Q – How do I start racing?

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.

Q – How much does it cost?

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.

Q – How old do I need to be?

ANSWER – For Women, over 30 years old in the year of racing, for men it’s over 35. No upper age limit – we have 80+ year olds racing!

Q - How fit do I need to be?

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.

Q – What equipment do I need?

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

Q – Can I video or photograph my race?

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.

Q – Am I covered by any insurances whilst racing?

Answer – Yes..  details are provided in the documents section.

Q – Are there rules?

Answer – YES….  In order to both keep you and your fellow riders safe, as well as complying with insurance and ARR requirements, an extensive set of rules govern racing. These can be seen in the website information section.

Q – Veterans, masters, SAMCA, CSA. AVCC .. I’m confused!!!

Answer – there are 2 governing cycling associations in Australia. Australian Veterans 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 AVCC are primarily focused on local club riders above a certain age. Originally AVCC 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.

Q – Why 2 licences when the same age groups are represented in both organisations?

Answer – Good question, and one which is much debated!

Q – Do you give prize money and/or trophies?

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.

Q – What times of the year can I race?

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.

Q – What disciplines are offered?

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.

Q – Where do races happen?

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.

Q – I don’t do hills…/…I love hills…

Answer –  The calendar committee are careful to choose a variety of terrain when planning events so not to disadvantage anyone. Courses range from dead flat (Outer Harbor) to very hilly. Take your pick!

Q – How do I check what races are upcoming?

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.

Q – How do I enter a race and what are the payment options?

Answer – Race nominations are accepted up to the Wednesday preceding the race. SAMCA prefer electronic submission via the web form, but if not possible, you may email/phone the handicapper. Usually payments are only taken on the day of the race when you register. Cost is currently $15 per race entry. There are exceptions, eg the CAMS series for which you are required to pay upon registration.

Q – What about results

Answer – The clubs all use electronic timing systems and your ride is recorded via a transponder fitted to your fork. We endeavor 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.

Q – Are you on Facebook?

Answer – Yes, see Home page for the links

Q – Am I eligible for any national events?

Answer – Yes, any event held under the auspices of the AVCC qualifies you as an entrant.

Q – What about international events?

Answer – In 2005 the AVCC 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). AVCC 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 AVCC members wishing to race with these bodies should first contact the secretary of the AVCC before proceeding abroad, but everyone should ensure they have their own travel insurance.