Date: Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Posted by: Cycling Southland


Hi everyone and welcome to another week as the evenings get darker – very quickly!

Well done to everyone who took part in the Southland Champs over the weekend. The weather played along perfectly and yes – the medals have been ordered already so we’ll let you know when you can claim your shiny rewards! A big thanks to all those who helped out over the two days of racing and, if you haven’t already, you can view the full race_reports_and_results_here.

Meanwhile, this Saturday sees the last of our summer road races being held on the Kennington circuit at 1pm, with racing for all grades and Junior Division. So don’t miss out and register_online  it will be a great chance for a last burst before the Club Road Nationals next week in Queenstown and it’s fantastic to see 50 Cycling Southland riders competing in all age groups during the event – Good luck to you all for some great PBs and overall results

Junior Division Meeting
A Junior Division meeting will be held tonight – yes Tuesday 9 April, in one of the upstairs lounges, starting 7pm. The team welcomes anyone who would like to head along.

Pedalling Pathways
The final Pedalling Pathways will be held this Thursday with a 4pm assembly at the Velodrome to cycle out to Teretonga - or meet out at the venue at 4.30pm. Please ensure you have warm clothing too. This is for all junior rider levels for U13, U15 & U17 riders and the cost is just a $3 rider fee please.

Track Session Updates
A reminder that Drafters intermediate adults group is now being held on Tuesdays from 6-7pm with Track Start beginners sessions still being held on Wednesdays from 6-7pm.

Meanwhile, BOW/WOW sessions restart tomorrow night (Wednesdays) with a beginners session being held from 7-8pm, followed by an intermediate/advanced session from 8-9pm – so rock on down!

Southern Series
Our Southland winter road racing programme is scheduled to start in July. In the meantime, don’t forget to pop the Southern Series Race 4 in your calendar for Saturday 25 May. This is the Arthur and Margaret Waide Classic, a challenging 87km circuit around Fairfield, Waihola, Tairei Mouth and Green Island. You will be able to register online soon through Cycling Otago at

Timing of Road and Track Events
After a highly successful test of a new race timing programme over the weekend, we are keen to hear from members and supporters who might be interested in assisting with timing and generating results for our club and event road and track racing. We’ve been working hard over the last couple of months to come up with a solution to make using the road racing transponders a lot easier than was previously the case and we are stoked with how it worked at Southland Champs. Now, the key is to find some helpers who are keen to get involved. If this is an area you would be keen to find out more about, without getting pinned down to the job straight away, then let us know at and we’ll arrange an overview to give you an idea of what is involved.

Billet Required Please
BikeNZ is still after someone to billet a member of the Junior Worlds team who is coming from out of town for a training camp from 21-26 of April. This is directly after Road Nationals in Queenstown. If you’re able to offer a bed to one of the boys can you please let me know at

Westpac Chopper Appeal
Last year Nick jumped on the bike and helped out for charity, this year Cathy’s jumping on board with a whopping crew of good people to raise funds for the Westpac  Chopper Appeal, Queenstown to Invercargill charity ride being held on Friday 10 May. They’re guaranteed to have fun along the way for sure! Read_all_about_it  

Part-time Work Wanted
Our Paralympian champine Philly Gray’s partner Sean Finning has just moved to the south from Australia and is keen to pick up some part-time work. Sean has prior experience in the motor industry but is obviously willing and able to try his hand at what could be on offer. If anyone has any queries or offers, please contact our esteemed leader Nick your enquiry will be in the strictest of confidence. Thank you.

Well that’s it for another week – so good luck to everyone in their final lead-up to the road nationals and enjoy the longer nights as we move through the weeks of Autumn.


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