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2018 Manawatu Festival of Cycling wrap up

The hard work put in by our fantastic band of local volunteers and supporters was humbling while the backing of our local businesses was truly appreciated. Even more valuable was the vision and support given to cycling in the region by PNCC, Ceda, Sport Manawatu, NZCT, Mainland Foundation, Lion Foundations which speaks volumes.

To achieve this in such a short four month period after UCI accreditation, everyone should be tremendously proud of for their part in this our first “Manawatu Festival of Cycling” Not everything ran smoothly and our current debriefing processes have been invaluable. So thank you.

Equally not all members were positive about Bike Manawatu hosting the “Manawatu Festival of Cycling” which we know is all part of building something that is new.We learnt the same was true for the Taupo Cycling Challenge organisers who recall terrible early times way back when they first started.

Your Feedback please?

We welcome all cycling fans for their helpful and constructive solutions based feedback to help us for future events. Please email to
– Would you support riding this local “Manawatu Festival of Cycling” event? Y/N
– Would you ride an event with Gravel in it? Y/N
– What events would you like to encourage you to ride?

A special thank you to Rob Ryan for organising the race vehicles for the race officials, doctors, media and photographers. Palmfeild Motors, Robertson Holden, and Nissan Manawatu were outstanding in supporting our event.
Also thank you to our four local bike shops for their generous support in the Gran Fondo prize giving top three winners. Bike Barn, Central Bycyle Studio, AvantiPlus and Crankit Cycles.


Robert Stannard Joins Mitchelon-Scott

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Last week after racing in the UCI “Gravel and Tar Classic” local rising star Robert Stannard flew to Dubai to race in the Tour of Dubai.Phenomenal really for many reason.Robert has just been signed by world class pro team Mitchelton- Scott and this week also came an astonishing 15th place ahead of legend Mark Cavendish and a world class field in stage one of the Tour of Dubai.Find out more