Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Hello everyone and a very big good luck and race well to all of you who are heading up to Alexandra this week for the Club Road Nationals.

A team of around 50 are taking on the champs from Southland and more than 600 entrants are competing from around the country. All the best and we hope you all do really well and enjoy the racing as well. We cannot wait to share the results as they come to hand.

Remember Alan Strong is looking after things and he will be using our Cycling Southland Facebook page for messaging so keep an eye out there. Check out his first post here

Don’t forget to swing by the office and grab your Cycling Southland road tops $80 to buy or $10 hire. Good luck everyone!

From your Manager to all Road National Competitors

Hi Team
I will have race packs available after the managers meeting on Wednesday night and again before the TT and road races from 8am till midday each day just look for Cycling Southland sign or my vehicle or call me on 027 378 7877. If you want your race pack on Wednesday night you will need to come to me between 7 and 8.30pm at the Earnscleugh Hall on Earnscleugh Road, which is on the opposite side of the river to the Alexandra township (back road) and runs from Alex to Clyde.

A reminder that you cannot ride shorts with any logo or naming unless they registered on your licence. Refer to Communique 1 at the link below under - 7. Riders Apparel.  I strongly suggest riders read this as a lot of the questions I have had so far are answered here. 

There are currently three Communiques loaded on the website for your info, the first one is a general information about the event and the next 2 are the Entry lists for the Time Trial and the Road Race.  Please keep an eye on this page as the commissaries load any other information for this year’s event.

There has been some resent changes to the regulations on bike set up. The most notable is that the seat can have a maximum angle of nine degrees from horizontal. Check it out here:

Cheers Alan

May Magnifique! ILT 10 Year Anniversary Track Carnival
On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May we will be holding a birthday party celebration to mark 10 years since the opening of the Velodrome on 26 May 2006. It will feature our NZ Junior Worlds Track Champs team who are bound for Switzerland this year along with a raft of other fun Carnival events Read all about it here

Carnival Lead-in Track Sessions
As a result of the May Carnival, track sessions for U17s and over will restart next week – after the Road Nationals – for anyone U17 and older on Tuesdays from 7-8.30pm (starting 26 April) and Thursdays from 6-8pm. U15s are to be advised.

Sprint Squad recommences on Mondays from 7-8pm on May 2.

School Holiday Programme
We are running a school holiday programme this Wednesday 20 and the following 27 May, with sessions from 10-11am and 11am-12pm both days. Kids can come for the two hours or just one on either day. Register with me at the office with your child’s name, age and your name and emergency contact details

Venture Southland, in conjunction with the various local government agencies and other organisations, is developing a regional cycling strategy and they want to hear from cyclists. It would be great if you could take a few minutes (it took us two minutes to complete) to click on the link and give some feedback around your perception of cycling – either as a recreational rider, commuter or competitor – in Southland.


Road Racing
|Well done to everyone who ventured out for an awesome two-stage Riverton-Tuatapere and return road race on Saturday. It was great to see the strong numbers out as a lead-in to the Road Nationals and some great results across all grades. Read the full report here and check out the happy snaps here

The next one of our road races will be a team event on the Winton Golf Course circuit Register online here now

Anzac Day
Next Monday 25 May is Anzac Day and the Stadium and Velodrome will be closed for the public holiday. Enjoy the long weekend again!

Westpac Chopper Appeal Ride
On Friday 13 May it is the annual Westpac Chopper Appeal bike ride from Queenstown to Invercargill. This great fundraiser for a fantastic cause is an easy way to give a little by supporting the rider of your choice. Check out some of the details here and help do your bit for a worthy cause while supporting our local team of riders. Give it heaps Southland riders.

Custom Kit Available
Any teams or events wanting custom kit for events are welcome to contact our very own World sprinter superstar Eddie Dawkins. He has a new business venture where he helps design and create custom cycling kits. So don’t be shy and get in touch. I can supply his contact details if you wish.

ILT Foundation Funding
A huge thank you again to the ILT Foundation for the $70,000 operational funding injection they recently provided us with again to keep the cycling wheels turning. The support we continue to receive from our community funders is paramount to the ongoing, successful running of our organisation.

Congratulations to …
Well done to Hayden Strong and Will Sutherland who headed to the Te Awamutu Road Tour recently and put in some mighty fine racing check out the final results and photo

Also a great big congrats to Hamish Keast who is the only Southlander selected in the Cycling NZ U17 road team to compete in premier Australian road tour the Canberra Junior Tour next month. We wish you a great lead-in to this event with the road nationals this week before you head away on 6 May for the tour on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May.

Well that is enough to digest with a big week ahead, so good luck at the Road Nationals everyone.
We hope you all ride safely and well. Go get ‘em!

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