Date: Tuesday, 05 May 2015
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Greetings cycling fraternity for another week – albeit many soggy days ahead.

That is all the more reason to head down to the track for a roll at our many open sessions, including Sunday wet weather options most weekends – just be aware that this Sunday is available from 11am not 10am, due to a booking and the following Sunday is free after midday – should be smoother sailing after that.

Check out all the options here

A reminder that concession cards are the way to go on price  - it’s easier and sessions still work out at $5 a ride – not the current $6 cash rate.

Just see us at the office or email me office@cyclingsouth.org.nz and you can pay online and I can put a card in a session folder for you when you attend. We like to make it as easy as possible for you to all enjoy our wonderful facility.

10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit
Entries close this Thursday 7 May for the celebratory 10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit, so log in now http://www.cyclingsouth.org.nz/ and get your entry in – if you haven’t confirmed team riders yet, this can be done later as required, just ensure your entry is confirmed. Anyone still keen and available to lend a hand coaching or on the event days – Friday 19 and Sunday 28 June – please let me know as well. It’s a great event to be a part of. 

Congratulations Julian!
Julian Ineson has been awarded  one of Sport Southland Volunteers for the March/April 2015 Awards

He was awarded as one of the Sport Southland’s Volunteers of the Month after Sport Southland received a nomination from Cycling Southland telling Sport Southland about how much they appreciated Julian for the volunteer sporting work he does in the community.  Because of that Sport Southland wanted to say a huge thank you for all his willingness, time, energy and knowledge that he put into his cyclists and cycling events.

Thanks to Lotto NZ in partnership with Sport NZ, Julian is receiving $500 worth of merchandise and sporting equipment for the great work he does and helping to keep sport alive in Southland. 

So if you know someone who you think deserves a mention, go to www.sportsouthland.co.nz for more details on how to nominate.  Nominations are open till the last Friday of June and they will be awarding 10 more volunteers, five on the first week of May and five more on the first week of July. Also, a Second Chance for your nominee to be a winner – simply visit http://thanks.lottovolunteers.co.nz/ and nominate them on Lotto NZ Volunteers website – they could be the luck of the draw this time!  When you do this, please let your nominee know that they will receive an email from Lotto & Sport NZ.  They must click on the link giving permission for them to go into the draw, otherwise they will not be considered.

Junior Division Fundraiser
With travel expenses always on the horizon we are holding another Junior Division fundraising opportunity for anyone keen to raise some slush funds. This is for a range of quality products being sourced through Bidvest.

Check out all the details and order form here Orders close Thursday 14 May. 

Sunday morning Rec Ride
Due to growing number at the Windsor bunch ride leaving 9am on Sundays, the Waikiwi rec ride option is being reintroduced from this Sunday, leaving North Road near the Countdown car park at 9am. 

Trading Post
A reminder that we have a page on our website where members can buy, sell and trade cycling goods. We are very aware that many of the listings are very historic – so if any of them are yours and need removing please let us know, as most listings will be deleted shortly Check out Trading Post here 

So in short, that’s it for this week except for two big good lucks – the first being to Sam Miller and Nicole Shields who will be hammering it out on the roads over the coming days as part of the Cycling NZ Under 17 Canberra Tour team. Good luck speedsters, we all hope you have a great tour!

Secondly, to all those hardy souls who will be taking part in the gruelling 250km Westpac Rescue Chopper Ride fundraiser this Friday. 60 riders from various backgrounds and cycling ability ranging in age from 16 to 74 taking on all of the elements that Southland has to offer to raise funds for our local rescue helicopter services, including many of our very own members. This year’s QT2INV ride will be approximately 250km, departing Westpac Terrace Junction (Frankton) at approx 6.00am travelling south down SH6, turning off at Five Rivers to Mossburn, then down to Wreys Bush, Nightcaps (lunch), Otautau, Drummond, Winton and finishing at Westpac Kelvin Street Branch at approx 4.45pm. The crew will be stopping at primary schools along the way. So make sure you get out and cheer them on as they may their way home and greet them in town when they finish.  You can donate through your rider’s givealittle fundraising page – it’s a very worthy cause! Good luck champs.

Finally, Sarah Ulmer and Hamish Carter’s former manager Roger Mortimer, who still runs the SUB brand and works with various other athletes as well as having links with Cycling Southland and some riders, is volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. Following the earthquakes he is trying to raise funds for the children over there. Check out more information here https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/helprogerinnepal - again another worthy cause if you have a spare dollar or $10.

Okay that’s enough from me so enjoy the dampness and the track

Remember Senior Racing on Tuesday nights is currently a club roll for the interim until things get sorted, thoughts are for two groups, the 'fast' group limited to 90 inch gear, and a slower group limited to 81 inch, with the fast group going around the outside. See you there.

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