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Club Track Racing

The Dubbo Cycle Club holds weekly club racing between the warmer months of the year between October and March.

Club racing takes place at Victoria Park No 1 Oval in Darling St, Dubbo on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30 pm.

Entry Fee for racing on Tuesday nights will be payable at sign on which takes place in one of the sheds located next to the Caravan.

Entry Fees for Club Races are as below.

Tiny Tots / Super Tots $3

Juniors $5

Seniors $8

Family's (4 or More) $25

When you sign on you will be given your assigned number which is to be pinned onto the lower left hand side of your jersey so that it is readable by the officials standing at the finish line on the inside of the track.

You will need to be signed on before you start warmup, sign on will commence from 5:45 pm and concludes at 6:20 pm sharp so that we can ensure that racing commences on time.

If you don't think you will get to the track before sign on closes at 6:20 pm please send a text message to Janette on 0408 268 435, with your name and to confirm you will be racing tonight, we will then add you to the rider list  and when you arrive at the track please proceed to the caravan to sign on , receive your number and pay the entry fee. 

All Riders must be a Financial Member of Cycling Australia due to Insurance and to comply with State and Australian Laws, for more information please read the membership section of the website.

All new track riders will be required to attend information  / training sessions before being able to race on a Tuesday night so that we can assess your skills until they are at suitable level to race. 

For Handicap events, we allow the use of a pusher, Please ensure that riders who would like a pusher, will need to organise this prior to racing, any rider that does not have a pusher will be required to start off the fence

What Age groups do you cater for during track season ?

The Dubbo Cycle Club caters for anyone who can ride a bike, basically we start with the Tiny Tots which is a participation event for anyone who can ride a bike with training wheels and up to a distance of 200 meters.

The next group are the Super Tots which caters for riders with or without  training wheels who can ride up to distances up to 400 meters and for ages up to around 7 years of age.

From then on riders 8 years of age or higher will be racing with track bikes and grouped on experience and ability, with Junior Grades being for riders who are in the Under 9, 11 or 13 Categories, and Senior Grades for Under 15 and above. We have some track bikes available for loan for newbies to give it a go please see a committee member down at the track on Thursday nights if interested, all new riders will need to attend information  / training sessions before being able to race on a Tuesday night so that we can assess your skills until they are at suitable level to race. 

The Club maintains a very high safety standard and seek all riders both Junior and Senior to support this.    

Schedule

Junior Warmup will take place from the time the Commissaire's open the track for warmup until 6:10pm, during this time there is to be no Seniors on the track.

Senior Warmup will take place once all Juniors have left the track until 6:30pm when racing begins, there is to be no Junior riders on the track while the seniors are warming up.

For everyone's safety all persons who wish to enter the centre of the track may only enter from the gate in front of the grandstand, there is to be no persons jumping the fence to enter or leave the track.

Please ensure that all riders are ready (with equipment eg shoes,helmet,gloves on etc) the race prior to your event.

For Safety reasons there is now a predetermined marshalling area for Tiny tots and Super tots for which they will be called over to,  two events before theirs will be run, they will then make their way over to the starting area as a group once the prior race has been completed, please listen out for the announcer and be ready on time.  

Races will not be delayed waiting for riders who are not organised. We all want to enjoy our racing and make sure that we all finish at a reasonable time.

Training Sessions

The Dubbo Cycle Club holds Track training sessions weekly on Thursday Evenings down at the track.

Junior Track Training will be held from 5:00pm to 6:30pm and Senior Training Commencing from 6:30 pm

No Seniors are allowed on the track while the Junior Training session is in progress, and No Junior's Under 13 and Below are permitted to ride in the Senior Training Sessions.

On Wednesday Nights from 7pm, we also hold a Motorpaced 100 Lapper starting from around 30 km/hr pace and slowly increasing the pace every 20-30 laps there after.  

Regular Training Sessions on Thursday and Saturday Mornings will be Free of Charge, however the 100 Lap Motorpaced Sessions on Wednesday's will cost $2 per rider

This year we will have 2 coaches Vaughn Eather and Gus Dawson and they will be working together and able to assist with advise and training programs.

The Schedule of the Training session will be shown on a whiteboard, and updated as the season goes on, You do not have to complete all of the items unless you want to and are free to pull out at any time. The sessions are structured in a similar way to the High performance training sessions used for State / National teams.

As the season progresses and get closer to State Titles and the Dubbo Track Open we will also hold an additional Training Session on Saturday Mornings between 6am and 10am where Juniors and Seniors will be on track in alternating groups.

The Dubbo Cycle Club also has use of the Track on Sunday Mornings from 6:30am to 10am however there is no organised training, but you may find others to train with, outside those times the general public  will also be able to use the track so remember safety first.

In some cases we may not be able to run training sessions on the track due to other events being held at Victoria Park No 1 Oval, in this case we will do our best to let everyone know by posting a message on our website , via email or on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

Club Track Bikes

The Club has a number of Track bikes available for hire, to give riders the opportunity to enter the sport without the expense of purchasing a track bike.

The bikes are limited in numbers and are there to support the growth of the club, therefore consideration is given when providing a club bike for a second or subsequent seasons, please do not assume a bike will be available for you if you or your family has used a club bike in the past.

For further information please contact one of our Equipment Officers down at the track on Tuesday or Thursday nights or contact one of the Equipment Officers using the details listed on our the About Us page.

Riding Etiquette

The trick to riding safely is to ride predictably. There are a few simple rules to follow and signals to make to other riders so they understand your intention. Confusion is the track riders enemy and the cause of most crashes! Understand what the lines mean (above) before riding on the track.

