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Bike Manawatu Happy Hour

When:Friday 30th of September
Where; Lonestar on the Square
Time; 5.30- 7pm

See you there.

Schools Rising Stars Celebrate Success At Nationals.

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Bike Manawatu want to congratulate our local schools for last weekends three days of NZ Secondary School Cycling Nationals held here in the Manawatu. All schools riders produced some outstanding and well deserved success from year 7 though to year thirteen all doing well and competing for their personal bests and medal honours which kept everyone entertained.  A special mention to some standout performances:
Hiwinui;Individual Road Race:Gold Medals; Under 13 Boys Chenuka Rajapakse,Under 17 Girls Connie Obrien, Under 17 Boys Dylan Simpson. Silver Medals; Under 15b Boys Jack Pronk,Under 20 Boys Campbell Stewart. Bronze Medal; Under 14 Rosie Obrien.
Manfeild; Individual Points Race; Gold Medals; Under 13 Boys Chenuka Rajapakse, Under 14 Girls Rosie Obrien, Under 17 Boys Madi-Hartley Brown,Under 20 Boys Campbell Stewart.
Silver Medals; Under 14 Boys Adam Francis,Dra Caldwell,Ben Irvine.
Koputorua Time Trails; Gold medals; PNBHS under 20 Boys, Silver Medals PNGHS Under 20 Girls,PNINS Intermediate Boys 7-8.
Check out all race results on and continue to follow these local rising stars.

Big Bike Manawatu Events to look out for

The Novice Tour: 3rd and 4th of December. This is a big National three stage event held in the Manawatu for under,13,15,17,and 19 riders.A tough three days of some of the best riders accross New Zealand going for honours in the 40 year old classic.

Gravel and Tar Classic; 29 of January; A multi surface team cycle Challenge with prize money up for grabs.Watch out for international teams, NZ and local rider in the elite events and then there's the recreational riders events.  Try it you will like it for something different.

Check out Bike Manawatu website for further information as events get closer

Whanau Tri 2016


September '16 Happy Hour




When; Next Friday 30th of September.
Where; Lone Star on the Square
Time; 5.30-7pm
Bike Manawatu do not have a club rooms so to support our Sponsors and members we provide a monthly "BM Happy Hour" at a nice friendly venue with discounted drinks for our cycling community. Fellow bikers, this is our time out of lycra to catch up and have a laugh together. If you haven't already, we would love to see you make the effort to join us next Friday.

North Island Secondary Schools Cycling Nationals - This Weekend.

If you haven't witnessed racing at it's best, this weekend in our region is your chance to watch three days of action packed Schools Cycling Nationals racing.
Saturday 24th: Team Time Trial at Koputorua Levin
Sunday 25th; Road Race at Hiwinui
Monday 26th; Points Racing at Manfeild

The best of our local riders and the best of NZ are competing for school honours and reputations.  Exciting stuff not to be missed.

North Island Trust House Teams Series

Last weekend the Trust House Series in the Wairarapa got underway.Team BikeBox, Team Ashhurst and Team Bike Manawatu as well other local riders in various teams are competing in a five event series finishing on the 4th December.  The first day of points saw Joel Yates of Team Skoda in 4th place and master rider Tane Humphrey of Bike Manawatu in 15th in the masters two event which are both tremendous efforts. Check out results

Local Riders do well at National Capital Tour of Canberra Australia.

Robert Stannard, Campbell Stewart, Chris Denholm and Alex West are a talented group of Manawatu and NZ riders.  Their performance this week against the Austrailians in Canberra was nothing short of brilliant.  Watch for Robert and Campbell who next month represent New Zealand at the UCI Road World Championship in Qatar.  A very hot place with the best in the world competing against each other in all age groups including Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish.

49th New Zealand Schools Cycling Championships this weekend

Three world champions are among more than 700 cyclists from 91 schools who will descend on the Manawatu for the 49th New Zealand Schools Cycling Championships this weekend.

