Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Happy New Year everyone and we trust you have all had a wonderful Christmas and break with family and friends.
Well, 2016 is already gearing up to be a busy one with plenty on to kick the year off!

First up:

Gore to Invercargill Classic next Thursday 21 January
Yes, this road race has been brought forward again to next week. Sorry for the late notice and any confusion to the prior date that was originally advertised. Register online now 6pm race start from the Gore Town and Country Club and the race will finish this year on Racecourse Road opposite the Ascot Raceway entrance. Volunteers for marshalling please would be greatly appreciated. Great prize money up for grabs so be in to win!

ILT New Year Carnival
Make sure you get you entries in for our ILT New Year Carnival being held here at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January. Event rider entry is $10 seniors and $5 juniors each night with great prize money up for grabs Enter here now Racing starts at 6pm both nights with a fun and varied programme about to be finalised.

If anyone can lend a hand volunteering for this event, you know we would love to hear from you please. Spectator entry will be $10 with U15s free.

Ascot Park Hotel Criteriums
The flurry of the New Year events will then finish with our popular Ascot Park Hotel Criteriums around their car park on Sunday 24 January, with racing starting at 10.30am. Again this is for all age groups so Enter online here The more the merrier and some great racing is again anticipated. Racing starts at 10.30am

Road Racing restarts this Saturday
A reminder that the road racing programme restarts this Saturday with the Makarewa Lochiel Loop graded race. Register here now
You can download the Summer Programme here

Cycle Surgery & Zookeepers Café Wednesday Worlds
Our popular weekly summer series of racing restarts again on Wednesday 27 January with 6pm assembly at Rimu School until the end of the end of the season this year due to major road works on the Tisbury circuit. So meet along from Rimy School – but keep the car park clear once school restarts. Entry is $5 and racing starts at 6.30pm.

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Information and dates around Tour de Lakes are out again for this 21st annual Easter whirl around Central, Lakes and Fiordland. View the details and entry form

Licensing and Membership
A reminder that 2016 Cycling NZ licensing and Cycling Southland memberships are now ready to renew. You can do both online at CNZ click on long in top right and if you require a new password just contact Membership@cyclingnewzealand.nz and they will get you set up. If you just want a local club membership you can do this through me at the office. Just putting it out there that I would prefer to do a little national licenses as possible please as it is now quite a detailed and in-depth process as I have to fill out an extensive spreadsheet to forward to Cycling NZ to do this now. Your help to do your own is very much appreciated and they forward us our centre/club membership component.

There have been some great write ups over the break with the Elite Club Road Nationals, well done to our Southlanders on their successes and then the announcement of the UCI World Cup national team who are in Hong Kong from this week. Congrats and huge good luck to Matt Archibald, Jeremy Presbury, Natasha Hansen and Tom Sexton who has his first big foray into the international World Cup scene. Accordingly, a great write up in the paper.

Good luck also to our international road team, including our own Nick Kergozou and Pieter Bulling, who are racing in major road events both here and abroad this month. A big good luck to you guys too – go fast and leave your mark!

Finally well done to all those who travelled to Christchurch to support the Denton Park Carnival last week – lots of great racing and some mighty fine results there too. Good work!

So that is it from me for the week – we’ll ease into the year with this little edition and take it from there.
Meanwhile, get registering for all the great events we have coming up – see you back on the road and track soon.

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