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Novice Tour

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2024
2 Days – 4 Stages 

U13 – U19 Boys and Girls 
Cycling New Zealand National Road Series

Online Entries

Online entries for the 2024 tour are open now
Please note all registrations received from 19/07/2024 will incur a $10 fee as our early bird special expires

The Course

Full course notes can be found below

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Results

All Novice Tour race results

Race Guide

coming soon

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Event Information

Novice Tour Overview

The Novice Tour of Manawatu is a tour for under 13,15,17 & 19 riders and is recognized as a premier Two Day Cycle Tour.

In 2024 it is a 4 stage tour held within the Manawatu region.

We are proud to be part of the 2024 Cycling New Zealand National Road Series. 

***In 2024 we are running a Open Men & Womens grade on our Stage 3 course (Sunday stage 3 only) – So mums, dads, supporters and all cyclists alike come join in the fun and race too ***

Social Media Updates

 

 

 

Stage 1 - Road Race - Course Notes

Novice Tour 2024 Course Maps
Saturday 3rd August 2024
Stage 1 – Road Race – Age Groups will ride variations of the course – Course notes below
King / Queen of the Mountains – 564 Stanway, 77 McKays (77 Mangaone U19 Males only) ***Please note that the Mangone hill section of the under 19 males course may be removed if there are not enough volunteers and Traffic management to allow for it ****
Sprint Ace – 343 Stanway, 291 Short and finish line

Start Time Grade Laps Distance Sprint K/QoM
9:00am Under 19 Men 3 short laps 66 5 4
10:15am Under 17 Boys 2 short laps 50 4 3
10:20am Under 19 Women 2 short laps 50 4 3
10:25am Under 17 Girls 2 short laps 50 4 3
10:55am U15 Boys 1 short lap 35 3 2
11:00am U15 Girls 1 short lap 35 3 2
11:05am U13 Boys 1 shortened short lap 28 2 1
11:05am U13 Girls 1 shortened short lap 28 2 1

U13 Boys & Girls – Shortened Full Loop – Starting point TBC

0.00km Starting outside the Stanway Hall – 1901 Makino Road, Halcombe 4779
Continue along Makino Road
7.7km Turn Left onto McKays Line
7.83km 2 Lane Bridge on McKays Line
10.73km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road
15.3km Turn Left onto Short Road
18.7km Turn Right back onto Makino Road
21.8km At the Makino/Stanway Junction Turn Left onto Stanway Road
22.4 km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
27.2 km Two Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
28.6 km Finish on Stanway Road near Mangaone Road

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U15 Boys & Girls – 1 Full Loop

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779
0.06km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road (Neutral riding)
0.17km (Neutral Riding) on Stanway Road until AFTER the culvert at the top of the rise with signage indicating open road.
1.95km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
6.72km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
7.28km Turn Right onto Makino Road
14.8 Turn Left onto McKays Line
14.93km 2 Lane Bridge on McKays Line
17.8km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road
22.4km Turn Left onto Short Road
25.8km Turn Right back onto Makino Road
28.8km At the Makino/Stanway Junction Turn Left onto Stanway Road
One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
Two Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
35.3km Finish on Stanway Road near Mangaone Road

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U17 Boys & Girls & Under 19 Women – 1 Full Loop and 1 Short Loop

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street
0.06km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road (Neutral riding)
0.17km (Neutral Riding) on Stanway Road until AFTER the culvert at the top of the rise with signage indicating open road.      Continue on Stanway Road
1.95km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
6.72km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
7.28km Turn Right onto Makino Road
14.8 Turn Left onto McKays Line
14.93km 2 Lane Bridge on McKays Line
17.8km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road
22.4km Turn Left onto Short Road
25.8km Turn Left back onto Makino road for Short Loop
30.1 Turn Left onto McKays Line
30.3km 2 Lane Bridge on McKays Line
33.2 km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road
37.8km Turn Left onto Short Road
41.3km Turn Right back onto Makino Road
44.4km At the Makino/Stanway Junction Turn Left onto Stanway Road
One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
Two Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
50.9km Finish on Stanway Road near Mangaone Road

