Our Mauku Mountain Classic is one of my favourite races as the atmosphere at the top of Bald Hill reminds me of being at the top of Alpe d'Huez and is always really buzzy - Saturday was not a disappointment. Bear in mind I’m not a cyclist and find the drive up in the car steep and am always impressed by anyone who makes to it the top of any hill.

As usual the weather was not kind to us and although the morning started with blue sky and no wind, by the time the race was due to start at 9.00am the fog had rolled in and refused to move. Traffic management could not set up until the visibility was at 100 metres the whole way round the course, and as one bit cleared the fog moved to another part. Eventually at 11.10am we were given the all clear and finally the cold & shivering riders were able to start the race. Sadly, some riders could not wait for the race to start as they had other commitments.

It was beautiful at the top of the hill. A & B Grade had an exciting finish as the majority of the peloton had stayed together the whole race of 3 laps and the first 15 riders (A & B) finished within 45 seconds. Congratulations to Stuart Holder who won A Grade, and new member Daniel Holt Pedersen 1st, Christian Rush 2nd & Dan Cross 3rd in B Grade. Daniel won C grade at our race last weekend at Ramarama and moved himself up to B Grade – a young rider to watch.

Results for C Grade 1st Kieran Benade, 2nd Troy Shepherd & 3rd Matteo Mannoni. D Grade was won by Sam Sedgwick with Dennis Basten and George Hayes 2nd & 3rd. E grade results are Brett Harpur 1st, Chris Pilone 2nd, Mary Ingle 3rd and social Grade Ian Grose 1st, Denise Claxton 2nd and Allan Janes 3rd.

Its great to see our women riders Sam (1st D grade), Mary and Denise featuring in our results.

Congratulations to everyone who raced. There are some photos on our Facebook page and click here for the results.

Thank you to everyone who enters as well as those who support our races including Brendan Patterson our Commissaire for the day, Mike Cornelius who kept an eye on the riders from his Ducati and Theresa Grose who manned the registration desk.

Claire Blackwood

Saturday dawned - windless, sunny, warm; a great day for racing.  Up early to pack the bike, the bottles, the gels, the shoes, the helmet - oops, someone forgot their helmet!  Just as well, someone else had a spare.....  

It was a change of course - from Ararimu to Ramarama - which produced a sigh of relief from some.  The fields were smaller, the riding was strong and the racing was tight.  It was good to see the commissaires circulating on the course, making sure we were okay and keeping us safe - it is truly appreciated by all the riders. 

At the end, we had some new old champions, some old new champions, some old champions and some brand new ones.  Plenty of medals handed out to worthy winners - and didn't they look smart in their cycling kits at the ceremonies. Link to Results

Thanks to all the officials for organising this great event.

Nga mihi,

Welcome to our 2019 season at last. Thanks for coming today and for your patience while we dealt with TMP issues – the local authority environment is much harder this year but we feel that we’ve cracked it.

The 5 races that we had to cancel have been replaced and the updated race calendar is on the website. The date for the Auckland Centre Road Champs still needs to be confirmed.

Our goal is to provide safe racing – you can all play your part by being considerate towards motorists – we don’t want to do anything that might jeopardise approval of TMPs in future.

Entries are now open for the next few races via the website – please enter as soon as possible. Next Saturday we have the Club and Auckland Centre Individual Time Trial Champs over the National distances of 15 kms and 25 kms. Then on 4 May we have the Gallipoli Cup at Ardmore.

There is a Points Competition that runs throughout the season with trophies and cash prizes paid out at the end of the season. We will be putting up the rules on the website shortly.

The Club 50 is a fund-raiser whereby you have a chance to win some money over the season at the same time as providing some funds for the Club – Alice Chaplin is looking after it this year so watch the emails for further details.

Thank you to my fellow committee members plus Christine and Theresa  for helping out with today’s race – see you next Saturday at the same place.

Mike Giddey

Club President

CMC Race report for Opening Day 11 February 2017 at Ramarama


Mike Giddey, Club President here – I wanted to do some announcements at morning tea after Saturday’s race but riders weren’t too keen to gather back in the hall so here goes in print. I’ll give the first words to our Club Captains:

Firstly Alice Chaplin, Ladies Club Captain

The closing day races were sponsored by Mike and Libby Giddey, USANA Health Sciences associates (contact Mike on 09 534 3183 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want further information).

