole Shields who were in the junior world's team. Libby will be an asset to this combination, with her large diesel engine that we have seen at the Feilding Velodrome recently.

Other West Coast North Island riders in the New Zealand team include Sophie Leigh-Bloxham and Thomas Garbett in the U19 sprint teams, who have also shown good form at the Feilding Velodrome recently.

Best of luck to all of our riders. Keep posted on our website and Facebook page for updates on their progress.

Full team can be found here.


This evening club life member Ian Gray was awarded a Palmerston North Civic Award hosted by the Mayor Grant Smith at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. The annual awards are the City’s highest recognition for voluntary service. They have been going since 1988.

Ian was nominated alongside 12 others and was one of the 5 deserving recipiants. As a club we are extremely proud of Ian and this achievement as we know the time he has put into Manawatu and WCNI Cycling over the last 50 years as a rider, official, administrator and coach. 

He is an extremely knowledgble and kind man that has done wonders for cycling, and especially encouraging junior riders in the Manawatu.

"Ian Gray is a 75 year old cycling enthusiast, who has had an integral role in the success of cycling in the Manawatu and surrounding regions since he shifted here to attend Massey University in 1961, where he completed a bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1964 and completed Master Agricultural Science (Hons) in 1996. Ian originally grew up in New Plymouth, where he commenced cycle racing with the New Plymouth Amateur Road Cycling Club from 1956 to 1961.

Ever since moving to Palmerston North Ian has been an active member of the cycling community, as a competitor, businessman, historian, volunteer and leader in many capacities."

Congratulations Ian and thank you to all of those in the cycling community who contributed to this nomination.

Official event photo's to come.



Robert Stannard in the hot seat

In the extreme heat of Doha, Robert Stannard and Campbell Stewart will leave their mark as world class at the UCI World Cycling Championships this week.

A proud effort and reward for all those associated with their careers in the Manawatu and New Zealand.

Watch their road race live on YouTube live stream at 11pm Friday night. UCI under 19 junior men road race.

We have three riders competing in Switzerland at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships, starting 20th July (at night in NZ).

Emily Shearman and Michaela Drummond will ride the Women's team pursuit on Wednesday, with Emily then riding the Scratch race and Michaela the Omnium.

Campbell Stewart will ride the Mens Team Pursuit, then the Omnium and Madison.

Want to keep updated with how they are going?

View the event livestream by clicking here.

Follow Michaela Drummond on Facebook, by giving her athlete page a 'like' (view the page by clicking here).

Subscribe to Campbell Stewart's email newsletter, which can be viewed here.

Keep an eye on the BikeManawatu Facebook and website.