Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Greetings cycling supporters here, there and everywhere,
Well it’s been another busy week with much to look forward to in the coming weeks – the wheels just keep spinning in this club!

Fight for Yellow Tour
A reminder that registrations close this Thursday 21 March for this year’s inaugural Vital Signs Fight for Yellow 2 Day Tour Register online now This new event promises to be a cracker and is available to Under 17s and over with five stages around Eastern Southland – don’t miss out! The Tour has its own Facebook page too - Vital Signs Fight for Yellow

Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic
The Stonewood Homes Gore to Invercargill Classic is being held on Saturday 6 April. Meet at the Gore Town & Country Club at 1.00pm for a 1.30pm race start and finishing in Racecourse Road with a prize giving and BBQ at Dave and Joss Beadle’s place. Volunteers for marshalling duties please – let Tomo know at the office if you can help out.

Register online now

Juniors will race from the Morton Mains-Seaward Downs-Rimu Road, following the course of the open race and this will be a 25km handicap. 1.30pm register for 2pm race start. The junior race time has been changed to ensure a finish time closer to the seniors so everyone can enjoy the social get together afterwards.

Seniors entry $20 and junior is $10. Great prize money on offer so ensure you register now.
view the updated calendar

Schools Road Champs
The Otago-Southland Schools Road Champs are being held on the Fairweather-Drysdale Road circuit on Wednesday 27 March. We would love to hear from anyone who may be free or heading along who is keen to lend a hand on the day please. Flick me a thumbs up if you can please

Wednesday Worlds
With borderline sunsets and dusk setting in earlier, it is a suggestion to sensibly have a light on board – at least for the ride home after the race for the final couple of hit-outs before daylight saving ends. Just thinking of everyone’s safety first.

Road Racing
Last Saturday was the Makarewa-Lochiel Loop with a small but sound field turning out with many riders away after following nationals with a break off the bike.

A and B Grade raced together with separate results – Fraser Hewett took first from Hunter Gough and Sam Miller in A Grade, Gene Marsh was first in B Grade from Josh Miller and Andrew Lienert, Erin Criglington took C Grade honours from Daryl Haggerty and Mark Williams and Caitlin Kelly, Frankie Thomson and Hadley Sheehy took the kids honours.

This Saturday is the Graded Donovan Points Race, meeting in Retreat Road 1pm for 1.30pm racing View the details

Track Sessions
Just a heads up there will be NO Secondary Students session this afternoon sorry. This will resume 5-6pm again next week.

Architecture Unlimited Track Challenge

Entries are now open for the 2019 work challenge, including a business battle and a social but serious competition. Check out the details and don’t forget about the “free try the track sessions” tomorrow (Wednesday) and next week, from 6-7pm, for anyone thinking about giving it a go and wanting to experience cycling on the boards first.

National Track Series 2019
Following the success of the inaugural Subway Series last year, there will again be another National Track Series, consisting of three rounds of racing in Invercargill and Cambridge this year.

Once again – in true Southland style – travel to the Cambridge-based events will be as a team. Read all the information you need to know                                                                                                                                           

Academy Southland Congratulations
Cycling has done it again claiming the bulk of places available in this year’s Academy Southland intake. Huge congratulations to Natalie and Tyla Green, La’chlan Robertson (cycling) and Conor Douglas (para-cycling) for being selected this year – also to Lachie Baird for Triathlon, who also regularly road races. Read more here

Oceania Road Champs

Congrats again to Hamish Keast and La’chlan Robertson who were selected to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Road Champs, held in Australia, over the weekend.

Hamish did extremely well in his first official race as an U23 to finish 8th in the Time Trial and the first Kiwi home. A tough road race saw 63 riders start and 28 abandoned it, with Hamish finishing 26th. Meanwhile, La’chlan finished mid-field in the U19 Men Time Trial and unluckily did not finish the road race. Not a bad effort and fantastic experience champs!

Southland Track Champs Medals
Remember the outstanding Track Champs medals are now available to collect from the office next time you are swinging by.

Southland Skinsuits
A reminder to make sure you return any hired skinsuits to the office please before they get put somewhere they are forgotten about. If you leave in the office please make sure you put your name on it so I know who has returned it thank you.

So that’s more than enough newsy updates for this week – so enjoy the final weeks of daylight saving as it is very much closing in earlier and brightening later in the mornings.

Take care and have a fab week ahead!

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