Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Greetings for another Tuesday, today we celebrate Cycling Southland winning the Supreme Award at the 2013 TrustPower Invercargill Southland Community Awards, held at the Civic Theatre last night Read all about it here. It is another truly significant acknowledgement – following the BikeNZ Road and Track Volunteer Awards – Club of the Year Award earlier this year – and is again deserved recognition and testament to the thousands of hours our volunteers give each year to assist with events, regular sessions and racing both on the track and road. Without each and every single one of you, Cycling Southland could not achieve so much and perform to such an outstanding level on the national and international scene. We thank you all for your ongoing support and tireless effort 

On a more sombre note – it is with the greatest of sadness that we acknowledge the passing last night of one of these highly respected volunteers and a regular road race competitor Grant Toomey. It is a huge shock to everyone who knew and loved him and he will always be remembered as a great competitive cyclist both on the track and the road and a hugely likeable club member who was always willing to give of his time to help out volunteering at events. Tooms was the ultimate ‘top bloke’ and will be hugely missed by us all. We know you will join with us in offering our deepest sympathy and  warmest of wishes to his family during this most difficult time.

Now to the business ahead …

Welcome back and congrats function
Our Southland trio for the 2014 Junior Worlds Track Championships BikeNZ  track team have come home from Glasgow as the most successful local Junior Worlds representatives in history, having had a hand in all five of the team’s medals this year – and we are all hugely proud of their achievements.

To celebrate the occasion and welcome Jeremy Presbury, Josh Haggerty and Liam Aitcheson back home, we are hosting a welcome back free social evening this coming Monday 16 September, from 7pm in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge.

This is great chance to hear all about their nine-strong BikeNZ team build up in Germany, their success – and challenges – during the Junior Worlds and where to next for them personally both on and off the bike and through the track and road events over the coming months. This will include a question and answer opportunity with the guys as a thank you for all the support from everyone who followed their progress so closely in Glasgow.

If you are keen to come along and attend this get together, please email Melissa and we can determine numbers and offer a little light refreshment. 

Coaching Forum7pm Tonight
A coaching forum/get together for all those currently coaching, or interested in becoming involved, will be held tonight in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge.  We’ll have a beer for Tooms and have a light meeting after that. 

Junior Division AGM & Yunca Meetings
Tomorrow (Wednesday 11) the Junior Division AGM will be held in the Sarah Ulmer Lounge starting at 7pm – all very much welcome. This will be followed by a Yunca Junior Tour meeting. 

Club Meeting – Tuesday 17 September, 7.30pm, Champions Lounge
Everyone is welcome to come along to the club meeting next Tuesday to discuss and plan various bits and pieces for the summer ahead.  Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Road Race – Browns Graded
It was an action-packed weekend of racing last weekend with more than 70 riders heading out to the Rimu circuit check out report and results here on Saturday for the 3rd race in the Southern Series, and more than 40 returning to the bike on Sunday for the Waianiwa circuit check out report and results here

View the Winter Points Series Standings here and Road Race Leaders Board

This Saturday – fingers crossed the proposed weather forecast improves – we will be racing the Browns Graded Circuit. Remember to get your registrations in by midday Friday by clicking here. Unfortunately, there will be no wet weather track options this weekend for racing or recreational road rides due to the netball test. 

Licencing and Membership
A reminder to all riders who are regularly road and track racing – you must ensure you have current club/centre memberships. These will start to be renewed from 1 November 2013 for the 2014 race season. New membership/BRT licence forms will be poste online and communicated to you when available, so make sure you note this for the coming Summer season of racing.

Welcome back Para-cyling Champs
If you hadn’t caught up on the news, our Para-cycling trio of medal champs arrived back in the city last Thursday and made headlines in the Friday paper – deservedly so too! Catch up on their achievements here 

8 Week Exercise Nutrition Challenge
After last year's successful 8 week exercise and nutrition challenge, Human Performance Consultants Aimee Burns and Josh Hall are running a 2013 challenge, starting September 24 – there are just four spots left and registrations close this Sunday. Find out more here

So it’s a quiet week ahead on the track with the netball test preparation in full swing, SIT zerofees Velodrome rebranding being tidied up and regular sessions to get back under way from next Wednesday 18 September.

Keep dry and warm until next time!

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