Moving Back and Looking Forward for 2018 Novice Tour.

Bike Manawatu is proud to announce the course and more details of the 45th running of the Novice tour, 2018.

For many years the Novice tour has been the last Junior Road Cycling event on the Calendar and has had fantastic support from riders all over the country.

Being staged at the start of December gave the riders a chance to put a “full stop” on the years racing and was a swan song event for riders leaving the Schools racing system.

It did however place the event right in the middle of track season, right at the end of exams and at a time of the year that riders, sponsors and organisers alike were extremely busy in other activities.

Not wanting to be the ones who “missed a year”, our committee has chosen to make a calendar move in two steps

With consultation of Cycling New Zealand, and the wish to running closer to our other Junior Tours, Bike Manawatu will this year run the Novice Tour on September 15thand 16th. The second step to complete the transition is our 2019 event will run March 16th and 17th.

This aligns the 3 major Junior tours at the same time of the year with CHB tour locked in for March 30th-31st and welcoming back TA tour on April 6-7th.

We are pleased to announce that Ashhurst Engineering and Construction are our Naming rights sponsor again for 2018

Race Numbers and Transponder pick up will be at Palmfeild Mazda and Subaru Friday evening with late pick up at the event base, Ashhurst School, the next morning…please let us know if this will be you.

We will again be running 4 age groups, both genders, vying for Yellow, Mountain and Sprint Jerseys.

This year we are accepting U23 and Elite Women to race with the U19 women as happened at CHB this year.

Adam Currie from Central Bike Studios will be on hand Saturday for emergency repairs and assistance.

We cannot thanks Ashhurst School and the community enough for their support on this event

Saturday morning we start with a new version of the Hiwinui Loop Road race circuit that takes us all the way down to Campbells Road. This gives us a longer flat section of road for those building up to NZ Schools in ChCh.

The start and finish are all up Oxford Street with the Hill section in and out of Ashhurst closed to traffic controllers from the start and finish of the races.

Laps and distances vary with Age Groups

Saturday Afternoon there is an ITT. In a reversal from last year we are allowing TT bikes for u19 and this is likely to be the norm moving on, once again to assist CNZ .

U 17 will have clip on Aero bars, nothing allowed for u 13 and 15. Helmets as per current NZC rules

Sunday morning we have our iconic Valley road stage. We will be having an early start as there is the final round of the Mountain Bike series that a lot of our riders compete in that afternoon.

Once again laps and distances to suit age groups with all groups except U 13 starting at Ashhurst School.

The U13 grades this year will start further back up the course to the summit of Valley Road.

This gives them the run down Valley Road that many local riders look forward to every week, with out the climb up Valley road that many dread.

Once again the down hill section coming into Ashhurst will be closed to traffic when the riders are lapping and finishing for safer decents’.

We expect Prizegiving at the Ashhurst Inn to start around 1.30 for an early departure home.

Traffic Management and Safety are our big focus , and all of our expectations increase every year.

Because of the daylight hours and where we are on the calendar we are back to 3 stages this year in a more compact programme.

Novice tour over the years has had a prize money pool, but this was outside the protocol of some of our funding agencies and sponsors wishes.

Moving forward there are Grade Jerseys as always, Trophies as always, but now random Spot Prizes to complete the Prize pool over all the age groups

Our entry fees have reduced, the organisation has stepped up, the event will be awesome, we cant wait to see you there.

Bike Manawatu is excited to announce the racing calendar for the rest of 2018 and beyond.

All the dates are on the website and the Road course maps will come up as they are passed through our Traffic Management process. All information will be updated as we get closer

The overall view is, with the exception of the first race at Akers road, that we will have the events Saturday Afternoon starting at 3.00 or even later.

This allows everyone to get there weekend activities done, household chores etc, come and race and finish in time to have the evening free. It also allows Sunday Morning rides not to be compromised.

We are trying to encourage the social element after the races, so let’s head to an establishment for a debrief…

There will be overall points with prizes at the end of the series, not necessarily for the fastest rider, but everyone will be in the running

Our courses start of Flat…the first 3 are….dead flat. We will cater for all grades, ages and genders.

As we go on through the calendar they will become more challenging for those building up to Taupo and other iconic events.

The ITT series this year is in October with a rain date first week December.

The Manfeild Criterium Series is again every Tuesday in November with the third Crit having a Fixie/track bike race..

Ian Gray and his Committee start the track season with have a go days, bike fits and orientation…

There will be events held for Road bikes…no gear changing the start of the season, once again details will be updated on the website.

So there’s plenty for everyone coming up.

If you want to have a go, you’ll feel welcome.

Ride Safe, Ride Hard

Bike Manawatu Track Dates for the 2018-19 Season

Bike Manawatu 2018 Road Racing Dates

It all comes down to 60 minutes

It's a moment for you all to grab your cowbells, stock up on fries and Roosters beer and/ or ginger beer, and get along to EIT to scream you lungs out, for this weekend the Cyclocross National Championships descends on the Hawkes Bay. Don't miss out on being part of our own little piece of history, plus you can still ride the fun events before the hitters get underway. So, enter online right now, it's the same $10 cash only you always pay for the Bay Ford Cyclocross series. Not sure if you can make it, enter anyway, and if you can't come along no stress you only pay on the day.

Race Weekend Schedule

Saturday 21st July: 

12-5pm: The course is open for training.

Sunday 22nd July:

8:00am: Registration from 8:00am till 8:50am.

9:00am: Balance bikes parent and child fun ride. Event fee, free.

9:10am: Whittakers Chocolates kids 7 years and under. (Five minutes). Event fee, gold coin donation.

9:20am: Supervision Sports Future Stars Kids 10 and under. (Ten minutes). Event fee, gold coin donation.

9:35am: CX30 all comers event (30 minutes) Event fee, $15 ($10 for Hawkes Bay Series competitors)

10:15am: Masters men 2+ and all masters women (30 minutes) Event fee, $45.

11:15am: Women Elite, Junior men and Junior women (45 minutes) Event fee, $45.

12:30pm: Men Elite and Masters men 1 (60 minutes) Event fee, $45.

Roosters Brewery prize giving at the conclusion of the events.


Get down and dirty this weekend

The team at CXHB

Bike Manawatu Trust House Team.

We are getting close with formalising a Bike Manawatu Trust House Series Masters 2 (45-55) team.

What I would describe as a Competitive Bunch have put their names forward for this grade but to give us some options we need more when some riders are unavailable.

Give Tim a Txt or call him on 027 496 4411.

There is also an opportunity for other teams , with the support of Bike Manawatu, to enter the Masters one and three grades.

Check out the Website at  Ask around, ring around, contact Tim and BM will help to assist you get a team together.

Entries close 12th August

Bike Manawatu Happy Hour

When: The Last Friday of the Month
Where: Lonestar on the Square
Time: from 5.30pm
Celebrate the end of the month with a couple of drinks and some nibbles at Lone Star on the last Friday of the month from 5.30pm. Bring the whole family along and have a great catch up with the rest of the Manawatu cycling community!

  • Friday 27th July 2018
  • Friday 31st August 2018
  • Friday 28th September 2018
  • Friday 26th October 2018
  • Friday 30th November 2018