Bike Manawatu and Cycling New Zealand are proud of the amazing results produced at the World Junior Track Champs in Switzerland by our three local Manawatu stars Campbell Stewart, Michaela Drummond and Emily Shearman.
Campbell becomes the most successful New Zealand rider in the Junior World Champs with four gold medals one better than the previous best of three held by Rio de Janeiro NZ Olympian Sam Webster.
Michaela Drummond won an incredible two Silver medals and Emily Shearman competing at her first Worlds, took home a proud Silver medal in the teams pursuit.
This is a phenomenal and well deserved result for our three track stars who's families,coaches and supporters have been there for them every step of the way.
These outstanding achievements should encourage all those young local riders to dream big and never give up on the dream.
Welcome back to local masters riders Gary Buys, Derek McNab and Pat Nolan who returned from an epic month of their organised tour riding the big Tour de France mountains, raving about the beautiful countryside, baguettes and red wine with sore climbing legs. Well done boys.
Meanwhile in the real Tour de France the 21 days of this years tour served up an absolute treat for all of us to watch on the TV daily. It is sad that the amazing tour commentary and legendary picturesque country side of France are behind us for another year. But we can all get back on our own bikes and start preparing for the upcoming Feilding Festival of cycling on the 11th of September with the knowledge we now know how to ride better and faster thanks to the Tour de France.
Tour de France General Classification Results:
1. Chris Froome-Team Sky (GB)
2.Romain Bardet-AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
3.Nairo Quintana-Movistar Team (Col)
53. George Bennett-LottoNI-Jumbo (NZ)
155.Greg Henderson- Lotto Soudal (NZ)
One of our biggest Manawatu and New Zealand cycling stars has retired at the tender age of twenty eight.
8 phenomenal medal/podium results for NZ at the Olympic Games,World Championships and Commonwealth Games puts Jessie right up there as one of NZ best.
Coach Mike McRedmond can vouch for Jessie's raw talent that took him to become a very good professional who also got a stage podium finish in the famous Giro d'Italia one of a big three tours of Europe.
Enjoy your retirement Jessie and thank you for the excitement you brought us.
The Speights Ale House on Grey street is a change of venue for next Friday's Bike Manawatu Happy Hour 29July from 5.30 to 7pm.
So take this opportunity to catchup with fellow members and share a social hour together for some fun.
When: 29th July
Where: Speights Ale House
We have members puzzled but interested to know if there is anyone in the club who can nominate someone more passionate on being our number one red-letterbox King or Queen than masters rider Murray Boase is. Murray has perfected the art of surprise when bunch riding with fellow members.
Surely their are others who love the red letterbox challenge we haven't heard about yet. Provided the challenge to attack for the red letterbox is done with good cycling etiquette and safety in mind people are generally ok with it. So well done so far Murray and good luck.
I want to acknowledge a group of great club members who form our voluntary Bike Manawatu Board.We are lucky to have such good people who each have a different strength to balance out our board decisions. Brendon Hapeta, Austin Smith, Mike Groube, Rebecca Allan, Chris Sampson, Peter McCarthy and we'll supported by club secretary Christine Christie.
The board meet once per month and regularly communicate together as a team so we are able to make those important decisions for the betterment of the club. We wont get everything right but feel the club is moving in the right direction with the big picture in mind. Club unity across all members is an important mantra for us all to embrace on and off the bike. So continue with talking to all members young or old and encourage cycle etiquette, volunteering or supporting your club.
Enjoy your week.
Wrapping up warm to cycle this time of year is part of the sport but with the unpredictable weather around at the moment it is hard to keep rides regular when, rain,wind and below 5 degree temperatures are with us.
Spare a thought for those members who are training hard for their upcoming events and must carry on regardless of the weather.
Two such riders are Mike Thompson and Toshiaki Yamauchi who have qualified for the ICU Gran Fondo World Series Finals in Perth Australia on the 1st of September.
They are competing in age group road races and time trails which will put them to the test.
Next time you see them out and about on their bikes please look after them and wish them all the best.
If you are interested in catching up on our Bike Manawatu Members and Manawatu Schools riders successes, check out Facebook pages:Bike Manawatu, Manawatu Schools and for our BM New Zealand representatives check out Cycling New Zealand's Website.
It's great to follow members and by liking them on facebook they will appreciate your support.
The Tour de France continues to be amazing inspiration to watch and soon the Olympic Games will take over for those sports mad members who can't get off the couch.
We know who you are.
From 9th to the 11th of July our regions School cyclists are representing there schools and our Manawatu region at the North Island Schools Road and Track Nationals in Cambridge.
Individual cyclists and teams have been training hard for this event and we have had the pleasure these young talented riders riding with us at many Bike Manawatu events and often see them training hard on our roads.Its great to have them as part of BM.
To all those cyclists, parents, coaches and supporters traveling to this iconic event, Bike Manawatu and your fellow club members wish you success and a fantastic experience.
Manawatu schools have a proud history at North Islands and know you are all up there to do your very best. On behalf of us all go well and safely.