Trophee de vent et Grimpeur

Translation “trophy of the wind and climber”. Well that is what it will be for this year for the brave and hearty that tackled the course today.

From my vantage point at the finish line I had a lovely view after first clearing branches from the road down across the river to spy on the riders as they returned on the shortened course from Highland Home.

P1020816P1020814P1020813P1020808And with my camera on zoom it is amazing what you can see on the other side of the valley , even picking up action on the bridge over the Pohangina River. Look carefully and you will notice the lean on the trees, testament to the fact that the wind was venting.

So rather than a graded race, all riders completed the same distance and a handicap race was run instead.

It is great to have people to come out to help so thanks to Dennis Martin who was turn marshal at Raumai and to Katherine Stannard who was turn marshal at Highland Home.

All riders should know that all of our club races are run according to Bike NZ rules and if these are not complied with or if you need a reminder about what those are they will be included in the race briefing each week until all riders remember them.

Riders taking or accepting outside pace or assistance shall be disqualified by the Commissaires.

“Outside pace” shall be defined as riding behind or on either side of non-competitors or of a moving vehicle in such a way that in the opinion of the Commissaires the rider secures an advantage over other competitors. “

This was a club race and no prizemoney was at stake. But continued behaviour like this will see further action being taken.

The riders concerned know who they are. Please be warned.


  Start time  
Robert Stannard 9 mins 30 1:16:33
Alex West 9 mins 30 1:16:34
Neil Martin 7 mins 30 1:16:53
Hayden Washington-Smith 9 mins 30 1:17:23
Matt Watts 3mins 30 1:17:30
Mitchell Kinghorn 7 mins 30 1:17:39
Peter O’Sullivan 3mins 30 1:17:49
Winston Briggs 7 mins 30 1:20:24
Damien Lardner 7 mins 30 1:20:53
Glenn Kirk 7 mins 30 1:22:13
Dylan Simpson 0 1:24:22
Steve Stannard 0 1:26:29
Thomas Stannard 0 1:26:31
Lizzie Stannard 3mins 30 1:28:35
Toshi Yamauchi 3mins 30 1:29:58
Chris Pinkney 3mins 30 1:30:27
Nigel Doyle 3mins 30 1:34:16
Nate Levin 9 mins 30 DNF

Ohakune Training Camp 2014

Steve Stannard is again organising a training camp at Ohakune in mid Dec.

Once again the camp will start in Palmerston North on the 17th, riding up to the mountain over two days.

The camp will finish on the 21st at Ohakune.

The cost will be $50 per day, which will cover basic meals and accommodation. 

Riders will have to provide their own snack and training food, all cycling spares, and appropriate clothing.

The distances covered will range from 90 to 120 km per day, moderate pace on hilly to mountainous terrain, so a fairly solid level of fitness is required.

Please email Steve if you would like to come along at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give him a call in the evenings on 3555009.

Wal is at it again – Extreme 8 lap Taupo attempt

Colin Anderson is up to his old tricks in Taupo and raising money for Canteen in the process.

Colin said…

Any donation to Canteen NZ will make it *easier* & moyivate me in the wee hours to continue through what appears to be a few days/nights of RAIN ahead.

Cheers Wal and good luck!

Track Cycling Records- as at 20/11/14

1 Lap standing start

Under 15 Girls            Michaela Drummond              34.89               6/03/12

Under 15 Boys           Campbell Stewart                   32.79               8/12/11

Under 17 Girls            Michaela Drummond              32.51               30/10/12

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What should happen when a BikeManawatu recreational bunch ride gets too tough?


We’ve all been there… a group ride gets into trouble because one or more in the riders can’t sustain the pace of the bunch.

In a race, the slower riders drop off and the bunch carries on.  But what should happen on a club recreational ride?

Should the bunch slow and protect the slower riders?  Should the slower riders recognise that they probably chose the wrong group and drop off to find their own way home?

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Pedal the Plateau

Dear fellow cyclists

In March of next year the inaugural Pedal the Plateau ride will take place - a 365 km recreational cycling tour of the beautiful Central Plateau region of the North Island.

We are looking to develop Pedal the Plateau into an iconic, world-famous ride, along the same lines as the famous Great Vic in Australia.

