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Manawatu School Cycling Overview

Manawatu Schools Cycling (MSC) is run by a dedicated group of volunteers in conjunction with Bike Manawatu and the local schools.

MSC starts at Year 7-8 and carries on right up and until year 13

MSC is a winter sport run over Terms 2 & 3 – with races on many Sunday mornings. The Calendar is avaiable on the Bike Manawatu website. 
Riders need to enter each event prior to the event date. Please check with your schools sports coordinator as to which grade to race in. This can change during Terms 2 & 3.
There will be times when parents will be asked to help at a Sunday race in terms of marshals, timing, registration etc.

It is compulsary for all MSC riders to have a front and back light and high vis vest when riding to and from a school race. During a race back lights must be on.

Riders will have the opportunity to compete at North Island Secondary School Road Championships and following this NZ National Secondary Road Cycling Championships.

Manawatu School Contacts

Manawatu Schools Cycling

School Contacts:
Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School: Jos Calder (parent) and Liam McRae
Palmerston North Boys High School: David Barwick
Palmerston North Girls High School: Valerie Sampson and Tim Lloyd (coach)
FAHS Feilding High School
St Peters
Huntley – Gareth Wood
Ross Intermediate
Monrad Intermediate
Westmere pimary school
Whanganui Girls High School
Horowhenua College

More Info to come..

MSC Calendar 2024

Licensing & Membership

Schools Affiliation is now open for 2024

Schools must be Affiliated with Cycling New Zealand before they can enter an event. 

Entries for all Cycling New Zealand Schools events must be completed by the School through Enter Now.

General Information

Registration Process – please arrived with plenty of time to register before an event.
Race Numbers and Transponders – These are given out at each event registration, depending on what is required for the event. Please make sure they are returned to the timing trailer at the end of the event.
DNF – if you do not finish a race, please make you sure inform  those running the event before you go home.


MSC Course Information

MSC Closed Facebook Group

Manawatu Schools Cycling Closed Facebook Group Link

This page has been set up with a pure focus on Schools Cycling, it’s events, activities and it’s members.
We respectfully request all posts keep 
with this theme and remember the audience it is focused on.

Schools Focus Group

Schools Focus Group



The Cycling New Zealand Schools Focus group is for a selected group of school cyclists who, on behalf of their fellow riders, provide feedback and advocate for the continued development of the Schools Cycling programme.

The Focus Group is established by the Cycling New Zealand Schools (CNZS) Executive and is maintained by Cycling New Zealand (CNZ) through their partnership agreement.

The purpose of the Focus Group is to support the continued development of the Schools cycling programme with the following focus.

  • To provide feedback on how to increase participation and growth in schools cycling;
  • To advocate for cycling as a sport in their school and region;
  • To advocate the ‘Balance is better’ philosophy and provide feedback to support the initiative through to Sport NZ;
  • To ensure relevant and appropriate information is being provided through the available platforms;
  • To help to ensure that a sustainable, suitable and effective range of support and information exists to support student’s continuation in the sport of cycling post school.

Please click here to read the Terms of Reference.



We have 12 awesome members of our Schools Focus Group for 2024! With our first team meeting to come soon! Welcome all and well done.

Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers and Other Supporters

I ……………………………………………………………………………………agree to abide by the below Code of Conduct:

  • Inform the coach of any specific health requirements or medical conditions of your child in
    advance of the coaching session verbally or by completion of a Parental Consent form.
  • If your child has to leave early or is being collected by someone other than a parent/carer, the
    parent/carer must advise the coach of the details of the arrangement including who will be
    collecting your child and when.
  • Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
  • Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  • Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding the good performances of all.
  • Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  • Publicly accept officials’ judgments and teach children to do likewise.
  • Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their cycling.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.
  • Remember that children participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  • Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every young person regardless of their gender, ability,
    cultural background or religion.
  • Show appreciation and respect for coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your
    child could not participate.
  • Do not undermine the child’s coach/instructor/ride leader. They are professionals who will have
    a plan and a reason for delivering coaching appropriately.
  • Make yourself familiar and understand the current guidelines on age appropriate training &
    development. Asking children to perform outside of these guidelines can fall outside of the legal
    aspects of Child Safety legislation.Signature:………………………………………………………………………………

