Date: Tuesday, 09 December 2014
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Wowee what a massive, exciting event it was over the weekend – some absolutely mad-dog racing, a NZ record for Fam and many more close attempts, PBs flying out the window everywhere, our biggest field of riders on record for our Track Champs, a UCI Para-cycling points qualifying event thrown in and an absolutely massive programme of racing – well done everyone for taking part and thank you to everyone who lent a hand to help keep the thing running – couldn’t have done it without you!! Unfortunately, during the weekend I lost the ability to manage, administer and display on our Cycling Southland Facebook page, which is the best way to upload photos to the website as well. I’m still trying to remedy this and can still administer the FB page from home just not work (if anyone has clues on solving the problem let me know!!! Please). Meanwhile check out the goods so far by clicking here

General Manager
I am pleased to announce that Brian Broad has been appointed General Manager of Cycling Southland commencing this Thursday 11th December 2014 on a three-month, fixed term contract working 28 hours a week.

Brian is a Southlander born and educated and with a strong pedigree in cycling, including being a competitor and administrator at a national level.

He brings a wealth of experience in corporate administration, including Air NZ, Alliance Group Ltd and most recently Interim CEO of Bike NZ.

Kind regards
Lindsay Jordan - President

ILT Foundation Generosity
We can all be extremely thankful to the ILT Foundation who have again committed to funding Cycling Southland to the healthy tune of $140,000 over the coming year as our operational grant. Without the support of our community funders we could not survive, and we are once again very grateful for their ongoing and valued support. Big thanks to Ann, Raylene and all the team! Merry Christmas from us all. 

Friday 19 – South Port Crit
Mark it in your diary now – the generosity of South Port NZ again this year means our summer crit series is going to kick off with the last official race of the year on Friday 19 December Check out the details here Just confirming there will be Div1, 2 and 3 racing (juniors are welcome to join in). Racing will kick off at 6pm sharp with Div 3 up first. See you there with your salad and your bike! 

Saturday Racing
This Saturday will mark the final senior road race for the year (with the exception of the Crit on Friday 19th). This week is the popular Niagara Café –Catlins 62km handicap, leaving from the velodrome, report 1pm for 1.30pm race start.

Volunteers are required for marshalling please due to unavailability with work and not being in the region at present – let office@cyclingsouth.org.nz know if you can help out please. Register here now 

Elite & U19 Track Champs
Entries are now open to both the Elite & U19 Track National Championships (29 Jan-1 Feb), and the Age Group Track National Championships (11-15 Mar). Both events will be held at the Avantidrome in Cambridge.

For more information visit www.tracknationals.co.nz 
Riders wishing to enter should do so via contact and c-ordination with their Club or Centre.
Please note entries close on 5 January for the Elite & U19s and close on 13 February for the Age Group Championships.

Junior Division Meeting
There will be the final Junior Division meeting this Thursday in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge, starting at 7pm. All welcome! 

New Year Road Racing Programme
The draft summer road racing programme will be released pre-Christmas but first things to note in your calendars are the Tuatapere Grass Racing on January 1 and the Browns Road Race and Sports Day Grass Track Racing on 11 January (both grass racing events off great prize money so you’ve got to be in to win!), if interested in either or both events contact Tony Ineson – mtineson@xtra.co.nz or phone 217 4920. Volunteer marshalls will also be required for the 40km handicap Browns Road Race on 11 Jauary. 

New Year Track & Road Racing
Don’t forget to start preparing and get your entries in for the ILT New Year Carnival 16 & 17 January, the Gore to Invercargill Classic 17 January and the Ascot Park Hotel Crit 18 January. All links to event entries and details are available here 

So that’s it from me, Bruce and Nic (who works here five days a week, five hours a day – not the gooble-de-gook I mentioned last week – ha ha!)

Must be nearly Christmas – thank goodness for that!
Have a cracker week!

 

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