We are pleased to announce that the ‘Churchyard Physiotherapy La Femme fun ride’ will take place on Sunday March 1st, this year joining together with the community to raise money for the Palmerston North Cancer Society.
The Routes have been altered to meet everyone's needs, including ‘The Cancer Society 20k family fun ride’, taking in the beautiful scenic riverbank track, 44 and 60 km routes out in the gorgeous Manawatu countryside and we have included a three person accumulator this year to make the experience a lot more enjoyable and very achievable for anyone!
This year we are beginning in the Centennial Lagoon area, and returning there for a light brunch and entertainment after the event.
Registrations will be available early next week at the BikeManawatu website.
I thought it was about time I provided the membership with an update from the Board in my capacity as interim Chair of Bike Manawatu (BM).
Paul’s shoes are very large ones to fill. He has left the Board and the organisation in good shape, and I hope, in the short term at least, I can do as good a job as he. I will continue as Chair until the AGM, at which point we will see who is on the Board from that point forward. In accordance with the BM Constitution, the elected Board then will elect a Chair for a one-year term.
With Paul’s resignation however, and that of Sue MacMaster more recently, there are two spots on the Board to fill. The Board has the power to co-opt two members to the Board and one of these positions has been filled by Brendon Hapeta. We welcome Brendon’s business knowledge and enthusiasm and support for cycling, and I’m certain he will be able to help us successfully achieve our goals. The Board thus consists of: Steve Stannard (Chair), Mike Christie (Deputy Chair), Iona McCarthy, Marcel Hollenstein, Kelly Johnson, and Brendon Hapeta. Glenys Taylor is the secretary of BM, reporting to the Board.
It’s notable that mid-October signals the beginning of prize-giving “season” in the Manawatu. We have a number of members nominated for and finalists for awards at a variety of prize-giving functions. Last night I attended the Girls High Sports Awards and it was great to see so many cyclists receiving commendations for their performances through the year.
These prize-giving events culminate with the Manawatu Sports Awards on the 7th of Nov; we have quite a number of BM riders in there as finalists, including Jesse and Simon in the Sportsman of the Year category. Good luck to all finalists!