When; Friday 24th Feb
Where: Lonestar on the square.
Here's just a taste of what some of our club riders are doing on the World Stage. Remember these riders having grown up riding and competing for our club in the Manawatu and are often riding alongside you on our BM rides. Next time you see them congratulate them on their success. They will appreciate it.
Campbell Stewart recently competed at the World Cup in Columbia in the team pursuit and Madison where his team mate Tom Sexton crashed twice for a DNF. Part of the racing experience is crashing I suppose. He and fellow BM track star Michaela Drummond are currently in Los Angeles racing for their country and will soon be back home competing in for the upcoming NZ Omnium Championships. Michaela has also landed a contract to race for a USA Pro Cycling Team and joins them in April. Good luck Michaela.
After some fantastic results at the Track Nationals, Emily Shearman and Libby Arbuckle's have been selected for the Junior Worlds in China this August. Also for the trio of Emily, Libby and Connie Obrien they have been selected to race for NZ at the Oceania Road Cycling championships in Canberra March 6-12.
To Robert Stannard, Michaela Drummond and Campbell Stewart who are finalist at the Manawatu Sports Awards we wish them every success after all achieving an outstanding last 12 months.
As a side note. A mention must also go out to Carne Groube, Joel Yates and Campbell Stewart for their sensational WCNI team pursuit time of 4.07 at the Track Nationals.
From firsthand experience this is a gruelling 12 stage race and we must congratulate all of our club riders who competed. The general classification results.3rd Cliff Hughes,5th Glenn Kirk,11th Mike Thompson. The average time for the winner for the 640k race was 36.05km
The hills, wind, rain, hail and intensity of the racing all hurt especially the time trial up Ruapehu from the Chateau to the Ski Field.
A special thank you to my team mates Tim Mackey and John Obrien who were part of our Bayleys Corporate Team who finished a credible 7th.
Check out results on dynamoevents.co.nz.
Check out The Bush Cycle Tour 12 March. This is undoubtedly a favourite for many riders who enjoy the different distances and stunning country ride and especially the finish at the Tui Brewery. A carnival atmosphere for you and your family.
The Rotorua -Taupo Road cycling Flyer.100km of shear intensity.25 March. Check it out online.
At the recent New Zealand Track National Championships held in Invercargill our local Manawatu riders competed extremely well bringing home a big haul of medals for them and us to be proud of.
Michaela Drummond collected bronze in the women's 20km points race and teamed up to win a gold in the Madison.She also was part of the silver medal performance by WCNI in the under 19 women's 4000m team pursuit. Those other valuable team members included Emily Shearman, Libby Arbuckle and Megan Gardner.
Emily Shearman also went onto take Bronze in the under 19 women's 500m time trial and silver in the 2000m individual pursuit.
Meanwhile Libby Arbuckle took out Bronze in the under 19 women's 7.5k scratch race and silver in the 15km points race.
Our boys also did themselves proud with Jordan Castle taking out Bronze in the 1000m time trial. Carne Groube bronze in the 15km scratch race and Campbell Stewart bronze in the 30km points race and then teamed up with Kennett Dylan to win Gold in the Madison.
Campbell Stewart was later named NZ junior men's rider of the year. An outstanding reward for Campbell and his support team.
Well done to all of those who travelled south to Invercargill and congratulations on a fantastic representation and medal haul for yourselves ,WCNI and your support teams.
Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond were later chosen to represent New Zealand at the upcoming World Cup in Los Angeles. A proud moment for the riders, there families and support teams.Campbell Stewart is also up for the prestigious Halberg Awards which will be announced and televised live on TV after this newsletter was sent.Go Campbell.
Last weekend a number of Bike Manawatu members competed at the Masters games.In the time trail we rock. In age group order; 35-39 Mark Hudson 2nd, 45-49 Glen Kirk 1st,40-44 Chris Pinkney 4th,60-64 Barry Gilliland 1st, 65-69 Colin Anderson 7th.Women; 55-59 Glenys Taylor 2nd.
Note; not all other event results were in at the time of this newsletter being sent
Good luck to all of those riders who will challenge themselves on this years Manawatu Cycle Challenge. A beautiful scenic ride and good challenge for all bikers. Give it a go.
Bike Manawatu Happy Hour
When: Friday 24th Feb
Where; Lonestar on the Square
I was lucky enough to commentate this year’s Bike Manawatu 'Gravel and Tar Classic' last weekend which brought top teams and riders from all over New Zealand and Australia to Palmerston North for our unique 100k Gravel and Tar race. Professional riders say they
love something different as a race and of course the prize money on offer and have said they'll be back next year which is a fantastic outcome. Race organiser Steve Stannard and his team worked tirelessly to make this second year a success and Mayor Grant Smith was in the square to welcome the riders and there support teams at the start.
