Under the leadership of Garry Buys and his trusted lieutenants, 38 cyclists of varying ages and experience set off into the unknown on a three day 500km ride to the Hawkes Bay in three suitable groups last Saturday.
Tackling very strong winds on the first day was a big challenge while traveling the picturesque back blocks to complete the 180km to Hastings. Some riders doing 200k just to say they could. A well deserved group dinner and some refreshments set everyone up for the second days ride with many finishing off the day with a steep climb to the top of Tamata Peak.Ara accomplishment.
The traditional final nights group dinner was a memorable evening with lots of great stories on one another's cycling efforts and antics.Enough said. The next morning with tired legs ahead of the 174k ride home was the hot topic of conversation. Suprisingly the sun came out and after some spirited riding home everyone reached Palmerston North safely to celebrated their achievements at Hotel Coachman in true kiwi style.
Well done to all involved especially to Garry Buys and his support team for a memorable Three Day Big Easy.
Tuesday nights from 5pm -8pm
When: Starts 25th of October, November 2,9,16,23,30th
Where: Manfeild South Street
CRITERIUM SERIES 2016
Tuesday 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th November
Track open from 5.30pm
Registration from 5.30pm
First race 6pm
Manfeild Motor racing Circuit
Entry from South Street
Entry for the whole series is free
New riders are able to “Have a go” for 2 rounds of the series with no membership expectations.
Thereafter and in all other instances riders must as a minimum be a social member of Bike Manawatu (BM). This costs $45 for adults and $35 for juniors (U19 at 31 Dec) /per annum (these are the 2017 subscription fees which will apply from 17 October 2016) and can be arranged by contacting Christine Christie or at registration on the day.
BM membership provides Third Party Liability insurance to individual riders in the event of an accident during a BM organised race. Non-members will not be covered by the clubs policy.
To avoid clogging up registration on the evening please pre register by the Sunday evening prior to the first round you intend to ride. On the day registrations will be taken but are not preferred.
To pre register simply email your name (Christian & Surname) to Christine Christie at;
On the Day
Registration and sign on will be open from 5.30 and close at 6.15pm
Riders must sign on for each round they compete
At your first registration you will receive a race pack that contains a race number that you will keep for the whole series. It will be your responsibility to bring your number to each round. If you forget it you may still race, but will not be eligible for any points at that round. There will be a $5 fee for numbers not returned at completion of the series
The following grades will be available;
Novice Schools. – Aimed at new or inexperienced riders of any school age. This group will be accompanied by experienced riders who will provide on the road marshalling and helpful tips and advice for those new to riding in a bunch.
D Grade – Aimed at riders with limited experience and or low levels of fitness. Anticipated average speed approx. 25km/hr
C Grade – Aimed at younger experienced riders or adults with an average level of fitness. Anticipated average speed 30-35km/hr
B Grade – Aimed at experienced racing riders with an above average fitness level. Anticipated average speed 40km/hr
A Grade – Aimed at rides with a high level of experience and race fitness. Anticipated average speed 45+km/hr
Riders will be graded by the race organisers and may be re assessed from time to time.
We will need 1 person to assist with registration, 1-2 callers, 3 marshals and 2 people to help with finish line judging and recording. If you are able to help with any of these rolls please let Christine know in advance or advice the registration team on the evening.
We need two experienced A grade riders to provide on the road marshalling for Novice Schools & D grade and 1 experienced B grade rider to sit at the back of C grade to marshal when A grade passes. Please volunteer in advance or on the on the night.
The race circuit will be the 1.2km inside loop.
Restricted junior gearing is not compulsory
With the exception of Novice Schools all other grades will be combined (D&B and C&A) on the track together. Combined grades will assemble in the start area together and there will be a short time delay between grade starts. Riders dropped from their grade shall not join in or interfere with the other grade on the circuit. Riders who have been dropped and are being lapped by their grade must not join back in. At the race managers discretion riders who are about to be lapped may be pulled from the race.
Faster riders must give way to slower riders and pass to the outside when passing on a corner
There will be no lap out for crashes or mechanical difficulties
The outside loop of the track will be a dedicated warm up area and will be accessed from pit lane.
There shall be no warming up (fast riding) in the pit lane area - unless on rollers.
It will be the rider’s responsibility to at the pit lane assembly point prior to their start time. From there they will be released onto the track after the last rider from the previous grade has finished.
Riders must follow the marshal’s directions at all times particularly leaving the circuit at the completion of your race. There will be no roll around lap.
6pm - Novice Schools
6.20pm – D & B Grade
D Grade 15 mins plus 2 laps
B Grade 30 mins plus 2 laps
7.00pm – C & A Grade
C Grade 30 mins plus a lap
A Grade 45mins plus a lap
Points will be awarded at intermediate primes and the finish which will be awarded double points.
Prime laps will be signalled by a whistle
The final lap will be signalled by a bell
Points will be award for the top 6 in each sprint;
1st = 6 points
6th = 1 point
The total accumulated points from all sprints will determine the top 6 places for each round with round points being award on the same basis ie 1st - 6 points
The total accumulated points from each round will be determine the overall ranking for each grade
at completion of the series.
