Results–Saturday Club Race

Sealed Handicap at Halcombe–Adults outnumber school kids

The first of the Handicap series got underway with a Sealed handicap at Halcombe using the Stanway, Tokorangi circuit.  This is a 20km loop with all riders in the handicap series required to do 2 laps.  There was a shorter option of one lap for those who wanted a shorter distance.

Weather at this time of the year can always play a role in who turns up to do a race, but it was pleasing to see a good turn out including a growing number of adult riders. In fact the adult riders outnumbered the school kids for the first time in a long time.

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Quiz tickets still available

What is the common name given to Agathis Australis?  Name a famous example.

Answer Kauri – Tane Mahuta.

2 points,  one for each part of the question.

So if you have been reading the quiz section in the Manawatu Standard lately or the Feilding Herald you might know a few of the questions and answers already.

Other questions are being supplied by a few of the young riders that have been supported by Bike Manawatu this year.

This is a fundraising venture with all of the money raised going to the Rider Development Fund. This fund has been set up to support junior riders to attend national and international events.

Tables of 6 people make up a team and nibbles are on each table to munch on as you ponder the answers to the questions.

If you haven’t got your table of 6 sorted yet, don’t worry there are still a few tables left. Quiz will be held at Marist Clubrooms, Pascal St on Friday 25th July. Doors open (and bar) at 7pm with quiz starting at 7.30pm.

Either give Joanne Stewart a call on 354 9721 or Glenys Taylor on 3289 862 or txt 021 260 5536 to reserve your table.

Exciting times for local cycling lads.

Making headlines across the world heading in to the Commonwealth games is a great sign for success not only for the NZ cycling team but also for our local lads.


Jesse has been on the podium again in the tour of Austria. Read more here

Sir Chris Hoy has rated the NZ team sprint team which includes Simon van Velthooven  Read more here


Hosted by NZ Army Cycling Club

Rongotea , Saturday 2nd August 2014

Managers Briefing: 10.15 am


Open Men: 40 km

Open Women: 25 km

Under 17s: 16 km

Under 15s  16km

(If enough Masters entries categories may be run)

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Linton Army Camp


Hosted by NZ Army Cycling Club


Come and enjoy racing on the Linton Circuit

Club colours to be worn

Managers meeting 11.30am

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Paul van Velthooven - Resigned to the fact I should resign

Fellow club members,

For the meantime my Bike Manawatu journey must come to an end.

I have developed a slow leak and the peloton is moving too quick to stay on.

I hate being dropped but tomorrow is another day.

On advice at many levels, my energy needs to be conserved as I confront and beat my next challenge.

So it is with a heavy heart that I resign from the Board.

It is a heavy heart because there are still so many good things ahead for Bike Manawatu.

And the Board has been and will be integral in setting the strategies for our members going forward.

We are the most progressive club in the country and that will continue, of that I am convinced.

All the best for the future.


Paul van Velthooven

Results from Time Trial at Pyke Rd

The first event of the series was a rime trial with both a short and long course on offer. This was an all comers event and it was nice to see a few new faces as well as some old faces returning to the racing scene.

Special thanks to all of the helpers. Graeme Ransom, Rob Gardner and John Arbuckle out on the course and Stu McKenzie and Chris Croton on the start and finish line.

Next weeks race details will be sent out on Thursday to all that are receiving the race updates as well as all those that took part in this event.

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First race for the Season and registering for weekly updates on races

The first race for the season will be held this Saturday. It is an all comers (new riders welcome) time trial. So if you have done a time trial at Kairanga on Wednesday night last season but never done a club Saturday event this will be a great way for you to see what Saturday racing is all about.

The times set will also be used to help set grades for the rest of the season and select teams for the upcoming WCNI Team Time trials that will be held in Rongotea on Saturday 2nd August.

There is a short and a long course and at registration you will be asked which course you wish to do. pyke rd bainesse time trial

There is no entry fee this week so there should be nothing holding you back so come and give it a go. The course starts on the corner of  Pyke Rd and State Highway 56 at Rangiotu and carries on along Pyke Rd and on to Bainesse Rd and back to the start point. There is plenty of parking available.

If you want to receive an email each week reminding you what is on then click here and you will be added to the reminder list.

Gearing Changes for Bike NZ events from 1 July 2014

As advised in the December 2013 Presidents Newsletter / Technical Update, the Maximum Roll-out Distance for Junior U17 Riders increases to 7.0 metres for both Road and Track cycling disciplines, as from 1 July 2014.

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SIMON VAN VELTHOOVEN Wrapping up in Japan

Firstly I'll apologise for my lack of updates the last few months as it's been hectic as always and every time I planned to sit down and put pen to paper to finish it off something else becomes a priority.

Since the last update I have had some good battles and results in the Japanese Keirin League racing in the cities of Omiya, Chiba, and Maebashi. It was great travelling to these tracks with the German Stefan Botticher as he is a true East German where everything has to be absolutely perfect and to the point. Living in Japan and sharing a room with Stefan has definitely made me even more OCD, which I hope is a good thing, because to be the best you really do need to make sure you account for all those 1% gains.

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