We are 4 days, 580 kms and over 6000 metres of climbing in to our 7 day, 1001 km and nearly 9000 metres of elevation adventure, and so far it’s been a blast.
Day 1 saw us leave from the Bike Barn in Palmerston North in 3 riding groups, full of anticipation for a great trip. Our support vehicle supplied by Garry Buys of Bike Barn is driven by Neil Vertogen and his wife Jayne - both of whom we can’t thank enough for not only their roadside assistance, but also their help with logistics upon arrival at our destinations - you guys have been amazing - thanks from the whole team.
We headed over the Pahiatua Track, through Mangamaire and Eketahuna, stopping at the wildlife sanctuary for a drink and something to eat. After leaving here, we encountered rain and a nagging headwind (that was to become our faithful companion), and arrived at Carterton for lunch.
By the time we left Carterton, the rain had stopped, but the headwind hadn’t. We travelled on to Featherston and climbed the Rimutaka Hill road in to Upper Hutt, and on to Wellington. Along the way we were treated to some pretty amazing views of the Manawatu, wairarapa and Wellington regions.
We were met by the van at the Intercontinental Hotel in Wellington, where we were able to shower up before having dinner, while they laundered our riding kit. After dinner at the Greenman Pub, we headed to the ferry to board and fund our cabins for the overnight sailing to Picton.
So good to see such a strong turn out last night for our Club Scratch Race Championships. You all rode with grit, determination & heart to make it such an enjoyable evening. The meeting was made even more special with the incomparable Jack Overweel breaking Campbell Stewart's previous Under 15 Boys, 500m TT Held Start record of 38.8, & setting a new record time of 37.08. From all of us Jack, we congratulate you on such an epic display of sprinting. Our meetings are nothing without our "Track Angels" who take care of everyone, our parents & supporters who do a great deal in getting all our riders ready, & our committee members who help put it all together. I can only see great things in the future for our club, sincerest regards
Updated Bike Manawatu Time Trial Records 21 Feb 2019
Last weeks ITT saw 4 new Bike Manawatu records broken Glenn Kirk M3 4 seconds faster than Steve Stannard's previous record of 0:15:52 set in February 2016 Deb Cuff shaved a whole minute off her previous M6 record 0:22:10 set 14 Feb 2018 Ellen Twiss was 1 minute, 13 seconds faster than the previous open womens record set by Sharen Belk of 0:20:20 on 2 Feb 2016 & Ian Eagle also took out the M1 record by 1 minute, 25 seconds previously held by Mark Waterland of 17:53 on 07th March 2012
We are also still on the look out for volunteers to assist us with the event. Novice Tour is a long standing iconic club event which takes a small army of volunteers to run. If you or someone you know is available to help out, we’d love to hear from you – Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you be interested in training to become a club STMS?
Traffic management plans are becoming a big part of cycle racing. Without them we simply cannot run races on the open road. We want to create a good rotation so everyone can ride their bikes and join in on our races. To do this we need to increase the pool of people we can call upon to be the duty STMS. In general terms a cycling event STMS may be responsible for preparing a new traffic plan (if we are using a new circuit) lodging traffic management plans with the council and assisting with course set up and collection. The more qualified people we have the more we can share this around and prevent races from being cancelled.
If you or someone you know would be keen to give back to our club and train in this position please send expressions of interest to email@example.com.