Cycling NZ Schools Toolkit Info

Schools Cycling in New Zealand is governed by Cycling New Zealand Schools (New Zealand School Cycling Association Incorporated). Cycling New Zealand Schools was
created in part to promote the enjoyment, participation and competition on bicycles for all school-age children (Y7 – Y13) in New Zealand and to create and govern competitive cycling opportunities for school-aged participants.
Cycling New Zealand Schools aims to connect schools cycling more closely with the wider national cycling landscape, and acknowledges the important role of schools’ cycling as one of the first steps in the cycling development and competition pathway.
Cycling New Zealand Schools currently oversees:

  • the delivery, administration and governance of the New Zealand schools’ cycling
  • the delivery of its endorsed events,
  • the membership of the students and schools and
  • acts as the official organisation reporting to School Sport New Zealand (formerly

Cycling New Zealand Schools is a member organisation of Cycling New Zealand. Its elected Council represents the interests of schools’ cycling. Both organisations have a shared
ambition of maximising the growth in participation of competitive cycling in schools (intermediate and secondary schools), and intend to use the knowledge, skills, expertise and resources collectively across their organisations to achieve this outcome. Through this partnership, it will be possible to further connect the competition pathways, enhance best practice event delivery, and increase and build stronger relationships with schools and their riders. Current codes under the Cycling New Zealand School umbrella are Road, Track and MTB


Getting a team together
Often the hardest part of setting up a school cycling team is knowing where to start. This section is designed to give you some ideas on how to promote cycling at your school, to get a gauge on / understand the level of student interest and how to build a solid support team (e.g. coach, parent helpers, etc.)… All this is designed to get the team to their first race.
There is no single ‘best way’ to achieve this but below is an outline of the steps that have been used in the past to support schools in establishing a team.
If there is a core group of keen riders already at your school, then the process is much easier. If your interested group of students is new to cycling then there will most likely need to be a skill development component incorporated into that timeline of getting them to their first event. So this will need to be factored in and realistic time targets set e.g. will this take 6 weeks or 2 terms to have the students ready for their first event?

Team and Individual Racing
Most schools events include team and individual options. Even if you are the only cyclist at your school you can still compete in schools cycling events. Composite teams made up of riders from different schools are permitted to participate in team events however are not eligible for medals. Refer to the Schools Cycling Rules (Appendix 3) for more information on Composite teams.
Team events on offer are the road cycling team time trial event, a team’s pursuit or team sprint event on the track and the MTB team relay. These all work different. Refer to each Event Manual for specific event rules. For example, in the team sprint (on the track), at the end of the first lap, the leading rider in each team rides up the banking leaving the second rider to lead for the second lap; at the end of the second lap, the second rider does the same, leaving the third rider to complete the last lap on their own.
One of the best benefits of Schools Cycling is racing with and against your class mates and making new friends from other schools

What if I’m the only rider at my school?
If you are currently the only rider at your school, it is best to speak to your school’s Sports Coordinator. This way the Sports Coordinator can help to facilitate getting a team together or just help you with event entries and uniforms etc. You can still compete if you are the only rider at your school, but you will need to communicate with the Sports Coordinator as all entries to School Cycling events must come through your school. Many of the larger school teams welcome single school riders when travelling to events or for training sessions.

  • Support Roles
    Teacher in Charge/Sports Coordinator – it is helpful to have a representative from
    your school who is interested in helping with the cycling team. A lot of the information
    regarding entries and event details will be sent to the school and entries also need to
    be done by the school contact.
  • Parents can also be great to get on board to help with the team. A parent may put
    their ‘hand up’ to manage the team or to come on training rides for support.

Race rules
There are differing rules in cycling depending on what cycling discipline you are competing in. These rules will detail the ‘Dos and Don’ts ‘for each discipline around such things as gearings, equipment, and rules specific to the particular race you are competing in. It is important that all riders familiarise themselves with complete rules prior to racing. Click here for the current Cycling New Zealand Schools Rules and links to wider Cycling New Zealand, MTBNZ and UCI rules. Rules can be daunting so remember, if you have any questions you can always ask! Email for your first port of call.

