After flying down to Southland which seemed like a long haul to London through the clouds of Mordor with extra turbulence thrown in, we arrived to the first major competition of our run-up to Rio de Janeiro Olympics. With continental titles on the line we knew the racing would be fierce from the Australians so we had to lay everything out there in the Team Sprint, Keirin, Kilometre TT, and the Individual Sprint.

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The Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards recogise the regions top athletes across 10 categories. The event was held at the Arena on Friday evening and BikeManawatu was well represented on stage and supporting in the stands.

Congratulations to the following memebers and their support crew.

Coach of the year - Mike McRedmond (category winner)

Junior Sportswomen - Michaela Drummond (category winner), Elizabeth Stannard (finalist)

Junior Sportsman - Campbell Stewart (category winner), David Martin (finalist), Robert Stannard (finalist)

It was a very enjoyable night hosted by Sport Manawatu, with a highlight for many having wolrd champions Nehe Milner Skudder and Aaron Smith there to recieve their awards and pose for many photos/ selfies.

Click here to read the article in the Manawatu Standard.


We are very fortunate to have Dan Pitchforth, at McDonalds Feilding and Taihape behind track cycling.

At the end of each road bikes on track and track racing each week, a rider will be awarded a Big Mac voucher and a drink bottle.

Get amongst it team!


The Manawatu Secondary School Sports awards were held at the Awapuni Racecourse on Wednesday evening.

BikeManawatu had many finalists in the cycling and triathlon categories including:

  • Emily Shearman
  • Libby Arbuckle
  • Campbell Stewart (Male Cycling code award winner)
  • Robert Stannard (Male Road cycling code award winner)
  • Michaela Drummond (Female Cycling code award winner)
  • Carne Groube 
  • David Martin (Triathlon)
  • Lizzie Stannard (Triathlon)
  • Jaimee Leader (Triathlon & Aquathlon)
  • Mitchell Kinghorn

It was a great end to the night for BikeManawatu, with Michaela Drummond (PNGHS) claiming the overall Sports Women of the year after her outstanding year, with her highlight being crowned a world champion in the Team Pursuit and Claiming the World Record at the 2015 Junior World Championships in Kazakhstan. Michaela was also awarded the sports Dux at her school prizegiving at the regent on the same evening.

Campbell Stewart (PNBHS), brought home the Sports Man of the year, with his year highlight being winning the Scratch race and Omnium at the 2015 Junior World Track Championships, also in Astana.

Lizzie and Jaimee further showed the clubs dominance at the school level, claiming major awards alongside Michaela at the PNGHS Sports Prizegiving. Lizzie won Academic and sporting excellence and Jaimee allround sportswomen.

Congratulations to all of our BikeManawatu riders. 




The West Coast North Island track team competing at the Oceania Track Championships (8-11 October) were all BikeManawatu riders.

A quick overview of results are...

Simon VanVelthoven- Silver in elite Keirin and 1km Time Trial (TT)

Liam Brown- 9th in elite 1km TT, 22nd in sprint qualifying

Joel Yates- 10th in elite 1km TT, 9th in Scratch, 7th in Individual pursuit

Carne groube- Gold in U19 Scratch and bronze in Team Pursuit

Emily Shearman- Gold in U19 Omnium, Points and Team pursuit as part of the NZ development team.

Libby Arbuckle- Bronze in U19 Individual pursuit, 4th overal in Omnium  and Gold inTeam Pursuit as part of the NZ development team.

Ruby Perry- 6th in elite scratch race, 6th in Individual pursuit, 10th overall in Omnium