Last weekend saw 40 or so Manawatu riders take part in another one of Garry Buys’s 3 day Big Easy rides. The old hands were there, as well as a few new riders.
Saturday morning saw us all arriving to the Bike Barn car park discussing the ominous black clouds on the horizon and the building head wind. We were divided in to 3 groups, and were lucky enough to have 2 support vehicles thus year, Neil and Jayne Vertogen drove the Bike Barn van supporting groups 1 & 2, while Brian Harper-Smith drove the ‘business class’ support van for group 3.
The weather was definitely challenging on day 1, but we all arrived in Taihape in good spirits, with groups 1 and 2 riding up through Kimbolton and Rangiwahia, and group 3 riding via Kakariki and then up state highway 1. We headed off to Cafe Telephonique for a lovely evening meal and a few headed off to the Gretna hotel to watch the Japan World Cup match, where rumour has it, John Van Lienen let the moths out of his wallet and shouted a round for the bar.
On day 2 we awoke to a much better day, ready to tackle the not so Gentle Annie across to Havelock North. This stretch of road sees you climbing over 2500 metres, and some spectacular views and long descents - one member of group 1 reached a top speed of 93kph. We were treated to sunshine, blue skies and at times, a welcome tailwind. We were also treated to an oasis in the dessert - the wonderful Jenny Bull and the Bull’s campervan at the DoC campsite after the Gentle Annie climb and descent. Jenny had hot coffee, lollies along with cookies and cake supplied by Rosebowl Bakery and Cafe. All 3 groups were able to have a quick catch up here before carrying on until our final destination - Havelock North. Once all the groups had arrived, we went across the road to enjoy a lovely meal at Maina.
Monday had us riding from Havelock North back to Palmerston North - group 3 rode straight down state highway 2, while groups 1 & 2 rode State highway 59 through Tikikino. We all stopped and had a quick catch up at the truck stop at Matamau. Before we all departed for home. I can’t speak for all groups, but for group 1 we arrived dry at the truck stop, had some rain for the next 10kms until Dannevirke, then dry until the top of the Pahiatua Track when we were greeted with heavy rain and hail as a welcome home.
All groups rode in to the Coachman for a debrief, some hot chips and a drink or two.
Garry’s 3 day Big Easy’s are always popular, and if you get the opportunity to come along, you definitely should - every ability is catered for. The experiences you’ll have and the comradery is second to none.
There are 3 long distance rides planned that you can be a part of:
And Garry is planning another 3 day ride in early May 2020, this one will be heading to Ohakune on day 1, day 2 will be riding down to the Bruce road and up whakapapa, then back to Ohakune and up to Turoa ski field. Previous 3 day Big Easy entrants will all receive an invite, but if you are keen to join this ride, please contact Garry at Bike Barn so you don’t miss out
What an amazing start to Spring riding and racing Bike Manawatu has had. Winter is always a tough time to ride and everyone looks forward to dusting off the bikes at this time of the year and getting back on the horse. Schools racing and training comes to an end this week culminating in the NZSSCC (NZ Secondary Schools Cycling Champs) held at Colyton Saturday and Sunday. Spring brings huge variations in weather, the wind being the most noticeable…Always look at MetService and other platforms to plan your ride.
This is a busy for Bike Manawatu. As mentioned before the NZSSCC involves not only our Juniors but many BM members assisting with Marshalling and Volunteering. On our own Race Programme and calendar Spring racing started a day early with our Akers Road Race on August 31st. After having to cancel 2 events over winter the Akers Road event was run in perfect conditions. Run as a multi lap graded event on a flat course this circuit suits everyone. 46 riders fronted up over 5 grades, many of them first time racers, with the grade winners Max Taylor in A grade, A visiting rider from Kapiti Paul Rawlinson fronted up took out B grade. The youngsters Riley Tunnicliffe and Ta Craw took our C and D grade with Jo Coxon grabbing E grade. Click here for full results. Rob Ryan and Palmfeild Motors paid for 13 riders who were new to cycling or had not competed for 12 months or more..once again, a fantastic gesture.
2 weeks later was a big day for many riders and volunteers. There’s been a need and desire for new courses to race on, and if you don’t ask…you don’t get. It needs to be mentioned now, about the amount of time and effort from many volunteers that it takes to get these events on the calendar. The behind the scenes effort with Traffic Management design and applications, and looking even further back to notable members being forward thinking enough to instigate Bike Manawatu’s traffic management system that has allowed our club to be self sufficient. There are too many people to name……but what it has done is put Bike Manawatu in a Strong, Self Sufficient, Forward Thinking Club that can put events on for a minimal cost to our riders…hence making racing affordable and attractive. We also need to acknowledge the assistance of PNCC and Manawatu District Council individuals.
