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I have a few questions about racing. Looks like I will start this weekend (provided it doesnt take a certain amount of time for membership to clear).
What I wanted to know is:
How to go about getting a racing licence - Do you just do it online? Do you have to talk to people from the club? What is the best way, and does it take time to clear?
How do you find races? I know all clubs have different races at different times do you have to race only certain clubs races or is it just whatever? Is there any website that has all the different clubs together or anything?
How much do races cost to enter? I understand there is prize money for some how does it work or does it change lots for every race?
Thanks in advance Dan.
Vander, great that you're going to give it a go. Waratahs Masters race every week in your area, next weekend at Lansdowne Park in Bankstown, see the schedule here. In your first race you probably want to be in D grade just to get the hang of things so start would be at 7.45.
You need to join a club to get a racing license, you can join Waratahs on the day if you wish, fees are explained on the website. You can get a day membership if you just want to try it out. Another club in your area is LACC. Both are friendly and welcoming. LACC runs its own races but you can race pretty much anywhere once you have a license.
Where's your next race? cabici.net lists bike races in Sydney
Yeah online is easiest. You should wait until 1st Oct because the you'll get a licence for next year with oct/nov/dec thrown in. Doesn't take any time to clear, from memory you'll get an online receipt which you can print and take to races until you get your licence in the mail.
There's no one website that list all races, but if you have a look at websites for clubs in Sydney (have a look at the nsw cycling site for a list of clubs) that'll give you an idea. NSW cycling site lists all the open races in their calendar.
Each club is different, club races are normally $10 or so (check websites), opens cost more, prize money can depend on how big it is, what place you get etc.
Unfortunately I'm 10years short of Waratahs. I have been doing group rides with LACC for about a month so I think I will join up with them. I'm not going to lie I'm really excited to do my first race.
Thanks Phillip that helps heaps. Do you need to wear anything in particular as I don't have a short sleeve jersey yet. Can I just wear t-shirts?
Also is there any races that are free?
you will be fine in a plain T-Shirt, as long as you can pin a number to it. http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/?Page=10778
Vander Vander Vander, so many questions and so little time.
I don't know about now, but when I was racing if, you didn't have club colours you had to ride in a white t-shirt in open races but any colours were fine for club racing.
As Phillip said wait the extra few days for membership, so you get the full twelve months for your money.
Don't be in a big hurry to go up grades straight away. Learn the craft of racing and foxing in the different grades and enjoy the world of hurting others and yourself.
I don't suffer fools easily and so long as you have done your best,you should have no regrets.
You should be able to get a "day licence" for your race. Our club allows a rider to purchase 3x day licences per annum.
Take some money or your cheque book with you and the club should be able to do your full CA licence at the sametime.
If its an OPEN event that requires nomination via CA then you might have an issue, probably need to get someone from the club to call CA so you can sort it out.
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