Training Program: Australian Masters Road Cycling Championships 2017

BY IN Exercise Institute News On December 7, 2016

Cycling Australia Masters – its epic!

Who?

The CA Masters Championships is for women 30yrs and above and men 35yrs and above.  The AUSTRALIAN CYCLING CHAMPION are awarded across 5yr age groups with medal placings for each stage.

What?

There are three stages in the three days of racing – a 20km individual time trial, road race and criterium. Athletes can participate in one or all events and you do not need to finish one stage to race the next (unlike a tour). To become the overall champion you have to have competed in all three.

What to expect

The level of competition is good. Some athletes train and focus on one stage (the ITT for example) as their goal for the event and the year. Others compete in all three aiming for the overall championship. Racing is conducted in age groups depending on age group numbers and sometimes grouped together with different coloured numbers. Women race separately and grouped usually 19 – 45 year age categories and 45 years and above. Distances are varied according to age.

Whilst the competition and level of racing can be quite high, the atmosphere is more welcoming than any other open Cycling Australia events. Everyone is generally older, have families, children and work so to be part of the event is a thrill in itself regardless of the result. It is also an opportunity to race on a relatively level playing field against your peers.

Training and preparation

The Exercise Institute is seeking to support a Western Australian contingent of masters athletes to the championships that are most likely being held in Queensland 22-24th August or 29-1st September 2017. We want athletes to commit to a 6month program for the event, commencing in the new year.

Our representatives will participate in training, testing and programming to help them achieve their goals.

Of particular interest are people new to the sport of cycle-racing who want to give it a go. We believe we can adequately prepare you for your goals be they outcome or performance based.

Numbers will be limited and will involve the following aspects around preparation:

  • Team member training for the event leading into the championships, involving state of the art equipment and monitoring, personalised to your own fitness levels. This will include individual testing, indoor training to your own testing results, outdoor group training and a structured program that could include strength GYM training and other related aspects.
  • Training held in a fun supportive environment including on road, indoor and at race support from experienced racing cyclists
  • The focus will be on each athlete doing their best in competition and preparation, as well as experiencing racing at a national level against interstate and international cyclists. The focus is not results based.
  • Director Brad Hall attending and former Australian road cycling champion to attend as adviser and manager of the riders
  • All fee’s are wavered when enrolled in the program, so access to strength training, indoor specific power assessments, outdoor specific sessions and a tailored program are all included.

Why do it?

This would provide a great long term goal for people wanting to try racing across this summer, into winter and beyond. Together we will all focus on getting there. The atmosphere and experience is unforgettable and a fantastic insight into cycle racing.

Costings

Training and coaching services: $250 month and is inclusive of all related services across the summer-winter period running into the event in late August (date to be confirmed by Cycling Australia)

Travel: The group will be travelling as a team to the event, flights, accommodation and transfers, car hire, will be organised as a collective for the best possible pricing.

License: All riders will need to hold a full Cycling Australia Masters racing license.

Clothing: We want you in YOUR OWN team clothing or whatever you are comfortable in. We will be designing our own race clothing for the event too.

You can purchase the program anytime, though the ‘contract’ period commences 30th Jan 2017, places are limited. Please sign on to the program here: Masters Championship Program 2017

Download our information document here

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