Archives for April 2013

Sunday Rides 28.04.2013

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Message from Alex re. Flyer 2013

Hi Everyone

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for a great weekend.

Sounds like lots of fun was had on Saturday night after the ride.

We all got back safe and sound which is the main thing.

Your support was awesome and greatly appreciated, I also enjoyed meeting you all and putting faces to names.

Looking forward to next year!!

Cheers

Alex

Race Report: AKSS Champs Series 1/3 – Sanders Reserve, 07-April-2013

Apparently last Sunday everyone really did get an extra hour in bed on Sunday morning. Even so, it still somehow felt like we didn’t as we headed out to Sanders Reserve early in the morning for the first of three Auckland Secondary School MTB Champs races.  Despite a chill in the air first thing, the sun was up and ready for action with Sanders Reserve looking stunning.  The car park quickly filled to overflowing as the competitors rolled in.  The course was marked and groomed with a noticeable amount of grass piled high beside the tracks showing the preparation in trying to avoid that pesky issue of a hay bale forming around the rear cassette!  The course was well prepared but had its share of tricky sections to test the unwary.  One poor rider from Auckland Grammar was duly carted off to sample the delights of the local Accident and Emergency after unexpectedly getting the urge to dismount via the handlebars.  No damage to the new bike, but a little problem with hand and wrist movement meant a start for this rider was out of the question. [Read more…]

It’s Here! – MTB Coaching for Adults by Your Local Cycling Club

It’s finally here; MTB coaching for adults by your local cycling club. Check out our flyer for information on this new initiative: DOC MTB Coaching Flyer. A huge thank you to the Cycle West project (http://www.sportwaitakere.co.nz/gettingactive/cyclewest/)who have assisted us with design of the flyer, great advice and setting aside funding to help get our coaches qualified. Keep reading if you think this might be for you:

– Last Saturday of every month starting on 27 April 2013; 9am-11am (if you can’t make this time, please still register your interest as we may be able to start running groups at different times on demand)

– Locations vary depending on month

– Groups at different levels. When registering, please indicate which group you would like to join by taking a look at the document at this link: http://departmentofcycling.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DOC-MTB-Coaching-Groups.pdf

– If you are already a member of a BikeNZ affiliated club, you only need to get Associate Membership with DOC at $25 per year.

Please note that we are not a commercial company offering professional coaching services, we are a cycling club offering coaching at a community sport level. We’re new to this but we want to make it as professional as possible and constantly work on improving what we can offer to our beloved mtb community! So feel free to contact us at anytime at mtb@deptofcycling.com, we would love to hear from you.

DOC is heading to Woodhill 360!

A decision has been made to swap out “Moonride” as a DOC-supported event this year, and instead for the club to head to “Woodhill 360” the weekend after. Woodhill 360 is a 3hr & 6hr solo or teams event being held at Woodhill Mtb Park on 25 May 2013. The event is a fundraiser for Tim Farmer to get to World Endurance Mtb Champs later this year and represent our awesome country. Thanks to the huge variety of race categories on offer, this event is suitable for beginners right through to experienced riders.

Check out the calender for more details but the jist of it is;

– Go to http://woodhill360.com/

– Register yourself or your team (if you are registering a team chuck DOC or Jafakids before your team name)

– Flick an email through to the DOC coordinator for this event, Ben Edwards, with you/your team name so he can compile the list of DOC competitors. Ben will then liaise with the event organiser as to how many competitors we have from our club so we can create a nice little tent village for you all. Ben can be contacted at benedwar@gmail.com.

NB: Jafakids will still be sending a group to Moonride this year.