Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Posted by: Cycling Southland

Happy Tuesday for another week everyone and it is all a bit about recovery this week as we get over the euphoria of such awesome results from our crew at the World Cup in Paris over recent days. Fantastic results and some hard-earned and deserved medals adorning a bunch of our Southland crew again – well done to everyone competing and special mention to Piet, Matt and Eddie who all came up with outstanding trumps. Well done to our darling of the boards Steph too for some excellent personal efforts in both the sprints and team events – very proud indeed.

While Southland cyclists have been winning medals at the world track championships in Paris, back at home a world record was being broken, albeit unofficially.

Peter Grandiek unofficially set a new world's best mark for the 80-84 year hour record. Read the details here – well done Pete – super inspirational stuff in such muggy conditions and we’re all super proud of you!

Also well done to those who took part in our Festival of Speed Track Carnival over the weekend – it was a smaller but no less competitive affair with some more great racing. It was a timely last hurrah of full-on racing for our Age Group representatives before they head to Cambridge for the Track Nationals from 11 to 15 March. Keep up the great training routines everyone and you’ll be right on target for success! Your can check out the results and some fab photos from Robyn Jordan.

Executive Musings
This last week’s success in Paris  has been fantastic and recent Executive discussion has been looking at how this momentum can be maintained and enhanced. The Cycling NZ announcement of the High Performance Regional Hub in Invercargill for later in 2015 and Brian Broad’s extension of contract to June, has provided our club a window of opportunity to cement some pathways for the next generation of cyclists in support of the stellar work the Junior Division is doing. There is a great opportunity to focus the Club’s resource into coaching and development, trickling the best of High Performance knowledge and practices into the local talent and build pathways onto the future stages of  Trans-Tasman, Oceania and World Cup events hosted at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome. We propose to hold a club meeting ( draft date Tuesday 14 April) to share some ideas and agree on the next steps. This has started with a budgeting process where all the moving parts of the club are involved with setting budgets and initiatives, and will continue to engage the wider membership as they are implemented.

Cycling New Zealand Coaching Qualification Opportunity
Cycling New Zealand Level 1 Sport Coaching Accredited Course – Two courses combined (for price of one)

Arrangements are being made with Cycling New Zealand to hold two Level 1 Accredited Sport Coaching courses at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome in Invercargill.
It is intended to hold the courses on either the weekend of 2nd/3rd May or 9th/10th May 2015. Download all the details here 

Senior Racing
Tuesday Night Club Racing is back in swing.

Open to any riders – second year U17 and over - who can keep the pace, two or three grades depending on numbers.
Race 1) 4x lap scratch
Race 2) 20 x lap Points
Race 3) Keirin ...
Race 4) 16 x lap Scratch (depending on numbers this could be a handicap)
Race for each grade. See you there 

College Series
A reminder that the College Road Racing Series starts in earnest tomorrow night (Wednesday weather permitting) starting from Tisbury School and costs only $5 Year 9-13 (28km) meet at 5.30pm for a 5:50pm start. Year 7-9 (14km) meet at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. The series dates are as follows:

Race 1 - 25 February
Race 2 - 4 March
Race 3 - 11 March
Race 4 - 18 March
Race 5 - 25 March


For more information or to arrange a bike if anyone needs one contact: Alan Strong 027 378 7877 

Road Racing
It’s a big week on the road again this week, starting at the Go-Kart Track at Pitt Road in Otatara this Thursday night for the third race in the South Port Criterium Series. A to D Grade racing on offer, report 5.30pm for a 6pm start Register online here

Then on Saturday it’s the popular two-stage race from Riverton to Tuatapere in the morning – assembly on the Riverton-Otautau Road at 9.30am for a 10am start and then the Tuatapere-Riverton Coastal return in the afternoon  with a 2.30pm race start. This is kindly sponsored by Versatile Homes and Buildings. Register online now 

Cycle Surgery Wednesday Worlds
A reminder to meet at Tisbury School at 6pm each Wednesday for a 6.30pm race start. Just $5 entry. Racing for all grades on offer, including juniors. 

Adelaide ITS and Anzac Cup
Expressions of interest are now being sought for the the ITS and Anzac Cup being held from May 28-31 from any Elite and Under 19 riders who are interested to go.Please email

Security and Safety
During a recent fire alarm, some of our cyclists attending an evening session were duly noted as being rather tardy in exiting the building because they were worried about taking their bikes with them etc. Please note these are more than likely to be false alarms and you MUST exit the building immediately on hearing the alarms activate – this is a real safety concern!

Also another reminder that you DO NOT open the ground floor doors with the emergency ‘push bar’ door as this no longer closes on its own and again this will cause alarms to go off.
Please use swipe card access through the side doors or tunnel only or we WILL LOSE the right to use the ground floor doors entirely. Your attention and help with this is very much appreciated. 

10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit
This year’s 10th Anniversary Corporate Pursuit is scheduled for 
7  May: Entries close 5:00pm
13 May: Event briefing – 7:00pm
19th June: Time Trial – 6-10pm
28th June: Race Day

We would really appreciate members to assist with coaching or officiating on these days.  Please contact the office and leave your details.  If you know of a business that you will be coaching could you also inform the office.  This year we will also be offering a basic coaches evening to assist our volunteers.
Thanks Julian Ineson & Sier Vermunt Event Managers

Vital Signs Tour de Lakes
We are on the prowl and seeking any absolutely lovely, wonderful families (yes this is an all-out grovel!) on this year’s anniversary Easter tour who can perhaps offer a bed to our ever-awesome timing systems queen Danielle Ralph, who is again offering her skills and personal time to do the Tour for Allan and the team this year.

If anyone is able to help us out please contact Allan – your assistance is hugely appreciated.

Meanwhile, you can enter by downloading the entry form here

Track Close
Early bird warning everyone but the track will be closed to all sessions on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 March due to a National Dairy Women’s Conference being held through the entire facility. 

Okey dokey team,
That’s more than enough for another weekly wrap so have a great one. Take care and be safe on your bikes and enjoy this warm weather while it lasts before the cooler Autumn months creep in.


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