Hi everyone for another Tuesday and we hope this finds you well and that you’re all managing to fend off the winter heebie-jeebies that are circulating en masse at this time of the year!
Well cycling has been all about headlines lately – and fantastic ones at that! Eddie’s 2nd gold on the sprinters European campaign being another magical highlight of the past week - keep up the great work boys! Then there’s our Glasgow Junior Worlds stars with Jeremy Presbury – just being announced as the World #1 Under 19 Keirin rider. Bring on Glasgow we say! The U19s preparation has indeed been solid, check out all the latest news and updates on our Facebook site
Finally hitting the headlines today is another young and rising star – our U15 prolific road medallist Hamish Keast, who is obviously going so fast The Southland Times racing reporter has decided to do an article on him Read more here Keep it up Hamish and you could be the bookies favourite 10-1 at Flemington soon! Congrats and well done everyone – it shows the results are coming across all levels of club development, which is very exciting indeed.
WHK Corporate Pursuit
This week is “go-time” for our ever-popular business house competition and the teams and their coaches get into planning and preparation mode tomorrow night (Wednesday 19 June) at 7pm, with the team briefing in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge. If anyone is keen to lend a hand view the roles here during the Time Trial and Team events on August 4 and/or 11 please contact event directors Julian Ineson firstname.lastname@example.org. or Sier Vermunt email@example.com. All assistance is hugely appreciated.
Track Session Changes
As a result of the WHK Corporate Pursuit intensive team training period over the next six weeks, there are some additional amendments to the weekly track schedule with all evening sessions finishing at 8pm (unless there is no booking) – this includes Sprint Squad, Senior and Junior Madison, BOW/WOW and High Performance squads. If the track is not being used then these sessions will be able to run at their usual length.
Wednesday Flyers may only run on Fridays for the coming weeks – not on Wednesdays from 5-6pm (we’ll keep you posted) – and Secondary Schools Girls sessions on Tuesdays will only run from 4-5pm. We thank you for your understanding during this big event and all sessions will resume as per usual times following the end of the event in August.
Your executive has been busy behind the scenes with a number of items of late. These include the further development of our strategic plan, which will put us in a solid position going forward in the sport.
Our meetings have been very focused on ensuring that 'membership' is paramount in our decision making. The two other themes that will drive the positive growth of our clubs plan is that of events and finance. Of course the big challenge as Steve Canny pointed out at the recent club awards evening is the ability to streamline our systems, funding streams and support volunteer base so that we can continue to provide substantial opportunities for our membership across an array of areas.
Julian Ineson on behalf of the Cycling Southland Executive
Happy Birthday to Us!
Over our history Cycling Southland has featured as a prominent part of the local and national media. Check out this gem about our fantastic club back in the 1963.
And Another Happy Birthday to Us
Over our proud history a number of people have been associated with our club.
Did you realise that recently appointed CEO of BikeNZ Brian Broad was a contributor to our club. Brian featured at national level often on the podium for the sprint and tandem. In fact his partner on the tandem is none other than life member Laurie Tall's son, Barry who incidentally assists with the Vital Signs Tour de Lakes each year. Both these gents feature on the tandem section of our Heritage trail at the start of the back straight of the velodrome.
Brian has also had both of his children represent NZ at Junior Worlds in the past.
Some people might also recognise his name as a former PE teacher at Kingswell, Southland Rugby, Cycling NZ selector, Human resource manager at the alliance to name but a few of his associations with the deep south. Of course the biggest association is his parents Sonny and Leslie who are fantastic supporters and life member to boot of the club.
Congratulations to the Broad family, great to see someone with a strong connection to our club.
This year’s Junior Division Road Camp is being held in Tuatapere from 23-25 August and is an popular event on our Junior event calendar. Camp details can be viewed here and you can also download the camp consent form from the site and forward to camp planning superwoman Andrea Hope, as per the contact details on the form. It’s definitely one to try not to miss!
Sunday Track Training Sessions
Ian Densie, one of our local coaches, has space available for a few extra riders to join his Sunday afternoon track training session. The sessions have been running successfully for the past six years with riders progressing onto national and international success. The session is open to all riders capable of riding on the track, but is ideally suited to those riders who want to improve their skill level and improve their fitness, while also having a bit of fun. The sessions run every Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5pm and would suit masters riders, road riders or corporate pursuit riders wanting to develop their skills. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. The cost for the two hour session is $20 rider. For more information or to book in please email Ian direct - firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend sees the last of our home games for the Sharks Basketballers and Steel Netballers, with both this Friday 21 June and Sunday 23 June closed to all track sessions – except Cyclofit first thing Friday morning. Sorry about the inconvenience and we look forward to seeing the back straights views again once the scaffolding comes down next week!
As part of the ongoing updating of the history associated with our sport we would like to update the records of various events. If you can assist with naming of the cycling centres the following champions rode for at the time of winning their respective NZ U19 Road Race - View the current list here - then please email Julian Ineson at email@example.com
Senior Road Camp Cancellation
Unfortunately, the Senior Road Camp scheduled for Balclutha at the end of the month has had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. Huge thanks to Red Burnett for his efforts and we know it will certainly be a hit at another time.
Well that’s all the goodies for another week and our winter road racing programme is imminent for final publication so check out the Road and Track Schedule page here and it should be up tomorrow at the latest.
So finally it’s a congratulatory farewell and good luck to Cathy in her new job - we know you’ll be great and it’s fantastic to know you still be out on the road and track heaps in the near future. Meanwhile Bruce is hoping to flee the wintery threats in search of some sunshine for a quick break before things start getting hugely busy on the tour and events front again soon. Have a blast Brucie and bring us back something nice!
Take care and wrap up everyone until the next instalment …