Club events are conducted all year round with senior events run on a Saturday afternoon from May through October and Sunday morning October through April. Junior events are run from May through September. See the club calendar for details of upcoming events.
The majority of the club racing can be divided into Graded Scratch Events and Handicaps, however we do run time trials and criteriums throughout the year.
Scratch events are mass start races in categories based on either ability or age. First across the finish line is the winner.
Handicap events are for all competitors in the one race, where the riders are grouped according to ability by the handicapper and are sent off in their group. The slowest group starts first, followed by the second slowest group a few minutes later, and so on, until the last group, called Scratch, starts. Scratch is the fastest group of the race, and need to catch all the other riders in the race in order to win. The winner is the first across the finish line, regardless of which group they started with. The fastest time is recognized as well and is given to the rider who covers the race distance in the shortest amount of time.
The BCC regularly uses a handicap format for its club events, and although a maximum limit is enforced, it allows for new comers to be competitive in club events.
Entry fee: Senior racing $5, Junior racing $3, Family entry $10.
I want to race, what training do I need to do?
Here are some basic tips to help you towards enjoyable cycling.
Work on your fitness base. Begin with short rides a couple of times per week and gradually increase the distance and frequency over a couple of months. Most of your cycling at this stage should be comfortable and you should be able to carry out a conversation without running out of breath.
With the fitness base behind you, start to increase the intensity. Include some rides where you can talk but only in short sentences.
A lot of cycle races finish in a sprint, so it’s important to dedicate a portion of your training to speed and power. Once warmed up, try doing 10-30sec maximum efforts with a 2-3min break in between. Start with 3-4 efforts each session and build it up to 10 over a number of weeks. This will help your speed.
The Club recommends new cyclists to train over the event distance and in a bunch (eg the weekend’s 9am ride) before entering an event.
What equipment do I need?
The bike needs to be road worthy, and can not have aero type handlebars (unless used in a time trial event), but certainly needs not be that expensive. A Shimano Sora level bike is more than adequate for Club Racing.
Cycle clothing is specially designed to give comfort whilst riding. Cycling shorts are made of lycra and are called knicks. They have a synthetic chamois sewn into the crotch area to help prevent chaffing and to add comfort while sitting on the saddle. Underwear is not worn with knicks. Cycling tops are called jerseys and are designed to wick moisture away from the skin to keep the rider cooler. Riders must wear bicycle helmet with an Australian Standards Approved sticker inside the helmet.
It is always recommended to have at least one biddon (water bottle) on your bike for a race. If the race is longer than 1 hour, you might like to carry another biddon and some food (gels or sports bars are handy or a banana).
Road Racing Rules
Traffic Management Issues: The Bathurst Cycle Club Traffic Management Plan (BCCTMP) has been developed over a number of years, working closely with local Council & Police. It is imperative that it be strictly adhered too, and all participants make themselves aware of all the rules and guidelines put in place by the club.
Sign on: Sign on is in Rockley St, across the road from the Perthville Hall (10kms south of Bathurst via the Vale Road). Race start is at the Perthville tennis courts (at the sign on area). Do not block the road in the Perthville area, before or after the race. All event participants and supporters must not impede local traffic. Please do not talk or stop on the road or even on the road shoulder.
Sign on closes 15mins prior to the advertised race start time. There are penalties for signing on late. In a handicap, you will be moved to the scratch bunch. If you are already in the scratch bunch, you will start 1min behind scratch. In a scratch race, you will move up into the next grade. If you are already in A Grade, you will start 1min behind.
All Participants take note when signing on you agree to the following sign on clause:-
By signing this event sign-on sheet, I hereby state that I have read, understand and will strictly abide by all event conditions as stated on the Bcc Web Site, and/or pre event handouts and briefings.
All participants are reminded that all events held on a public road can be considered dangerous, and whilst all reasonable care is taken by the event organizers and officials when organizing this event, all participating cyclists have an equal responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable care by adhering to the road rules and any other conditions imposed by Police, and or officials, ensuring a safe race environment for all concerned.
