Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Happy soggy Tuesday everyone and it’s the eve of a very exciting five days ahead as our Junior and Senior riders get ready and raring to race when the Age Group Track Nationals begin in earnest tomorrow in Cambridge!

Months of preparation are about to be put to the test and we wish all our representative crew, including team manager Mel Davidson, coach Sid Cumming and all the supportive family members who are there to ensure the team can perform to their very best, the absolute best of luck. May you all race as well as you personally can and we can’t wait to hear all the results as they unfold. Enjoy what is the first Age Group team experience to travel away in many years and let’s hope our beloved Points Shield can come “home” to our SIT Zero Fees Velodrome where all the hard graft has been put to make you all as ready as you can be for another epic battle on the boards.

All the best Age Groupers – we are with you in true southern spirit and hope can enjoy some mighty fine results – Gooooood Luccccccccccccccck from us all!

Organisational Appointments
Lindsay Jordan is pleased to announce Erin Criglington has been co-opted on to the Executive Committee.

Erin has a vast array of experience as World Masters Champion, a background of commercial and communications experience with Crowe Howarth, a fully qualified Cycling New Zealand National commissaire, a dedicated club cyclist, official and selector, as well as being a busy parent – an excellent background in providing input into the future direction and performance of Cycling Southland – both at the squad and high performance level along with Community Pathways 

Up to three people can be co-opted to the Executive, at any one time,  to ensure a good balance of commercial and skills and capability. Currently there are two co-opted members – Trevor Johnston and Erin. To carry on after the AGM both Erin and Trevor can be nominated and voted on at the AGM or co-opted.

We are also pleased to welcome Danielle (Rabbit) Ralph to the support team in the Cycling Southland office. Danielle commenced work on Monday 9 March on a short-term  contract role as Development Facilitator, to assist in promotion of the various school promotions Cycling Southland  provide, co-ordination of coaches and programme delivery, co-ordination of the Road nationals team, managing the photo finish, results, timing and Big Screen, and assisting membership growth. Danielle will be working mainly 1pm – 6pm daily.

Nic Morris finished her short-term Office Administration role on Thursday 6 March – we thank Nic for her contribution.

No Senior Racing Tonight
Due to track champs etc, we will cancel senior track racing tonight and hope to resume next week or soon after. 

Friday Junior Racing
Due to Track Nationals and Road Champs at the end of the month, there will be no Friday night Junior Racing sessions until notified on both the weekly road and track schedule and through further member comms. 

Don’t forget the McDonalds College Road Race Series continues again this Wednesday in conjunction with Cycle Surgery Wednesday Worlds, entry is $5
Year 9-13 28km meet 5.30pm for a 5.50pm start, Year 7-8 14km meet 6pm for 6.30pm start.

Junior Division Meeting
Next meeting will be on Tuesday 17 March, at 7pm in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge – View the February minutes here

Saturday Road Racing
This Saturday’s race is the second race in the H&J Smith Summer Points Outdoor Series and will be the Myross Bush graded points race. Assembly at Paddington Arms at 1pm for 1.30pm racing. Please ensure your manager and marshalling duties are covered if you are unavailable. Get your entries in by midday Friday 13th please. A reminder that there is no Junior Racing again this weekend.

Also a heads up that there is a two race Windsor Physiotherapy Time Trial series beginning next Thursday 19 March and again on 26 March – entry links will be up soon.

Also a final reminder that the Southland Road TTs and Race are on 28 and 29 March – any volunteers who can lend a hand – you know you are always very much appreciated so let us know! 

Wet Weather Rec Ride Options
Once again, as the Autumnal months are upon us, we have put in place some Sunday morning wet weather rec ride options on the track starting from this weekend. $5 per rider and sign in on the forms in the folder holder at the top of the tunnel please.
10-11am is beginner-intermediate riders, 11am-midday is intermediate to advanced please. 

10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit
This year’s 10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit is scheduled for 
7  May: Entries close 5:00pm
13 May: Event briefing – 7:00pm
19th June: Time Trial – 6-10pm
28th June: Race Day

We would really appreciate members to assist with coaching or officiating on these days.  Please contact the office and leave your details.  If you know of a business that you will be coaching could you also inform the office.  This year we will also be offering a basic coaches evening to assist our volunteers.
Thanks Julian Ineson & Sier Vermunt Event Managers

Cycling New Zealand Coaching Qualification Opportunity
Cycling New Zealand Level 1 Sport Coaching Accredited Course – Two courses combined (for price of one) both Track and Road.

Arrangements are being made with Cycling New Zealand to hold two Level 1 Accredited Sport Coaching courses at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome in Invercargill. Registrations of interest close off tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5pm, so get these in now if you haven’t already – this will be suitable for both existing and those interested in getting involved with coaching.
It is intended to hold the courses on either the weekend of 2nd/3rd May or 9th/10th May 2015. Download all the details here 

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Make sure you get your entry in for this ever-popular Easter weekend tour from April 3 to 6 by checking out all the details and downloading the entry form here

Track Closed
Another reminder that the track will be closed to all sessions next Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March due to a National Dairy Women’s Conference being held through the entire facility.

That’s about enough from me for another week – so whoop, whoop, let’s go Track Nationals!
Go fast everyone – hopefully you’ll hear us cheering you on!
Have a ripper week folks


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