Awards Dinner - Nominations are required

The annual awards dinner will be held at Hotel Coachman on Friday 29th August.

Tickets are available from Sport Manawatu on Wednesday afternoons and Friday afternoons. For members the ticket price is $45 for non members $55.

Pre dinner drinks are from 6.15 pm with guests being seated for dinner at 7.15pm.

Guest speaker for the evening is Trevor Shailer – deputy chef de mission for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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Farewell Drinks at Hotel Coachman for Matthijs and Janneke

Matt and Janneke have contributed such a lot to cycling in the Manawatu in the time that they have been here. Sometime ago we were told that they would be departing from the district and heading overseas.

The house has been sold and soon they will be all packed up and leaving. So on Friday night (1st Aug) at Hotel Coachman from 7pm we will be having a gathering to say our final farewells and to wish them all the best for the future. If you would like to join us you would be most welcome.

No RSVP required just show up.

Results–Pahiatua graded handicap Saturday 26th July

Pahiatua has always been a popular course and with a great turnout of riders the grades were able to have good number in each of them. The handicapper had his work cut out for him but the overall result showed just what a good job he did.

A special thanks to Kevin Laskey for organising the volunteers for the day as well as the facilities and checking the course. Thanks to all of the volunteers including my little helpers at registration and Alison Kinghorn for recording the results.

The D grade riders were first to go, followed 8  minutes back by C grade and a further 10 minutes to B grade. B+, A and A+ all left within 3 mins of each other.

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Quiz night success

With the tables set, the doors opened and the crowd started flowing in. A total of 14 tables filled the Marist Clubrooms  with team names ranging from “The Never Weres”  - a take on the “has beens”  to “Who’s Paying” and “Triathletes Can ride Bikes”  the night was set to be a fun event.

The quiz master for the night, William Taylor, stated the obvious rules and housekeeping matters including where the bar was located and that drinks to him would be taken as bribes.

The first round was the photo round and with an obvious advantage the Palmy Pack took a strong lead with a perfect score.

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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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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


The WCNI TTT event has been cancelled however it will be held as a club event.



Rongotea , Saturday 2nd August 2014



Open Men: 40 km

Open Women: 25 km

Under 19 men :25km

Under 17s: 16 km

Under 15s  16km


First Teams Starting: 11.00 am sharp

All teams are to have a minimum of 4 riders who are to be members of the club.

The team time will be determined by the third rider to cross the finish line.

Order of Start:

Under 15s

Under 17s



Entry Fees:

adults $5 per person

School Children $2 per person




Confirmed teams are as follows

Under 15 Boys 16km Dineth Rajapaske Adam Martin   Harrison Kinghorn
Under 15 Girls 16km Kelly  Levin Samara Fenn Peita Ransom Anna Robson
Under 15 Boys 2  16km Fergus Washington-Smith Max Taylor Thomas Stannard  
under 17 boys 16km Mitchell Kinghorn   Andrew Bamford  
under 17 boys 16km Campbell Stewart Robert Stannard Carne Groube Chris Denholm
under 17 boys 16km Andrew McKenzie David  Martin Fergus Allan Jacob Seivwright
Under 19 men 25km Hayden Washington-Smith Alex West Nate Levin Josh Kendall
Open Men  40km Steve Stannard Chris Sanson Neville Weir  
Open men 2  40km Toshi Yamauchi Barry Gilliland Marcel Hollenstein Winston Briggs
Open men 3 40km Mike Craine Chris Pinkney Tom Pirie Ben Holleron






Waiver must be signed on uplifting your number








The TTT will be held at RONGOTEA which is approximately 20km West of Palmerston North. The easiest way to get to RONGOTEA from Palmerston North is to proceed up SH3 towards Whanganui, turn left at Awahuri (Greens Rd). Turn right at T Junction (Kopane School) into RONGOTEA Rd.






The course is an out and back format. Open Men’s has two turns whilst the Open Women’s and U15’s and U17’s have only one.



  • Teams are to consist of four riders and time will be taken on the third rider to cross the finish line.


  • Club colours must be worn.


  • Bike NZ Road & Track racing rules will apply



  • Three Minute intervals between teams.


  • If being overtaken by another team, the team being overtaken must pull to the left of the road and allow the other team to pass.


  • Normal overtaking rules apply (2m lateral clearance and 25m between teams on the road).


  • No drafting is allowed between teams.


  • Teams being overtaken within 100m of any turn around point are to allow the overtaking team right of way during the turn.  


  • If you puncture you are required to join the team again from the rear only. This cannot be interpreted any other way than that you must chase down your team to rejoin it. You are not permitted to wait until they return past your location to rejoin them. Any rider who re-joins their team by any other method t



Current standing Records for Teams Time Trial on the Rongotea course:


Under 17 Boys        16ks    Palmerston Nth Marist     23 minutes 54 seconds    2007


Under 17 Girls        16ks    Levin                                 29 minutes 04 seconds    2006






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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