Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Hi folks and we all hope your week is going smoothly,

A huge well done to our Southland team members who will all be in recovery mode this week after a massive week in Cambridge for the Age Group and Elite & U19 Omnium over five days. The racing was epic and everyone really excelled with some fantastic results and many personal bests. As a 35-strong team we fared really well, but it was always going to be an uphill battle against the 81-strong team of Waikato-BOP who, after nine consecutive years – took the points shield off us.

We will see how things perhaps reverse again next year when good old Southland hosts both the Elite and Age Group events.

Huge congrats to everyone including team management and the technical support crew, as well as camp mothers who ensured our crew were kept fuelled to do their best – we’re all super proud of you and hope you rest up and recover soon.

Any riders who handed their licences in to Sid can collect them again from me at the office.

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
In a generous fashion, Tour director Allan Dunn is holding off any entries incurring the late entry fee until the end of the month and the $75 late fee will not be incurred on any further entries received before Thursday 27 March. Download your entry form now and get on the road at Easter for another great tour!

Track Sessions
Confirming that tonight there will be Club Racing from 6pm. It may finish earlier if there are only small numbers but some racing will be prepared for those who can make it.

Under 15 Squad from 4-6pm on Mondays will continue as usual due to the good numbers.

The Tuesday Endurance sessions will now be replaced by an Open Roll from 6pm each fortnight alternating with Club Racing.

Wednesday Worlds
Tomorrow night will be the final race in this summer series of Zookeepers Café Wednesday Worlds.

Club meeting - road racing
There will be a club meeting on Wednesday March 29 at 6pm (in lieu of Wed Worlds next week) to discuss the road racing issues facing your organisation and we’d love to have your input.

We’ve had ongoing issues with late or poor registrations for Saturday road racing, which means we are forced to cancel races. This is an ongoing frustration for riders and for the office trying to organise them.

The lack of numbers has been an issue all season. We proposed reducing road racing to fortnightly in the hope that would attract more people to each event and there was considerable criticism for proposing that. Effectively though, given the numbers that have turned up and number of races that have been cancelled, that’s what it’s turned out to be.

We’re open to ideas about how we can bolster numbers and revenue to ensure road racing continues. We want a successful road programme but we can’t get riders to support it and it keeps losing money.

Please come along to the meeting next Wednesday (March 28 at 6pm in the Champions Lounge). If you can’t make the meeting but have some ideas do get in touch please.

Road Racing
This Saturday is the South Port Donovan 10km circuit and the second race in the summer points series. A, B and C grades will do six laps and social and junior riders will do three laps. Assembly is Retreat Road 10am Register online now

Junior Division
There will be a Junior Division meeting next Tuesday 28 March upstairs in the Champions Lounge from 7pm – all welcome!

Finally, it’s great news for our riders named in the NZ elite team to race at the World Champs in Hong Kong next month, congrats to Eddie, Piet, Nick and Natasha on your selection – Read more here

Also to Nicole Shields and Corbin Strong who have been named in the CNZ team to compete at the Junior Worlds Track Champs being held in China in August.
Read more here

Well done everyone and good luck.

So take care for another week and be good

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