Date: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Hi everyone and hope you are all getting through the school holidays smoothly if you have the kids home at the moment,
There is plenty of news to share this week  so I will just stuck into it.

A reminder that the Velodrome and Stadium will be closed tomorrow for Anzac Day – so enjoy the day off and lest we forget all the Kiwis killed in war and honour those returned servicemen and women.

Firstly, huge congratulations to everyone who travelled to Carterton in the Wairarapa last week for the Age Group Road Nationals. There were some fantastic personal efforts and many near-misses for the podium, with the exception of Mitchel Fitsimons who brought home the silver in the road race. Huge thanks to Nathan Shearing for managing the team and to his support crew of Lance Spencer, Brendan Akeroyd, Brendon McLeod, Stephen Keast and Corbin Strong for the time and effort they put in offering advice and support. Great team work everyone Check out the full results

U13 Rockets Today
There will be an under 13 Rockets session this afternoon 4-5pm for anyone keen to head along.

Architecture Unlimited Corporate Pursuit
The cogs are already starting to turn for this year’s Corporate Pursuit with a free open track session last night to those wanting to have a go on the track. Another free session is being held this Thursday 26th from 8-9pm so head on down. Check out all the event details including dates, rules and everything about how the event runs. If anyone is keen to be involved with coaching a team this year please let me know – all assistance is hugely appreciated.

Memorial Classic Road Racing
This weekend is final road race of the season with the Memorial Classic senior race and the Curtis Dunn Memorial for juniors – these had to be brought forward due to the Calder Stewart Elite Series clashing with the last weekend when they were originally scheduled. After conferring with road racing convenors and several road riders it was decided to cancel the Woodlands race this weekend and replace it with the memorials. Seniors sign on at 11.30 for midday racing at the Kew Bowling Club in McQuarrie Street and juniors sign on at 1pm for 1.30pm racing. Entry $20 and $10 respectively. Plenty of trophies and prize money up for grabs make sure you bring a plate of something yummy to share and wrap up the season. Check out the details  Any volunteers to marshal on the day, please come along and stick up your hand.

SIT Southern Hub Expressions of Interest
It’s that time of year again where we need to cast for the SIT Southern Performance Hub expressions of interest. To help make things easier the application is online this year here

Get your application completed by April 30th and offers will be made to successful applicants by Friday 5th May.

Junior Division Fundraiser
The Junior Division is fundraising for local junior riders who are travelling overseas with a Lotto Bonus Ball series.
$25 per number which covers 5 weeks, Saturday draws only. The first draw is this Saturday 28 April so make sure you get your number/s selected now.
Prizes: $50 for the bonus ball number, $10 for a Strike number.
Payment by Friday 27 April, either to 03-1750-0353838-002 or bring the cash to me at the office with your name and lotto number in an envelope.Check out the free numbers here and let Suzanne Cameron know if you’re playing ball asap!

Learn to Ride Term 2
Spaces are still available for the Term 2 Wednesday and Friday sessions. Tell your mates if they have kids who may be keen and get them in touch with me at the office.

Road Race Medals
A reminder that medals from the Southland Road Champs are now available to collect next time you swing by the office

Westpac Chopper Ride
On Thursday 3 May the Westpac Chopper Appeal team are running a special fundraising night with a night of learning about bike maintenance with Rob McMurdo from Wensley’s Cycles and Dylan Rabbige’s inspirational story of the Tour of Aotearoa 2018. Just $10 in the Champions Lounge here at the Velodrome from 7-9pm. Book it in your diaries now.

The eighth annual 2018 Qt2Inv Westpac Chopper Appeal Bike Ride will be held on Friday 18 May when 20 participants will cycle 245km from Queenstown to Invercargill to raise funds for the annual Westpac Chopper appeal.
Their aim is to raise $60,000 and all funds raised will stay local and go to our rescue service The Lakes District Air Rescue Trust.

If any of you can spare some dollars for this amazing trust, please head over to our Qt2Inv Give A Little page, and throw in a message of encouragement while you’re there. Good luck to everyone taking part with your final training pushes.

King House Removals Race Series
This year’s dates have been set for this ever-popular race series. Check out the details for this year’s event

Junior Road Camp
This year’s popular camp dates have been set for the next school holiday break and will be held at Borland Lodge Camp from Wednesday 18 to Friday 20 July. Check out the details

Under 17 Squad
This squad will restart on Thursday 24 May 4-6pm.

Finally, a massive thank you to those riders and parents who came down to lend a hand at the Lakers House of Travel BDO breakfast demo display on Saturday morning – it was really appreciated by the club with the generous donation we received from Lakers for the event and also all those in attendance as guests at the BDO conference function – Great stuff. We will be after a hand with another massive NZ Dairy Conference Group who will be visiting our venue for a fun morning of learning on the boards and little race events on Saturday 12 May, so if you are free to lend a hand that morning with getting bottoms on bikes and helping with around 100 people here do let me know – it will be another great fundraising event.

So that’s it from me so keep warm and dry and enjoying the final road race this weekend. Good luck and have a fab week ahead!

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