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2016 Criterium Series

Bike Manawatu Club Pre-Xmas 6 weeks Criterium Series

Tuesday nights from 5pm -8pm
When:   Starts 25th of October, November 2,9,16,23,30th
Where:   Manfeild South Street



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 Fee

Entry for the whole series is free

Licensing /Membership

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.


Pre registration

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.  

Helpers/1st Aid

Manfeilds terms of use stipulate that we must have a certified 1st Aider at each round. If you have a current 1st aid certificate and are able to assist at any of the rounds please contact Christine on the email above.

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.

Event Format


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
B Grade
A Grade

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.

ICU World Road Championships

Watch out for our local Bike Manawatu Robert Stannard and Campbell Stewart racing this week at the ICU World Road in Qatar. Go boys!

The Three Day Big Easy

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.

Sponsorship opportunities for everyone

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 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