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Track Chit Chat – Jan 11 2016


Congrats to our Bike Manawatu world champs who are on their way to Hong Kong to ride in the World Cup meeting. We all wish them the best at the meeting. Watch the news.
The first track night for the New Year (last Wednesday) was especially notable when track records continued to tumble.
The flying quarter was on the programme as conditions were very good – a warm track and air conditions beginning to cool.
The flying quarter was a very historical event of note in the early years and unto the 1970’s of the NZ track cycling. This is because nearly all the tracks built in NZ in that period were 4 laps to the mile (approx 400m) and 1 lap was a quarter mile. Top track cyclist from overseas who visited NZ always attempted to break the NZ flying quarter record.
Zoe Croton (U15) who has shown a steady improvement this season broke Kate Stewart’s 5 year old flying quarter record of 32.545 riding 31.825 to establish her first track record.
Libby Arbuckle also lowered Kate Stewart’s U19 women record of 29.94 to establish a new time of 29.75sec.
The ride of the night was undoubtedly from James Cuff who is in really hot form and moving very quick. James smashed Jaycob Humphreys 2 year record for senior men of 27.03sec by a phenomenal amount (nearly 2sec) to record the fastest flying quarter ridden on the Feilding track of 25.22 secs. He rode faster than the U19 mens record of 25.26 set in March last year by Liam Brown.
Brent Zimmerman also established a masters 5 flying quarter record of 29.15 secs.
Congrats to all these riders.
Ben Irvine on his first race on his new Hillbrick track bike, won in a draw at the last December meeting, surprised everyone when outsprinted Michael Richmond and Zoe Croton to win the opening U15 race.
Last Sunday in blustery conditions at the Levin Carnival. Carne Groube was outstanding in the senior mens grade while Michael Richmond and Libby Arbuckle dominated these grades.
This week on Saturday 16th at Wanganui the West Coast NI track champs are to be held on the board track starting at 10.00am.
Lets hope we have a fine summers day and we all see some good racing and see our Bike Manawatu trackies winning some Championship titles.