Advance warning of the interclub series

There are three events planned for the 2015 Interclub series.

The dates and start locations are:

Race One:           8 August              Ashurst                TBC                                                                        Start Ashurst hall

Race two:            29 August            Wanganui            Western line circuit                                         Start Brunswick hall

Race Three:        12 September   Wanganui            Reids Hill,  Warrengate road out/back     Start Durie Hill School, Portal street

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Results and Race Report from Akers Rd

A fine Saturday afternoon saw 27 riders out at Akers Road.

Three grades raced on an (amazingly) dry circuit. Mitchell Kinghorn won A Grade from Nate Levin after the two of them broke away on the final lap. Kevin Laskey was too strong for B Grade, despite a good effort from the young boys high duo of Fergus Washington-Smith and Ethan Craine. Adam Francis also punched above his weight (as usual!) to finish 4th in this grade. C Grade saw two bunches form on the first lap, with Michael Richmond finishing strongly to win the grade from Jamie Dennis and Luke Scott.

Unfortunately, gravel left lying on the course after the recent flooding saw two crashes with both Alex West and Zoe Croton hitting the bitumen.

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Cycling legends coming to New Zealand for the first time

The RICOH Legends of Cycling dinner on January 28 in Auckland next year will be the highest profile gathering of world famous cycling identities ever seen in New Zealand with organisers saying it will also be a celebration of all things cycling.

Featuring one of the greatest cyclists of all time American Greg LeMond, a three time Tour de France winner and two time world champion, the international voice of cycling Phil Liggett and New Zealand’s most successful professional cyclist Julian Dean, the RICOH legends of Cycling Dinner is being hosted by SKYCITY.

“It’s so exciting,” John McKenzie from the media & events company organising the event, enthuse says. “We feel very privileged to be able to bring some of the biggest names in cycling to New Zealand for a gala function. We have had such positive and encouraging support for the concept with some great sponsors on board that really share our passion and enthusiasm for the event; there’s no doubt it’s really going to be something very special and a real celebration of cycling.”

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Chairman's Blog - The passing of the shortest day

The passing of the shorted day (longest night) is a yearly 'watershed' for me, as I know the dark parts of my rides will get shorter. The downside is that it stays cold here for another two months, although I can’t imagine it will get much colder than that last week or so. The recent rain and subsequent floods have stymied quite a bit of riding, in particular the Manawatu School Champs. These have been postponed until the 16th of August. Those of you competing or interested in helping/watching, stay tuned to Facebook (Manawatu Schools Cycling) for updates and details. Again much thanks goes to Mike Simpson and his team for putting this and other School events together on a regular basis.

One thing the Schools Cycling group have done well is their traffic management. Kudos goes to Mike Groube for his expertise and experience here. With the new Health and Safety legislation, councils are going to take a closer look at what we do, even if we are volunteers and it’s not our workplace. That means having appropriate traffic management in place for our events, which in turn means that more volunteers are needed to run successful and safe events.

Gabrielle and the others on the Events Group have put together a great road calendar for the rest of the year. We are going to need people to agree to help out for the above reasons. So, if myself, Gabrielle, or one of the Board members asks for help to run a race or stand on a corner, a positive response would be appreciated. We will be particularly asking that everyone who races helps out at least once.

Christine Christie has been working very hard on improving the value of Bike Manawatu membership. Stay tuned for some great initiatives and opportunities for our members. If you’re not currently a financial member, then you’ll be wanting to join!

Meanwhile, enjoy your riding, but make sure you can be seen, especially at night. Two rear and one good front light are a must and reflective patches are great additions. There’s no such thing as a cold ride, only cold clothing, so rug up and treat yourself with some good gloves and toe covers for comfort. A trick I use is to put a piece of plastic (from a good quality plastic shopping bag) down the front of my jersey over my thermal or second layer. It costs nothing and if I get too hot I can pull it out and put it in my back pocket.

Good riding.


WCNI Skinsuit orders

Our club falls within the WCNI banner and at certain events (eg. track nationals) our riders are required to wear a WCNI skinsuit. Kim Andersen is doing a great job collecting orders. Here is a message from Kim:


I am starting the ball rolling, or should I say continuing the good work that Rachael and Denay did on sourcing the WCNI skinsuits.

