Been thinking about trying racing but just don’t know where to start? Well here are a few tips to assist you and answer some of the questions that may be going around in your head.
I like riding my bike but are unsure of where to start if I want to race?
In WA there are many cycling clubs or groups, we have a link HERE that will point you in the direction of the closest club to you.
Once you have joined a club, you will be encouraged to attend some – ‘club rides’ where you will meet many like-minded people who you can ask questions and they will be able to assist you on what correct equipment you should have, how you would be best placed to improve your bike handling skills and which events would best suit your ability.
Here is a basic guide to choosing an appropriate grade –
A – Grade – suitable for riders who –
- Regularly riding over 350km per week
- Can average/ride between 35 – 48kmph
- Highly experienced in all forms of bunch riding
- Elite, U23, U19 and Masters 1-4
B – Grade – suitable for riders who –
- Regular riding over 200km per week
- Can average/ride between 33 – 43kmph
- Moderate level of experience in all forms of bunch riding experience
- Elite, U23, U19 and Masters 2-5
C – Grade – suitable for riders who –
- Regular riding over 100km per week
- Can average/ride between 29 – 38kmph
- Limited experience in all forms of bunch riding with a low level of experience in racing
- New riders, Masters 1-5
D – Grade – suitable for riders who –
- Regular ride up to 100km p/w
- Can average/ride between 23 – 32kmph
- Limited bunch riding experience with ‘no to minimum’ level of experience in racing
- New riders, Juniors, Masters 5+
If I choose the wrong grade, can I change?
Yes, for sure, you have up to race day to reconsider and we can shift you up or down grades to accommodate. After your first race you feel it was too hard or too easy, please contact us to discuss and we can move you to an appropriate grade.
Do women have to race with men?
No, in The Element Road Series and The Ring Summer Criterium Series events there is separate racing for both men and women, although in some cases there are mixed options in club level events.
Where do I find information about what races are on in WA?
The WestCycle website has an updated calendar of events in all disciplines of cycle racing. Find the calendar HERE