Quad C Programs
Children will also need to be members of AusCycling, and choose Carnegie Caulfield Cycling Club as their club.
Packer Park 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 Squad 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 loan-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 month where we train at the international-standard indoor velodrome at DISC, Thornbury. This is open on the third Friday of every month 6.30pm to 9pm.
We recommend road riding for training for QuadC kids, but only according to ability and competence with road rules. Many families meet at Black Rock for their own (non-club) bunch rides leaving around 8.30am. Riding safely on Beach Rd is part of rider education and will complement the Thursday night programs. Road riding requires supervision from a responsible adult and should only be done when conditions are safe.
Coached athletes in the Junior Development Squad have the opportunity to ride under coaching supervision.
In general Novice riders should ride on the Beach Rd bike path. Other Club recommended limits for your weekly family rides are: U11 15km, U13 around 40km (turn at Mordialloc or Patterson Lakes), U15 around 70km (turn at Frankston), U17 around 100km (Mt Eliza hills).
Form a bunch with other families and have fun!
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.
Instructions on how to set up for indoor sessions can be found here: Indoor Trainer Set-Up
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 Squads
The Junior Development Squad (JDS) includes two streams.
The Track Endurance and Road stream follows the AusCycling National Pathway for junior cyclist development with direct pathways into the High Performance Network.
Headed by former Olympian and multiple Australian Champion, Hilton Clarke OAM, the squad has consistently provided a fabulous training environment for junior riders to be their best. The success of the squad can be measured by the hundreds of state, national and world champions it has produced, but we prefer to dwell on the smiles that training in such a stimulating environment produces.
With attention to detail and proven techniques, the QuadC Track Endurance and Road Squad provides personalised coaching for high school students so that they can balance their school and athletic goals.
Training includes road sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with Time Trial training on Sundays and track training on Wednesday nights at DISC. Annual goals and training schedules are agreed between athletes and Hilton the Head Coach.
The Road stream provides a road-focussed training program coordinated by club member and AusCycling Level 2 coach, David Sturt. Centered around the mid-week Packer Park training sessions on road bikes, the JDS Road Squad will have oversight and coaching to optimise performance at Club races at Glenvale and Sandown.
On the weekend, the Road Squad will have a coached ride to increase endruance and prepare kids for their road racing goals – whether that is the VICS, Victorian Junior Road Series, Nationals or International competition.
A Training Peaks based generic training schedule will ensure that JDS Road Squad members have enough guidance to improve their performances.
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.
Training for Different Age Groups
The training loads differe for different chidlrena at different stages of their development. Here are the guding principals of teh QuadC Program that have been published as part of the AusCycling Junior Riding Policy