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U19 Men – 1 Full Loop  and 2 short Loops

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street

0.06km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road (Neutral riding)

0.17km (Neutral Riding) on Stanway Road until AFTER the culvert at the top of the rise with signage indicating open road.      Continue on Stanway Road

7.28km Turn Right onto Makino Road

14.8 Turn Left onto McKay’s Line

17.8km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road

22.4km Turn Left onto Short Road

25.8km Turn Left back onto Makino Road for 2nd Short Loop

30.1 Turn Left onto McKay’s Line

33.2 km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road

37.8km Turn Left onto Short Road

41.2km Turn Left back onto Makino Road for 3rd Short Loop

45.5 Turn Left onto McKay’s Line

48.6 km Turn Left onto Cheltenham Cross Road

53.2km Turn Left onto Short Road

56.6km Turn Right back onto Makino Road

59.7km At the Makino/Stanway Junction Turn Left onto Stanway Road

66.2km Finish on Stanway Road near Mangaone Road

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Stage 2 - Hill Climb - Course Notes

Novice Tour 2024 Course Maps 
Saturday 3rd August 2024
Stage 2 – Hill Climb – 5.1km
Starting time 2pm

 

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe School – Monteith Street
0.46 km On Monteith Street – via right onto Mangaone Road
2.5 km Turn around on Mangaone Road at cone, and head back
5.1km finish outside Halcombe School – Monteith Street

 

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Stage 3 - Road Race - Course Notes

Stage 3 – Course Notes

Novice Tour 2024 Course Maps 
Sunday 4th August 2024
Stage 3 – Road Race – Age Groups will ride laps of the 20.35 course – Full course notes and fly over below
King / Queen of the Mountains – 564 Stanway, 472 Tokorangi
Sprint Ace – Marae

Start Time Grade Laps Distance Sprint K/QoM
9:00am Under 19 Men 3 Laps 60 4 6
9:05am Under 17 Boys 2 Laps 40 3 4
9:10am Under 19 Women 2 Laps 40 3 4
9:15am Under 17 Girls 2 Laps 40 3 4
10:00 U15 Boys 1 Lap 20 2 2
10:05 U15 Girls 1 Lap 20 2 2
10:10 U13 Boys 1 Lap 20 2 2
10:10 U13 Girls 1 Lap 20 2 2

1 Lap
0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779
0.06km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road (Neutral riding)
0.17km (Neutral Riding) on Stanway Road until AFTER the culvert at the top of the rise with signage indicating open road.
1.95km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
6.72km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
7.28km Turn Left onto Makino Road
12.57km Turn Left onto Tokorangi Road
14.56km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
14.67km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
14.87km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
16.06km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
19.44 km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
20.35 km Finish on Willoughby Street near 89 Willoughby Street

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2 Laps

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779
0.06km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road (Neutral riding)
0.17km (Neutral Riding) on Stanway Road until AFTER the culvert at the top of the rise with signage indicating open road.
1.95km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
6.72km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
7.28km Turn Left onto Makino Road
12.57km Turn Left onto Tokorangi Road
14.56km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
14.67km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
14.87km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
16.06km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
19.44 km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
20.35 km Continue on Willoughby Street to begin second lap
20.57km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road
22.45km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
27.2km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
27.8km Turn Left onto Makino Road
33.1km Turn Left onto Tokorangi Road
35.1km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
35.2km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
35.4km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
36.6km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
39.9km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
40.9km Finish on Willoughby Street near 89 Willoughby Street

