Starck-Carlene-Roslyn-School-bike-04Starck-Carlene-Roslyn-School-bike-01Photos thanks to David Wiltshire. The kid’s names are Danielle O’Hara (aged 8) and Jake Milford (aged 8).

An approach was made to Bike Manawatu at the beginning of 2014 to assist in a project at Roslyn School. The project was run by Massey University’s Dr Carlene  Starck and assisted by Sport Manawatu’s Phil Stevens where a group of 70 +children were tested and then each week over the following two terms given bike lessons , for some it was adding to their knowledge and bike skills but for 3 young students, they actually learnt how to ride a bike.

The study concluded with further tests to find out if riding a bike did actually improve fitness in this age group. And of course the answer was yes.

The bikes were supplied by Massey University and Bike Manawatu supplied the helmets. From Bike Manawatu’s perspective it was a great initiative to be able to support this project and get more kids actively involved in cycling. It is hoped that these kids will continue to bike as either a form of transport to and from school or perhaps later as a sport.

It is hoped that the programme will now be taken up and supported by other schools and supported by businesses and organisations throughout the community.

The rain kept people away today but as it has been shown in the past on a wet day when there is no wind you actually seem to hydrofoil across the water laying on the road. There is little resistance and so times seem to be faster.

So for all of those people that didn’t turn up they will just never know how good they could have been.

Over the period of 6 weeks there have been 76 people attend the time trials.  Of these riders 52 have been more than once.

There were only 6 people who turned up to week 6 so the points were awarded.

Click here to see the points table after week 6.

Final week next week with drinks and nibbles available while results are being calculated.

Prizemoney will be presented to financial members that are present. If you are not present your prizemoney will go back in to the pool for the next round which is due to start in January 2015.


Well, what a fantastic weekend of racing.  And what a marvellous event that Bike Manawatu is able to put on.  Everyone who was involved should be extremely proud of what we achieved.  Here are a few statistics to try and put it into perspective:



·                154 entries

·                Seven grades, each grade racing four stages over two days

·                In total, between all 150 of them (4 non-starters), they cycled over 18,000km, even allowing for a few riders who pulled out.

·                To give you an idea of the quality of the riding, for the 15km Time Trial along the Pohangina Valley Road, the slowest average speed for an U13 rider was a leisurely 22 km/h and the fastest, for the U19 Men’s winner, was a rather more sprightly 47km/h.

·                We had one crash (during the Linton Circuit Race) and everyone walked away from that.

·                Entry fees received were $3,555 and, most importantly from the rider’s perspective, prize money paid out, $3,100.



As you might expect, marshalling, controlling and organizing the above involved a considerable effort.

·                We had over 70 volunteers helping out with a total of 170 different tasks at some time over the weekend.  Some were there for every stage and some just for one.

·                For each road stage we needed 28 vehicles, made up of lead car, Commissaires car, spares van and sag wagon for each grade.  This meant 28 drivers, 7 Commissaires, and 16 mechanics circling the course.

·                We had marshall’s standing on almost every corner and King of the Mountain and Sprint judges scattered at various places around the course.

·                Traffic management was provided by Horizons Signs and paid for by a grant from Pub Charity, as was on site standby of a St John ambulance for every stage.

·                Back at “base camp” we had people who prepared and distributed lunch packs for those out on the road, and put on a smashing afternoon tea during the final prizegiving.

·                We had Matt Levin and Chris Croton, “the timing guys” who spent many hours poring over spreadsheets and manipulating databases to ensure that the results were delivered on time and (mostly!) correct.

·                Our facebook page was kept constantly updated with the latest news and information.

·                Other club members, friends of club members and neighbours of club members lent us everything from generators to caravans,

·                Not to neglect mention of the dedicated committee who made the whole thing happen.

Those volunteering included parents of current and past riders, club members, club members parents, and all of the Bike Manawatu Board members. Thanks again to one and all.



For our wonderful sponsors, we couldn’t put on such an event without you;

·         Hotel Coachman, our naming rights sponsor, had over 30 riders and their families staying during the tour.

·         Our Tinelli yellow leaders jerseys, green sprinters jerseys and polka dot King/Queen of the Mountains jerseys were on the road for 620km.

·         We had four Stage sponsors;

·                 RD1, Stage 1 Hiwinui Loop

·                 Central Bicycle Studios, Stage 2 Linton Criterium,

·                 Cash Converters, Stage 3 Individual Time Trial, and

·                 Hughes Joinery, Stage 4 Valley Road Circuit.

·         Café Cuba sponsored the King of the Mountain prizes,

·         Tinelli, the Sprint prizes, and

·         thanks to Humphries Construction we were able to introduce a new prize in the Under 17 and Under 19 grades for Most Aggressive Rider.

