Bone Collector–who came up with these team names???

The weather was perfect at Glen Oroua apart from a sneaky cool westerly breeze which played a part in the 2014 Bone Collector.

Being on Labour weekend may have meant that a few of the regular racers were away but there will still 5 teams that competed in the event.  With team names like WORLD CHAMPS, BURGLERS, CLAN CAMPBELL, 100 + YEARS, and FLATTIES you can tell that all those that rode had a good time. A couple of the riders weren’t even going to ride but had thrown there bikes in to vehicles just in case a team was short of a rider. Different tactics were used by different teams to secure an advantage supposedly. From carbon wheels to sports psychology wearing a yellow jersey to physic out the competition to claiming “I didn’t know the rules about not drafting off another team”.

The helpers on the day that should be thanked for not only sharing jackets with those waiting in the cool breeze for their turn to ride but also making sure people didn’t take short cuts and went in the right direction and recording split times. Thanks to Steve Stannard for being race manager, Julie Washington- Smith, Jo Taylor and Toshi Yamauchi.

After the first lap the World champs were in front by 40 secs but some time in the next lap things changed. The first mishap was when the first rider on team 100 + years had a mechanical and had to withdraw from the race leaving the second rider out on the course by himself. The Burglers at this stage had got in to a good rhythm and knowing that they didn’t have to pick up a slower rider on the third lap, they just held a steady pace and completed the second lap a minute in front of the other teams. Clan Campbell were nearly 2 minutes behind the rest of the teams when they completed their second lap but made good progress on the 3rd lap to pass team 100+ years on the back section of the course. Somewhere on this 3rd lap the first rider on team Flatties got a puncture and also had to retire leaving his 2 riders out on the course to come home in a respectable 3rd place.

1st Burglers -         - Ross Rainham and James Denholm                                               time 1hr 13mins 16

2nd World Champs – Luke Mudgeway, Thomas Stannard, Fergus Washington-Smith       time 1hr 15mins 04

3rd Flatties             - Carne Groube, Fiona McDermid, Max Taylor                                  time 1hr 15mins 56

4th Clan Campbell – Campbell Stewart, Katherine Stannard, Ethan Craine                      time 1hr 18mins 50

5th 100+ years      - Chris Denholm, Barry Wilson, Glenys Taylor                                   time 1hr 19mins 48

Update from the Board

Dear Members,

I thought it was about time I provided the membership with an update from the Board in my capacity as interim Chair of Bike Manawatu (BM).

Board membership

Paul’s shoes are very large ones to fill. He has left the Board and the organisation in good shape, and I hope, in the short term at least, I can do as good a job as he. I will continue as Chair until the AGM, at which point we will see who is on the Board from that point forward. In accordance with the BM Constitution, the elected Board then will elect a Chair for a one-year term.

With Paul’s resignation however, and that of Sue MacMaster more recently, there are two spots on the Board to fill. The Board has the power to co-opt two members to the Board and one of these positions has been filled by Brendon Hapeta. We welcome Brendon’s business knowledge and enthusiasm and support for cycling, and I’m certain he will be able to help us successfully achieve our goals. The Board thus consists of: Steve Stannard (Chair), Mike Christie (Deputy Chair), Iona McCarthy, Marcel Hollenstein, Kelly Johnson, and Brendon Hapeta. Glenys Taylor is the secretary of BM, reporting to the Board.

Awards and prizes

It’s notable that mid-October signals the beginning of prize-giving “season” in the Manawatu. We have a number of members nominated for and finalists for awards at a variety of prize-giving functions. Last night I attended the Girls High Sports Awards and it was great to see so many cyclists receiving commendations for their performances through the year.

These prize-giving events culminate with the Manawatu Sports Awards on the 7th of Nov; we have quite a number of BM riders in there as finalists, including Jesse and Simon in the Sportsman of the Year category. Good luck to all finalists!