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3 Laps

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779
0.06km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road (Neutral riding)
0.17km (Neutral Riding) on Stanway Road until AFTER the culvert at the top of the rise with signage indicating open road.
1.95km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
6.72km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
7.28km Turn Left onto Makino Road
12.57km Turn Left onto Tokorangi Road
14.56km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
14.67km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
14.87km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
16.06km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
19.44 km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
20.35 km Continue on Willoughby Street to begin second lap
20.57km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road
22.45km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
27.2km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
27.8km Turn Left onto Makino Road
33.1km Turn Left onto Tokorangi Road
35.1km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
35.2km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
35.4km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
36.6km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
39.9km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
40.9km Continue on Willoughby Street to begin second lap

41.1km Left Turn at the roundabout onto Stanway Road
43km Culvert Bridge on Stanway Road
48km One Lane Bridge located on Stanway Road
48.3km Turn Left onto Makino Road
56.3km Turn Left onto Tokorangi Road
56.4km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
56.42km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
57.1km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
60.3km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
60.5km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
61.4km Finish on Willoughby Street near 89 Willoughby Street

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Stage 4 - ITT - Course Notes

Novice Tour 2024 Course Maps 
Sunday 4th August 2024
Stage 4– Individual Time Trial
Starting 1pm
30 second intervals – ITT List to be published after registrations close

0.00km Starting outside the Halcombe Memorial Hall – 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779
1.05 km On Willoughby Street – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Tokorangi Road
4.43 km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
5.62km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
5.77 km Turn around at cone in between the 2 one lane bridges near the gravel layby area (good line of sight for traffic)
5.92 km One Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
7.1 km Two Lane Bridge located on Tokorangi Road
10.49 km On Tokorangi Road – 2 Lane Bridge – Road turns into Willoughby Street
11.39 km Finish on Willoughby Street near 89 Willoughby Street

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Competitions

General Classification
The competitor with the lowest aggregate riding time, less any bonuses, plus any penalties, shall be the leader of the tour.
Time Bonuses For General Classification
1st = 5 sec
2nd = 3 sec
3rd = 2 sec
4th = 1 sec

Sprint Ace Competition
The competitor with the greatest number of points from the Sprint Primes shall be the Sprint Ace
Points for the sprint Ace Classification:
1st = 6 pts
2nd = 4 pts
3rd = 2 pts
4th = 1 pt
The finish of stages 1 & 3 count towards sprint ace competition

King / Queen of the Mountain Competition
The competitor with the greatest number of points from the KoM / QoM Primes shall be the King/ Queen of the Mountain
Points for the KoM / QoM Classification:
1st = 6 pts
2nd = 4 pts
3rd = 2 pts
4th = 1 pt

Most Aggressive Rider
Under 17 Boys & Girls, Under 19 Men and Under 19 Women Grades only.
Selected by the Commissaires and awarded to the most combative rider.

Athlete Information

The Novice Tour times and locations are as follows:

Friday (2nd August 2024)

Registration will be at Central Bicycle Studio’s new shop – 267 Main Street Palmerston North on Friday 2nd August from 4pm – 5.00pm
And for those travelling or unable to attend registration, you can grab your pack on Saturday morning at Halcombe Hall.

Saturday (3rd August 2024)

Participant registration / transponder collection / race sign on opens
Stage 1 Road Race
Jersey presentation directly after Stage 1 – all Jersey winners to wear their jerseys in Stage 2
Stage 2 Hill Climb
Jersey presentation directly after Stage 2 – all Jersey winners to wear their jerseys in Stage 3

Sunday (4th August 2024)

Participant sign on for stage 3 opens
Stage 3 Road Race
Jersey Presentation directly after Stage 3 once results are finalised before starting stage 4
Stage 4 Individual Time Trial Course

Prizegiving 3pm Halcombe Community Hall HQ Area

General Information

Toilets will be available at Halcombe Community Hall & Halcombe Sports Grounds

Spectator Traffic

For anyone spectating, we ask that you follow the traffic rules and park well off the roads and preferably around Location TBC
There shall be no vehicles or motorbikes following the race between the lead and tail vehicles in any grade.

