DoC Award Nominations open

Its time to get your nominations in for the most deserving in our club.

Become an award sponsor!  This could be as little as a bottle of wine to sponsor an award for this year.  Get in touch with Alan Parry if you are interested.

These awards are for any Department of Cycling member you think may be deserving. MTB, Jafakid and road nominations all welcome.

Note: You must be a current DOC member (2014-2015) to vote or receive
Nominations need to be in by 5pm Friday 4th December 2015.

(Please could you return any trophies from last year if you have them) Thank you..

Your Name (required)

Your Email

Fair Play Award
That rider who would never take a shortcut or break the rules.

Most Ambitious Rider
Often they bite off more than they can chew.

Volunteer of the Year
That person who is alway on the BBQ or marshalling every event

Most Dedicated Rider
They are everywhere and on every weekend

Most Improved Rider
May have ridden their first race or just got in a bunch

Endurance Rider of the Year
Put in a good show on a long ride.

If we haven't thought of it, you may have.

Rule #5 Award
Who is has fallen and just gets back, who is hard as nails.

Rider of the year (male and female) are awarded by AvantiPlus Waitakere

RIde out of the Blue

Every 2 days in New Zealand 3 people take their own lives. Last year twice as many New Zealanders took their own lives as were killed on the roads.

Ride Out of the Blue aims to address these devastating statistics by supporting the Mental Health Foundation in their work on suicide prevention. Ride Out of the Blue is now a biennial event that we hope will continue into the future.
Ride Out of the Blue is a road cycle ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga covering 2,330ks in 22 days, stopping in towns and cities and taking every opportunity to engage with communities and schools along the way. We start the ride on October 11th 2014.
In 2011 the ride led by Alison Blyth raised $30,000 for the Mental Health Foundation for help with Suicide Prevention Initiatives. In 2012 the ride was led by Aidee Walker and raised $46,000, most of which went again to the Mental Health Foundation for their work on a Mindfulness in Schools programme. This programme has been successfully delivered to five test schools. The evaluation of the test programme was very positive and the programme is now being delivered to more schools by a small team of trainers. It is our privilege to work with the Mental Health Foundation again.
We are writing to ask if you would like to join us on the ride for part of the way. We welcome cyclists to ride with us from 5m to 2000km to support the discussion and cause. We have 10 core riders who will be supported by vehicles, food and accommodation. We ask that if you do join us for some part of the ride that you are able to support yourself (food, water, mechanicals, accomodation etc). As we have a time schedule to keep, the group will be as slow as our slowest core rider.
I have attached our ride schedule. (below) We will be departing each morning at approximately 8am from the local police station in each town.If you would like to join, please contact me to let me know, and meet us early on the morning as we will have some paperwork and briefing to go through, and will roll off by 8am. We would love to have your support.

Ride Out of the Blue 2014 Itinerary
Please follow updates on our website and our facebook page Ride Out of the Blue, donations can be made at
Warmest Regards,
Claire Rabaa
Ride Out of the Blue Rider/Organiser

Last Friday of the Month Drinks Tonight!

Its time to brag about your winter training!!

Friday 25th July 2014

Come along to Bar 159 from 6pm tonight for a couple of drinks with the rest of the DoC crew.

Bar 159
Lincoln Road
Henderson 0610
New Zealand

DoC Mid Winter Dinner 5th July

Department of Cycling committee would like to invite DoC members and partners to our Mid Winter Dinner.

Tickets are $40 per person (subsidized by DoC)
Limited tickets available so get in quick.  Final payments to be in by 5pm Sunday 29th June 2014.

Being held at AvantiPlus Waitakere on the same night as the start of Le Tour de Franc you are invited to enjoy 3 courses of French cuisine cooked by Chef to the stars Nina Parry, greeted at the door with a glass of fine Champagne to kick things off from 6pm.

First course will be served at 7pm after a short welcome from el Presidente Allan Postance.

The evening will be filled with fun activities including TDF quiz and bring some cash for betting action.

For tickets and more information please contact Catherine Webb.


Get your ICE App

If you have a smart phone it is more than likely that you have a lock on your phone to keep those prying eyes off your personal information.  If there is an accident on the road your phone could be your lifeline to vital information for emergency response personnel.

There are many applications available to allow emergency services to access your information or just see emergency information at a glance.   Here are a couple.


ICE (In Case of Emergency)

ICE (In Case of Emergency) is the best app in the store for organizing your emergency medical and contact information. ICE uses the information you already have about your emergency contacts in your device’s Contacts app so you don’t have to store separate records that need their own maintenance.

• Keep your emergency information organized – medical conditions, allergies, emergency contact
• Put your medical and emergency contact on your lock screen
• Store an ID card image just in case


Google Play

Emergency, Medical & Contact information for emergency services and first responders In Case of Emergency (ICE). SOS message.

•Custom screen lock – app can be accessed through password protected screen lock. In Case of an Emergency – emergency services & hospital staff will only have access to ICE Emergency app.
• SOS – sends SOS message to your Emergency Contacts, automatically includes GPS location
• Emergency Contacts – Call or SMS from App
• Medical History – vital information for first responders and hospital staff:
+ Allergies
+ Blood group
+ Diabetic information


These applications are in no way a replacement for an emergency contact card in your back pocket or bike bag.  Your Department of Cycling membership card holds this information.
Please check your cards to make sure all of your details are correct.

  • name
  • allergies
  • emergency contact information
  • if you don’t carry id on you please make sure your phone is unlocked and you have an ICE number (in case of emergency)

ICE number should be a contact in your phone eg. ICE Joe Bloggs – 555-1234.