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April 2022 Update

The Great

It’s been a pretty full on start to the year.
Sliding out from the shadows of covid restrictions we were able to run a very successful mid week twilight road race series.
This tied in with an ITT series and Woolworths handicap race which was a cracker.
All these races are designed to ready our riders for the WCNI ITT and Road races which Bike Manawatu were proud to host again this year.
This in turn gave a stepping stone for 13 of our riders to head to Hokitika for the Age Group Road Nationals held on Anzac weekend.
A huge shout out to all of our riders who made the Journey, you did yourselves and the club proud. Thanks also to Cheryl Murphy on being our manager for the weekend.

With the Age group racing out of the way we now look forward to Interclub Graded races.
Whilst staying loyal and true to our WCNI history, we are reaching out to other clubs in the lower north island (and further afield) to join our interclub racing.
Over the last few months we have had communications from Hawkes Bay, Wellington, PNP etc on expanding our catchments.
Bike Manawatu will always stay a WCNI club, but all clubs see the importance of running regional invitational graded events. This is a great step forward for Road cycling (Click here to register)

Track this year has been highlighted as a year of the Masters.
There’s been a huge increase in participation of the older riders which encourages the steady increase and improvement of the Juniors.
Plans are in place for groups, junior and senior, to head to Cambridge for training and racing over the winter/spring months.

The board are going through lists of riders and volunteers for merit awards for 2021 at our prizegiving.
For road awards it’s on a calendar year so we intend having a Road Function in December 2022 to award this years prizes.
Track merit awards are decided at the end of the track racing season, March/April
There’s been a postponement of dates with a crammed schedule of the AGM and prizegiving….see the website.

The Average

It was an incredibly hard decision to cancel the Manfeild 6 hour this year.
Declining numbers of school riders, nervous times around Covid which is still in our community, crammed schedules are all factors that played a part.
In the end the decision was made with the prospect of low numbers, a historically challenging day weather wise, a small field was going to make an event to forget.
With riders out there potentially not being able to get into a working peloton all day it would not make it an enjoyable day out.
We believe the event still has a very important place in our calendar and we will revisit it in 2023.

Over February and March our club was part of a process asked of us by CNZ.
A remit was presented to take the voting power away from Centres (WCNI, BOP etc) and give the vote to the clubs.
BM went with the status quo, in our minds a change would further dilute the importance of WCNI and other centres.
We were out voted and so now CNZ will get feedback from all the clubs individually.
Decision made, however we feel Centres still and always has been an important stepping stone for riders and even more so for clubs to operate efficiently.
As mentioned before, BM will always hold on to and persevere with our place in WCNI.

The Scary

Last Saturday one of our riders was involved with a incident involving a car, following a difference of opinion with the vehicles driver.
Sadly we see this all the time, and we must remember that we need to be seen, and how we are seen.
There is a percentage to the population that do not care about other human beings, their property, or the implications.
If, at any time on any ride, someone hurls abuse to you ….please just throw an apologetic wave and smile. It’s just not worth it.

Stay safe,
Tim

Great turn out for race 1 01.02.22

There was great turnout to Race one of the Palmfeilds series on Tuesday 1st with over 50 riders.
A competitive A grade led away for 6 laps with the main swell of B grade starting shortly afterwards.
Couple of glitches with the Timing gear which put a spanner in the works but that is sorted for next week, as will the results for Race 1.

While we are operating under the Red light system we cannot be complacent. We are meeting all guidelines and will continue to.
The best way of treating the registration and prestart is…Treat it like a Café setting.
You scan in, do the admin etc with a mask on, then when you’re seated (on your bike in this instance) it’s ok to remove your mask and carry on.
Other guidelines outside of Covid are just as important, especially at Akers Road circuit. There is taped off areas of grass that we cannot park on, please respect this.
We are on country roads around country drivers and farm equipment, so please respect this.
As riders we ride on the road, but at Prestart and registration we must keep off the road.

Looking forward to the School age groups joining us in our upcoming mid week events, we have a full calendar to suit all abilities so everyone has their opportunities.
Enter early, ride safe, acknowledge and be thankful to our Sponsors and volunteers

Tim

Register for next Tuesday’s race here https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=264512

Welcome to the BikeManawatu new year

Welcome to a new year of Racing and Challenges on and off the Bike. Last year we finished off on a high with Trust House series success for our local teams. Already in January we’ve had a solid start to our track season with many Masters joining the juniors at the Velodrome in Feilding. Great results from Wilson Hannon at the Criterium Nations in Christchurch. Solid results from Adam Francis, David Martin, Caleb Bottcher and Carne Groube in the Cycle classic and a good number of Masters competing in the hastily organised SVS tour in the bay.

Locally, with the weather putting a damper the mini series in November, the club has pressed on and has a solid calendar in place for the next 4 months and onwards from there. We start with the Palmfeilds Mazda and Subaru Mini series on Tuesday nights in February. We also have the Wednesday night on our Traffic Management plans in case of weather. We continue with TT’s and longer road racing on Tuesday nights leading up to the end of Daylight saving.

This rolls into WCNI and Club Championships and before you know it we are in May for the Manfeild  6 hour.

While this is going on, The Iconic Races of Taupo Challenge remains in place at this stage while K2 has unfortunately been postponed. Our Juniors will have the opportunity of competing at CHB and Tasman Tours, we’re excited to see TA tour back on the calendar and welcome the Triathlon dates onto our calendar also.

Good luck to our riders at 2 day tour of Wellington this week end in the Wairarapa

Patrick Johnstone was first in D grade (he’s an associate member), Mike Thompson was 3rd in D grade and third in the sprint points.  Wayne Fage was 4th in E grade in a really close battle on GC

The full calendar is on our revamped Website which looks fantastic, Many thanks to Vaughan Hunt for his massive input into this.

We welcome back our amazing sponsors, we truly appreciate their on going support.

There will be challenges with the Traffic Light system, but with registration on line and other safeguards put in place with our Health and safety plan we have confidence in our system.

Check the calendar, register and plan, ride safe.