 

Rules

  • The race will be conducted under CNZ rules, in addition to the following:
  • To be eligible for the winner’s jerseys at prize giving, all stages must be
    completed.
  • Due to the differing gearing available on bikes and the possibility of a wheel
    not being compatible with a rider’s bike should a mechanical happen, Service
    vehicles will not be provided for age grades, if a rider has a mechanical, they
    are to wait safely off the road and they will be picked up by one of our SAG
    wagons rotating the course.
  • Riders who deliberately break the road rules, will be warned / penalised /
    disqualified from the race at the discretion of the Commissaires.
  • Restarts will be given to riders who puncture or have a major mechanical
    breakdown within the first 200m of the time trial. Time penalties will be
    given for false starts.
  • Riders who puncture or have a mechanical after the first 200m will be
    credited with their own time or time of slowest rider who does not have any
    mechanicals, whichever is faster.
  • No drafting by official vehicles will be permitted. Any rider being assisted up
    hills/back to the bunch will be disqualified. Any riders vehicles following in
    the race convoy will incur a time penalty against the rider.
  • There will be no appeals regarding misdirection. Riders should know the
    course.
  • No riders are to warm up on the Time Trial course.
  • In the event of a tie, the placing in the final stage will decide the overall
    placing (All classifications).
  • Riders must finish within 20% of the winning time to begin the next stage, at
    the sole discretion of the Chief Commissaire
  • Riders must be present at the prize giving after the race to collect their
    trophies and any spot prizes.
  • The Commissaires shall decide upon matters not accounted for in these
    rules.
  • No Time Trial Bikes
  • No Aero Bars or Aero helmets
  • The same bike must be used for all stages. That means if you want
    drink bottles on the road stages, leave the cages on for ITT and hill
    climb.
  • Helmets as per the CNZ Rules
  • We are racing in winter and conditions can change.
    Please bring front and rear working lights for warming up and racing, these will be compulsory if weather conditions affect visibility.

Sign On

Riders must sign on for all road stages except the Time Trial & Hill Climb
Sign on will be located at the Halcombe Community Hall

Race Numbers Placement

One of the Middle Lower Back
Second on the Left hand side – readable for the Sprint & K/QoM Judges

*Transponders must be returned at the completion of your race or you will be invoiced and charged for their replacements.
Riders may keep their race numbers  at the completion of the event

Transponders

Each participant will be issued with a seatpost transponder pictured below.
If necessary you can put it below the clamp.

Event Village

Event Village for Halcombe 

Our event base will be located at Halcombe Community Hall 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779

Parking will be available in the Halcombe Sports Feild located on Stanway Road – (Please note if the ground is too soggy we may have to direct traffic to park elsewhere)
There will be more parking available near the school  along Willoughby / Monteith Street

We ask kindly that no vehicles (unless it is those of our volunteers required on course) to be parked in / along Willoughby Street please – Please keep this street front / area clear.
Riders may set up their wind trainers up along the paths down this street
Volunteers cars may park along the side of the community hall.
This strip of road will be a hub during racing – and we expect supporters may be able to walk to watch finishes of Stages 3 & 4 on Willoughby.

Toilets will be located inside HQ
Absolutely no car parking along Willoughby Street – this is part of the
course and the least amount of traffic we have on this strip of road the
safer the tour will be.
Parking will be available on the sports field IF the grounds allow. The
Manawatu has had very wet winter therefore grounds are waterlogged
which could prevent access to the field. In this case please safely unload
your vehicles in a safe manner and park your vehicle in the village
including the school
Please respect this request to make the process as painless as possible
for those following you. Vehicles can then be legally parked in and around
the village of Halcombe. We understand that this is not ideal and seek
your tolerance in this matter. Please do not go on the race course.