We have many Australian cyclists participating in next year’s ride, but would also like to generate some support locally.

We’re wondering if you would mind circulating this email to you members? We’d love to have more Kiwis along for the ride and perhaps some of your members or their family and friends may be interested?

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Wednesday Night time trial results week 3

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TT bike & wheels for sale

For Sale 60cm T/T bike. Aluminium frame, carbon forks, aero bars with shifters, and 9 speed Ultegra group set. Offers.

I also have for sale a set of Zipp 404 tubular wheels in great condition, very fast. Can fit 9 or 10 spd. comes with new spare Continental Sprinter tyre.

Price $1000 for the wheels. Contact Tom Pirie on 022 037 4988 to view.

Are you doing Taupo this year?

More importantly at this stage, did you do it last year? If so please get in touch with either Mike Keenan by emailing him at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know what time you completed the challenge in in 2013.

This year the Murray Jessen trophy will be awarded at the end of year prizegiving to be held at Marist clubrooms on Monday 15th December.

The Murray Jessen trophy will be awarded to the Bike Manawatu rider who has the greatest percentage improvement on completing Taupo over the last 2 years.

The prizegiving is to start at 6pm with a BBQ and if you wish to attend it would be helpful for catering purposes if you can please RSVP with the number attending to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The bar will also be open from 6pm.

Do you have or know of someone that has a caravan

Thanks to everyone that responded . We have now been able to source a caravan and our time keepers will be very happy.


Bike Manawatu Novice Tour organisers are looking for a caravan to house our timing team during the tour.  The timing team (of two) need somewhere quiet, yet close to the finish line, to enable them to operate their computers in peace and out of the elements.  The caravan we had tentatively booked has fallen through, so we are asking for anyone who might be able to loan us a caravan, to be mainly parked in Ashhurst although with a side trip to Linton Army Camp, over the weekend of 6th and 7th December.  If you are able to offer a caravan, or know someone who might, please contact Katherine Stannard 0275 088 700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”

Results from Wednesday time trials week 2

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Please note that some adjustments have been made since these results were first calculated.  An updated sheet will be available once all results have been checked.

Thanks to our helpers this week – good to see some of our regulars back helping but it is great to have extra people able to step up so if you want to learn perhaps a new skill or just want to be involved let me know – I am more than happy to pass on a job to someone.

New start times for the 2014 WCNI Road Race Championships

Here are new start times for the 2014 WCNI Road Race Championships being held at Wanganui based from Brunswick Hall

Entries are at 40.  This is what we are proposing to hold as far as races/grades go.

Open/U23 and U19 - 12.30 pm - 11 riders

Masters and U17B - 12.32 pm - 21 riders

Women/Masters woman/U17F - 12.34pm - 8 riders

No race for U15/U13 B and G as insufficient entries.

Have 2 confirmed commisaires at this stage.  Marshalls will be provided by club.  Presentation at club rooms after last race has finished.

Renewing your Race License & membership for 2015

Race Licenses for 2015

For those of you with a race license, the Bike NZ portal has been updated and improved.  If you have tried to renew and can’t – don’t worry, you are one of many (See below for instructions on how to renew online).

Ride only membership

For the non-racers, you can be a member of BikeManawatu and a ride free member of BikeNZ for only $35.

No need to use the BikeNZ website, you can send your BikeManawatu subs payment directly via Internet Banking.

Send your $35 payment to 01 0745 0284925 00 and state in description "SUBS and your name". NB you must be over 19.

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Another Long Slow Ride Planned

Thank you to everyone who came along on our last LSD ride.  Everyone seemed comfortable with the pace.  Catriona and I are going to do another long slow ride from Memorial Park at 7.30 am on Sunday 9th Nov.We will ride approximately 90 km, once again at the pace of the slowest rider, so this is an ideal opportunity for slower riders to cover some distance in a group.  The intended route is Gillespies Line-Kairanga-Bunnythorpe Rd-Lockwood Rd-Hoihere Rd-Main Drain Rd-Taikorea-Glen Oroua-Rongotea-Kellow Rd-Penny Rd-Mt Stewart-Feilding-Palmerston North.

Tour de Manawatu Photos

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Photos Thanks to Kirsty Kaihau

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