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Time trials started

What a fabulous night to start the time trial series. The sun was out and not a cloud in the sky. Slight head wind on the way out and a few tractors on the road but none in the right place at the right time.

It was a great atmosphere and there were lots of new faces and even new helpers.

Special thanks to our helpers who on very short notice were given instructions and roles sorted. Michael Richmonds dad was given directions to the turn point and riders were then given ride details in the safety of the Horizons yard before heading to the start line, where the helpers Alison Kinghorn, Tracy Croton, Sean Cousins and John Livingstone took on their various roles. Also thanks to Dileep Rajapaske who helped on the finish line.

Riders please take note for future events that if your number is not placed on your body in the correct position so that it can be read by the people standing on the side of the road then it is not worth wearing it and your time will be recorded when it can be deciphered what your number is. If your number is on your back then you have to go right past the finish line before your number can be read. If your number is correctly placed on your left hand side then it will be read as you go past the first person before the finish line and this number will then be entered as you pass the finish line. This can make the difference of 1 or 2 seconds and this will be vital in weeks to come.

There will again be a container filled with R LIne at the finish line for riders to fill their bottles next week.

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The Trust House North Island Team Series

The Trust House North Island Team Series has been created by Jorge Sandoval and consists of 5 races in the Wairarapa Region.

This series is an ideal stepping stone for the youth of not only Manawatu but also the rest of New Zealand to step up to racing longer distances and against a high calibre of elite riders.

This series is providing learning experiences such as racing with a car convoy, learning how to go back and collect bottles and learning the dynamics of team racing.

Race 2

Race two saw the addition of Sam Horgan and former Palmerston North local who is currently racing for Australian NRS team Budget Forklifts  Having someone like Sam on the team is huge.  He provides the opportunity for the boys to gain on the road race knowledge and learn from the experience  of Sam.

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WCNI Road race champs

Wanganui will run the 2014 WCNI RR Champs on 8 November.  They propose to use the Western Line Circuit based at Brunswick Hall.  (11 kms with technical downhill and a good wee climb each lap)  This is the club race we have planned so is not a biggie for us in terms of traffic management.

We propose the following grades depending on entries. Details on how to enter and entry fees will be available shortly.

Open/U23/U19 8 laps

M1-4 Men 6 laps

M5-8 Men  5 laps

U15 B/G 4 laps

U17 Boys 6 laps

U 16 Girls 5 laps


Wanganui entries/wheel support for Open/ Course set up/ extra marshalls

WCNI Presentation/medals

Participating Clubs 1 marshall and 1 commissaire and any volunteers on the day as support for races.

"Rescue Helicopter" lucky draw

SONY DSCOn Thursday the 9th of October we met Lance at the Feildair hanger where the helicopter is kept and after a safety briefing we (with brother Adam) boarded the chopper and flew out.

Our flight took us round Longburn and over Linton military base then along the hills as we got an aerial view of the windmills that dotted the ranges. The helicopter then flew round the front of the gorge and headed back over Ashhurst towards Palmerston North to land at the airport where Lance demonstrated the hovering abilities of the chopper as he landed back on the platform from which we had taken off from only 20min earlier.

Flying in a chopper is quite different to flying in a plane, the noise, movement and ability to go any direction you want. This 20 minute helicopter flight was the first time I had flown in a helicopter and I would rate it up there as one of the best things I have done.

Big thanks must go to Bike Manawatu and the Rescue Helicopter Trust for providing me with this opportunity to take the helicopter flight.

David Martin

For Sale– road bike

Avanti Monza 46 cm silver / blue.
Two new tyres and new Cateye.
$500 ONO

Genuine reason for selling.

Contact seller on 0272211155    Liz.

liz's bike

Wednesday night time trial series

The popular Wednesday night time trial series is back again.Time trial start

If you have never done a time trial or been to the Wednesday night series then now is the time to give it a go.

