The State and National Championships are being held in NSW this year and so it is time to start the training and preparation. The Masters Championships are open to any rider over the age of 30.
Sick of racing all of these young riders who don’t have kids, commitments and full time jobs? The masters racing scene may hold more attraction and potential glory for you. No longer are you lining up to race against a part time Uni student who is putting in 700km weeks while living at home with mum and dad. Masters racing is open to all riders who are over the age of 30.
The State and National Masters Championships are raced in your masters category and so the playing field becomes a lot more level. This year we are fortunate that both the State and National Championships are being held in NSW and therefore this is a great opportunity to compete at the top level without having to traverse the countryside.
Riders can choose to enter all three days or pick their preferred events. The Tour De Gunning will give riders the opportunity to enter the Individual Time Trial on the 6th September, Criterium Championships on the 7th September and finish with the Road Race on the 8th September. Last year MWCC rider Alex Gardner rode away from the field and won the State Masters 2 criterium.
The Nationals will be held over the 18-20 October in the same order of events. Most importantly the courses will be the same for both the State and National events, so riders will have a great opportunity to learn the course during the State Championships before tackling it with riders from all over Australia.
Ross Chaffer taking the win in the Nationals M3 Road Race
Last year, MWCC produced three National Masters Champions – Norbert Gerold in the Masters 6 Time trial, Ross Chaffer Masters 3 Road Race and Paul Mandl Masters 6 Criterium will all be lining up to the start line with the green and gold bands on their jerseys. Other riders such as Alex Gardner found themselves on the podium.
It isn’t often that you have the opportunity to win a State or National title when you are in your mid 40’s or 50s or even 60’s but this is your chance for glory. If you win, you can wear the National colours with pride, knowing that you have earned the right to wear the jersey.
It would be great to see a large number of entries from the club and we truly encourage all of our members, both male and female to schedule these 2 ‘Tours’ into your diaries.
Entry for the State Championship will be via the NSW Cycling site. Please note that you will be required to have a Gold Masters Racing licence to enter.
MWCC riders at Waratah Vets
For more masters racing check out the Waratah Vets website, they hold weekly races at either Lansdowne or Eastern Creek and the standard is very good while encompassing grades all the way down to F Grade. They also run some big ticket events like the Cervelo Masters Series with very large prize pools.