1001 Continued

Day 5,

Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura via the inland road/Mt Lyford

When carol, Janette and I woke at Hanmer Springs on Wednesday, we opened the curtains to a red sky morning and the trees moving with quite a strong wind - things weren’t looking that great for our day ahead.  Off we went for breakfast, and when we returned, the wind had dropped and was almost non-existent.

We kitted up, got our bikes from the garage and assembled in the car park for a few words before departing in our groups.  Our first stop (and only food/drink stop), was at Waiau - we all arrived at pretty much the same time and we found the only cafe and headed in to place our orders.  The poor young guy behind the counter seemed to be a bit overwhelmed and confused with 30 or so food and coffee orders - probably the biggest rush this little place had seen. 

After fueling up, we were off - I’m not sure that any of us had driven this road, let alone cycled it, so we had no idea what we were in for, apart from what we’d been told by a gentleman in Waiau - that there were 5 decent gully’s that we would cross.  Early on we came to a small descent, about 200 metres of flat road and then a small climb out - I hopefully asked Rob if that’s what he would consider a gully, and he dashed my hopes that we’d be in for an easy ride by quickly saying no. Not long after, we arrived at Mt Lyford Lodge, hopeful of the carbs that a beer would provide, but sadly they were shut.  After a photo stop we carried on, and once the gully’s arrived, they didn’t disappoint, long flowy downhills with spectacular views, and climbs out the other side with views just as magical.  It was those magical views that took our minds off the climbs - New Zealand certainly has some stunning scenery.  I never counted the gully’s, but I’m sure they gentleman in Waiau was right and there were 5, after the last one, we had a long straight in to Kaikoura, and what felt like the wind picking up again.

We got to accommodation, and cleaned up, sorted our washing and cleaned our bikes.  There was no meal arranged for tonight, so everyone had a ‘free night’, group 1 decided to head off for a feed of fish and chips - a great choice in a sea side town, and the majority of group 1 and 2 headed in to town to see what we could find to eat, while a couple of the more ‘mature’ men among us found themselves at an alternative poetry evening, and from what I’ve heard they had a very interesting evening being educated on a number of things - I’m sure Wayne, Wal and Dennis would be only to happy to share the experience

Day 6, Kaikoura to Picton

Kaikoura treated us to a stunning morning, and we headed up State highway 1 toward Picton.  A number of us on this trip had travelled in the opposite direction early in 2016, the same year as the Kaikoura quake, and weren’t really sure what to expect.  There were still a number of stoppages for roadworks, but while stopped we got to look out at the dolphins playing, and really appreciate the beauty of our surroundings.  We also got to see how much damage the quake did and just how much work has been put in to getting the road operational again - they are doing amazing work.  While riding, we spotted the iconic Ninn’s Bins Crayfish caravan, and decided that we couldn’t come to Kaikoura and not get crayfish.  A phone call was made to the support van to collect, chill and transport the crayfish and a deal was done.  We carried on to the beautiful Kekerengu Store - those of us that were in the trip in 2016 were stoked that the weather was 100% better this time, and that we got to see it in all it’s beauty. 

After lunch, we headed back out - somehow, while stopped for lunch, the headwind had returned with a vengeance determined to make up for its absence in the last day or 2.  We had a few big climbs that we needed to conquer, and while stopped at Ward, the Harris sisters decided to enquire at the local service station if there were any more hills before Picton.  After explaining which direction they had come from, they were politely told they hadn’t done any hills yet, and they were still to come. 

We stopped in Seddon for coke and ice cream before heading off to battle the headwind again.

After navigating our way through the traffic and maze of Blenheim, we stopped at the Grove Hotel for a beer before tackling the last 25kms in to the headwind to Picton.  Due to the wind, our arrival in Picton was a bit late, but as dinner was to be an informal one of fish & chips with the crayfish it didn’t matter too much.  All of our accommodation has been really good, but this one had a beautiful harbour view, with a nice outdoor area for our dinner.  As it was our last meal together, we shared a few stories and memories from the trip before locking in the plans for our final day

Day 7, Picton to Palmerston North

The final leg of our ride didn’t end as we had planned for some of us - due to travel, mechanical and weather issues. 

