Date: Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Hello and welcome to August everyone,

That means we are getting closer to our road tour season and registrations are already open online for the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland
In conjunction with this we will be hosting our ILT Junior Track Carnival along with the South Island Secondary Schools Track Champs – full details and entry forms for the track events are imminent! So ensure you are prepared and ready.

Club Raffle Fundraiser
We have recently launched a major club fundraiser with the aim of securing 30 new  track bikes for our fleet, which is getting very tired after more than 11 years. Our membership is largely made up of riders that have come through the ranks of getting on a track bike on the velodrome and getting involved in the club fundraiser is a great way of paying forward the opportunities and experiences you have personally had on the boards.

We have to fundraise to secure any other community funding towards this project, so to do this we have a Bumper Raffle offering 14 great prizes that have been donated to us by some very kind members and supporters. The raffle closes on 31 August and will be drawn on 1 September. Prizes include an Arrowtown trail riding weekend, a 12-month season pass to sessions at the velodrome, a Samsung A5 mobile phone, firewood, gym membership, and much more.

If every licenced member of Cycling Southland picks up their raffle book from the office and gets selling their 10 tickets it would be greatly appreciated, we can also issue these at the road race this Saturday.

This is a great opportunity to give back to the club.

AGM and appointments
A big thanks to those who attended the Annual General Meeting last Thursday (minutes will be made available later this week). At the meeting it was confirmed that Reece McDonald and Adam McLeay were re-elected on to the executive.

Don Frew, Sid Cumming, and Erin Criglington were confirmed as selectors, while Waine Harding was confirmed as senior road convenor. The senior track convenor remains vacant at this time.

At the recent Junior Div AGM, Brendon McLeod was appointed junior road convenor, with Gerald Paterson and Nathan Shearing confirmed as junior track convenors.

Following the AGM, the executive committee met on Monday night and reconfirmed Reece McDonald as president for another year, and Adam McLeay to take on the role of vice president. A big thanks must go to board members Lindsay Jordan, who has stepped down from the vice president role but remains on the board,.

A big ‘thank you’ must go to Brendon McDermott of Sport Southland who has stepped down from his role as a co-opted member. He has provided significant support and guidance to the board during a significant period of change. He has helped provide stability, helped with the appointment of a fulltime general manager and assisted the board through the strategic plan process. His support has been greatly appreciated by the board.

The board is considering options to co-opt another executive member and that will be announced in due course.

2018 Licencing
The Cycling New Zealand membership year for 2018 will open on Monday 2nd October. After the 29th September they will not be able to issue 2017 licences to any rider.
This means that any juniors intending to ride the Yunca Junior Tour this year that are not yet licenced, should do so before 29 September or you will be riding in your 2018 age group, not your 2017 age group.

Therefore:

·         If a rider has a 2017 licence purchased prior to 29 September, they can complete in the Tour in their 2017 Age Category*.

·         If a rider does not have a 2017 licence purchased prior to 29th September, they would have to purchase the 2018 licence, and compete in the Tour in their 2018 age category .

*If riders have a 2017 licence and want to compete in their 2017 age group they should not renew their licence for 2018 until after the Tour.

**If riders have a 2017 licence and want to compete in their 2018 age group they should purchase a 2018 licence

The 2018 licence will again be current until 31 December next year.

Introduction to Road Cycling
We are offering a six-week course providing essential road cycling skills, including bunch riding, cornering, breakaways, race tactics and much more. Rider must pre-register for this series, which begins on Thursday 24 August and will be held from 4pm to 5.30pm daily at the Go-Kart Track in Otatara. Read all about this great opportunity

Road Racing
This Saturday 5 August is the Talbot Forest Cheese Mass Start, leaving from the Tisbury Hall following 1pm registration.

View the Jason Barlow Builders Race Report

View the Makarewa-Lochiel Loop Mass Start Report
Check out the full road race calendar

Track Sessions
Tonight is an Open Club Roll from 6-7pm followed by the relaunch of Endurance Squad from 7-9pm, another Enduro session will run from 8-9pm on Thursday (this is every alternate week to Club Racing).

Also a reminder that the Sunday wet weather rides are now midday to 2pm, as there is a Hub booking each week from 2pm now.

Coaching Workshops
We’ve worked with the Cycling New Zealand Coach Education team to organise a couple of coaching workshops in Invercargill on August 14.
Workshop One is for coaches wanting professional development and it goes from 5-7pm.
Workshop Two is for parents and coaches and has the theme of 'Raising Performance Riders' and goes from 7.30-9pm.
Both events will be held in Legends Lounge 3.

If you'd like more information or are interested in attending one of these courses please contact chris.foggin@cyclingnewzealand.nz.

Finally, huge congrats to our Junior Worlds reps Corbin Strong and Nicole Shields on the successes at the ITS Grand Prix series in Melbourne in the build up to Junior World Track Cycling Champs in Italy starting on August 23.

Keep up the great work you two!

Also to Emma Cumming who won the women’s keirin revenge on the final night of racing for the New Zealand team in T-Town on Friday – an awesome end to another great racing adventure!

Keep dry feet out there everyone and have a great week ahead!

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