The Gravel and Tar UCI event is back in just over a week, and is shaping up to be an exciting event with some big changes from previous years.
The Gravel and Tar race has been going since 2015, and grows in popularity each year. It is a tough race, and has been described as one of the toughest one day races outside of Europe. It has always been a men’s race, but this 2019 has seen the introduction of a Women’s UCI race, and is offering the same prizemoney as the men’s race – this is something that isn’t usually seen in the world of cycling, and something that many professional women cyclists have been wanting for a number of years. That’s a big plus for women’s cycling and for our region. So far over 12 mens teams have entered and 10 womens teams.
The course is another thing that has changed this year, as the start is in Feilding and the finish is in Palmerston North. The mens race is 130 kms long with 45 kms of gravel, and the womens race is 116 kms long with 40kms of gravel and promises to be an exciting race to watch.
As in other years, there is also a recreational event, and this years event is called the Slicks and Stones and is 100kms long, you can enter here http://www.gravelandtar.com/
If you are not riding either the professional events or the Slicks and Stones, please get out there and support the event, and see some fantastic racing.
The organisers are still looking for a couple of more road marshals, so a great way to support the event and see the racing would be to volunteer. Please contact Steve Stannard on 021809597 or email@example.com.
Sponsor FMG is setting up a spectator spot on Levett Line and I hear they may even have some refreshments available.
Congratulations to the Greasy Chain Trust on keeping this event here in the Manawatu and keeping it fresh with the new changes – well done team.
A friendly reminder our Bike Manawatu Happy Hours are scheduled for the last Friday of each month with our first being next Friday 25th January Come one, come all and enjoy the company of like minded cycling buddies.
Friday 25th January 2019 Friday 22nd February 2019 Friday 29th March 2019 Friday 26th April 2019
Did you know you can renew your Club Membership online?
We are excited about what 2019 is going to bring to our club and already we have had some amazing results from some of our members, we are very proud of each and every one of our members and their achievements.
With a new year, we are now issuing 2019 memberships and with the holiday season coming to an end, we'd like to make it nice and easy to allow you to renew your membership with us and support your local cycling club.
Club Memberships run from 1 January – 31 December.
If you wish to be a social member of Bike Manawatu and do not wish to race Please CLICK HERE and follow this link to renew online.
If you wish to race formally at any level including our club races please CLICK HERE an follow this link to join via Cycling NZ.
Membership via Cycling NZ gives you the reassurance of public liability insurance as well as other great discount programmes on offer from Cycling NZ. Your full membership can be done via this portal and at the end of the month cycling nz will transfer your club membership through to us here at Bike Manawatu.
It’s nice and easy.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead & appreciate your support.
Happy New Year ! We hope you had an amazing holiday / festive season. On behalf of our Novice Tour organising committee we are super excited to let you know online entries are now open for our 2019 Novice Tour event. As mentioned at last years prizegiving, we have moved our dates forward for 2019 and this year we will be hosting our event on the 16th - 17th March 2019.
To avoid disappointment we wanted to let you know that online entries are now open and you can head on over and register.
Just like 2018 - 2019's event will be 3 stages over 2 days, with similar course/s
Online entries are up and running and can be found HERE
We will be posting all updates on our Novice Tour of Manawatu facebook page so make sure you hit "like" and stay tuned with all our info.
We will also aim to have info up on our Bike Manawatu website also.
Novice Tour Volunteers:
If you are keen to help out during the Tour in any way shape or form we are always very appreciative. This particular tour can take a small village to run from drivers, marshals, judges and everyone else in between. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to offer your time and lend a hand
For those of you that have read some of my stories about the Tour of The Bay Enduro, 2 laps of Tour de Manawatu, and 2 laps of Taupo in memory of our team mate Glenn Thorby, you will have heard about the BBC, we’re basically just a bunch of good mates who enjoy each other’s company, ride together, and occasionally do some crazy stuff.