We had 67 finishers on the day out of 78 starters and unfortunately had to disqualify 4 riders in the B grade for crossing the centre line at the finish. Races were won by Ryan Christensen in A grade, Andrew Mitchell and Louise Delaney in B grade, Colin Baird and Millie McNie in C grade and Peter Hunt and Petra Trust in D grade. Trophies were awarded in the Social Racing grade to Martin Hill (Arnie Keith Memorial – first CMC across the line) and Noel Patten (Cleaver Cup – fastest time) and Denise Claxton was first woman home. Race Results

Comments from the race judge on the day:

Most grades rode safely on Saturday with the exception of B grade.  In the final 200m a number of riders sprinted on the wrong side of the road.  The four riders who crossed the line on the wrong side of the road were disqualified.  Riding on the wrong side of the road is not acceptable especially when there was a car travelling straight at them on his correct side of the road.  This is dangerous in the extreme, completely stupid and puts the whole race programme of the club at risk of being cancelled by the Council.

Think about what you are doing.

Points Competitions for each of the Open grades and the Social Racing grade ran throughout the season and at the very well attended prize giving money was distributed to place getters in each grade based on the numbers of riders in the grade. The overall grade winners were: A grade Josh Aldridge, B grade John van der Griend and Madeleine Park, C grade Paul Sharples and Alice Chaplin, D grade Jason Laws and Petra Trust and Social Racing grade Mike Giddey and Denise Claxton who also won trophies. Trophies for Open grade men and women went to Jason Laws and Alice Chaplin who scored the most points in the Open grades. A to D Points & Social Points

At the prize giving I took the opportunity to thank our race sponsors for the year and encouraged members to support them. I also thanked committee members and club members who assisted with racing and other jobs over the season. The AGM is provisionally booked for Tuesday, 15 November at the Manukau Velodrome and we are working to have the 2017 race calendar available by then. Ideas from Club members either at the AGM or at any other time are always welcome.

We had three draws in the Club 50 for $100 and they were won by Bruce Goldsworthy, Michael Brosnahan and Greg Webb and the lucky winner of the $1,000 draw was Sara Cornelius. Thanks to all who participated and with one of the $100 draws being donated back to the club a total of $200 was raised for Club funds.

Have a safe summer all,

Mike Giddey


Congratulations to James Fouche, Michael Carswell and Bradley Leitch on their achievements in the NZ Junior Road Team at the Tour de L’Abitibi. The boys individually and as a team experienced the full gambit of emotions that riders go through during a multi day tour where luck and fortune come and go daily. James who was expected to be a strong contender on GC unfortunately got taken down in a crash at the front of the race 6km from the finish line on stage 1 which cost him his overall ambitions. He bounced back 2 stages later with an exceptional time trial ride to take 2nd place in the stage 3 ITT.

James ITTJames 2nd place

James smoking the ITT                                                                                             James 2nd place stage 3 ITT

Michael also was taken down in a crash with just over 3km to the finish on stage 1 after leading out the team on to the finishing circuit for the sprint finish which saw NZ get 3rd place with Hayden Strong. Later in the tour Michael got himself into a strong breakaway 5km into stage 6. He took out 2 of the 3 KOM’s and the sprint prime on the way to an eventual 3rd place stage finish. He also finished 4th in the KOM.

  Michael 3rd place in Stage 6                                                         Michael leading out NZ team for KOM

Bradley had a good start to the tour with two strong 8th placings in stage 1 & 2 and kept a top 30 GC position up until stage 5 where he was taken down in a large crash 25km into the stage. The crash disabled his bike and Bradley had to get a spare bike from neutral support costing valuable time and ultimately, sadly he missed the time cut by only 1min 20sec at the finish line. This was a tough experience for Bradley and the team.


 Bradley sprinting for 8th place stage 2 [centre orange shoes         Bradley up front in torential rain stage 4

In the lead up to the tour the boys had the opportunity to race in the Montreal Lacine Criterium where they were the guests of honour. They also spent 4 days in Quebec, staying as guests at the Team Garneau Quebecor cycling team house where they got to race and do a training ride with Louis Garneau himself. Capping off the wonderful hospitality they received at Team Garneau they were presented with new team helmets, race gels and socks.


