Our development program includes both Training and Racing Sessions designed to give riders the skills and confidence to compete in cycle racing on both the track and road.
CCCC introduces its young athletes to the sport at the “grass roots level” through its Road Racing Clinic mentored by Tokyo Olympian Mick Hollingworth and our Quad C coaches amd marshals Ulrik, Brett, David, Kosta at Glenvale Crescent on a Sunday morning in the summer.
Racing opportunities include combined club events through teh summer on the track and weekend junior clinics as part of the club’s regular racing events.
You do not need to be in the Quad C Program to compete in these events, however those who are in the Junior Development Programme are expected to participate in club racing when they achieve the necessary competence and confidence.
For information on junior/novice criterium, road and track racing organised by the club, please check the calendar.
How To? Bike Set-Up for Juniors
Navigating junior gearing and roll outs can be a confusing and time consuming process for parents new to junior cycling. In this blog we hope to help you when navigating junior gearing and roll outs for Under 11’s to Under 19’s.
A bikes’s rollout is the distance the bike travels over one complete pedal revolution and is measured in metres.
Road bikes have multiple gears and hence multiple rollouts.
For racing in Australia a bike’s rollout is measured as the largest rollout available at presentation to officials at the meeting. This is when the chain is on the largest available chain ring and the smallest available sprocket on the rear cassette.
To race on the road at junior level the following rollouts are required.
- U11 & U13 = 5.5 m
- U15 = 6.0 m
- U17 = 7.0 m
- U19 = 7.93 m (26 ft)Most off the shelf bikes will roll over these limits and have to be adjusted to conform to race standards.Rollouts can be achieved by:
- locking out (disabling) one chain ring (front) and/or one or two of the smallest sprockets onthe cassette (rear) by adjusting the front and/or rear derailleurs; or
- fitting a combination of chain rings and sprockets that achieve the desired maximum rolloutwithout disabling either of the derailleurs. That is, the full set of gears on the bike are available.
Lockouts are the most common way of achieving a legal rollout and this method is allowed at local race meetings. However, at Road National lockouts are not allowed and method 2 above has to be used.
To Calculate a Rollout on a Road Bike
There are 3 variables that need to be measured.
- The number of teeth on the largest chain ring (see photos).
- The number of teeth on the smallest sprocket on the cassette (see photos).
- The rear wheel size (see photos). Most wheels on recent road bikes have a standard diameterand the main variable is the width of the tyre (distance between the wheel rim and the outer tyre edge). This is usually written on the side of the tyre and must be used in calculating a rollout.
Enter the figures into an online calculator to find a rollout. There are several online calculators and they don’t always give the same result.
Also, beware that calculated rollouts rarely equate to real-world rollouts. If you calculate your bike to be very close (1-5 cm?) to the legal rollout be aware that the bike could roll over the legal limit once you have made the adjustments.
Authors: Tim Blake & Amanda O’Connor, www.xpeedaustralia.com.au