Saturday 21 June 2014
With the blessing of Garry Wadsworth and the family, Bike Manawatu is going to host a memorial ride for Jocelyn Goodwin who was killed on the 6th of April while on a training ride in Palmerston North.
Many of us knew Jocelyn but she was never one to make a big deal of what she achieved on a bike. Her real achievements on a bike and elsewhere in life only came to be more widely known after the accident and they were a testament to the kind of person she was.
Many of us quickly realised how passionate she was about cycling and her willingness to contribute elsewhere in the club by administratively supporting events was greatly appreciated. She will be sadly missed. It is therefore fitting that we remember Jocelyn by organising a memorial ride in her honour.
When: 21 Jun 14
Assembly time and start point: 8.45 am at Hokowhitu School on Albert Street
Finish Point: Russell Street School on Russell Street
Departure time: 9.00am
Welcome to Issue 9: The Latest News from New Zealand track cyclist, Simon van Velthooven.
When I ride my bike each day my tyres hum through the banked corners at the Keirin school training velodrome, the finish line looms and more often than not we are hitting near on 70km/hour inches away from each other’s 22mm tires.
It seemed like I was coming home when travelling back for my 5th year in the land of the rising sun to compete in the Japanese Keirin league.
On Thursday the 8th of May, Campbell Stewart, Chris Denholm, Carne Groube and I met at Palmerston North Airport. We were about to leave for Canberra, Australia for the Peter Blackshaw Real Estate 2014 Junior and Women's Canberra Tour. We flew to Auckland where we met John Rippon, the coach, and Connor Brown. (Brayden Stephens, the last rider of the team, was flying from Christchurch to Canberra). Our next flight was to Melbourne, then to Canberra. We stayed at the student accommodation flats of Canberra University.
On the Friday, we unpacked our bikes
This weekend Bike Manawatu will have close to a record level of entries (32) to the Club Road Nationals to be held in Cambridge. What is most impressive is the range of entries from Junior right through to the Masters categories with a Bike Manawatu representative in virtually every age group.
The way our riders are performing and the form they are in, suggests we could have a host of National Champions by the end of the weekend.
Over recent weeks our riders have been on the podium in the Te Awamutu Tour, the CHB Tour and the Easter Tour in Wairarapa.
The Te Awamutu Tour in particular has a great history of providing future champions and is an important selection race for the Junior riders.
This year we had Robert Stannard and Campbell Stewart place first and second in the U17 grade. Awesome work and possibly a first time that one club has scooped the first two places. Robert is the first Manawatu rider to win U17 since James Dobson in 2005. Campbell has been second the past two years running. Campbell won U15 in 2012.
I recall Luke MCarthy won the U19 KOM in 2002 and then overall GC in 2003 before he went on to represent NZ at the Junior World Champs in Canada.
Michalea Drummond won the U17 girls GC this year which is a first for girls from our area.
It is important to celebrate successes as they cannot be guaranteed and the gaps can be wide. I have a feeling though that we should brace for much more success in the short to medium term at least.
Well done to all the riders on making it to the Road Nationals. The progress some have made over the past year is impressive and I am sure we will have more names to celebrate by the end of this weekend. Have fun.
Wear your Bike Manawatu jersey with distinction and go well.... and big thanks to John Arbuckle for being team manager.