School Racing Uniforms
A school racing uniform must be in the respective school’s colours and the logo or name of the school must be prominently displayed. In the event that a school does not have a school racing uniform riders shall race in plain cycling top and shorts which should, as much as possible, reflect the colours of that school. More information around uniforms can be found under Section 2 and Appendix 2 in the Cycling New Zealand Schools Rules here.

The Cycling New Zealand Schools Events Calendar can be found on the website here – dates and locations change each year. The Cycling New Zealand Schools calendar includes
North Island, South Island and National Championships for Road, Track and MTB, and North and South Island Championships for Cyclo-cross. These events are sanctioned by Cycling New Zealand Schools, Cycling New Zealand and School Sport New Zealand. Other Cycling New Zealand sanctioned events can be found on the Cycling New Zealand
events calendar here.

Joining a Club
Joining a club will help a rider to get the most out of their cycling.
Clubs are important for both serious riders and those just getting started. Clubs will help riders to connect with like-minded riders to train with, coaches, regional club events and other cycling support.
Riders will need to be a member of an affiliated club to race at any club, regional or national races that are not Schools specific events. For a list of Cycling New Zealand affiliated clubs.
Bike Manawatu is your friendly local Road, Track & Recreational Cycling Club 

You can read more fron the cycling nz toolkit here

School Cycling Course Notes & Results

Kairanga Time Trials – 2 Distances

Kairanga Time Trials  Date 30th June 2024 Registration 8.15am – Please meet at Kairanga School Race briefing 8.45am – all riders must attend Start Time / First Rider off at 9am – Manual Time, please line up slowest to fastest at the start line. Teams start before...

Colyton Hiwinui Graded Road Race

Colyton Hiwinui Graded Road Race Registration 8.15am – Please meet at the Colyton School – 421 Colyton Road Race briefing 8.40am – all riders must attend Start Time / First Grade off at 9:00am ***Please Pre Register, Its much easier to delete or DNS you from our start...

Glen Oroua Grade Road Race

Glen Oroua Graded Road Race Registration 8.15am – Please meet near the Bike Manawatu Timing trailer, on Milner Rd in the layby opposite the hall. (around the corner from the school) Race briefing 8.45am – all riders must attend Start Time / First Grade off at 9am...

MSC – Linton Akers Road Race

Manawatu Schools Cycling Event Linton - Akers Road Race Registration 8.15am – Please meet at Linton Country School (77 Akers Road, Manawatu, Wanganui 4474) Race briefing 8.40am – all riders must attend Start Time / First Grade off at 9:00am ***Please Pre Register, Its...

MSC – Kairanga

Manawatu Schools Cycling Event Kairanga Individual Time Trial OR Team Time Trial Registration 8.15am – Please meet at the Kairanga School 1099 Kairanga Bunnythorpe Road for registration - Course start area will be opposite the Horizons Yard –  1117 Kairanga...

MSC – Rongotea TTT

Manawatu Schools Cycling Event Rongotea Team Time Trial OR Individual Time Trial Registration 8.15am – Please meet at the Rongotea Square / near the Rongotea Garage – 5 Douglas Square, Rongotea 4476 Race briefing 8.40am – all riders must attend Start Time / First...

MSC – Bone Collector

MSC Bone Collector Manawatu Schools Cycling Event Bone Collector Registration 8.15am – Please meet at the Triangle outside the Ashhurst Library Race briefing 8.40am – all riders must attend Start Time / First Grade off at 9:00am How it works: Teams will be made up...

Manawatu Schools Cycling Camp March 9 & 10, 2013

  Dear Parents/Guardian 20 February 2013 Since 2009, several Manawatu Schools have combined to put on a Schools Cycling Camp. We have been to Apiti School and Rathkeale College previously. In 2013 we want to combine the Camp with the Bush Tour in Pahiatua. The purpose...