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I will be moving to Brisbane at the start of next year and was wondering if anyone could give me a basic run down of the Brisbane racing scene? I haven't raced before but have been riding for a couple of years and am keen to start next year.
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Have a look at Cycling Queensland site for a list of clubs.
Google "Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers", and at their site, subscribe to their excellent weekly newsletter email.
Crits almost weekly at Murarrie and Nundah Saturdays, also every now and then at Lakeside.
New crit track at Ipswich, not sure on dates.
Crits also down on the Gold Coast at Nerang & Runaway Bay.
Someone else can fill you in on Sunshine Coast.
Plenty more going on, best thing to do is check the online calendars of clubs and you'll be aware of just about everything - HPRW, CATS...
If you end up in the Logan city area, Logan City Cycing Club have events at Crestmead most weekends, plus regular Saturday training rides.
Gold Coast has road races as well as the aforementioned crits.
You can pretty much find a club race somewhere every weekend if you want.
Yep, plenty of weekly racing.
HPRW at Nundah & Lakeside. Balmoral at Murarrie. Ipswich at, well, Ipswich. Logan at Crestmead. Lots of Gold Coast races a short drive down the highway...
You have to join a club to be able to race, but you can pretty much do all the races for all clubs (mostly) once you are a member of one club... (make sense?). Wait until you knwo where you are going to be living, & base your club choice on that - pick teh one that has the closest racing/club rides to you...
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HPRW have a good mix of races through the winter season with crits at either Nundah or Lakeside, plus regular road races and TT's, all based on the Northside, so if you end up on the south side like me, then be prepared for some driving.
During summer they rotate between Lakeside and Nundah.
Upside to being on the s/s is that you're closer to the Logan and Gold Coast races.
Balmoral race every week, just crits though.
Gold Coast have a good mix of road and crit on three different circuits, Nerang being a tough bugger of a course...no wonder the coast riders are so good!
Logan isn't always on and the numbers are smaller than HPRW/Balmoral which could be a good thing if you are just getting into racing.
Ipswich use a road circuit at Wacol or out further at the facility used for motorsports.
There are other clubs around check out the Cycling Queensland website for the full list and more info.
Criteriums, criteriums, criteriums. Open road races are not well supported because people will be at a local criterium. Also you will find lots of criteriums, criteriums and also some criteriums.
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