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School Cycling

Manawatu School Cycling Overview

Manawatu Schools Cycling (MSC) is run by a dedicated group of volunteers in conjunction with 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 every Sunday morning. A term by term race programme will be made avaiabl;e by the beginning of Term 2.
Riders are to be enter via their schools.
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

Chairman: Mike Simpson

School Contacts:
Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School: Chris Sanson
Palmerston North Boys High School: David Barwick
Palmerston North Girls High School: Valerie Sampson
FAHS Feilding High School
St Peters
Ross Intermediate
Monrad Intermediate
Westmere pimary school
Whanganui Girls High School
Horowhenua College

More Info to come..

MSC Calendar 2023

Manawatu Schools Cycling Calendar 2023

More information to come

Licensing & Membership

Info to come

General Information

Registration Process
Race Numbers
Roll Out Requirements

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.

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

Bike Manawatu's approach to Covid-19

Bike Manawatu’s approach back to cycling under the the governments covid -19 guidelines

UPDATE as at 11:59pm Monday 12 September The Covid-19 framework known as the traffic light system has been removed

The information below dated March & April 2022 is now out of date -However we do remain cashless payments are to be made to
Bike Manawatu ANZ 01-0745-0284925-00 – Thank you 

Bike Manawatu’s approach back to cycling under Delta Alert Level 2 guidelines

The Delta variant has spread rapidly worldwide and is now the main variant in many countries, including NZ. It is the most transmissible variant, spreading a lot easier than the original version of the COVID-19 virus and other variants and requires additional consideration.

IMPORTANT Information to all riders, volunteers and race officials involved in our Bike Manawatu Event.
Under Delta Level 2 the event is able to go ahead but there will be conditions.

  • Sport and Recreation activities are limited to groups of 100 in a defined space in an outdoor space.
  • Please stay home if you are sick
  • A QR code will be available for all riders, volunteers and spectators
  • Social distancing is to be maintained for everyone during the event, but riders are not subject to it during the active competition part of their race.
  • Masks should be worn by everyone at all times, except during the active competition
  • Hand hygiene,please use sanitizer available if touching surfaces
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette. Please be considerate of others and no spitting, coughing or clearing your nose in the bunch
  • No cash payments will be accepted
  • No late registrations on the day will be accepted
  • Avoid touching surfaces & avoid sharing equipment
  • No congregating pre or post event, please vacate the area in a timely manner
  • No prize giving to take place under level 2 guidelines

Bike Manawatu Event Information

School Cycling Course Notes & Results

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 – Colyton Hiwinui

Manawatu Schools Cycling Event Colyton Hiwinui Road Race Registration 8.15am – Please meet at the Colyton School – 421 Colyton Road Race briefing 8.40am – all riders must attend Race briefing for Junior A/B 8:40AM Race Briefing for Seniors 9:10AM Start Time / First...

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...

School cycling results Akers road 29 May

Good weather, great turn out 64 riders and a nice little circuit were the ingredients for good racing. A grade could not get a single moment of rest with Mike McRedmond and Luke McCarthy riding a long them on their motor bike firing them up. At the end a two men break...