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Simon van Velthoven Americas Cup Winner


When you see one of our own Bike Manawatu people reach the pinnacle of their sport we all feel a sense of pride. Olympian Track cyclist Simon van Velthoven otherwise known as “Rhino” has thrilled us made us proud for many years with his bold style of racing and success. But inside one year Simon has had to adapt to the elite sport of Americas Cup sailing and has been an integral part of the Emirates Team New Zealand’s Challenge and winning success. From the Velodrome to the Ocean, Simon has proven himself a world class all round elite athlete, maybe even the Sonny Bill Williams of cycling. We congratulate Simon and salute his decision to help Emirates Team NZ which may have opened doors for future cyclists to the elite sport of Americas Cup Sailing.


“Tour de France” Buffett Breakfast and Ride.


When; Saturday and Sunday morning 15th and 16th of July
Where; Hotel Coachman (valued club Sponsors)
Time; 7am- 9am followed by
Club ride- 10.30am from Memorial Park.
Cost: $15 per head per morning.
Register your attendance:

For all club members, young and mature, Bike Manawatu have booked the comfort of the Hunterville room at Hotel Coachman for the purpose of club unity where we will be exclusively entertained to witness a re run of the final exciting two hours of the overnight hilly stages 14 and 15. These Professional Tour riders will definitely be in the hurt box.
Saturday 15th of July: Hilly Stage 14: Blagnac-Rodez (181 Km) 7am to 9am
Sunday 16th of July; Hilly Stage 15; Laissac- Severac-Le Puy-en Velay (189 Km)7am to 9am

After enjoying watching these gruelling “Tour de France” stages we will be ready to meet at Memorial park for a 10.30am start for a variety of group rides naturally with a coffee stop at the end to finish off a great morning together.


North Island Schools Road Championships

When: from 8th July
Where: Cambridge

The Manawatu schools organising committee lead by Mike Craine is an amazing group of dedicated people who are well supported by schools, coaches, parents and sponsors. Week after week they are organising training riders and weekend races that prepare our riders for national events. This school holiday in July our club will be represented by up to 100 or more riders and there supporters who will travel to Cambridge to race against all of the leading North Island Schools for the North Island Schools Road Championships. We have a proud tradition of producing top riders and our new wave of keen young cyclist we know will represent themselves, their schools, supporters and club the best they can.

This is where our current stars like Campbell Stewart, Robert Stannard, Michaela Drummond and others where were all born in this competitive schools racing environment. We wish them success. Check out results on Facebook Manawatu schools cycling.


Spoke ‘N’ Word. New Club Publication


This week the club’s newest publication is out. Spoke ‘N’ Word was introduced to the board by Tom and Catriona Pirie and a unanimous yes was given to produce a three-monthly hard copy booklet covering what our members have been up to on off the road. If you have any stories or news email them to

Copies will be available at Happy Hour, at Sunday rides and at Schools Racing


Bike Manawatu Happy Hour

When; Friday 30th
Where; Lonestar
Time;5.30 pm onwards.