- Written by Michelle Turner
Bike Manawatu has a very talented membership base who enjoy varying levels of success across all age groups, in particular the Under 23 and below age groups right now.
We have had a dedicated group of riders come through the junior ranks, who have been aided by the amazing and supportive parents that make up Manawatu Schools Cycling. We enjoyed probably the best success rate of any club at the U23 and Elite Road Nationals held in Napier during early January.
We have a number of members and former members competing internationally at the moment, and while they are all making us immensely proud, I’d like to focus on our young women.
The Mike Greer Homes Women Cycling Team which includes local members Connie O’Brien and Libby Arbuckle, are now 6 weeks into their European racing Campaign.
They have raced 5 UCI races with one to go - Tour De Femmine in Czech Republic. Recently both of our girls got a bronze. Libby got 3rd in a crit in the Netherlands where she had a Stellar race being in a break away with Track world champion Annett Edmondson for a few laps. While Connie got her first UCI podium, gaining bronze in a climbing crit also in the Netherlands where the bunch split to pieces right from the get go.
The team also includes former Manawatu resident Alana Forster - while Alana is now living in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay, she is Australian - so we’ll make the aussies and claim her as our own - just like they do with the Finn brothers, pavlova and the like
Emily Shearman left for Belgium in May with the NZ Women's Endurance Track Cycling Squad to train and race in preparation for up coming Oceania Champs and some World Cup Events later in year. They went on to Czech Republic to race and now have been in Bergamo Italy for the last 2 weeks on a training block for 4 weeks. In next week or so they will move on to Switzerland for a Track Cycling Training block and will compete in some Track Racing meetings before returning home at the end of the month.
Another former Manawatu cyclist, Deborah Paine has gone from strength to strength since making the switch from Cross country running to cycling - in Palmerston North. Once Deborah jumped on a bike, her athletic ability was obvious, and once she boned her cycling skills, it was only a matter of time before she began competing at an elite level, and it had just been announced that Deborah has a start at the Giro Rosa - the biggest race on the women’s calendar.
These results and achievements are fantastic and bike Manawatu is very proud of all of our riders, and wishes them all the best in their remaining races and events.
- Written by Bike Manawatu
Our conquering interclub team at Halcombe with the awesome support of our club sponsors!!
- Written by Vaughan Hunt
We had a winner of the BikeBarn Lucky Draw on Sunday, Colin Anderson was present but not wearing Bike Manawatu kit. Colin is the winner of Bike Barn’s $310 voucher.
We had a great turnout with over 50 cyclists present on a chilly Sunday morning!
No mention if Colin paid for all the after ride coffees?
- Written by Colin Anderson (Wal)
Help Colin Anderson support a great cause.
Taupo Cycle Challenge entries open this weekend, If you are an early bird entry type person (before 31st July) Colin has asked that you please consider joining Team Hughes Joinery via https://cycleforheartkidstaupo19.everydayhero.com/nz/hughesjoinerycycle4heartkids and receive your 10% discount code + other team benefits, even a chance at free entry for the 2020 challenge.
Plus know your Team fee is assisting wee kids far less fortunate than ourselves.
Team members signed on before 30th June can (if they desire) order an Ultimo brand Team top and/or bibs.
The cut of for ordering your kit is 30th June 2019
Your code will be valid until 27th November 2019.
- Written by Vaughan Hunt
Bike Manawatu are very proud to see Campbell Stewart, Michaela Drummond and Emily Shearman all selected for the Track Cycling World Cups in Cambridge NZ and Hong Hong later this month.
Hopefully it inspires our young riders to continue to pursue Track Cycling in the future and give it a go.
All the best Campbell, Michaela & Emily we are super proud of you.
Watch our locals on TV January 18-20th and again in Hong Kong January 25th-27th