We knew on Thursday that the forecast wasn’t looking great, but adding to our troubles, the ferry was more than an hour late arriving in to Wellington.  By the time we had disembarked and sorted ourselves out it was 1pm, and the bad weather was closing in fast. 

Group 1 headed away, they didn’t get the rain until the Akatarawa’s and it cleared for them not long after Waikanae.  They were the only group to complete the journey back to Palmerston North in their bikes - well done guys

Groups 2 and 3 struck the heavy rain on the Hutt Motorway, this is also group 2 got our 2nd and 3rd punctures of the whole trip.  On the Akatarawa’s we got another 2 punctures - the rain and punctures slowed us down so much that it was after 4pm by the time we reached the summit, and after 4.30 at Waikanae with the rain slowing our descent. 

With 70-80 kms still to ride, and there being no improvement in the weather looking possible and our remaining daylight fading fast - in the interests of the safety of the group, the difficult decision was made to call it a day and end the ride. 

Calls were made to arrange transport for the 20 riders and bikes, while we waited for them to arrive, we headed in to the Salt and Wood Collective at Waikanae for a drink and something to eat.  The team there were outstanding hosts, and even offered us their keg room to change out of our wet riding gear - thanks guys - and if you’re ever down that way, pop in and check them out.

We’d like to say congratulations and well done to everyone - even though the ride was cut short, we completed 7 days riding, almost 950kms and 8,500 metres climbed, that’s a fantastic achievement.

A big thank you to our support crew Neil and Jayne, but most of all, a huge thank you to our organiser Rob Ryan, without whom none of this would have been possible - lots of us have ideas, and talk about epic rides, but without Rob taking the time to organise this event - we’d still be talking about it rather than talking about the amazing scenery and memories we have made over the last 7 days - thanks for another awesome ride Rob

We would also like to once again acknowledge the valued support of our generous sponsors, and encourage you to support them where you can

Derek Harris - Odds & Sods
Derek, Selena, Coral and Robbie McNabb and their team at the Rosebowl Bakery and Cafe
Steve Harley - Central Plastering
The Adecco Group
Brush Strokes - Signwriting and Custom Graphics for the design of the logo and kit
Garry Buys - Bike Barn
Rob Ryan and the team at Palmfeild Motors 
And Mazda New Zealand for their extremely generous sponsorship of our kit, ensuring we looked great while training and on the 1001 Climb to the Top


Click Here to read about the first 4 days 

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Bike Manawatu Race 9 Results – Hill Climb Champs – 23 Feb 2019

Thank you to everyone who came out and rode today's Bike Manawatu Hill Climb Champs, there was some great riding out there, well done team!
Please click the link for results

BM Race 9 – BM Hill Climb Champs _ Resources.ws.RaceResults _ Webscorer-1



From 1 March 2019, in‐competition use of tramadol will be banned by the UCI across all disciplines. This new regulation, which is being introduced for medical reasons, allows for penalties to be imposed if the rules are broken.

*You would have received an email if you are a licenced member of Cycling New Zealand

What is Tramadol?

Tramadol is a painkiller in the synthetic opioid category. It is frequently used by cyclists, as shown by the findings of the World Anti‐Doping Agency (WADA)'s monitoring programme since 2012. In particular in the 2017 survey:

  • 4.4% of in‐competition tests on cyclists showed the use of  tramadol;
  • 68% of urine samples – taken from across 35 Olympic sports – containing tramadol were from cyclists.
What are the side effects of Tramadol?

The use of tramadol can have two types of side‐effect: nausea, drowsiness and loss of concentration (increasing the risk of race crashes), and gradual dependence on the substance with a risk of developing an addiction.
Tramadol is available on prescription, but is also freely available on the internet, which increases the risk of uncontrolled self‐medication.
In light of the risks associated with its use in competitive cycling, and in accordance with the UCI Management Committee decision of June 2018, the UCI Medical Regulations will ban in‐competition use of tramadol. The regulations will be published on the UCI website shortly.

What is the purpose of the ban?

