So cycling is an individual sport! Right, isn’t it? Well not really, I’d call it a social sport. Watch any of the major cycling races, Tour de France, Tour Down Under, Olympics or even the World Championships and you’ll see cyclists racing as a team for a nominated ride or two. So like Cricket, Football, Volleyball and other team sports, there are clubs. A bunch of individuals who come together to celebrate all things cycling
Clubs come in all kinds of flavours;
What are the benefits of joining a club? (see full list of membership types and benefits here)
Listed below are a number clubs in the Sydney region with some of their details, website, facebook, do they race, have social rides, road or MTB? Please visit their websites to get a feel for them and don’t hesitate to contact them or organise to attend a social ride with them. Many (most) clubs are kid-friendly, some even have women specific rides.
So in the interests of being honest and fair. There is a little complication with cycling clubs, their associations. The interesting thing is that it makes sense once you appreciate that cycling is made up of many sports road cycling, BMX, mountain biking etc. Each of the sports kind of has its own association.
At a national level, there are relationships between some of these associations for the purpose of AIS, Olympic representation, Insurance etc.
The primary purpose of the national/state associations is to provide the many benefits listed above, insurance, media, event organisation, representation to governments, selection/training/funding of ‘Australian’ teams for the Olympics, Com Games, World Champs etc. As a member of an NSW club, you can race in other states.
While that structure seems complicated it really isn’t; the key is to find a club that is relevant to you and join it. If like me you want to race multiple disciplines, that is ok you may be required to join multiple associations but because of the relationships at a national level, there may be discounts available for you.