Hi everyone and yes it’s been a couple of weeks since we last caught up due me sneaking a few extra days off last week!
Even though it is our quieter spell at the moment – not for our Architecture Unlimited Corporate Pursuit teams who are all frantically getting as much training in as possible at the moment – go you good things. The Time Trial night is just a week and a half away and will be short and sharp from 6pm on Friday 22 June. Head on down and cheer them on!
The main event will be held on Sunday 1 July – watch this space as it will be a later start in the day and we already have a team confirmed to contest the Allcomers challenge record attempt. If you are keen to lend a hand on the day and haven’t yet stuck it up – we’d love to hear from you for another fun day of racing. Details are here
ILT Sports Awards
Well it was certainly another strongly-featured night for cycling again at the ILT Sports Awards Friday week ago. It was a again a great success with our very own Elite endurance rider Tom Sexton taking our the Vodafone Junior Sportsperson of the year and Sam Miller taking out the coveted Mike Piper Trophy for Integrity, Commitment and Excellence.
Cycling had eight finalists featured in six of the seven categories on the night with Eddie Dawkins and Kirstie James in ILT Senior Sportsperson of the Year, Tom and Corbin Strong in the Junior Sportsperson of the Year, Emma Cumming and Natasha Hansen in the Southland Kia Team of the Year, Sid Cumming in the Ricoh South Coach of the Year, Paul Tomlinson in the Creation Signs Official of the Year and Erin Criglington in the NZME Masters Achievement of the Year.
Congratulations to you all and particularly to Tom and Sam for the additional kudos of their hard work and commitment on the night. Check out the great interview with Nick Jeffrey on Southland’s All Sports Breakfast the following morning
A big thanks to all those who helped put on a very successful Subway National Track Series at Queen’s Birthday It was a pilot event for what is hoped will be an annual series and things went extremely well thanks to all the helpers we had: Steve Hurring, Ian Densie, Ken Lasenby, Brian Stott, Andrea Borrie, Sharyon Ralph, Alan Strong, Nathan Shearing, Mike Green, Gerald Paterson, and all the coaches, plus the team from Cycling New Zealand.
Racing moves to Cambridge for the next round on July 13-15 so good luck to all those heading up there.
Results can be found here: https://subwaynationaltrackseries.cyclingnewzealand.nz/results
Track Timing System
We’re making good progress on the installation of the new track timing system. We’ve been waiting on the American company supplying the system to update some aspects of it so Danielle has spent most of today in an online chat with them to iron out the tweaks so it’s looking good for implementation soon. It’s a been a long process but we’re almost there!
Final tweaks are being made on the next road racing calendar, which will launch on Saturday 30 June, with a 1.30pm race start. Mark your calendars now and we’ll get the schedule for the next six months to you imminently.
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
Yunca Junior Tour Entries
An exciting 'New Course' has been confirmed for this year’s tour. Check out the details on our website
The course offers more variety on some testing terrain, which is certain to produce some exciting racing. And yes - entries are now open for what will be a record 35 years of this race now being sponsored by Yunca Heating! It is truly stuff that legends are made of.
Cheese Roll Fundraiser
Wow – speaking of making legends – a huge hats off to the crew that spear-headed a truly massive fundraising effort that culminated in several hours of mixing, spreading, rolling and packing on Saturday when more than 30,000 rolls were formed and delivered. The effort was epic and the team work from all involved meant it was condensed to a shorter effort than probably expected. The fundraiser will massively boost the Junior Division travel fund for all riders competing nationally and internationally – well done to everyone involved it was truly inspiring to say the least and a pleasure to be involved from the office perspective.
Rolling Plains Tour
Big congratulations to all the Southland junior riders that took part in the Rolling Plains mini tour at the weekend.
Great to see four Southlanders on the podium, also cool to see Cooper Gough having a hit out in the u11 grade.
U17 Boys: Hunter Gough 3rd.
U15 Boys: Ronan Shearing 3rd
U15 Girls: Jaz McLeod 1st and fastest female TT of the day U17 and down.
U13 Boys: Jack McLeod 2nd
So that is sit from me for a make up for the past fortnight. Take care keep warm and remember to use those track sessions when it’s too cold and wet outside, including the Sunday rec rides from 11am – 1pm.