Read More here

Ian Gray receives Civic award honours

This evening club life member Ian Gray was awarded a Palmerston North Civic Award hosted by the Mayor Grant Smith at the Palmerston North Convention Centre. The annual awards are the City’s highest recognition for voluntary service. They have been going since 1988.

Ian was nominated alongside 12 others and was one of the 5 deserving recipiants. As a club we are extremely proud of Ian and this achievement as we know the time he has put into Manawatu and WCNI Cycling over the last 50 years as a rider, official, administrator and coach. 

He is an extremely knowledgble and kind man that has done wonders for cycling, and especially encouraging junior riders in the Manawatu.

"Ian Gray is a 75 year old cycling enthusiast, who has had an integral role in the success of cycling in the Manawatu and surrounding regions since he shifted here to attend Massey University in 1961, where he completed a bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1964 and completed Master Agricultural Science (Hons) in 1996. Ian originally grew up in New Plymouth, where he commenced cycle racing with the New Plymouth Amateur Road Cycling Club from 1956 to 1961.

Ever since moving to Palmerston North Ian has been an active member of the cycling community, as a competitor, businessman, historian, volunteer and leader in many capacities."

Congratulations Ian and thank you to all of those in the cycling community who contributed to this nomination.

Official event photo's to come.



NZ Sports Performance Conference


The NZ Sports Performance Conference will be held at Palmerston North Boys High, 5-7 November 2016. The earlybird registration period closes this coming Friday, 16 September.

WCNI Skinsuits

Do you want to represent WCNI this year and need a skin suit?

Below are the cut off dates...please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will let you know the new ordering process.

1. Oceania Track Cycling Championships:

Order period: 10th – 25th October 2016 | Delivery: Week of 25th November 2016 (29th November at the latest) (Skinsuits) Event dates: 7th – 10th December 2016

2. Elite Road National Championships:

Order period: 14th – 25th November 2016 | Delivery: Week of 23rd December 2016 (28th December at the latest) (Skinsuits + Jerseys) Event dates: 6th – 8th January 2017

3. Elite/U19 Track Cycling Championships:

Order period: 12th – 23rd December 2016 | Delivery: Week of 20th January 2017 (24th January at the latest) (Skinsuits) Event dates: 2nd - 5th February 2017

4. Age Group Track Cycling Championships:

Order period: 23rd January – 3rd February 2017 | Delivery: Week of 3rd March 2017 (7th March at the latest) (Skinsuits + Jerseys) Event dates: 15th – 19th March 2017

BikeManawatu Feilding Festival of Cycling


Robert Stannard

Well done to Austin Smith and his team for running yet again another fantastic BM Feilding Festival of cycling event.This is a proud iconic and historic Bike Manawatu event and the weather this year was absolutely breathtaking for the riders and their supporters. The Joe Allen Classic has been won by some of the best cyclist in New Zealand over the years.This years winner was Bike Manawatu and NZ Cycling rising star Robert Stannard who raced the brutal 85km Apiti course and back in record time 2.01.31 closely followed behind by Joel Yates in 2.01.33 and Glenn Haden 2.07.31.  Check out all results online.
The enjoyment and most probably the relief of riding and completing what ever distance you ride to the best of your ability is what most recreational riders take away from an event and one such group were the overall teams winners Team International Allstars lead by Tom Pirie,Chris Hall, Peter Turner,Brad Johnson,Mathew Schipper,John Edwards.

Well done to everyone who rode.


Club Spirit and Culture

The support and rider numbers for the events Bike Manawatu advertise and hold for our members is an important part of what the club offers its members throughout the four seasons of a year.  To socially catchup before the ride, chat during the ride and then share your ride experience with an element of banter and humour is what club spirit is all about and something I think many of our riders love. Your support is appreciated and we will continually ask you to encourage all cycling enthusiasts to join the club and ride our events.  For the bigger calendar events it does cost money, time and event management organisation but we hope this is offset by the enjoyment of our Bike Manawatu club memberships riding and spending more time together and building friendships.

Upcoming Events to Watch.