  NZ Team at the startline of Montreal Lacine Criterium             NZ Team helmet photo shoot at Louis Garneau HQ

As you can see all three experienced the harsh realities of multi day tour racing with some very pleasing success as well, This combined with a lot of racing and off the bike [travel, accommodation, food] experiences will hold them in good stead for their future cycling ambitions.

All in all it was a fantastic opportunity that they all really enjoyed and made the most of. Thank you to CMC for their support.



Congratulations to three of our juniors members, James Fouche, Michael Carswell and Bradley Leitch who have been selected for the NZ Junior team to race the Nations Cup Tour in Quebec , Canada in July. Following strong results by all three at the Club Nationals and lead up races they have been selected as part of a six man New Zealand team to race the Tour de L’Abitibi. This tour is the Canadian leg of the UCI Under 19 mens World Nations Cup Series. The race is a 7 stage, six day tour and is an amazing opportunity for the boys to race a tour at an international level.

Boys Results

James Fouche- Oceania Road Champs; Road Race - 1st, ITT - 2nd

                                    - TA Junior Tour; GC - 2nd, KOM - 6th, Sprint - 6th

                                    - NZ Club Nationals; Road Race - 8th, ITT - 1st

Michael Carswell - HUB Tour; GC - 7th

                            - CHB Junior Tour; GC - 13th, KOM - 1st

                                        - TA Junior Tour; GC - 6th, KOM - 4th, Sprint - 5th

                                        - NZ Club Nationals; Road Race - 3rd, ITT - 9th 

Bradley Leitch     - CHB Junior Tour; GC - 4th, KOM - 4th

                                        - TA Junior Tour; GC - 4th, Sprint - 8th

                                        - NZ Club Nationals; Road Race - 7rd, ITT - 12th

NZ Junior Team 2NZ Junior Team 1

NZ Junior Team 5NZ Junior Team 6


The boys leave on around the 10th July and the tour is from the 18th to 24th July. We wish them the best of luck.

Congratulations to all CMC Members who rode exceptionally at the Age Group Nationals & U19 Omnium Championships in Invercargill recently.

Well done to:

Andrew McKay 
Andrew Fletcher 
Peter Ashworth 
Brett Slater 
Antony Brown 
Jeremy Turner 
Mark Hopkinson 
Lynne Fairs 
Colin Claxton

Aimee Blackmore 
Lara Hopkinson 
Jamie Leitch 
Ally Wollaston 
Aaron Wyllie 
Reuben Webster 
Connor Brown

And a special congratulations to the mens sprint team who not only won gold but also broke the National record! That team consisted of: Antony Brown, Russell Scott and Cliff Parker.

Antony Brown had a brilliant Nationals campaign, winning a medal in every single event that he raced!

Andrew Mackay won the pursuit for his first National title.

Well done everyone, CMC is very proud of you all!

If you have any more photos or results to share, please feel free to post!

To check out photos from the event, please see Eugene Bonthuys Media page here: http://ebmedia.shootproof.com/gallery/2504298/


The Committee has agreed that we should prepare a brief report following the AGM and include the reports that were adopted at the meeting.
The meeting followed the usual formalities of an AGM and the reports from the President, Treasurer, Club Captain and Social Racing grade Captain are attached. All the current office bearers were re-elected and in addition Claire Ohle and Mark Reynolds were elected to the Committee. The office bearers are now:
President – Mike Giddey; Vice Presidents – Martin Thomson and Russell Thorpe; Treasurer – Martin Thomson; Secretary – Karen McIntosh; Club Captain – Russell Thorpe.
Committee – Graeme Blackwood, Neil Blayney, Lynne Fairs, Lyle Hastings, Brendon Madden-Smith, Glenn Moser, Claire Ohle, John Perks and Mark Reynolds.
Under General Business there was a good discussion about the Race Programme for 2016 including what worked and what didn’t work in 2015, the relationship with Auckland Secondary Schools Cycling Association and possible joint races with them at Pukekohe Race Track, additional races at Kumeu and the timing of the Gallipoli Cup race. The Committee is endeavouring to have the Race Programme for the first half of the 2016 season published before Christmas.

Click here for the reports

Please feel free to contact any Committee member if you have any suggestions or comments – our aim is to provide safe varied racing that our members want and we welcome your feedback.

Mike Giddey, CMC President.



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