Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hi everyone,
Well a week tomorrow and we’ll be kicking off with all the action for the Elite and U19 Track National Championships, including the Para-cycling Team as well.

It should be a cracking – and big – five days of racing starting at 10am and 6pm daily with a 10am and 2pm start on the Sunday.
View the entry price and programme

If anyone is still keen or able to lend a hand at any of the sessions please let me know – thank you very much – same goes for the Age Groups 10 days later. We’ll email all volunteers with their roles and sessions early next week.

URGENT Red Team Shirts - Skinsuits
To all the new U15s and U17s named in squads this week – please get your red team shirt orders to me by Friday lunch time as the final Age Group order will go in Friday afternoon.

Elites & U19s will be here soon.

Please email me your size from the following

Men’s Small, Medium etc – cost polo $36, tee $31, singlet $30

Women’s 8, 10, 12 etc polo $36 tee $31 (order in men’s unisex sizes above), singlet $30

Kids – specify year 12yrs, 14 yrs etc polo $31, tee $25, singlets above

Orders in the past have all been polo shirts and singlets, so the tee shirts are a new collarless option.

Sunday 18 February is the final day to order speedsuits from Ultimo  for the Age Groups -
Shipping will be by 2 March.

As we have done in the past all riders representing Southland at the Track Nationals will receive their four complimentary sessions.

Finally, invoices for the rider entries will be sent out following the event.

Spectator admission costs are:
Day sessions - 10am
$5 adults and children U16 free

Night sessions - 6pm
$20 - adults
$15 - students and senior citizens
Free  - child U16

$10 - adults per session
Free  - child U16

Adult concession tickets for all sessions $80 (available from Ticket Direct or ILT Stadium Southland)

Track Sessions
Tonight is Club Racing from 5-6.45pm  to allow people to attend the DrugFree Sport NZ seminar (see below) and Endurance Squad is 7-9pm.

U15 and Sprint Squads still run on Monday but all Tuesday sessions are cancelled due to the full day of allocated team training times.

Due to the early arrival of some teams, there will be Endurance/Masters Squad this Sunday 9am-11am, however there will not be a 3-5pm session as bookings run throughout the day and into the early evening.

Southern Hub will be 12.30-2.30pm this Sunday

There will be no Learn to Ride or Flyers  next week 21 and 23 February or 7 and 9 March

Drug seminar
At the request of our coaches, we have organised an educator from DrugFree Sport NZ to present to Cycling Southland riders on Tuesday February 13 at 7pm. All riders (particularly junior members and their parents) who are intending to compete at the national championships this year – both road AND Track – are asked to attend this.

It will take about an hour and provide an invaluable insight into what substances are banned and how to manage prescribed medications, as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

Club racing will begin at 5pm that night and finish in time for the presentation at the velodrome (room TBC). If you are unable to attend, please provide the reasons to your coach, who will in turn pass on to the office to keep a record.

It is expected that all riders will attend this to ensure they are familiar with their responsibilities around drugs in sport.

Road Racing
This Saturday is the Mend Physio Myross Bush circuit. Assembly: Myross Bush Hall 1.00pm , for 1.30pm racing.
A, B & C: 40km (5 Laps)
Social/Juniors: 32km (4 Laps)

Great turn out for the Browns Handicap and grass racing at the Browns Sports Day last weekend - Check out the race report here

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Don’t forget to get your entries in now entry form and details – remember it is a new format and course this year which will make for a fresh and fun tour.

Road Nationals
Expressions of interest are sought from those considering competing in the Age Group Road Nationals in the Wairarapa from April 20-22 (middle weekend of the school holidays). It’s thought there may be about 10 riders who might attend, so we’re hoping for a co-ordinated approach. If you can contact the office by February 28 and the details will be passed on to the appropriate people.

Social Club
Expressions of interest are also sought for any member keen to become involved in a social committee to organise some social functions for members. The topic was discussed at the Junior Div committee meeting and there was support for a group to be formed. Any member keen on getting involved please contact or let the office know.

Missing Wheel
Following on from the reminder about not touching wheels from the club bikes, can we also ask for the return of a Junior Div wheel – it’s a blue-hubbed anodised back wheel. Please check to see if you have it lying about and arrange its return.

Trading Post
Some new items are now online on our buy and sell web page. Remember you just have to send me a pic and all the details of any items and I’ll post them online When they have sold please let me know so I can take them off.

If anyone has an interest in coaching or assisting with coaching, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Mark in the office or coaching co-ordinator Sid Cumming. We’re always opening 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.

Disc Wheel Wanted
Does anyone have a rear disc wheel one of our new Masters riders can trial before Age Groups so she can decide whether or not to buy one? Let me know please

That’s one epic instalment for this week so I’ll leave you all to get on with the rest of the week!

Take care

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