The Leeston Cycle Club encourages a family friendly environment with the emphasis being on having fun, making it enjoyable for all those involved and participating to the best of your ability.
Tonights time trial race has been cancelled due to rain.
See you next week for the resumption of points series racing.
Tomorrow's race is 2 laps over the normal course with the Slattery Cup awarded to the winner. Last race before the holiday break with racing to resume on the 11th of January, a time trial. Normal handicap racing resumes the week after on the 18th of January.
Decision taken to disqualify Michael Vink from last weeks race as he was riding a TT bike. Michaels race time will stand but no series points will be awarded for the race. All other riders have been moved up one place.
A great turnout to tonights race given the events of last week. We hope those who were injured are recovering well.
Well done to Michael Vink and Jake Marryatt who both broke the 20 minute mark tonight and finished 1st and 2nd respectively.
Last weeks open race came to a premature end due to a crash in the bunch at the beginning of the sprint to the finish.
The club is very grateful to and wishes to thank all those who assisted at the scene - St John, Leeston Volunteer Fire Brigade, Dr Andrew Rawstron, the gentleman from Hunter Civil, fellow riders and all others who helped with first aid and traffic management or in any other way. Also thank you to the staff at Christchurch Hospital and Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery.
To all those who suffered injuries, we wish you a full and speedy recovery.
Calendar on the right has been updated with notable events.
Last race before the Xmas / New Year break will be 2 laps of the usual course, with the winner taking home the Slattery Cup. Last years race proved very popular so is one to look forward to.
The Leeston Classic has been confirmed for Sunday 11 Feb 2018. There will be a one lap Social & Development race starting at 12:00pm followed by the three lap open race at 1:00pm. Entries via the Pegasys Cycling web site in the week before race date.
Nigel McCartin was recently elected as club Vice President. Nigel takes over from Andrew Lambie who has stepped down due to other commitments.
21 Dec 2017: Slattery Cup Challenge - 2 lap race.
11 Jan 2018: Time Trial - first race after Xmas / New Year break.
18 Jan 2018: Handicap racing resumes.
11 Feb 2018: Leeston Classic
22 Mar 2018: DB Cup race.
29 Mar 2018: Last race of the season (likely to be scratch race format).
New to cycling?
Want to learn how to ride in bunches and other hints? Have a look at these YouTube videos:
How to ride safely in a bunch - this is a British video, the rules numbers quoted won’t match ours, but the contents is good for all.
Thursday evening is the only day of the week events are held other than the Leeston Classic. These races are held over the period of Daylight Saving.
The races are held over a 16km open road circuit, starting at The Leeston Rugby Football Club carpark and finishing on Lake Road in Leeston (the start and finish lines are approximately 1km apart). Cost to enter each race is just $2.
Look forward to seeing you there!
Start Times: The final entry time for Social and Development is 5.50pm with a start time of 6pm and for the Seniors 6.20pm with a start time of 6.30pm.
For those wanting a good warm up before the race and warm down after, a group of riders leave from the Lincoln roundabout on Springs Rd at approximately 5:20 p.m. Bring your lights for the ride home as there is little light by the time the group gets back to Lincoln.
Cancellations: While every effort will be made to put a note on the website if the Thursday night racing is cancelled, it may not always be possible. Please check/subscribe to the Facebook or Strava pages, or text one of the Club’s officers.
Prize Money: The first male and female winners of the open points series competition will each receive $200. The winner of the Social and Development points series completion (regardless of sex) will receive $50.
There is also prize money up for grabs in the DB Cup but only to those riders who are paid up members of the Leeston Cycling Club. Non members can still race but will be started at the back of the field for fairness to those racing for prize money.
Membership Fees: $5 for juniors & $15 for seniors. Prospective members must pay their subscription before they ride their second race. In addition to the sub, all riders must hold a Bike New Zealand Licence.
Feel free to have a ride and enjoy the race but if you like it and want to continue then you know the story: no subscription or licence, no race.
President, Albert Anderson (027 306 0851)
Vice President, Nigel McCartin
Secretary, Jim Thomson (027 442 4046)
Treasurer, Jackie Vickery
Handicapper, Steve Caldwell (027 322 7047)
Assistant Handicapper, Jay Christie
1. Approved helmet must be worn at all races and events.
2. Aero bars are to be used only in time trial events.
3. All road rules must be observed at all times.
4. Marshalls' and officials' instructions must be obeyed.