A few of you already know about Counties racing and the fun that is club racing.
A quick prep for those that haven’t or are unsure of what to do.
The 2012 season is now over (races are normally held over the winter months – on Saturday afternoons)
- To race you require a license: Bike NZ Membership link – and info Bike NZ info. CMC will gracefully let you have a couple of races without a license, to get a taste, but you should have a license ready to show after the 2nd ride ( tip select Dept of cycling as your club )
TIP: If you intend to race locally – either a club or local license will suffice.
If you want to race in the Waikato a center license is needed, and if you want to try your hand further afield ( e.g. Taupo-Napier) a National License is required.
- Once you have your license – have a look at the calender Counties race calender – select the races you think suit you or look like fun. ( Did I say fun? 😉 )
- Online entry is brilliant – Counties online entry page – this is critical – if they don’t get enough entries the race will be cancelled ( Traffic management requires they have a minimum of 70 riders)
- Pick a grade. If you’re unsure – either ask around or start at the bottom and work your way up. And don’t worry – this is new to a lot of people, so don’t expect to be an expert on the first ride.
- Course maps – Download page – with added benefit of all the requisite documentation you may need.
- Results – of course there’s results too –Results page – and if you’re nosy like me you have a look at how people have done and try and compete.
- Carpooling – its a long way to some of the races – so its a good idea to carpool – maybe log on onto the DOC site and leave a note that your racing and looking for transport/passengers?
If you have questions or are interested in racing in 2013 – talk to some of the team that have done it already – we’re all keen to help out and pass on what we know.
The more DOC riders we have competing in inter club events – the stronger we are as a club, the stronger Cycling in Auckland can become, and the better we become as cyclists.
And the last word – don’t worry, or think its only for elite riders – everyone started somewhere – the range of riders is huge ( under 15’s through to 75+ ) and what you get to take away from the race is always greater than what you have to put in.
See you on the road.