Quad C Program
Participation in our program requires a $15 weekly fee to be paid via https://racehq.cc
Children will also need to be members of AusCycling, and choose Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club as their club.
Quad C Sessions
Consistent with AusCycling Junior Cycling Policy and talent development pathways, our competitive junior training is based around track sessions. Training here converts well into road, cyclocross and recreational riding.
The main Novice and Junior training sessions are held on our club velodrome at Packer Park on Thursday nights all year round, utilizing the lights during winter. Sessions are run by qualified coaches, assistants and parent helpers.
The program is run all year round and focuses on giving young riders of varied cycling abilities the opportunity to learn about bicycle training, racing, technique and teamwork. CCCC has a number of junior-sized track bikes available for use at the sessions to help those who are new to the sport get started. These are used on a shared-basis and provided with the expectation that once the rider’s interest in the sport has been established, they will purchase their own bike to allow us to provide loan bikes to other novices just starting in the sport.
If the weather is inclement sessions are conducted on windtrainers in our rooms at that venue (track or road bikes may be used) or at home using Zwift. There is also an additional session each term where we train at the international-standard indoor velodrome at DISC, Thornbury.
These rides complement the Thursday night programs. We ride from Black Rock at 8:30am on Saturday mornings. Distances are set according to age group and competency. Road riding requries supervision from a responsible adult unless it is under the guidance of qualified coach.
In general Novice riders ride on the Beach Rd bike path. Other Club agreed limits are: U11 15km, U13 around 40km (turn at Mordialloc or Patterson Lakes), U15 around 70km (turn at Frankston), U17 around 100km (Mt Eliza hills)
Home Training Sessions
We make use of Zwift Virtual Riding Platform. This online training App is free for children U16 (apply here). It provides a fun way to engage with the group virtually, and makes for easy access to training on Tuesday nights and when it is wet outside.
To set-up for this riders will need a simple indoor wind-trainer (for example the Jet Black M1) and speed and cadence sensors (for example Wahoo sensors). The App on your computer or tablety device will connect with the sensors while the bike is set-up on the indoor trainer and the kids will ride together around the different roads and worlds inside the vitrual world of Zwift. It’s great fun!
A weekly training session is posted through the Zwift Companion App (you will need both the Zwfit App [for riding] and the Zwift Companion App [for meeting up]). Please request to follow “Carnegie Caulfield CC” who is set-up as a woman born in 1924 (just like our club!). This Avatar will invite you to a training meet-up that will start at 5.30pm on Tuesdays.
Junior Development Squad
The Junior Development Squad (JDS) is for riders in second year U15 and above, who are assessed as being at a level capable of being able to meet higher training volumes and intensities. The JDS has its main session on Wednesday nights at DISC. Invitations are made by the Club Coaching Sub-Committee on the basis of availability of places, on-going assessment of progression and a demonstarted capability to change gears on a track bike.
JDS riders also join the Saturday morning Black Rock rides and Tuesday Zwift Sessions.
Crit racing is held during daylight savings (October to April) at Glenvale and Sandown. Novice Clinics start at Glenvale on Sunday mornings. These are coached riding sessions for 20 minutes with a three lap race at the end. Juniors need to be able to competently compete at Glenvale prior to tackling the larger, windier course at Sandown.
Graded races also take place after Novice Clinics.
Club Junior Road Races are planned to be held several times per year, around the existing crit season and other state races (NJRS, VJRS, NJTS, VICS). CCCC Junior Teams compete at these state events.