Well it’s been a couple of cracking starts to the day this week – invigorating stuff!
From the GM’s desk
Charges for two-hour sessions
At an executive meeting last year, it was determined that all riders taking part in a two-hour session should pay for the two hours, not just one hour. However, it’s been discovered that not all riders are doing this.
It was confirmed at the executive meeting this week that as of July 1, all riders – junior and senior - taking part in a two-hour track session will be charged for both hours. The club rents the track from the stadium and has to recoup the costs through a user-pays system.
There are concession cards (light purple for adults and light blue for juniors) available for the two-hour sessions – they are $100 for 12 sessions, which works out at $10 a session and get two free (or $8.33 per two-hour session).
Alternatively you can use two slots on your standard concession cards, which would work out at $10 per two-hour session.
This takes effect from Friday, July 1.
Health and Safety policies
New health and safety policies were adopted by the executive committee this week. They will be gradually loaded on to the website for members to read. It’s an important step in making sure the club has a robust and active health and safety programme, as required under the new legislation. There have already been changes to how we work around risk issues relating to events, and there will be further changes around rider accreditation and other aspects of the club activities.
This is not about “wrapping kids in cotton wool”. This is about making sure we operate as safely as possible, in all facets of our operation, to ensure that every rider, staff member, volunteer, and contractor who has some dealings with the club goes home safely at the end of the day. Accidents, particularly in racing, will happen. But we must have procedures in place to show that thought has been given to mitigating or eliminating risk where possible.
The new legislation is designed to change the culture around health and safety in NZ. There is no waiver or opt-out option but there is an emphasis on personal responsibility as well.
My goal is for us to be the leading sporting organisation in the south when it comes to health and safety. We are already well ahead of most cycling clubs in the country in regards to being prepared, and leading most other sporting organisations in the south.
We’re in the process of organising a club working bee for Saturday, June 18, from 1pm-5pm. If you can stick this in your diary that would be great. Even if you can pop down for a couple of hours.
The plan is to free up some significant storage space to get the bikes out of the tunnel under the track, as well as continue the good work that Ferg and Gerald have been doing around fixing up bikes. The goal is to have all the bikes going all of the time, but a bit of work is required to get to that point.
A good session with some club members would help significantly. More details to come.
Junior Div AGM
The AGM for the Junior Div will be held in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge from 7pm on Wednesday, June 15. All are welcome and encourage to attend. Nominations for officers can be made on the night but possible candidates are urged to consider how they will be involved. Agenda will be available next week.
Secondary Students Session Tuesdays
As per the two-hour concession card scenario above it is intended to reduce the secondary students slot from 4-6pm to just 5-6pm – effective from the start of Term 3. This session will again then be returned to a specialist junior high/secondary students session please. No primary students please from Term 3.
Tahitian Tour Invite
For the past couple of years a group of Tahitian riders have been coming over to support and race the Tour de Lakes. Now they are reciprocating the hospitality with an invite to their own island tour. Check out the provisional programme
Huge congratulations to our very own Life Member and Cycling NZ Life Member Graham Sycamore who last weekend received a New Zealand Order of Merit Queen’s Birthday honour. Hugely proud of you Syccie! Read about his honours here
Finally, to our own Tom ‘Scud’ Scully who yesterday took out a stage win in the Europe road series. Super proud of you Tom and how you just keep kicking out the results! Read about the win here
So that is it from the office for this week and on with some great Corporate Pursuit training we continue as teams are training from 7am to 10pm at night this month – thanks to all involved and all the coaches who are committed to helping them out!