Time: 5pm to 8pm
5pm to 6pm warmup laps
6pm Novice school grade
C Grade; Starting out riders
In the interest of safety, Bike Manawatu and Manfeild are excited to bring to all aged cyclist schools, masters and starting out riders boys, girls, men and women this Bike Manawatu Club Criterium series to be held at the iconic Manfeild circuit in Feilding.
The fast 1.2k circuit is located at the front of the Manfeild Grandstand off South Street. Most clubs would love this kind of safe and exiting off road event and we are pleased to be able to bring you something exciting and different for everyone.
We are finalising details with our series organisers Brett Tivers and Mike Craine so watch out for further details.But get ready for some fun on the Track.
Watch out for our local Bike Manawatu Robert Stannard and Campbell Stewart racing this week at the ICU World Road in Qatar. Go boys!
Garry Buys has once again put together a group of 40 masters riders who this weekend set off from Palmerston North on a three day cycling feast to the Hawkes Bay and back covering some 450km or more and seeing some stunning NZ countryside. Go well everyone and go safe.
It doesn't matter how big or small. If you would like to be involved in sponsorship for any of our many Club events just drop a line to Christine Christie secretary@bike manawatu.co.nz and we will talk with you to see how we can best support you and the event. Giving something back is a rewarding thing to do many have said.
Upcoming events to watch out for:
Bike Manawatu Club Criterium Series.
Bike Manawatu Summer road series.
Bike Manawatu Track series
Trust House series.
Bike Manawatu Time Trials.
The Novice Tour.
Gravel and Tarr
When:Friday 30th of September
Where; Lonestar on the Square
Time; 5.30- 7pm
See you there.
Bike Manawatu want to congratulate our local schools for last weekends three days of NZ Secondary School Cycling Nationals held here in the Manawatu. All schools riders produced some outstanding and well deserved success from year 7 though to year thirteen all doing well and competing for their personal bests and medal honours which kept everyone entertained. A special mention to some standout performances:
Hiwinui;Individual Road Race:Gold Medals; Under 13 Boys Chenuka Rajapakse,Under 17 Girls Connie Obrien, Under 17 Boys Dylan Simpson. Silver Medals; Under 15b Boys Jack Pronk,Under 20 Boys Campbell Stewart. Bronze Medal; Under 14 Rosie Obrien.
Manfeild; Individual Points Race; Gold Medals; Under 13 Boys Chenuka Rajapakse, Under 14 Girls Rosie Obrien, Under 17 Boys Madi-Hartley Brown,Under 20 Boys Campbell Stewart.
Silver Medals; Under 14 Boys Adam Francis,Dra Caldwell,Ben Irvine.
Koputorua Time Trails; Gold medals; PNBHS under 20 Boys, Silver Medals PNGHS Under 20 Girls,PNINS Intermediate Boys 7-8.
Check out all race results on http://www.sportsground.co.nz/nzschoolscycling and continue to follow these local rising stars.
The Novice Tour: 3rd and 4th of December. This is a big National three stage event held in the Manawatu for under,13,15,17,and 19 riders.A tough three days of some of the best riders accross New Zealand going for honours in the 40 year old classic.
Gravel and Tar Classic; 29 of January; A multi surface team cycle Challenge with prize money up for grabs.Watch out for international teams, NZ and local rider in the elite events and then there's the recreational riders events. Try it you will like it for something different.
Check out Bike Manawatu website for further information as events get closer
When; Next Friday 30th of September.
Where; Lone Star on the Square
Bike Manawatu do not have a club rooms so to support our Sponsors and members we provide a monthly "BM Happy Hour" at a nice friendly venue with discounted drinks for our cycling community. Fellow bikers, this is our time out of lycra to catch up and have a laugh together. If you haven't already, we would love to see you make the effort to join us next Friday.
If you haven't witnessed racing at it's best, this weekend in our region is your chance to watch three days of action packed Schools Cycling Nationals racing.
Saturday 24th: Team Time Trial at Koputorua Levin
Sunday 25th; Road Race at Hiwinui
Monday 26th; Points Racing at Manfeild
The best of our local riders and the best of NZ are competing for school honours and reputations. Exciting stuff not to be missed.
Last weekend the Trust House Series in the Wairarapa got underway.Team BikeBox, Team Ashhurst and Team Bike Manawatu as well other local riders in various teams are competing in a five event series finishing on the 4th December. The first day of points saw Joel Yates of Team Skoda in 4th place and master rider Tane Humphrey of Bike Manawatu in 15th in the masters two event which are both tremendous efforts. Check out results cyclingseriesnz.co.nz
Robert Stannard, Campbell Stewart, Chris Denholm and Alex West are a talented group of Manawatu and NZ riders. Their performance this week against the Austrailians in Canberra was nothing short of brilliant. Watch for Robert and Campbell who next month represent New Zealand at the UCI Road World Championship in Qatar. A very hot place with the best in the world competing against each other in all age groups including Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.