Feilding Festival of Cycling–another great event

The Feilding Festival of cycling which was held over the weekend saw the weather clear up just in time for the road events on the Sunday. The event saw close to 250 participants enter for the Sunday races. Lytton Street School once again provided great facilities, allowing for an enjoyable BBQ lunch and an eventful prize giving enjoyed by all involved.  An event like this takes a lot of organization and the sponsorship and support from the volunteers makes an event like this possible. _DSC0056

There was fast and furious racing in the longer distance events due to the quality of the riders from all over the North island participating.

This made for some exciting finishes throughout the day.

A portion of each entry fee was donated to St John and a cheque for over $600 was made to them on the day.


Sarah Reichardt from the Hits was the MC at prizegiving and made sure that the prizegiving ran to time.

The results from the Sundays road events are as follows:

Duncan Gower from Sprockets New Zealand, the sponsor for the Joe Allen Classic handicap race,

was on hand to present the following awards:

Winner of the first rider over the line and the Thomas Collins Challenge Shield was John Pratt from Levin

cycling club, who was racing in D grade._DSC0159

Winner of the fastest time and recipient of the Joe Allen Memorial Trophy was  Josh Page with a time of

2:04:09 from the Ramblers cycling club.

Winner of the first Under 19 over the line and the recipient of the McGregor Challenge Cup was James

Denholm from Bike Manawatu.

Fastest woman and first woman over the line was  Keri-Anne Page from Ramblers cycling club.

King of the Mountain was won by John Pratt from Levin cycling club.

The Morgans Property Advisors 90km ride, which went from Feilding all the way out to Peep-o-Day saw Sam Phipps and Michelle Turner take out 1st places in the male and female categories.

The Sprockets New Zealand 90km team trophy went to the Boys High team consisting of Robert Stannard, Joel Yates, Mitchell Kinghorn, Chris Denholm and Fergus Allan.

The Property Brokers 50km ride, which went from Feilding to Kimbolton and back saw Cadell Heney and Emily Shearman take out 1st place in the male and female category respectively.

The Bulls Medical 20km fun ride which saw the riders complete a loop out of Feilding to Taonui and then to Colyton before returning to Feilding saw Graham Brown and Rosie O’Brien take out 1st place in the male and female categories.

The winners of the Bulls Medical Centre 20km Teams event was Huntley A. They won the cup donated by Sport Manawatu.


Big Bike Tune Up reminder


If you, or your bike, are feeling a little rusty after that bout of winter hibernation, take a look at theBike Wise maintenance check guide. The guide provides tips and tricks to ensure your bike is road-ready and includes how to best inspect your brake system, cables, tyres and the correct amounts of lubrication.


What: FREE bicycle safety checks
When: 11am - 2pm, Sat 27 September
Where:  Pedal Pushers, 400 Ferguson Street Palmerston North
Bring your bike for an expert check while you chow down on a free sausage, grab some free hi-viz gear and be in to win great prizes.
Cycling’s fun but it pays to be safe.

Call Horizons’ Road Safety Coordinator Desley Monks on 0508 800 800 for more info.

Be Bright Cycle



Bike NZ CUP and CLASSIC updates

For all those keen to know how our WCNI cyclists fared at the first session of the Tier One event.
First up this morning we had Liam and Cody in Junior Mens sprint, Ruby and Michaela in Junior Women's scratch and Jordan in his first outing as an Elite rider.
Liam and Cody rode well in qualifying, with Liam qualifying third and so earning himself a spot in semi-finals and finals tonight. We understand he will be facing off against Lewis who has recently been to Korea..looking forward to the riding tonight.
Jordan qualified in the top 16 elite men, then was up against Eddie Dawkins! Eddie took the win but Jordan was happy with his ride and really enjoyed it.
Ruby rode an awesome scratch race to end up with the silver medal. With only 7 riders the pace was high from the start with the NZ girls being under instruction to make some attacks. With Michaela being one of these girls and following this instruction well!

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Elite, U19 & Age Group & Omnium Track Champs

Can riders who would like to be selected and people willing to go as officials for the Elite & U19 Track Champs being held at Cambridge 29 Jan - 1 Feb 2015.

Also for the Age Group & Omnium Track Champs being held at Cambridge 11th - 15th March 2015,  we would like to get some idea of numbers.

Please get in contact with Noeline Elden  as soon as possible.

There is a selection process both for riders and officials.

Grade Race Halcombe Results

It had to come to an end – that is the run of fine weather that we have had for club races over the past long period of time. I think if I remember rightly the last time that it rained at a club race was in July last year at Ashhurst. And I really shouldn’t complain as I barely got wet. The was a light shower that went over while we were still at registration and everyone was able to huddle under the big tree at Halcombe school and keep out of the rain.

There were 2 courses on offer – a long and a short course and depending on which grade you were in depended on whether you did 1 or 2 laps of the long course or the short course. This was another week where the adult riders out numbered the under 19 riders dramatically. In fact there were only 4 under 19 riders.

A special thanks to Angela Rainham, Steph Dench, Lee Yates and Brendan Wildbore who were marshalls out on the course and also to Carol Roberts and Michael McKnight who looked after the start and finish.

It was great to see new riders coming along to the series, some that have raced before but not with Bike Manawatu and some that have never raced. And it is really admirable when you have a new person racing in B grade who gets a puncture on the 2nd lap, fixes it and carries on to the finish line in the right direction and didn’t take the short option back to Halcombe. Well done Kevin.

