Communique No. 2

Selectors have confirmed some successful candidates for the Track Nationals 7 – 10 March and need to observe others one more time to complete the WCNI Team.
We are needing to complete the entry form by Sunday evening so with that in mind, we urge all riders to attend the River City Wheel Race Event in Wanganui this Saturday so we can get a final look at you.
Could ALL riders hoping to compete at Nationals please provide either Nick Spark (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 027 4853632) Dave Hoskin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 027 450 5282) or Kim Andersen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 027 297 2009) with the following:


Age Grade:


CNZ License Number:

Parents Name and phone number:

Email address:

Events you want to ride:

I know some of you will feel this is doubling up, but there are some riders we are yet to hear from and we need the above confirmed via email to ensure there is no misunderstanding on anyone’s part.

We assume you all have your travel and accommodation sorted.

We will advise successful athletes of an information evening we are planning for next week where all questions can be answered, skin suits organized etc.
Look forward to hearing from you soon. Please circulate this notice to all your cycling buddies as failure to respond my mean you will miss out on selection.
See you all on Saturday.

Regards, the selectors.

Also a shout out for helpers as we have upwards of 26 riders and just 3-4 helpers for the event. Normally we require 1 handler per 5 riders plus a coach and manager and assistant manager so upwards of 8 helpers. Helpers must have current race or handlers licence but we wont be able to send all the riders without the appropriate level of support. If you think you can help please contact one of the names above

Gravel and Tar, Slicks and Stones Wrap-up for 2019

Well, the Gravel and Tar UCI races and the Slicks and Stones 100 event, were run and won for 2019
on January 19th. And what a day it was! With twelve men’s teams in the Classic and eight women’s
teams in the La Femme, the professional races lived up to their name as being the hardest one-day
races in Australasia.

The men’s event was taken out by local rider Luke Mudgway riding for EvoPro, the Irish registered
Continental team, whilst the women’s event went to Brodie Chapman from Australia, riding for the
Oceania Women’s Cycling team.

Interviewed at the finish line, Brodie commented, “That’s the most fun I’ve had on a bike in one day,
ever!”. And she called that, “fun”?

You can view the fantastic videos of the races here:
Classic (men’s):
La Femme:

For Slicks and Stones riders, there was just as much fun. Run over approx. 100kms and covering the
same 40 kms of gravel as the pro events, 49 intrepid riders started. The quality of the field can be
gauged by the fact that 44 of the 49 completed the event, with the first over the line, Brendan
Sharratt (Wanganui) completing the distance at an average of 34.8 km/h. He was closely followed by
Carlos Lopez-Lozano (Palmerston North) and Andrew Pointon.

For those of you thinking about doing the Slicks and Stones Challenge next year, here are a few of
the many comments from those who participated in 2019 …

I think you guys have something pretty special with this event... Really looking forward to it
again next year.

The course was great! Thanks to all that made the event possible.

Excellent event and fantastic group of riders very friendly and helpful. I lost some skin and a
lot of pride but really, really enjoyed the entire day. Thanks very much to all those involved.

Thanks for the great tough day of riding, event was well organised.

I just wanted to say that the event was exceptionally well organised, for which I’m very

I had a lot of fun racing on gravel yesterday. I think the Slicks and Stones has potential to
grow into a much bigger event, so I hope you run it again next year.

I’ll be telling all my friends to give it a crack next year!

That was spectacular! Thank you for the awesome event – I’ll definitely be back next year. 

So, there you have it – start getting ready for 2020, now.

PS. If you think you’d like to be involved as a non-rider, do let us know. We are on the lookout for
volunteers on the day and in the week or so leading up to the event.

Up & Coming Events for week ending 08 February 2019

Tomorrow marks the start of our first club road race for 2019 – Our Cheltenham Classic.
Thanks to R-Line we will have 10L of R-Line mixed up and ready for our riders to have a try.
This will be the first of a few club races to have this great opportunity to re-fuel, re-hydrate and enjoy after a great ride.
We will also get to trial our brand new timing system which we were able to purchase with the amazing help of our grant funders the NZ Racing Board.
Please note as this is our first time using the system live we do expect teething issues, we'd like to encourage our riders to pre-register online to help with the process, however we will still welcome on the day entries.
Thank you

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Fri 8 Feb
2019 Vantage Elite & U19 Track National Championships

Sat 9 Feb
2019 Vantage Elite & U19 Track National Championships
BM Race 8 – Cheltenham Classic New Date

Sun 10 Feb
2019 Vantage Elite & U19 Track National Championships
Dynamo Team Road Series. Race 6
BM Track Cycling
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride

Tues 12 Feb
BM Track Cycling

Wed 13 Feb
Kairanga ITT (Race 1 of 3)

Sat 16 Feb
Bev May Tour (Womens)
River City Wheelrace

Sun 17 Feb
Bev May Tour (Womens)
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride

Wed 20 Feb
Kairanga ITT (Race 2 of 3)

Fri 22 Feb
Bike Manawatu Happy Hour

Sat 23 Feb
BM Race 9 – BM Hill Climb Champs
Sun 24 Feb
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride

Wed 27 Feb
Kairanga ITT (Race 3 of 3)

We also have other club key dates

Sat 2 MarchBM Race 10 – ITT Champs
Tues 12 MarchBM Race 11 – Akers Road
16-17 MarchNovice Tour
Tues 26 March – BM Race 12 –  Akers Road
Sun 14 AprilBM Race 13 BM & WCNI Road Race Champs

Thank you to everyone who came out and rode our first club race for 2019. It sure was a hot day!

Big shout out to R Line for supplying our riders with great product to #refuel& #rehydrate today. If you didnt make it out to Saturday’s race, don’t worry we have been generously given a few bottles from R-Line to have at our up and coming road races.

Also Bruce McKenzie Booksellers for supplying a special prize for todays race which was won by Deb Cuff chosen for her great riding out there today, "Rider of the Day" Deb gave it her all

Also a special mention to Thomas Stannard who took out Saturday’s race Great work!

Thanks again to everyone who rode or volunteered out there on Saturday, we really appreciate it. Without our volunteers we simply could not run our races.

Also a big thank you to the NZ Racing Board for helping us purchase our new timing system we were able to use for the first time - how cool was it being able to post results so fast – If you or someone you know is keen to train up and learn how to operate our timing, please do let us know. We have some simple easy to follow instructions to help everyone out.

Please find the link to our results HERE

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Bike Manawatu Track Meeting Results–Tuesday 5th February 2019