Ashburton - Why Here ?
Ashburton is a growing and developing town with a strong community focus on sport and recreation. Mid Canterbury representatives of the various sporting codes often achieve national standard results and acclaim and are noted outside the provincial boundaries.
- Cycling in Ashburton has a long history and the sport of cycling is attracting increased support as an option for sport and recreation among the general population of the district. The rural surrounds with quiet open roads are an attractive option for fitness enthusiasts and the more serious training session.
- Ever increasing is the all year round nature of the sport with groups of cyclists venturing out any day, any time to suit their personal objectives. Most weekends see competitions or multi-sport events available locally or within a reasonable travelling distance.
- Cycling enjoys a high profile in Ashburton with much media coverage on both the achievements of the representative riders both at national and international levels. Local club activities, events and results are well reported and younger riders take great pride in seeing their efforts displayed in the local papers.
The Tinwald Cycling Club
The Tinwald Cycling club has a proud history with many cyclists developing to represent the Mid-South Canterbury centre at national age group events with impressive results.
- Current New Zealand representative riders include Hayden Roulston, Lauren Ellis and Jason Christie who began their riding careers at the Tinwald Velodrome. The profile of these riders assists in the development of cycling locally.
- The current cycling programme includes various forms of racing available to club members every day of the week during the cycling season. The keenest of riders participate in events outside Ashburton with their Christchurch and Timaru counterparts.
- Track cycling is currently held at the Tinwald Velodrome each week during daylight saving and includes races for all ages from the trainer wheel and primary aged whizz wheelers, under 17 development, senior and veterans grades.
- The whizz wheeler track session is often the link to get all members of a family involved and taking up other cycling forms.
Why a Velodrome Here?
- An important consideration behind the Velodrome proposal is the accessibility of Ashburton which is located in the centre of the South Island.
- The Invercargill velodrome hosts visiting cyclists however for many cyclists the time required to travel to this venue makes this option impractical for all but the elite riders.
- We consider Ashburton to be ideally placed, with easy road access for most potential users.
- The Velodrome will have the greatest appeal for those cyclists from within a two hour driving distance from Ashburton township. The number of cyclists within a two hour driving radius is significant encompassing the many cycling clubs from the major centres of Christchurch and Timaru.
- A centrally located velodrome would receive strong support with anticipated weekly race meets and coaching sessions.
- In addition, Christchurch’s International and Domestic Airport is one hour drive from Ashburton making the velodrome a possible venue for overseas users or domestic age group events.
- An area of anticipated high usage of the velodrome facility is secondary schools.
- Within the two hour driving distance are numerous secondary schools in high population areas with established cycling programmes.
- Locally, Ashburton College and Mt Hutt College each have school cycling clubs and participants are supported by the Tinwald Cycling Club.
- There are currently in place programmes to encourage secondary school participation in road and track cycling with regular events
During Summer; Friday night track and Sunday Under 17 road races.
Aoraki Regional Road Cycling Championships including schools from Oamaru to Christchurch
Scottwood Trust South Island Secondary Schools Road Cycling Championships
- An indoor velodrome will enhance what is already a strong schools cycling region with potential to host Aoraki Secondary Schools Track Cycling Championships and cycling inter-school exchanges.