Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Hi folks,
Well it has been a mighty big few weeks – but there is no rest for the wicked and tomorrow we head out to Fairweather Road with more than 70 secondary school students for the Southland-Otago Schools Road Champs – should be a great day of competition and fingers cross the rain clouds hold off!

We have also got a couple of great road race events with the Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic this Saturday and the Southland Road Champs the weekend after Easter so that should keep everyone busy on their bikes.

Price increase
As previously indicated, due to ongoing financial pressures Stadium Southland is increasing the cost of track hire by more than a third from the start of April. The exec has looked at various options but it has been agreed this unfortunately has to be passed on to users.

As of April 1, there will be an increase in the hourly user charge to $8. Concession cards will go up accordingly – a 12 two-hour session card will be $150 (includes two free sessions) while a 12 one-hour session card will be $80 (includes two free sessions). The cost of a private track hire will go up by $10.

Concession cards already paid for will not be affected by the rise.

Club meeting
Set aside Friday April 13 for a club meeting. This has been asked for by some members and will provide a state-of-play and an update on the coming year as well as exploring solutions for any issues. The focus will be on finding proactive solutions for the future of the organisation.

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Today is the last day to enter for this popular Easter weekend race and not incur the late payment fee of $75 so make sure you get in now and sort your registration All details and entry form

Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic
This Saturday is the annual classic with fantastic prize money up for grabs. For handicapping purposes make sure you register through Teamer or online here and view all the details as well.
Can any volunteers to marshal please let the office know thank you.

Aero Bars
Please don’t bring aero bars to road races. They are not permitted in a road race, even if you are following the race some distance back. There are obvious risks with having them on during a race and under no circumstances are they allowed – this includes Saturday races and Wednesday Worlds.

Southland Road Champs
A reminder that these will be held the weekend of 7 and 8 April with the Woodstock circuit road race on Saturday – number of laps to be announced next week - Mabel Bush Woodstock Circuit and Branxholme out and back time trial on Sunday.

Track Sessions
Tuesday nights have returned to a Club Roll from 6-7pm followed by Endurance Squad from 7-9pm. A reminder also that Under 15 Squad has resumed on Mondays from 4-6pm for those wanting to head along.

Coaching
If anyone has an interest in coaching or assisting with coaching, please get in touch with either Mark in the office or coaching co-ordinator Sid Cumming. We’re always open to develop our coaching base and utilising the skills of our members. So if you’re interested in being involved in some way, do get in touch.

Track National Skinsuits and Tops
Please ensure you return all cleaned skinsuits and tops that have been hired for the recent Track Nationals back to the office thank you.

New SouthlandSport website
Sport Southland has created a new platform for celebrating the best of Southland sport, from the grass roots through to the Olympic podium - SouthlandSport has a Facebook page and website.

The aim is to provide followers of Southland sport with a central place to be inspired, informed and gain an insight into Southland sport, and for sporting codes to reach a wider audience than their own communities.
The goal is to create something that will ensure Southland sport continues to be visible and valued in our community.
Please take a moment to head over to Facebook and ‘Like’ the new page and bookmark the website.

So that is it for another week from me and the team

Have a great week and remember to go and get those Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic and Vital Signs Tour de Lakes entries in before you forget!

Happy racing everyone

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