With the next race starting at Colyton there will be a 5 minute split between A and B grade to avoid the B graders splitting not far from the startline as they tried to keep up with the A graders.  And some of the new riders will be put in to their correct grades now that we have seen their racing ability.

Click here for results

Feilding Festival of Cycling register now.

Just over a week to go to the Feilding Festival of Cycling and entries are flowing in nicely.

With confirmed entry from Gordon McCauley the classic race is set to have a fine field of riders.

No late entries are accepted for the Joe Allen Memorial Handicap race so if you are plannin gon entering this make sure you get your entry in this week.

Late entry fee applies for all events except the 20km from tonight so if you want to avoid paying that extra bit then get you entry done now.

In the past we have had large numbers trying to register on the day which has caused delays so please register now.

Click here to register

New branding for the Manfeild 6Hour


Thanks to Llewellyn Annandale, Graphic & Web Designer at Destination Manawatu, we have a great new design for the Manfeild 6Hour brand.



OK, it’s an Aussie site, but it looks like magpies are just as big a problem over there as here.  This site does includes NZ. 

You can record the location of your experiences for others to avoid or at least be prepared.

I recorded the little bugger at Church Hill in the Pohangina valley.

A World Champ giving a local champ a world of support and inspiration

For the duration of the event at Akers Rd young Luke Mudgeway, who was part of the World gold medal winning team for the madison at the World junior track champs recently held in Korea rode in the opposite direction of the race. He wasn’t a part of the race and was just happy to see everyone out there doing the laps for each grade.

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What a night to celebrate

P1020750The awards dinner was held on Friday 29th August at Hotel Coachman.

The guest speaker was Trevor Shailer CEO of Sport Manawatu. Trevor has just returned from the Glasgow Commonwealth games where he was the deputy chef de mission. Trevor had a wonderful photo display running in the background as he spoke about various aspects of the Commonwealth games. He was both entertaining and informative, starting from the beginning, giving a description of how he grew up and his aim to go to the Olympic games. 


He was then asked to present National Champions jerseys to those members that have competed at National events and won their respective events.The National Champions jerseys were first presented last year as it was recognised by the Board of Bike Manawatu that our cyclists who were achieving these results were receiving little in recognition for their results at National competitions whether it was track or road events.  The winners for 2014 were Michaela Drummond, Megan Blatchford-Peck, Campbell Stewart, Jordan Castle P1020753P1020752

and Simon van Velthooven. As Simon was not present Mike McRedmond accepted his jersey on his behalf. 

Mike McRedmond

Mike McRedmond  received the Bike NZ Coach of the Year award at the Bike NZ AGM but was unable to be present at that point, so the trophy was presented to him formally on Friday night. Mike on receiving his award spoke about what he has found most rewarding about coaching over the years and thanked his wife Natalie for her support. 

Garry Buys presented the Pedal Pushers Good Samaritan award to Mike Keenan for his contribution to sorting out the Sunday recreational rides and prize draw, the masters age group club champs. Mike has always been able to help out whenever he is called on with the recreational rides and other events that he helps organising including the Awards dinner. 

The Jim Mason Cup is presented to people who aren't necessarily members of the club but contribute to the club in various ways. This year the cup was presented to Michael Groube. Mike works tirelessly as a volunteer. He is often present at races working behind the scenes on traffic management and does a thoroughly professional job. He will use his own car, truck or other equipment at no cost to BM and is there long after the event concludes packing up. Further, he readily helps riders other than his own children to get to events and then supports them during events.


Toshi 558x800

The Hughes family trophy is awarded to the best all rounder club member, not judged only on cycling abilities but also for committment and contribution to helping in other areas.
Toshi Yamauchi is an avid club member who regularly competes in club, fun and open races. He is always ready to help a rider or race organiser despite his busy work commitments. Toshi always wears his BM jersey with pride and always has a smile on his face. In accepting his award he commented that he really enjoyed being a part of such a great club. 

Megan Blatchford-Peck was awarded the Black Memorial Trophy. This year Megan won several national track events and also competed at the National Road champs in Cambridge. She has helped with coaching, is an active member of the track committee and always encourages woman and masters riders to participate in events both at club level and national events. 



Masters Awards for Individual time trial, Hill Climb and Track Individual pursuit and time trial. as well as overall champion were presented also. These awards are for Masters age group riders and are awarded on a handicap basis so a 35year old is competing on a level comparable to a preson aged 85 years.  To be eligible for the Overall champion award riders had to compete in 3 of the 4 events.  These events were held earlier in the year. 

Megan Blatchford Peck was awarded the Womens time trial trophy as well as the Hill Climb trophy whilst Glenys Taylor won the track trophy and the Overall Champions Cup. These awards were presented by Mike Keenan. P1020764 


The Mens trophies were to be presented to Marcel Hollenstein and Barry Gilliland but as both were not present they will be presented at the end of year prizegiving. 









New Road Marking Trial–Sharrow–Feedback required

Sharrow Trial 1

In 2012, the Road Controlling Authority (RCA) Research and Guidelines Steering Group agreed to establish a national cycling signs and markings working group. This new working group convened in 2012 and its membership contained a mix of Road Controlling Authorities throughout NZ.

Update 27 August 2014

Council officers are now monitoring road user behaviour and are keen to hear your views and discover what you believe the new roadmarking is for.  This survey is undertaken by Palmerston North City Council in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and is available online at through this link

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