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Weekly Update 21st November 2012

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Lake Taupo Cycle and Huka Challenge

Last minute updates

  1. Bottle Drop 
    $20 for 2 bottles (water or Peak fuel)
    Any extras for bottle drop need to be at the shop by 5pm Thursday.
    If you want your old bottle back label them clearly, these will be kept at the shop until next Friday then binned.
    You will only get a bottle if you have your orange sticker on  your bike!!
  2. Food Vouchers for After the race
    DoC have our own tent for MTB, Road, Jafakids and GMC riders this year.
    $20 for burger, nibbles and beer.  It also helps contribute to the site.
    These need to be purchased before Saturday so contact us if you haven’t got yours yet.  (email deptofcycling@gmail.com)
  3. Taupo Challenge Ride Bunches
    The main bunch will be leaving from McDonalds at 6.30am to roll to start line.
    GMC riders will be meeting at start at 6.30am and will break into 2 groups after the start of the race.

Make sure you get your ticket and join us for story telling and fun after the ride and if we don’t catch up before have a great day out there.


Race Report:  Morgan Smith’s Tour of Southland Report

People have been asking so here you go!

TTT 
4km Team Time Trial
Woke up early after a restless night. We weren’t off until 4pm. How was I going to stay relaxed until then??
The team rode down early for presentation and to ride with the kids.  I got there saw them all as excited as I was.  How was that possible?  All the team vans set up.
“Man this is pro” ran through my head and did so the whole week! I started to warm up with the boys in the tent, starting to gee myself up!
This is it. Lined up on the start line looking flash and feeling the same. Nek minnet I was in the box!  Red had railed the first corner and we had drifted apart.  The next two corners were the same as I dropped wheels and had to miss a couple turns.
That was not the start I wanted.

Stage 1

160kms to Lumsden
We signed on as a team and rolled down into the Velodrome.  It is steep!
More and more riders joined in the lapping and with school kids lining the sides, chants were going up.
I think it was something like 8 sprints in the first 3kms of the race?  So the pace was maxed straight away, 20kms in I found myself heading towards the front.

Read the rest of the report here…


Christmas 3 up TT

When: December 9, 2012 @ 7:30 am – 8:45 am
Where: AvantiPlus Waitakere
192 Universal Dr
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Cost: Free
Contact: Catherine Webb
09 837 0680
jeffandcat@clear.net.nz

The morning of the AGM and Prize giving is traditionally filled with a 3 up TT and this year is no different.

  • Details to follow

Click here for Calendar Event


AGM Department of Cycling

When: December 9, 2012 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Waitemata Rugby Club
96 Swanson Rd
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Cost: Free
Contact: Rochelle Young
rochelle@deptofcycling.com

This is the time to have your say.

Come along to the AGM to hear what the club has achieved over the past year and where it is heading.

Click here for calendar event


Department of Cycling Prize Giving

When: December 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Waitemata Rugby Club
96 Swanson Rd
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Cost: Free
Contact: Catherine Webb
09 837 0680
jeffandcat@clear.net.nz

Time for the annual prize giving and its going to be hard to choose the cup winners after such a great year.

This will be held after the AGM at Waitemata Rugby club.

  • Spot prizes on the day
  • Presentation of trophies
  • Guest speaker TBA
  • Fun for all, bring the kids!!!

Please click here to fill in a nomination form to help us out.


THIS WEEKS RIDING

PLEASE READ OUR BUNCH RIDING DO’S AND DON’TS BEFORE MOVING ON!
You may be unable to view map as Mapmyride have changed their settings.  Please login with your facebook or mapmyride account to view the map.

  • SUNDAY – There is no official ride this Sunday but there will be people meeting at the shop at 7.30am for a pedal.
    http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2611066?
    This is the rec ride and is a great ride for all abilities.  A bit of everything for everyone.

If you require further information please contact Mike here

Upcoming Events

November

December

We look forward to seeing you all out there.

Cheers

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DoC Calendar!

Calendar for DoC: Check out the upcoming events on then new DoC calendar.  There are still some adjustments to be made to the calendar but we would love to hear your feedback on our progress so far!
Click here to see the calendar.
Email here for feedback.

Thursday nights are coming.

Thursday Nights are Coming!

Just a quick update so everyone knows whats happening

Currently we are awaiting council approval for this years traffic management plan. We update the plan every year  – to allow us to race legally on the roads.

At this point ( Nov 1 ) we are in a queue with the council officer in charge of Rodney district, and as soon as we get sign off that this has been rubber stamped, racing is on.

This year there will be a few changes- a new course! – we’re running a slightly longer course to accommodate the expected riders

a new timing system! ( we need about 4 volunteers to learn to run the system – please email: road@deptofcycling.com  if you’d like to volunteer please)

As you know  – with all good things there’s usually a wait  -currently we are anticipating mid – late November before we start, but as things progress we’ll update here – so watch this space.