Entry Fees

EARLY BIRD PRICING:
Under 13 – $50 (Born in 2012, 2013 or 2014) ($60 after earlybird date)
Under 15 – $60 (Born in 2010 or 2011) ($70 after earlybird date)
Under 17 – $70 (Born in 2008 or 2009) ($80 after earlybird date)
Under 19 – $80 (Born in 2006 or 2007) ($90 after earlybird date)
Please note that a late fee sets in and prices go up $10 from the 19th July 2024

We are VERY excited to once again be part of the Cycling New Zealand National Road Series

ENTER HERE for the 2024 Novice Tour

Age Grade Categories are calculated as at 31 Dec 2024.

Grade is based on your age as at the 31st December 2024
Under 13 = 12 or younger at 31 December 2024
Under 15 = 14 or younger at 31 December 2024
Under 17 = 16 or younger at 31 December 2024
Under 19 = 18 or younger at 31 December 2024

This year our novice tour committee are opening up an open men & women grade to come along and race our Sunday road race course. So mums, dads, supporters and all cyclists alike come along and join in the fun!

**NEW $40 Open Mens & Womens – Sunday 4th August – x1 Road Race – Stage 3 Only **
$50 after early bird date ends

History

Some Reminiscences of the Tour

Ian Gray – Founder of the Tour in 1974

The Open Novice Tour of the Manawatu commenced in 1974 to inspire young U17 riders to compete in a major Open Tour. At that particular time the Palmerston North Amateur Road Cycling Club was putting all its effort and a large amount of money into running a three-day Tour of the Manawatu for senior riders. After much lobbying I managed to convince the club that they should also promote a tour for young riders so that they could be encouraged to learn and experience Tour racing riding in bunches.

The first eight tours, which Ian Gray ran, were sponsored by Glaxo when they were still a NZ company situated in Palmerston North. In 1974 they had just developed for the market that wonderful meal replacer Complan, which is still available today and has been used successfully by cyclists over the years. The tour was called “The Glaxo Complan Colts Tour of the Manawatu”. The field in those days was limited to thirty five riders, the logic being that a bunch of that size was large enough for young riders to ride safely in. No girls rode in those early tours. Martin Baker and committee did a superb job in running the Tour from 1983 to 1991. Later on in 1991, when a few girls started racing they were required to race with the boys. When girls racing became much more popular this enabled them to have their own separate tour from 2002.

In the early years the tour was run on the same weekend as the National Secondary Schools Sir Bernard Fergusson Teams Time Trials run at Levin on Saturday. Later on when the schools Time Trial event was expanded to include a road race on the Sunday this clashed with the Manawatu Tour, giving riders a choice, but the tour proved to be more popular.

The first Novice Tour in 1974 was convincingly won by Eric Mackenzie of Kawerau. Eric went on to become a very successful all round rider winning several National Track titles as well as winning The Tour of Southland, 2nd in the Tour of Manawatu and 4th in the Dulux 6 day (Auckland to Wellington) in 1979. Eric rode successfully as a professional in Europe winning 17 races in Belgium in 1981. This record enabled him to get a pro contract during which he rode the Tour de France four times, winning a 3rd stage placing in 1983, and also achieving twelve top 10 stages finishes in those four tours.

Over the years the Novice Tour has given great experience to young riders, many who have won the tour and then gone onto become well recognized riders by winning national and international events. These riders include Westley and Regan Gough, Jeremy Yates (winner of the Junior Wolds Road Title), Shane Archibald, Catherine Cheatley (nee Sell) Lee Vertongen and Gary Anderson (First NZ rider to win an Olympic Medal). Greg Henderson who finished second in 1992 who went on to ride successfully as a professional in Europe, came to be one of the best lead out sprint rider in the top tours, has just recently retired from top racing.

The Tour over the years has been successfully supported by major sponsors firstly from local companies whose owners have been closely associated with the club, as well as some national companies. These include T Market Fresh, in 1989 whose owner Monty Hollows gave great support to Manawatu cycling for over 50 years, Pedal Pushers Cyclery when jointly owned by Gary Buys and Ian Gray; Rose City Real Estate (run by Max Vertongen), Electropower, NZ Post, Avanti and Mitre 10. We should not forget the huge number of small sponsors that have given invaluable support over the years as well as the trophy donors.

