Sydney University Velo Club has just won the NSW Club Road Premiership titles three times in succession. Racing lives at the core of the club’s values and we are keen to encourage as many members as possible to pin a number on and experience the thrill of racing.
What are my options?
If you just want to do a very occasional race, all you need to do is ensure that you have a race licence (not a ride licence) and you’re good to go. You can come along to our club races every month, or those of any other clubs, whenever you like.
However, if you’re keen to get involved in racing more regularly, not matter your current level, then you could consider our Racing@SUVelo program. Racing@SUVelo is a new endeavour for the club that aims to 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.
The club will provide a dedicated racing leader and mentor to club members, to encourage those who have never raced before to give it a go, 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. All that is required of you is that you are keen to race regularly – regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro.
We are asking club members who wish to race regularly 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 SUVelo Race Team jersey 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 2018 we will continue our partnership with Nero KOM Racing on the Men’s NRS side, and our Sydney Uni-Staminade squad on the Women’s NRS side. Both teams grew out of the club and are now successful standalone entities providing a pathway to the next level for club members with the desire and ability to progress.
So what do I do next?
If you are interested in racing regularly and are willing to join your club mates in a collegiate and fun environment to attend races in 2018, then great! Read our Code of Conduct, fill it in and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.