SO you want to race - new club info event, 25 May

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Postby adam » 09 May 2014, 16:31

The second club information event/ friendly get together is 'So you want to race?'

It's aimed a people who want start road racing (track is pretty well catered for). John Mason and James Rogers will be leading the discussion and sharing their experiences. It will give people an idea about what events you could start with, what you should know for your first race, and where it could all lead to.

It's a big area, and may be followed up with specific sessions on things like what parents want to know about junior tour events. It's possible that in the second half of the year a club crit for beginners might be organised.

The event will be held on Sunday 25th May at Canada Bay Club, 4 William Street, Five Dock, from 2 to 4pm.

If you want to attend, please add your name on this thread.

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Postby Adam W » 12 May 2014, 15:05

Sounds great!

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Postby marc2131 » 13 May 2014, 10:49

1. Adam W
2. Marc R

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Postby Ben F » 19 May 2014, 09:15

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford

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Postby ratzzzzz » 20 May 2014, 08:39

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford
4. Ben Thomson

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Postby rozza_b » 20 May 2014, 12:36

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford
4. Ben Thomson
5. Rory Bennett

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Postby Bec » 22 May 2014, 10:57

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford
4. Ben Thomson
5. Rory Bennett
6. Bec Lewis

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Postby ratzzzzz » 22 May 2014, 19:18

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford
4. Rory Bennett
5. Bec Lewis

Gutted I can't come, I've got to fly up to Brisbane for work -the flight was supposed to be later. Someone take notes?

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Postby Greeny » 23 May 2014, 13:46

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford
4. Rory Bennett
5. Bec Lewis
6. Laura G (keen on giving Eastern Creek a go)

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Postby Matt T » 23 May 2014, 17:28

1. Adam W
2. Marc R
3. Ben Ford
4. Rory Bennett
5. Bec Lewis
6. Laura G (keen on giving Eastern Creek a go)
7. Matt T (possibly maybe, depending on family commitments)

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Postby James Rogers » 23 May 2014, 18:03

For additional zest and spice, Simon Bolton will be joining the discussion, and elaborating on:

- Mountain bike racing as a pathway to road racing;
- His experiences on the NRS tours, from within the team car;
- Junior Tours (info for parents/guardians, and why I shouldn't be in charge of booking the hotel).

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Postby Adam W » 23 May 2014, 18:29

Unfortunately I'm out. I injured my wrist yesterday so I can't drive and I can't ride for a month or two. Just bought my gold license too...

1. Marc R
2. Ben Ford
3. Rory Bennett
4. Bec Lewis
5. Laura G (keen on giving Eastern Creek a go)
6. Matt T (possibly maybe, depending on family commitments)

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Postby Robert » 24 May 2014, 11:05

Sounds very interesting
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2. Ben Ford
3. Rory Bennett
4. Bec Lewis
5. Laura G (keen on giving Eastern Creek a go)
6. Matt T (possibly maybe, depending on family commitments)
7. Robert

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Postby Eleri » 24 May 2014, 17:44

This is on tomorrow afternoon - still a few spots if you would like to come along.

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Postby Adam W » 24 May 2014, 20:44

I'm back - thanks for the lift Robert

1. Marc R
2. Ben Ford
3. Rory Bennett
4. Bec Lewis
5. Laura G (keen on giving Eastern Creek a go)
6. Matt T (possibly maybe, depending on family commitments)
7. Robert
8. Adam W

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Postby marc2131 » 25 May 2014, 10:00

I am on baby sitting duties. Can I bring two of my 3 girls with me?

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Postby Eleri » 25 May 2014, 10:37

Sure - they might get inspired to race too!

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Postby adam » 25 May 2014, 17:46

A great session on what you could want to know if you are thinking of racing - or have done one or two and want pointers. And a huge thanks to James, John & Simon who did a fantastic job. They really covered so many bases and shared great experience.

We'll probably keep this thread going, on the suggestion of participants, for new racers to post what races they might try and see who else is doing it ... And stuff that would generally be useful if you're starting to race.

Thanks also to Dougie who has again given us access to the Canada Bay club.

Only thing that would have been great is a few more participants. But we'll get there.

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Postby rozza_b » 26 May 2014, 10:44

Thanks for the information yesterday, definately answered a few questions i had about racing and made me a bit more confident about possibly entering into the racing world, now to just get my training goals out of the way before i fork out the cash for a gold licence, look forward to getting out there and giving some races a go

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Postby Greeny » 30 May 2014, 11:33

I was thinking about heading to Eastern Creek for my first ever race this Sunday or if not this Sunday, on 15th June 2014. This Sunday is the Sydney Dragway Full at Eastern Creek. Is this ok for my first race and is anyone else going? Will I be able to warm up on the track before the race as I don't have a trainer to take there? I'm also assuming I can register on the day.......

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Postby marc2131 » 30 May 2014, 12:20

I heard in the rain, the drag way can be rather slippery.
Check the weather first.

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Postby Stuart » 30 May 2014, 16:10

Marc is correct re the dragway, it's also not that interesting. Lansdowne Park is also fine for a first race, not as wide but no significant hills.

You get to warm up on the track before the race and yes you sign-on and pay your $15 on the day. If it's your first race then take your licence as they'll need to sight it. I'd suggest arrivign at least 30 mins before race start time, or even longer if you like a long warm up. We normally get there about 45 min before.

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Postby Stuart » 01 Jun 2014, 10:06

News from Waratah Masters this morning: Racing at the Dragway cancelled due to rain :(

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Postby Greeny » 07 Jun 2014, 17:43

OK, first race = tick. I went to the LACC Women's race at the Sydney Tennis Centre today. I signed in at 12pm and was given a number, No 1 and put in D grade (there were A-D grades). I got chatting to a friendly fellow rider in C grade who then took me around the course for a warm up. I was asking her many questions as it was all very new. I didn't see any other red jerseys there, presuming everyone was at the track carnival. We were given the call to go to the start line 5 minutes before and they announced they were combining C & D grades (oh dear I thought and is that the norm). I had no idea of any etiquette or norms. There were about 12 women in the bunch. Off I went and expected to be riding 2 abreast but we were quickly in 1 line with me trying to get in. No such luck so I ended up at the back which is not where I wanted to be as this is where I felt the effects of the elastic band. After a few laps, I felt OK but after the sharp right turn and needing to stand up and sprint I thought, why the f&^% do I have so much luggage in my back pockets which was bobbing around substantially..... Lesson number one, de luggage before next ride. I was the only rider with 2 drink bottles! I'm sure I'm not going to get that thirsty on a Winter's day over 25kms. I now know better. We were told that after 35 minutes we would be given the signal we had 2 laps to go. At the 30 minute mark I felt like I was going to throw up and couldn't hold on to the bunch any longer. Bummer as there were only another 3 laps to go. I finished the other 3 laps, coming 4th in D grade (there were 4 riders in D grade :-)) Prizes were given to the first 3 riders. I'm happy with my 32 average and plenty Strava cups for the experience. I gave it all I had. Actually participating in a race provided me with so much info about how I would do it differently next time. I loved it. Cheers. Happy racing. Laura G.

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Postby Stuart » 07 Jun 2014, 19:44

Great stuff Laura. Now you can get out there at Lansdowne in D or E grade (I raced E grade first year :-) )

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Postby marc2131 » 07 Jun 2014, 20:04

Nice one Laura. :D

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Postby Eleri » 07 Jun 2014, 20:44

Great work and good report Laura! Well done and welcome to racing. :-)

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Postby Dougie » 08 Jun 2014, 11:19

Kudos Laura. Great report


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