Good soggy Tuesday everyone,
Hope you have all been able to enjoy the thrill of the track action the past couple of weeks with the NZ Schools Champs, ILT Junior Carnival and then the epic and exhilarating four, action-packed days of the Oceania Track Champs!
Wow it was amazing racing, there were records tumbling and our New Zealand representative riders and Southland team riders all individually – and as teams – did themselves proud. We are super stoked for everyone who competed – both in Southland and CNZ teams – capital “A” for awesome job.
Also a massive thanks to all our loyal volunteers who once again stepped up to the plate to make it another fantastic event! Many of them doing the job at all four events recently, including the Yunca Tour. You are all amazing and we couldn’t do it without you all – thank you.
Next up it’s…
SBS Bank Tour of Southland
Not this weekend but the following weekend it is Tour Time again and that means many great opportunities to get out on the roads and follow the teams and many great riders that will be featuring again this year.
The Tour kicks off on Sunday 3rd November with the “Gala on Gala” Launch Party at the Gala Street Reserve.
The team introductions and official team photos are at 2pm, followed by the Share the Road Ride with the Stars at 3.15pm so make sure you get the kids bikes and helmets loaded on the car so they can be a part of it all.
Meanwhile, business, social and junior teams are encouraged to enter in the Ricoh Corporate Road Team Time Trial event being held again at 3.45pm. Enter your team of 4-6 riders online now Entry is Just $120 for adult teams and $60 for junior teams.
Then the official Tour racing begins with the Prologue – Team Time kicking off at 4.30pm.
Please return all lights, flags, radios, vests that you may have sitting around in car boots, garages etc. They are urgently all required for the Tour of Southland.
We are also urgently looking for a “GME” radio box from the Yunca Junior Tour please that has still not been returned.
Tunnel Closed Today
Due to the tunnel roller door being replaced today, can all Rockets riders at today’s 4pm session not use the tunnel entry to the track. You can head along the bottom corridor and get to the track via the gym end or come up the stairs to the office and sneak across the track on the front straight with your bikes (this option can be awkward in cleats).
Friday Night Racing
Racing returns this Friday night from 6-8ish pm. Entry $10 so make sure you head on down and enjoy a whirl after the couple of weeks off.
Guess what – it is a long weekend and that means the Velodrome will be closed on Monday 28th for Labour Day.
Racing got under way for the daylight saving series, so head along to Tisbury School at 6pm registration and 6.30pm racing. Entry is just $5.
Club Kit Final Orders
The first order run of the new club kit will cut off tomorrow so make sure you get your orders in today or you will miss out until next time. TEAM KIT
Click on the link, and buy yourself some fresh Cycling Southland kit for the Xmas holidays.
Really easy, pick your size, pick the garments you’re after, pay.
The kit will arrive around 10th December.
Your order will only be confirmed on payment and the cut off for the first order is also tomorrow. Payment is to be made to the Cycling Southland office with the following details - your name, the word ‘hoodie’ and size as reference – e.g. N Wills, Hoodie, M.
Elite & U19 Track Nationals Expressions of Interest
We have secured a group flight booking with Air NZ for the Elite and U19 Track Nationals in Cambridge. The flights depart Monday morning 20th Jan Invercargill - Auckland direct, and return Monday evening 27th Jan Auckland Invercargill direct, the cost is $318, with $100 deposit to be paid to Cycling Southland by 1st November and the remaining $218 due by 15th December.
We have secured accommodation at Hamilton Holiday Homes which we have used for Age Groups Last year and National Track Series.
If you want to be involved in this team package please advise the office. Obviously the team is subject to selection, if you want to discuss this please contact a club selector.
Riverton to Zookeepers Ride
The Southland Triathlon and Multisport Club is hosting its last ever Riverton to Zookeepers event this Thursday. Check out the details
Calder Stewart Race Series
Huge congratulations to the Transport Engineering /Velosouth crew who won the team series in this year’s Calder Stewart race series. Established three years ago to provide a pathway for U19/U23 and Elite men to race primarily in Calder Stewart Elite Road Series, this young Southland team gained no team points in its first year of racing and on Sunday won the overall teams series.
The team looks forward to supporting a new road series as a chapter of Calder Stewart series closes and a new format is revealed in the future
Congratulations to all the southern lads - Fraser Hewett, Matt Zenovich, Joshua Haggerty, Hamish Keast, Conor Shearing, Ben Hogan, Josh Burnett and their fellow team mates from further afield Hugo Jones, Griffyn Spencer, Logan Currie, Xander White, along with the new Southland lad Mitchel Fitzsimons all who have contributed to the team’s success. We know your sponsors will be extremely proud.
Huge well done to all our Southland riders who competed in the final series again this year.
Well that is it from me for another week – keep dry and warm out there everyone and good luck to all those who are in final preparation for the SBS Bank Tour of Southland!