Hi everyone for another week and what a week it has been …
Awesome. That’s the best word to describe the performance of Cycling Southland riders at the Junior World Track Champs in Switzerland. Absolutely awesome.
We can now boast four world champs in Emma Cumming and Ellesse Andrews (team sprint), Tom Sexton (team pursuit) and Bradly Knipe (sprint), along with silvers to Tom (madison), Nicole Shields (TP), Brad (TT), and a bronze to Ellesse (IP). Together they were involved in seven of the nine medals the NZ team won. Outstanding.
This is a stunning effort and is a tribute to not only the hard work they’ve put in, but also to all their coaches, to their parents, to the support the club has given them, and to the facility we have.
I emailed our key stakeholders this week to highlight the results and to thank them for the support and foresight they had to build a facility 10 years ago. And with Eddie a good chance to secure a gold in Rio, what a year this is shaping up to be!
Tom and Bradly will be returning to Invercargill on the 1.35pm flight on Thursday. The office will be closed and we’ll be going to the airport to welcome them home – please come and join us to congratulate them and give them a return they deserve. Emma and Ellesse will be returning to Cambridge, while Nicole flies into Queenstown.
Junior Division Meeting
This is tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm in the Ulmer Lounge, all welcome!
Sprint Squad Time this Wednesday
Due to a private booking made while Sprint Squad was not running, this Wednesday night the squad will run from 8-9.30pm. Sorry for any inconvenience and Monday and Wednesday sessions return to 7-9pm following this.
Friday Night Club Racing
This Friday night will see the start of combined senior and junior club racing from 6pm. The first two weeks of racing – Friday 29 July and 5 August – will be FREE. It will then be just $6 a night or one tick off a one-hour concession card going forward. So head on down and check out the race programme here We really would love to see this session humming again!
Baxter & Neilson Junior Racing
Get your entries in online now for this fantastic junior race series as it kicks off again this Saturday night at 5.30pm. Don’t forget to also get your $70 entry payment made before racing starts or you will incur a late entry fee of $20 per night.
Yunca Junior Tour
The Yunca Junior Tour of Southland is also open for registration now Jump online and register
Revised Track Schedule
A reminder about the revised schedule which includes a second Track Start beginner adults session on Tuesdays 6-7pm
The sprint sessions, coached by Nick Harris on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9pm are open to anyone, while due to popular demand we’ve introduced an open coached Endurance sessions with Kurt Black on Tuesdays 7-9pm.
We’re also running a post-Corporate Pursuit training session with Glen Thomson on Thursdays 8-9pm to help those new riders get a taste for other types of racing. We urge you to take advantage of this or to encourage colleagues etc to have a go.
There is also now Under 15 Squad running again on Mondays 4-6pm, an advanced student session called the Rockets with Neil Jamieson 4-5pm Tuesdays, followed by a one hour 5-6pm secondary students session with Dave Beadle, along with the regular Wheelers and Flyers kids sessions with Fergus Canny. If anyone is unsure where they should be attending talk to your coaches or the office.
A final reminder that riders must have the $100 two-hour session cards for two-hour squads and other sessions – this includes juniors. Two ticks will be taken off the one-hour cards if you turn up for two hours. The two-hour cards work out at just $8.33 for two hours.
Winter Road Programme Ready to Roll
Back by popular demand our winter road racing programme kicks off again in earnest on Saturday 6 August with the Woodstock Graded race starting 1.30pm.
Check out the full race programme – including the new race rules and entry fees system and Register online here now
Bikes in Tunnel
A reminder please that no bikes are to be left chained to the railing in the tunnel. You must request a spot under the track for just $50 storage rent a year. If you do not already have a spot please contact the office and if you do have a spot please sort the rental fee. Thank you!
Bike Set Up
Further to last week’s news, Gabby Vermunt is a Physiotherapist and provides an individualised set up for each athlete. The process involves a full body muscle strength, length and control assessment followed by personalised set up for the individual and their specific event and relevant exercises to optimise position and efficiency.
She has been a cyclist for more than 10 years mainly competing in road and TT events nationally and internationally, and has just returned from working as Physio with the New Zealand Paracycling Team in Italy at the World Track Champs and Canada for the teams pre Rio summer training camp.
Previously she has completed bike set up courses in New Zealand and upskilled again this past year in Australia.
Gabby is currently available to do bike set ups at the weekends and from October will be establishing a new Physiotherapy Clinic in Invercargill where she is looking forward to being able to provide a bike set up service again on weekdays.
021 151 37 83
Okey dokey – see you at the airport for the Tom and Brad welcome home.
Mark will keep you posted with all the news in my absence over the coming month, otherwise I’ll talk to you all again when I return from a long break.