Peel Districts Cycling Club is running their first Women’s Tour in conjunction with the Peel Junior Tour at the Motorplex on Saturday May 27. This is a great opportunity for
Peel Districts Cycling Club is running their first Women’s Tour in conjunction with the Peel Junior Tour at the Motorplex on Saturday May 27. This is a great opportunity for women to give racing a go.
Both the Junior Tour and the Women’s Tour are three races over a day.
The first race is a 3.6km prologue raced over a 3.6 kilometre circuit around the Motorplex, using part of the drag strip, the return road, service roads and car parks for a totally car free environment. Even with smooth surface and a long straights, the circuit is challenging, with a short sharp climb following one of the tight corners on the circuit. The prologue is raced on a road bike, not time trial bikes, so no time trial bars, disc wheels or TT helmets.
The second is a road race, depending on the age group or grade it will be between 5 laps (21 kilometres) and 15 laps (63 kilometres) of the same circuit.
The final race is a 500 metre sprint, depending on numbers in each grade or age group, there may be heats and a final.
The winners will be decided by the placings in all events and the prizes will be some unique Pedal Mafia merchandise.
As part of the warm up, experienced riders will take the less experienced riders around the course, pointing out some of the finer points of racing.
First time women racers, will need to select a grade when nominating. However, this can be changed after the prologue. So all riders will be in competitive groups for the road race and sprint.
If riders find a part of the circuit challenging during their prologue, it would be a good idea to watch the more experience riders, including some of the under 17 men and women, who have been racing for more than five years.
During the road races, we will have experienced riders explaining what is happening to the new riders and spectators.
Women’s D grade, may include a qualified coach, who will provide coaching to inexperienced riders during the race.
To race, both juniors and women will need a Cycling Australia licence, which includes insurance. For those without a licence there are two options a $38.65 single event licence and a $51.20 three event licence. The advantage of a three event licences, is you get two more events in the next three months for less than $13 dollars. For more information visit http://membership.cycling.org.au/