Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cairns Cycling Club about?
What affiliations does the club have?
Do I have to be a member to race?
What do I need to do to join?
Contact the club for further information on membership options and fees.
What does membership give me?
It also provides a degree of insurance cover while competing in sanctioned events, and during appropriate structured training. The conditions of insurance cover may change from time to time, and should be checked as appropriate.
What other costs are involved?
What sort of racing does the club provide?
Track racing is held at the club’s facility located at Smith Park, Keeble St, Manunda. The track racing season typically runs from October to March or April, though racing though the rest of the year is held at times. During the track season, racing is typically held weekly (weather permitting). Check the calendar for race dates and times of track meets.
Road racing is held on various courses around the region. The road season typically runs from March to September, and sees weekend road racing currently being criterium racing held fortnightly. Raod Racing permits have been difficult to achieve of the last 12 months with the Queensland Police Service reluctant to issue permits due to uncertainty in how to police the recently trails ‘safe clearance’ of 1 metre rule. Discussions are on going in this area and developments will be forth coming when at hand. Criteriums (racing on a short street circuit), scratch racing on the road (everyone in a division starting together), handicap racing (slower riders starting with a time advantage over faster riders), and the occasional time trial (racing alone against the clock).
Do I need a special bike?
Track bikes must have a triangular frame, be fixed wheel (while the bike is moving the pedals are turning) and must not have any brakes.
Road bikes must have a triangular frame, and will have gears and brakes. Handlebars must be your typical curved racing type, and bar ends must be plugged. Aero bars are not allowed apart from in time trials where they must meet certain requirements.
Above is a basic rundown of the requirements, and more detailed information can be supplied upon request. Typically though, any road racing type bike will comply with the requirements, while track bikes are purpose built for this duty.
I'm not sure if I'm good enough to race. How do I know?
The club has coaches and other officials that can assist you in understanding where you may fit, and provide advice. Feel free to contact us through this website.
Don’t feel disheartened if you have a go and can’t keep up. Even quite physically fit people can have trouble at first. Often it is not base fitness that is the problem, but rather not being used to a faster speed, and the need to gain confidence in what you are doing. Competing in a few races usually sees most reasonably fit newcomers getting into the swing of things fairly quickly.
Are there any dangers involved?
Riders competing in club events are required to be aware of there surroundings, mindful of other road users, and comply with the appropriate road rules, conditions of our racing permits issued by the police, and the rules and policies of the club.
I have never done this before, can I get some help to get going?
We can also provide advice and assistance in a number of areas related to cycling and cycle racing. There is nothing to be scared of in this, and once you have gained these skills and knowledge it will open a new dimension on your cycling.
What about coaching?
Does the club conduct training rides or sessions?
The club itself does not typically conduct training rides or sessions. However some coaches within the club do. There are group rides occurring regularly in the area that riders can join. These are a good way to learn the ettique of group riding.
‘I think I might be good at this! What opportunities are there to go further in the sport?’
The answer to this question really depends upon who you are. There are numerous events in Queensland and around Australia that you could compete in, including annual regional, state and National championship events that cater for all age groups.
At the elite level, some of our members have represented Australia, won National and World championships, and competed at a professional level including riding in the Tour de France and other top events.
Will I be expected to make a contribution to the club?
The club functions on the contribution of members, and as such there is an expectation that members will contribute to the running of the club commensurate with their usage of club services. This can be as simple as assisting at a road race by being a marshal.