Change of Venue for "BM Happy Hour"

The Speights Ale House on Grey street is a change of venue for next Friday's Bike Manawatu Happy Hour 29July from 5.30 to 7pm.

So take this opportunity to catchup with fellow members and share a social hour together for some fun.
When: 29th July
Where: Speights Ale House
Time: 5.30-7pm

Red Letter Box King or Queen.

We have members puzzled but interested to know if there is anyone in the club who can nominate someone more passionate on being our number one red-letterbox King or Queen than masters rider Murray Boase is.  Murray has perfected the art of surprise when bunch riding with fellow members.
Surely their are others who love the red letterbox challenge we haven't heard about yet.  Provided the challenge to attack for the red letterbox is done with good cycling etiquette and safety in mind people are generally ok with it.  So well done so far Murray and good luck.

BM Board Heading in the Right Direction.

I want to acknowledge a group of great club members who form our voluntary Bike Manawatu Board.We are lucky to have such good people who each have a different strength to balance out our board decisions. Brendon Hapeta, Austin Smith, Mike Groube, Rebecca Allan, Chris Sampson, Peter McCarthy and we'll supported by club secretary Christine Christie.
The board meet once per month and regularly communicate together as a team so we are able to make those important decisions for the betterment of the club.  We wont get everything right but feel the club is moving in the right direction with the big picture in mind.  Club unity across all members is an important mantra for us all to embrace on and off the bike.  So continue with talking to all members young or old and encourage cycle etiquette, volunteering or supporting your club.
Enjoy your week.

Off Road Ride - July 23rd


Happy Hour Friday 29 July


Junior World Track Championships Update

We have three riders competing in Switzerland at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships, starting 20th July (at night in NZ).

Emily Shearman and Michaela Drummond will ride the Women's team pursuit on Wednesday, with Emily then riding the Scratch race and Michaela the Omnium.

Campbell Stewart will ride the Mens Team Pursuit, then the Omnium and Madison.

Want to keep updated with how they are going?

View the event livestream by clicking here.

Follow Michaela Drummond on Facebook, by giving her athlete page a 'like' (view the page by clicking here).

Subscribe to Campbell Stewart's email newsletter, which can be viewed here.

Keep an eye on the BikeManawatu Facebook and website.



Report – Carne Groube

Firstly I'd like to thank Bike Manawatu for their contribution which helped me to travel to Australia to compete at the International Track Series in Melbourne as a member of the U19 Track Development Squad. This event involved 4 days of Track Racing at the Darebin Velodrome with a number of countries making last ditch effort for Olympic Selection.

This was an awesome experience with Australia fielding a strong U19 Team also, with their Junior Worlds Team in attendance. The New Zealand squad performed strongly in both the men’s and women’s fields. This week of training and racing clearly set me up well for my road racing the following weekend!

A big thanks must go to Cycling New Zealand for providing this opportunity and in particular to Jon Andrews for the organisation.

Once the racing in Melbourne was over I flew to Canberra arriving 4 days out from competition. After spending a couple of days in Canberra riding around the courses and adjusting to the negative temperatures, John Rippon (the NZ U19 men's road coach) and 4 other kiwi boys arrived. Much welcomed company after a few days by myself.

I placed a bit of pressure on myself to perform going into all of the races as it was an important stepping stone before I headed to Canada a week after arriving back in NZ. The build-up was going really well so I thought I would have a chance to place quite high. The Aussies are quite well known for aggressive racing and quite big bunches with lots of talented riders so I knew if I wanted to go well I really had to be at my best.

The first event up was the individual time trial on Friday. The course was quite a hilly one which meant it would be impossible to find a rhythm. The conditions were almost perfect. Wasn't too cold with not a breath of wind. I had high expectations going into this event but was disappointed to only get 16th.

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What are Mike Thompson and Toshi Yamauchi up to?

Wrapping up warm to cycle this time of year is part of the sport but with the unpredictable weather around at the moment it is hard to keep rides regular when, rain,wind and below 5 degree temperatures are with us.

Spare a thought for those members who are training hard for their upcoming events and must carry on regardless of the weather.
Two such riders are Mike Thompson and Toshiaki Yamauchi who have qualified for the ICU Gran Fondo World Series Finals in Perth Australia on the 1st of September.
They are competing in age group road races and time trails which will put them to the test.
Next time you see them out and about on their bikes please look after them and wish them all the best.
If you are interested in catching up on our Bike Manawatu Members and Manawatu Schools riders successes, check out Facebook pages:Bike Manawatu, Manawatu Schools and for our BM New Zealand representatives check out Cycling New Zealand's Website.
It's great to follow members and by liking them on facebook they will appreciate your support.
The Tour de France continues to be amazing inspiration to watch and soon the Olympic Games will take over for those sports mad members who can't get off the couch.
We know who you are.

Member Profile - Colin Anderson

Bike Manawatu Member Profile


Name;Colin Anderson.

