Bike Manawatu Happy Hour
When; Friday 27 October
Where; Lonestar on the Square
Time: From 5.30pm
Young Club under 23 Riders Busy Internationally.
Chris Denholm,Mitchell Kinghorn,Jacob Sievwright
A quick update on some of our long serving younger talented club members who are busy on their bikes building their season.
Chris Denholm and Jacob Sievwright are not long back from an international race event in New Caledonia where some of the best up and coming riders from Europe were also competing. An amazing environment for Chris and Jacob to help build on experience for upcoming and future events.
Mitchell Kinghorn is off to compete in the tough New Zealand Tour of Southland which will also be a great experience while Chris Denholm heads off to Australia to race the Tour of Tasmania.
We have watched these talented riders from a very young age when competing for the club and school and now to see them competing at this level is a proud time for the club, their family and supporters. Well done boys.
Essex Cup Club Road Race.
Last Saturday the club invited all members and abilities to join us in the beautiful Pohangina Village for our Essex club road race. Sadly, the wind and overcast weather in Palmerston North dictated and the numbers were well back on expectation. However, with less wind in the Pohangina valley those that did ride enjoyed the circuit and scenery. Congatulations to all that participated.
Checkout the results of BikeManawatu Facebook
Next road race is another handicap-The Sutton Cup-18th of November. More info will be available on the website race calendar soon.
Kairanga Time Trail 8 Race Series Under Way
When: Wednesday 1st of November
Where; At Horizons yard on Kairanga-Bunnythorpe road.
Registrations from ;5.45pm
Start Times from : 6.30pm:
Last Wednesday the Kairanga Time Trail 8-week series got underway in overcast windy conditions which is always a great test on the mental strength of cyclists. Everyone gave a gallant effort on the flat 12Km course time trail course to record their first points of the series. Next week they will try and better their time to accumulate points. Last season an average 50 riders per week contested the series and their improvement in fitness, strength, speed and bike handling was a massive reward more most riders. Come and try the Club event out.
The club asked if Time Trail riders over 18 years would put their name forward to Organiser Mike Craine ( please email firstname.lastname@example.org) to go on a rosters list that would require you to stand down for one time trial week only to help out on the night. For that you would get 2 points toward the series. We hope you see that as fair.
The popular Kairanga time trial has always been well supported and run by a small group of dedicated club members who simply are unable to sustain this year after year.
Checkout results on Bikemanawatu website or Facebook
Upcoming Club Calendar Events
Manfeild Criterium- Registrations are now open
When; Starting on Tuesday’s 7th,14th,21st.29th November
Start Time:6pm.Safe off road fun graded riding for all ages.Last year people loved it and the improvement in their cycling was huge.Pencil this one in.Its contagious.
Lions Tour de Manawatu
When; Sunday November 5th
Events: 114km,75km,43km,16km options.
Check out registrations tourdemanawatu.org.nz
WCNI Track Carnival
When: 19 November
Where;Feilding Velodrome-Johnston Park
Check out further details on BikeManawatu Facebook
This will be a great event and a fun day for the whole family. Racing or watching racing right before your very eyes. Don’t miss it.
Manawatu -The Novice Tour
When: 9th and 10th of December
Two days and four stages:44 years of history and bringing most of the best young riders in New Zealand to the Manawatu to compete in this iconic four stage tour over two days.This is a tough tour and brilliant spectacle Manawatu are proud of.Some of New Zealand’s former and current stars have ridden this tour and speak highly of how important the Manawatu Novice Tour was in their development.
Manawatu Festival of Cycling -January 27th.
1) UCI 125km Manawatu Gravel and Tar Classic-International teams.
2) The 70km Gran Fondo- All ages and abilities
3) The 30km Riverpath Challenge- All ages and abilities.
Being awarded a UCI (1.2 level) International race is a big deal for New Zealand and the Manawatu. The Manawatu Gravel and Tar Classic has been running for two years and to get UCI accreditation has been described in rugby terms like holding a Super 15 Rugby final here in the Manawatu year after year. It’s that big.
Bike Manawatu are hoping our members and the community will embrace and support the beginning of something special for our region which involves an even bigger focus of people entering the Gravel and Tar 70k Gran Fondo and 30k for all ages and abilities.
The 125k UCI International race along with the recreational rides will set the stage for us to build year after year on creating our own “Manawatu Weekend Festival of Cycling” for everyone in the region and beyond.
Bike Manawatu’s concept of a summer weekend ” Manawatu Festival of Cycling” on the 27th and 28th of January at the end of the school Holidays every year will be good for all cycling age groups and abilities. Consider how the Lake Taupo Challenge got started all those years ago and where it is today.
On Sunday 28th of January our good friends the Manawatu a Mountain Biking Club are hoping to support our weekend “Manawatu Festival of Cycling” which will allow cyclists to ride the Gran Fondo on Saturday the 27th and then ride the Mountain Bike event on Sunday 28th.How good would that be.
On the 27th of January 2018 cycling fans in mid-winter over in Europe will be glued to their computers and TV to see who is going to win our tough Manawatu Gravel and Tar 125k Classic and get UCI points.
Still to be finalised-The club are looking to create a festival atmosphere in George Street before and after the three rides where registrations will likely take place at Cyclista Cafe in George
street. Neutralised starts from the square at a respectable 1pm start time we hope will capture a crowd atmosphere to give the event a Kiwi/European Vibe.
The finish line will be at Memorial Park with the usual UCI finish line structures and hoardings we see on TV at International races across the world. A nice way for all of the Gran Fondo 70k and 30k Riverpath Challenge riders to finish.
If your holiday plans can see you back in Palmy for the last weekend in January-You won’t want to miss the start of something great in our region.
We welcome Bike Manawatu Memberships
Bike Manawatu welcomes all new members and value all of our current members who turn out week after week to ride a bike.Our annual memberships cost of only $45 for adults ,youths under 19 years old at $25 and family memberships with three or more at only $80 represent great value compared to most other sports.
What is important to know is that your club membership covers public liability insurance which is a valuable benefit. With over 300 Bike Manawatu organised rides per year and loads of great people and friendships you make, what could be better for bike enthusiasts than joining our club.
With your membership contribution we hope you try out as many local events as possible.
Equally we extend a request for more members to help out with our annual calendar of club events during at events from time to time.
Standing down riding an event every now to help out would help provide an even spread of helpers versus the small few who put there hand up regularly.
Contact Keryn our club secretary on email@example.com to find out how easy it is to get your membership started or renewed or to be on our list of volunteers to call on every now and then.