Welcome to another week everyone and a busy little week or two it is going to be as well,
We have major road events the next two weekends, track painting, an awards night and event entries coming in thick and fast to everything that is coming up! So let’s get into it …
This Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September we will be doing some track maintenance in preparation for the Oceania Track Championships and other upcoming events. We are still keen to hear from willing/able-bodied and painting experienced helpers to give us a hand to freshen up the track over the weekend. Please contact us if you fit the bill for this one.
Session Cancellations – As a result of the weekend of painting, all sessions on Monday 2nd September will be cancelled sorry – this includes Cyclofit, Under 15 Squad, Challenger Development and Sprint Squad. This will allow for the paint to fully cure and dry.
We are seeking expressions of interest from riders wishing to compete in the upcoming Oceania Track Championships, being held here Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 October. Please let Sid know firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased from the ILT Stadium Southland or Ticket Direct Follow the link here
Remember to ensure you get your entries in for this year’s Yunca Junior Tour of Southland. Entries are now up to 78 and there is a real international flavour to this year’s tour with two Australian crews coming and a German rider on board as well
42 Riders headed out to McIvor Road on Saturday for the annual Donovan Points Race in fine but windy conditions.
With only two A graders in the mix - Louis Hodgkinson and Lachie Baird, they rode with B graded helping to keep the field in the mix with each other pulling riders back into the fold and keeping everyone honest. The ride of the day went to relative newbie Hendre Knoetze who took a sizeable lead for the win in B grade, with Pete McKenzie in second and Neil Familton settling for third.
Ray Robinson took out C grade from Reuben Boniface and Eion McKenzie, while Marshall Erwood continued his winning form in C Grade with Conrad Clark and Hunter Thompson coming in second and third.
Finn Edwards claimed the win in E Grade with Caleb Moss in second, Lachlan Kelly in third and Poppy McIvor in fourth.
Huge thank you to marshalls Emma Green, Tony Thompson, Shirlene Rollo and Michael Manson and Rachael Kelly for help with results, along with Lindsay and Crigs as always.
George W Wilson and Sons / Southland Farm Machinery Gore to Waikiwi Classic
We are delighted to announce that Geo W Wilson and Sons / Southland Farm Machinery are back on board as our major sponsor for the annual Gore to Invercargill Classic Handicap Race being held on Saturday 31st August. Race registration is 10am for 10.30am race start. This is one of the key club races on our cycling calendar with great prize money up for grabs and we will again be looking to any willing helpers to lend us a hand with marshalling etc on the day. Let the office know if you can help. Enter online now https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=181402
H&J Smith Outdoor Southland Road Champs
The following weekend is the H&J Smith Outdoor Southland Road Champs with the Makarewa Time Trial on Saturday 7th September https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=181403
Then it is the Gorge Road Circuit road race on Sunday 8th September https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=181404
https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/591954678. Once again being a key club event, we will be seeking volunteers to lend us a hand both days please.
King House Removals Race Series
Round four of the King House Removals Race Series was held on Friday night and close racing continued with half of the series completed. Check out the running results
There will be a break this week with open Friday night racing in the meantime and the King House Removal Series returns again for round five on 6 September.
Timaru two-day Tour
Huge well done to all those who ventured to Timaru last weekend for their popular two-day tour and fantastic to see Southland winners in three of the grades. Read more here
A reminder that we have an online Trading Post for buying, selling and exchanging cycling goods for our members View the details here and contact the office if you have anything up for sale etc. Let us know too when things need to be deleted.
So twiddly dee – that’s it from me!
Make sure you get on to registering for Yunca and the upcoming major road events if you haven’t already!