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Taupo Cycle Challenge Produces Success for Most.

A safe ride, your goal achieved and a fun weekend with fellow cycling buddies is what the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is about for most people. The hope of reasonable weather with no rain and wind after months of training is everyone’s wish but never plays out how we would like it to.
Anxiety is one thing people talk about before the start to this iconic event but once the starter says Go, it’s all concentration to do the best you can until the finish line. And then the stories begin…
From the first timers to those who have been around ninety times this event is hard. Bike Manawatu want to congratulate all of our members who were involved in the Taupo Challenge and to those who achieved there goal well done. Those who had mechanicals, a fall or didn’t complete your events, Bugger! and we hope you are ok. Next year is only 358 days away.

A Special Mention to some of our Taupo Riders.

A special mention to a cross section of our members. A big congratulations to Colin Anderson( inset) for his 8 laps of the mighty Lake. Now 90 laps in total for our club icon. Team Endurables lead by Janette Flipp (inset)who road two laps in memory of friend and club member Averil Sheehan. An incredible result and well done to Chris Denholm(inset) for a closely fought out 4th place sprint finish in the Elite Holden Men’s Classic in a scorching time of 3.40.12. This year’s winner Olympian Aaron Gate winning in a record time of 3.39.38 confirming how good Chris rode. Michaela Drummond (inset)for her hard fought 2nd place in the closest of sprint finishes in the Woman’s 100km Classic in a time of 2.41.03.Michaela another one of our clubs future stars. Kimboltons Charlotte Gillespie for 3rd and Feildings Ludwig Kiesslet 4th in the 40km.
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Chris Denholm


Colin Anderson

Michaela Drummond


“Novice Tour” Showcases Best NZ Talent This Weekend.

Some of the best young talent in New Zealand will be on show this weekend here in the Manawatu chasing honours in the iconic Manawatu Novice Tour.This event is fearsome and exciting to watch riders compete in three different disciplines over two days starting with Stage 1: Time Trial from Colyton school at 8.30am this Saturday the 3rd.Then in the afternoon Stage 2: the Hiwinui Loop circuit and on Sunday the 4th Stage 3; The Valley Road circuit from 10am.
Good luck to all of our local riders from under 13s to Under 19.

“BM Xmas Happy Hour” Next week

Bike Manawatu “Xmas Happy Hour”
When; Friday 2nd of December
Where: Lonestar (on the Square)
Time; From 5.30pm
The last of this years “BM Happy Hours” will be a good time for you and your bike buddies to come along and share some good membership hospitality and maybe dress up and go out for dinner afterwards for some. Our “Happy Hour” is normally the last Friday of the month but as we catered for the Taupo Cycling Challenge riders last weekend we put the “Happy Hour” back one week.Be sure to be there.

Bike Manawatu Prize Giving

When; Sunday 11 December
Where; Hotel Coachman
Time; Now starts from 5pm onwards due to Track Carnival finishing at 5pm.
A special guest will help with the prize giving and maybe share some cycling memories.
This is a great social barbecue and drinks afternoon for all of our cycling friends followed by the Bike Manawatu prize giving to recognise our riders successes over the year. We recognise a wide variety of our talented riders from schools and masters events locally, national and Internationally. At only $15 per head and family discount this will be great afternoon. We’d love to see you join us.

Returning Bike Manawatu Trophies for this years Prize Giving

If all Trophy winners from last year could drop their Trophies back to Trophy Specialists 19/20 Taonui street Palmerston North please in preparation for this years prize giving. Thank you.

Upcoming events not to forget

Manfeild Criteruim; Tuesday from 6pm
Lockwood Road TT; Wednesday from 6pm
Road Sprint Competition: Saturday 10th from 1.30pm

Bike Manawatu Track Cycling Carnival
When;Sunday 11th December
Where;Feilding Track
Start: 1pm