Tim Mackey sent a message a week or so about a ride he was planning, from whanganui (yes there’s an H in there - don’t get me started on that one), up the Parapara’s (SH4), Fields Track, Whangaehu Valley Rd, to Ohakune for a lunch stop, then on to Raetihi, Pipiriki, and then the whanganui River Road back to whanganui. When the Strava map came through, we are all pretty sure it said 2591 metres of climbing - sure, 200 kms and nearly 2,600m, we can do that - most of us have ridden K2 (either the race itself, or a reconnaissance lap of the course), or the Pongaroa Loop - this was totally do-able. We made a plan and headed away nice and early on Sunday to drive to Whanganui. On the way up there was a bit of rain, and we began to wonder if we had picked the right day - but that soon passed.
We unloaded bikes, crammed our jersey pockets full of gels, bars and other fuel and set off.
The first 50 or so km’s from Whanganui were quite uneventful, but we did see some amazing scenery and views of the Whanganui River- there were a few climbs, but nothing too taxing... Then we made the turn on to Field’s Track - cue Jaws type music- this was straight in to a 6.5km climb. For the most part, the climb was a good gradient, with only a few sharp pinches, but it was just relentless - it didn’t stop - and then when we thought it had - it hadn’t. While we got a few downhill sections on the rest of Fields Track and the Whangaehu Valley Road, there were definitely more uphills than down - oh, and did I mention the wind?
If the wind hadn’t made itself known to us earlier, by the time we hit the main road to Ohakune, we definitely knew about it - and it wasn’t a tailwind either.
We made a stop in Ohakune for lunch, where Wayne Fage met us for the second half of the ride.
We departed Ohakune and headed for Raetihi, and then on to Pipriki - this was mainly downhill, but with 2 climbs in there. At Pipiriki we had a compulsory photo stop and then turned on to the Whanganui River Road - we we warned by Jeremy that there was a ‘reasonable’ climb out of there before we hit the nice downhill stuff - as we were climbing the first hill, Jeremy decided to tell us that this wasn’t actually the climb he was referring to - he must’ve forgotten about that little bump in the road. Once we were over the ‘actual’ climb, we started a beautiful descent down in to the valley - we still had a number of short uphills, but it was predominantly downhill. As we wound our way beside the river we were treated to some stunning views of the river and the lush green landscape.
Jeremy had also warned us of one last climb out of the valley to the outskirts of Whanganui, we were still about 30kms away I was fast starting to run out of fluids - luckily we found a house where I could refill my bottles. Another 10kms along and the others were starting to run out of fluids, we managed to find a campsite with a tap to refill - however, the water didn’t smell all that great and there was a bit of talk about gastro bugs (I was quite glad I’d refilled my bottles earlier) It was also about this point in time that Garmin checks said that we had already climbed more than the promised 2,600 metres - unfortunately that didn’t get us out of the last climb.
The last climb definitely had a bit of hurt for us - this might just have because we were nearly 200kms and 8 hours in to riding in hot temperatures, but at the top our efforts were rewarded with the most spectacular view down to the river and valley below - and with it care an appreciation of just how far up we had climbed.
All in all, it was a great day out - a little more climbing than we had anticipated, but we all managed it (with no reports of gastro bugs yet), and everybody agreed that the views and scenery were what made this ride.
This truly is an amazing ride, it’s challenging, but do-able, and almost right on our doorstep - I thoroughly recommend it, even if you split it up by staying overnight in Ohakune, or just did the second leg from Ohakune to Whanganui - you won’t be disappointed.
Please find attached the results from today's track meeting. The wind definitely tested everyone today, especially during the 800m TT race. Big Congratulations to Matthew Mullins who "Crushed" his previous best time by 4 seconds. Also special mention to Grant Haggett, Riley Tunnicliffe & Ewan Cousins for improving on each of their times too. Harrison Craw came within 3 one hundreth's of a second of breaking his record & Neriah Kaihe--Woolston set a new U17 Girls 800m record. The race of the day bar none was the U15, 8 Lap Handicap Race. Sophie Peters used her handicap to full effect to hold out a very strong & fast finishing Kylah Gunn. Pity that riders & supporters had already left, as this was definitely a truly incredible moment. Kind regards
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