Wonder Women on Wheels Workshop (WWOWW) was a huge success! Would just like to thank everybody who helped make this day possible and to those that turned up and supported the event today I hope you had alot of fun and are keen on giving this exhilarating sport a go
On Friday 13th September (lucky for some!) Gravel and Tar holding a 48-hour Flash Sale where you can enter the 2020 Slicks and Stones 100 event for the great price of $50. Normally early bird entries are $75 (so that’s a $25 saving) and after the 15th our usual pricing re-commences at $80, rising to $90 if entering on the day of the event – 25th January 2020.
What do you get for your entry fee of $50?
In addition to entry for the Slicks and Stones 100, there’s a rider’s pack of discount vouchers from local retailers, plus a meal voucher for after the event (where you can sit, eat and chat with the pros from the Gravel and Tar Men’s Classic and the Gravel and Tar La Femme run on the same day over a similar course) plus a number of other goodies.
The 48-Hour Flash Sale starts at 10pm Friday 13th and finishes at 10pm on Sunday 15th. During these times, you can click this link to enter at the great price of $50. In the meantime, have a look at all the info on the event, plus the short videos of this year’s event on our website www.gravelandtar.com
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to The Slicks and Stones in the beautiful Manawatu on the 25th January 2020.
Spring is officially here, a much welcome change of season and time to get racing. After a very successful Akers Road event on August 31st we now head into the first of many Trophy events for the season.
The Woolworths cup is a long standing handicap race that, historically, has been a sealed handicap. This means the winner wasn't clear until after the finish with the handicap being...sealed and undisclosed.
A call was raised by many riders to have new courses available to race on and keep the courses close to towns to make them more accessible. This new course is an absolute ripper. With 420 metres of climbing over 43 kms it's a fast course that should suit everyone. Entries close online today (Friday) at 7.00pm but we will of course accept entries on the day. This year it is a graded Handicap race.
The start times will be staggered with E grade starting first with chasing grades leaving in groups at times to be issued at the briefing. The Handicappers job is to get everyone finishing at close to the same time.
The format will encourage team work and for all members of the group, which will inevitably get bigger, to do their share of work. The A grade bunch will have to work hard for overall honours.
After the race we will head to Murray Irish Bar for a debrief. Lots of parking out the back on Eyre St.
NEW RIDERS WHO ARE RACING WITH US FOR THEIR FIRST SEASON MUST ATTEND ONE OF TWO ORIENTATION DAYS, ON EITHER SATURDAY 19th OR SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER AT 2-4PM.
Riders will race according to their age group category as at 31st December 2020, ie; if you are turning 15 in 2020 you will race U17s.
HIRING OF TRACK BIKES
Bike hire and fits (takes approximately 45 minutes), are scheduled for:
Tuesday 1st October & Thursday 3rd October 2:00 pm – 5:00pm Saturday 5th October & Sunday 6th October 2:00 pm – 5:00pm
To book at time please do either of the following:
Comment on the Bike Manawatu Track Facebook page with your suggested day and time and a reply will be given
Ring or send a text message to Ian Gray, ph 021 120 5751
Bike fits after the Have a Go day may also be able to be arranged by contacting Ian Gray.
TRACK CYCLING – WORDS OF WISDOM
Track racing on a “fixy” is exciting cycling in its own right, and is also a great spectator sport.
What are the real benefits of riding track? How does track racing benefit road cycling?
We can guarantee that track racing greatly improves a riders’ confidence, their ability to make rapid decisions, improve bike handling skills, and pedalling technique. It also dramatically improves a riders sprinting ability.
All these skills learnt on the track produce huge improvements in road cycling, especially criteriums raced on short road circuits.
A special tip on the benefits of riding a “fixy”:
If you set up a track bike or an old road frame with a single gear (on a low gear – 70” to 72”) for training on the road, this is excellent training. (Remember to put single brake on the bike) It is a far better investment than spending mega dollars on light weight road accessories / special light weight wheels to improve your road cycling.
Napier Rd, Stoney Creek, Campbells Line to Feilding, South St, Kawakawa Rd, Awahuri, Green Road, Rongotea Rd, Lockwood Rd, Hohere Rd, SH56, Opiki, Tane Rd, Linton Drain Rd, SH57, Optional – Old West Road Esplanade Cafe