Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Hi everyone,
Well it’s a short week and the Easter Bunny is bouncing with excitement as Dunny and his team work tirelessly to launch another fantastic Vital Signs Tour de Lakes around Lakes, Central and Fiordland this weekend. It’s no mean feat and with around 80 entries this year from throughout the country, along with one from Aussie and a bunch of Tahitians – it should be a ripper once it takes off on Friday. Well done Allan and all your troops who have again rallied to ensure this 20th edition Tour is again something to really enjoy and remember for all involved!

Cycle Surgery Wednesday Worlds
Tomorrow night (Wednesday 1st April) will be the last Wednesday Worlds for the season – only if weather and light are permitting. If cancelled keep an eye on Facebook and a text alert will be sent out. Remember if you are not already set up to receive Text alerts you can sign up here and this will ensure you are notified when a race is cancelled or any other details around racing are changed.

Easter Break & Anniversary Day
The track and venue will be closed from this Friday to next Mondday inclusive due to the Easter public holiday followed by Southland Anniversary Day on Tuesday however, the track will still be open for regular sessions on Tuesday if wanted, such as Lunch Roll. Sorry for any inconvenience but we are quietly excited …

Demo Riders for Tour of NZ Display
On Saturday 11 April, from 9-10am max, Cycling Southland will be putting on a little track cycling demo for around 150 Tour of NZ riders. This will invoice a series of short race demonstrations and demo co-ordinator Jacqui Dearlove would love to hear from an Masters and U19 riders who could help out to put on a great little show for this massive bunch of keen spectators. Please let me know at the office if you are able to be a part of it

Southland Road Champs
Small fields were out in force this year but it was great to get through the Champs Time Trial last Thursday and Road Race on Saturday in between challenging conditions. Well done to all those who entered and particularly those who placed (your medals have been ordered and will be presented at the annual prize giving again this year, for which the date is to be finalised). Huge thank you to race managers Alan Strong and Tony Hammington and the usual suspects who helped to make it happen, including Danielle Rabbit Ralph, Robin Criglington, Lindsay Jones and all the willing volunteers.

Road Racing
With Easter and the Tour de Lakes there is no racing this weekend. The next race will be the Gorge Road-Pine Bush handicap on 11 April Enter online here A reminder that the Race manager for this is Neil Familton and marshalls are Craig Sadlier, Simon Callaghan, Eddie Griffiths and Laura Fairweather. If you can’t fulfil your duties please make your own arrangements for cover. The road race season will be taking a break for a couple of months following the last scheduled race on 2 May.

10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit
To be held on Friday 19, 6-10pm, and Sunday 28, 10am-4pm, June, we are still looking for volunteers to either help coach teams or help out during the event days please. Let me know

Secondary School Road Champs
Well done to all who took part in this year’s Otago-Southland Secondary School Road Champs at Teretonga. We had a stack of Otago and Central riders come down and it was a great fun day of racing again. Check out the results here

Phone Number Change
A reminder that a change of service provider means our phone number has changed and the old one will be phased out very soon. Our new number is 219 9325, so lock that into your contacts please.

Okay that’s us for another instalment so Hippity Hoppity along with another couple of days before a fabulous Easter break.

Good luck Tour de Lakes team – we hope it goes fabulously well after all your hard work!
Tootle pip and chocolate


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