Wellington Junior Track Champs 2019

This post is dedicated to all of our junior riders, their families & supporters who attended today's Wellington Junior Track Champs. 9 riders, 14 medals, 7 golds, 3 silvers & 4 bronze medals were our total haul. I cannot emphasize enough how proud we were to see our junior riders compete with passion, maintain their safety, show empathy, respect & appreciation to all those present. We certainly livened things up. You have all represented the Bike Manawatu Track Cycling Club with honour, integrity, & pride with distinction of the highest calibre. I personally would like to thank each & everyone of you for taking the time to race today.

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Bike Manawatu Track Cycling Championships Results –2 Feb 2019

Boy, we certainly have a "Hearty" bunch of riders who showed up in less than favourable conditions to have a go at our Individual Pursuit club championships. Ewan Cousins produced two extremely awesome rides to come within 2 tenths of a second of Campbell Stewart's 2000m IP record, & then missed the mark by 3 tenths of a second for Angus Claasen's flying 200m record. Harrison Craw broke 3 minutes during his 2000m IP race, & earned himself a prize, yet to be determined by Mr Ian Gray (Harrison likes McDonalds) As for all our other riders, you did blimmin great to post the times you all managed in the wind today. Huge hugs & High 5's to all our "Track Angels" for exceptional time keeping, incredible record keeping abilities, amazing holding power & our supporters for all their heartfelt encouragement for everyone today.

Up & Coming Events for week ending 01 February 2019

Fri 1 Feb
NZ Masters Games

Sat 2 Feb
NZ Masters Games

Sun 3 Feb
NZ Masters Games
Dynamo Team Road Series. Race 5
BM Track Cycling
BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride

Sun 4 Feb
Wellington Junior Track Champs

Thurs 7 Feb
2019 Vantage Elite & U19 Track National Championships

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


Being a member of any club, the call for volunteers is something we all hear a lot.  Over the years I have volunteered a lot of my time to swimming clubs, School Boards, various school committees, coached children’s sports teams and I’ve even been known to man the BBQ at the odd sausage sizzle.  However, with cycling (apart from being a member of the Bike Manawatu Board), the majority of my interaction with volunteers has been as a competitor, thanking the Marshall’s as I ride past.

At the end of 2017 I decided to try and give something back, so I volunteered to help out with the Novice Tour, I drove the Lead Car for the U17 Girls Road Race.  It was a totally new experience viewing the race from this angle, and really quite inspiring to see so many young cyclists participating in the tour and thoroughly enjoying themselves.  And the weekend before last, as I wasn’t riding the Slicks and Stones event, I decided to volunteer for this as well, again it was fantastic to be out there helping a local event and viewing the race from a different angle, and it was somewhat rewarding to be able to give something back to a sport that has given me so much over the years.

As you know, we are currently recruiting volunteers for this years Novice Tour.  This event has been running since 1974, and previous tour winners include well known cyclists Eric MacKenzie, Gary Anderson, Cath Cheatley, Greg Henderson and Campbell Stewart to name a few.

While the Tour is a weekend long event, any time you can spare would be a huge help, and what a great way to help your club and the future superstars of the New Zealand cycling scene – we’ve all seen from our clubs U23 riders at the Elite Nationals what the depth of youth cycling is in the mighty Manawatu.

If you can help out please contact our secretary Keryn Paekau – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.