Nickname; Wal.

Relationship status; Married to Christine.

Favourite food;T Bone steak with all the trimmings.

Favourite Movies:Dramas.Green Mile,Dr Zhivago.

Favourite Cyclist:Nathan Dalhberg who urged me home in my first 275km cycle.

Favourite sports person:Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali).

Favourite place to Holiday;Anywhere warm.

Most influential people in your life;Parents and siblings.

What famous 5 people would you invite to your place for dinner:Executives of

Starship,Canteen,Heart Children,Ronald McDonald House, Cat Walk Trust.

What is your greatest fear;Getting tipped off cycling by a motorist or truckie.

If you were a super hero what would your super power be;Big strong legs to climb hills better.

What did you want to be when you were little;A Chicken or Chook farmer.

What three words would your best friends use to describe you:Attacker,Girly blouse( if wet),hopeful


Where do you see yourself in cycling terms in 5 years time; Still being able to enjoy the fun,banter

and coffee of recreational cycling.

I asked Colin what have been most two challenging events of his long and successful career.His

answer;My first 1200km ride,Boston-Montreal- Boston.Full of trepidation,can I do it, will I get lost,

where will I kip( Taupo has big mail boxes), and what will I eat! A close second the Cape Reinga-

Bluff solo 2158km ride with the support of awesome Manawatu Masters members and family.

Thank you Colin you are a club legend.

North Island Schools Road and Track Nationals

From 9th to the 11th of July our regions School cyclists are representing there schools and our Manawatu region at the North Island Schools Road and Track Nationals in Cambridge.

Individual cyclists and teams have been training hard for this event and we have had the pleasure these young talented riders riding with us at many Bike Manawatu events and often see them training hard on our roads.Its great to have them as part of BM.

To all those cyclists, parents, coaches and supporters traveling to this iconic event, Bike Manawatu and your fellow club members wish you success and a fantastic experience.

Manawatu schools have a proud history at North Islands and know you are all up there to do your very best. On behalf of us all go well and safely.

Final BDO Wellington to Auckland Cycle Challenge

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Senior Riders wanted for Trust House Cycling Series

From Sam Gardner:

I am keen to get a local Manawatu Elite team into the North Island team series run around various venues near Masterton, see

It would be a chance for young senior riders to race against the best riders in the country, and gain experience and hopefully get in the mix.

I have 7 riders already interested who can compete at that level, and i can have a maximum of 12 riders on the team, so if you're a senior keen to race at Elite level and haven't yet got a team for the series please check you can make most of the dates and send me an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a short list of your results.

I am also looking for either another joint main sponsor alongside my business or several co-sponsors to help get this project off the ground.

The team registration is $600, and a quote for 1 set each of custom printed kit for 10 riders is about $1900. So $2500 in total to be split however.

This kit would undoubtably be used for training by all the riders too, and in other local events, and I'm sure with the riders keen at present we would get plenty of exposure on the national cycling sites on the internet, in local press and in national cycling print press too. I'll be aiming to win the national cyclocross champs in this kit in a months time if it is printed in time.

I have got the time to do all the organising of kit, race entries, recruiting riders etc, what i need from other co-sponsors is hard cash and an EPS or Jpeg of your company logo, placement on the kit can be negotiated depending on your financial contribution. For more details contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Halcombe/Stanway Club Road Race


Hour Of Power


From the Board Chair

Tour de France Excitement-This Saturday!

To watch the best of the best, team versus team and listen to the brilliant commentary from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen for the 103rd Tour de France from this Saturday the 2nd July to the 24th of July over 21 stages while taking in the beautiful French countryside,villages and mad supporters is going to be exciting.Millions of passionate cycling fans across the world will tune any way they can and experience the ultimate racing challenge.
Facts: The Tour de France is a race overs approximately 3500km.
The worldwide television audience is approximately 3.5billion people.
2000 journalists attend the tour.
1200 Hotel rooms are reserved each night for teams, staff,press and personnel.
12 Million spectators watch the tour along the route.
Spectators average 6 hours at the road side at a time.
Number of teams varies between 20 and 22 with 9 riders in each team.
Jerseys; Yellow-Overall leader.
Red Polka Dot- Best accumulated time in the mountains.
Green- The most sprinting points.
White- Best rider aged 25 and younger.

Who is your pick to win?

Froome,Quintana,Contador,Aru,van Garderen,Porte or an outsider?
Email Bike Manawatu secretary Christine Christie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your first three pick overall. 1,2,3 and be into to win a spot prize.

Last weeks BM Happy Hour

Thank you and well done to those who braved the cold to join 40 odd fellow club members in the warmth of the cosy Hotel Coachman for some quality time together sharing the love of cycling banter.The last Friday of every month come an join us.

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WCNI Track Comm 1

The WCNI track season is well on it's way.

Click here for the 1st track communication regarding selection for the Elite/U19 and Age Group Track cycling Nationals.

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