The Woolworths Cup, 2019, is an absolute stand out event. A new course, 44 riders, 4 grades, 42 km, 420 metres of climbing, and what will become an iconic event on the BM calendar. With riders still entering on the day the handicappers finalised the time gaps just prior to the first group away. Just for reference, it took longer to set up the traffic management than it took the cyclists to race the course. Congratulations to Josh Mulcahy on taking the event out. Starting in C grade Josh worked away with Sam Wade and a handful of senior riders to break away from the c grade bunch and take line honours. A and B grade worked hard right to the end but ended up 1 and a half minutes behind Josh and his group. The weather was kind...right until the end when it poured down on the last few riders in. Click here for full results This course will probably be used again early 2020 with a WCNI Road Race Championship…it’s an absolute gem.
The next weekend was the first round of the Trust house Series in Wairarapa run by Jorge Sandoval. A series run for Masters racing, age 35 and above, and there are 4 local teams entered in Master 2 alone. The local WCNI team produced a solid performance led by Glenn Kirk in what is a Team series as well as an individual chocolate fish championship. The Bike Manawatu team soldiered on all day with the majority finishing in the top half of the field. Average speed just on 39 kph so great fun…and lots of banter. There are still a couple of spots on the BM masters 2 team (Age 45-55) so if you want to take your riding to the next level and represent your club please contact Tim.
Busy….With spring and daylight saving comes the annual ITT series at Kairanga starting on Wednesday 9th…Details here. This series has been a huge success over the years and this year will be no different..
Then…October 13th…You asked for it…you’ve got it. New Hill Climb Championship course. Forest Hill, just off Fitzherbert East Road (Aokautere-Ashhurst). A lot of cyclists have been using this road to good effect for their training. The board was approached, we submitted a plan to PNCC and the Traffic Management was approved. All details click here…with the nuts and bolts confirmed first week of October. This is a Age and Gender specific, Individual Hillclimb championship so you race against people of your age group and gender.
Two weeks after that is the Sutton Cup in Halcombe..again a BM Championship event.
Registrations on Line and Concession Cards.
The portal is there with our timing system to enter on line. This works great for a number of reasons..Firstly riders can see who has entered so they enter as well.”Positive Peer Group Pressure”. Second..It helps the organisers no end to speed the start and admin process up. This also makes results easier to collate. If you cannot make it at the last minute, It’s easier for organisers to delete than add participants,
Concession cards for Bike Manawatu Club members are coming soon so the payment option will be easier for events.
Feilding Festival and November.
It’s going to be here before we know it. The 3rd Running of the Manfeild Crit series every Tuesday in November..
The first annual festival for Women and Girls in sport and active recreation aims to improve opportunities, experience and outcomes for young women and girls in sport and active recreation. The forum is a great opportunity to meet local and national leaders in the field of sport and active recreation. We look forward to seeing you at the forum and other events throughout the week.
Forum & Marketplace
Sunday 13 October Silks Lounge, Awapuni Racecourse
10am Welcome & Keynote Panel Facilitated by Sarah Leberman – Co-founder, Women and Sport Aotearoa Panelists Angela Armstrong-Lush, Netball NZ Umpire Carla na Nagara, Chair, Manawatu Cricket Hannah Rowe, Co-captain Central Districts Hinds & NZ Women’s Cricket White Fern
11.15am Workshop 1 (choose one) Participation: Empower Her Speakers: Fran Mcewen & Chloe Bryan, The Shift Foundation Leadership: Governance Speakers: Johanna Wood, NZ Football & Carla na Nagara, Manawatu Cricket
1-1.45pm Workshop 2 (choose one) Participation: Parent Education Speaker: Janette Smith, Recreation Advisor, Sport Manawatu Leadership: Coaching & Umpiring Speakers Dr Lana McCarthy, Sport Manawatu Brittany Andrews, Manawatu Rugby Union
1.45 – 2.30pm Workshop 3 (choose one) Participation: The Physiology of Female Athlete Development Speaker: Fiona O’Connor Leadership: Careers in Sport Speakers Kelly Evans, Cultivate Group Shanelle Barrett, SB Events Tania Garrett, Sport Manawatu
Dont forget to please pre register to help our timing volunteers out.
Great news Road Races, we are in the midst of getting some concession cards sorted. This will mean members will be able to pre pay for your races in advance and not have to worry about bringing cash. Exciting Stuff
Club recreational rides leave from Memorial Park, Napier Rd, at 8:00am on Sundays