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Juniors

The Canberra Cycling Club Juniors range from Under 9 years to Under 19 years.  As a club we are very excited to be able to provide such a great junior program for our members. It is continually reviewed and updated with new ideas and activities.

Interested in Cycling?

CCC aims to provide opportunities for juniors to access the wonderful sport of cycling in a fun and supportive environment.

Parents often have lots of questions and we have plenty of people who can help!  Common questions are about licenses, equipment and training.  Much of the following information is important for when your child starts to race, it is not important for training (except the license!)

Membership

All participants require a membership.  Memberships are either Ride or Race.

Ride Membership
This allow juniors to participate in in training but not racing.

Race Membership
This allows juniors to participate in training and racing events.

Most children have a Race Membership.  The cost of the license depends on your child’s age.  Cycling Australia has accurate and up to date information.

Training

CCC offers junior training for both Summer and Winter. Please see the Junior Skills Development Sessions page for detailed information.

This table provides a guide to junior training.

Note: These are maximum recommendations and not goals that need to be met.

Age Group Focus Max hours on bike (per week) Max session duration Days riding per week Days racing per week
Participation

5-7 year olds

Fun, learning, general athletic development and acquisition of basic motor skills for cycling 90 mins 60 mins 3 Club
U/9

8 year olds

Fun, developing movement skills, introduction to the sport of cycling 3 hrs or

40km

60 mins 4 2
U/11

9 & 10 year olds

Fun, developing movement skills, introduction to the sport of cycling 4hrs or 75km 60 mins 4 2
U/13

11 & 12 year olds

Fun, improving a wide range of movement skills 5 hrs or 100km 90 mins 4 2
U/15

13 & 14 year olds

Enjoyment and improving performance 8 hrs or 175km 2 hrs 6 3
U/17

15 & 16 year olds

Enjoyment and improving performance 12 hrs or 250km 3 hrs 7 3

Taken from Cycling Australia Junior Policy 2015

Equipment

Bike

All participants require a road worthy bike, this is usually a road bike.  Kids grow and bikes don’t so be prepared to upgrade your child’s bike!  Always purchase a bike that fits your child, the temptation to buy a bike they will “grow into” is always there but a bike that fits correctly will make it easier for your child to ride and will be a much more enjoyable experience.

Track cycling has bikes available for riders to use at no extra charge (these are different to a road bike!).  This makes track a very attractive form of cycling to parents!

Helmet

All participants must have a helmet with the Australian Standards sticker attached, this is regularly checked at training and events.

Clothing

Shorts, t-shirt and runners are fine to begin, but as your child becomes more involved they may want specific clothing such as a jersey and knicks.  Check out the CCC kit!

Roll Out (gear size)

Junior riders have limitations on the size of the gears they can use.  Roll Out Distance is the distance the bike travels in a straight line through one full revolution of the pedal cranks in the biggest gear on the bike. CCC encourages riders to adhere to these guidelines at all times and not just during racing.

The reasoning behind this is:

  • To ensure a fair and equal competitive basis for all involved
  • To limit the competitive advantage of athletes who mature early
  • To increase the relative importance and thereby development of racing tactics
  • To encourage development of technique and ability to produce power at high cadence
  • To reduce the risk of overuse injuries

If you are unsure how to achieve this ask a club member or your favourite local bike shop!

Current roll out maximums

Age

 

Roll-out
U/9

8 year olds

5.5m
U/11

9 & 10 year olds

5.5m
U/13

11 & 12 year olds

5.5m
U/15

13 & 14 year olds

6m
U/17

15 & 16 year olds

7m

This is a handy roll-out calculator from Cycling Australia, you can calculate various rim sizes.

Please contact – [email protected] for more info.