The spring racing bug has been caught by many riders over October and this is continuing in to what is a busy November. The ITT’s at Kairanga have attracted numbers in the high 30’s , early 40’s on most nights. The seasonal spring wind puts up the normal challenges, with us “lucky enough” to have a 180 degree shift from one week to the other. Points are awarded for competing and bettering your PB for the month. Torban Foote and Chris Harris look set to fight this out till the end of the 6 date series. Both riders are new to competing at this level and both are seeing a steady improvement in their race times. Thanks to all the volunteers and Timing crew that make the nights run efficiently.
We have a break from ITT’s over November while the Points races are on at Manfeild on every Tuesday this month. Around 80 riders competed in 4 grades on the opening night in near perfect (well for Manawatu) conditions. The biggest reward that we can have as a club is seeing an increase in numbers and this year we has seen a massive increase of families competing. The Foote’s, Richardson’s, Coxon’s, Tunnicliffe’s are some of these families that parents and kids are on bikes competing. This carries over to Track racing.
Track season has started with great numbers across all grades, Masters Male and Female included. So popular was the “have a go” days, that we ran out of bikes to rent out for the season and had to get more in from our WCNI clubs. Once again there are riders young and older that are giving this discipline a go for the first time.
Road racing has seen the running of the Sutton Cup at Halcombe with good numbers 30 plus. Feilding Festival of Cycling is on this weekend, The weather looks favourable for us with showers Saturday and Sunday afternoon so we should escape those.
The Great and Sad News.
Base Solutions Racing are competing in the Tour Of Southland for the first time this year. The Brain child of Mike Groube and John Stewart, Base Solutions Racing has gathered a group of Elites together to take on what is considered to be the toughest race in the country. You can follow them on Facebook HERE. Campbell Stewart had his time in U23 and Yellow jerseys early in the event with the team working well for him. We wish them all the best for the rest of the week.
With all the positives that we have, and there are plenty, It’s with great sadness that we learnt of Peter Jenkins passing as a result of a cycling accident. Peter was a great bloke, and awesome competitor and proud WCNI and Levin Cycling Club representative. Condolences to his family and friends….Bloody Sad and Tragic. There is a Service for Peter at the Levin Domain on Saturday. Please be careful out there, Respect each other, respect other road users.
Up & Coming Events for week ending 8th November 2019
Sat 9 Nov BM Track - Track Meeting
Sun 10 Nov Feilding Festival of Cycling – Registrations will be open from 7.30am in the Atrium of the Rosebowl Bakery & Cafe, Feilding Late registrations welcome however these will incur a late entry fee. **Feilding Festival of Cycling specific bib numbers will be issued for this event – no need to bring along your season bib number for this event only**
Late registrations will be open on Sunday morning from 7.30am however these will incur late entry fee on the day.
All riders must register & pick up your bib numbers & transponders which will be available at our HQ at the Rosebowl Bakery & Cafe, 56 Kimbolton Road, Feilding from 7.30am on Sunday morning Please ensure you sign on / get your late registrations in with plenty of time before your race starts. *we will be all set up in the atrium of Rosebowl
There is also a back entrance to rosebowl located on Bowen Street. We ask you kindly try to please park your vehicle in the back car park of Rosebowl to alleviate congestion for Fielding retailers, thank you.
Each rider will be given x1 race number - Placement of your number is to be: On your lower left hand side of your top readable for our finish judges
Timing Transponders: Each rider will also be issued with a Transponder at registration. : Your transponder holder should be 4 fingers under the rim (remember to take the sticky tape off the holder and don't put the cable ties through the spokes) Left hand side of the fork - shiny side facing out
**Please ensure you have your transponder on your bike correctly - shiney side facing out, otherwise you will risk your time not being picked up and read by our timing equipment** Once your finished use some snips and take the length off the cable ties (Please bring some snips along on the day to help speed up the process) After the race please ensure you hand your transponder and race number back in at HQ at Rosebowl Bakery @ Cafe. Any missing transponders will be charged back to the rider at a cost of $50.
After 4 weeks of threshold, Its time for the sprinters to have some fun ITTs are taking a short break through November but we have Points Racing at Manfeild Race Course instead. Four Tuesdays through November starting tomorrow. Registration from 5.15pm. B & D grade start at 6pm followed by A & C. If you have been allocated a BM number for the season don't forget to bring it - thanks Concession cards will be available to purchase - buy any number of club races in advance. Usual fees apply - $5 for members and $10 for non members per race. Your card will be at every race. Just turn up, click your card & go - easy. We'll have Eftpos available. Here are the ITT overall points after 4 rounds. Tough night again last week
No organised recreational rides this week
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