Frequently Asked QuestionsQ: I haven't raced before, can I try racing prior to becoming a full club member?
A: You may have one trial ride to evaluate cycle racing as a sport.
It is recommended that you should be confident riding in a group prior to racing.
You will need to complete a Trial Ride Form before racing, so why not print it off, fill out as much as you can and bring it along to the next Club Race.
Q: How do I join?
A: Club Membership and Renewals
Annual membership starts from 1st January each year. Renewals are accepted after the AGM in December, with new memberships obtained after 1st October remaining valid through the following year. Note that insurance covers only financial members, and that memberships are subject to minimum age limitations and the discretion of the club.
Applications and renewals are done online through the AVCC Member Portal. (Select the "New Registration" option). Please read this guide for information on the process, and bring along a copy of the receipt email to the next club race.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The annual membership fee for 2013 is $135 which includes racing and training insurance. Each race has a nomination fee, generally $15, to cover the cost of course marshals and event equipment hire.
There are minor cash prizes(!) for top places in each grade.
Q: What is the insurance cover?
A: Insurance has been arranged through the AVCC, click here for information on the claims process and SportsNet AVCC cover for more information on the cover itself.
You might also like to read this guide from the VVCC site.
Q: Which grade will I be in?
A: The handicapper will attempt to place you in a grade where you can be competitive.
You will be regraded, based on your results and your ability for the racing discipline (hills, flat, criterium).
Q: What facilities are provided?
A: The club supplies refreshing softdrinks and cold bottled water at cost recovery pricing, and has a policy of hiring a portaloo where public toilet facilities are not available. Most circuits also have tap water nearby, the notable exceptions being Dog Hill and Neerabup.
Q: What's with the flashing lights?
A: The club runs different race groups at the same time. Flashing lights at the finish line indicate that one of the groups is on its last lap, allowing other groups to avoid getting mixed up in their sprint.