The Wainui Lions are currently working to facilitate the construction of a child-friendly cycle skills park on the Gisborne waterfront that will encourage cycle skills and road safety. The proposed design will draw inspiration from Napier’s junior cycle park, but incorporate features that are unique to Gisborne. The project has backing from Council and multiple regional trusts, and requires further financial support to proceed.
The inaugural “Crank it UP” overnight Cycle Challenge is set to take place on the beautiful Gisborne beachfront on January 21,22, 2017. The event has been set up to support victims of family violence with all proceeds going to support agencies such as Tauawhi Men against violence and Women’s refuge. Tuta Ngarimu, said when Cycle Gisborne approached them with the idea of making the night a safe place to be for friends and whanau he jumped at the chance of getting in behind the event. The name and event is all about Cranking it Up in a positive environment which will be drug, alcohol, smoke and fizzy free.
The course is a simple rolling hill course with a couple of technical components over a 2-3 kilometre course. The course will wind through Watson Park, Awapuni Stadium and the Adventure Playground. It will be challenging enough for most riders. Overnight base camp for the ride will be in Watson Park.
The 12 hour event starts at 7pm Saturday night and goes through until 7am Sunday morning. The event is for teams between 2 and 10 riders, grunty solo riders can also take on the challenge.
Teams ride the 3km circuit and complete as many laps as they can within the timeframe of their event. Cycle technology records each lap. Tents, campervans and caravans pop up in the campsites which riders wind their way through each lap creating an electric atmosphere and family fun experience.
Lap changes occur at your site, and completed laps will be recorded each time you cross the timing mats under the finish gantry.
For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/548860578641421/
On the second of September 2016, New Zealand Olympic Coach Dick Tonks visited Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti to share some of the coaching methods that he has developed over years of experience. For the full seminar, see the video below
On the 10th & 11th of December, Gisborne BMX club will host an action-packed weekend of racing. Saturday will be an annual race meet hosted by the club, while Sunday will be the Central Region Champs (Hawkes Bay, Taupo, Rotorua, Tauranga & Gisborne). This will also be the last of 10 Rounds towards the National Points Championship which are held at each Regional Champs around the country. Sunday will be the first time Gisborne has hosted the Central Region Champs since 2011.
The club are expecting 150-200 riders each day, including some top racers from all around the country here to try to clinch the National Points Series. Local Elite Rider Nick Fox will also be home for the event, after two months of competing in China & the USA.
Both days will make for exciting spectating, with food options and a great family atmosphere.