Well done to Austin Smith and his team for running yet again another fantastic BM Feilding Festival of cycling event.This is a proud iconic and historic Bike Manawatu event and the weather this year was absolutely breathtaking for the riders and their supporters. The Joe Allen Classic has been won by some of the best cyclist in New Zealand over the years.This years winner was Bike Manawatu and NZ Cycling rising star Robert Stannard who raced the brutal 85km Apiti course and back in record time 2.01.31 closely followed behind by Joel Yates in 2.01.33 and Glenn Haden 2.07.31. Check out all results online.
The enjoyment and most probably the relief of riding and completing what ever distance you ride to the best of your ability is what most recreational riders take away from an event and one such group were the overall teams winners Team International Allstars lead by Tom Pirie,Chris Hall, Peter Turner,Brad Johnson,Mathew Schipper,John Edwards.
Well done to everyone who rode.
The support and rider numbers for the events Bike Manawatu advertise and hold for our members is an important part of what the club offers its members throughout the four seasons of a year. To socially catchup before the ride, chat during the ride and then share your ride experience with an element of banter and humour is what club spirit is all about and something I think many of our riders love. Your support is appreciated and we will continually ask you to encourage all cycling enthusiasts to join the club and ride our events. For the bigger calendar events it does cost money, time and event management organisation but we hope this is offset by the enjoyment of our Bike Manawatu club memberships riding and spending more time together and building friendships.
This weekend; Trust House Cycling Series starts in the Wairarapa; I wish good luck to our two local teams BikeBox lead by Sam Gardner and Bike Manawatu lead by Lee Yates. Fit talented local riders competing is a respected race series.
North Island Secondary Schools Cycling Nationals 24th to 26th of September.
24th: Koputorua Levin Teams time trials. 25th: Hiwinui Palmerston North Road Race. 26th; Manfeild Points racing.
If you have never witnessed racing at is best this is a must to take some time out to watch.
Every year Accommodation is pre booked out in Palmerston North by the leading schools across NZ the year before. The town is a buzz of cycling mad people and our local schools are some of the best riders in NZ.
Congratulations to Mike Thompson and Toshi Yamauchi who competed in the Cycling Amateur World Champs - Road Race - in Perth earlier this month.
New Sponsors Craig and Tracy Smith of the Lonestar and their staff treated 65 Bike Manawatu members with great hospitality last Friday night at our monthly "BM Happy Hour".
A cosy venue and a group of keen and enthusiastic cycling people enjoying a night celebrating International Success amongst our BM talent.
Our 5.30pm to 7pm "Happy Hour" has been well supported and we would love to see those members who haven't yet joined us to come along for our next "BM Happy Hour" the last Friday the 30th of September at Lonestar. All are welcome.
As always Austin Smith and his BM committee have done a great job and are ready to stage yet another one of our most popular community events. If you are up to enter riding 50 or 100km this is a fantastic event to start your spring and summer riding.
Find out more at www.feildingfestivalofcycling.co.nz
The wind last Saturday did deter a few cycling enthusiasm from racing the Halcombe circuit but those hardy cyclist who raced have shared some fantastic stories.The Winter Series is well organised by John Arbuckle and Mike Groube so be sure to support great Club events like this to have some fun and improve your cycling.
This Saturday starting at 1pm in Halcombe just out of Feilding( a great circuit by the way) the "Bike Manawatu Winter Series" continues.The weather is on the improve and for those who are training what a great way to step up your riding. The course is fun, challenging and safe all at the same time.So give it a go and enjoy the outing.
Two local teams have put a team together and entered in The Trust House Cycling Series in Masterton which is the fantastic five race team series to be held in September.
New to the Manawatu and of great value both on and off the bike for his international cycling credentials, Sam Gardner has entered the BikeBox Rentals Team made up of some great Manawatu talent who will represent the region well. Well done Sam. Also Lee Yates and John Stewart have entered a Bike Manawatu team of masters riders who are bound to be fearlessly competitive.
Some of these riders will be riding the "BM Winter Series" as training this Saturday at 1pm in Halcombe,so be sure to get along.
Manawatu District Council Mayor Margaret Kouvelis called into to Coffee On The Square in Feilding to say hi and welcome Bike Manawatu's Wednesday Cyclist Group. Margaret is a keen supporter of cycling in the region and it was really nice of her to make a fuss of this long standing group who each Wednesday morning do a 90km ride and stop off for a coffee in Feilding along the way.
As cyclist we can't be naive to the fact some drivers are frustrated by cyclist taking up their road. It's another reason we continue to promote good cycling etiquette to minimise risk. However horror stories are all to frequent between vehicles and bikes which is not good for anyone. One such story this year involved a group of experienced local cyclist returning to the city from a long weekend ride who encountered a deliberate and dangerous road rage incident, followed by road violence. Fortunately our riders are ok.
The key is taking the offending persons number plate and reporting the incident to the police. This case has appeared in court and we are awaiting the outcome. Just another reminder to keep everyone safe.
When; Friday 26th August
Where; Lonestar (Upstairs on the Square)
Time; 5.30om to 7pm
This months "Bike Manawatu Happy" we would like to acknowledge our exciting World Championship track stars and those other members who have competed Internationally. So be sure to join us and enjoy the hospitality of our newest sponsors "The Lonestar" where upstairs the stylish bar setting overlooking our amazing city will be the perfect place for our monthly social member outing. If you want to stay on for dinner, Lonestar will look after you as well.( Discounted drinks)
Campbell Stewart, Michaela Drummond, Emily Shearman, Carne Groube, Robert Stannard and others will be acknowledged.
We hope you can join us.
A fantastic week of winter sunshine has excited all cycling enthusiasts. The chance to get out on your bike and witness how beautiful our Manawatu countryside is with Mount Ruapehu in the distance has been fun for many. Remember to get your bike serviced,ride with good cycling etiquette, stay safe and watch for sun strike but most importantly enjoy yourself.Spring and Summer are just around the corner.
Their are plenty of exciting events coming up in September to get involved in. The Feilding Festival of Cycling, The three day School Nationals, The BM Winter series and more. So check out our upcoming events on Facebook or this Newsletter and embrace them as either 1) a rider, 2) a volunteer,or 3) a support person. Your club is working hard to make sure all members can be involved as a valued club member where possible.
Sadly this week we have lost Jenny Farmer to illness,a popular master cyclist and lovely lady. Jenny loved being part of Bike Manawatu and was one of the famous Velo girls and Wednesday morning cycling group. On behalf of the Bike Manawatu board and members we send our Condolences to Jenny's family and friends.