Big weekends in the middle of the year.
We couldn’t have wished for a better weekend of weather than we got to run the WCNI ITT and Road Race Championship on.
We all accept that July is marginal with weather in the Manawatu, or any month to be fair, but the weekend of July 4th and 5th was a cracker.
With regional racing, or “Centre” as the official term is, classification is on Age and Gender.
Over the years there’s been a down turn in Centre championship participation and it’s an intention of the BM board to re-ignite the tradition.
The word tradition has a large part to play with cycling. We accept all sports evolve, and popularity comes and goes. Cycling has a huge history on New Zealand and we are determined to do our bit.
The ITT was held at Rongotea with 45 riders over 2 distances. Honours were spread between local and out of town riders with most backing up for the Road Race the next day.
Glenn Haden from Whanganui was the quickest on the long course averaging around 48kph while Josh Mulcahy took out the short course. See all results here.
The Road Race course was a rethink of a bit of old and a bit of new. With a 20 and a 42 km loop we had options for distances comparable on what the Age Group Road Nationals (AGRN) will be run as.
Awesome conditions and some fantastic racing made what we believe one of the better events that BM has staged in years. To have an outdoor prize giving in the afternoon sun capped off a great day.
Local international rider Joel Yates took away the supreme award with once again honours spread across all clubs across all age groups. See all results here
Age Group racing is the next step up, not to be taken lightly but certainly nothing to be scared of.
Age Group Road Nationals
This weekend at Waipukurau. ITT’s on Friday with Road racing Saturday and Sunday.
This year BM is represented by 54 riders, a number well up on previous years. There is an increase in white shirts and hi viz vests because for most of us, this is as big as it gets.
Congratulations and good luck to all riders but especially our own Bike Manawatu reps. Many of our members are trying AGRN for the first time and they will all benefit and learn from the experience.
Philip Wilson is the Manager with Tim assisting him for the weekend so please, any questions contact them..
All the information is on the Cycling NZ website so keep an eye out for results.
Riders representing our club are:
How we are seen.
This old chestnut. Lets be socially responsible please people.
Witnessed and was told of some pretty poor form over the weekend.
Let’s keep it tidy.