The faster rider is responsible for passing safely. Slow riders are responsible for riding straight allowing faster riders to pass predictably. NEVER try to get out of the way of a faster rider. Maintain a straight line, parallel to the tracks lines. Slow riders should ride above the yellow line (stayers line) no more than two abreast. During warmup faster riders should stay down on the blue line (pole line).

Be sure you are clear of what the local rules are before getting on the track to warm up. Dont ever just ride around in No Mans Land.

Turn your head in the direction you want to move and glance back as you gradually move up or down the track paying attention to where you are going and any overtaking traffic at the same time. If you are swinging off the front of a bunch, flick your right elbow out before swinging up so people following you are aware you are about to go up the track, and as you swing, maintain the pressure on the pedals, otherwise riders behind you might clip your real wheel.

As you approach a slower rider with their head turned in the direction you want to pass, sound off with the command STAY in order to make the slower rider keep from moving into your passing line.

If you hear STAY keep riding straights (parallel to pole line). If you are maneuvering up or down the track and you hear STAY immediately correct your line so you are riding straight.

Ride the track as if you are directly responsible for all other riders on the track. Pay attention to what other riders are doing and give them the right of way.

If you think you are going to run up the back of the rider in front, ride to their right, up the track slightly. This washes off your speed and is the direction those behind you will expect you to overtake someone. As a bunch slows, expect the whole bunch to fan out up the track.

ALL riders MUST have both hands on the handlebars at ALL TIMES whilst on the track, a $50 fine may be incurred if you do not

Track Etiquette

Off The Track

When Parking your bike lean your bike on the outside of the fence, DO NOT hook your handlebars over the fence as this creates a dangerous situation for those on the track. Try not to lean your bike on others as they may have trouble getting thiers out when they need to

Never cross the track whilst a race is in progress. Wait until the race has finished before crossing the track. Always look before you cross the track, as slower riders may still be finishing a race or trying to access the gate to leave the track

Keep an ear out for the Clark of Course (commissare calling up events) or the coach during training sessions. Track races and training sessions tend to run on a tight schedule, so try to keep an eye on where the program is at so you are ready to ride when called up. If you need to leave the track before the end of the event or training session, make sure you tell the Clark of Course or coach so they arent calling out for you when you are not there, wasting everyone elses time.

On The Track

What do the lines mean and how do I ride according to them?
Pole Line
is the blue measuring line at the bottom of the track. The length of the very left hand edge of this line is the length of the track.
Sprinters Lane
is the white line just up from the pole line. It forms the Sprinters Lane, which is the space between the blue and white lines. During a sprint, only one rider can occupy the lane, you cannot undertake a rider who is below the white line or overtake them and try to push them down the track
Stayers Lane
This is the yellow line about half way up the track. The area between the white line and the stayers line (yellow) is NO MANS LAND. Use it to cross into or out of the sprinters lane. Do not ride or do efforts here as it is too confusing and dangerous as riders in the pole do not know whether a No Mans Land rider is going to drop down the track onto them. This does not include bunch racing, it only applies to training and warm up.
Start/Finish Line & 200m Line
The big white band through the middle perpendicular to the bike traffic is the START/FINISH LINE (in the home straight) The other white perpendicular line is the 200M line. The 200M line is the starting point for the 200M time trial, which is the qualifying and seeding event for the match sprints.
Marks
These are the distances written at the bottom of the track. They indicate the distance, in meters, in front of the finishing line and are used for handicap racing. The Mark you are given is how much head start you have on the Scratch marker (zero).

Types of Track Racing

Most track races are over shorter distances than road races, however the pace is generally faster and more intense. Here are some of the most common track races:

Sprint Racing
This event is between two riders (one on one) over 3 laps of a velodrome. Riders play a tactical game of "cat and mouse" over the first couple of laps in an attempt to keep the actual sprint down to 200 to 300metres.
Time Trial
This event is an individual races against the clock over 500 to 1000metres.
Points Race
Riders accumulate points through a series of sprints during the race on designated laps. The race distance varies from 5km to 40km depending on the competition and age groups.
Individual Persuit
Two riders start on opposite sides of the track and attempt to catch one another and to record the best time they can. The pursuit is held over distances from 2000 to 4000metres.
Team Persuit
Same as the individual pursuit but raced in teams of four. Through the advantages of sitting on behind another rider and each rider doing a turn of pace at the front, a team will travel faster than an individual. The team time is based on the third riders to cross the finish line.
Madison
A Madison is a track event where two riders (one racing at a time) compete as a team. Similar to a relay but the riders make multiple changes throughout the event, which can run from 30 minutes to two hours.
Handicap Races
A popular event in Australia, which features at most major track opens, however it is not a championship event. The handicap is usually run over 2 laps or 4 laps Depending on the grading and past performances riders are allotted a handicap mark around the track.
Scratch Races
A mass start race over a distance can vary between 5 to 20km depending on age, ability and event.
Team Sprint
A team of two or three sprinters will race this event over three laps against another team starting on the opposite side of the track. All riders start together but the front rider must complete one lap the peel off, the second rider in the line must complete the second lap then peel off and so continues for the rest of the riders. A longer variation of this race with four or more riders is called an Italian Pursuit, a popular event in local club racing.
Keiran
Riders are placed by a derny (a motor-powered bike with pedals) or a motorcycle. The riders are not permitted to move in front of the derny until it pulls to the side of the track with 1 and a half laps remaining. It is an extremely tactical race based on speed and power.
Handicapped Wheel Race
A popular event in Australia, which features in most major track opens, however is not a championship event. The handicap is normally run over 500-2000M. Depending on grading and past performances, riders are allocated a handicap mark around the track. The slowest riders get a distance head start, and all riders start simultaneously. If done well, everyone has a chance of winning a handicap wheel race, and the finishes are quiet often exciting.
Other Track Races

include Olympic Sprint and Elimination