In the interim, to keep those legs pumping, we’re looking to hold the inaugural DOC Criterium series at Trusts Stadium. Updates for this will be coming in the next few days -so again –

WATCH THIS SPACE

Membership

Membership Renewals

start from 30th Septemberwhich will take your membership through to 31st October 2013.

  • $50 for membership
  • Bike NZ affiliation
  • Discount voucher for AvantiPlus Waitakere
  • 14 months for price of 12
  • Discounted rates for some DoC events/packages.
  • Eligible to vote at AGM and hold a Committee member position

Click here to see more…

Join Strava

DoC on Strava

Who is King of the Mountains? It could be you! 
If you have a garmin, smart phone or a GPS unit take it with you on a ride, when you get back in front of a computer upload the ride to Strava and compare your climbs against others.  Maybe just compare your time against your last ride.  Follow other DoC members i.e Gusto and see what secret training they have been doing!!

Join the DoC crew on Strava and view the rides at a glance on the right of the web site.

Click here for more information

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Tour of Southland Report. Part 1.

by Morgan Smith

People have been asking so here you go!

TTT 
4km Team Time Trial
Woke up early after a restless night. We weren’t off until 4pm. How was I going to stay relaxed until then??
The team rode down early for presentation and to ride with the kids.  I got there saw them all as excited as I was.  How was that possible?  All the team vans set up.
“Man this is pro” ran through my head and did so the whole week! I started to warm up with the boys in the tent, starting to gee myself up!
This is it. Lined up on the start line looking flash and feeling the same. Nek minnet I was in the box!  Red had railed the first corner and we had drifted apart.  The next two corners were the same as I dropped wheels and had to miss a couple turns.
That was not the start I wanted.

Stage 1

160kms to Lumsden
We signed on as a team and rolled down into the Velodrome.  It is steep!
More and more riders joined in the lapping and with school kids lining the sides, chants were going up.
I think it was something like 8 sprints in the first 3kms of the race?  So the pace was maxed straight away, 20kms in I found myself heading towards the front.
Going over a bridge I hit the last join hard.  Shit I should of jumped that I thought, as I rolled up next to Gordy.  There was a small break going off the front.  Go Gordy said.
I looked at him, just checking. Go now, Hard!  I hit it and got to the back of the break and called the next couple ‘in’ so I could catch my breath.
Then I looked down and my back tire was flat as a pancake.
I watched the pelaton (main bunch) sail by, with my hand up waiting for a wheel.
The change was slow and by the time I got going again I was out the arse of the convoy (the train of team and marshal vehicles).
The Barry Stewart Builders van dropped back to motor-pace me back on, after a rise we started getting into a rhythm only for the van to get waved on by one of the commissionaire
(race police).
I was alone.  I took a few deep breathes.  I knew that I would be cut from the tour if I didnt get to the finish within 20% of the winners time.  That wasn’t happening.  No way.
Because I had read the race programme that morning I knew that they were expected to finish in 4hrs so 4.40 was the time to make.

How long to go?  I asked one of the tail end charlies.  100kms.  Do you want to keep going?  F*cking aye!
I was riding to time and was flying at times.  Even the policeman that was hanging around the race that day come up next to me. Shit your going good mate the are 5mins up the road,  you’re making up some time.
The closer I got the more the tail end charlies started to help me.  Bottles and a bit of motor-pacing here and there. I wasn’t saying no, in fact I was thinking “about bloody time!”
I made it in time, buggered but able to take my place for my team the next day.

Oh and the lads told me my brakes had been rubbing the whole way.

Nice.

Sunday Rides 18th November.

Hi Guys,

Last minute post for the rides tomorrow.  The idea of this ride is a race tune-up ready for next weeks big ride.

Short Ride.  52km

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/2611066/

Triangle, Red Hills, Nixon, Taupaki, Old North, Waikoukou Valley, Muriwai, School, Foster, Awa, Tawa, Hanham, Waitakere, Swanson, Universal.

Long Ride.  75km

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/57123534/

Triangle, Red Hills, Nixon, Taupaki, Old North, Peak, Taylor, Muriwai, School, Awa, Tawa Stop at corner of Pomona.

Form groups of 4. 2 laps of Thursday Night race circuit @ race pace

  • Interval point.  Pomona Road -2 Laps of Thursday Race Circuit (4 up TT)   High intensity (Race Pace) Interval

Waitakere, Swanson, Universal.

Enjoy the ride and use the loops for a bit of a hit out with riders of similar speed.

Release point is tunnel hill (this is where you are allowed to put a bit of hurt in the legs of fellow riders)

Thanks and have a great one

Remember the pre-Taupo Briefing on Monday night.

