have a look at what the NZ Cycle Festival Trust has decided to offer to cyclists in NZ.  

A quick synopsis: A weekend cycling festival encompassing all cycling codes. One in particular is a New Zealand first for this amount of prize money spread over all age groups

Road: 100K Flyer from New Plymouth to Hawera via Surf Highway 45

Prizes: Fastest time $1000, 2nd Fastest $500, 3rd Fastest $200 – All age groups both male & female

When: Taranaki Anniversary Weekend – Sat 7th March 2015

Please check out our website for more details. www.nzcyclefest.co.nz

Road Cycling NZ poster advertisment in Jan 2015 issue.


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.

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.

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.