Since the tour began in 1974 only five Manawatu riders have won the tour. Aaron Kibblewhite in 1989 (who later represented NZ at the Junior World Track Champs) and Lee Vertongen in 1991. Lee became one of our best ever Manawatu riders who represented NZ many times including World Junior Track Champs, Commonwealth Games and still holds the NZ hour record on the track of 50.23 km set on the new board track at Wanganui in 1997. In the modern era Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond became tour winners in 2013 and 2015 respectively, both becoming Junior World Track Champions. These two World Class Track riders are still riding superbly, and are in the NZ Track Team to compete in the World Track Championships in August 2023 in Glasgow. Robert Stannard was the fifth Manawatu rider to win the tour in 2015. Andrew Burnett, who won the KOM title in 1989 (and also 2nd on GC the same year) while Sjoerd van Wagtendonk (2008) Robert Stannard (2013) and Chris Denholm (2013) are the only other Manawatu winners in the hill climb category.

The 40th Anniversary Tour in 2013 was a milestone in the event’s history when it was expanded to include multiple grades from under 13 to under 19 years grades run in 4 stages over 2 days, instead of 4 stages in one day.
What has been really great about this tour over the years has been its excellent management and the many volunteers who have enthusiastically given their time to help run the tour, and this particularly includes the young riders who had previously ridden the tour, who loved being in the mechanics wagons helping and giving advice to the riders.
I would like to give encouragement and good luck to all riders competing in the Novice Tour this year. Do your best and enjoy it!

First Hill climb in the 1984 Tour on the hill passing Massey University. George Stewart (New Plymouth),

who won the 1984KOM title,leads Jason Smith (Christchurch) on the hill. Jason Smith won the tour in 1985.

Emergency Contact

Emergency Contact Details

Secretary@bikemanawatu.co.nz or
Tim Lloyd

Traffic Management will be in place – Traffic Management New Zealand
First Aid will be ProMed Manawatu

Palmerston North Hospital 06-356 9169 OR 111

Hill Climb Stage 2 Start List

Novice Tour 2024 Hill Climb Start Times

Saturday 3rd August 2023
First Rider off 2pm (TBC)

NEW HILL CLIMB START LIST

Novice Tour 2024 Hill Climb Start Times
U15 Boys Start Time Webscorer Time
14:00:00 0:00:00
Under 15 Girls
14:08:30 0:08:30
Under 13 Boys
14:13:00 0:13:00
Under 13 Girls
14:16:30 0:16:30
Under 17 Girls
14:20:00 0:20:00
Under 19 Women
14:28:00 0:28:00
Under 17 Boys
14:31:30 0:31:30
Under 19 Men
14:45:30 0:45:30

ITT Stage 4 Start List

Novice Tour 2024 ITT Start Times

Sunday 4th August 2024
First Rider off 1pm

NEW ITT START LIST

Novice Tour 2024 ITT Start Times
Start time First name Last name Bib
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Race Booklet

Please click here to view a copy of our race booklet online (2024 updated booklet not ready yet sorry)

Novice Tour Sponsors

Lets just take a moment to acknowledge our sponsors.

 

Naming Rights Sponsor
Bike Manawatu Novice Tour
Bike Manawatu logo cropped
Under 13 Girls
Hughes Joinery
Under 13 Boys
Octane Automotive

Under 15 Girls

Glenn Kirk Oral Surgeon

Glenn Kirk Oral Surgeon
Under 15 Boys
Capture Signs Ltd

Under 17 Girls

Electrical Laser Palmerston North Central

Under 17 Boys
Central Bicycle Studio

Under 19 Women

Palmfeild Mazda & Subaru

Under 19 Men
Base Solutions
 
 
We appreciate you all – Thank you!

