Archives for February 2012

Hi All

An exciting update to the Sunday ride this week which we will get into in a in a minute!

Kiwi Kids PosterFirstly, this Saturday AvantiPlus Waitakere are running a Kiwi Kids Bike day for Weet-Bix Tryathlon Safety checks.  They are providing an opportunity, through sausage sizzle, candyfloss and coffee machine to raise money for Jafakids and their efforts in National racing series.

Quite a few of the Jafakids and their parents are away training for Oceania championships this weekend so help is needed from Department of Cycling to support the youth of the club.

If you are available for helping with candyfloss, sausage sizzle, bike races or demonstrations please contact Alan at Avanti or 09 837 0680

Jafakids News

These guys are amazing.  For the lates race report (very enjoyable read) and results click here.

Black Stump   11-Feb-2012 Results as follows:

12K Boys  (12-15)

1st Jake Craggs

12K Girls (12-15)

1st Jessica Manchester

18K Boys (12-15)

1st Alex Delamore

18K Women (16-19)

1st Harriet Beaven

3rd Charlotte Delamore

30K Boys (12-15)

1st Tom Coombes

2nd Ryan Craggs

4th Kerran Tetley

30K Girls (12-15)

1st Jemma Mancheser

40K Boys  (12-15)

1st Sam Dakin

NZ Cup (Race 4/4) – Napier 26-Feb-2012 Results as follows:

U15 Boys
6th Jake Craggs

U17 Boys
4th Tom Coombes
7th Peter Bethel
8th Sam Dakin
10th Ryan Craggs
DNF Alex Beaven

U17 Girls
1st Harriet Beaven
(winner of the gold medal for NZ Cup series as well!)
2nd Jemma Manchester

U19 Men
8th Elliot Pearce
9th Guy Hirst


  • WEDNESDAY – Dept of Cycling MTB night rides are on!!
    • Beginners Group,  Meet at Avantiplus @ 6pm        
    • Flying XC Squad,  Meet at Avantiplus @ 6pm or check out DoC facebook page for ride location. Over 18yo riders only. Enquires, email Martyn
  • THURSDAY – Handicap Race this week. Starts from Kumeu Community Centre. All riders are welcome, be ready to ride at 6:30pm, Registration from 5:30pm    Thursday Race FlierLast race of the season will be 15th March.
  • TUESDAY – “Ride of Truth” 29km hill ride around Swanson leaving Avantiplus Waitakere @ 5:30 pm All welcome, self seeded groups depending on numbers. Course Map

Upcoming events


This Weekend

  • Sat 3rd: Weetbix Tryathlon Kids event @ Avantiplus Waitakere   Facebook Event

Rest of the month

  • Sat 10th: Colville Connection   Event Details
    • If you are going to this event or are thinking of going please register your interest here with Rona
  • Mon 12th: Ladies Workshop Night     Facebook Event
  • Mon 19th: Mixed Workshop Night     Facebook Event
  • Sat 24th: Dual Rangitoto – Motutapu    Event Details
    • to register your interest in this event or if you have registered already please contact Rona
  • Sat 31st:  100K Flyer    Event details
    • There are a lot of members booked in for this event already.  If you need support in the way of bike movement there may be a possibility of help from the club.  Please get in touch with Rochelle

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Dept of Cycling

Sunday Ride Challenge

Please read carefully for this Sundays long ride.

We’d like to break everyone into teams of 6 riders.  Ability/speed isn’t too important as this is about bunch riding.
Prior to leaving Avanti, each team is to nominate an average speed for their ride.
The objectives:
  • Each team of 6 will need to work as a team, so bunch skills (and practice ) are paramount.
  • The more each team works together the faster/easier (and hopefully more fun!) this will be
Key elements:
  • Pacing: you will need to ride as a group which means looking after your slower and faster riders.
  • Drafting: remember – drafting is more than just staying behind the rider in-front of you. This is a good time to ride in “tight” formation – say 3×2, where the traffic allows, watching the gap between rows and utilizing echelon lines.
  • Climbing – although this weeks course is moderately flat, there are the occasional climbs. Try and stay in formation, as drafting works uphill as well.
The competition
  • The team that gets closest to their nominated average speed ( not necessarily the fastest ) wins a coffee and a chocolate fish
Please note as this is riding through built up urban areas you must be aware of traffic

Thursday Race Cancelled 23rd Feb

Hi All

Race is cancelled today. Hope for a better forcast next week.


Race Cancelled 23rd Feb

Thursday Race is cancelled this week.  Hopefully weather improves for next week.

Thursday Race Results (Feb 16th)

Feb 16th Results

4th Break taking out the most of the points last week. The whole group stuck together and stayed away, not even a course record was enough to catch them. Despite going up a group young Alec Stewart took line honours again.