The time trial is 12 km long on a flat course. Each rider is let go at 30 second intervals. The course starts opposite the Horizons yard on Kairanga Bunnythorpe Rd and heads out onto Lockwood Rd to a turn point and then back to the start/finish line. Each week your time is recorded. And for the first week you are awarded 2 points. Each week that you come back and ride you get 1 point or if you are able to better your previous best time then you get an additional point.

So each week you challenge yourself to better your time. We have elite cyclists who have set some marvelous records on this course and then of course we have those that aren’t as fast but just come out to see how much they can improve over the series. And without exception everyone does improve, so long as the conditions are right.

There is an entry fee which goes towards the end of series prizegiving.

All instructions are given at the briefing which is after everyone has registered. Registration is at the Horizons yard on the corner of Kairanga Bunnythorpe Rd and Rongotea Rd on Wednesday night from 5.45pm. First rider is off at 6.10pm.

Look forward to seeing some new and old faces.

Entry fee for the whole series can be paid on the first night at a reduced price of $15 per member for 8 nights. This can also be paid direct to bank account 01 0745 0284925 00 and please state your name and TT Series in description.

Uniform orders–get them in now.

The uniform order is looking healthy with already 25 items ordered. So if you want to be included,  order this week as when the order is sent it will be too late to add to it or to expect that extras will be available for you to purchase at a later date.

Click here to go to the previous article where the order was first requested.

Final graded race in Series

A new course – fine weather and the opportunity to get more points towards prizemoney.

The new course certainly ticked all the boxes for all the riders.

I personally felt like Mother duck sitting on the back of my clutch of ducklings as we headed down Kimbolton Rd to the finish line. And it was nice to just sit back and relax just as a couple of riders were spotted doing on the way to the turn point. Unfortunately they didn’t even get to the official turn point before turning around, with thoughts of what was on offer at the finish line.

And it was these two riders who also held back to allow the old duck a chance at glory and a sprint to the finish. The old duck didn’t dare turn to look to see if they were chasing.

The new course will obviously be used again next year and I only hope that “the ducklings” will be there to pull “the old duck”  back down Kimbolton Rd again.

Prizemoney was awarded to each grade and the amount paid was relative to the entry fees for each grade. So the more riders in a grade the more prizemoney awarded.

Thanks to all helpers over the series and for this weeks event to Grant Shearman at the crossroads who did a very professional job of directing riders. Also Rebecca Allan, Lynley McKenzie who was waiting for a few riders who didn’t get to the turn point and Matt Levin. And also to Louisa Regan who competently controlled the finish line and recorded all the results assisted by Rebecca.

Click here for results. and here for points tally


Bone Collector–an event for all

bone collectorWhat is a Bone Collector – Apart from being a movie it is also a fun event that we have held on different circuits over the past few years. This years course is relatively flat.

Each lap is just under 15km. so the first rider will complete a total of 60km, 2nd rider will complete 45km, 3rd rider will complete 30km and 4th rider will complete 15km.

The first rider for each team starts and they can ride as a bunch for the first lap, when they get back to the start point the second rider from each team joins them and from this point on they ride as a team. Then the third person or bone joins them for the 3rd lap etc.

Register at Glen Oroua School at 1pm on Saturday 25th October.

Race will start at 1.30pm 

If you would like to race but do not have a complete team please enter and place "0" in the team names that you are missing and we will match you with other riders in a similar position.

Teams will determine their own race order ie who goes first and completes all 4 laps, who goes next and completes 3 laps etc.

Each team must have at least 1 under 17 rider, 1 female rider and 1 rider over 35.

Entry fee for a team is $15.

If you are not riding and are able to help please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Long Slow rides

Catriona and I are going to do some long slow rides again. The first one will be on Sunday the 19th starting from Memorial Park at 7.30am.

This Sunday we are going to do the 80 km Tour De Manawatu course.   Anyone is welcome and it would be a good chance for beginners to get a look at the course.

We go as fast as the slowest rider. Riders need to bring everything they might need as there will be no outside support.

