Taupo entry fees go up after tomorrow

Taupo 2014

For those planning to Ride the Taupo Cycle Challenge this year… Solo entry is $110 today and tomorrow and goes up to $120 on Saturday the 1st Nov.

Equipment from trailer

The club trailer is often taken to events and equipment is used. Inside the trailer there has been cones, hi viz vests, stands for signs, signs, sand bags and finish flags as well as other bits and pieces.

Over time some of these items have been removed and not returned.

We are shortly going to be undertaking a full stocktake of all of the BM equipment that is either in the trailer, Feilding clubrooms or at Marist clubrooms. So if you have some equipment that you are storing in your garage that should be in the trailer or elsewhere can you please get in contact with either Steve Stannard 021 809 597 or Glenys Taylor  021 260 5536 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let them know what you have and where it can be collected from or drop it off to Sport Manawatu 50 Queen St Palmerston North. .


If you have entered this years Taupo Great Lake 160 km event Bike Manawatu is providing on Sunday 16th November 2014 an opportunity for a 140km circuit training ride starting from and finishing in Palmerston North. Depending on numbers and abilities bunch(es) to depart from Memorial Park starting from 7.00AM.

The circuit from Palmerston North is Stoney Creek Road, Campbells Road, Feilding, Sandon Road to Mt Biggs, Ngaio Road and Mingaroa Road to Kakariki, SH 1 to Hunterville where we will make a café stop. From Hunterville proceed via Vinegar Hill to Rewa, Waituna West, turn right down Williamson Road, turn left to Dunolly Road to Short Road, to Makino Road, Feilding, Reids Line, Dixons Line, Bunnythorpe, Tutaki Road to finish in Palmerston North.

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A male cyclist circum-navigating the Apiti circuit on Saturday 25th October dropped a fluro-yellow “Route 7” light-weight jacket out of the pocket of his cycling shirt. If you think this is yours please contact Mike Keenan on ph 3586318.

West Coast North Island Centre Champs 2014

imageWestern Line Circuit based at Brunswick Hall.  (11 km circuit with technical downhill and a good wee climb each lap).  Saturday 8th November.
Grades and approx. start times depending on entries.

10 am - U17 Boys 6 laps

10.02 am - U 19 Girls/All women 5 laps

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High School Cyclists

Rec Centre

Improve your cycling performance with some cross training at the Massey University Recreation Centre with this awesome High School holiday membership deal for those aged 15 years plus.

Three month’s membership for just $69.

· Build your power and strength with weight training

· RPM classes for speed/internal training

· Les Mills classes with chart topping music and the latest cutting-edge moves for strength, cardio, dance, martial arts, flexibility and core.

· Or just have fun playing squash, badminton or tennis with free racket hire!

For full details click here or for further info email Megan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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”.

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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.

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