Bike Manawatu - Invitation to Riders and Non-Riders

For those who have experienced giving something back to an organisation or sport you are involved in, is hugely satisfying. For those who haven't yet experienced this, we offer you an opportunity to find out more and how to go about giving back to your club as a board member.

For me, after following my cycling son and daughter around local and national events for five years and now coming up to my fifth year on the Bike Manawatu board, two years as Chairman, I feel satisfied I have given something back to cycling. However it is time for me to step down as Club Chairman and a board member at the AGM on the 28 April and let new people and fresh ideas take the club to the next level. I will remain actively involved with our club doing other helpful things.

Bike Manawatu now extend an invitation to any rider or non-rider who feels ready to give some of your time back to our club by expressing an interest and talk to us about being part of our board.

We have an outstanding team of people on the Bike Manawatu board- Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm, Andrew Ward and myself. We also have an outstanding club secretary in Keryn Paekau. Together we meet once per month for our board meetings, and in-between talk and communicate by email on decisions in the best interest of the club.
To find out more about what a role on our board involves please call myself John van Lienen on 0274 464 683 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I welcome your call before the 25th of April 2018.


Kairanga Time Trial Results

We congratulate everyone who has competed in the 8 week series who will be much fitter and stronger for the effort.
Well done to race organiser volunteers Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm and those who have volunteer their services over the 8 week series. The series come to a close at the end of the month- 28 March. Be sure to get out to the Kairanga next Wednesday at 5.45 to register for the final race. Prizes will be announced at the Clubs Prize Giving at Marist Sports Club 28th April.
Check out 21 March Results;
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Woolworths Cup Results

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Bike Manawatu "Prize Giving and Quizz"

Theme " KIWIANA"
When; Saturday night 28th April
Where: Marist Sport Club (decorated)
Time;Happy Hour and AGM" from 5-6pm. 6pm until late prize giving and quiz.

We are busy planning our track and road club prize giving and this year would really love you and your partners and cycling buddies to join us for some quality time together.
Discounted drinks at the bar will be open for the night and the prize giving will be broken up during the evening with a mix of celebrating success, quiz fun and a few spot prizes.
The old fashion concept of "bring a plate" is a tradition people might enjoy.
The more people the merrier.....The night schedule is currently being tweaked and promoting the event will begin soon. Lets all support this night together.
Any helpers would be welcome. Contact club secretary Keryn. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sad passing of Club member Glenn Thorby

The sad passing of one of the nicest guys you could possibly meet this week has come as a huge shock to many people after his short illness. Glenn was a committed cyclist and a valued Bike Manawatu member. In recent years Glenn joined the socially competitive BBC team of club riders. BBC spokesperson Rob Ryan recalls Glenn's wife Viv saying he was like "a kid in a candy shop" to be accepted by BBC. That strong bond formed between Glenn and BBC has been evident by the support they have given Glenn, Viv and their three girls in recent months.
BenchTop Surfaces owner James Hurren said Glenn was a brilliant long serving Carters joinery rep known as "Fizz" by everyone in the industry. James said Glenn would come in to my showroom every Friday and make me and him a cup tea and we would talk about everything. Everyone will miss him.
On behalf of us all at Bike Manawatu. We extend our condolences to Viv and the girls and Glenn's wider family members. Rest in peace Glenn.
Glenn's funeral will be held on Saturday 24 March at Manawatu College Hall Foxton at 11am.


Club member Neil Pollock says farewell

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At 75, club member Neil Pollock says he is really going to miss the Manawatu for its people and great cycling when he leaves to live in Auckland soon.
The modest but very determined Neil has really enjoyed the fitness and social side to cycling. He has been aa regular on the Wednesday Morning group, Saturday morning BP Group, the Bike Barn rides and was a keen Kairanga Time trial regular where he holds a club record for his age group.
A big highlight for Neil was competing in the world masters games in Auckland last year.
From your many friends at Bike Manawatu Neil, thank you for being a valued member and participant in both our annual social and event ride calendar.


Members at Wellington Centre - Road Championships.

In preparation for age group road nationals a number of our members heading to Wellington on the weekend for a hit out at the Wellington Centre Road Championships and did well.
Toshi (M4) a credible bunch finish, Mike Thompson (M6) 2nd in his grade, Michelle Turner (M3) 2nd in her grade, Libby Arbuckle 1st in the under 23 grade and Gabreille Wildbore (M2) 1st in her grade.
Great results and no doubt a fun day in Wellington together.
Can't wait for Nationals.

Glenn Thorby

Glenn Thorby

It's with great sadness that we hear of the passing of BM member Glenn Thorby last weekend at only 53 years old.
Glenn had battled back through cancer surgery over the last 18 months only to flare up again late 2017.
A staunch and respected member of the BBC group of cyclist was never without a tale or a laugh and will be deeply missed by all .

