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Welcome to the sport of cycling!

There are many reasons why people race. They race for fitness, the challenge and the sense of achievement obtained from finishing a race. It isn’t about winning at all costs or the prize money. Mostly people simply race for the pure enjoyment of it.

Racing is a lot of fun!

Initially, however, the concept of racing may be intimidating. You may be comfortable rolling turns with your mates on the weekend, love to set ‘PBs’ and beat your best mate’s time up your local climb. But when contemplating racing, heaps of questions run through your mind: ‘What equipment will I need?’, ‘Will I ‘look’ the part and blend in?’, ‘How do I even enter a race?’ ‘Will I be good enough?’ and ‘What actually happens at a race?’.

There is a wealth of information around about racing, race strategy, cycling equipment and gear. Most of it can be found on the Internet. However, when you start out it is not always easy to find the right information at the right time.

To help you find the information you need and to help you discover the joy of racing, we at Cycling Victoria, with support from VicHealth, have provided this guide for first time racers in Victoria. We hope it provides the answers to some of your questions, and points you in the right direction for others. The guide should not be considered a definitive guide to racing, but a handy reference tool that you can use in preparation for racing in Victoria.

It is important to remember that all those cyclists already racing were beginners once themselves, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions. Your fellow club members will also be more than willing to assist, so ask them for help if you have any questions.

Download the Beginners Guide [pdf]