Sponsors Leaders Jerseys

Volunteers

Volunteers 2024

Our event base will be located at Halcombe Community Hall 75 Willoughby Street, Halcombe 4779

Please DO NOT park along Willoughby Street – we would like to keep this stretch of road free of cars as much as possible.

Lead – Commissaires – SAG Vehicles
If you are a volunteer driver you may drive your vehicle and park up beside the Halcombe Hall
Entrance is on Stanway Road (as seen below) and please try park your vehicle in order of race.
Photo of the entrance on Stanway to the back of Halcombe Hall

All volunteers must wear covered in shoes and should bring clothing suitable for all weather conditions, sunscreen will be available at HQ however we do suggest that you do bring additional sunscreen, a sunhat and or a beanie plus a water bottle.
We will have High Vis vests for all marshals & judges.
We will provide all volunteers a small lunch pack thanks to our local sponsor Rosebowl Bakery and Cafe – however we do suggest that you bring additional snacks should you wish for extras. (dont forget your water bottle)

Marshals

General instructions

  • As a course marshal you are there to ensure the safety of the riders whilst on course
  • You are to be clearly visible to riders and other vehicles
  • You should have a basic first aid kit
  • You can ONLY stop CYCLISTS
  • You have no authority to stop other traffic
  • You are to stay off the road except when absolutely necessary
  • If you see a motorist engaging in dangerous driving, record their number plate, make and model of the vehicle and approx. age and sex of the driver. Supply these details to the race manager or if required, contact the NZ police immediacy by dialing 111
  • If you see any rider riding dangerously record their number and report them to the race manager
  • A sag wagon will follow the last rider. Once they have passed you may return to base and hand back any equipment

If an accident occurs

  • Ensure your own safety
  • Prevent a further accident by either stopping or directing other riders and traffic away from the accident
  • If serious call 111 and ask for Ambulance, you will be asked for your name, phone number, location of the incident and the nature of the injuries and the number of injured
  • If not serious administer first aid if able and call for assistance from the race 1st aid
  • In the event that there is no mobile phone coverage. Flag down the next official race vehicle who will radio into HQ for assistance to be sent

Equipment – Collect from HQ at briefing

Fluoro vests & lunch pack

 

 

Halcombe Tavern Menu

Jed at the Halcombe Tavern will be open for coffee and food over the weekend from approx 8am – 2pm. 
Updated cafe menus coming soon.

 

Bike Manawatu's Novice Tour - Covid-19 Approach

COVID Alert Levels Information

In the present time in July 2022 

Possible Scenarios:

  • In Alert Level 4 – Our event will be cancelled
  • In Alert Level 3 – Our event will be cancelled
  • If the host region (Manawatu) is in Alert level 2 or lower and another region within NZ is in Alert Level 3. The region in Alert level 3 is excluded from the event
  • If NZ is in Alert Level 2. Our event will continue, with enhanced public health measures in line with Covid-19 guidelines.
  • If a region in NZ is in Alert Level 2 but the remainder of NZ is in Alert Level 1. The event will continue. Athletes from the Alert Level 2 region will need to follow enhanced public health measures – however the race director will run the event under Level 2 guidelines
  • If NZ is all in Alert Level 1 – The event continues
  • If the host region and other regions are in Alert Level 2 prior to the event and within days prior to the event a region goes back up to Alert Level 3. If a rider has already travelled to the Manawatu prior to this annoucement. For the safety of all of our riders, event crew and community, we will require all cyclists and their supporters from the newly annouced Alert Level 3 region to show proof of a negative test prior to attending our event.

