Being a member of any club, the call for volunteers is something we all hear a lot. Over the years I have volunteered a lot of my time to swimming clubs, School Boards, various school committees, coached children’s sports teams and I’ve even been known to man the BBQ at the odd sausage sizzle. However, with cycling (apart from being a member of the Bike Manawatu Board), the majority of my interaction with volunteers has been as a competitor, thanking the Marshall’s as I ride past.
At the end of 2017 I decided to try and give something back, so I volunteered to help out with the Novice Tour, I drove the Lead Car for the U17 Girls Road Race. It was a totally new experience viewing the race from this angle, and really quite inspiring to see so many young cyclists participating in the tour and thoroughly enjoying themselves. And the weekend before last, as I wasn’t riding the Slicks and Stones event, I decided to volunteer for this as well, again it was fantastic to be out there helping a local event and viewing the race from a different angle, and it was somewhat rewarding to be able to give something back to a sport that has given me so much over the years.
As you know, we are currently recruiting volunteers for this years Novice Tour. This event has been running since 1974, and previous tour winners include well known cyclists Eric MacKenzie, Gary Anderson, Cath Cheatley, Greg Henderson and Campbell Stewart to name a few.
While the Tour is a weekend long event, any time you can spare would be a huge help, and what a great way to help your club and the future superstars of the New Zealand cycling scene – we’ve all seen from our clubs U23 riders at the Elite Nationals what the depth of youth cycling is in the mighty Manawatu.
Graham Eckersley, Director of The Platform, Palmerston Norths only strength and conditioning gym, has offered our members of Bike Manawatu corporate rates.The facility is equipped with high-quality training gear and plenty of it so there are no lengthy waits to train, and is open 24/7 so you can train at your convenience. Just show your Bike Manawatu membership card or mention this flyer to learn more.
There are no contracts required to train so you will not be locked into anything.
"Not in numbers, but in Unity is where our great strength lies"
No less than 20 of our riders descended upon this years WCNI Track Racing Championships. To everyone's credit, all reports regarding racing, placings, individual performances, achievements, enthusiasm & team spirit was excellent as well as highly commendable with our members giving thanks & praise to all those involved in bringing such an event together. Please enjoy a selection of images captured yesterday, please feel free to share with whanau & friends. All images will be uploaded here at https://www.facebook.com/papaioea/ Thanks Naia for the photographs, & thank you all for your hard work & dedication, we are all so very proud of each & everyone of you
Very good performances by all our riders at the WCNI track Championships at Wanganui last Saturday. The best ride of the day was the 11.06s for the 200m sprint riden by Angus Claasen(Under 19 men).He broke the 10 year old WCNI record of 11.31.Euan Cousin's (U17 boys) and. Georgia Simpson (U15 girls) made a clean sweep of all their events in there grade - congratulations !Also to all our other riders who won medals congratulations as well . It was great to see that all our riders presented themselves neat & tidy for the Championship Meeting and there were no major mechanical problems - well done!
Did you know you can renew your Club Membership online?
We are excited about what 2019 is going to bring to our club and already we have had some amazing results from some of our members, we are very proud of each and every one of our members and their achievements.
With a new year, we are now issuing 2019 memberships and with the holiday season coming to an end, we'd like to make it nice and easy to allow you to renew your membership with us and support your local cycling club.
Club Memberships run from 1 January – 31 December.
If you wish to be a social member of Bike Manawatu and do not wish to race Please CLICK HERE and follow this link to renew online.
If you wish to race formally at any level including our club races please CLICK HERE an follow this link to join via Cycling NZ.
Membership via Cycling NZ gives you the reassurance of public liability insurance as well as other great discount programmes on offer from Cycling NZ. Your full membership can be done via this portal and at the end of the month cycling nz will transfer your club membership through to us here at Bike Manawatu.
It’s nice and easy.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead & appreciate your support.
Happy New Year ! We hope you had an amazing holiday / festive season. On behalf of our Novice Tour organising committee we are super excited to let you know online entries are now open for our 2019 Novice Tour event. As mentioned at last years prizegiving, we have moved our dates forward for 2019 and this year we will be hosting our event on the 16th - 17th March 2019.
To avoid disappointment we wanted to let you know that online entries are now open and you can head on over and register.
Just like 2018 - 2019's event will be 3 stages over 2 days, with similar course/s
Online entries are up and running and can be found HERE
We will be posting all updates on our Novice Tour of Manawatu facebook page so make sure you hit "like" and stay tuned with all our info.
We will also aim to have info up on our Bike Manawatu website also.
Novice Tour Volunteers:
If you are keen to help out during the Tour in any way shape or form we are always very appreciative. This particular tour can take a small village to run from drivers, marshals, judges and everyone else in between. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to offer your time and lend a hand