Juniors

Juniors

Starting in junior cycling can sometimes seem intimidating, and parents new to the sport have lots of questions: what equipment to buy, which licence to get, where can my daughter or son start, train and race, which races are appropriate and how much training should they be doing? What kit can they wear and most of all, is it the right sport for my child? We can help with all your questions.

MCC fully support and encourage junior cyclists to participate in appropriate development opportunities to build their cycling skills and confidence and the enjoyment of the sport.

Our Commitment

Our commitment to junior development has seen us named 2005 National Road Cycling Junior Club Champions. In 2006 we were named the 2006 Cycling Australia Club Premiers, and in 2007 we were runners up for that prestigious accolade. In 2009 we did it again, and remain the best club in Australia, based on points won.

What We Offer

MCC offers various events, training sessions, skills development and other activities to support juniors to get the most out of their cycling.

Please send us an email if you wish to find out more about junior development opportunities to:

lachlan.mccrea@midlandcycleclub.com.au

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Development Squad

Development Squad

To develop our future champions, we have implemented a development program that is targeted at junior cyclists that aspire to achieve personal best cycling performances in both track and/ or road disciplines.

Program

The program is designed to be inclusive and each year the club will invite junior cyclists to join the Development Squad giving them additional training and opportunities to assist with their overall development and progression in the sport.

With an athlete-centred approach, the program provides a structure that integrates the physical, technical and mental aspects of cycling. To this end, the program delivers a series of off-course activities around personal excellence and athlete education, these sessions include sport psychology and nutrition, as well as strength & conditioning programs.

Benefits to athletes:

  • Riding and training program
  • Personal mentoring and education around nutrition, recovery, injury prevention, goal setting
  • Strength and conditioning programs through group and race training

What it Takes

The Development Team consists of riders in U15 or U17/U19 age groups, these riders need to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Be a member of a Cycling Australia and Midland Cycling Club
  • Have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.
  • Are racing in the State Road and Criterium Series and/or Track Cycling
  • Have reached a satisfactory standard of performance based on current rankings at local races and regional events.
  • A desire to progress further along the junior pathway and eventually progress their own Cycling and/or progress to the development team.

Race Kit

The Development Squad are provided with their own race kit to whearer proudly on race day.

Current Squad

The Development Squad currently comprises of the following riders:

  • Aron Barclay
  • Henry Hunter
  • Saxon Adams
  • Jasmyn Quick
  • Lachlan Loveridge
  • Toby Dew

Rollouts

Gear Restrictions – Roll Outs

Gear restrictions apply to all junior cyclists in events conducted under Cycling Australia regulations on the road and track. The restrictions referred to is the distance one revolution of the crank arm will propel the bicycle, this is known as the 'roll out'.

The gear restrictions apply to each of the following member categories:

  • Junior Under 19 = 7.93 metres (applies to road only, not track)
  • Junior Under 17 = 7.0 metres
  • Junior Under 15 = 6.00 metres
  • Junior Under 13 = 5.50 metres
  • Junior Under 11 = 5.50 metres

To view the gear chart (Excel format) click here and you will be given a range of chain wheels and cogs relevant to your wheel diameter. All competitors are required to satisfy a roll out for all junior events.

Note all junior are required to adhere to roll outs no matter the event. So for example an under 17 rider, riding in a local criterium in say B Grade must still adhere to the roll out rule. This is only relaxed at the U19 level where in a non U19 specific event riders may use open gearing.

Blocking out of gears is not allowed at National level.

For further information please talk to one of our coaches.

A junior rollout calculator Excel spreadsheet is available for download from Cycling Australia.

Training

Junior Training

MCC operate weekly Junior Training programs run by our Coaches.

Tuesday

When

17:00 - 18.30 Kings Park – (Approximatley 10 to 30 km depending on age and ability)

Suitable for juniors / beginners.

Training includes, group riding skills, hill repeats, road safety and awareness

Groups: U11, U13, U15, U17

Where

Meet at DNA Tower off Forrest Drive, Kings Park, Perth.

Wednesday

When

17:00 Track Speed Dome Midvale

17:00-18:15 U/13 juniors and beginners

The17:00 sessions are run by coaches and consist of:

  • Warm up laps
  • Skills development
  • Track efforts
  • Pursuits
  • Scratch racing

18:30 - 20:15 U15 upwards

These sessions are open to anyone with a Cycling Australia license. Non-members are to produce a valid CA License.

Where

Track Speed Dome Midvale

Saturday

7:00 – East Perth

Juniors 18-21 35 km

Where: Meet Trafalgar Rd Car Park, East Perth

How Much Training

How much training juniors do is dependent upon their age and skill. However, the most important thing is to ensure they enjoy it and it is fun.

We provide sufficient fun coupled with performance so they feel they are progressing and achieving goals each week.

Here is a general guideline for junior training – as set by Cycling Australia.

Please remember these are maximums and not recommendations as targets to achieve.

# Age** Training per week Per session **Focus
9-10 years 1-3hrs Max 30mins Skills development, traffic awareness, safety
11-12 years 2 – 5hrs or 40 – 100kms No single session longer than 30km or 1.25hrs Skills development, traffic awareness, road safety, bike handling skills, race skills etc
13-14 years 3 – 8hrs or 100 – 200kms No single session longer than 60km or 2hrs Combination of both skills development & physical conditioning, all aspects.
15–16 years 6 – 14hrs or 150 – 350kms No single session longer than 90km or 3hrs Combination of both skills development & physical conditioning, all aspects. Some specificity in training can begin during the 16th year.
17-18 years 8 – 18hrs or 240 – 550kms No single session longer than 160km or 5hrs Physical conditioning, specific to certain events. Skill development is more event specific.