Sydney University Velo Club has just won back-to-back NSW Club Road Premiership titles. Racing lives at the core of the club’s values and we are thrilled to announce a change of direction for racing at the club. The Racing@SUVelo program is a new endeavour for the club that will promote and support racing across all levels of club members. Whilst elite level racing is, and will always be important, we recognise that getting club members racing is at the core of cycling in NSW and Australia.
For the first time, SUVelo will provide a dedicated racing leader and mentor to club members, to encourage those who have never raced before to pin on a number for the first time, and to help members who already race become better racers. The essence of Racing@SUVelo is encouraging members to pin a number on whether at open races, club races, Masters racing, Gran Fondos, on the track or elsewhere. This is about getting our club out racing.
We are asking club members who wish to race to nominate themselves using our Code of Conduct form. We are not seeking results and stats on your palmarès, what we are seeking is simply a desire to race, or race more, for your club.
How will the club support you?
We will provide you access to a club race mentor. Other support we will provide includes:
- Access to the club van to help you get to races
- Putting like-minded club racers together to organise training and racing across Sydney or elsewhere
- Access to the A’qto SUVelo racing jersey used in 2016 by elite Men’s and Women’s team for those who may wish to purchase (not compulsory in any way)
- Access to social media networks where racing adventures can be organised and stories shared
Who is our club race leader and mentor?
We are proud to announce that Nate Bonarius has been appointed as the SUVelo race leader and mentor. Nate has a long and proud history of racing for SUVelo and is currently part of the Turbo Studio Bravehearts Racing team. Nate is a qualified coach and works with our club sponsor Turbo Studio in training cyclists. Nate will assist race team members with race and calendar selection, provide a high-level overview of training programs, tips, tactics and racing skills. Racing is often learnt through trial and error and by providing a race mentor to club members, we will make racing more accessible to members and facilitate advancement in a more structured manner.
What about Elite and NRS level racing?
SUVelo has a proud history of being one of the few clubs that has fielded Men’s and Women’s NRS club teams. We want to keep supporting this high level of racing and in 2017 we will be partnering with an elite men’s team and an elite women’s team. This will provide an opportunity and pathway for club members who have the skill and desire to race at this high level. Stay tuned for more information on these teams and the club’s partnership with them.
So what do I do next?