Date: Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Happy Tuesday everyone and it is certainly a good one when you can see sun shining out the window –it’s got to mean some more pleasant road racing conditions are coming compared to what everyone has been enduring in recent weeks – it’s also got to be kind to the early spring lambs that are already out and about around the region!

Lock up accessibility
Eureka! The lock is now secure and there is a key now safely stored in the new key safe for members to access for ERG bookings and bike storage. This key safe is located to the left of the lock up doors above the fire extinguisher. The password is available from me at the office only so please get in contact if you are a user of bike storage under the track or ERGing please. No more trips upstairs or out of hours organisation required! Yahooooo. 

Saturday Racing
Thanks to Waine, Lindsay and all the willing helpers for getting through the two race event at Rimu last weekend – great results and some fab coverage on Facebook from Waine.

This Saturday is the Riverton-Fairfax 60km Handicap, so please ensure your entries are in by midday this Friday 22nd.  A reminder that this week’s race manager is Geoff van Dam and marshalls are matt Nunn, Wayne Murchland and Alan Milne. If you are unable to fulfil your duties please make your own arrangements for cover or swap with someone else that’s down – thank you. 

Under 15 Squad
Gerald Paterson and Brendan Akeroyd have kindly offered to kick off an Under 15 session on Mondays from 4-6pm each week – this is effective immediately so head on down juniors – all welcome! 

Volunteers for upcoming events
We are on the prowl for all you wonderful, willing volunteers who can lend a hand at either our Junior Track Carnival, which follows the Yunca tour on the evenings of Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 October or our upcoming Club Gala Night, being held here on Friday 5 September from 6-9.30pm. If you are able to help make these events happen, please just let me know at office@cyclingsouth.org.nz and say which nights you are available – you know we really do appreciate it thank you!

Spread the word – we’re having a Gala Night
We are busy working on the Gala Night track event on Friday 5 September. It will include some of the following: 

-          Junior Racing – Elimination, Team Sprint, Scratch, Group Handicap, Keirin
-          Senior Racing – Mystery Sprint, Elimination, Scratch Handicap, Keirin
-          Omnium Events – 3km team pursuit and Elimination Event.
-          Flyers Racing – 2 events
-          Learn to Ride Derby from Southland’s primary schools
-          Entertainment Relays TBC 

Interested in racing? Flag your interest now. Race entry is $10 seniors/$5 juniors.

As part of the Gala Night we will also be hosting a ‘Garage Sale’ in the Sarah Ulmer room. If you would like to sell a bike during the top gathering this month of Southland’s cycling community bring it down. It is only $5 to reserve a space in the room and the rest of the cash from a sale is yours (or you can donate to our track helmet fund if you like!).

UCI Class 1 event announced
Details have been announced about the BikeNZ Classic and BikeNZ Cup Tier 1 event being held at Cambridge from 18-20 September.

View further details and proposed programme here 

Junior Division Fundraiser – Keirin Fest
On Sunday 31 August the Junior Division will be hosting a travel fundraiser in the form of a Keirin Fest, running from 1-4pm. Entry is just $35, which includes afternoon tea and rider numbers are limited to just 30. There will be plenty of good spot prizes on offer as well. So if that floats your boat – get in quick and enter now. Contact Sid on 027 241 7443 or Dave on 027 600 6424 

Racing Demonstration
The club has the opportunity to provide some demonstration racing as part of the upcoming NZ Principals Conference in September.  We are keen to get a group of U17-Elite riders together for some demonstrations racing on:

Wednesday 24 September:             5:45pm – 6:45pm 
Thursday 25 September:                  7:00pm-7:45pm
If you are available please contact the office confirming which days you can assist. 

Yunca and Track Carnival entries open
A reminder that the Yunca Junior Tour and October Track Carnival entries are open – so get online and register now

 

If anyone is able to offer a bed by billeting some of visiting Australian riders for this event please let me know at the office office@cyclingsouth.org.nz Quite a few are coming again this year to all offers are gratefully received. 

2015 Oceania Track Champs – Adelaide
Thanks to the persistence of Jo Stephens, we have finally secured some information around the Oceas in October View details provided so far

We have clarified with BikeNZ that if riders are U19 for the 2015 year, then they’ll have to have the Race Youth International – but if they’re still in the U17/U15 bracket then UCI rules apply and a Race Youth will be sufficient.

Trading Post
Don’t forget that there are member items available on our website for sale - and purchase – on our website Trading Post which you can view here 

Code of Conduct
There have been some recent incidents involving inappropriate conduct. As is often the case, this only applies to a small number of individuals and reflects badly on Cycling Southland as a whole. This is a reminder that we are a membership organisation with a Code of Conduct that calls for members to respect other members, event rules and each other’s property.

 

Righty hooo that’s enough from me the barking dog in the office this week again as the little gnome continues to reside in the back of my throat and constantly tickle me – it’s very noisy and very boring.

Take care for now and have a great week ahead – long may the sun shine!

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