The next chance you get to meet these two local world class cyclist who have just return from the world UCI road championship in Qatar take the opportunity to say hello. They are both humble and would be proud to share their experiences.
The upcoming spring and summer Bike Manawatu events calendar presents cyclist of all ages and stages of cycling the chance to mix up your riding routines and experiences. To do the same week after week is safe but for many of you it could be the perfect time to explore the variety of exciting events BM have available to you.
From the weekends BM Summer Road series and Donaldson Cup this weekend to the new Tuesday night six week Manfeild Criterium series to the Wednesday night Kairanga (Lockwood road) Time trials and onto to Track racing at the Feilding velodrome you can only benefit as a rider from this variety of events.
The club are continually trying to give members variety and fun and always welcome your support to help running an event.We would value your help.
Also the Tour de Manawatu is also just around the corner on the 6th of November.Check out bikemanawatu.co.nz for upcoming events.
Bike Manawatu member and BikeBoxTeam leader Sam Gardiner is pleased to see his team held three out of the six podium places in last weekends Elite and under 23 grade at North Island series in the Wairarapa. BikeBox team won last weekends Criterium and a road stage.In fact for local interest, Carne Groube came third in the Criterium and Alex West was second in the road race placing Manawatu riders in five of the six podium finishes. Their were other positive local results to Check out www.cyclingseriesnz.co.nz
Doha, Qatar, 9th -16th October, 2016.
The biggest, in terms of participating nations anyhow, annual event on the cycling calendar has just been run and won in the Gulf nation of Qatar.
The very contrasting conditions, and a very contrasting environment to last years Championships in Richmond, Virginia, provided the opportunity for a different type of rider to wear the Rainbow Jersey for 2017.
The event was held a fortnight later than usual to allow the weather in Doha to cool a little from the 40 degree plus conditions which can occur in September. Even so, the predicted conditions of high thirties and mid-range humidity was on the minds of those preparing, as the heat can potentially play a bigger role that race fitness.
The week started out with the Teams Time Trial (TTT), where the cream of the road cycling professional peleton competed for 183,000 Euros and bragging rights as to who was the fasted team in the world. The extremely hot conditions saw a number of riders in distress, but some very fast times on a technical 40 km course.
The womens TTT was won by Boels Dolmans , a team that included high profile riders Elizabeth Deignan (nee Armisted), Evelyn Stevens, and Ellen van Dijk, in a time of 48.41. Taking the minor placings were Canyon SRAM and Cervelo Bigla. The team of NZ rider Georgia Williams, Be Pink, were 50 seconds from the podium in 4th position.
In the mens event, Etixx Quickstep lead by former individual time trial (ITT) champion Tony Martin, beat last years winners BMC Racing, by only 12 seconds and averaged 56.426km/h for their win. The Australian registered Orica Bike Exchange team were third, some 37 seconds in arrears. No NZ men were involved in the TTT.
Two days later the ITT events started, with the U23 men and U19 girls the following day. Hayden McCormick (One Pro Cycling) and Sam Dobbs (BMC Development) were the kiwi contingent in the U23 mens event, with Madeleine Park and Mikayla Harvey our representatives in the girls event. A mechanical in the first 3 km put paid to McCormick’s chances, but Dobbs posted a very respectable 37:37 for two laps of the 15 km course. Despite losing a few valuable seconds with a jumped chain on the penultimate corner, national champion Park rode an impresive race puting her in eleventh spot, only 7 seconds from eighth position. Harvey was just over 2 min down on winner Karlijn Swinkels (Netherlands) in 31st position.
The U19 mens event was the next day and featured Oceania and National Champion James Fouche and the in form Robert Stannard. Stannard started conservatively finding himself 25 seconds down on the leader after one lap, but did not fade like many others on the second lap to take the leaders ‘hot seat’ with a time of 36:44. Fouche unfortunately “over-cooked” one corner to lose some time and some skin. Stannard ended up in 11th best, only 2 seconds from a top ten finish, whilst Fouche was 44th, 3:49 behind eventual winner Brandon McNulty (USA). Notably, McNulty’s time of 34:42 would have placed him 3rd in the U23 mens race even though he was restricted to a 52 x 14 rollout!
The only elite (senior) rider to do the ITT was Cannondale’s Jack Bauer. In very trying conditions in the heat of the midday sun, Bauer finished the 40km course in 47:48, putting him 27th out of a field of 66 of the worlds best. Being only 3 min in arrears of winner Tony Martin is event more impressive (for both Martin and Bauer) when you saw that third place was well over one minute behind Martin. Indeed Martin alone posted a faster time than nine of the teams in the TTT on the same course!
Under the leadership of Garry Buys and his trusted lieutenants, 38 cyclists of varying ages and experience set off into the unknown on a three day 500km ride to the Hawkes Bay in three suitable groups last Saturday.
Tackling very strong winds on the first day was a big challenge while traveling the picturesque back blocks to complete the 180km to Hastings. Some riders doing 200k just to say they could. A well deserved group dinner and some refreshments set everyone up for the second days ride with many finishing off the day with a steep climb to the top of Tamata Peak.Ara accomplishment.
The traditional final nights group dinner was a memorable evening with lots of great stories on one another's cycling efforts and antics.Enough said. The next morning with tired legs ahead of the 174k ride home was the hot topic of conversation. Suprisingly the sun came out and after some spirited riding home everyone reached Palmerston North safely to celebrated their achievements at Hotel Coachman in true kiwi style.
Well done to all involved especially to Garry Buys and his support team for a memorable Three Day Big Easy.
