Gidday everyone for another week and it is our second last one in the office before we head off on a much looked forward to break!
Huge congratulations to all those who competed in our Southland Track Champs over the weekend – it was hot, fast and epic!
Big shout out to Rhylee Akeroyd and Mitchel Fitzsimons who both launched the campaign on Friday afternoon by both breaking their respective U15 national records for the U15 500m sprint. Both their rides were inspirational so big congrats to you both!
As for the riding over the weekend – well done everyone and it was again fantastic to have our out-of-town visitors here competing as well. Finally, massive thanks to all the coaches, helpers and volunteers who, once again, ensured the event ran smoothly and everyone was able to compete to their absolute best. It was an excellent practice run for the upcoming Track National events in the New Year. Check out the full results
A reminder about the number of session changes this week.
Today (Tuesday) the track is closed all day for repairs, Club Roll 6pm and Endurance Squad 7pm will still be on.
Thursday – no U17 Squad or Hub
Friday 6pm-7.30pm – there will be Novice Racing for beginners wanting to learn the ropes in time for our New Year Carnival in January.
All coached track sessions for juniors and Track Start for adults will have their last sessions next week and finish on Friday 15 December.
Road Racing & New Year Events
Zookeepers Wednesday Worlds will run until 20 December.
The Tuatapere Sports Day will again be hosting grass racing at the Tuatapere Domain on Monday 1 January with a midday sign in for a 12.30pm race start – there will again be great prize money up for grabs so make sure you head out and support it. Entries should be given to Tony Ineson firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 217 4920.
Canterbury Track Cycling will again be hosting its popular New Year Track Carnival at Denton Park on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 January. Some of the biggest names in New Zealand Track Cycling will be racing, as well as a number of current World Champions. Riders from Under 13 grade right through to Elite and Masters Grade racing will be on in a spectacle of fast and furious track cycling. Entries are open now and spectator tickets will also be able to be purchased. Entry Fees: Under 15s $10 per session and $25 per session for Over 15s. Racing Starts 6.00pm Friday 5th January and again 3.00pm Saturday 6th January with more than $7000 prize money on offer! That's huge!!! So get online and register now
ILT New Year Track Carnival
Entries will be imminently for this event being held on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January, so make sure you keep an eye out and enter before going on holiday. Late entry fees are here to stay sorry.
The Ascot Park Hotel Criteriums will be held during the day on Saturday 21 as well. Read more and enter now
Learn to Ride Term One
Registrations are now being taken for our Term One Learn to Ride beginner track sessions for juniors, aged 10 years and over. Cost is $85 per term and includes drink bottle, coaching, bike and track hire and a certificate. Choice of Wednesdays or Fridays 4-5pm. Register online now to ensure your spot and spread the word so registrations are in before the holidays!
Big Bike Film Night
Finally, back by popular demand, and it looks like another goodie, the Big Bike Film Night Feature Series will be hosting “All for One” TONIGHT, at 7pm, at SIT Centrestage Theatre.
Check out the promo here
“All for One” is a feature length film that follows the exploits of Australia's first professional road tour team GreenEDGE (now Orica Scott) over its first five years, which includes Kiwi Grand Tours, Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championship veteran Julian Dean as part of the team from its first days in 2011. Prepare to be wowed – you won’t be disappointed.
Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Dates are finalised and final details for the new course are signed off. Check out the details
Christmas Office Closure
The Cycling Southland office will be closed this year from Monday 18 December and we will be back on deck on Monday 15 January. The track will be open as per usual for anyone wanting to use their regular sessions until the Stadium’s last day on Friday 22 December. The Stadium then re-opens 7th January with reduced hours of 8am to 5pm daily and 9-5pm on Sundays, before returning to regular hours on 21 January.
Ideal Christmas Gifts
It could be a perfect stocking filler or Chrissie gift but cycling concession cards are the way to go – so see me at the office before we close next Friday if you are after any. Remember we have Eftpos in the office but cannot take credit cards.
Otherwise get out and into the festive spirit because Christmas is definitely imminent now!