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Bike Manawatu – Invitation to Riders and Non-Riders

For those who have experienced giving something back to an organisation or sport you are involved in, is hugely satisfying. For those who haven’t yet experienced this, we offer you an opportunity to find out more and how to go about giving back to your club as a board member.

For me, after following my cycling son and daughter around local and national events for five years and now coming up to my fifth year on the Bike Manawatu board, two years as Chairman, I feel satisfied I have given something back to cycling. However it is time for me to step down as Club Chairman and a board member at the AGM on the 28 April and let new people and fresh ideas take the club to the next level. I will remain actively involved with our club doing other helpful things.

Bike Manawatu now extend an invitation to any rider or non-rider who feels ready to give some of your time back to our club by expressing an interest and talk to us about being part of our board.

We have an outstanding team of people on the Bike Manawatu board- Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm, Andrew Ward and myself. We also have an outstanding club secretary in Keryn Paekau. Together we meet once per month for our board meetings, and in-between talk and communicate by email on decisions in the best interest of the club.
To find out more about what a role on our board involves please call myself John van Lienen on 0274 464 683 or email me at I welcome your call before the 25th of April 2018.


Kairanga Time Trial Results

We congratulate everyone who has competed in the 8 week series who will be much fitter and stronger for the effort.
Well done to race organiser volunteers Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm and those who have volunteer their services over the 8 week series. The series come to a close at the end of the month- 28 March. Be sure to get out to the Kairanga next Wednesday at 5.45 to register for the final race. Prizes will be announced at the Clubs Prize Giving at Marist Sports Club 28th April.
Check out 21 March Results;
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Woolworths Cup Results

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Bike Manawatu “Prize Giving and Quizz”

Theme ” KIWIANA”
When; Saturday night 28th April
Where: Marist Sport Club (decorated)
Time;Happy Hour and AGM” from 5-6pm. 6pm until late prize giving and quiz.

We are busy planning our track and road club prize giving and this year would really love you and your partners and cycling buddies to join us for some quality time together.
Discounted drinks at the bar will be open for the night and the prize giving will be broken up during the evening with a mix of celebrating success, quiz fun and a few spot prizes.
The old fashion concept of “bring a plate” is a tradition people might enjoy.
The more people the merrier…..The night schedule is currently being tweaked and promoting the event will begin soon. Lets all support this night together.
Any helpers would be welcome. Contact club secretary Keryn.


Sad passing of Club member Glenn Thorby

The sad passing of one of the nicest guys you could possibly meet this week has come as a huge shock to many people after his short illness. Glenn was a committed cyclist and a valued Bike Manawatu member. In recent years Glenn joined the socially competitive BBC team of club riders. BBC spokesperson Rob Ryan recalls Glenn’s wife Viv saying he was like “a kid in a candy shop” to be accepted by BBC. That strong bond formed between Glenn and BBC has been evident by the support they have given Glenn, Viv and their three girls in recent months.
BenchTop Surfaces owner James Hurren said Glenn was a brilliant long serving Carters joinery rep known as “Fizz” by everyone in the industry. James said Glenn would come in to my showroom every Friday and make me and him a cup tea and we would talk about everything. Everyone will miss him.
On behalf of us all at Bike Manawatu. We extend our condolences to Viv and the girls and Glenn’s wider family members. Rest in peace Glenn.
Glenn’s funeral will be held on Saturday 24 March at Manawatu College Hall Foxton at 11am.


Club member Neil Pollock says farewell

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At 75, club member Neil Pollock says he is really going to miss the Manawatu for its people and great cycling when he leaves to live in Auckland soon.
The modest but very determined Neil has really enjoyed the fitness and social side to cycling. He has been aa regular on the Wednesday Morning group, Saturday morning BP Group, the Bike Barn rides and was a keen Kairanga Time trial regular where he holds a club record for his age group.
A big highlight for Neil was competing in the world masters games in Auckland last year.
From your many friends at Bike Manawatu Neil, thank you for being a valued member and participant in both our annual social and event ride calendar.


Members at Wellington Centre – Road Championships.

In preparation for age group road nationals a number of our members heading to Wellington on the weekend for a hit out at the Wellington Centre Road Championships and did well.
Toshi (M4) a credible bunch finish, Mike Thompson (M6) 2nd in his grade, Michelle Turner (M3) 2nd in her grade, Libby Arbuckle 1st in the under 23 grade and Gabreille Wildbore (M2) 1st in her grade.
Great results and no doubt a fun day in Wellington together.
Can’t wait for Nationals.