Hello everyone and the solstice is upon us which means the days can only start getting longer again – a nice thought.
But it was even nicer to have so many worthy finalists noted again at this year’s ILT Sports Awards at the Friday gala evening event.
Once again our members took out a fistful of coveted awards with Emma Cumming taking Junior honours, Erin Criglington taking Masters honours and Eddie Dawkins taking out the Senior Sportsperson of the Year.
A very fine affair for all who were nominated and all our finalists and needless to say there were some very proud parents in attendance on the evening as well. Congratulations to our worthy recipients.
Can anyone down at the track today or tomorrow please be aware that the South Island Dairy Event is currently being held throughout the building so we respectfully request that you all keep the noise down while using the track until the end of play tomorrow (Wednesday) please. That means no using the starting gates, bells etc unless you know there is no-one in the rooms upstairs - this may well be the case in the evenings. Thanks for your assistance as it is great we can still use the track in the meantime.
After a fantastic club working bee on Saturday – many thanks to those who attended - we now have a great storage system for the bikes under the track.
Going forward, you must be allocated a slot number to hang your bike. No bikes are to be left on the ground, they must be hung.
A piece of paper has been placed on your bike – please bring that to the office so we know whose bike is where.
The slot will be charged at $50 a year from July 1 (works out at less than $1 a week). This money will be used to fund our club bike maintenance programme.
Note: If you do not wish to take advantage of this, please remove your bike.
Bikes in the tunnel and on racks
All bikes must be removed from the tunnel and the track bike racks. If you want to store them under the track, come and see us in the office before taking it down there. We will soon start removing bikes from the tunnel.
Once again we say a huge thank you to the Invercargill Licensing Trust for their ongoing support of our riders and events as they recently presented us with two cheques to fund $1900 each for Emma Cumming, Brad Knipe and Tom Sexton towards them heading to the Junior Worlds next month and a further $20,000 towards this year’s Tour of Southland - our community funders are hugely important to our organisation and its ongoing development. Thanks ILT for doing it again, it is certainly most appreciated!
Corporate Pursuit & Roller Racing
Well the big event is getting closer and with just one and half weeks until the Time Trial night on Friday 1 July at 6pm, the main event will follow on Sunday 10 July, from 9am.
The teams have really been putting in the hard work on the boards and making the most of any additional sessions or time on the track that they can – so it should be a cracking wee competition again this year.
A reminder to all team captains and coaches to inform all riders that bikes are not to be stored in the tunnel going forward please as this is not compliant with the new Health and Safety legislation.
If anyone requires storage under the track they are to see me at the office to request a spot.
A reminder for the final dates and teams for the Lone Star Roller Racing tonight and next week Check these out here
Age Groups and Elites Dates
Cycling New Zealand has confirmed major events dates for next year view them here
Elite & U19 Track Champs will be here in Invercargill from 2-5 February and the Age Groups will be in Cambridge from 15-19 March.
Gerald Paterson has already got on to the favourite team spot at 9 Karapiro Lodge for accommodation and has pre-booked 30 beds with more available at $35 a head per night. These are available for juniors and masters alike so let me know if you are keen to book a bed and I’ll pass your details on to Gerald.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 219 9325
Prize giving 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.
Finally our best wishes to Brad Knipe, Emma Cumming, Tom Sexton, Nicole Shields and Ellesse Andrews who are all in their final push towards the Junior Worlds in Switzerland next month. The next major hit-out is at the International Track Series (ITS) in Melbourne starting tomorrow and running until Sunday. They will then return to Cambridge for the final camp before heading to Switzerland.
Also congrats to Piet Bulling who won the omnium at the UCI Tier 1 event in the Czech Republic over the weekend – another stunning result leading into Rio for our track riders.
So that’s another newsy instalment for this week, so enjoy and may you all have a happy and safe week