Date: Tuesday, 02 December 2014
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Hi out there and phew, it’s a busy old week again here as we get ready to rumble for the C1 Para-cycling Track Open and Southland Track Champs, which are being held from 6pm this Friday night and again from 10am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Entries are great with 138 from all over the country, including a Para team from Australia and one rider from Russia as well. Bruce and I flat out like lizards drinking to get everything ready in time and we’ve been lucky to be joined by our girl Friday Nic Morris in the office for five hours a day – and all this as the volleyball sand exits the building and the clean-up following the weekend’s beach volleyball event continues.

All Track Champs rider entries, the programme and track allocated training time is available to view online here

Please note that due to the large entries and extensive programme, the Saturday session has now been split into two from 10am to approximately 3pm, with a short break before resuming from 6pm to 9pm.

So first things first, if you are able to lend a hand at any time over the weekend and haven’t already done so – please let us know. Otherwise, ensure you head down to the track to cheer everyone on as there is going to be awesome racing across the age groups and the sessions will be quite full.

Senior Racing tonight
Due to work commitments, Waine in unavailable to run racing tonight, so please organise racing dependent on who is there and numbers in attendance. 

Cancelled sessions this week
Due to the Southland Champs, all track sessions from Wednesday onwards are cancelled this week sorry.
Wheelers and Flyers will hold their final two sessions for the term next week. 

Wednesday Worlds
Due to major road works, the Rimu school prizegiving and then refurbishment of their toilet block until school restarts at the end of January, Wednesday Worlds will continue to be raced on the Tisbury circuit for the reminder of races this year, finishing up on 18 December. 

Saturday Racing
There is no race this weekend but the final race for the year will be the annual Niagara Café Handicap on Saturday 13 December. Enter online here A reminder that we need 25-30 entries to ensure these races go ahead, otherwise we are not covering the costs of the traffic management planning and services. 

Track and Rider Charge Increases
With no increase in rider fee charges at the Velodrome in more than three years, we are going to be implementing small increases from the New Year to both track user charges and rider fees.

View all details here

While some of the charges may seem to be fiddly when dealing with a cash – it is timely to remind everyone that concession cards are the easier and more economical way to go. You can purchase from the office and it is also easy to contact me to arrange a card to be put in a folder and pay by internet banking – so it saves a trip to the office. 

Fundraising Opportunity
There is a fundraising opportunity for anyone attending the Track Nationals on the morning of Saturday 13 December at Dr Johri’s office in Don Street – as numbers involved are limited it will be a first-in, first served basis of selection. If you are keen contract Andrea andreajohn@xtra.co.nz or phone 027 345 9381 

Thank you to all involved with the car wash fundraiser last Saturday – everyone’s help was greatly appreciated.

If anyone has any work needing done and is prepared offer a fundraising donation in return, can please get in touch with Allan Dunn thedunnys@clear.net.nz thank you in advance!

New Year Carnival, Crit and Classic
All our New Year January events from 16-18 January are now able to be viewed with registrations online here http://www.cyclingsouth.org.nz/

Get organised early and if anyone is around and able to help out at these events please let me or Bruce know – thank you as always! 

Milford Mountain Classic
A reminder that the Milford Mountain Classic is being  held on January 24. Find out more here 

Masters Accommodation Track Nationals
Attention all masters intending on heading to the Track Nationals in Cambridge next march, the Junior Division are currently sitting on three cabins and one motel unit that they had on hold, which are still available for anyone wanting accommodation. If you are keen please contact Richelle Holland on 215 7669. 

Great Southern Cycle Challenge
Dates have been set for the Great Southern Cycle Challenge in 2015. This will be on Saturday 17 October. Further details will follow soon. 

Cycling Contact Details
Due to a service provider change, Cycling Southland contact details are changing
Phone 219 9325
Fax 219 9326
These are already up and running and our current contact details will finally be phased out and changed over completely in around 10 months. So please note the changes and update your contact details when you can. 

So that’s it and roll on the Southland Track Champs and see you all Friday or before for some awesome racing this weekend – phew then it will be Christmas … crikey!!!

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