Cycling Australia Masters Championships 2018

BY IN Exercise Institute News On April 10, 2018

Cycling Australia Masters Championships 2018

In 2017 our training group managed to podium at multiple Australian Masters Championship events, in 2018 we hope to extend on this success through our friendly and scientific based training programs. To sign on to the program follow the link here

Who?

The CA Masters Championships is for women 30yrs and above and men 35yrs and above.  The AUSTRALIAN CYCLING CHAMPION are awarded across 5yr age groups with medal placings for each stage.

What?

There are three stages in the three days of racing – a 20km individual time trial, road race and criterium. Athletes can participate in one or all events and you do not need to finish one stage to race the next (unlike a tour). To become the overall champion you have to have competed in all three.

What to expect

The level of competition is good. Some athletes train and focus on one stage (the ITT for example) as their goal for the event and the year. Others compete in all three aiming for the overall championship. Racing is conducted in age groups depending on age group numbers and sometimes grouped together with different coloured numbers. Women race separately and grouped usually 30 – 45 year age categories and 45 years and above. Distances are varied according to age.

Whilst the competition and level of racing can be quite high, the atmosphere is more welcoming than any other open Cycling Australia events. Everyone is generally older, have families, children and work so to be part of the event is a thrill in itself regardless of the result. It is also an opportunity to race on a relatively level playing field against your peers.

Training and preparation

The Exercise Institute is seeking to support a Western Australian contingent of masters athletes to the championships that are most likely being held in East Gippsland, Victoria 18-21st October. Athletes can commit to a 5month program for the event, commencing in the new year, from $250 a month inclusive. Sign on here

Our representatives will participate in training, testing and programming to help them achieve their goals.

Of particular interest are people new to the sport of cycle-racing who want to give it a go. We believe we can adequately prepare you for your goals be they outcome or performance based.

Numbers will be limited and will involve the following aspects around preparation:

  • Team member training for the event leading into the championships, involving state of the art equipment and monitoring, personalised to your own fitness levels. This will include individual testing, indoor training to your own testing results, outdoor group training and a structured program that could include strength GYM training and other related aspects.
  • Training held in a fun supportive environment including on road, indoor and at race support from experienced racing cyclists
  • The focus will be on each athlete doing their best in competition and preparation, as well as experiencing racing at a national level against interstate and international cyclists. The focus is not results based.
  • Director Brad Hall attending
  • All fee’s are wavered when enrolled in the program, so access to strength training, indoor specific power assessments, outdoor specific sessions and a tailored program are all included.

Why do it?

This would provide a great long term goal for people wanting to try racing into winter and beyond. Together we will all focus on getting there. The atmosphere and experience is unforgettable and a fantastic insight into cycle racing.

Costings

Training and coaching services: $250 month and is inclusive of all related services across the period running into the event in late October. Sign on Here

Travel: The group will be travelling as a team to the event, flights, accommodation and transfers, car hire, will be organised as a collective for the best possible pricing.

License: All riders will need to hold a full Cycling Australia Masters racing license.

Clothing: We want you in YOUR OWN team clothing or whatever you are comfortable in. We will be designing our own race clothing for the event too.

Further Information pertaining to the 2018 Masters Road Cycling Championships, from the shore of East Gippsland:

“The East Gippsland region of Victoria has been confirmed to host the 2018 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships from 18-21 October 2018. The second largest National Championships behind January’s Fed Uni RoadNats, the Masters is expected to attract more than 800 entries from across Australia. Presented by Cycling Victoria on behalf of Cycling Australia, the Masters continues East Gippsland Shire’s strong history in delivering quality cycling events including the extremely popular Tour of East Gippsland. Cycling Australia is delighted to bring the Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships to East Gippsland for the first time,Cycling Australia is delighted to bring the Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships to East Gippsland for the first time, said CEO Steve Drake.

“Cycling has shared a long and prosperous relationship with the East Gippsland Shire, and we are delighted to be working with Cycling Victoria to deliver this great event to such a beautiful part of Victoria. “We are certain that riders will appreciate the spectacular courses and enjoy the local hospitality and region during the Championships.” East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Joe Rettino said the Championships will be a highlight of the region’s events calendar. “We are thrilled to host this year’s Championships,” Cr Rettino said. “Council recognises East Gippsland ticks many boxes for competitive and recreational cyclists and our terrain and climate means cycling can be enjoyed year-round.  “We have a Cycling Tourism Strategy and are also positioning ourselves to attract recreational and mountain bike riders.“Cycling events in our region have been growing in popularity year-on-year and we are working to grow East Gippsland’s reputation as a premier cycling location. I look forward to showcasing our region to avid cyclists from across the nation later this year.”

Course details and entry options for the individual time trial, criterium and road races will be confirmed in the coming weeks and will be available on the Cycling Australia website.”


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