Executive Update from President Lindsay
Yesterday, I announced the resignation of our CEO Nick Jeffrey. Nick’s final day at Cycling Southland will be Friday 22 November.
Cycling Southland will be looking to carefully examine what opportunities arise out of Nick’s decision.
With Nick at the helm, our club has been on an exciting journey and your Executive has already set its sights on our next chapter.
After consultation with member groups, the Executive has approved Cycling Southland’s Strategic Plan to 2019. Click here to view
This is based on three strategic priority areas - membership, events and financial over three phases - to 2015, 2017 and 2019.
We have also developed priorities for each area for the first phase to December 2015.
We are already working through these priorities which will involve input from members as required. We will update you on progress.
Please take time to read our summary – it is our roadmap for the future – and feel free to contact Nick or any of the executive to discuss this further as we appreciate your input.
And now from the rest of the team … Trust you have sprung into the September season of lambs, daffodils and all things Spring-like as the days start to get longer and we welcome more sunshine hours. The past week has been yet another chance to celebrate some great achievements with SBS Bank being named the major sponsor of the Tour of Southland – it’s great to see an iconic Southland institution getting behind such an iconic Southland road race. It will be exciting to watch this fantastic new partnership flourish over the coming three years.
Not to be over-shadowed, our Paralympic cyclists Phillipa, Laura and pilot debutant Gabby have certainly left a lasting impression on the international stage following their great success at the World Cup and World Champs and THEY ARE ON THEIR WAY HOME! They created history as both tandem teams filled two positions for New Zealand on the podium at a global para-cycling event! All the action unfolded here So let’s be there to welcome our Invercargill ladies back when they touch down at Invercargill Airport this Thursday 5 September at 11.25am! See you there.
Junior Worlds Welcome Back
As Cycling Southland’s most successful trio of Junior Worlds riders – being the first to have a hand not one but all five of NZ’s five Junior Worlds medal wins in Glasgow last month, we are planning a welcome back get-together with question and answer time here in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge on Monday 16 September, from 7pm. It is anticipated that all three of our Southland reps – Jeremy Presbury, Josh Haggerty and Liam Aitcheson – will be available to join everyone for this event. If you’re keen to head along please let Melissa know firstname.lastname@example.org and we may well be able provide some light refreshments if we know how many to cater for.
Due to the Silver Ferns and Australian Diamonds Netball Test, the track will be closed from Tuesday 10 to Tuesday 17 inclusively. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Baxter & Neilson Junior Omnium Series– September 6 & 13 race nights postponed
This Friday’s Baxter & Neilson is now postponed, due to an expo which will take up the entire inside of the track, with high dividers impeding vision, creating safety, space and commissairing issues. We will still have a roll around in the 6-8pm space.
Also, the Baxter & Neilson scheduled for 13 September is also postponed as the track will be closed from the 10-17 September, due to the Silver Ferns netball test against Australia. The scaffolding they are using for the grandstand will encroach on to the grey safety zone, so we are unable to use the track for that week. We will shortly let you know the replacement dates for the missed nights of racing.
Coaching Forum – Now Tuesday 10 September 7pm, Sarah Ulmer Lounge
I wrote in last week’s members email that the Coaching Forum for next week was on Monday 9, but I meant this to be Tuesday 10 September (because it is from this day that the track is closed for the netball so there won’t be any session clashes (my apologies, brain fade!). So, hopefully all those coaching or interested in coaching will come along to help devise the master plan for the upcoming track season. Looking forward to seeing you all there (free wine and beer!). Thanks DT
Senior Club Meeting – Tuesday 17 September, 7.30pm, Champions Lounge
We are due for another Senior Club Meeting, so thought we would take advantage of the track closure to book it in on Tuesday 17 – the last day the track is closed. We have several things to discuss, including Wednesday Worlds course, which needs to be changed.
All club members are welcome, so come along and have your say.
