Date: Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Hi folks for our second official week of Spring,
First up – reminder Lunch Roll today is ONLY 12.30-1pm due to an all-day school booking.

It is great to see our road season is enjoying some great weather with it and the days are getting longer, which means it’s less than a month until the return of our ever-popular Zookeepers Café Wednesday Worlds on 3 October!

Yunca Junior Tour and ILT Junior Track Carnival – Entry Deadline
It is only six days until entries for the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland close next Monday 17 September – so please ensure you get online and get registering now With some new circuits included this year, it’s guaranteed to be another great tour and numbers are looking good across all grades.

The Tour will again be followed by the South Island Secondary Schools Track Champs on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10th, along with our ILT Junior Track Carnival on the evening of Tuesday. Register now for the Carnival

For any out-of-towners who have not been on the Velodrome boards before, there will be an open session on Monday 8 October between 10am and 4pm. This will be $10 a rider and if coaching guidance is required please contact me at to arrange a suitable time.

King House Removals Race Series
Another great night of racing on Friday night with the yellow jersey changing in two of the grades and it was also managed to fit in a Madison race. This Friday night we have the 5th night in the series with scratch, TT and points races followed by Pizza. We have taken our booking of the courts from 5:30pm for the rest of the series for ease of warm up and organisation pre-racing. View the results updates

Track Sessions
A reminder that we are now officially in Spring, that there are no more wet weather options on Sundays unless private booked through the office.

Also any new beginner juniors can register for our next Learn to Ride block in Term 4 View the details

Road Racing
A great day was had by all for the Windsor Physiotherapy Teretonga Race Day on Saturday and again there were great fields across all grades with some closely contested racing in the time trial, criterium and road race.

Huge thank you again to all who helped to make it a great day of racing.  Check out the full results

This Saturday it’s predicted a bright, sunny day for the Beast of the East Graded race. 1pm sign on at Te Tipua School for 1.30pm race start.

Road Racing review
As part of our ongoing policy review, we’re about to draft a Road Racing Policy with the goal to define how road racing is undertaken from an operational perspective. This will include things like rider briefings, the role of the race manager, training of race managers, dealing with complaints or issues, the running of the race and other aspects.

The goal is to make it clear how we run road races and the processes involved and provide structure into the future.

If you have any constructive thoughts on what is done well - or isn’t done well and needs improving - then please email or with your comments.

This will be drafted up and presented to the Road Racing Sub-Committee for their consideration, before being sent to the executive committee.

Club Meeting
Following on from a request at the AGM, here’s a date for the calendar: the next club meeting will be on September 26, venue and time to be confirmed. There will be an update on how planning for the two road tours is going and a chance to ask the new board any questions. All welcome.

Property Returns
Can everyone please check their car boots and garages for any Cycling Southland lights, hi-res vests, flags and radios as we very much need them returned so they can be checked in readiness for the upcoming major road tours please.

China Tour
Big congrats to Erin Criglington who is away as a commissaire on a major tour in China. She’s in the thick of the action on the Radio Tour, having completed a 140km hilly course near Pingchang on Stage 2, and about to embark on a 158km stage to Enyang. The race appears to be held right in the centre of China, although info on the internet is limited. We’re sure there will be some interesting stories upon her return.

Finally, it was a rousing welcome the Boys’ High Kapa Haka group gave our Junior Worlds gold medallist Corbin Strong when he arrived home from a couple of road tours he raced post-Junior Worlds on Thursday. View the article
It will be great to see you back training and racing locally Corbin and well done on another great campaign to secure a rainbow jersey.

That’s it from us for another newsy instalment and if you’re planning on heading out to road racing this Saturday – it’s looking to be the warmest ride yet at this stage with 19 degrees predicted.

Enjoy the road in this weather!

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