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Road Racing

MCCC conducts races at both Menangle and Smeaton Grange industrial area. The club also holds an annual hill climb on Razorback Mountain.

 

The Menangle course is an 'out-and-back' course beginning at the Menangle end of Moreton Park Road, Menangle, with a turnaround point just prior to the southern freeway bridge. Each lap of the course is approximately 15km and is undulating with several short climbs of less than 300m in length. Menangle races are usually held as handicaps although the course is also used for time trials.  The most common format for Menangle is a 45km handicap.  See the calendar for more details regarding upcoming races at Menangle.  UBD map 364 P16

 

The Smeaton Grange criterium circuit is located on Waler Crescent, Smeaton Grange (near Narellan) with racing on Sunday mornings from October to April. The circuit is basically a rectangle in shape with a slight incline on the finish straight and slight decline on the back straight.  It is a brand new road with a fast hotmix surface and perfect for fast exciting racing.  Each lap is approximately 900 meters in length. The course has ample room for race tactics to unfold and plenty of attacks are usually made. The race is run as graded scratch races with A, B, C, D and E grades catered for.  Prizemoney is paid in each grade with a sprint prime during the race dependant on numbers.  Length varies for each grade and is usually 45 mins + 3 laps for A grade, 40 mins + 3 for B grade, 35 mins + 3 for C grade, 30 mins + 3 for D grade and 25mins + 3 laps for E grade.  Sign on is from 7.00am and racing begins at 7.30am sharp for C-D-E grades and 8.30am sharp for A-B grades.  See the calendar for more details regarding upcoming races at Smeaton Grange.

Click here for maps of each location.

"New to road racing and riding in groups click here too view the MCCC Cycling Etiquette info."

 

Photo: Paul Burke

 

Photo: Paul Burke

Photo: Paul Burke

Training Rides

Weekend Training Rides

Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club has training rides each Saturday and Sunday that leave the bus stop on Narellan Road, Mt Annan (opposite the Caltex/Woolworths Servo) at 7am sharp.  The Saturday ride is all year round and the same route each week with the group going out along the Camden Bypass and up Razorback where the riders regroup at the top. Its then down Old Razorback into Cawdor and then around the back roads into Cobbity and then into Camden for coffee.  After coffee some go back up Old Razorback and some go home.  Its about a 55km loop from the bus stop if you don't do the second Razorback climb.  Pace of the ride is moderate but we always have coffee at Creme De Le Creme in Camden where riders who are dropped can meet back up.

Sunday morning rides are held during winter when the club is not racing at Smeaton Grange. There isn't a set route but the rides are usually a tempo bunch training ride with all riders taking turns and a round trip is usually around the 80km mark.  There is always a coffee stop in there somewhere.  Sunday morning rides leave the Mt Annan bus stop at 7.00am.

Wednesday Night Training Rides

Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club has training rides on a Wednesday night all year round at a block in the Smeaton Grange industrial area.  The format is for a 6pm start that begins slowly at first lapping a block, and once riders were warmed up then the pace would quicken to a solid pace and around we go.  The rider on the front would do a lap and then at the same place each lap around would peel off and move to the back of the group whereby the next rider would do a lap and so on.  If the pace gets too quick then you can drop off the bunch and slow for a breather and wait for the bunch to come back around and then get back on.  Riders that arrived late can slip in when they were ready and it works pretty well and is a great hit out.  This goes on for an hour or so.  Often a slightly slower bunch may form and two bunches will circulate.  The streets used are Bluett Dr, Anderson Rd and Gallipoli St and is roughly 900 meters in length, basically flat and is well street lit.  There is a culdesac that runs off Bluett Dr which  is a great place to meet, park cars etc.   

"New to road racing and riding in groups click here too view the MCCC Cycling Etiquette info."

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Track Racing

Track Racing is fast, furious and absolutely exhilarating! Track or velodrome racing is a mixture of power and tactics which requires a high level of mental awareness, as races can be won or lost in the blink of an eye. The normal track season runs from November until March and there is winter competition Friday Night Winter Track Racing (June until September) held at Dunc Gray Velodrome.

In Australia, cycling tracks are made of wood, concrete or bitumen and can be between 250m and 440m in length. Some are indoors, such as the Dunc Gray Velodrome located at Bass Hill in Sydney's west and many others are outdoors. Track racing divisions range from Under 7s to Veterans of over 70 years old. Many MCCC cyclists race the track season and all are welcome to experience the track and will be given any assistance required to master the basics skills.

Brakes are for whimps !!!

A slightly different bike frame to a road Bike is needed for track racing. Track bikes have a fixed  rear wheel (no gears) and have no brakes. The slowing of pace is achieved by the rider applying resistance (back pressure) on the pedals. This skill is easy to master and is much safer in a bunch than the use of normal brakes. A new entry-level bike will cost about $1000.00 but many second hand bikes are also available for sale throughout the year. Hire of a track bike and a Cycling NSW State coach is available by appointment at the Dunc Gray Velodrome to teach basic skills. This is a must for anyone who is considering giving track racing a go! Riders must have a current Cycling Australia Licence and the cost is $10.00 for track hire and $10.00 for bike hire.

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Photo Courtesy of David Lane

Photo Courtesy of David Lane

Don’t be intimidated, give it a go !

Track racing is fast and exciting. There are many different disciplines, ranging from sprint derbies, team pursuits, points, scratch and handicapped races. Most club events cater for all levels and offer friendly competition in a social atmosphere. Many people see the 44-degree banking on the shorter tracks for the first time and feel intimidated. Any rider, no matter the level of skill and experience can ride any track banking after a basic tuition.

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Types of Track Races

Most track races are over shorter distances than road races, however the pace is generally faster and more intense. Here are some of the more common track races.

Sprint Racing: This event is a race between two riders (one on one) over 3 laps of the velodrome. Riders play a tactical game of “cat and mouse” over the first couple of laps in an attempt to keep the sprint down to the last 200-300m. This is a race of strength, speed and cunning.

Time Trial: In this event an individual races against the clock over 500-1000m.

Individual Pursuit: Two riders start on opposite sides of the track and attempt to catch one another and to record the best time they can. The pursuit is held over distances of 2000-4000m. Australia are the current world champions in the women's category of this event.

Team Pursuit: Same as the individual pursuit but raced in teams of four. Through the advantages obtained from drafting behind another rider and each team rider completing turns of pace on the front, a team will travel faster than an individual. The team’s time is taken from the third rider to cross the finish line.

Team Sprint: A team of three sprinters race this event over three laps against another team starting on the opposite side of the track. All riders’ start together but the front rider must complete one lap, the second rider in line must complete two laps and the third rider must complete three laps. The time is taken on the third rider crossing the line. This is a race of explosive power and speed.

Points Race: Riders accumulate points through a series of sprints during a race on designated laps. The race can vary from 5-40kms. This is a race for riders that the have the ability to recover quickly and have a strong endurance base.

Madison: Similar to a point’s race but is an event where two riders (one racing at a time) compete as a team. Similar to a relay but the rider’s make multiple changes thought out the event, which can run from 30mins to 2hrs.

Scratch Race: A mass start race over a distance that can vary between 5km and 20kms. This race can be fast and furious.

Keirin: Riders are paced up to speeds over 50kms by a derny (a motor-powered bike with pedals). The riders are not permitted to move in front of the derny until it pulls to the side of the track with 2 ½ laps remaining. It is an extremely tactical race based on speed and power.

Handicap Wheel Race: A popular event in Australia, which features in most major track opens, however is not a championship event. The handicap is normally run over 2000m. Depending on grading and past performances, riders are allocated a handicap mark around the track.

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