Date: Tuesday, 06 November 2018

Greetings everyone and a warm welcome to the week that is post road tour month,

It has been another highly successful SBS Bank Tour of Southland and the weather Gods threw everything they had in their arsenal at the 18 teams competing in this year’s tour. A huge thank you to all the officials, volunteers, team supporters and followers who helped to make this another incredible week – we truly could not do it without you all and every little bit of help we receive it extremely valuable to us. Also a huge congratulations to all the riders taking on the elements and many first-time tour apprentices – you all excelled yourselves and we look forward to doing it all again next year!  Check out all the coverage and results

Just a reminder that if you have any outstanding Tour equipment, such as flags, hi res vests, radios etc to get them back to us at the office please before you forget. Thank you very much!

King House Removals Race Series

Kings House Removal Series race night 8 was held on Friday with excellent support and a continuing theme of very competitive racing with two first-time jersey winners and almost all grades still to be decided on the final night this coming Friday. We have planned a night as a thank you to all those who have made this event a success. Normal race 1 night format and the points still count for the series. As per the rules the worst result score for the series will be deducted from the series total and if tied the number of wins will be used to determine the placings. Make sure you are ready for racing from 6pm. Cost for the additional night is $10.

Southland Track Champs
We will have the programme finalised and entries open for our champs by the end of the week. Remember they run from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December.

Road Racing
Now that all the STMS equipment is back we are back into go mode for road racing this week, starting with Zookeepers Café Wednesday Worlds tomorrow night. Assembly is 6pm for registration and 6.30pm racing from Tisbury Hall. All grades are welcome and entry is $10 or $5 for licenced riders.

This Saturday is the HR Building Ltd Waianiwa-Drummond-Island Bank-Waianiwa 59km Handicap. Assembly is 1pm at Waianiwa School for 1.30pm racing  Check out the details

Also just a heads up that I sent out the Text Alert reminder about no Wednesday Worlds last week on Wednesday about 2pm. Why on earth it delivered the message to you 24 hours later I have no idea so apologies about that. Yes I did know it was actually Thursday when you got it – funny how technology works – or doesn’t work sometimes!

Track Camp 2018
Sid Cumming is hosting a three-day camp post Southland Champs.

Dates: December 3-4-5

Cost $100

For Under 17 and Up Riders

Track Time:

Monday:                              10am-12noon                   3pm-6pm

Tuesday:                              9am-12noon                     2pm-4pm

Wednesday:                      10am-12noon                    1pm-4pm

Focus: Learn and increase our technical and tactical awareness.
Team Pursuits, Team Sprints, Bunch Races, Madison Work, Starting Gates.

Things to bring: All track gear aerobars-chain rings-tools-Drink-Food-Good Attitude

To Register:

Limited Numbers.

Otago One Day Tour
Cycling Otago Midway Motors one day tour was supported with six local riders heading up for this great 1 day event, with 2 road races and a short TT.  While much drier and warmer than the local conditions on the day it was a real mixed bag with rain, temperatures making into the mid 20’s and what turned into a very challenging wind by the end of the day. Ben Hogan of the SIT Southern Performance Hub won the Cat 1, Mitchel Fitzsimons also picked up an impressive 1st race win in this grade, Hunter Gough won Cat 2, Ronan Shearing was 2nd in Cat 3, and Kate Russell won the U13 and gained a special mention for her skill on the bike. Well done everyone!

Heart Kids Ride
This Saturday is the annual SBS Bank Heart Kids Southland Milford to Invercargill fundraising ride with approximately 30 riders taking on the challenging 300km route to raise money and awareness for children living with heart conditions.

Riders of all abilities and ages will be taking on part or all of the ride and you can support them through Givealittle fundraising pages they have set up. Good luck team and hopefully the weather forecast lives up to itself for you all. Check out the details

Okey dokey, that is it for me this week so enjoy, rest up when and where you can and get ready for our final event of the year at the end of the month.
Have a cracking week everyone!

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