The anticipation of who would win brought cycling enthusiasts to the Memorial Park finish line while the race organisers fed me by phone what was happening on the tough 100k windy course which I conveyed enthusiastically by microphone.
It was exciting with reports coming in of Robert Stannard, Alex West (Team Skoda) and Glenn Haden (Team Bike Box) making an early brake with the chase group of Sam Burston and Dylan Newbury (Möbius Future Racing-Australia), Roman van Uden (team Cyclista), Chris Denholm (Team Skoda), Luke Mudgeway, and Logan Griffin (Oliver's Real Food Racing) last year’s winner working hard to bridge the gap.
In the meantime, the Gravel and Tar 80k Gran Fondo riders were also finishing there event at the same time. First across the line in the Gran Fondo was Jason Sturzaker followed by young local rider Max Taylor and local masters rider Glen Kirk was third place. The women's first three placing saw Kirsten Hagen from Wellington win the event followed by local teenager Pieta Ranson in second with masters rider Carol Webb in third. To all riders well done and a fantastic effort in tough conditions. We hope you'll be back next year.
Meanwhile in the Gravel and Tar Classic elite race reports of a cat and mouse dual between Robert Stannard and Alex West had developed with 5km to go. Glen Haden had a puncture to deal with and was chasing hard to catch the two out in front while the chase group with top Australian and New Zealand riders were still unable to bridge the gap.
The class and effort of our two local riders was evident. With the home straight in sight Robert was on the wheel of Alex ready to pounce. The sprint and finish was exciting with Robert winning marginally over Alex (Team Skoda) Glenn Haden (Team BikeBox) in third place. Racing at its best.
For a full report go to the RoadCycling website.
Bike Manawatu we're proud to bring racing of this calibre to Palmerston North and we thank the valued Sponsors of Gravel and Tar Classic for there support.
AvantiPlus, The Lion Foundation, Hotel Coachman, Cyclista, Bayleys, Churchyard Physiotherapy, NZ Farm Source. Sport Manawatu.
Tune in the Bike Manawatu calendar for upcoming events that you are interested in. There will be some changes to the calendar and we will update you as soon as possible.
Road, Track, Time Trails, social and upcoming events will keep you fit and keen while enjoying this amazing sport of cycling in 2017.
When; 24th of February
Where; Lonestar on the Square
See you there...
2017 has arrived and to all Bike Manawatu members we trust you have enjoyed your Xmas and New Year with family and friends. The summer we all know is a fantastic time to enjoy riding your bike whether you are social or competitive. A sad reminder though is that winter comes around far too quickly so without question we recommend you get started on your cycling goals for 2017 if you haven't already.
Whatever cycling goals you have set for yourself there are plenty of events to target and enjoy training for. You yourself know setting the bar a little higher for 2017 should have been on your New Year’s goal list.
Bike Manawatu endorse members staying fit, healthy and safe while enjoying riding your bike and meeting as many other club members as you can is the fun part of cycling. Our Bike Manawatu Sunday rides are a great way to do this at any level.
If you are not a current Bike Manawatu member, our brilliant volunteers organise over 300 ride events per year for social and competitive members at a membership cost of only $45 per year. Also if you would like to put your hand up to help out with any events this year, we would treasure your help. Just touch base with Christine Christie. It is that easy and we would appreciate it.
The Bike Manawatu Board and members would like to once again thank our events organisers, volunteers and sponsors, words are not enough. THANK YOU.
We would like to extend the invitation for all members to start your cycling year off with The Bike Manawatu "Gravel and Tar Granfondo" on the 29th of January that caters for all cyclist and is a great way to start your 2017 year off. It is close to home, not expensive, and you don't have to pay for accommodation unlike travelling away to ride other events. It will be fun. Check it out and enter today. Keeping the legs ticking over and trying something new for 2017 is exciting.
The Bike Manawatu "Gravel and Tar Classic" event on the 29th of January is designed to cater for cyclists of all abilities and to get your cycling year started on a positive note.
Of course the Flagship event is aimed at International and Elite NZ riders from U19 and older over 100k which will be a phenomenal race to watch with large prize money for individual and team classifications.
But there are also other tailored events to cater for our members and social riders over 80km at a cost of only $55 or $75 for teams.
For the ladies over the same 80km course we are running, the "Gravel and Tar Le Femme" at only $55 and $75 for teams which we hope will attract keen interest from you girls. So spread the word as only a women's network can do.
Palmy will be a buzz with cafes full of lycra clad people sharing their summer stories.
With your help the club would like to build "Gravel and Tar" to become a must to ride on everyone's calendar at the start of each year. This is a great way to promote our region and we all know riding in the Manawatu is awesome. So let the world know by inviting your cycling friends to Palmy the weekend of the 29th of January. They and you will love the weekend together.