When: Saturday 10th October Where: Feilding Velodrome, Johnston Park Time: 10am – Midday *Free Track Bikes Provided for our Have a Go Days*
A Have a go day specifically designed for girls and women wanting to have a go This was a great event last year. Wonder Woman of all ages, bring a picnic morning tea / lunch and have a go on the track! Club track bikes will be available for those keen to try a fixie.
Track Cycling is
For all ages
& we have Bikes available to hire
We provide for novices to world champions! Come along and find out more about Track Cycling. Track Is a good mix of competitive and fun racing in a very social, off road environment. We encourage any new riders to come along to our ‘have a go day’ If you really want to improve your cycling fitness and skills why not give track cycling a go at the Feilding Velodrome. We run a great variety of races for all ages and abilities and fun events in a very supportive environment. Please bring your helmet, pedals and cycling shoes. If you don’t have cycling shoes and pedals just bring your helmet and sports shoes, as we will also have bikes with pedals on them for you to ride. Track is raced on the following years licence E.g. 2021 Juniors Grade is based on your age as at the 31st December 2021 Under 13 = 12 or younger at 31 December 2021 Under 15 = 14 or younger at 31 December 2021 Under 17 = 16 or younger at 31 December 2021 Under 19 = 18 or younger at 31 December 2021
Would You like to win more road races? The track is one of the best places to develop that power sprint by riding a fixed gear track bike! We especially encourage new riders by taking part in a development program, as you ride in grades of your ability and many races are handicapped
We have Track bikes for hire at an affordable cost
Qualified coaches will set your position up correctly
Orientation days for new riders
Stay out of the traffic and ride on the safety of a track
Equipment Required: Track bike is necessary Entry Fees: $30 for the whole season – October 2020 – April 2021 Membership & Licensing: Riders planning to race on the track require at least a BikeManawatu Membership (additional to fees) Adults $45 Juniors (U19) $25 Family of 3 of more living at the same address $80 *If you wish to be able to formally race at any level (not including "fun" rides) then you should register as a Bike Manawatu member through the Cycling NZ Membership portal This does incur an additional West Coast North Island Centre fee plus CNZ fee – please see more here however this also comes with the added bonus of Personal Liability insurance cover via Cycling New Zealand.
New riders who are racing with us for their first season must attend one of the three orientation days Sunday 11th October 2020 - 2:00pm -4:00pm Saturday 17th October 2020 - 2:00pm -4:00pm Sunday 18th October 2020 - 2:00pm -4:00pm Bike Manawatu has Track Bikes available for hire:
Bike Hire = $80.00 Bike Bond = $60.00 (refundable at the end of season T's & C's apply) If you are interested in hiring a Track Bike this season we have set days available where we will size / fit you to an appropriate bike Tuesday 29th September 2020 Track - Bike Hire & Fit Day 2-4pm Feilding Velodrome Thursday 1st October 2020 Track - Bike Hire & Fit Day 2-4pm Feilding Velodrome Saturday 3rd October 2020 Track - Bike Hire & Fit Day 2-4pm Feilding Velodrome Thursday 8th October 2020 Track - Bike Hire & Fit Day 2-4pm Feilding Velodrome Please book a time and day with Ian Gray and his helpful team Ring or Text Ian Gray 021 120 5751 for a booking. Each Bike Hire & Fit takes approx. 45 Minutes
TRACK CYCLING – WORDS OF WISDOM Track racing on a “fixy” is exciting cycling in its own right, and is also a great spectator sport.
What are the real benefits of riding track? How does track racing benefit road cycling? We can guarantee that track racing greatly improves a riders’ confidence, their ability to make rapid decisions, improve bike handling skills, and pedalling technique. It also dramatically improves a riders sprinting ability. All these skills learnt on the track produce huge improvements in road cycling, especially criteriums raced on short road circuits.
A special tip on the benefits of riding a “fixy”: If you set up a track bike or an old road frame with a single gear (on a low gear – 70” to 72”) for training on the road, this is excellent training. (Remember to put single brake on the bike) It is a far better investment than spending mega dollars on light weight road accessories / special light weight wheels to improve your road cycling.
Did you know that Bike Manawatu riders have won Olympic Track Medals?
2021 Memberships & Cycling NZ licences are now open!
Get in early, and avoid the end of year rush and have your licence & membership all ready for next year so you can cruise through the holiday season without having to worry. Please be aware that if you purchase a 2021 licence before 31st December, this is the age category you will compete in for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. *2020 licences are valid until 31st December unless a 2021 licence is issued prior, which will then make the 2020 licence no longer valid.
Cycling New Zealand Licences also come with a range of membership benefits – check out their partner discounts and more info on our website here as well as invaluable public liability insurance. The policy provides licensed riders cover for any damage to a third party property or persons that they are found legally liable for by their actions whilst riding, this is extended to cover whilst competing in races. How great is that! If you have any queries about licencing, insurance, clubs or general membership, contact the membership team at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to welcoming you for a great year of cycling!
If you are a Schools Cycling Member and want to learn more about how that system works, please click here
If you wish to take out a Family Membership with Bike Manawatu plus a Cycling NZ licence, please do so via this link first, then we will give you a Promo Code to enter at the check out to waive your Club Membership fee when applying for your Cycling NZ Licence.
The Bike Manawatu Track Cycling Committee would love to hear your thoughts on how we run our season. Have your say by completing the SurveyMonkey questioner at the link below. Feel free to copy and share the link with those members who may not have access to Facebook. Please only complete the survey once per rider or supporter.
