One of the grey areas of cycling is grading and how it works.The Geelong Cycling Club has endeavoured to put together a few words on how grading & the promotion/relegation system works.

The club endeavours to keep an accurate record of all race results that underpins the grading system. The handicapper casts a close eye over all race results, but bear in mind that they will not remember every individual.

If they occasionally ask for some information about your race history, please don’t be offended. The handicapper will take your word on your ability and potential grade. However, if a rider then goes and destroys the bunch he is riding in and ultimately the racing, it won’t be viewed favourably. Offers from individuals to race in a higher grade will be applauded!

Grade promotion

No rider can continue to collect results and money in a grade without being promoted, A grade excluded. This will make you highly unpopular with your fellow riders and the handicapper. Ripping your bunch apart, a series of placings and / or including a win, will mean that you are knocking on the door of being promoted to a higher grade. Please see this as chance to improve and embrace the opportunity to improve your riding. The club will endeavour to warn you of your pending promotion. This may be the cue to do a few extra K’s!

Grade relegation

Riders will not be able to simply choose the grade they race in. Comments like, “I haven’t touched the bike in a month” and “I’ve been sick” do not warrant a drop in grade. Some “genuine” bad performances, a DNF and a display of some average form will make riders eligible to drop a grade at the handicapper’s discretion.
Please remember that handicapping and grading isn’t an exact science. All efforts are made to ensure that the racing is fair and equitable for all riders. The handicapper is happy to take on board rider feedback when approached in the right manner.

Any questions or concerns, please speak with the club handicapper.

Guide to grade levels

Grade Avg. speed Bike skills Racing style
A 40+ kph Advanced bike handling and bunch craft; predictable. Hard & fast; Constant and sustained attacks; Often a war of attrition.
B 36-40kph Experienced bike handling required. Fast paced; frequent attacks rarely successful when bunch is organised.
C 32-35kph Race skills and bunch positioning skills required and developing. Solo attacks, but rarely survive to the end; race often splits into smaller bunches as the race progresses.
D Up to 32kph Aim to improve bunch & bike skills. Often supported by an experienced A grade rider. Educational based racing. But often won by a fast improving rider.

 

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Feb
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4:30 pm Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 5 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 12 @ 5:30 pm
Junior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
5:30 pm Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 5 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm
Senior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7pm.
Feb
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4:30 pm Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 12 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm
Junior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
5:30 pm Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm
Senior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7pm.
Feb
19
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4:30 pm Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 19 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm
Junior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
5:30 pm Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 19 @ 5:30 pm – Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm
Senior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7pm.
Feb
21
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6:15 pm Track racing @ Geelong West Track
Track racing @ Geelong West Track
Feb 21 @ 6:15 pm
Track Season You require a Gold Licence to race Arrive by 5:45pm for warm-up and registration. Racing starts at 6:15pm sharp.
Feb
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8:30 am Race 5 -Summer Criterium Series ... @ Eastern Gardens
Race 5 -Summer Criterium Series ... @ Eastern Gardens
Feb 24 @ 8:30 am
Race 5 -Summer Criterium Series - Eastern Gradens @ Eastern Gardens
  The Criterium Series Proudly supported by; Winners Sports Nutrition, Belmont Bakers Delight & Rocket Sports. Juniors – 8:30am Race Start 25min + 1 laps Seniors – from 9:00am C & D grade (separate races). + New E Grade (Social Race) 45min + 3 laps A & B grade (separate races) 10:00am 50min + 3 laps Course Map; https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18886637 All Season Pass holders are pre-entered into the event. For season pass information and purchasing click here. Casual Race Entry; Junior: $5 pre race entry. Senior; $10 pre race entry. Note; $5 transponder hire fee is payable. Personal transponders can be purchased through the club. Click here for information and purchase options. Season Passes All Cycling Australia members of all clubs are welcome to purchase a[...]
Feb
26
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4:30 pm Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 4:30 pm
Junior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
5:30 pm Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm
Senior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7pm.
Feb
28
Wed
6:15 pm Track racing @ Geelong West Track
Track racing @ Geelong West Track
Feb 28 @ 6:15 pm
Track Season You require a Gold Licence to race Arrive by 5:45pm for warm-up and registration. Racing starts at 6:15pm sharp.
Mar
5
Mon
4:30 pm Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Juniors @ Geelong West Track
Mar 5 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 9 @ 4:30 pm
Junior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.
5:30 pm Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Track Training – Seniors @ Geelong West Track
Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm
Senior track training recommences on the 23rd October, 2017 from 5:30pm – 7pm.

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