Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do we have coffee? Do you really need to ask? We are cyclists don’t forget.

  • It depends on which grade you’re in, the higher the grade, the longer the race (we want you to get your money’s worth!).

  • No. We are affiliated to the Australian Veteran Cycling Council, which is completely separate from AusCycling. After your free trial ride/s, you will be asked to join West Coast Masters through the AVCC membership portal.

  • No, you can wear any kit you like. You just need to have your shoulders covered for your protection, in case you fall off. Oh, and so you don’t look like a triathlete!

  • Yes, they do, it’s about matching riders of similar abilities, rather than separating the genders. But don’t worry, our female members are lovely and will be nice to you.

  • Of course! The more the merrier.

  • You need a road bike, with clip-in pedals. No tri-bars, pumps or extra bits (saddle bags and rear lights are OK, but please turn your lights on solid, rather than flashing). Cameras are allowed with the referee’s approval. And of course you’ll need a Aus/NZ Standards Approved helmet. And a really cool pair of sunglasses.

  • We ask that you’ve done some group riding so you feel comfortable in a bunch but you don’t need to have raced before. The online registration and race entry processes will prompt you to answer some questions so we can put you in the grade best suited to your abilities.

  • Absolutely. We offer graded racing, ranging from A grade (the fast boys and girls) to E grade (the…ummm… slower boys and girls), and the entry process will match you with people of similar ability.

  • Yes. Well, almost. You have to be 30 or over, but other than that all abilities are welcome. You don’t have to be a hard and fast racer.

  • Apart from the coffee, there’s soft drinks, bottled water, and some eats.

    At circuits without public toilet facilities, we hire portaloos. Most circuits also have tap water available.

  • The graders will attempt to place you in a grade where you can be competitive. You may be re-graded, based on your results and your ability in the various racing disciplines (hills, flat, criterium).

  • Members are covered by a 24/7 policy arranged by AVCC, which includes racing, training and commuting.
    Trial riders are covered free for the duration of two races.

  • The annual membership fee for 2021 is $190 which includes 24/7 insurance cover including racing. Membership is valid from 1 January to 31 December.
    AVCC offers reduced half-year and fourth-quarter subs from 1 July and 1 October.

  • Applications and renewals are processed online through the AVCC Membership Portal.
    If you are joining for the first time, select New Registration, select “West Coast Masters” is selected for both State and Club, and follow the prompts.

  • You may have up to two free trial rides to evaluate cycle racing as a sport. Register online no later than 5pm Thursday for Sunday’s race.
    You will also need to enter online for your chosen race by 6pm Thursday. Follow the instructions you receive by email after registering.