Date: Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Posted by: Cycling Southland

It’s nearly ho ho ho time and what a year it’s been too – very exciting and very busy.

First things first, the Track is closed today to all sessions so no senior racing either tonight as they sanding for the court resurfacing is creating too much dust on the track. Once this is finished and cleaned, we can hopefully get back on schedule for the remainder of the week. The contractors resurfacing the courts are very accommodating so we just have to work through things day by day. Keep an eye on the track schedule  and Facebook for any updates each day.

Skinsuit/Speedsuit Orders – urgent
Let me know what you may require for track nationals urgently so we can confirm that we have enough supplies on hand – orders will be very tight if more are required.

Elite & U19 Track Nats Manager
Can we please have a hand up for manager for the Crambridge Track Nationals – 29 January to 1 February. Entries need to be in by Friday 9 January. 

Junior Div Track Nationals meeting
There will be a meeting for parents of Junior Division riders attending the Track Nationals in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge tomorrow Wednesday night, at 7pm.

Squad Training during Closure
Sat 27 Dec - 10am-12.30pm U17s
12.30pm – 3pm U19s 

Sun 28 Dec - 10am-12.30pm U15s
12.30pm – 3pm Masters 

Sat 3 Jan - 10am-12.30pm U17s
12.30pm – 3pm U19s 

Sun 4 Jan - 10am-12.30pm U15s
12.30pm – 3pm Masters 

Welcome Home Eddie
It was great to see Eddie down at the track in his rainbow jersey yesterday – so we just had to ‘dob’ him in for yarn with the local rag. Catch it here if you haven’t already 

New Year Road Racing Programme
View the draft summer programme Race managers and marshalls will be appointed.

First things to note in your new Summer road racing programme calendars are the Tuatapere Grass Racing on January 1 and the Browns Road Race and Sports Day Grass Track Racing on Saturday 10 January (both grass racing events off great prize money so you’ve got to be in to win!), if interested in either or both events contact Tony Ineson – or phone 217 4920. Volunteer marshalls will also be required for the 40km handicap Browns Road Race on 10 January. 

New Year Track & Road Racing
Don’t forget to start preparing and get your entries in for the ILT New Year Carnival 16 & 17 January, the Gore to Invercargill Classic 17 January and the Ascot Park Hotel Crit 18 January. All links to event entries and details are available here 

Last Wednesday Worlds this week
Racing will resume on January 14 from Tisbury School until further notice. 

South Port Crit this Friday
The generosity of South Port NZ again this year means our summer crit series is going to kick off with the last official race of the year this Friday 19 December Check out the details here Just confirming there will be Div 1, 2 and 3 racing. (Juniors are welcome to join in). Racing will kick off at 6pm sharp with Div 3 up first. See you there with your salad and your bike! 

There will be no Junior Division Racing at the track this Friday night due to the Crit.

Congrats U17 Squad additions
Congratulations to our Track Nationals U17 Squad additions Tayla Lumsden, Nicole Marshall and Nepia Ruwiu. 

Central Otago Race Saturday
Central Otago Cycling are having a two-stage club race this Saturday. It is a Coronet Peak Hill Climb and an ITT.  Meet corner Malaghans Rd & Manse Rd, Arrowtown at 9.15am for a 9.50am race briefing. There is supposed to be an U17 grade but this will be determined by numbers on the day. Patrick Harvey has some of the Black Magic Women Cycling team and James Fouche at a training camp for the week and they will all be racing. Entry $10.

Canterbury Track Cycling annual Carnival on 6 & 7 January 2015.
Syd Martin and his team are offering to help assist Southland riders to attend the carnival, with the idea of Canterbury Track Cycling (CTC) covering the cost of hiring of a minivan to bring riders up (any age group) and billet them out to help keep the costs to Southland riders to a minimum. It is something members of CTC have done over the years to get our riders to Southland & North Island events with great success. 


If there is enough interest in the next couple of days we could get a van and trailer organised to carry bikes along with a responsible driver whom CTC will also look after.

The Canterbury Carnival is quite different being outdoor, with the infield set up with Marquees and tents. 

They have trade stores, ice cream trucks along with food outlets around the outside of the track etc.

Just like a national event all competitors are located in the infield and of course juniors mix with elites with a number of events not normally run in Southland track meets.

It is high intensity with lots of fun mixed in. Let me know if you’re keen to attend

Cycling Otago NZ Cup on Wheels
Pop this in the diary  for the New Year – Cycling Otago’s NZ Cup on Wheels will be held at Seddon Park Velodrome on 14 February with Grades A, B, C, Women, A, B, U17, U15, U13 and roadster. Entry $20 senior and $10 junior – pay on the day. Report 4.30pm for 5.30pm start. All enquiries to Bill Allen

So that’s it for another action-packed week and year. All squads and regular track session resume when the Velodrome reopens on Monday 5 January.

In the meantime have a safe and very Merry Christmas and a really Happy New Year – goodness knows we all deserve it

Enjoy and get spoilt
Best wishes from us all in the office
Milly, Bruce, Nic and Brian


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