Junior Division AGM
The Junior Division AGM will be held in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge next Wednesday 11 September, from 7pm. All welcome to attend. Nominations for Junior Convener, Track Convener, Road Convener, Events Coordinator and Secretary will be called for on the night. All the incumbents are seeking re-election. Please view minutes of the last Junior Division meeting by clicking here
Saturday Road Racing
It was the perfect conditions for racing and it brought the riders out en masse last Saturday for the Grove Bush Graded. Check out Dale’s fab report. This weekend is another double-header with the 3rd race in the Winter Series – the Rimu Points Graded Race on Saturday, followed by the Waianiwa-Drummond Graded on Sunday (this will only go ahead subject to numbers). There are two separate entry forms to register online here. Remember to throw in some spare coinage to grab a snag at Rimu School after Saturday’s racing. The school are kindly supporting the new circuit race with a sausage sizzle for supporters and cyclists during and after the racing – so support a worthy cause! See you there and hopefully the turn-out continues to be as awesome as it has been in recent weeks. You can also view the latest leaders board here
Volunteer for Upcoming Events
We have a hugely busy period coming up over October and November with two road tours and three high profile track events, including a new Tier 1 Track Event, the UCI Festival of Speed and Oceania Track Champs.
If you are keen to be involved in any shape or form, register as a volunteer via these online forms;
2013 SBS Bank Tour of Southland – http://www.tourofsouthland.com/index.php?pageLoad=175
2013 Track Events - http://www.cyclingsouth.org.nz/index.php?pageLoad=430
If you have any queries just get in touch with Events Manager Bruce Ross in the Cycling Southland office.
Keep those entries rolling in for the Yunca Junior Tour because the decision to hold separate races for every category can only be made when the organisers deem the entries in that category are sufficient. Register and find out more here
We’re also keen to hear from anyone who is keen to lend a hand for the tour this year with a small handful of roles and support opportunities still available. Please stick your hand up for all or any days you’re keen to help with Melissa at email@example.com – you know we’ll be eternally grateful!
Great Southern Cycle Challenge
Website details have now been updated for the popular annual fundraising road race run by the Rotary Club of Invercargill South. Check out the details here for the training calendar and download a registration form here: www.greatsoutherncyclechallenge.org.nz There’s a distance to suit everyone!
Please Put Rollers Away
A reminder to ALL riders using rollers down at the track for any sessions, to please remove them from the track grey and tuck them away following all sessions. The office team – largely dedicated Bruce – are having to constantly move these for a number of morning sessions and large afternoon sessions – so please lend a hand and do your bit helping to keep the track ready for use and tidy (yes that means food wrappers etc in the rubbish bins provided). Thank you in advance.
50th Anniversary Celebrations
Final details are being arranged for our 50th anniversary celebrations later this year. So to anyone who has been a rider, official, volunteer, sponsor, spouse, spectator, supporter of our club you are all invited to join with us over the weekend of the 15th –17 November to celebrate in style.
Friday 15 November: Sarah Ulmer Lounge – Drinks and nibbles combined with era photos, and the official opening of our cycling heritage trail. A few other surprises on the night
Saturday 16 November: Festival of Speed
Sunday 17 November: Festival of Speed – 50th Celebration dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel
Official registrations and further details will be made available online very soon so watch this space.
For those that are extra keen why not stay on to enjoy the Oceania Track Championships which start on 19 November. Be in quick as we know there are already some of our Australian friends booking their airline tickets.
Pass the word around we want as many people as possible associated with us to come join in the celebrations.
One of the Benchmark Series races will be held on the course used for the 2013 Club Nationals course, in the Millbrook-Arthurs Point area, on Saturday 14th September.
The organisers of the race are calling for volunteers to assist with the running of this event. If you are available to assist, please contact Cycling Southland firstname.lastname@example.org. Reimbursement for fuel and vehicle expenses will be made.
And that team is a wrap for another exciting week in the world of Cycling Southland – where there’s never a dull moment. There’s always the next exciting event or result to look forward to.
Have a great week