Date: Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hi everyone,
Another week has rolled by and we have plenty report, so into it we go!

Road Racing
It was an epic turn out for the Gorge Road Memorial and Curtis Dunn Memorial road racing last weekend and some mighty fine results too.

Check out the full results and report

There is no race this weekend due to Easter and the Tour de Lakes. The next race will be the Woodlands Graded – the third race in the South Port Summer Points Series Enter online now

Club Road Nationals
Is anyone okay to put their hand up to be the Southland manager for Club Road Nationals as we really need to have a delegated liaison. If you could possibly fulfil this roll and ensure you have a Southland road jersey/skinsuit as well as you must wear club kit.

Anyone who is not riding nationals and still hasn’t returned skinsuits from the Track Nationals, please ensure you do so and collect your licence which is on my desk at the same time.

There will be an open road racing meeting for everyone to attend, discussing our plan of attack for the rest of the year on Monday 1 May, at 7pm Champions Lounge.

There will be a Junior Division meeting has been postponed until Tuesday 2 May at 7pm.

School Holiday Programme
We are again offering a school holiday programme for juniors on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm and again on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 at the same times. It is $10 per two-hour session

Make sure you register with me

Learn to Ride Track
From next term our Wheelers sessions will be reformatted to a nine-week Learn to Ride Track programme. One block will run on Wednesays 4-5pm and the other on Fridays 4-5pm. The costs is $85 and includes track and bike hire, water bottle and certificate. The final day will be a skills and fun day. Register now with me

Buildings Closures for Holidays
The who building will be closed on a number of occasions over the next couple of weeks due to public holidays so please ensure you check before heading down.

This Friday 14 April – Easter
Sunday 16 April – Easter
Monday 17 April – Easter
Tuesday 18 April – Southland Anniversary Day
Tuesday 25 April – Anzac Day

Corporate Pursuit
The dates for the Corporate Pursuit have now been finalised view the details here

Fundraising garage sale
Many of you will be cleaning up around the house and section this Easter.  Before you chuck anything out, can we ask that you consider keeping aside anything that may be suitable for the Cycling Southland fundraising GARAGE SALE in July.  Remember the old idiom “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

This is a major fundraising venture for Cycling Southland so if you have anything at all, no matter how big or small, please put it aside and we will see if we can gain a profit off it.  We do have some room to store some “goods” so please contact Bruce at Cycling Southland if you have anything you would like stored rather than dump it.

Please pass this message on to your family and friends. 

Motor pacing session
At the recent coaches meeting it was agreed to trial a motorbike-pacing session on Thursdays, from 7pm, with the first one to be held next week on Thursday April 20. The initial one-hour session will be is open to second year U17 riders and upwards. The bike will start about 30kmh and increase 2kmh every 2 mins. The session is $10 per rider to cover fuel and bike costs. Waine Harding has kindly offered to ride for a couple of sessions to gauge interest so head on down. Depending on interest it may go out to a two-hour slot in time.

Cycling Workshop
The Cycling Action Network is running a free workshop on cycling confidence. The Share the Road workshop is designed give new riders confidence and skills to enjoy their ride. Topics include bike control, riding to be seen, dealing with heavy vehicles and choosing safe routes.

If you know someone who might benefit from this FREE workshop then contact Will on 021 0269 2724 or visit
It’s on April 29, 10am to 1pm, at the Methodist Church on Lindisfarne St.

Lost property
I currently have a plain silver bracelet on my desk that was left down at the track last week. I also have a black and white helmet left around the same time, it is in a black Scott bag. Contact me or come and see me if either item is yours.\

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Safe racing and have fund to another great field taking part in the Tour de Lakes this Easter weekend. We know you will be well looked after by Dunny, his family and very merry band of loyal volunteers again this year. So enjoy the scenery and the racing!

Also a huge good luck to all those venturing north for the World Masters Games. We know you will race and compete well – so have fun in Southland style. We cannot wait to hear about all the successful results. Also good luck to Danielle (Rabbit) who is volunteering at these games as part of her development and training.

Finally, another huge good luck to Eddie, Tarsh, Kirstie, Piet and Nick who are part of the 17-strong Cycling New Zealand team competing at the World Cup in Hong Kong from tomorrow until Sunday. Race well team and go super-fast – we’ll be cheering you on!

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