SOME INNOVATIVE CHANGES TO THE BIKE MANAWATU 2020 / 21 TRACK PROGRAMME AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION ALL RIDERS NEED TO KNOW
A bright new vision gives us a new format of racing for the 2020 / 21 Track Season
Firstly, there will be graded racing to enable riders to race with riders of similar ability (except for U13 & U15 riders).
a.The grades will be A, B, C and D Grades. There may be a separate Women’s Masters Grade, if there are sufficient numbers riding.
b.There will be U13s and U15s grades – These may be split into Junior A and Junior B according to ability.
The purpose of the decision is that all riders will be racing in a field of riders of a similar ability. If you are racing in a grade with riders of similar ability and riders slightly better than you, this is an excellent way to improve your riding.
TIP – Racing or training with riders slightly better than you is one of the best ways to improve. This applies to both Road & Track Cycling.
THE BIG QUESTION IS HOW DOES THIS AFFECT SEASON POINTS ACCORDING TO YOUR AGE CATEGORY?
The answer is that the Track Committee has decided there will be not be any points allocated for seasonal point trophies for graded racing.
a.To compensate for that decision, we will be running races occasionally, for all specific age groups, throughout the season for track points.
b.There will also be some new exciting individual timed events to which points will be allocated in each specific age group. e.g. an omnium event over 3 meetings, in which a standing 1 lap time trial (TT), flying ½ lap TT and a standing 2 Lap TT will be run. These events will have a greater allocation of points e.g. 1st – 8 points and all other rider’s points determined as a percentage of eight points. The big bonus is that every rider in each event will get points! This will make the competition move exciting.
c.Also the club championships, run for each age group, the points allocated for the championships will also be added to the seasonal points.
Note: This will not affect the Club Championship where the Championship Points won will determine the Medal Winners as in the past.
WHAT AGE GROUP DO YOU RACE IN FOR THE UPCOMING TRACK SEASON
a.As in past years, as the track season crosses over the licence years 2020 & 2021, riders will race from the start of the track season in their Cycling New Zealand licence categories for 2021.
There is only one exception to that rule: Any rider from the start of the track season until the end of the 2020 year may attempt a track record using their 2020 age group Cycling New Zealand licence category.
It has been decided that riders will use their Bike Manawatu allocated numbers for the track season.
Remember if you end up on the start line with no number, it will mean you will get no placing in the race, no points or prize money (if it is applicable to the race)
If you forget your number before the meeting, see the race manager who will direct you to the right person to get a replacement number for the meeting.
If it happens a second time the rider will be asked to carry out a small duty for the club.
GEARING TO BE USED ON YOUR TRACK BIKE
All riders will race according to Cycling New Zealand rules which set the gear limits for specific age groups.
This is particularly important for the U15 and U17 age groups.
For U15s Maximum roll out allowed is 6.61m. This can be achieved using a 47 tooth chain wheel (CW) and a 15 tooth (T) back sprocket or a 50 CW and a 16T sprocket.
For U17s maximum rollout is 7.00m.
This can be achieved using 50CW x 15T sprocket.
SOME WISE WORDS OF WISDOM
Some good advice (for all riders) is given to what gearing you should use on the Feilding Track. You should not use a gear too big but a gear where you can develop good cadence (leg speed).
Good senior men riders should ride 49 x 15 (88in gear) or 50 x 15 (90in gear) as a maximum. This should be reduced by 2 points for good women riders.
Top U17 boys riders should ride 48 x 15 (86in gear) and only in good track conditions, with no wind ride a 49 x 15 88 gear.
It is very interesting to note before the U17 gear limit was raised by Cycling New Zealand to 7.00m in 2014, that the 2000m individual pursuit, U17 Feilding Track Record still held by Campbell Stewart with a time of 2m 27.9s set in February 2013, it was ridden when the Cycling New Zealand maximum gear for U17 was 6.61m (84in).
In windy conditions at Feilding it is advisable to drop your gear 2-3 points e.g. 88 to 86in gear for U17 riders or 84-81 for U15s.
As in the past, new riders will be advised on the gear they should use and new riders hiring bikes will set up on a gear which is thought to be suitable for the rider’s ability. This has been one of the reasons that has contributed to the great success Feilding riders have achieved in West Coast North Island (WCNI) and NZ Track Champs in the past.
Any rider wishing to attempt a track record needs to advise on the Bike Manawatu Track Facebook page 2 days before the meeting, the age group and event for the record attempt. Numbers will be limited, and order of application will determine those accepted. On the meeting days riders will have the opportunity to decline their record attempt if conditions are unsuitable
ROOKIE RIDER INFORMATION
A 'Rookie Track Rider', is a track cyclist who is racing on the track for their first season. Follow the below tips to come across as less of a 'Rookie'.
Get your position on your track bike checked out on the track. A track position is different to your road bike. We have good coaches with lots of experience to help you set your bike up
Most track cycling is explosive short distance and you need ti be well warmed up. Get there early to meetings to get well warmed up. If cold, bring plenty of warm clothes to keep warm
Wear gloves and a singlet under your racing top.
For bike fittings bring your cycling shoes and pedals and measure your seat height and know your crank length on your road bike.
Pulling your feet out of your clipless pedals is extremely dangerous on the track as in track racing you are often putting optimum pressure on the pedals. It is very strongly recommended that you get Velcro straps fitted. We will do this for you at minimal cost
Make sure your tyres are pumped up near to the maximum recommended pressure for the tyres specification. Don’t roll soft tyres; your bike rolls much easier at correct pressure. Check this before each meeting or training session.
For rookie riders (new to track) it is compulsory to attend one of the orientation sessions organised.
It is recommended you purchase a book “Beginners Guide to Road and Track Cycling” Authors Ian Gray and Jonathan Kennett. It has a lot of essential information for ‘rookie’ track riders. These will be available at half price for new track riders (normal price $20).