Tuesday nights from 5pm -8pm
When: Starts 25th of October, November 2,9,16,23,30th
Where: Manfeild South Street
CRITERIUM SERIES 2016
Tuesday 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th November
Track open from 5.30pm
Registration from 5.30pm
First race 6pm
Manfeild Motor racing Circuit
Entry from South Street
Entry for the whole series is free
New riders are able to “Have a go” for 2 rounds of the series with no membership expectations.
Thereafter and in all other instances riders must as a minimum be a social member of Bike Manawatu (BM). This costs $45 for adults and $35 for juniors (U19 at 31 Dec) /per annum (these are the 2017 subscription fees which will apply from 17 October 2016) and can be arranged by contacting Christine Christie or at registration on the day.
BM membership provides Third Party Liability insurance to individual riders in the event of an accident during a BM organised race. Non-members will not be covered by the clubs policy.
To avoid clogging up registration on the evening please pre register by the Sunday evening prior to the first round you intend to ride. On the day registrations will be taken but are not preferred.
To pre register simply email your name (Christian & Surname) to Christine Christie at;
On the Day
Registration and sign on will be open from 5.30 and close at 6.15pm
Riders must sign on for each round they compete
At your first registration you will receive a race pack that contains a race number that you will keep for the whole series. It will be your responsibility to bring your number to each round. If you forget it you may still race, but will not be eligible for any points at that round. There will be a $5 fee for numbers not returned at completion of the series
The following grades will be available;
Novice Schools. – Aimed at new or inexperienced riders of any school age. This group will be accompanied by experienced riders who will provide on the road marshalling and helpful tips and advice for those new to riding in a bunch.
D Grade – Aimed at riders with limited experience and or low levels of fitness. Anticipated average speed approx. 25km/hr
C Grade – Aimed at younger experienced riders or adults with an average level of fitness. Anticipated average speed 30-35km/hr
B Grade – Aimed at experienced racing riders with an above average fitness level. Anticipated average speed 40km/hr
A Grade – Aimed at rides with a high level of experience and race fitness. Anticipated average speed 45+km/hr
Riders will be graded by the race organisers and may be re assessed from time to time.
We will need 1 person to assist with registration, 1-2 callers, 3 marshals and 2 people to help with finish line judging and recording. If you are able to help with any of these rolls please let Christine know in advance or advice the registration team on the evening.
We need two experienced A grade riders to provide on the road marshalling for Novice Schools & D grade and 1 experienced B grade rider to sit at the back of C grade to marshal when A grade passes. Please volunteer in advance or on the on the night.
The race circuit will be the 1.2km inside loop.
Restricted junior gearing is not compulsory
With the exception of Novice Schools all other grades will be combined (D&B and C&A) on the track together. Combined grades will assemble in the start area together and there will be a short time delay between grade starts. Riders dropped from their grade shall not join in or interfere with the other grade on the circuit. Riders who have been dropped and are being lapped by their grade must not join back in. At the race managers discretion riders who are about to be lapped may be pulled from the race.
Faster riders must give way to slower riders and pass to the outside when passing on a corner
There will be no lap out for crashes or mechanical difficulties
The outside loop of the track will be a dedicated warm up area and will be accessed from pit lane.
There shall be no warming up (fast riding) in the pit lane area - unless on rollers.
It will be the rider’s responsibility to at the pit lane assembly point prior to their start time. From there they will be released onto the track after the last rider from the previous grade has finished.
Riders must follow the marshal’s directions at all times particularly leaving the circuit at the completion of your race. There will be no roll around lap.
6pm - Novice Schools
6.20pm – D & B Grade
D Grade 15 mins plus 2 laps
B Grade 30 mins plus 2 laps
7.00pm – C & A Grade
C Grade 30 mins plus a lap
A Grade 45mins plus a lap
Points will be awarded at intermediate primes and the finish which will be awarded double points.
Prime laps will be signalled by a whistle
The final lap will be signalled by a bell
Points will be award for the top 6 in each sprint;
1st = 6 points
6th = 1 point
The total accumulated points from all sprints will determine the top 6 places for each round with round points being award on the same basis ie 1st - 6 points
The total accumulated points from each round will be determine the overall ranking for each grade
at completion of the series.
Time: 5pm to 8pm
5pm to 6pm warmup laps
6pm Novice school grade
C Grade; Starting out riders
In the interest of safety, Bike Manawatu and Manfeild are excited to bring to all aged cyclist schools, masters and starting out riders boys, girls, men and women this Bike Manawatu Club Criterium series to be held at the iconic Manfeild circuit in Feilding.
The fast 1.2k circuit is located at the front of the Manfeild Grandstand off South Street. Most clubs would love this kind of safe and exiting off road event and we are pleased to be able to bring you something exciting and different for everyone.
We are finalising details with our series organisers Brett Tivers and Mike Craine so watch out for further details.But get ready for some fun on the Track.
Watch out for our local Bike Manawatu Robert Stannard and Campbell Stewart racing this week at the ICU World Road in Qatar. Go boys!
Garry Buys has once again put together a group of 40 masters riders who this weekend set off from Palmerston North on a three day cycling feast to the Hawkes Bay and back covering some 450km or more and seeing some stunning NZ countryside. Go well everyone and go safe.
It doesn't matter how big or small. If you would like to be involved in sponsorship for any of our many Club events just drop a line to Christine Christie secretary@bike manawatu.co.nz and we will talk with you to see how we can best support you and the event. Giving something back is a rewarding thing to do many have said.
Upcoming events to watch out for:
Bike Manawatu Club Criterium Series.
Bike Manawatu Summer road series.
Bike Manawatu Track series
Trust House series.
Bike Manawatu Time Trials.
The Novice Tour.
Gravel and Tarr