Date: Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Gidday team and it’s going to be a cracking few days outdoors so make the most of it while you can.
Well it’s a newsy little edition today so we’ll crack into it!

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
Entries for this popular Easter tour are still open if you wish to get in. Check out the details and download an entry form here

Junior Division Meeting
There will be a meeting tonight in the Champions Lounge, from 7pm. All welcome

Age Group Road National Championships
The 2017 Age Group Road National Championships a flagship event where riders represent their club on the National stage – remember this is a national event so you race in our club kit in Cambridge from 5 – 7 May. 

There are National titles up for grabs in both Time Trial and Road Racing for age groups from U15 through to Masters 9 (75+) and  a UCI Jersey and title is up for grabs for the U19 riders plus the NZSCA Road Championship Points Shield.

Check out for more details including a provisional programme and event courses.

You can check club entries received to date here (and use the Club filter)

For those who haven’t already entered, early entries end this Friday (31 March) and entries close 17 April.  Click here to enter now and save $20!

This event is delivered in partnership with Dynamo Events and is proudly supported by Grassroots Trust, Vantage Windows and Doors, SKODA and Waipa District Council.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Events Team on or give us a call on 07 823 0716.

Make sure you contact me if you require a road top, or intend on holding on to the skinsuit you used for the track champs for the time trial please.

Road Racing
There will be an open club meeting to discuss future plans for road racing in the Champions Lounge tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6pm – all welcome. Mark will provide an update on the current situation and then the general discussion will focus on how we can support, strengthen and grow road racing in Southland. We’d love to hear your constructive thoughts.

Results for the South Port Summer Points Series round two held on the Donovan circuit on Saturday can be found here

The endurance race initially planned for this weekend is NOT being held so there is not race this weekend. The next race will be the Gorge Road Memorial Handicap, which includes the Martin Verbeek Trophy, the Murray McLeay Trophy, the Bunty Hewitt Memorial and the Curtis Dunn Memorial for juniors in two grades, which is raced on a circuit from Gorge Road and return. Seniors are to meet in McQuarrie Street. Racing starts at 10.30am. Register online here

Track Session Changes
On Mondays, Under 15 is now one hour from 4-5pm followed by some time on the rollers.

From next Term, Wheelers sessions will  change to a new nine-week Learn to Ride block programme with one programme on Wednesdays and another on Fridays from 4-5pm for just $85, which includes bike hire, track hire, coaching, a water bottle and a certificate. Anyone with an existing concession card wishing to register  for this can get credits towards the cost. To register contact the office as this will start after the holidays in term two.

Keirin Racing!
The awesome team at Hop'n'Vine – The World's Southern-Most Beer Fest have put up some prize money for us to run a Keirin Fest on Saturday, from 4.30pm. Warm up starts from 3.30pm, with an hour of racing from 4.30pm to find the winners.
Open to U17, U19 masters and elites - $10 entry, two divisions, prize money available but note it's limited to only 24 riders - first in, first served. Email to register asap.
Guaranteed two rides. Fence start, no holders needed.

End of year
The end of our financial year is fast approaching so if you have any outstanding bills to pay, can you please get them sorted as soon as possible to make that part of things easier to reconcile.

Junior road racing
Sid and Ferg are working on some road racing training programmes for U13, U15, & U17 riders to help them prepare for the Yunca Junior Tour of Southland. Initially they’ll be programmes for riders to do in their own time or with friends, but the goal is to create some coach-led recreation ride squads for young riders (with parents joining in too) that will find traffic-free or low-traffic routes to help teach the basics of road cycling plus provide some invaluable outdoor training.

There are some H&S aspects that need to be sorted first, which we hope to do with Cycling NZ, but the aim is to have these up and running soon. Stay tuned!

Office Closures
The office will be closed Friday 14 and Monday 17 April for Easter and Tuesday 18 April for Southland Anniversary Day. It will then be closed again on Tuesday 25 April for Anzac Day. All sessions will be off on these days due to the Stadium being closed as well.

Otago-Southland Secondary School Road Champs
Tomorrow we will be out at Teretonga for the Secondary Schools Road Champs, good luck to all those representing their schools for this event.

Skinsuits return
Anyone who hire skinsuits and is now finished using them please return them clean to the office thank you.

Anyone who left a Casio watch in Cambridge after the Age Group Track Nationals can contact me as Cycling NZ have sent it back down to us.

School Holiday Programme
We will again be holding holiday programmes during the term break.
Wednesday 19 April – 10am – 12pm and 1pm to 3pm
Thursday 20 April – 10am – 12pm and 1pm to 3pm
Wednesday 26 April – 10am – 12pm and 1pm to 3pm
Thursday 27 April – 10am – 12pm and 1pm to 3pm

Registration is $10 per child per two hour block. Spaces are limited so register through me at the office now.

Trading Post
Don’t forget we have an online sales and purchases feature Check it out here If anything is still online that is out of date, please let me know and I can remove it thank you. If you wish to use this, just send details and an image to me and I will post it online.

So that is more than enough for this epic instalment so plenty on and to do.
Take care for another week

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