Hi folks and we trust you are all settling into the New Year, although I am sure some of you are still savouring a last hurrah before having to face reality so enjoy it while you can.
We’re sad to inform our members and supporters that Brian Broad, a long-time member, supporter and former general manager of Cycling Southland, died early Tuesday morning.
He was a fearless cyclist in his day, claiming numerous titles (including national tandem titles with Barry Tall), and represented his province with great pride. He was involved at a national level with the Cycling NZ board and was a strong and passionate advocate for cycling and Cycling Southland.
Our sympathies go to Sonny (former patron and honorary Life Member of Cycling Southland), Lesley, Robyn and the wider family, and Louise, Bridget and Tim.
New Year Carnival
We launched the year in style with a fantastic Carnival on Friday and Saturday nights and the Ascot Crit on Saturday as well. There was some totally superb racing at all levels and everyone pretty showed that they are ready and raring to go for the year as we prepare in earnest to begin the Track Nationals season. Well done to everyone who competed and a huge thank you to the wonderful helpers who helped to make these events happen – you are all super stars!
PRIORITY - SKINSUITS
Anyone racing Elite & U19 Track Nationals need to order their skinsuits today if you haven’t already done so. I know Champion closes today and Ultimo I'm trying to confirm.
All orders are done online by you personally. I still have a few skinsuits left to hire but they will not cover everyone sorry so some of you will have to buy and sell on if the kids grow out of then.
Log into Ultimo http://shop.ultimoclothing.co.nz/categories/speedsuits
If you order from Champion please let me know and what size and suit style you have ordered as the delivery will come to me.
If you wish to hire from me get in touch sooner than later please.
All sessions times are back to normal from this week, with the exception of Endurance Squad, which now runs on Sundays from 9am to 11am and Club Racing will be every Tuesday from 6-8pm.
Wheelers and Flyers and Track Start will recommence from next week.
Learn to Ride
Spread the word that spaces are available for Learn to Ride. Currently only Wednesdays will run unless we get registrations for Fridays, running weekly from 4-5pm starting next week. Register online
Open to children aged 10 and up and over 130cm. Registrations just $85 per term.
Zookeepers Wednesday Worlds restarts again from tomorrow night. Just $5 with racing from 6.30pm from Tisbury School. It’s $10 to race if you are NOT licenced.
Licence online or contact me at the office to arrange this for 2018
This Saturday is a Mass Start bunch ride out to Gorge Road, from McQuarrie Street, and race back at 1.30pm Check out the calendar
The facility will be closed on Tuesday 6th February for Waitangi Day and the office will be closed as well on Monday 5th as well. All track sessions will run as per usual and folders will be down for sign on.
A road racing meeting will be held next Monday 29th at 6.30pm in the Legends Lounge 1 (on the Stadium side) to discuss the year in general – all welcome!
Track Nationals Volunteers
We will again be seeking help from volunteers keen to assist with the Elite and Age Group Track Nationals
The Elites run from Wednesday 21 to Sunday 25 February with 10am and 6.30pm sessions daily and a 10am and 2pm session on the final day.
Age Groups run from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 March with sessions running 10am and 6pm daily and a 10am and 2pm session on the final day.
Please let me know if you can put your hand up to volunteer and what days/sessions you can help with thank you.
Southland Champs Medals
These are now in the office and available to collect.
The Blind Foundation is looking for a couple of people to be the pilot riders for their tandem bike and the two keen clients that they have in Invercargill. These clients are recreational riders and wanting to get out and about on the tandem occasionally. Contact me if you are interested and I will put you in touch with the right person.
A woman who had two strokes at the age of six, is cycling the length of New Zealand Read more Read more
Well that is it from me for the week, so keep cool out there today – it’s only going to get hotter!