Condolences go out to his Wife Viv and 3 daughters Lauren, Sarah and Kate.

Glenns service will be held at Manawatu College Hall, Foxton at 11.00 Saturday 24th.

Bike Manawatu TT Champs

Saturday 31st March
More Details to follow.

Central Energy Trust Manawatu Awards

Congratulations to Campbell Stewart for winning the ANZ Junior Sportsman of the Year
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Congratulations to Michaela Drummond for winning the Churchyard Physiotherapy Junior Sportswoman of the Year.
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Well done Campbell & Michaela - Way to go!

Campbell Stewart Impresses in World Champs Debut

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Bike Manawatu teenage rising star Campbell Stewart gave a hint of his prodigious future with a close fifth placing in the Omnium on the penultimate day of the UCI track cycling world championships in the Netherlands. A double junior world champion who was having his first venture into the gruelling four event Omnium that comprises a scratch race, tempo sprint race, elimination race, and points race. “It was a pretty cool experience with all the top guys there" Campbell said.

The fact is Campbell was the youngest in the field of the best older seasoned riders in the world.

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Michaela Drummonds women's pursuit team we shut out of a place in the gold medal round. Their time meant they finished 6th fastest to miss out on a bronze medal ride. Michaela also teamed up and raced with Racquel Sheath in a hectic high speed madison to finish a credible 13th.

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Jordan Castle was placed second in both his Keirin races, the first round and repechage, pipped in a sprint finish for a place in the semi final.


Stewart and Drummond Third consecutive Sports Manawatu Titles.

The prestigious Sports Manawatu awards was an amazing evening of the who's who in Manawatu sport where Motorsport ace Brendon Hartley was named supreme winner. Bike Manawatu was well represented with nominations for Emily Shearman, Libby Arbuckle, Michaela Drummond and Campbell Stewart. The later taking out junior sportswoman and sportsman completing a brilliant result for both. Watch out for both in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.


Age group National Track Championships

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Thursday the 8th to Sunday 11th March

Bike Manawatu wish to extend all the very best of luck to our age group national track riders who have travelled south to the Invercargill Velodrome. This will be a busy programme for everyone and an event to keep an eye out on. Check out results on

Sunday Recreational Group Rides Popular

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The weather this summer has been fantastic and our Sunday group rides have been well supported by regular riders and newbies. 8am on Sunday at memorial park we yet again saw over fifty members enjoy our Bike Manawatu ride touring through the beautiful Manawatu countryside finishing off with a coffee.

Kairanga Time Trial Results

The Kairanga Time Trial series has been hotly contested over the summer and we say well done to everyone who competed in this week’s gusty conditions. Challenging conditions and cross-winds still didn't stop people scoring two points for the night with a sub 15 minute time set by Luke Mudgeway.

Well done to race organiser volunteers Mike Craine, Tim Lloyd, James Denholm and those who have volunteer their services over the 8 week series. The series comes to a close at the end of the month- 28 March. Be sure to get out to the Kairanga every Wednesday at 5.45 to register.

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Upcoming Events

Laskeys Bush Cycle Tour 2018

Woolworths Cup

Hill Climb Champs

Manfeild 6 Hour Cycle Challenge


Bike Manawatu Prize Giving

When; 28th April

Where: Marist Sport Club

When: Happy Hour" from 6pm.

We are busy planning our club prize giving and this year would really love you and your partners and cycling buddies to join us for a few drinks and some quality time together.

Discounted drinks at the bar will be open for the night and the prize giving will be broken up during the evening for people to mix and have a laugh. The old fashion concept of "bring a plate" we think will be something of a tradition people might enjoy. We will keep you posted.

The more the merrier......

WCNI Interclub / Bike Manawatu Road Race

Sunday 15th April
Halcomb - Stanway Road Circuit
More details to follow closer to the time..

West Coast North Island (WCNI) Road Race Series Sunday 4th March.

A group of keen BM racers headed to the Naki for the latest round of the WCNI Road Race Series last Sunday.

As we know BM is part of a group of Regional Clubs from New Plymouth through Hawera, Whanganui Manawatu and Horowhenua finishing south of Levin.

The beginnings of WCNI date back to the early 1930’s and at its’ peak the inter-club rivalry was fierce to say the least.

Racing was graded from A-E with the A and B grades doing 4 laps and the grades below completing 2 laps of a pretty savage 15km circuit.

The charge was led by Thomas Stannard and Ethan Craine in A grade, Michael Craine, Michael Richmond and Tim Lloyd in B grade, Graeme Bull in C grade and Kyra Craine in D grade.

Very tough course , racing with seasoned club racers who are well versed in club racing was expected and certainly didn’t disappoint. .

