A Club Culture is Caught not Taught

I am in the learning phase as club chairman and I am sure you will agree that there are a lot of great characters in our club across the many different riders and volunteer groups. The banter between people is a huge part of why we enjoy biking so much apart from the health and fitness cycling brings.When we talk to members they often share funny stories about fellow club members or how proud they are of both past and present club riders who have enjoyed, local, National or International success.These are humble people who ride amongst our riding groups today who we can learn from.

At last years Bike Manawatu prize giving held at Hotel Coachman we were treated to some great insights by our former Olympian and Commonwealth games racers Mike McRedmond and Anthony Cuff as well as our young crop of NZ rising stars Campbell Stewart,Robert Stannard,Michaela Drummond and Elizabeth Stannard.They shared the hard work they put into their training programs and racing lives.Brilliant to listen to and a great people asset our club can share with all members.

The growth phase within our club is all about the members helping each other improve whatever area of participation as a cyclist or volunteer you are involved in. By each taking some responsibility for your riding group or racing event to support "cycling etiquette and safety" is top of mind and has to be a continual priority for us all.
When it is required,just saying to a fellow cyclist who is not riding safely "safety is one of our key cycling protocols". The right encouragement to help them become a safer rider can only help build a great culture amongst all members.This also gently removes bad habits such as "half wheeling" which for most cycling enthusiasts is dangerous.

A culture change occurs both on and off the bike by members committing to more time talking together.We can all learn more from each other especially being around knowledgeable cyclist who ride in our weekly riding groups.This could be at the after ride coffee catchup or the Bike Manawatu "Monthly Happy Hour" where you get the chance to connect with more members more often.

Bike Manawatu First "Monthly Happy Hour"
Feedback from last Friday's first Bike Manawatu "Monthly Happy Hour" has been excellent. Roughly 30 people mingled and shared a very social get together at Hotel Coachman.
Positive comments from, "it was a relaxing way to end the week" and "it didn't interfere with family time" or any weekend ride time made it enjoyable".All in all this is positive club initiative for our cycling community and we look forward to seeing more people join us on at our next "Happy Hour" Friday 27 May 5.30 to 7pm at Hotel Coachman.

Club Race Report, Halcombe 30th April

With a number of riders taking well-earned breaks following the National Championships the previous weekend, the field was smaller than expected for a handicap race on the Halcombe/Stanway circuit last Saturday. Nevertheless, with some good handicapping and some quality riders made for a very competitive race.

The limit riders on the 41 km course (first to go) were Sam Russell, Katherine Stannard, Ben Irvine, Zoe Croton, Jamie Dennis (‘limit’ group). Tom Pirie was next, on his own 4 min later, then a small but strong group of Mike Craine, Chris Pinkney, and Toshi were at 12 min. Angus Claasen and Ethan Craine were given the hardest task, off ‘block’ with Joel Yates, Steve Stannard and James Denholm on scratch (20 min) only 6 min behind.  All the groups worked hard, and the race all came together on the last hill on Tokorangi Rd before the descent into Halcombe.

In the end, Joel was just too strong for the rest of the bunch finishing just ahead of Angus in 62 min (average 39 km/h). James was third across the line just a few seconds behind. Three of the younger riders did one lap, with Kyra Craine first home in 69 min, Josh Mulchay 2nd, and Alex Croton 3rd.

Manfeild 6Hour 2016 - 8th May

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It's this weekend folks! 

Online entries are open till Noon on the 6th and on the day entries are available.

We have reduced the late fee from $20 to $10 which will apply after the 29th. (no fee applies to Schools)

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Thank you if you have already entered, and I'll see you there!

2016 Club Road Nationals, Alexandra.

A solid contingent of green jerseys made it down to the bottom part of the South Island for the 2016 National Club Road Championships. For all but the Open and U23 riders, this is the pinnacle event of the NZ road calendar where selections for World Champs (junior and masters) are on the line. Not surprisingly, the competition and the standard of racing was very high, especially from the South Islanders, some of whom are “enigmas” who we hear about, but see rarely this side of Cook Straight.

Michael Groube led the team, firstly organizing transport of most of the (many) bikes and wheels, and driving them all the way down to the race. He was also in charge of team management and ensuring all riders were prepared for their races. Much thanks should go to Michael, without whom participation would have proven impossible for most.

Thursday the 21st was the individual time trial; 15 km for U17 and younger, and Masters 4 and older. The rest did 25 km. The course was fast for the first 5 km before a nasty little climb and some rollers. The longer course turned left and went up a very long false flat before turning around to a very fast second half. Those with the leg speed were rewarded with good times; the best of the BM riders being Robert Stannard who placed second in the U19 men.

The road races were held over the next three days starting with the U15s and U17s on the Friday. The course was on an undulating circuit with no long climbs, but little chance for recovery if the going got tough. The finish, however, consisted of a left turn off the main course up a climb which began steeply, but gradually leveled out and finishing after around 2 km from the turn.

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Cycling in the Manawatu is in good Heart.

The warm autumn weather has been kind to our cycling mad region with plenty of people out on their bikes getting fitter while others have been racing for themselves and Bike Manawatu at the New Zealand road Nationals down south in Alexander with great success.More about that in an upcoming report.

