Volunteers Wanted to Help Organise “King & Queen of the Cog 2014”

The inaugural “King and Queen of the Cog 2014” event is coming up soon in just two months time on the 6th (road) & 8th (mtb) of March. Are you keen to help get this event off the ground? Inparticular we are looking for people to help coordinate the following:

– Course (mtb) – people to set the mtb course(s) at Riverhead Forest, get maps done, organise tape/signs, course set up, marshalls etc…

– Promo & sponsorship – people to hunt out spot prizes, help promote the event

– Registration – someone to look after registrations/finances, prior to and on the day of the event.

– Timing – look after timing/placings at the event.

– Misc – people to organise trophies, first aiders, event set up etc…

Please email Sarah at mtb@deptofcycling.com asap or text/call on 021 278 9726.

Tips for first Thursday Race

Tonight is the first full race night of the Department of Cycling Thursday Night Race series and being the first for the season also means it’s a first race for a lot of riders. (Last season was my first racing in a bunch ever)

Here are some tips that I got from last season.

1. Be safe.
Like the Rules of Cycling, tip number 1 is the one to rule them all.
If you don’t think a pass is safe for you or another person then don’t make the pass. If you need to cross the centre line to make a pass, find find another option (riders will be disqualified for crossing centre line)
Let riders around you know what you are doing, if you need to pull over or slow down shout out what you are doing, if everyone knows there will be no issues.
Normal bunch riding signals apply so if you are on the front it is your responsibility to point dangers out to the rest, if you are at the back of the bunch call out cars or cyclists passing. If you are in the middle it is your responsibility to pass the message forward or back.

20131121-003454.jpg2. Enjoy the ride
Yes, it is a race but it’s also meant to be a fun race. Enjoy the experience. I found riding in the bunch exhilarating as we were all working as a team and the noise coming from a group of bikes riding at speed was was amazing. A little nerving to begin with but once you are used to it you will love it

3. Call out to slower riders
If you are lucky enough to be flying along in a bunch and happen to be on the front as you are catching slower riders on the course call out and let them know. Thiings like “On your right” or “rider up” and please be loud. There is nothing more frightening (especially to a young inexperienced rider) than a massive group of cyclists rushing passed and being caught off guard.

4. Listen to instruction
Listen to Marshall’s and organizers. They are all volunteers and there to make it a good, safe nights cycling. If they give you a group to go in there is a reason for it so go in that group. (There will be opportunity to fill in a request for the next race to change groups). If a Marshall tells you to stop….. you STOP. They are there for yours and others safety.

5. Watch and learn how the bunch works
After about 30 seconds of riding the bunch normally ‘gets organised’. This means the start of a pace-line. Click here for some great pace-line tips20131121-003740.jpg

Normally there is at least one experienced person in the bunch who will voice some direction. Here are a few terms to listen out for
“Roll off the front” – pull off the front into the slower side of the pace line. This will only be directed to front of the line so if you are struggling and need to
“Hold your line” – if you are in the bunch swerving or moving off line without signalling this is directed at you. Remember if riders are coming past you at pace there could be more behind so look before you shift.
“Keep it steady” if you have just been to the front and you hear this it meant you may have pushed a little too hard on the front. The aim of the bunch is to work together to stay away from the bunch behind and hopefully catch the bunch in front and working together well will make this happen. Boosting off the front starts to string your bunch out and therefore not work well together.
Last season I learned to stay with the bunch and work hard until the last quarter of the race then put pressure in to try and get a smaller group working faster to the end.

6. Go to the pub!
Stop in at the Fireplace afterwards to discuss your race. Not only will you enjoy bragging to everyone about your amazing race but you will get some great advice from some really experienced riders. This will really help for your next race.
As I said before, last year was my first racing on a bike and I loved every second of it. This is all thanks to the organisers and competitors in this fantastic event. Looking forward to race 1 of 2013/2014 season!

RaceRACE REPORT: Ironmaori 1/4 Ironman Saturday 2 November 2013 at Pandora, Napier. 1k Swim/45k bike/10.5k run.

By Daymon Nin

We arrived in Napier about 6 p.m. Friday evening and immediately went to pick up registration pack and rack the bike. The transition area was already pretty full, but just before heading back to the van, I noticed a second transition area behind the finishing chute which did not have many bikes on it at all. After asking at registration about it, I discovered I had racked my bike in the female transition zone. Oops. That explains some of the funny looks I was getting … Got my bike in the _right_ area and headed to the motel. Not long afterwards the heavens opened, and it absolutely bucketed down. I was feeling sorry for my poor bike, and wondering the if the new glow-in-the-dark lube I had just put on had all washed off – but also glad that I had thought to bring some wet weather gear just in case.

In any event, Saturday morning dawned and it was a beautiful, clear day. I had actually woken at 3am, and couldn’t really get back to sleep. We headed down at 6am and I jumped in the water to warm up for the swim. Not too cold, and very calm, so it was looking good. Hopped out and then proceeded to freeze while I waited for my wave to start. The swim actually went way better than I had hoped, and I finished in 27 mins, which is a personal best, bearing in mind that before March of this year I had never swum before since a few laps in P.E. class 30 years ago (nb: even then it wasn’t that successful, as I managed to hit the end of the pool face first and chipped my tooth). Anyway, thanks to some help from Hayden Woolley, I’m starting to feel more comfortable in the water.

On to my favourite leg: the bike. The transition exit was way too narrow, so we had to go out single file, and basically queue to get going. Just as I hopped on, I realised I was missing my gloves. Oh well, at least it was only a 45k, and I wasn’t planning to come off. The course was fast, flat with a handful of mild hills. Thanks to the Parakai-Warkworth ride, I was thinking “hills, what hills?” as I rode past several bunched up groups and the occasional walker. I was feeling pretty good, settled in to a rhythm and got it done in 1 hr 28m. I know, not really that fast, but a personal best for me on that distance. I managed to keep my cadence up throughout the ride, and finished feeling in pretty good shape for the run. Claim to fame: No one passed me on the bike the whole time (also known as starting towards the back) – I’ll take it. Note to self: When using clip-on aero bars, don’t try to change gears while on the bars. Close call on that one.
The run was 2 laps of a 5km circuit, and I maintained a time right in line with my training runs of 1hr 10mins. Total time (unofficial): 3hrs 19mins. My goal was to finish under 3.5hours so I was stoked!

Thanks to my lovely family who came down and provided support, waited patiently, and took embarrassing photos the whole way through. Love you all.

And thanks to everyone at the DoC- your support and encouragement has been vital.

Next: Olympic distance Trimaori at Karapiro, then back to Napier Dec 7 for the Ironmaori 1/2 Ironman: Do it all again but doubled.

Volunteers Needed Please!

We need volunteers to make our Wellsford training ride a success

If your unable to ride but can help or your partner is able to help out WE NEED YOU !!!

When – Sunday 13th of October

Please email us NOW at membership@departmentofcycling.com


Wellsford Supported Ride !!

This is a must do for riders pre K2 or Taupo (suitable for relay riders as well as those doing the solo)
and also a great Sunday Ride with some socialising afterwards

When – Sunday 13th October

Where – Car park out front of Parakai Hot Pools

Cost – $25 per person (this is to cover support vehicles and BBQ and a coffee afterwards)

Distances 50Km, 100Km, 120Km

Please pre register NOW by emailing membership@departmentofcycling.com so we can organise support