First to crack was Ethan who had a misdemeanour with a chainsaw the day before and was nursing a taped up calf muscle. Ethan is training really hard this year under guidance of Jessie Sargent and is going from strength to strength, but every dog has his day.

Thomas Stannard had his place in the bunch for the majority of the race but the 4th lap took it’s toll on the pack and he finished just of the bunch, once again a young man going places fast.

B grade was the race of the up and comers, has beens and never really had it’s,,,Michael Richmond winning B grade, Michael Craine cracking on the last lap and Tim Lloyd doing his usual PPP.....and loving it.

Graeme Bull and Kyra Craine flew the flag in C and D grades and finished behind the bunch but held their heads up the whole way.Great to see Steve Stannard out on the bike supporting on the day.

The great parts of the day were the interclub atmosphere, the coffees and food at the end, Awesome organisation and banter and the school swimming pool to cool off in.

Club racing really is As much as we all blow our own tyres up about who has the fastest segment of Strava , racing with equal or similar ability riders representing your club is a bloody great day out.

Bike Manawatu has a lot of Road Racing for club trophies over the next 6 weeks or so with our round of the WCNI series at Halcombe on April 15th.

With the Woolworths Cup in Pahiatua next weekend, Valley Road Hillclimb the weekend after, TT’s on for the next few weeks there’s plenty going on.

The Manfeild 6 hour Challenge is coming up in May and new this time is a 90 minute solo E Bike Challenge..(Conditions apply)

A group from Lone Star Cycling are off to do the 4 day tour of Northland next Weekend, 360kms of racing, 4500 metres of climbing, 509 excuses and a few laughs...

We look forward to the debrief in a few weeks.

Keep Peddling...


ITT Results 28Feb18

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Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards

Good Luck to our finialists tonight at the Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards 

Congratulations to Campbell Steward, Michaela Drummond, Libby Arbuckle and Emily Shearman on being selected as finalists for the Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards.

This is a great achievement for these athletes and a testament to the dedication and sacrifices they have made to succeed in their chosen sport.

The Central Energy Trust Manawatu Sports Awards will be held on Friday 2nd March at Central Energy Trust Arena.
Doors open at 5.45pm for a 6.30pm commencement of the awards ceremony and dinner.

Bike Manawatu Hill Climb Champs - This Saturday

When: Saturday 24th March
Where; Based at Valley Road top carpark
First group off at: 3pm

Woolworths cup

Start from Bush Multisport Park in Pahiatua
2.30pm Registration
3.00pm First rider off
Graded handicaps
40km course - 20km out & back.

Course Map Woolworths Cup Paihiatua

National Elite Track Championships -Invercargill

The National Elite Track Championships recently held at the SIT Zero Fees Invercargill Velodrome witnessed exciting racing from the 21 to 25 of February and our local stars shone brightly. Congratulation to all who travelled south an competed in this tough national event.
Our Bike Manawatu young men and women represented themselves and their families well and we should all be proud of their outstanding results. In particular Angus Clausen, Emily Shearman and Libby Arbuckle.
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Check out all results on nationalelitetrackchampionships.
Results in finals.
Angus Clausen/Conor Shearing: 1st Men’s under 19 sprint.
Angus Clausen:2nd Mens under 19 Keirin
Angus Clausen and opposite team of 2; 1st Under 19 men 750m team sprint
Emily Shearman/Jessie Hodges; 1st Woman's open Madison
Emily Shearman and composite team of 3; 1st Women's Elite under 19 4000m Team Pursuit.
Libby Arbuckle; 3rd Women's Elite points race
Libby Arbuckle and composite team of 3; 2nd women's Elite under 19 4000m team pursuit.


Age group National Track Championships

Bike Manawatu wish to extend all the very best of luck to our age group national track riders who are getting ready for their upcoming trip to the Invercargill Velodrome. Have fun and do your best.


UCI Track World Championships

Our young Bike Manawatu Commonwealth games team members Campbell Stewart and Michaela Drummond are currently in the Netherlands competing against the best in the world. A fantastic honour to represent their country at such a young age against much older and more seasoned riders.
Campell Stewart rode in the men's pursuit team were fifth fastest to qualify and did well to avoid a crash finishing 0.8s off qualifying for the bronze medal ride. Michaela Drummond was yet to ride when this reports written.
Check out results on
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Colin Anderson wins Two Golds at Masters Games

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Colin Anderson seems to get fitter and more determined it seems. Winning gold in the time trial and road race at last week’s New Zealand Masters Games would suggest he is on a roll. Watch out everyone there are more events coming up. Congratulations Colin on your great achievement from us all at Bike Manawatu.

Speedy Recovery Marty Baker

Life Member and stalwart Marty Baker had a fall last weekend at the Tour to the Brewery.

Marty suffered serious hip and femur breaks and after long surgeries is now recovering in hospital.


Marty is back home after his fall. We wish him well with his recovery.

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