Cycling Clubs

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 

Type of club

Clubs come in all kinds of flavours;

  • Focused on social and recreation riding
  • Localised club only riding in a particular area, town or suburb(s)
  • Clubs focused on fitness or racing
  • Clubs that cycle on the road only, ones that are mountain bike only, velodrome, cyclocross, BMX or a combination of styles
  • Clubs that advocate for cycling infrastructure
  • Junior development, aka rides, training, education and races for kids
  • All of the above or a combination of the above.
So which one is best? Well, there is no right answer it depends on what you want? In some cases, the most local club is best. However, that isn’t best because you may have a specific need for wanting to go offload so find the closest club that has MTB rides, alternatively join the local club and start organising MTB rides. Clubs are ultimately a group of like-minded individuals. It is always about the bike (or coffee or beer or pie or chat or road-trip or race or PB or Strava segment, etc)

Benefits

What are the benefits of joining a club? (see full list of membership types and benefits here)

  • Access to legal resources
  • Numerous insurance benefits, third party damage, medical, bike insurance
  • Discounts on various products and services
  • Access to clubs and their social rides, education, training and resources 
  • Ability race at club, state, national and international races
  • Supporting your sport

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.

One last point

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.

  • Road (incl Time Trials) & track cycling clubs are associated with a state (i.e. Cycling New South Wales) and the state is associated with  the national sporting body Cycling Australia
  • Mountain biking, cyclocross & trials clubs are associated with the national body MTBA (Mountain Bike Australia)
  • BMX clubs are associated with a state body (BMX New South Wales) which in turn is associated with BMX Australia
  • Unicycling clubs are associated with Uni Cycling Australia
  • There are some other ‘clubs’ and associations which have specific purposes around lobbying Government, Recreational purposes, cycling events (for example Bicycle NSW, Bicycle Network, Audax Australia)
  • and there is more – Triathlon Australia, but we don’t talk about them here 
  • and one more thing – there are also some private races (particularly in the MTB world) which are not associated with anyone. They have their own event insurance.

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. 

Australian Time Trials Association (NSW)

Short Name: ATTA

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No 
  • Venue(s): Time Trials at Calga just north of Sydney on the M1
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No

Bankstown Sports Cycling Club

Short Name: BSCC
Geographic Region: Bankstown, Canterbury

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No 
  • Venue(s): Track-Dunc Gray Velo, Road-Dunc Gray Crit+Lansdowne
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No

BiciSport

Short Name: BICI
Geographic Region: Sydney, predominately central & northside + velodrome

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No – Don’t run their own races but are regular attendees at other clubs and the velodrome
  • Venue(s): 
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No

BikeNorth

Short Name: BikeNorth
Geographic Region: North Shore, Hills District

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No – Recreation and advocacy 
  • Venue(s): 
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No

Dulwich Hill Bicycle Club

Short Name: DHBC
Geographic Region: Eastern & Inner Sydney

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Occasional races, regular track training (Tempe), plenty of social rides & organiser of classic bike show. Regular visitors to many other club races
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No A few keen dirt addicts in the club
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No A few keen dirt addicts in the club

EASTERN SUBURBS CYCLING CLUB

Short Name: ESCC
Geographic Region: Eastern & Inner Sydney

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Tuesday night criterium at Heffron Park during summer
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No 

Giant Cycling Club Sydney

Short Name: GCCS
Geographic Region: All over Sydney 

 Club Contacts & Social Media

 What do they do?

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Regular attendee to many clubs races, lots of recreation rides
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No 

Harlequin Wheelmen

Short Name: HARLE
Geographic Region: All over NSW 

 Club Contacts & Social Media

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Regular attendee to many club & state races 
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No 

Lidcombe-Auburn Cycle Club

Short Name: LACC
Geographic Region: Lidcombe Auburn & Central Sydney

Club Contacts & Social Media

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Track @ Lidcombe Oval: Road @ Newington Armoury + Dunc Gray Velo + Lansdowne 
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No 

Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club

Short Name: MCCC
Geographic Region: Sydney South West

Club Contacts & Social Media

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Oakdale (Criteriums) & Cawdor Public School for hill climbs up Razorback 
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No 

Manly Warringah Cycling Club

Short Name: MWCC
Geographic Region: Sydney Northern Beaches

Club Contacts & Social Media

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): HART (Honda Adv Rider Training), Westhead, JJ Melbourne Reserve
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No 

Marconi Cycling Club

Short Name: MCC
Geographic Region: Sydney

Club Contacts & Social Media

  • Race Yes/No
  • Venue(s): Sydney Motorsport Park + Sydney Dragway – Track racing with other Clubs (Lidcombe/Bankstown/St  George/Parramatta) 
  • Social Rides Yes/No
  • Road Yes/No
  • MTB Yes/No 
  • Track Yes/No
  • Cyclocross Yes/No