Date: Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Greetings folks,
Apologies for the two-week break but there was just a bit going on last week with the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland – being hailed as the most successful yet so congrats to Danielle (Rabbit) and all her hardy, willing band of merry helpers for making this happen, coupled with a good dose of pleasant weather! – Check out all the results and some great photography by Eugene Bonthuys along with awesome aerial footage courtesy of Palantiri Photography (Andrew and Archie Cameron). Racing was close and there were plenty of smiling faces over the three long days!

School Champs and Carnival
Then it was the South Island Schools Track Championships and the ILT Junior Track Carnival held over two days and one night – again the racing was fast and furious. With a six hour sprint camp on the Monday and the whole week finishing with a six hour endurance camp last Thursday – needless to say there were some very tired bodies at the end of it all and justifiably so! Check out all the results

Track Sessions & Novice Racing
Tonight is Club Racing – all welcome from 6-8pm.

We will again hold another Novice Racing sessions (open to all ages) for those wanting to develop skills and techniques for racing in bunch events . This will be held on Friday night 20 October from 6-7.30pm. It will again be held after the King House Removal Series is complete and run again on Friday 10, 17 and 24 November so put it in your dairies now.

Rockets and Secondary Students, along with registered Learn to Ride Term 4 riders and Flyers all recommence this week.

Following Labour Weekend (yes the facility is closed all day next Monday), Masters Squad will return on Sunday 29 October from 3-5pm. Sid’s Performance Hub session will bump forward to 1-3pm. Check out the schedule

Zookeepers Wednesday Worlds
Back by popular demand – Wednesday Worlds returns tomorrow night. Meet at Tisbury School 6pm for 6.30pm racing – all ages and levels welcome. Entry $5 and yes you must be licensed to race.

(Further to road riding, Open Country, Southern Milk Transport Awarua have advised that when some of their milk tankers approach any cyclists on roads they give a short toot on the horn just to let them know they are approaching from behind. They want to advise that this is a courtesy toot only.)

Licensing and Membership
This is now open for 2018 and you can complete licences and memberships online at Cycling New Zealand
Only if you have difficulties should you come to me for assistance please. A heads up that all Cycling NZ coaches and commissaires will have their licenses renewed by Cycling New Zealand at no cost this year. If you have any queries or difficulties contact

Ricoh Corporate Team Time Trial
This year the event will return to the opening day of the SBS Bank Time Trial with gusto, offering a junior division and a senior division. Teams of four to six must have one woman. Cost $120 per team entry. Enter online here now

Demonstration Riders Wanted
We have the opportunity to provide some demonstration track races on Wednesday 15th November for the national Careers conference being hosted in Invercargill.

The short programme would involve the following events:
6.45pm -  Flying lap x 2 riders
6:55pm – Keirin
7.05pm -  Elimination
7.15pm -   Team sprint
7:25pm    Scratch Race

We would appreciate approximately 20 division 1 U15, U17, U19 riders to take part.  

Please contact me at the office by Friday 3rd November if you are able to assist.  A small group of adults to assist with being handlers etc would also be appreciated.

Club Catch Up
Calling all current and yesteryear cyclists, supporters and sponsors. Catch up with all your old cycling mates and enjoy a three-course meal with guest speakers at the Ascot Park Hotel on Sunday 12 November at 6.30pm. Get your tickets from McLeay Jewellers or phone Tony 217 4920, Ray 217 1830 or Trevor 214 4531.

Sneakers left behind
Following Sid’s endurance camp last Thursday, a of pair nearly new grey Nike sneakers were left at the track. We have them in the office.

MTB Results
Congrats to all the Southland juniors who competed in the South Island Secondary School MTB Championships during the weekend – especially for those involved with the massive couple of weeks beforehand with Yunca and Track events.

Some of the key results were: U17 Girls – Emily Paterson (2nd), U15 Girls – Rhylee Akeroyd (1st), U14 Boys – Cody Harvey (1st), U14 Boys – Liam Cruickshank (4th), U14 Girls – Hayley Paterson (6th), U13 Boys – Marshall Erwood (2nd), U13 Boys – Jesse Willis (9th).

Speaking of MTB there will be a Working Bee at 5:30pm tonight at the Sandy Point Mountain Bike Tracks for anyone who can lend a bit of time.

Prize Money at next MTB Race
The Riverton Trotting Club will be hold a race/or two at its annual race meet at the Ascot Park Raceway on Sunday 5 November with prize money up for grabs. Check out the details

Next up is the SBS Bank Tour of Southland, which kicks off at the Gala Street Reserve on Sunday 29 October with the Ride with the Stars at 1.30pm check out the details

Live text commentary will be available throughout on the SBS Bank Tour of Southland website, while regular updates will be available on the tour's Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Tour Car
Is there someone available to drive the commentators vehicle on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st October.  Let me know at the office if you can help out.

Don’t forget we’ll be wrapping up the year again with our Southland Track Champs from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 December – so hope you are all keeping the form up.

Finally, huge congrats again to our World Masters Champ Erin Criglington who has had yet another successful campaign at the World Masters Track Champs in Los Angeles over the past week netting a gold, silver and two bronze. Read the updates

Well that’s more than made up for a lack of communication last week, so I will leave you to mull all the news over and get on with your week.

Have a goodie!


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