It’s been incredibly heartening to witness the ever increasing numbers of riders fronting up for Bike Manawatu events.
Across all grades we have seen an upswing in attendance and performance and this shows that we , as a club, are in good shape.
On behalf of the BM board and Events Committee we acknowledge the riders, volunteers and our wonderful team of sponsors for us to keep up our “On and Forward” protectory.
Now, in a rather un seasonable time period, it’s time for Postponed Age Group Nationals (AGN’s) in the hopefully sunny Waipukurau in Mid July. Many members had entered for the April event and have stayed in shape for the new date.
Our club has been a bit light on representation over the years but, with the event being on our back door step, it’s great to see many riders giving Nationals a go for the first time.
As a pre-curser to the AGRN’s Bike Manawatu, Nick Spark from Levin Cycling and other WCNI clubs went to work to put on the WCNI ITT championship and he WCNI Road racing championship this weekend.
Entries were all accepted on line and closed at 51 ITT and 88 Road Race entries. Because it is Age group you are racing your own age, but not necessarily ability. It is the next level of racing and congratulation to all that have entered.
Racing back to back is tough, racing in winter is hard and both courses are challenging in the prevailing wind.
Look out for the results on Facebook.
In August we will resume shorter graded races, linking up with Schools Cycling at their events. While MSC have the traffic management in place we will have our grades follow the school grades.
The ability and desire of both groups to work together is essential, whilst not interfering with the training and racing programme that MSC has in place as a lead up to North Island and NZ Schools championships in September.
Looking forward from there, BM is working with other local established teams for the Trust House Series in the Wairarapa. There’s been an informal meeting and our representation at the series is looking fantastic.
The licencing window for Cycling New Zealand opens at the start of October, It’s a good idea to get your 2021 licence early to reap the benefits of having your Race licence and joining your local club at the same time.
Taupo entries are now open, Novice tour 2020 new date is October 31-November 1 and there’s some very exciting announcements coming out of CNZ about………cant say too much.
Keep warm ,stay fit and focused, Ride safe