Neutral zones: There are a number of places where the race is deemed neutral and no rider is to gain an advantage in this area. Neutral zones are identified on the road by a white dot with a red letter N. The neutral zones are in areas where riders are completing u-turns or merging form one road onto another. For example, when you are approaching the Ryan’s Rd turn, the dot is on the road 50m before the corner. When you reach that dot, you must continue to keep with the other riders you are with, safely negotiate the turn, exit the corner and not resume racing until you have reached the next dot on the road, which is 50m after the corner. No rider is to attack in the neutral zone. If you are in a large bunch, you might reach the end of the neutral zone before all riders in your group have negotiated the turn. In this case, you must check to see that all riders are together before the race can resume.
Turn-off U turns: Event participants must always give way to traffic with the right of way and to ensure this happens the BCC uses a “Turn-off U Turn” at selected corners in events where appropriate, eg. Ryan Road (5km mark) and the Cross Road (approx 30km mark).
When performing a U turn, riders will turn into a minor T intersection road eg Ryan’s Road, under neutral conditions,will then “U-turn” in the minor road. This is done where the traffic speed is slowing for the corner. Riders will then proceed back on to the major road (eg Rockley Road), only after checking to see if the road is clear to turn on to. This type of turn also allows any following traffic on the main road to pass.
It is highly encouraged as riders are approaching the main road after completing the u-turn to yell out “Clear” if it is safe to turn back on to the main road to inform the other riders in the bunch that they can turn. If it is not safe to turn, riders can yell “Car” or “Stop”. It does ultimately though, come back to the individual rider to always check it is safe to turn and not to simply rely on another rider’s opinion.
Ryan’s Rd Turn: When you have completed the u-turn, there is a white dot on the road, just to the right of the centre of the intersection, that you must keep to the left of when turning back on to the Rockley Rd.
Newbridge Rd Turn: This u-turn is done in the middle of the Trunkey Rd at the Wimbledon Rd intersection (the turn off to Newbridge). Riders are to only approach the u-turn in the lane closest to the middle of the road. Riders are to indicate they are turning right, and to give way to any cars approaching on the Trunkey or Wimbledon Rds. No rider is to turn from the left hand lane. This lane is for following traffic that is going straight ahead the opportunity to pass the bunch.
St John’s Rd: This is the road to the finish line. There are no centre lines on this road, but riders are expected to keep to the left hand side of the road.
Once you have finished the race, you are to keep proceeding to the end of the road (200m after the finish line) and not to return back to the finish line. There is a line on the left hand side of the road indicating the area riders are to stay in until all riders have finished.
Once all riders have finished, you may ride back down St John’s Rd to return to Perthville. It is advised that riders return in bunches of a maximum of 20 and allow a gap of at least 200m between bunches. If there is a reason you need to return to Perthville before all riders have finished, you must advise the race official at the finish line and proceed with caution, staying to the left hand side of the road, and be prepared to stop when bunches are approaching you.
Spectator cars are to get to the finish before the bunch arrives. If they do not make it back, they are to stay behind the bunch. Spectator cars are to be parked at the very end of the road where it widens and spectators can then walk to the finish line.
Riding in a bunch: Each handicap group must be:-
Decisive – to avoid confusion the senior member of the group shall take control in dangerous situation or sections where rules should be observed, eg race neutrals etc. The senior rider will be a club official or the oldest club member. However if there are a number of cyclists in the group with more than 4 seasons of experience, then the cyclist that has raced at the highest level shall take control. If there is some confusion on who is the group leader then the Starter will nominate someone when asked. If there is a problem after the event the senior rider will be asked to assist in the enquiry.senior rider will also report any wrong doings by riders in the race (such as cutting a corner or crossing centre lines).
Focused – The group should talk together to set some goals, (eg work hard to get to the hill before the backmarkers), then all members should form a relationship and commit to that goal and look after each other.