Look at the calendar for dates for future long slow rides and where they will be going.

The Latest News from New Zealand track cyclist, Simon van Velthooven.




Cambridge, New Zealand

Since the Commonwealth Games I was lucky enough to complete the second half of the Keirin season in Japan incident free with no crashes or training injuries.
Japan post Commonwealth Games was an entirely different feeling as I wasn't concerned about training for the games, having to be careful about everything and ultimately avoid crashing; I could race a little more ruthlessly and take a few more chances….       

This newsletter update comes with mixed feelings. I had an excellent race win in Ogaki against a number of great Japanese riders, yet it is time to say goodbye to Japan this season, set up shop at the Avantidrome in Cambridge and train my arse off through to Rio, 2016.
However back to Japan and my win in Ogaki - it was a huge milestone for me as it was a dream since getting the initial contract back in 2009 which I remember well as it was on my 21st birthday! To get the 1-1-1 in Ogaki was awesome as it’s bloody hard to get. Many riders get a number of wins, but to get the winning streak is very rare and unheard of.


The following week after the race win I had another great race in Fukui and gave my fellow international rider a lead out and he secured the race win. It was a great battle against two other strong Senko riders which meant I had to start my sprint bloody early and ended up sprinting for around 700m flat out.
After arriving home from Japan I was straight down to Cambridge for New Zealand’s annual Class 1 UCI race meet over the weekend of the 20th September.

I was not expecting much as racing in Japan is like chalk and cheese to the indoor boards however I knew I had some strength in my legs, just not much speed of tactical nous. A mix of Jetlag and lifting boxes into my new pad wasn’t the best build up plan.

The first day was the match sprint and after qualifying in a 10.2 I managed to race my way through the rounds right into the finals and ended up 4th overall being beaten my two Aussies and Sam Webster.  The next day was the Keirin which I knew I had some legs for but was absolutely buggered from the full days racing previously. My heat went well but then drew a harder heat and decided I just had to hit it with full steam which I did whilst also riding a bigger gear than usual! After winning the semi the final was going to be a barn burner with all the top NZ and Aussie Keirin riders.

I drew second wheel behind Shane Perkins which I was very happy with as he had great legs coming off racing in Japan like me. Sam and Matt both attacked early and came over but I stuck to my guns and followed Shane who attacked over the last lap and then I punched it over him around the last corner and crossed the line first. Bloody fantastic.

For now I am tucking into a much needed training block from now until the end of the year. It will be a crucial time as it will help me become stronger in the gym and therefore a reliable team sprint rider and not just a Keirin rider.

Simon van Velthooven
New Zealand Sprint Cyclist
World, Commonwealth, Olympic Medalist
Proud Volkswagen Ambassador

Results from Colyton Graded Race

The windy cold weather didn’t deter all riders on Saturday 4th October. With a limited number of people available to help on the course it was a matter of having Lenka marshal firstly in Ashhurst and then drive back to the turn point for the C grade riders. Stu McKenzie was the marshal at the A & B grade turn. Thanks to these people as without them there would have been no race.

A grade was first off the mark from Colyton School and with a brisk tail wind headed down to Ashhurst before heading back up Valley Rd in to a head wind. There was little shelter offered by being in the valley. At the end of Valley Rd there was already a split in the bunch of 11 A grade riders. Some were swallowed up in the B grade riders as the headed up to the turn point just before the gravel on Finnis Rd. The C grade riders turned at Forlong Rd which was a nice way to extend their race to 40km.

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Uniform Order 2014

It is that time of the year where stocks of uniform items is at its lowest and a new order is about to be placed.

If the order is placed by the end of October it will be available for Christmas.

If riders are intending on riding at WCNI track champs or National Road cycling champs next year then they will need to wear Bike Manawatu kit. Only a limited number of extra items are ordered so please don’t get upset when we don’t have what you want in stock if you have not bothered to order it now.

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