The passing of the shorted day (longest night) is a yearly 'watershed' for me, as I know the dark parts of my rides will get shorter. The downside is that it stays cold here for another two months, although I can’t imagine it will get much colder than that last week or so. The recent rain and subsequent floods have stymied quite a bit of riding, in particular the Manawatu School Champs. These have been postponed until the 16th of August. Those of you competing or interested in helping/watching, stay tuned to Facebook (Manawatu Schools Cycling) for updates and details. Again much thanks goes to Mike Simpson and his team for putting this and other School events together on a regular basis.
One thing the Schools Cycling group have done well is their traffic management. Kudos goes to Mike Groube for his expertise and experience here. With the new Health and Safety legislation, councils are going to take a closer look at what we do, even if we are volunteers and it’s not our workplace. That means having appropriate traffic management in place for our events, which in turn means that more volunteers are needed to run successful and safe events.
Gabrielle and the others on the Events Group have put together a great road calendar for the rest of the year. We are going to need people to agree to help out for the above reasons. So, if myself, Gabrielle, or one of the Board members asks for help to run a race or stand on a corner, a positive response would be appreciated. We will be particularly asking that everyone who races helps out at least once.
Christine Christie has been working very hard on improving the value of Bike Manawatu membership. Stay tuned for some great initiatives and opportunities for our members. If you’re not currently a financial member, then you’ll be wanting to join!
Meanwhile, enjoy your riding, but make sure you can be seen, especially at night. Two rear and one good front light are a must and reflective patches are great additions. There’s no such thing as a cold ride, only cold clothing, so rug up and treat yourself with some good gloves and toe covers for comfort. A trick I use is to put a piece of plastic (from a good quality plastic shopping bag) down the front of my jersey over my thermal or second layer. It costs nothing and if I get too hot I can pull it out and put it in my back pocket.
Last Sunday the Board sat down for their annual strategy meeting. This was an especially important meeting because all but two of the Board and new and, of course, Christine Christie has recently been appointed as our administrator/secretary. We have a Board with quite a diverse working and riding background so Sunday resulted in useful discussion and some good ideas.
Much of the time was spent talking about membership, how to increase it and how to ensure that it much easier to renew membership. In terms of the latter, we hope to be making some changes in the membership renewal process for 2016 – it’s a little too late to make these this year. In terms of the former, we will be improving our communication to members at all levels; juniors, through seniors and those racing, through to Masters and recreational riders.
The 2015 Manfeild 6Hour Challenge was a great success.
Final results and photos are now available .
This years 6 hour Challenge offered several new categories including Schools, Universities, Workplace, Armed Forces, Bike Clubs, Services Clubs, Solos, Mixed social, Female social, Male social Challenges, with more teams from outside our region participating this year, including People from the Wairarapa, Wanganui and the Hawkes bay.
Our major Sponsors included Destination Manawatu, Martin Beveridge, Pedal pushers, Hotel Coachman, Central Bike Studio, AFC Motorcycles, AEC, CEC Marketing,The Hits, PN Rescue Helicopter, Mike Christie Sheetmetals, Soskeys Café, Toyota NZ, Higgins, Avanti Outlet, Proegear and Palmfeild Mts.
The major prize winners this year :
Team with most laps: ‘Do u even Klimbe’ Alex West, Nate Levin
Team With fastest lap: ‘Team Cervelo’ Campbell Stuart, David Martin, Jacob Sievwright
Female Team most laps: ‘Compact Crankers’ Kirstin Goodin, Lesley Mouat
Solo Male most laps: George Roberts
Solo Female most laps: Hayley Giddons
In Honor of the late Jocelyn Goodwin, who competed in this event in 2013 and won the most laps for a women's team, a Trophy aptly named ‘The Jocelyn Goodwin Memorial Trophy’ was awarded to this years winning women's team, the ‘Compact Crankers’.
This is important information for all riders going to club road nationals. The team manager is Steve Stannard .
Welcome to the 2015 Club Road National Championships. On behalf of all officials and riders, I would like to thank Stephen Cox and his team from Dynamo Events for the months of hard work they have put in to enable this event to be held.
The Commissaire team is appointed by the Cycling New Zealand Road & Track Technical Panel. Our role is to ensure that the UCI and Cycling New Zealand racing rules are respected and that every competitor has a fair and equal chance to deliver their best performance on the day.