Winter Road Calendar Changes

Posted: February 4, 2014 in Racing, Tips & Hints
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Firstly, a big congratulations to those selected to represent their States at the upcoming Junior Track Nationals in Sydney later this month.

For those not selected thoughts already start to move to the road.  There is still a handful of track events to come, including the famous (Junior) Austral Wheelrace in Melbourne and the Wagga Wagga Golden Wheel, but for mine, track season feels like it starts earlier and finishes after the end of State Championships for those not making the state team.

These late season track events do offer terrific opportunity for those newer to the sport and emerging in the sport to pick up additional experience and some prize money as most of those riders selected for the State teams tend to avoid these events fearing injury or a crash leading into their season goal.

One thing that I really think is important, especially for those that have been in the sport for a few years and who put in a decent amount of training, is to take a complete break off the bike between the seasons.  At least two-weeks, even more if its possible.

We saw a number of leading junior riders step straight from road season into track season last year without taking a break… they were flying early, but by early-January had plateaued and in some cases were downright creeping just when they wanted to be going their best.  I think it’s so important to take time off the bike, not just physically to allow young bodies to grow, but mentally as well.

As the title of this blog hints at, there are some significant changes on the Junior Winter Road Calendar.  Again, there are conflicting events between neighbouring states, maybe this is unavoidable?  Maybe the States just need to speak to each other?

The good news is the first National Championship of the year has been pushed back a week or so to allow time for those doing the track champs to find their road legs.  The Australian Mountain Climbing Championships will be held up Mt Buffalo on the first weekend in April (5th and 6th), more than a month after track nations – so two weeks for a break, then quickly find your climbing legs!

Some of the medallists from the 2013 Alpe D'Buffalo - as it's affectionately known.

Some of the medallists from the 2013 Alpe D’Buffalo – as it’s affectionately known.

The Junior Tours (JTs) then kick off for the SE States* in Adelaide the week after with the Santos JT on April 12 and 13.  There’s a new base for this year but much the same challenging and picturesque courses.  For me this JT is a must do, especially for bottom-aged riders as it welcomes them to the new age category with a bang!

*There is a JT in Ipswich as early as 8th March for those up north.

A list of other Junior Tours (as best as I can work out using the new CA and State websites) follows:

  • 12-13 April – Santos JT (SA) – A great event!
  • 20 April – Goldstars Junior Carnival (QLD)
  • 26-27 April – Wagga Wagga JT (NSW) / Leongatha Junior Experience (VIC)
  • 2-3 May – Ararat
  • 10-11 May – Canberra JT  (ACT) Usually first weekend in July… might not be 0-degrees in May!
  • 24-25 May – Goulburn JT (NSW)
  • 7-8 June – Mersey Valley Devonport JT (TAS)
  • 7 June – Balmoral Junior Tour (QLD)
  • 14-15 June – Shepparton JT (VIC)
  • 12-13 July – Eildon JT (VIC)
  • 9-10 Aug – Toowoomba JT (QLD) Likely to be on the National course so expect this to be well supported.
  • 12-14 September – National Junior Road Champs (QLD)

I haven’t included anything in WA as they still have a 2013 events calendar on their website, nor other JT’s in SA or TAS, and I’ve probably left others too – please feel free to add in other events in the comments section.

  1. From WA we have the following Juniors Tours pencilled in:
    10/May/14 Northern Districts Junior Tour
    18/May/14 Peel Junior Tour
    21/Jun/14 Midland Junior Tour

    Cheers, John (Midland Cycle Club)

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