Friday, September 16, 2005

Spring time in the Capital…. Hello fellow cyclists it has been wonderful to feel the warmth of spring again, the odd ride without layers of thermal clothing and even some windless days !! WAHOOOO


I want to make a special mention of a fellow cyclist who passed away recently. Kevin Smith who was the previous PNP club president passed away while out on a training ride. For any of you, like myself who had some contact with this gentleman I'm sure you would have been rewarded by his company, a well spoken, well mannered hard working cycling administrator and keen as cyclist, for me personally I will miss his passion and leadership…for the miles and the smiles thanks Kevin..

OK back to the business at hand…my monthly ramble abit late this time as I'm spending a couple of weeks in nelson with whanau and more windless days on the bike…I'm reminded on arriving here how tough Wellington cyclists are to survive and even get to the top of their game,, I have always said since arriving in Wellington that your natural geography and weather conditions will make you a far more hardy cyclist and when the hammer is down and you are racing somewhere else in this beautiful country.

Your time training/surviving Wellington conditions will be an advantage…for the recreational cyclist this unfortunately makes it tough finding ways to grow young and new cyclist is hard work…here in Nelson its flat, almost windless and there are cycle paths, so there is a recreational advantage …for all you up and coming cyclists I would recommend finding easy areas to get some miles in …such as up the Kapiti Coast over the Wairarapa for the roadies and for beginner MTBikers the Hutt river trail / Rimatuka incline will help develop the basic pedalling / handling skills you need before throwing yourself headlong into the hills, wind, traffic and Makara peak Mtbike park…stay committed its all there in front of you and long term you will have an advantage..

On a positive note regarding the rising fuel costs!!It has certainly brought out a few of those stored bikes, the workshop is ever busy with folks looking to drop their fuel bill. As we know fuel will always be on the rise give or take a few fluctuations, which long term means that the price of new bikes will increase…however for now we still have some of the best value product the cycling industry has ever had..

Sept..Spring here Autumn in Europe, the winding down of the season over there, the tour of Spain has been another enthralling tour and fabulous to see Julian Dean back on the bike at the top level. Meanwhile the worlds elite roadies are preparing for the world road racing champs..a one day all out nations versus nations event and NZ has some great opportunities…
Go the Kiws.. The World MTBike champs has just concluded unfortunately this year no rainbow jerseys to bring home…still a great showing by our athletes and the world got to preview the 06 event to be held in my old home town of Rotovegas…yes Im kinda proud that all my years of making Rotovegas into the Mtbiking mecca that it is will host this even….So what else the Junior world track champs had some top results!!

Rainbow jerseys for the pursuit team!!
Watch these young guys in the future..and world Tri-athlon champs more great results..sorry to no to have all the details !! hope you all have access to good news sources for your results fix.. My daily page to visit is www.cyclingnews,com..and the NZ site www.cyclingnz.co.nz and the mountainbike scene..www.mountainbike.co.nz…www.vorb.org.nz

Local scene…PNP series up and racing..Makara Peak first round great numbers in attendance a beautiful day and some excellent racing. Unfortunately poor arrowing meant a big chunk of the field went the wrong way and lost time. Which was later adjusted across the board. Hopefully the organisers get on top of this one. It's a tough job I understand..still there are ways to combat these problems anyways sounded like all had a great ride..loads of Jville Cycles clothing out there and more great racing to in the rounds to come!!

The roadies are back into full rock and roll mode as I write this the two up time trial is on this weekend…that's gotta hurt!! and their program is being well supported with good numbers of riders. Event Marshalls are always a big deal at local bike races so if you aint riding!! get on down and wave a flag or help out some way…its often the best way to get close to the action and is rewarding to give something back,,

For more info on the PNP events>>http://www.pnp.org.nzTaupo..Taupo..Taupo..well its in full cry again the mighty great lake challenge brings thousands of cyclists out every spring and this year will be no exception get your entries in early to avoid missing out and get those miles up!! Please don't wait for the last week to get your bike serviced as our mechanic will be running on maximum for at least a month prior…

Taupo also hosts the Day night Thriller and it is the next national MTBike event that will see huge numbers competing in teams for the 12 hour honours and the sheer pleasure of Mtbiking with mates and colleagues…get a bike or 5, Get some mates, do this one its loads of fun..Jville cycles has won categories here b4 and there will be several teams travelling up, if you havnt hooked up a ride...pop in and see us..

Shop stuff…Don't panic… Don't panic Don't panic lol…Jeez with the closure of the PacknPedal shops the Jville.cycles store has been frantic, fine time for me to be in sunny Nelson…however the team is surviving,New 06 bikes arriving all the time, some awesome 05/04 bike deals have been going out the door, there may still be a few left in odd sizes so ask Francis or Blair if you are interested..

To finish with I would like to wish all the best to two of our avid cycling customers who recently agreed live in married harmony. I wonder if they will get a tandem!!…all the best to Wendy and Andy…may your life be full of joy with plenty of sunny miles and adventures….
PS..if you have something of interest to place in here…email it to the shop and I will do my best to include it…be well..safe cycling…

Freddy