Well, we've passed the shortest day so at least one thing is guaranteed....The days are longer. Although not the coldest or the wettest winter that we've ever had it's still not for the faint hearted getting motivated to ride on those early mornings. That said, there's still been plenty of riding going on with recreational rides and groups out training for the Trust House series, Taupo, and our own club racing.
It was extremely frustrating that we had to cancel our Akers Road Race in July. The group were keeping an eye on all forecasts and , even though there was a window of opportunity to run the race, the weather came in heavily right at the time the racing would have been on. Learning from that , when we are able, we will apply for Traffic Management for an alternative date.
Looking forward to next Saturday 17th August. Flat track, multi lap road race at Linton Camp. Can't get a safer environment than an Army Camp. Registrations and details are on line (Click Here). Thanks to Rob Ryan and Palmfeild Motors, anyone that hasn't raced in the last 12 months (or ever raced at all for that matter) races for free. This race is a multi lap, time specific race that will make the loop a busy place to be. Like the Nurburgring 24 hour race where there will be faster bunches and individuals racing at maybe 20% faster than the slower grades. These events are great for riders to push themselves out of the comfort zone, work together in groups and ride safely. There will be opportunities for riders to break away and have a crack by themselves, counteracted by the wise foxes that sit back and decide if it's worth shutting the break down, or letting the break go to see if they explode. There's always a good bit of banter in the peloton.
To be confirmed ..We are going to try to apply for TMP's for another crack at Akers Road race on August 31st, TBC. As mentioned above it was frustrating to loose that date and we lost the momentum that we had. It's a great flat circuit that has it's hidden challenges but favours the brave.
On September 14th we are running the Woolworths cup. This is a handicap race that has been run over in the Pahiatua area for years. There's a phrase that gets used a lot...If you do the same thing, you'll get the same result. The events working group (sounds more important than it is) and other riders have been challenged with coming up with new courses for our events. For the Woolworths cup we required a 40 km circuit, close to a town, that was challenging enough to ride solo while catering for all members abilities. With the Feilding Festival in November, and the Trust house series starting September 22nd we wanted to find a new circuit to get our teeth into. I took a Mental Health Morning away from work and smacked this one out.(click here). Bit of a prevailing northerly breeze to contend with but a solid marker of what the course was like. The Feilding folk should love this one. We still need to get the Traffic management through so stand by.
Up & Coming Events for week ending 9th August 2019
Sun 11th August Manawatu Schools Cycling BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride
Wed 14th August Wednesday Recreational Ride
Sat 17th August BM Race 3 – Linton Camp – Course Confirmed – Please ensure you have sufficient Identification upon arrival of the camp (Alternatively we also have traffic management approved for our Akers Road circuit as a back up also!) – Pre Register Here Thanks to Palmfeild Motors if this is your first time racing, or you haven't raced in any of our club races in the last 12 months, come on out and have a go - for FREE.See more info here
Sun 18th August Manawatu Schools Cycling BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride
Wed 21st August Wednesday Recreational Ride
Sun 25th August Manawatu Schools Cycling BikeManawatu Sunday Recreational Ride
Wed 28th August Wednesday Recreational Ride
Other dates to pencil in: Sat 14 September BM Race 4 – Woolworths Cup –Pre Register Here
Over Easter weekend in 2020 the inaugural Australasian Master's Cycling Championship will race over four days in New Zealand's scenic Wairarapa region.
What is it... The 2020 Australasian Masters Cycling Championships will be a series of three races over four days.
When is it... The event will be held over Easter weekend in 2020.
Where is it... The event will take place around the Wairarapa region, home of NZ’s only UCI stage race, The New Zealand Cycle Classic, a stunning region known for its wine and food, rugged coastline, forest parks and cycle trails.
Long Endurance Rides before Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Update
Thanks for your responses regarding the 2 long endurance rides - it seems we have a lot of keen participants, so these rides will definitely go ahead. Mark the dates in your calendar now - Sunday 8 September for Apiti, and Saturday 12 October for Pongaroa.
With so much interest in the Pongaroa ride, I’ve had to make a few changes. The numbers are too big to expect the pub to serve our lunches and have us back on the road quickly, so Bike Manawatu sponsor, Derek McNabb and the team at Rosebowl Bakery and Cafe are supplying packed lunches to enjoy at the domain in Pongaroa.
Unfortunately this does increase the cost of the ride to $20, but you’ll be getting a support van, mechanic, cold drinks along the way and lunch as well as fantastic company, spectacular views and a great ride. And because of this, we will need you to pre-register, so that we can provide definite numbers for the lunches - details of this will be posted 1 month out from the ride.
As the Apiti ride is shorter and unsupported, there is no need to pre-register for this one - just show up on the day. The start time and departure point will be advised closer to the time.
Course Confirmed – Please ensure you have sufficient Identification upon arrival of the camp (Alternatively we also have traffic management approved for our Akers Road circuit as a back up also!) – Pre Register Here This Race Is Proudly Brought To You By: Gold Sponsor: Cash Converters Silver Sponsor: Ebony Coffee Bronze Sponsor: Bulls Medical Centre