Smooth – The Bunch should work smoothly with inexperienced riders leaving an appropriate distance off a wheel. Turns will be either rolling or working pursuit-style turns, depending on the closeness in strength of the working group. Communication is required to determine the side to change on depending on the wind, and the correct time to change. While correct bunch etiquette, such as minimum braking, no jamming through to do your turn, taking care getting out of the seat and making no unexpected direction changes or rotations is essential.
Alert – The Bunch should be aware and move over if they are to be over taken by another group. With the fastest group only allowed to over take on the right hand side, as the slower riders should be on the left. Remembering, it is very rude to cut into a rotation spot when you are unsure whether you can maintain the faster pace of the overtaking group.
Polite – we all realize, even in social activities, sometimes “things get said”. Any arguments that develop on the bike must be resolved directly after the race. If not, both parties will be disciplined. Shouting and swearing is not allowed and all participants are asked to show a bit of control and decorum. The BCC races are social based events and at the end of the day, it is only a club event.
Obey all road rules: Unless specifically stated, all riders in BCC events must obey all NSW RTA Road Rules. This especially applies to keeping to the left hand side of the road, giving way to traffic at turns and corners, and obeying train level crossing lights and signals.
Know the course: It is the rider’s responsibility to know the course, so they must attend the pre race briefing and ask an experienced competitor to further explain the course if required. Riders must also make themselves aware of the specific conditions imposed on the course to comply with local event permissions, which try to lower the impact on non event traffic.
Handicapping: The BCC committee review the handicaps regularly. As most cyclist's are aware you will always loose far more races than you win…..Club level racing is designed to improve your performance relative to your peers at a Club and State Level. Your goal at Club Level Handicap and Graded race should always be to extend yourself beyond your personal view of your ability, and use the opportunity to explore a higher level than a previous performance. The Road Committee will, at their discretion, adjust Handicaps and Grades to ensure a rider will continue to improve their performance both from a physical effort, and a race craft perspective. While the Road Committee is made up of a wide variety of riders and levels, we consult other experienced riders with in the Groups or Grades and review recent performances and results to form a Re Grade or Handicap adjustment.
Ideally Scratch races are the true gauge of ones performance against ones peers, unfortunately there are often not enough regular riders to run Grades Scratch races. Handicaps are one of the hardest races you can do as they are generally at maximum effort for most of the race. Handicap racing is unique to Australia and New Zealand, due to the small, widely varying fields. There are no Club, State, Australian, World or Olympic Championship for that style of racing and that is why its limited to Primarily Club and some State open level racing.
Use the Handicap races a part of your regular training and racing development, your goal should always be to perform at your maximum, and your efforts will be supported by the Road Committee.
Greg Lemond once said "it never gets easier, you just get faster"
The Road Race Sub Committee
Spectators: Spectator vehicles are not to follow individual riders during a race. They may drive to safe places to park along the race route and wait for riders go past. In some special circumstances (ie, in major events), follow vehicles will be allowed behind bunches. Please ask the race officials for permission to do this. The BCC stresses the importance of not interfering with local traffic to ensure the continuation of the good relationship with the club and residents where the BCC runs its activities.
If you are riding a bike as a spectator, you are not to sit on any bunch that is racing and are not to train on the race route during racing. If a bunch is approaching you from behind, you must stop and move off the road.
Rockley Road: The BCC would like to extend the rule to parents/partners/children of members racing to particularly avoid the Rockley Road during club events. This is to try and minimise the number of bunches that have to pass one another going up and down Rockley Rd, and the possibility of cars trying to overtake bunches and squeezing between the bunches as they pass.
Sign Duty Roster: All BCC members are required to do sign duty. This will only be once or twice a year. Duty officers are responsible for putting out or turning down the warning signs along the road race route (and doing the reverse after the race) and taking note of any hazards along the race route so that it can be announced before the start of the race. They also are responsible for running the race that day, unless it is a trophy race or championship where a Committee member will run the race. Each BCC member that races on the road is required to do their turn; this includes the juniors; (whom will have to get the help from their parents or guardians).
If you are unsure of where the signs are to be placed or how to run the race, ask a committee member. Generally, new members will always be placed with an experienced member to do sign duty.