Our Event Strategies in Level 2 to follow public health guidelines will be:

  • Mandatory contact tracing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1m where appropriate
  • Regular cleaning of common use facilities
  • 100 person bubble limit (This does not include officials, event team and staff)
  • Masks to be worn by all officials, event team, staff, spectators at all times in the event village
  • Masks are highly encouraged to be worn by riders at all times in the event village (Riders do not have to wear masks during the race / warm up)

 

At our event:

  • Hand sanitizer available
  • QR code. Scanning of this QR code will be mandatory
  • Face masks highly encouraged to be worn (includes event team & volunteers)
  • Public health guidelines communicated to all registered riders and families.
  • 1 volunteer to be the “Covid marshal” – ensuring hand sanitizer bottles are full, common use facilities are cleaned regularly, physical distancing is being adhered to

Prior to our event:

  • We will reinforce our public health messages via social media & race booklet

Race Bubbles

  • Riders will be split into two bubbles for the event
  • Bubble 1: Under 13 Boys & Girls, Under 15 Boys & Girls, Under 17 Girls
    Bubble 1 will be able to set up trainers etc on the field
    Bubble 1 has an allocated bathroom available near room 20 (HQ, classroom)
  • Bubble 2: Under 17 Boys, Under 19 Men & Women
    Bubble 2 will be able to set up trainers in the alleyway to the right of HQ (if looking out) and on the
  • basketball courts just around the corner
    Bubble 2 has an allocated bathroom available near the basketball court
    Please see our HQ map to help understand your bubble allocation area.

 

Race Procedures

  • Sign on will be at HQ – Our organiser will sanitise the pens in between use.
  • There will be no stage 1& 2 / jersey presentations under Alert Level 2 – We will post results to social media
  • As soon as your race finishes, please go to your car and head home – no socializing after the race. All riders are instructed to leave immediately after their event.
  • Briefing – All course information is details in this booklet / on our website. Riders briefing will be given by your commissaire during sign on.

Social Distancing

  • We must all adhere to the social distancing 1 metre guidelines – please respect these.


Reiteration of our guidelines

  • Riders, supporters and spectators must use the Contract tracing QR code that is displayed around the event to register their attendance.
  • Wear a mask when not exercising or within the event village.
  • If you’re sick, stay home. Please do not turn up at the event.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  • Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  • If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  • If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  • People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

If you test positive for Covid-19 following the event or are identified as a close contact from a positive case, contact event organiser immediately.

COVID-19 Management

The event recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on the country and in this case, the events industry.

The event will adopt the ‘New Events Sector Voluntary Code’ to deliver the event following best practice expectations based on the Ministry of Health guidance.

Below outlines the key measures which will be implemented to support the code:

• Contact Tracing (as mentioned above) 
– The event participants are required to pre event with their contact details. The event is able to contact.
– Parents, spectators and volunteers will be asked to sign in using our QR code at HQ
– Please ensure that you and your supporters use the contact tracing available at the event over the weekend!
– You can sign in manually through the form at the race office
– Volunteers who have filled in our volunteers form will have given contact tracing forms online also

• PPE
– Hand sanitiser will be available at the race HQ and other points of around HQ (Ashhurst School) for those attending the event
– Masks are highly reccommended to be worn by all event staff, volunteers & spectators – as well as riders when not riding
– Masks are to be worn in the final podium prizegiving IF this is able to go ahead safely
– Gloves and Masks to be available to all volunteers who are in regular contact with others (holders)
– Our first aid provider will operate within their own COVID-19 operating procedures

The following message is sent to staff, volunteers, contractors and participants prior to the event regarding the expectations of their behavior during the event:

• If you’re sick, stay home. Please do not turn up at the event.
• If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
• Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
• Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
• If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
• If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
• People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.
• For more information, click here

In the event that a participant is displaying COIVID-19 like symptoms – Once Bike Manawatu is notified we will endeavor to:
(1) inform individual and close contacts that they are to self isolate;
(2) inform COVID hotline on 0800 358 5453 and follow directions.

 

Novice Tour History

The Open Novice Tour of the Manawatu commenced in 1974 to inspire young U17 riders to compete in a major Open Tour

Photos

Event phots from current and past Novice Tours