Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Good soggy day everyone and I trust you are all managing to keep warm and dry in this rather wintery Autumn we seem to be experiencing.

Centre discussion at AGM
The topic of the future structure of the administrative side of the sport at a regional level was considered via a discussion document at the CNZ Road & Track AGM at the weekend.
During the discussions, it became quite clear that the role and function of the centre in each province varied - our combined club and centre function was noticeably different to that of Auckland's, which is purely an administrative and governance structure.
Despite considerable discussion, there was no clear consensus reached on the future. There was discussion around identifying what the problems were thought to be that were affecting the sport. These were not clear or easy to define.
No proposal or timeline for any potential change was detailed. As a result, the Road & Track Council has agreed to clarify the role of the centre, outline the issues that need to be explored, develop a timeline for any potential changes, and seek further information from the centres.
It must be noted that there did not appear to be any real interest in change from the centres, particularly around a suggestion of amalgamations.

Additional events
The Road & Track Council will also consider a request from Canterbury to include U17 Keirins and U15 team sprints at the Age Groups.

Appointment
Congratulations to Erin Criglington, who was appointed vice president of the Road & Track Council, taking over from Mike Sim who has become president. It's great to have Erin on that board voicing Southland's interests and concerns.

Award
Further congrats to Erin for winning the CNZ masters track rider of the year, presented at the awards dinner on Saturday night. It's great recognition of the hard work she's put in both locally and internationally.

Track Sessions
A reminder that Under 17 Squad restarts this Thursday 24th from 4-6pm.

Wet weather rides are now available on Sundays from 11am to 1pm – either $8 an hour or tick concession card on the sign in sheet.

Friday night racing is on again from 6-8pm weekly for all ages and all levels. $10 entry fee paid cash or $5 for novices. This is a Junior Division fundraiser to assist with junior rider travel expenses.

MTB Ride
MTB ride is on this evening leaving the MTB car park at 6.15pm. Everyone welcome, and experienced riders to ride with the younger ones. Fully charged front and rear lights are needed.

Schools Road Season
Check out the race dates and venues and make sure you head long

Subway Series
We’re after some general helpers for the Subway series – sessions are Friday night (6pm-10.30pm), Saturday 9am-noon and 1pm to 5pm, Sunday 9am-1pm. If your young rider is taking part and you’re attending and happy to assist, please contact Mark – mark.hotton@cyclingsouth.org.nz

Junior Division Cheese Roll Fundraiser
Our Junior Division is hosting a travel fundraiser with cheese roll orders. You can order via parents Facebook posts, or through me in the office, All orders and money need to be in by 29 May. Making and delivery is on Saturday 9 June. Orders are $6 dozen (white or brown) or $25 for five dozen. Get your fix to have with soup this winter!!

Westpac Chopper Ride
Finally, the 60 hardy volunteer riders on the Qt2INv Westpac Chopper Appeal ride last Friday were extremely lucky indeed to avoid the rain storms as they traversed down the countryside in some very spine-chilling, breezy conditions last Friday. It was indeed humbling to welcome this euphoric bunch back to Invercargill just after 5pm in conditions that made you lose the feeling in your fingers and toes! Congratulations to every single one of you who undertook the mammoth 250km journey for such a fantastic and worthy cause. Also to all the invaluable supporters who travelled down with them all keeping them safe and fuelled. Truly inspirational stuff everyone!

So that’s all for this instalment, keep warm and dry and avoid those winter lurgies too.

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