This weekend; Trust House Cycling Series starts in the Wairarapa; I wish good luck to our two local teams BikeBox lead by Sam Gardner and Bike Manawatu lead by Lee Yates.  Fit talented local riders competing is a respected race series.

North Island Secondary Schools Cycling Nationals 24th to 26th of September.
24th: Koputorua Levin Teams time trials. 25th: Hiwinui Palmerston North Road Race. 26th; Manfeild Points racing.
If you have never witnessed racing at is best this is a must to take some time out to watch.
Every year Accommodation is pre booked out in Palmerston North by the leading schools across NZ the year before. The town is a buzz of cycling mad people and our local schools are some of the best riders in NZ.

Congratulation to UCI Gran Fondo riders

Congratulations to Mike Thompson and Toshi Yamauchi who competed in the Cycling Amateur World Champs - Road Race - in Perth earlier this month.

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Feilding Festival this Sunday

BM Feilding Festival of Cycling-This Sunday.


This Sunday get your bike and yourself across to Feilding for the popular annual Feilding Festival of Cycling rides followed by a fun lunch together and our prize giving. Four fantastic rides cater for all cycling people wanting to ride either the recreational 20k,50k,90k rides or for the serious riders the Joe Allan classic,85k to Apiti and back.  At only $10 or $20 for the recreational rides this is something every rider no matter what level should say "Yes" too.
Registrations start from 7.15am but no later than 30 minutes before your ride at Timona Park.Simon street off Kimbolton road.
Start times are:1)8.30am Joe Allen Classic 85k,2) 9.30am Morgans Property Advisors 90k 3) 10.30am Property Brokers 50k 4) 10am Bulls Medical Centre 20k.
Full details at    See you there.

BM Winter Series.

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Last Saturday I congratulate a variety of different ages and levels of 23 Bike Manawatu Riders challenge there own abilities in stage 3 of "BM Winter Series" held in the picturesque Pohingina valley.  Our region is a stunning place to ride and this two lap 25k circuit definitely challenges people of equally ability who like to ride together.  The young guys and girls battling to win there respective duals and the masters men and women keen to do well also.  Check out the results and well done to all who competed.
We would like to improve on the numbers of masters riders for these events and invite all masters riders to consider getting your riding groups together and joining us for the next stage of our BM Winter Series on the 2nd of October.
As the weather improves Check out all up coming events and details on the BM website, newsletter or Facebook. Cycling can only help your fitness and it's fun meeting lots of different people in the process.

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Winter Series Race 4 - Essex Cup


Click here to view the winter series road race results, including the Essex Cup.

Well done to the 23 riders that took on the Essex Cup challenge today in Pohongina. The winner was our world champ trackie Cam Stewart showing his sprint legs ahead of Jacob Sievwright and Carne Groube. Thanks to our helpers Steve Perry, Rebecca Allan, Catriona Pirie and Mike Groube. We take a break now, round 5 on 2 October. A few more photos.

"BM Happy Hour" at Lonestar

65 Attend "BM Happy Hour" at Lonestar

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New Sponsors Craig and Tracy Smith of the Lonestar and their staff treated 65 Bike Manawatu members with great hospitality last Friday night at our monthly "BM Happy Hour".
A cosy venue and a group of keen and enthusiastic cycling people enjoying a night celebrating International Success amongst our BM talent.
Our 5.30pm to 7pm "Happy Hour" has been well supported and we would love to see those members who haven't yet joined us to come along for our next "BM Happy Hour" the last Friday the 30th of September at Lonestar.  All are welcome.

BM Feilding Festival of Cycling-11th of September.


As always Austin Smith and his BM committee have done a great job and are ready to stage yet another one of our most popular community events. If you are up to enter riding 50 or 100km this is a fantastic event to start your spring and summer riding.

Find out more at

BM Winter Race Series

The wind last Saturday did deter a few cycling enthusiasm from racing the Halcombe circuit but those hardy cyclist who raced have shared some fantastic stories.The Winter Series is well organised by John Arbuckle and Mike Groube so be sure to support great Club events like this to have some fun and improve your cycling.

Winter Series 2016 - Round 4


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