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Update 14 Oct 2019

ITT race 1

In what is a busy month there is plenty for all riders in all disciplines to enjoy.
Our event sponsors Hughes Joinery, McIntosh Engineering, Cash Converters, Ashhurst Engineering & Base Solutions.
The ITT series kicked off on Wednesday with 38 riders with some pretty quick times recorded for the opening stanza.
Carne Groube had a set back with a rear puncture on the ride out to the event so had the SOS call for a replacement.
Glenn Kirk kicked off the series with Fastest time of the day at 16.21 followed by Carne and the Captain debut the TT bike in 3rd.
Some very quick times across the board and a great turn out by a broad spectrum of members. Great to see Megan, Deb, Jo etc out again.
Thanks to our helpers on the day. James Buchanan, Anthony McFarlane, Steph Foote, Karen Gunn, Kylie Mulcahy.
Click here for results.

Forest Hill Road Hill climb.

Bike Manawatu had a great turn out on a beautiful spring Sunday morning for the inaugural Forest Hill Road Hill climb.
With our event Sponsors McIntosh Engineering, The Tank Guy & Central Bicycle Studio.
Since the road was sealed all the way to the top, we have heard of many riders using the road as a training ground.
BM applied for Traffic Management Clearance and permit from PNCC and it was granted. A mail drop was done to all residents and we had the green light.
30 Riders took the Challenge on a road which I’m sure will become another iconic climb of our region. Hill climbs have a weird psych…you want to be there, but never really seem to look forward to it.
Top seeds were waiting in anticipation for Cliff Hughes to make the starting line and some seemed relieved when he was an apparent no show. He’s famous for the late entrances
The first riders were away well and truly when Cliff showed up. Glenn Kirk led the field up the hill followed by Winston Briggs and a bunch of junior hitters.
Small puffs of smoke could be seen in the trees as riders blew to bits and even though he said he cramped up…Cliff Hughes posted the FTD, followed by Ben Irvine and Winston Briggs.
This was an age group competition so there is success stories throughout the entire field.
Click Here For Results.

Other Happenings.

The Pongoroa Long ride was huge with great numbers out on an Awesome Spring day.
The track season is gaining momentum with “Bike fits” and “Have a go days” going well.
The track committee has transformed the Track Clubrooms, what a fantastic facility this has been reborn to.
With the ITT series on every Wednesday, The Sutton Cup Road Race at Halcombe on Sunday 27th – Register Here 
The Trust House teams are going well, We have Juniors hitting the Dynamo series hard and our club Racing is going from strength to strength …leading up to a just as busy November.

Safety and Hiccups.

With all our successes … and there are plenty… we run into a few obstacles.
We all need to be aware of how we are seen by the public and fellow Road users. Please be courteous and keep left, go to single file on narrow roads and so on.
Forest Hill Road was an example on Sunday when we were approached by a resident who is a cyclist as well. He welcomed us onto the road that he lives, applauded our club and our visions but.. Had real concerns about riders descending at high speeds on the wrong side of the road.
There’s lots of scenarios that could happen here….and most are serious and detrimental … The best way of avoiding these are to ride smart, and be aware of other riders and road users.
We have many groups of riders with many, many different focuses on their riding.
We as a club encourage them all, and from time to time there are double ups on some days.
BM do try to avoid any sort of date clashes and interrupting other clubs and groups by having a race calendar for our riders .
We are all here to improve our Mental and Physical well being by being on bikes…lets make the most of the fine weather and each others company.