Fellow club members,
For the meantime my Bike Manawatu journey must come to an end.
I have developed a slow leak and the peloton is moving too quick to stay on.
I hate being dropped but tomorrow is another day.
On advice at many levels, my energy needs to be conserved as I confront and beat my next challenge.
So it is with a heavy heart that I resign from the Board.
It is a heavy heart because there are still so many good things ahead for Bike Manawatu.
And the Board has been and will be integral in setting the strategies for our members going forward.
We are the most progressive club in the country and that will continue, of that I am convinced.
All the best for the future.
Paul van Velthooven
Firstly I'll apologise for my lack of updates the last few months as it's been hectic as always and every time I planned to sit down and put pen to paper to finish it off something else becomes a priority.
Since the last update I have had some good battles and results in the Japanese Keirin League racing in the cities of Omiya, Chiba, and Maebashi. It was great travelling to these tracks with the German Stefan Botticher as he is a true East German where everything has to be absolutely perfect and to the point. Living in Japan and sharing a room with Stefan has definitely made me even more OCD, which I hope is a good thing, because to be the best you really do need to make sure you account for all those 1% gains.
Despite the threat of inclement weather, a strong number of riders turned up for the Jocelyn Goodwin Memorial ride that was held on 21 June. It was estimated that over 100 riders turned up to ride the 30km course. The unexpected media coverage by the Manawatu Standard provided the ride with some additional profile and as a result the capability of riders was diverse going from elite professional (Jesse Sergent) at one end of the spectrum to your average cycling enthusiast at the other.
To be held at Marist Clubrooms on Friday 25th July. Doors open at 7pm at which time the bar will be open with quiz under way at 7.30pm
Tables of 6 people maximum. Ticket for a table of 6 is $105 .
Light refreshments will be provided.
Prizes for each round of questions including general knowledge, current affairs, films/music/TV, NZ and history, photos from around the world and possibly a Tui round.
So get a group of friends together. All proceeds from the night go to the junior development fund.
Tickets available by contacting Joanne Stewart, Robert Stannard, Glenys Taylor, Rebecca Allan or Jordan Castle.