Hello for another week folks and hope you enjoyed the long weekend as well,
Well the 60th Anniversary SBS Bank Tour of Southland kicks off this Sunday and as per usual kids can ride with the stars as the afternoon kicks off at 1.30pm.
So throw the kids bikes in the back and head on down for an action-packed afternoon that culminates with the 20 teams taking part in the Prologue Time Trial.
There is more information about how you can get involved in the action below.
If anyone is available to volunteer to assist with packing the truck at the Stadium at 10am this Sunday 30 October and then helping to set up at Gala Street, your assistance is greatly appreciated. We can also use a hand with the pack down at the end of the final stage at Gala Street again on Saturday 5 November.
We also need about 14 deck chairs for the week of the tour for our international riders.
Please drop them off (preferably named) into the lock up below by the weekend – thanks so much.
SIT Southern Performance Hub
Expressions of interest are now being sought for the SIT Southern Performance Hub – click here to find out more and download a form
Saturday Road Racing
Check out the Saturday report from the Donovan Points Race. This Saturday 29 October is the Grove Bush-Springhills Handicap. Enter online here now Race manager is Neil Sutherland and marshalls are Jamie Wilson, Nicola Stevens and Andrew Lienert thank you.
Southland Team Shirt Orders
Southland team shirts for the upcoming Track Champs and other events, including next year's Track Nationals are now available to order from the office. Shirts $35 each so please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your order and include what size you want.
Payments to be made to the office by the order date please.
60th Anniversary SBS Bank Tour of Southland – lots to get involved with!
BDO Bluff Hill Charity Ride
Cyclists wanting to emulate their heroes will have the chance to race on a section of the Tour of Southland this year. Members of the public are being challenged to take part in the BDO Bluff Hill charity ride, a 7km journey starting at the Stirling Point signpost in Bluff, through the seaside town and finishing on the summit of Bluff Hill. The bonus is all proceeds raised will be donated to Ronald McDonald House. View the details and register online now
Gala on Gala Corporate Team Time Trial
As part of this special event we invite you to come and join the action at 'Gala on Gala' as part of the build up to this year’s event in our inaugural Ricoh Corporate Road Team Time Trial. Teams are made up of four to six riders with a minimum of one female, and you can enter at either a social or competitive level.
The team time will be taken from the fourth rider over the finish of the 4.2km circuit of Queens Park - so get your crew assembled and put your team name and entry in now by registering online here
Lone Star Supporters Bus
Finally, don’t forget about the Lone Star Tour Supporters Bus that will allow seat holders to follow the arduous Eastern Southland stage on Friday 4 November. This is a special invitation to Southland businesses to consider this unique opportunity to reward your clients or staff – or it’s just a special opportunity for you and a group of friends.
We’d love you to be a part of the 60th Anniversary SBS Bank Tour of Southland special celebrations, so enter a time trial team, or register for the Bluff Hill charity ride and book a seat on the supporters bus – we’ll ensure you have a great ride!
Anyone who has a vest, a flag, a radio or light from Cycling Southland, can you please return these as they are required for the upcoming Tour of Southland thank you.
Thank you too for the return of Bruce’s tool bag.
Southland Track Champs
These are now being held from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November. Entries are now open online.
Here is the minutes from the meeting held last week. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 22 November
Milford to Invercargill Heart Ride for Kids
This year organiser Steve Rhodes is allowing juniors to ride the Milford-Invercargill Heart Ride for Kids on Saturday 12 November and there are some great options to be able to do this. Check out the details here
Mossburn Downriver Dash for Cash
There’s $500 for the male and female winners so check out the details
So that’s more than enough to keep everyone going for another week so we’ll catch you out and about at the Tour of Southland action – enjoy!