Get into racing

Everyone is welcome. There are races for beginners through to UCI age group championships.

You need a race license and a bicycle plus transponder hire.

The race license is a simple upgrade on your current membership and is upgraded through Cycling Australia and a new plastic card is sent to you.

Your bicycle must meet UCI regulations and be in a well maintained and working order.

Pretty easy so far.

Never raced before – not a problem. SPR has launched our race mentors. Simply email and we will appoint you a mentor who you can ask questions and help you take those first steps into racing.


Race Selection:

The SPR calendar details all the races. Select the race you want and go to the appropriate website. Many races are entered through ENTRYBOSS

Transponder hire is $5 per race unless you have your own and the cost is added to the entry fee. The transponder records your race time. Once you enter you will receive a confirmation email

Race Day:

On race day, you need to go to the registration desk and sign in providing your race license to the officials. You will receive your race numbers and transponder. Instructions of where to pin your numbers and you may need to ask about how to attach your transponder.

There are normally plenty of SPR team mates that can help out.

A race brief is given 15 minutes before your start setting out the major rules for the day and highlight and road concerns.

Race Kit:

SPR jersey and bib shorts. Jerseys must be approved by Westcycle (our kit is) otherwise you cannot race. If you do not have a SPR jersey then you can race in a non-adverting plain black, blue or white jerseys until your SPR jersey arrives.

The Race – What to Expect:

The Commissaire (Race Judge) will start the race and you are off and cycling.

Each race is different and you may have riders attacking off the front at the start or waiting until a steep hill. There is no requirement to sit on the front or chase people down although rider who do nothing but wheel suck sometimes get an earful.

We normally ride 2 a breast on our SPR but in racing it can be 3 depending on whether the road is open or closed.

Finishes may allow you to use the whole road but you will be told in the briefing, otherwise crossing the road lines results in a DQ.

After The Race:

Return your race numbers and transponder.

Stay around and cheer on the presentations and receive your prize if are lucky enough to get one.

Most of all enjoy and ride safe!

The website for the South Perth Cycle Club