lekoshe wrote:I saw a race this morning. Looked fun (Coburg's winter campbellfield crits). So now I want to join in.
So it seems I need a license i.e. join a club. But which one? I'm 35 and never raced before, and I don't know any current club members. I live in the CBD so the closest would be SKCC, I suppose*.
But which is going to be most welcoming to an ordinary chap with Three-Peaks-capable legs but no spectacular athleticism, keen to try his first races?
I'm also unclear on the difference between Masters and Vets (they seem to be completely separate license systems and race calendars). Maybe someone can unpack that for me.
* and crucially their kit colour matches my bike (black/red)
I'm a SKCC member - check out their website http://www.skcc.com.au
They run crits through summer and include coaching sessions for total beginners to racing who are looking for a way into the sport. The grades A through to E cover pretty much all levels of talent so I'm sure you'll find a level that matches your ability. Mind you, joining any CA affiliated club will get you a licence to go racing in more or less any CA club race (such as the Coburg one you went to today). Both Coburg and SKCC are member clubs in the Northern Combine http://www.northerncombinecycling.org
which runs a winter road racing program. If you get a CA licence, it is Elite or Masters. If you get an Elite licence, it costs more money but you can enter Open races in your Masters age group if you want. The Masters licence doesn't let you enter an Open race in the Open grades A, B, C etc. Note that club crits and the Northern Combine does not make the distinction between Elite and Masters, so if you never intend entering an Open race in A, B, C etc, then a CA Masters licence will do you just fine.
The vets licence system is different - someone else can tell you about how that works. I would suggest just joining SKCC and get on with it, but I'm biased. Quite a number of bv forum contributors are members of clubs including SKCC, CCCC, Coburg, Hawthorn and Brunswick at the very least. Joining any is better than joining none. Good luck with your choice!