Date: Tuesday, 07 May 2013
Posted by: Cycling Southland


Greetings everyone and I hope this finds you all well and warm!

It may be a down time for cycling and events but there’s definitely plenty to talk about again this week – so without further ado …

Senior Road Training and Bonding Camp – June 28  - 30 - Balclutha
Alistair Burnett has been the motivating and organising force behind the idea of a Senior Road Training and Bonding Camp prior to the road racing season kicking off in July.  The aim is to have a really fun weekend with a good group of people and get some good training under our belts prior to the start of road racing in July.


The camp will be based in Balclutha, and will be the weekend of June 28/29/30 June.  There is accommodation available at Rose Bank Lodge in Balclutha, for $120 per room (Queen Bed and Single Bed), with 14 rooms available, so get in quick to book your spot!

The outline for the weekend is to head up Friday night, have a social get together that night, then out on our bikes in the morning for a good ride – variations of 50km – 140km for different groups.  Another ride that afternoon, then a meal at the Hotel and a few beers at that night, before a good road ride Sunday morning prior to departure.

Partners are welcome to come too, and if they aren’t keen for a ride, could head to Dunedin for the day on Saturday.

You will need to book your own accommodation at Rose Bank Lodge (phone 03 419 0021) and let Alistair know if you’re in! ( or 027 281 8745)

Madison Coaching Workshop TONIGHT
The first of the Madison Coaching Workshops, for those who wish to learn how to coach Madison, will be held tonight, Tuesday 7 May at 7pm in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge, with Stu MacDonald. Please remember to bring your own helmet! 

Prizegiving – May 23 – Ascot Park Hotel
We are all set to go with our Prizegiving at the Ascot Park Hotel on Thursday May 23.  Tickets will be $15 each (partly subsidised by the club), available from the Cycling Southland Office.  The evening will be a fun, social occasion, with platters and canapés and the bar will be open (at your own cost).


Awards will be presented for Contribution to the Club (Masters, Senior, Junior), Rider of the Year (Junior, U19/Masters, Elite), New-Comers Award, the Summer Criteriumsm and Muppet of the Year and Best Performance Award (nominated by you on the night!).

Come along and join the fun, it will be a great night!

SouthPort Criterium Series – Last Race in the Series – 18 May
After the postponement of the weekend’s final Criterium due to the horrible slippery conditions Sunday dished up, the final Criterium in the series will now be on Saturday 18 May on the same Circuit, same times:


9am Report
9.30am:  Junior C Grade  - 12 mins & 2 Laps
9.45am:  Junior A &  B Grade – 20 mins & 2 Laps (if run together they will be judged
10.10am Senior C & D Grade- 20 mins & 2 Laps
10.35am: Senior B Grade- 30 mins & 3 Laps
11.10am: Senior A Grade – 30 mins & 3 Laps

Junior Newsletter
The latest happenings with the Junior Division are up online , under Junior_Newsletter
Please note that U15 gym sessions will commence next Tuesday the 14 May!

Junior Division Meeting
The Junior Division meeting will be held in the Ulmer Lounge next Tuesday 14 May, from 7pm. We value your views and input so feel free to pop along.

Draft Winter Road Programme
Please view_the_Draft_Winter_Programme here – we are looking for comments and feedback before finalising it, so drop Dale a line at -bearing in mind that traffic management viability and costs play a big role in drafting programmes (so some of the things people want are not possible!).  It should also be noted that the club makes NO money from racing.  In fact, there are times that the club has to subsidise it! Racing is conducted to give our  riders racing opportunities and the people involved do it out of the goodness of their hearts, so get out there and support it and make our racing the best in the  country! 

No Lunch Roll this Friday 10 May
Sorry for the inconvenience but there is no Lunch Roll this Friday due to a booking that could only be accommodated during part of the session – a reminder that next Friday 17 May the track will also be closed for another Sharks game – all other basketball and netball games this month fall on Saturday nights. 

Race Interval Sessions
Stu MacDonald under his On Track Coaching banner will be running a weekly track session, which is open to all riders capable of riding on the track. These sessions will focus on your conditioning through the winter months so that you can keep an element of track-specific fitness through this time.


The sessions will be short and sharp and timed to allow you time to get ready for work or school. The sessions are 7-8am, every Thursday, and will commence on the 16 May.

The sessions are open to all riders aged U17 and over, but booking is essential. You will not be able to just turn up and expect to ride.

Cost is as follows:
1 week - $7.50
2 weeks - $15.00
3 weeks - $20.00
4 Weeks - $25.00 

To book your sessions please email Stu direct -

Westpac Chopper Appeal
This Friday Cathy and some of our avid Cycling Southland team, including Sier Vermunt, Waine Harding, Erin Criglington, Allan Dunn, Sid Cumming, Robert Todd, Brendon Monaghan, Tim Maynard, James Jubb and John Careswell, jump on their bikes with a whopping crew of good people to raise funds for the Westpac  Chopper Appeal, Queenstown to Invercargill charity ride being held on Friday 10 May. They’re guaranteed to have fun along the way for sure! If you want to support this worthy cause Read_all_about_it  

Well that’s it for another weekly instalment on a very, very brisk day!
Take care out there and keep warm



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