Upcoming 2016 events for female cyclists in NSW

Melanie Reiter (foreground in white) in actionI’m a member of Cycling NSW’s Women’s Commission which I joined earlier this year. By way of background, the Women’s Commission (like a committee) works “across the sport of cycling in NSW to ensure the development of policies and initiatives which promote participation amongst women and girls of all ages into the sport and recreation of cycling”.

I must admit that I wasn’t sure if volunteering for this role would be a complete waste of time and we’d just sit around ‘shooting the breeze’, but I’m pleased to report that the focus is on action and getting events happening. Here’s a brief summary of the main initiatives for 2016.

# Five100 Challenge

The #Five100 Challenge is a series of women’s only 100 km rides to encourage women who are already keen recreational road cyclists to step up and challenge themselves by completing five 100 km rides.

There are 15 women’s 100 km rides being organised by cycling clubs across Sydney, the Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Central Tablelands.

I’m actually organising two of the rides under the banner of my cycling club – Lidcombe-Auburn Cycle Club (LACC) which are on Sunday, 3 April and Sunday, 5 June.

You can register via the Cycling NSW website by following this link.

Women’s Come ‘n’ Try racing

Cycling NSW ran its first ‘Come ‘n’ Try’ racing series last year and decided to run it again in 2016 to encourage female road cyclists to try racing in a nurturing, educational environment.

We hope to attract current Cycling Australia licence holders, both racing and recreational who haven’t tried racing much before, and other female cyclists over the age of 18 who ride a road bike, but are not members of a club.

Here’s the events we have planned.

Date Club Venue Format
Sunday, 7 February Southern Cross Cycling Club Waratah Park, Sutherland Criterium – 20 mins plus two laps
Sunday, 21 February SuVelo Heffron Park Criterium – 20 mins plus two laps
Sunday, 28 February Waratah Master CC Lansdowne Park Criterium – 20 mins plus two laps
Sunday, 6 March ATTA Calga ITT course 25 km individual time trial
Sunday, 17 April Northern Sydney Cycling Club Beaumont Road Criterium – 20 mins plus two laps

You’ll be able to find out more on Cycling NSW’s website shortly.

Women’s Race Series

This series has been run by Cycling NSW for the past few years and is gaining in popularity. It gives female racers from elite to slower riders the chance to race against women of a similar level. They’ll be four grades – A, B, C and D for each event with a cumulative points tally.

The scheduled races for 2016 include (a few of them are yet to be confirmed):

Date Club Venue Format
Sunday, 6 March ATTA Calga ITT course 25 km individual time trial
Saturday, 19 March Bathurst Cycling Club Bathurst Criterium
Saturday, 19 March Bathurst Cycling Club Bathurst Individual time trial
Sunday, 20 March Bathurst Cycling Club Bathurst Road race
Sunday, 17 April SU Velo Heffron Park Criterium
Saturday, 7 May Elite Energy Penrith Regatta Centre Road race
Saturday, 21 May Illawarra CC Illawarra TBC Road race
Saturday, 4 June Penrith CC Penrith Regetta Centre Road race (part of Sydney Road Titles)
July TBC Lidcombe Auburn CC Dunc Gray crit track Criterium
Sunday, 21 August Northern Sydney Cycling Club Beaumont Road Criterium
Saturday, 17 September Hunter Clubs Newcastle TBC Road race
Sunday, 18 September Hunter Clubs Newcastle TBC Criterium
October TBC Orange CC Orange TBC Road race & individual time trial

You’ll be able to find out more on Cycling NSW’s website shortly.