Bike Manawatu has it first monthly "Happy Hour"

A followup reminder that Bike Manawatu has it first monthly "Happy Hour" for our cycling community this Friday the 29th of April from 5.30-7pm at Hotel Coachman.Support your club and fellow cyclists by coming along to enjoy some social time together off the bike if you can make it.

The Manfeild 6 Hour

Also a long time favourite The Manfeild 6 Hour Cycle Challenge is next week the 8th of April which people are really looking forward to.This is renowned as a fun event not to be missed.Check it out if you want a great day out.


Hi Everyone,

A manager is required to run the road race on April 30th 1 pm at the Halcome/Stanway circuit.

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Unfortunately if we can't find someone, the race will have to be cancelled.

Any help in the running of these events is very much appreciated!


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Bike Manawatu

"Bike Manawatu Monthly Friday Happy Hour" starting Friday 29 April 5.30-7pm

JVLThe Board gave a unanimous thumps up to Bike Manawatu initiating the new "Monthly Friday Happy Hour" for members,volunteers,sponsors and their families to have some social fun together.

The plan is for us all to have some good quality social time together off the bike on the last Friday of every month as we look to build club unity across all ages in our cycling mad club.
Spread the word to your fellow members and bring your best yarns.

When; Next week Friday the 29th of April.
Where:Valued sponsor Hotel Coachman
Time; 5.30 to 7pm
Note: Hotel Coachman has kindly discounted Beer and Wine for Members down to $6.

We hope you can make our first Club Happy Hour.
See you their.

Event helpers needed.
And an important reminder to anyone who is interested in being part a helping out with our clubs seasonal cycling events.We would really appreciate your support.
Contact Christine Christie This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will put you in contact with one of our many sub committees.

Manfeild 6hr Sponsors 2016


John van Lienen New Chairman of Bike Manawatu

After two years on the Bike Manawatu Board I was surprisingly voted in Bike Manawatu Chairman at our recent AGM replacing Steve Stannard who was standing down after six years on the board.Steve has done and will continue doing great things for this club and cycling in New Zealand.We wish him and his family all the best and thank him for his amazing contribution to the club.

JVLI have quickly learnt the success of Bike Manawatu has been all about the cross section of amazing club members,volunteers and sponsors that support one another, week in week out enjoying this amazing sport of cycling.What ever level you are at as a club member, think about how much more fun it is to be around like minded people from all walks of life riding or volunteering together, talking and sharing experiences.This is often how many of your friendships get started in this great sport.

Statistics recognise cycling is one of the fastest growing sports for people who want to stay fit and build great friendships as a recreational or race rider while taking in stunning New Zealand countryside which the Manawatu has plenty of.

We are wanting to grow our Bike Manawatu's membership and build a club that we can all be proud of and spend more riding and social time together. As a club member, we ask you to talk to more people about the sport and get them along to experience our club bike rides together.Christine Christie will welcome them to the club and our organised beginners rides. We all have the responsibility to help new cyclist learn cycling protocols and we all must remember the embarrassment of our own first few rides.Not easy were they?

Our recreational membership is growing fast and for those who want to race a bike,a new Bike Manawatu racing events committee have exciting plans ahead. Over many years the Manawatu region has produced cycling superstars from school cycling through to masters riders on the road or track and the club have access to top coaches to help set new benchmarks for those riders.The best of our current crop of young riders are competing internationally for New Zealand this year which we are all proud of and the club support.

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2016 WCNI Champs


Bike Manawatu Chairperson’s Report 2016

Steve Stannard 5th April, 2016


Last year my report started with the observation that it didn’t seem like a year since the previous year’s AGM and that the year had gone very quickly.  Well, I’ll start this year’s report by noting that this year has gone even more quickly!  


Presenting this report is my final formal task as Chairperson of Bike Manawatu, as according to our club constitution, I must step down from the Board, and thus the Chair role, after six years serving as a Board member.  I am the last of the original Board members who guided Bike Manawatu through its formative years, and I have been either the Chair or Deputy Chair during these six years.  Through my time as a Board member I have learnt a lot about what it takes to run a club like ours, and even more during the last 18 months as the Chair.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank present and past Board members for their contributions; we have worked well together and that has enabled the organization to remain steady and financially sound.  


My major achievement as Chair has simply been to keep things ticking along during the transition to a very new Board and a new administrator/secretary last year. With Paul and Glenys leaving in quick succession, we lost a lot of very valuable institutional knowledge and two very hardworking people.  These were big shoes to fill and I’d like to think I managed the club through that period in a satisfactory fashion.  That’s not to say that a few ball weren’t dropped and perhaps a few opportunities missed along the way.  


Christine, of course, has been in the secretary/administrator role for a year now.  I thank her for her hard work, long hours, and absolute commitment to Bike Manawatu.  I know from my own experience that it’s not easy to pick up the myriad of tasks the role entails, but I think now Christine has settled in nicely.  


The usual thing now would be for me to describe the highlights and lowlights of the last year for the club, and talk about the opportunities and threats to Bike Manawatu.  Instead, I’d like to make a series of observations and give my opinion about a few things, partly because we don’t want to hear about the low-lights tonight and the highlights of our riders have been well publicized (though I will briefly mention these later).  

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