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There are many reasons why people ride bicycles. They ride for fitness, the challenge, the sense of achievement when setting goals, and the pure joy of getting outside.
Cycling is a lot of fun. Riding is great for both your mental and physical health. Once you gain confidence on the bicycle you may want to try racing. Racing comes in so many different forms - road races, criteriums, time trials, track, cyclo-cross, mountain biking and BMX.
The concept of racing may be intimidating. You may be comfortable rolling turns with your mates on the weekend, love to set ‘PBs’ and beating your riding buddies time up your local climb. But when contemplating racing, heaps of questions run through your mind: ‘What equipment will I need?’, ‘How do I enter a race?’ and ‘What actually happens at a race?’.
There is a wealth of information around about racing, race strategy, cycling equipment and gear. Most of it can be found on the Internet. However, when you start out it is not always easy to find the right information at the right time.
To help you find the information you need and to help you discover the joy of racing, Cycling Victoria, with support from VicHealth, have provided this guide for first-time racers in Victoria. We hope it provides the answers to some of your questions and points you in the right direction for others. The guide should not be considered a definitive guide to racing, but a handy reference tool that you can use in preparation for racing in Victoria.
It is important to remember that all those cyclists already racing were beginners once themselves, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Your fellow club members will also be more than willing to assist, so ask them for help if you have any questions.