The ban is based on a desire to reduce the risk of crashes, and that of drug dependency, among riders.
The new regulation will come into force on 1 March 2019. Any rider taking part in an event registered on a national or international calendar may be chosen to provide a blood sample as a test for tramadol.
Testing will take place in‐competition, after races, across all disciplines and categories.
This will be managed by the UCI's Medical Director, with logistical and personnel support from the Cycling Anti‐Doping Foundation (CADF).

How will the test be conducted?

Testing will take place in-competition, in particular but not only at the end of the races.
The sample collection is not invasive and will be conducted using a sampling kit to collect a limited amount of blood from the rider's fingertip.
This will be managed by the UCI's Medical Director, with logistical and personnel support from the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF).
Like in anti-doping, avoiding a tramadol test will be treated as a positive test.

What method will be used?

Dried blood droplets will be tested for presence of Tramadol, using a high‐precision analysis technique. Positive or negative results will depend on the presence or absence of the substance in the blood (there is no threshold).  The sample will be collected by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF} in parallel with its anti­ doping testing.
The analysis will be carried out in a reference laboratory, with the results sent to the UCI Medical Director within a maximum of 4‐5 days.

What are the penalties?

Rider penalties

  • A first offence committed by a rider will be penalised with disqualification from the event, alongside all resulting consequences (loss of medals, points and prize money). In addition, a fine of CHF5,000 will be imposed if the rider is a member of a UCI‐registered team. In all other cases, the fine will be CHF1,000.
  • A second offence will result in disqualification from the event and a five‐month suspension. If a further offence is committed, a nine‐month suspension will be incurred.

Team penalties

  • If two riders belonging to the same UCI‐registered team commit an offence within a period of 12 months, the team will be fined CHF10,000. If a further offence is committed within the same 12‐month period, the team will be suspended for a period of between 1 and 12 months, to be determined by the UCI Disciplinary Commission.

Please note this does not replace any testing done by Drug Free Sport New Zealand, and is conducted by the CADF independently of Drug Free Sport New Zealand. Drug Free Sport New Zealand will continue with their normal programme.

Further information will be available once the UCI publish their updated medical regulations, which incorporate the Tramadol ban. Cycling New Zealand will send an update when this information is released.

Kairanga ITT Results 20 Feb 2019 & Updated ITT Records

 ITT results20 Feb 2019

Congratulations to Ian Eagle who took 2 seconds off his record time this week along with Ellen Twiss who bet her previous record time by 23 seconds as well.
Well done & great work to everyone who turned up.

12km ITT - BikeManawatu Age Group Records - All Time-1 Updated 21 Feb 2019

Click Here to view the updated Time Trial Records Spreadsheet

Up & Coming Events for week ending 22 February 2019

Sat 23 Feb 

BM Race 9 – BM Hill Climb Champs  - Please pre-register HERE 
Race 9 Hill Climb Champs

Sun 24 Feb
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride
Bike Manawatu Track – Feilding – Club 500m TT Champs

Tues 28 Feb
Bike Manawatu Track – Feilding

Wed 27 Feb
Kairanga ITT (Race 3 of 3) 

Sat 2 March

BM Race 10 – BM ITT Champs / Mobberly (Masters) Cup – Please pre register HERE
Race 10 ITT champs

Sun 2 March
Bike Manawatu Track – Feilding - Club Flying 200m Champs

Tues 5 March
Bike Manawatu Track – Feilding

Thurs 7 March
2019 Vantage Age Group Track National Championships

Fri 8 March
2019 Vantage Age Group Track National Championships

Sat 9 March
2019 Vantage Age Group Track National Championships
Bush Tour

Sun 10 March
2019 Vantage Age Group Track National Championships
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride

Tues 12 March
BM Race 11 – BM Mid Week Summer Races – Akers Road
Race 11 Mid week racing akers road

Sat 16 March
Novice Tour 2019
Taranaki Masters Cycling

Sun 17 March
Novice Tour 2019
Taranaki Masters Cycling
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride

We also have other club key dates

Sun 24 March – Bike Manawatu Track – Feilding – Season Closing
Tues 26 March – BM Race 12 –  Akers Road
Sun 14 AprilBM Race 13 BM & WCNI Road Race Champs – TBC
Sat 11 May – BM AGM & Road / Track Prizegiving
Sun 19 MayManfeild 6 Hour Cycle Challenge