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

Howdy doody everyone and an official welcome to Spring – Yay!!

Well our superstar para pilot couldn’t help herself again over the weekend when Laura Fairweather teamed with partner Emma Foy to take out silver at the 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA. Meanwhile, Philly Gray and pilot Kylie Young placed an admirable eighth. Great work again from our Southland girls and encouraging to know our dear Dale MacDonald was also there giving them support to do their best in her new role as Para development co-ordinator – You are all mega for your efforts ladies! Read all about it here

Club Gala Night this Friday
Check out the race and event programme here

Our Club Gala Night takes place this Friday from 6-9pm and will feature the best from the senior, junior, wheelers and flyers, and ‘omnium competition’ racing. Rider entry is only $5 junior/$10 senior, with a gold coin donation if you want to join the masses in the stand and enjoy the view. Prizes to be won!

We hope that you can come down and cheer on the best from the club. Don’t forget to invite your families, friends and work colleagues, after all most of them would have watched the Commonwealth Games track cycling and enjoyed this exciting ‘new’ sport. This is a real chance for them to experience the sport you love in all its intense, competitive glory!

Some quick points to note:

-          Registration for racing takes place on the night from 5:30pm.

-          We will be hosting a free ‘track start’ session for the viewing public to have a go from 9-9:30pm.

-          There will be an opportunity for under-6 riders to take part in the Gala with a derby challenge on the grey area allocated on the programme. Please don’t hesitate to bring the kids or your nieces and nephews to come along, with their bikes, for a go (no cost for their registration of course). We will even have a ‘superhero’ derby if they want to dress up as their favourite marvel character.

See you all there for some fun! Remember we will be holding a garage sale and if you want to clean out some bike parts and clothing you no longer require and donate them to this event in the Ulmer Lounge, then proceeds will go towards the club. Any donations can be made here at the office before the end of play of Thursday please.

Saturday Road Racing
Thanks to Bruce and Lindsay Jones and their band of willing helpers for a great race last Saturday at Grove Bush check out the report here

This weekend is a two-race weekend and Saturday we move back to the later time of a 1.30pm race start with the days getting longer for the Rimu Graded Points Race Register online by midday Friday please and view the updated leader board here

Manager is Ray Robinson, with Mike White, Sam Miller and Jamie Cunningham on as marshalls – remember please it is your duty to arrange cover if you require it.

Then on Sunday is race 3 in the Winter Series with the Gorge Road 65km Graded. It is also the third race in the secondary schools series. Register online by midday Friday please These races have a midday report for 12.30pm race start at the Gorge Road Country Club

Race manager is Ant Leathart, with Blake Tait-Jones, Grant Colbran and one other please to marshall. 

Baxter & Nielson Junior Division Racing
Last Friday night was round 4 of the current 8 race series and it’s great to see more faces joining the pack every week Check out the latest results and winners piccy and please also remember to pay your $40 entry fee to the office please. Contact me if you need details to do this via internet banking. 

Yunca Billets Required
We’re still after four beds currently for riders travelling from Australia for the Yunca Tour 3-5 October, so if you have a spare bed and can oblige please let me know

Always appreciated thank you! 

GM vacancy advertised
With Walter’s pending departure from his acting General Manager role in November, the position has now been officially advertised by the executive View the details here 

Junior Club fundraising – who’s keen?
On Friday 3 October for the Yunca Junior Tour, a BBQ fundraiser is being planned at Teretonga. If anyone is keen to get on board please email Julie on   -  or alternatively ‘private message’ on facebook byy Friday 12 September at latest please.

So some next big and exciting events involving our local riders coming up with be the BikeNZ Classic and Cup UCI Tier 1 events in Cambridge from 18 – 20 September, with Ben Stewart in the Elites and Nick Kergozou in the U19s, followed by the Oceania Track Champs in Adelaide in the first week of October with a big crowd finalising international licencing requirements right now. It’s about to get busy again on the boards for sure!

Enjoy the daffodils and sunshine

Take care and ride sensibly and safely during the many foggy mornings and evenings we’re getting with the fine, clear days!

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