"Palmerston North has lodged a proposal with BikeNZ and Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) to build NewZealands second international indoor cycling velodrome.
Palmerston North City Council, Bike Manawatu, Sport Manawatu, and Massey University with the support of Manawatu District Council have lodged a proposal with BikeNZ and Sport and Recreation New Zealand (SPARC) to build New Zealand's second international indoor cycling velodrome.
Manawatu and Palmerston North are the perfect locations for this being central and easily accessible. Easy to get to by road we are a three hour drive gets you to a million people, regular air services, easy accommodation access to the track.
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Polynesians are not good on bikes?
If you want to produce great athletes, regardless of race, they need to be participating in the sport from an early age. Cycling is an expensive Yuppie sport, that is out of the reach of many low income families which includes many, if not most of our Pacific communities.
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The solution I propose is to place a cycling velodrome in the heart of NZ Polynesia - South Auckland. Enlist the support of the local Pacific Islands community leaders and make the velodrome a social centre for the local youngsters. As with all velodromes, there will be an ample supply of club bikes along with a full programme of lessons, training and events for youth and adults.
If a velodrome was to be built in Auckland, it has more chance of ending up in Remuera or the North Shore than Otahuhu or Otara. That would be as tragic as placing it in the wops of Palmerston North. With election campaigning now underway for the new Auckland Super City, I hope that some of the candidates latch onto this proposal and run with it.