It’s been a whirl wind last 6 weeks since the restart of our racing calendar for 2020. Starting with individual events to comply with Covid-19, opening up to road races with restricted numbers to where we are now. From numbers in the 40’s to 60’s to 90’s and now this weekend over 100 entries, the board is extremely humbled with the interest that has been created with the rejuvenated racing in our region. Bike Manawatu acknowledges the support of all our sponsors and volunteers. The Admin behind the scenes is huge and is appreciated.
Just when we had a false sense of security that the country had kicked Covid into touch we have had new cases come in from overseas and the score card is not so great anymore. The reasons for bringing this up again is to enforce what MOH and other authorities have said. If you are feeling unwell, please stay at home. With our riding and racing we ask to think of others with hygiene procedures.
Akers Road circuit is our 5th venue in as many events. Multi lap, flat track racing encourages participation and teaches good bunch riding ethics. We are grateful for the assistance of Linton Country school for the use of their grounds and bathroom facilities. Linton Country School have given permission for Parking behind school, but please drive between the poles directly in front of you from the main gate, keeping on concrete. Please do not drive on the fields as they are too boggy. We have been advised it is possible for a big four wheel drive and horse float to get through - you just need to drive with care. Please also be aware that there is a lot of parking down on the school side of the Railway lines, by the start finish. Please be careful of the trains, take nothing for granted. Linton Country School is a small school with a small role. We are going to have a donation box at the registration / timing tag pick up that we will pass onto the principal, please consider our rural community when we are using their facilities.
We are using country roads and must follow NZ traffic rules. There are marshals for direction and they will stop cyclists at intersections when required. An over riding request is “think about how we are seen” by other road users. We have big groups racing now, and from parking to sign in to racing …there is visually a lot going on. Please keep off the roads at the start area by the school. Please have a lot of communication in the peloton regarding other traffic or hazards on the road.
We will be splitting B grade into 2 lots. The first lot will go 30 seconds after A grade leaves and this group will be a group that is expected to hit it hard for the entire 5 laps, no sitting in. The second lot will leave 30 seconds later.
The same could happen for C grade. This is as much to do with safety as it is to do with riders having an enjoyable event. Any queries please contact Tim after hours 0274964411
Look forward to seeing you on Sunday, the shortest day with our biggest turn out in years
Please consider joining the new group section this year and join Team Hughes Joinery & receive 10% discount off your entry fee.
PLUS by being part of the group, we could win group incentive prizes, last year we qualified for 6 free entries for this years event. This year, Taupo has created an easy group entry & I require just a mere $5.00 minimum donation for our local charity HEARTKIDS MANAWATU To be able to use the 10% discount building on the enthusiastic & continuing financial support from Cliff & Katina Hughes as named Group sponsors..
The Givealittle page with all information will be completed soon, along with the 10% discount code - all in time for the early bird registrations which open 9am on the 1st of July.
2019 Prize Results
Pictured below is myself with Austin Smith drawing the SIX free entrants for this years event. Plus a couple of the winners Phil Devlin & Yann le Moigne (with the bigger smiles) along with some team members Carol Webb & Martin Davenport. Other winners were Malcolm Bradley,Eky Bussel, Anna Quinn, Janet Chilton – Congratulations
We are looking forward to your continued support for this local charity/cause -- Palmerston North & area's regularly have 100 - 130 riders attending Taupo in one of the many event choices. Feel great, saving a few $$$ plus supporting local.
Next year we will be supporting the Arohanui Hospice - unless Taupo changes the rules!
The turnout to our last club race at fielding and the entries for this week at Linton prove that racing in the Manawatu is going from strength to strength, and is increasing in popularity. And we here at Bike Manawatu see the news that Jorge Sandoval has changed the format of his North Island Trust House Series from age based racing to a graded series as a fantastic opportunity to get more people taking part in a race series that will improve their racing skills and expose them to a whole new world of racing.
Our region has seen a number of riders taking part, whether in the Bike Manawatu team, Lonestar, Luxury Cycle Tours, WCNI, or Tararua Builders teams - and as well as not seeing any previous participants miss an opportunity to race, we would like to see everybody that wants to, have the chance to race - even if you haven’t done so before due to age (being too young), or any other reason.
We would like to host a get together for all interested parties, regardless of what team you have previously raced for, or if you’re even on a team - if you are interested in taking part in the series, please come along to this meeting. We will see how many riders we have, and which grade each participant feels they’d like to participate in, and make sure that not only does every rider have a spot in a team (existing teams will be kept together if all riders want to stay in the same grade), but make sure that the Manawatu region has the biggest representation
So mark this Monday, 22 June in your diary and come along to Brew Union on Broadway at 6pm to register your interest, and let us know if you’re on an existing team, or would like us to find a team for you to race on
Club recreational rides leave from Memorial Park, Napier Rd, at 8:00am on Sundays