Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Wow – what a Track National Championship series that was!
Everyone involved with team Southland, from the riders and coaches, to the parents, family and supporters and our super reliable band of willing volunteers – you are all super stars and you did yourselves proud. We got so close to getting back the Points Shield finishing equal with Canterbury on 133 behind Waikato on 149.

But the shield is just part of it – the records that fell, the personal best times, the first-time competitors getting out there and giving their absolute all and, most of all, the camaraderie that means all things Southland – it was just epic to see it and be a part of it. Bring on next year – I think with our national elite riders back in the mix we could be ready to shake things up.

Congratulations to all our juniors and masters who really did mighty fine job over the past week – we’re stoked for you all. Check out any results you may have missed

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Just over two weeks until Easter so that means Tour time! Make sure you get you entries in. The late fee has kindly been deferred until 20 March now so there is still time to get organised and register. Get online and download your form now  This is a great tour and has a whole now course to freshen things up this year as well.

Track Sessions
Now that nationals are over squads will have a break until further notification. Under 15s will now restart again from next week 19 March 4-6pm for some preparation for the schools road champs on 21 March.

Lunch Roll, Rockets, Secondary Students and an Open Club Roll for anyone who wants to turn up will be back on today. Learn to Ride, Flyers and Track start return tomorrow and Lunch Roll, Learn to Ride and Flyers return on Friday.

Road Racing
Zookeepers Wednesday Worlds will resume again this week, 6pm at Tisbury School for 6.30pm race start. Entry just $5

This Saturday is the is the Grove Bush Circuit graded race. Sign on 1pm at the Grove Bush Hall for 1.30pm race start.

Don’t forget it is the Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic the following weekend 24 March View the details here and make sure you register

Also check out the Full results of the Calder Stewart Series Round 1 as these were not available when I last posted to you all. It is fantastic to see such a great start for the many Southland members flying the flag, along with some team mates from further afield who have joined our Transport Engineering Velo South Elite & U19 team. Good luck for the next round in Hokitika on 14 April

Road Nationals
The Vantage Age Group Road National Championships are on in the Wairarapa from 20-22 April and entries are open! This is your chance to represent your club and race for personal goals and national age group titles. Check out the website here for all information and once you get your entry in be sure to sort out your accommodation as space will fill fast.

NZ Schools Track Champs
Good luck to our Southland riders Conor and Ronan Shearing who are travelling to Cambridge next week for the National Schools Track Champs – hope you rip it up boys!

Trading Post
A reminder that members are welcome to buy and sell gear on our website on Trading Post

Just send in a photo and details of your sale or what you want to buy and let me know if it’s been sold or you’ve got what you want so I can keep the site updated.

Enough from me today – keep warm out there – we’re not used to this cooler spell today
I hope you all have a fabulous week – only a couple to go until the Easter break now

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