 

Weekly Update from Department of Cycling

This Week is about upcoming events.


Pre Taupo / Huka Briefing

When: November 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: AvantiPlus Waitakere
192 Universal Dr
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Contact: Catherine Webb
09 837 0680
jeffandcat@clear.net.nz

Department of Cycling, Jafakids and GMC riders!!  Take Note!

Come along on Monday night for

  • Briefing on movements of DoC for Saturday 24th November
  • Pay for bottle drop on Challenge Lake Taupo Cycle Race.
  • Pay for meal & refreshment ticket in tent afterwards (open to DoC road, mtb, Jafakids and GMC riders)
  • Hear the tactics of group riders

Once again Department of Cycling will be out in force in Taupo on 24th November.  Normally we have tagged on to Les Mills tent but this year we have taken the leap into having our own tent at the post race event and would really love to see you all out there utilizing this. Refreshments will be available in the tent and this will be $20 per ticket which can be paid for on Monday night or by contacting Catherine (jeffandcat@clear.net.nz).  This ticket will include burger and refreshments.

The usual bottle drop (not feed station) will be available on Kuratau Hill.  Kathryn Eltringham will be there looking after bottles for you to pick up half way round.   $20 will get you 2 bottles filled with Peak Fuel and / or Water and a smile half way round to keep you going.  (Please be aware that this is not a feed zone but a bottle drop)  For further information please contact Catherine Webb – jeffandcat@clear.net.nz)

You will also be able to purchase Department of Cycling kit and membership on the night.

Click here for Event Calendar


Christmas 3 up TT

When: December 9, 2012 @ 7:30 am – 8:45 am
Where: AvantiPlus Waitakere
192 Universal Dr
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Cost: Free
Contact: Catherine Webb
09 837 0680
jeffandcat@clear.net.nz

The morning of the AGM and Prize giving is traditionally filled with a 3 up TT and this year is no different.

  • Details to follow

Click here for Calendar Event


AGM Department of Cycling

When: December 9, 2012 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Waitemata Rugby Club
96 Swanson Rd
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Cost: Free
Contact: Rochelle Young
rochelle@deptofcycling.com

This is the time to have your say.

Come along to the AGM to hear what the club has achieved over the past year and where it is heading.

Click here for calendar event


Department of Cycling Prize Giving

When: December 9, 2012 @ 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: Waitemata Rugby Club
96 Swanson Rd
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand
Cost: Free
Contact: Catherine Webb
09 837 0680
jeffandcat@clear.net.nz

Time for the annual prize giving and its going to be hard to choose the cup winners after such a great year.

This will be held after the AGM at Waitemata Rugby club.

  • Spot prizes on the day
  • Presentation of trophies
  • Guest speaker TBA
  • Fun for all, bring the kids!!!

Please click here to fill in a nomination form to help us out.


THIS WEEKS RIDING

PLEASE READ OUR BUNCH RIDING DO’S AND DON’TS BEFORE MOVING ON!
You may be unable to view map as Mapmyride have changed their settings.  Please login with your facebook or mapmyride account to view the map.

  • SUNDAY – Rides will follow in an update.

If you require further information please contact Mike here

Upcoming Events

November

December

We look forward to seeing you all out there.

Cheers

Pre Taupo / Huka Briefing

When: November 19, 2012 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: AvantiPlus Waitakere
192 Universal Dr
Henderson,Auckland 0610
New Zealand

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Cost: None
Contact: Catherine Webb
09 837 0680
jeffandcat@clear.net.nz
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Department of Cycling, Jafakids and GMC riders!!  Take Note!

Come along on Monday night for

  • Briefing on movements of DoC for Saturday 24th November
  • Pay for bottle drop on Challenge Lake Taupo Cycle Race.
  • Pay for meal & refreshment ticket in tent afterwards (open to DoC road, mtb, Jafakids and GMC riders)
  • Hear the tactics of group riders

Once again Department of Cycling will be out in force in Taupo on 24th November.  Normally we have tagged on to Les Mills tent but this year we have taken the leap into having our own tent at the post race event and would really love to see you all out there utilizing this. Refreshments will be available in the tent and this will be $20 per ticket which can be paid for on Monday night or by contacting Catherine (jeffandcat@clear.net.nz).  This ticket will include burger and refreshments.

The usual bottle drop (not feed station) will be available on Kuratau Hill.  Kathryn Eltringham will be there looking after bottles for you to pick up half way round.   $20 will get you 2 bottles filled with Peak Fuel and / or Water and a smile half way round to keep you going.  (Please be aware that this is not a feed zone but a bottle drop)  For further information please contact Catherine Webb – jeffandcat@clear.net.nz)

You will also be able to purchase Department of Cycling kit and membership on the night.