Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Hi team and welcome to yet another week as another month looms in on Friday – that means we’re half way through the year already.

This Friday from 6-8pm we kick off the 2016 Corporate Pursuit with the team time trials. The main event will be held the following Sunday from 9am to if you are not helping – and you can still offer of course – we will see you down cheering all our teams on as the competition promises to be fast and fierce.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who are coaching and also to the riders and their businesses for getting on board again to make it happen this year – good luck to you all for the coming couple of weeks.

Teams there have been some tweaks to the draw so please check out the amendments here

Also a reminder to teams that there will be open male and female scratch races held on the day of the main event so keep that in mind as entries are taken on the day.

Also to any other riders wanting to have a go at entering a “newcomers” team sprint record, please notify us at the office before the day.

Finally, can all team captains please finalise if they require any addition tickets to the prize giving dinner. They are $35 each and these need to be notified to the Ascot sooner than later.

Let me know at thank you

Baxter & Neilson Junior Race Series
Entries are now open for the next Junior Division Baxter & Neilson Race Series

Sat ​30th ​July ​ 
Sat ​6th ​August 
Sat ​20th ​August 
Sat ​10th ​September 
Sat ​8th ​October 
Sat ​5th ​November 
Sat ​19th ​November 
Sat ​3rd ​December. 

Racing ​starts ​at ​5:30pm 
Price ​$70 ​per ​rider ​for ​whole ​season ​or ​$20 ​a ​night ​- ​so ​best ​to ​pay ​up ​front. 
Entries ​and ​money ​to ​the ​office ​before ​5.30pm ​Friday ​22nd ​July ​or ​late ​fees ​apply. 

Holiday Programme
We will again be hosting a School Holiday Programme in July, for 9-10 year-olds and over, including track cycling and skill-based cycling techniques.

Tuesday 12th - 10am-12pm
Friday 15th - 1-3pm
Tuesday 19th - 10am-12pm
Thursday 21st - 10am - 12pm

Cost $6 per hour or $12 per two-hour session. Wear sport-style clothing, gym shoes, bring a helmet (we have plenty here too) and a water bottle and snacks if staying two hours.
To register please email or phone 03 219 9325

Rider graduation process
As part of the extensive Health & Safety programme being developed for the club, the risk of inexperienced riders competing on the track and the potential serious outcome has been identified. By identifying this obvious risk,  we have a legal requirement to take all practicable steps to ensure the risk is eliminated or minimised.

Obviously there’s still a human element to competitive racing, but to ensure the club has done what it can to fulfil its legal requirements, we’ve reintroduced a graduation process to ensure junior riders taking part in club racing have had the necessary training and can exhibit the track skills required to be safe.

To do this, riders will have a series of skills to pass to graduate from Wheelers to Flyers, and then from Flyers to Club Racing etc.

If you have any questions please contact the session coaches who have the information on what’s required to progress.

This is not about stopping young riders from racing – it’s to make sure that when they are on the track they’re riding as safely as possible.

A Special General Meeting is set down for July 7, prior to the annual club prizegiving. The information was emailed out last week. It relates to a proposal to change the club’s constitution clause 8.2, which relates to the election cycle of board members, and the appointment of the president and vice president. Please get in touch if you have any queries relating to this.

Prizegiving 7 July
Just a reminder to put July 7 at the Ascot Park Hotel in the diary for the club’s annual prize giving. It’s a good chance to celebrate what we’ve done and have a look at the future and the coming year, particularly in the run up to the Elite & U19 Champs that we’ll host in February.  Tickets will be available from the office $15 each and doors open at 6.30pm.

Junior Division Special Meeting
At the recent  meeting on 15 June two options were put forward about Junior Division covering track hire costs going forward View the meeting minutes here Please ensure you have your say and attend the special meeting in the Ulmer Lounge on Tuesday 5 July at 7pm.

Junior Camp Tautuku
During the next holiday break, there will be a junior Division Camp at Tautuku from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 View the details and how to register

Make sure you join in the fun and team building. Please contact Danielle as she needs to provide all attendees with a consent form, which needs to be signed and returned before the kids can go thank you.

Teretonga Tresspassing
Now for the gumpy bit … a word of warning from the team at Teretonga Speedway please.

Can any juniors who are biking out to the track and then jumping the fence and passing their bikes over to ride on the track – please DO NOT do this as you are being seen each time you do.

Under the new Health and Safety legislation this puts the crew at Teretonga in a huge predicament of being responsible if you have an accident while there and this is not fair on them. We are working on establishing a set time for you to use the track but, in the meantime, please stop doing this.

Finally, congrats to Hayden Strong for his patience and perseverance to get the call up as part of the U19 Cycling New Zealand road team to race in the Tour de l’Abitibi in Canada from 18 t0 24 July. That will be an awesome experience and also to Hamish Beadle who will be riding the same tour with his Team Novo Nordisk. Check out Hayden’s yarn here

Also well done to Emma Cumming, Ellesse Andrews, Nicole Shields, Brad Knipe, Tom Sexton and Matt Archibald who all gave their best at the International Track Series in Melbourne last week. This was part of the final build up for the Junior Worlds in Switzerland for the juniors and part of his Matt’s final push for Rio selection. Check out all the results Good luck everyone, we’re all right behind you!

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