Date: Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Hi everyone and goodly me it’s only 22 sleeps until we hit Christmas Day,

Should be fun and a bit of a well-deserved break for many – but we still have some business to attend to before then so bring on the Southland Track Champs this weekend!

Make sure you head along to the track and cheer on the riders this weekend – they’re our cycling champs and we have many out of towners racing as well. Sessions are from 6pm Friday and day sessions only starting from 10am on both Saturday and Sunday.

If anyone is still able to volunteer this weekend and hasn’t yet put their hand up please let me know and we will certainly find something for you to do.

Record attempts
Last year, some U15 riders who had previously been very close to breaking the National Record, had one final crack at the New Zealand U15 500m Time Trial record prior to the start of the Southland Champs Programme, and before they officially went up an Age division.

This year we are offering the same to any riders who are due to go up an Age Division, and have previously been close to breaking the National Record for their Age Division.

If you would like to be considered, then please email Dale at dale@cyclingsouth.org.nz by 5pm on Wednesday 4th December. 

Want to be considered for Nationals but can’t ride Southland Champs?
If you have a legitimate reason for being absent from Southland Champs, but wish to be considered for selection into the Southland Team for the National Track Championships, then please write an email to the selectors via Dale, by 12pm on Monday 9th December explaining your situation and the events you wish to be considered for.  Selectors will be meeting to select the Southland team for Nationals next week. 

No Sprint Squad Monday 9th
Everyone will deserve a day off after a big weekend of racing, so there will be no Sprint Squad next Monday and you can spend a well-earned evening at home. The final Sprint Squad for the year will be held on Monday 16 December. 

Points Series Winners
With the Winton Golf Course race being the final race in the Winter Points Series, we can now announce our Points Series Division Winners!

Congratulations to the following riders:
Division 1 – Mathew Zenovich
Division 2 – Andrew Lienert
Division 3 – Tim Maynard
Division 4 – Nicola Stevens 

Draft Summer Road Racing Programme
The Summer Road Programme has now been drafted and can be viewed here.

Any feedback can be sent to Dale.
Any necessary amendments will be made, and the final programme will be circulated before the stadium closes for Christmas. 

Baxter & Neilson Junior Racing Series
Check out the full race report and results from Friday night’s racing here. The final race night and Christmas break up will be held on Friday 13 December. 

Christmas Arrangements
The Stadium closes for Christmas at 12pm on December 20th, and reopens on January 6th

We are negotiating to have the Stadium opened on three different occasions during the break, for open track sessions.  We are looking for someone who is around in Invercargill over the Christmas break and is willing to learn how to open/close the Stadium to allow these sessions to go ahead.  Anyone interested can let Dale know. 

Elite Road Nationals – 10-12 January 2014
Anyone wishing to enter the Elite Road Nationals, needs to a) Let Dale know, and b) Enter online direct with the Event Organisers here: http://www.elitenationals.co.nz/default.asp?PageID=21624

Entries close at 4pm on Friday 13th December.

Anyone who has a support person going to the Event that will be happy to act as the Southland Manager (attending the Manager’s meeting and picking up numbers/transponders etc for any Southland Riders), please let Dale know. 

Coaches Corner
All the latest from Dale is here: click to view

Trading Post
A reminder that there are a number of great bargains to be had if you’re looking for cycling equipment or the odd Christmas pressie on our own website Trading Post. If you have items you wish to buy or sell check out details here Email Melissa office@cyclingsouth.org.nz with any photos or information you wish to post and don’t forget to let me know if they have sold and items need to be removed from the site. Thank you. 

Distinction Hotels Milford Mountain Classic
This popular race is to be held again on January 25 next year so don’t forget to check out the details and get your entries in by clicking here http://www.milfordclassic.co.nz/ 

Tour de Lakes 2014
The initial information and entry form is now online for next year’s popular race so why not set yourself the challenge and enter now. Find out more here 

So folks, we still have a heap of information to impart with you about the New Year programme with the ILT New Year Carnival on 17 and 18 January, the Ascot Park Hotel Crit on Sunday 19 January and the Gore to Invercargill Classic on Monday 20 January, so we will ensure you get all of this next week after the Track Champs are over. Watch this space.

Otherwise have a cracker week

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