Date: Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Greetings and it’s back to routines as another school term starts and another month passes – where does the time go!

Well done to everyone who got out in some very cool and trying conditions on Saturday for the final race of the season for the Gorge Road Memorial Classic and Curtis Dunn Junior Memorial. There was some great racing and a fun “Mystery Handicap” format used for the juniors for some added spice and variety.

Thanks to all those who helped out on the day to keep everyone safe.  Check out the full race report and results

Architecture Unlimited Corporate Pursuit
Our Corporate Pursuit entries close this Friday so ensure you get online and get your teams entered online and check out all the important dates and details

The team briefing to select freebie training slots on the track is next Wednesday 9 May so try and get the details locked down if you are keen to be involved this year.

New Fees Reminder
Just reminding everyone that fees have increased sorry – existing concession cards are still okay until used up. New pricing

Track Sessions
Don’t forget in these colder, darker days and nights that we have open rolls for adults on Monday nights 6-7pm and Lunch Rolls 12-1pm on Tuesdays and Fridays, as well as a wet weather option on Sundays 11am-1pm.

Also Open Endurance Squad on Tuesdays 7-9pm and Open Sprint Squads on Mondays and Wednesdays 7-9pm (the latter reduces to just 7-8pm from Wednesday 16 May due to Corporate Pursuit).
Also a reminder that Open Under 15 Squad resumed this week when you are ready. Check out the full track schedule

Road racing sub-committee
At the executive meeting on Monday, a follow up request from the recent club meeting was discussed. The exec committee, as per the options available under the constitution, has formally requested the creation of a Road Racing Sub-Committee to oversee and drive the organisation’s road racing activities.

Expressions of interest are now sought for six positions on the committee, with terms of reference to be developed (but likely to include sponsorship, the programme and other road racing aspects). If you are interested in being involved in this committee please let Mark in the office know.

Coaching course
A mid-winter Foundation Coaching Course is being planned with Chris Foggin of CNZ. Dates are yet to be confirmed but we’d like to see the level of interest first. If you are interested at all in attending the course, usually run over two days, please let Danielle/Rabbit know. You don’t necessarily have to go on and coach a squad, but it might provide some insight and allow you to help in other ways.

Workshop session
A big thanks to those coaches, managers and commissaires who attending a CNZ workshop on Monday night. About 17 attended and all took something away from the seminar on communication, ethics and behaviour.

Trading Post
More bikes etc online now for sale – just email me details of what you are after or wanting to sell and let me know once the deal is done. View details here

Well done to Rhylee Akeroyd and Mitchel Fitzsimons who are just back from representing Cycling New Zealand in the under 17 road team at the Canberra Junior Tour in New South Wales

Rhylee finished 7th in the Crit, 9th in road race 1, 17th in road race 2, 9th in the time trial and 8th in the sprint to finish 10th overall in the general classification from a field of 20.

Mitchel was in a field of 40 and finished 24th in the Crit (that was only after he had a cropper of a crash and continued to finish the race – needless to say the countless inches of bark he lost is still very much healing!). He continued on to finish 13th in road race 1, 4th in road race 2, 6th in the sprint ace and 13th in the time trial to finish in 16th in the GC.

Superb stuff both of you and well done on the results.

Also huge congrats to Erin Criglington who recently attended a training course and qualified as an Elite Road and Track National Commissaire – loving your work Erin!

Calder Stewart Elite Series
It’s round four of the seven race series this Saturday in Timaru so massive good luck to all our representative riders and their teams – stay tuned for some more mighty fine results from everyone!

Westpac Chopper Ride
This Thursday 3 May the Westpac Chopper Appeal team are running a special fundraising night with a night of learning about bike maintenance with Rob McMurdo from Wensley’s Cycles and Dylan Rabbige’s inspirational story of the Tour of Aotearoa 2018. Just $10 in the Champions Lounge here at the Velodrome from 7-9pm. Book it in your diaries now.

The eighth annual 2018 Qt2Inv Westpac Chopper Appeal Bike Ride will be held on Friday 18 May when 60 participants will cycle 245km from Queenstown to Invercargill to raise funds for the annual Westpac Chopper appeal.
Their aim is to raise $60,000 and all funds raised will stay local and go to our rescue service The Lakes District Air Rescue Trust.

If any of you can spare some dollars for this amazing trust, please head over to our Qt2Inv Give A Little page, and throw in a message of encouragement while you’re there. Good luck to everyone taking part with your final training pushes.

So that’s the instalment from me for this week so keep warm and keep those wheels spinning!

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