Date: Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Hi everyone,
Trust you had a good weekend.

Architecture Unlimited Corporate Pursuit sponsor and format changes

We’re delighted to announce a new naming sponsor for this year’s event. A big thank you to Wayne and Linda Partridge for their fantastic support through Architecture Unlimited. This is a great event that is an awesome way to introduce new people to the sport of track cycling so we’re looking forward to working with them to create a great event.

Following on from feedback from last year, we’ve changed the structure of the divisions. With an eye on the overall goal to introduce people to the sport through a friendly collaborative team racing environment and to provide a unique team building experience for businesses, these changes will make it easier for new teams to take part.

We have businesses wanting to enter teams but don't fall into the original 'corporate' definition. Some businesses simply don't have six employees required to make up the numbers.

The two divisions are:

A Corporate division - made up only of staff directly employed by the company/business.

An All-Comers division - made up of not just employees but family members, two businesses (or more) joined together, friends coming together etc.

We want to encourage people to take part in this fun event while maintaining the spirit of the competition and think this is an excellent way to achieve that. There will of course be prizes for both divisions.

A reminder that Corporate Pursuit entries are now open and you can register online to get your early bird discount by registering before 22 May. Check out all the details here

Anyone wishing to help coach a team this year please contact me at the office.

Club Racing Tonight
It will be open Club Racing tonight from 6-8pm– so head on down.

Club Bike Tyres
Please ensure you do not over inflate the club bike tyres when pumping them up for use as we are experiencing a number of unnecessary punctures recently. They should not exceed 100 psi.

Under Track Surveillance
Just a reminder that the storage area under the track is not a playground for unsupervised juniors. There is surveillance in this area and people’s movements are being monitored. Please ensure this area is locked up behind you (both the under track door and door to the corridor) when you are finished please.

Talent Development Training Camp & Mid-Winter Carnival
Sid will be holding a Talent Development Camp from Monday 10 to Friday 14 July, which will culminate with our new Mid-Winter Carnival being held on the evenings of Thursday 13 and Friday 14 July. There are limited spaces in the camp, which is aimed at U17 and U19 cyclists who went to the Track Nationals, read all about it here

So register no later than 20 June to sid.cumming@cyclingnewzealand.nz

You can also register for the Track Carnival that month – it is open to all ages with a 6pm start nightly. Register here now

Final road race done and dusted
The final road race for the summer season is now done with the Niagara Handicap held again on Saturday. Read the manager’s report

The winter season will kick off again early July.

Road Race Fundraiser Quiz Night
Another great date for the diary is Thursday 22 June when we will be hosting a road cycling Quiz Night fundraiser. Get your team of four together and head along to help pay for traffic management services and keep road cycling races safe in Southland. The Quiz will be held at Eastern Suburbs (Glengarry Tavern), team entry is just $20 and there will be plenty of raffles as well. Register your team with me office@cyclingsouth.org.nz

Fundraising garage sale
Many of you will be cleaning up around the house and section this Easter.  Before you chuck anything out, can we ask that you consider keeping aside anything that may be suitable for the Cycling Southland fundraising GARAGE SALE in July.  Remember the old idiom “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

This is a major fundraising venture for Cycling Southland so if you have anything at all, no matter how big or small, please put it aside and we will see if we can gain a profit off it.  We do have some room to store some “goods” so please contact Bruce at Cycling Southland if you have anything you would like stored rather than dump it.

Please pass this message on to your family and friends. 

AGM Date
The AGM will be held on Thursday 27 July, at 7pm, with the venue to be confirmed.

Rec rides
Although Cycling Southland doesn’t organise recreational rides, we are keen to help promote those to new riders or riders looking for a group to ride with. We know of the First @ Windsor and the Cycling Rec Group, but are there others out there that we can publicise to encourage more people to ride? Contact the office if you’d like your group to be promoted.

The Big Bike Night Film Night
A collection of outstanding short films from around the world is heading south for an Invercargill screening and is getting sell-out responses as it works its way down the country. Check out all the details and read a review Sounds like a great option for an enjoyable and warm night out.

Meanwhile it is the Cycling New Zealand AGM this weekend so we will report back next week with any relevant updates from that.

Finally, huge congrats to the 55 riders who braved the cold, damp conditions on Friday for the Westpac Chopper appeal ride from Queenstown to Invercargill – luckily the head-wind southerly forecast didn’t really come to anything and they all got through it okay. A gutsy effort for a worthy cause indeed, well done to you all.

Also well done to Sam Miller (riding for Cycling New Zealand) and Corbin Strong, who was riding independently, for their efforts at the Mersey Valley U19 road race in Australia over the weekend.

Corbin actually took out stage two and Sam finished a very respectable fifth in the final stage – so they were excellent efforts.

Well that’s more than enough so take care for another great week

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