I have the;

· Proof of skinsuit design
· Pricelist for various options (Click here)

My thoughts were that it would be great to get the ball rolling early on this, this year.

So please have a think about whether or not you are looking for a new skinsuit for the upcoming track season! Also please remember we do still have stock of the previous style of skinsuit (ie before Champion Systems) these are $145.00 to purchase and the sizes are small and extra small.

I am happy to collate the orders for Champion Systems. Individuals can email me directly – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or PM me, with the desired skinsuit option and size.

I will require a 50% deposit to place the order with the balance to be paid on pickup.

Cut off for orders and deposit to be paid – 23 June 2015.

This enables me to place the order during this week, then we will have the garments by mid-August.

Thanks everyone, spread the word!!

Kim Andersen

NZ Schools Cycling - Road Championships

Received from NZ School Cycling


Entries are are open for South and North Island road championships

For South islands
Click Here
For North islands
Click Here


There have been numerous requests for clarification about gearing for schools events.

Individual events
up to and including U17 a gear limit of 6.61 metres
then up to u20 a gear limit of 7.93 metres
Team Events
All ages up to U20 a gear limit of 6.61 metres.

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Oceania Track Championships

Dear NZ Centre Teams & Individuals,

We extend an invitation to attend the Oceania Track Championships from the 8th – 11th October 2015 in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Please find attached important information pertaining to the Championships including; invitation, initial memo with key event information and provisional programme.

Feel free to place this information on your respective websites and distribute to other parties who maybe interested in attending the event.

Event entry forms and criteria will be circulated in early July 2015.

Information and latest news will be available via

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Bike Manawatu - Brass Monkey Event

Sunday 28th June 2015, 8AM from Memorial Park , PN

To acknowledge the passing of the shortest day this year and recognize we have some cold days ahead Bike Manawatu is celebrating with a Brass Monkey Event on 28th June 2015 at 8AM from Memorial Park, PN with bunch rides returning to Café Soskys, Napier Road at about 10 – 10.30 AM for a social morning and some spot prizes draw.

Café Soskys will have hot soup with breads selection available at $10 per head. All cyclists back for hot soup will be in the draw for spot prizes, we have in excess of 12 x sponsored prizes useful for our cycling, only 1 prize per person may be claimed.
Some of the prizes:
• Bike Manawatu summer cycling shirt
• Road tyre
• Pair cycling gloves, full finger
• LED front light
• Bottle Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
• Tino Tabak book
• Tubes

Put this event in your diary, Sunday 28th June 2015 8 AM for Bike Manawatu’s Brass Monkey Ride followed by hot soup at Café Soskys and Spot Prize draw.

Member Profile - Kelly Johnson

Hi my name is Kelly Johnson and I am the deputy chair of Bike Manawatu. I was a competitive downhill mountain biker competing on the national circuit before becoming a mum, now I have moved into the recreational cycling space. I have worked for Sport Manawatu for 8 years, working with a number of clubs helping them in both operational and governance areas. I look forward to working with the board and club members on building and sustaining strong infrastructure to ensure that Bike Manawatu can continue to provide a great club for both competitive and recreational cyclists of all ages.

Age Group Track Nationals

From Kim Anderson:

Thanks so much to the clubs that provided feedback for Mondays meeting, provoked some great discussion! Feedback from meeting will follow shortly.

Now that we have been provided with confirmed dates for Age Group Track Nationals, we (Lisa Horn and I) would like to look at securing some accommodation. To this end – obviously – we need some expressions of interest from riders planning on taking part and we need to know if they would like accommodation with the team.


Age Group Track Nationals

9 – 13 March 2016, Invercargill

At this stage we do not know if U19/Elite Omnium will be run at the same time, CNZ wish to run it separately but have yet to confirm.

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Female Cyclists wanted for Massey Study

Cyclists WantedReceived from Joe Lei at Massey University:

The aim of the study is to investigate the effect of menstrual cycle and heat tolerance in both dry and humid condition. Hopefully this study can help future kiwi athletes to quickly adapt to tropical weather in the country like Singapore or Hong Kong. The study will be divided into two parts: the first part is the submaximal and maximal test. The second part: For each menstrual phase, the participant will be doing one dry and one humid heat exposure. So, total heat exposure will be 4 in total.

Subjects will be awarded $150 in voucher to award their time and effort.

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