·         Wyckliffe Printing prepared the podium backdrop that you see in all of our jersey presentation photographs.

·         Finally, Maskill Contracting provided a curtain sided truck that gave elevation and shelter to the finish judges and was most appreciated.


And finally, the reason we do it, to support and encourage our local youngsters.  Congratulations to all of them.  Here is a list of Bike Manawatu competitors;


Under 13 Girls and Boys                                                    Under 15 Boys

                Kyra Craine                                                                        Ethan Craine

                Zoe Croton                                                                        Madi Hartley-Brown

                Jamie Dennis                                                                    Dineth Rajapakse

                Adam Francis                                                                   

                James Gardner                                                      Under 15 Girls

                Fergus Lloyd                                                                     Samara Fenn

                Rosie O’Brien                                                                   Kelly Levin

                Michael Richmond                                                         Connie O'Brien

                                                                                                              Peita Ransom

                                                                                                              Anna Robson


Under 17 Boys                                                                       Under 17 Girls

                Fergus Allan                                                                      Libby Arbuckle

                Chris Denholm                                                                 Megan Gardner

                Mitchell Kinghorn                                                           Emily Shearman

                Andrew McKenzie                                                                     

                Jacob Sievwright                                                                         

                Cody Simpson                                                                              

                Dylan Simpson                                                                             

                Thomas Stannard                                                                       


Under 19 Men                                                                                 Under 19 Women

                James Denholm                                                                           Michaela Drummond

                Nate Levin                                                                                      Elizabeth Stannard

                Carlos Lopez-Lozano

                Robert Stannard

                Hayden Washington-Smith

                Alex West

                Joel Yates


Thanks once more to all those who helped out in one way or another, to the Bike Manawatu Board for their suport, both in the lead up and on the day and to my fellow Committee members, in no particular order, Brendan Hapeta, Mike Simpson, Glenys Talyor, Kim Anderson and our legendary Race Director, Peter McCarthy, who made the Novice Tour Committee the best Committee in the Universe (it’s official!!).


Katherine Stannard

Not sure whether it was the daunting prospect of Ngahere Park or whether everyone is just too busy at this time of year or the other possibility is that everyone is saving themselves for other events or recovering from events from last week.

Whatever the case on near perfect conditions a tough handful of riders showed up at the end of Tiritea Rd for the start of the hill climb champs.

Thanks to John Arbuckle who went and set the end flag in position and to Graeme Ransom who held riders on the start line.

An interesting fact for you before the results are presented. We used this same course a couple of years ago when the gorge was closed, which left using the Saddle Road not an option. At this point in time  29 October 2011 Thomas Stannard completed the course in 20 mins 16 secs. And looking at the results from that day he was the only rider to return. A few years growth and he has managed to chop his time right back to 16 mins 37 secs. I wonder if in another 3 years will he be able to chop off the same amount of time.

Some very close times resulted for the top 4 riders and it was unfortunate to say the least that Nev Weir dropped his chain. Otherwise he would have had a scorcher of a time.

Madi Hartley-Brown was the first to appear at the finish line making it look as if there was no effort required at all. His time was 12 mins 21 secs. Dylan Simpson completed the hill climb in 12 mins 39 secs. Fergus Washington Smith was the next of the junior riders to finish in a time of 14 mins 30 secs. Max Taylor’s time was 14 mins 35 secs and 14 mins 53 secs for Ethan Craine.

Matt Watts was the first of the senior riders to arrive in a time of 12 mins 11 secs.  Gideon Burke had gone on a reconnaissance warm up ride and only just made it back to the start line seconds before his allocated start time. So with his Dad, all the way from the UK looking on, he produced a time of 12 mins 14 secs. And to show how close these men were Nevs time was 12 mins 15 secs.Barry Wilson completed the climb in 12 mins 47 secs and  Nigel Doyle completed the climb in 13mins 13 secs  Thirteen  is not an unlucky number for him.

Libby Arbuckle was the first of the women home and will take away the womens cup with a time of 14 mins 43 secs – a great result considering the amount of extra weight in the form of bandages that she had to carry up the hill. The only other women competitor this year was Peita Ransom who finished in a time of 17 mins 31 secs.

MONDAY 15th December starting at 6pm at Marist Clubrooms on Pascal St.

The cups have all been sent to the engravers except for  a few that are still to be contested for this weekend ( Hill Climb Champs )

We will start the evening with a BBQ and ask that to ensure that we have enough food for everyone that you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know how many people will be attending.

There will be a small cost involved.

Hope to see you all there.