ANSWER – SAMCA administers, promotes and organises Masters cycling in South Australia. In order to race you need to join one of the local cycling clubs and race at least 2 club events before you are eligible to enter a SAMCA event, but you are able to ‘come and try’ before committing. See the website racing page for more details.
ANSWER – Each club has it’s own pricing structure and membership runs yearly to 31st December. The bulk of the cost is in fact insurance and is dictated by the AVCC (Australian Veterans Cycling Council) who govern Masters cycling in Australia. You are required to register via the AVCC website where you will be presented with options to join the club of your choice, as well as the type of licence you require. Please visit the AVCC website and select the MEMBERSHIP button.
Once you are a member of a club, you are able to compete in specific ‘invitation’ events put on by other clubs. Currently SDVLCC will charge non-members an associate fee (one time annual payment) but the AHMCC and VLCC do not charge non-members. You may also compete in a normal club event as a guest if your own club is not hosting a race that weekend.
ANSWER – You need to turn 30 years old in the year of racing. There’s no upper age limit – we have 80+ year olds racing!
Answer – Simply put, as fit as you want to be. Riders are graded to their abilities, and whether you are a brand new rider or a Strava King, there will be a grade for you.
Answer – A roadworthy bike, Australian approved standard helmet and cycling kit. Most racing is conducted on public roads and so subject to Australian Road Rules
Answer – Currently the AVCC does not allow the use of any video or still recording device to be carried by a nominated rider nor placed on a bike during any official club or SAMCA event. You may of course video or photograph any riders from any part of the race route if you are a spectator.
Answer – Yes.. details are provided in the documents section.
Answer – YES…. In order to both keep you and your fellow riders safe, as well as complying with insurance and South Australian road rules requirements, an extensive set of rules govern racing. These can be seen in the website Legal and Race Information section.
Answer – there are 2 governing cycling associations in Australia. Australian Masters Cycling Council and Cycling Australia. Each cater for a different demographic. CA riders start from an early age and produce some of Australia’s finest international riders, whilst AMCC are primarily focused on local club riders above a certain age. Originally AMCC riders were classified as ‘veterans’, however were reclassified as ‘masters’. CA riders also have a ‘masters’ classification for their riders that are over 35, however the 2 organisations require separate licences.
Answer – Good question, and one which is much debated!
Answer – Yes, depending on the race, winners are rewarded for their efforts. Open events usually pay prize money, whereas championship events present medals. SAMCA also run a yearly points competition and the top 16 riders will receive bonus prize money.
Answer – the 3 clubs usually hold races all year long and SAMCA will designate 12 events per year that count towards the overall consistency points. Criteriums are the exception and only run from October till February.
Answer – Road racing is the primary focus of SAMCA. Races are generally graded, handicapped, criteriums or time trial. There are also yearly championships in each of these disciplines.
Answer – Depending on the club hosting the race, these can be in the McLaren Vale area, Outer Harbor, or In the Adelaide Hills. Criteriums are generally held at Victoria Park, Adelaide. There is also racing in Milang, and an annual stage race in Goolwa.
Answer – The calendar committee are careful to choose a variety of terrain when planning events to offer the broadest spectrum of racing options. Courses range from dead flat (eg Outer Harbor) to decidedly lumpy to very hilly. Take your pick!
Answer – The SAMCA website has a full calendar of OPEN events for the current year as well as a full calendar of each club’s local events.
Answer – Race nominations are usually accepted up to the Thursday preceding the race. each club manages it’s own nomination system but all prefer electronic submission via a web form. If not possible, you may email/phone the club handicapper as per directions on the club website. Payments may be requested at time of nomination, or on the day of the race when you register. Cost is currently $15 per race entry plus a transponder hire charge of $10 if you don’t own one. You may race without one, but might not be eligible for any prize money if the officials cannot identify you at the finish.
Answer – The clubs all use electronic timing systems and your ride is recorded via a transponder fitted to your fork. We endeavour to publish full results of each race on the SAMCA website as soon as possible after the race has been completed, often by the time prize giving has taken place. a full searchable database is also maintained by SAMCA on this website.
Answer – Yes, see Home page for the links
Answer – Yes, any event held under the auspices of the AMCC qualifies you as an entrant.
Answer – In 2005 the AMCC became affiliated to the International Cycling Federation (ICF), an international body that caters for veteran cyclists who wish to ride outside of UCI jurisdiction. The body has its headquarters in Belgium, the President being Rik Vandeputte. There are a number of national bodies affiliated to the ICF, among the largest being the Belgium Veteran body and the British League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (LVRC). AMCC riders are welcome to ride with these bodies and other affiliates and there are a large number of European events to choose from. However, because of current insurance complications, any AMCC members wishing to race with these bodies should first contact the secretary of the AMCC before proceeding abroad, but everyone should ensure they have their own travel insurance.