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Southern Cross is a club with a strong culture of inclusion and welcomes riders of all ages and abilities.

Southern Cross is a great place to develop skills and to start racing your bike.

The Southern Cross Cycle Club was established to provide skills development and a safe racing environment for junior cyclists in the Sutherland Shire. As such the club places a strong emphasis on junior development and provides opportunities for all junior members to develop their cycling skills.

Senior riders, male and female, also enjoy the relaxed and social nature of the club. Over the past few years the club has enjoyed a large growth in the number of females both joining the club and participating in club events.

The Southern Cross Cycle Club races and trains at Waratah Park, an off road racing circuit closed to traffic, that provides a safe racing environment for both junior and senior riders.

The majority of club racing is graded by ability, giving newcomers the opportunity to race at their development and skill level. Graded racing provides a challenge for both the new and experienced riders.

Southern Cross also has a strong tradition of racing on the Track at both senior and junior level.

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News

Newsletter 6.12.2018

Junion News - from Scott

Over the past few weeks junior SXCC numbers have been good and we have a nice core of U13 and U15 riders, a few U11s and a growing group of U9 and U7s that love to tear around Track 1 each weekend. A number of our senior juniors have been very helpful with the new younger riders. We expect a big final day on Sunday and if the weather is cooler than last weekend we should see quite a few lap records.

This year a number of new riders have made great progress including Ethan, Wyatt, Harvey, Phoebe, Jai, Lara, Sami and Elise.

Other News
  • SAVE THE DATE - SXCC Track championships are to be held on Wednesday, 12th December at Hurstville Oval (in conjunction with St George racing). Details are below and on Facebook.
  • There will be a committee meeting this Sunday 9th December after senior racing. All members are welcome. If there is anything you would like added to the agenda, please let me know asap.
  • Jersey donations - Park Bikes are currently collecting jerseys to donate to Youth Off The Streets. If you have any old jerseys, please bring them along to racing this weekend. Anna-Marie will be dropping them off in the coming week.
  • The Sydney Cup on Wheels is on Saturday, 8th December at Dunc Gray Velodrome. Cycling NSW have offered 4 tickets to us. Unfortunately, we will be in Orange. We would love these tickets to be used by someone, so if you would like to go along and watch some great racing please let me know & we can advise Cycling NSW.
  • The last day of racing will be this Sunday 9th December. We will resume after the Tour Down Under in January.
  • Please make sure you follow Southern Cross Cycling Club on Facebook for all the latest news & please support all our fantastic sponsors:
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This will be our last newsletter as President(s). Have a great Christmas & New Year, safe cycling over the break, and see you all in 2019.
Fiona & Chris


2018 SXCC Track Championships

6pm on Wednesday, 12th December at Hurstville Velodrome

Track opening from 6pm for warm-up and practice, racing from 6:30pm. We are holding the event in conjunction with StGCC track racing.

  1. 500m TT
  2. Match sprints. 3 to 4 in a heat and then a final.
  3. Scratch race
  4. Also if anyone wants to ride but doesn't have a track bike, there are club bikes that can be borrowed.

Come Try Cycling

The racing is well organised and non-aggressive. The distances are set to suit age and skill and are not difficult. Everyone is encouraged to finish.

Cycling is a non discriminatory sport with boys, girls, men and women able to compete on the same day at the same venue.

Because of the individual nature of the sport, you can train as much or as little as you like. But we find that most people who start racing love it so much that they want to ride as often as possible.

The atmosphere at Southern Cross CC is warm and friendly. We have different sorts of races and activities to keep it fun and interesting.

Cycling is a year round sport and we race almost every weekend during the year.

Many of the Club's riders compete at other Clubs' events and some have competed in State, National and International events.

What’s in it for parents?

Cycling is a sport that anyone of any age can participate in and it is something that children and parents can easily do together.

If you have a bike, you are welcome to compete.

Senior Racing starts at 8am and Junior racing starts at 9:15 am. (Senior racing is open to juniors who are U/15 or older, elite and Masters riders.)

Coaching is also available for all skill levels and age groups.

Costs 2019 – subject to price changes on Cycling NSW website.

  • Race – Elite and U23 $327.12
  • Race – Masters U65 $292.48
  • Race – Junior (U15/U17/U19) $173.14
  • Race – Masters 65+ / Para-Cycling $174.95
  • Race – Kids (U9/U11/U13) $54.00
  • Ride – Kids 12 and Under $54.00 (SXCC Club racing only)

Cycling NSW full year race/ride memberships

Cycling NSW race/ride day memberships

Racing

Racing!

Sunday Mornings at Waratah Park, Rawson Rd, Sutherland

$5 to race. $10 for a family group.

8:00 am: C and D Grade. Mainly racing on Track 2. Race approx 25 minutes.

8:30 am: A and B Grade. Track 2 in Crit Season. More track 3 in road season.

9:15 am: Juniors. Graded racing.

Juniors who are u/15 and above can race seniors and juniors.

Prize money paid on random 'money week' Sundays.

All riders welcome. You just need a bike, helmet that meets Australian Standards (AS 2063), and a race license. If you don't have a race license you can get a Cycling NSW racing day membership here.

Grading policy

The Race Committee has decided to implement the following policy with the intention to lead to fairer and more competitive racing and the appropriate balance across the grades.

  1. Promotion/Relegation Process
    • Gradings are intended to promote competitive racing amongst riders of similar ability, but also take into account variables such as development, varying training levels and personal circumstances.
    • All gradings are at the discretion of the Handicapper (Club Handicapper or Commissaire on the day)
    • If a rider accumulates 10 points throughout the season (or 12 mth period) they become eligible for promotion and may be moved to the next higher grade. Riders who have previously ridden in a higher grade may be promoted earlier. Points are allocated at 3 points for first place, 2 points for second place and 1 point for third place. Consideration will be made for riders in grades of consistently low numbers, who will place more regularly, to ensure they are not promoted unfairly
    • Riders eligible for a lower grade are those dropped from the bunch on 4 or more occasions, are finishing consistently at the tail end of the field or riders returning from major injury. These riders may request to move down a grade.
    • Riders who ‘ride down’ from their allocated grade will not be entitled to prize money and should not actively influence the racing ie attempting break-aways, setting the bunch pace.
  2. Non-SXCC Riders and New Members
    Non SXCC riders will be allocated a grade by the handicapper/commissaire taking into account their own club grade and the strength of that club. In general riders participating in their first event should be graded in ‘B-Grade’ unless there is reasonable justification otherwise. A new riders grading will be reassessed after their initial ride.

Etiqutte and Safety

(With thanks to Waratah Masters CC)

When passing other grades, give them due consideration:

  • pass on the right hand side, maintaining a gap of at least one metre between the two grades.
  • wait until there is a distance of at least 10 metres between the two grades before cutting back in.
  • do not pass and then slow down. This only impedes the other grade which could be chasing a breakaway.
  • do not try to force your way through at turns – there is no right of way hierarchy of one grade over another.
  • in effect, avoid doing anything which may affect the normal progress of the other grade's race.

When being passed by other grades:

  • do not take shelter or any other advantage from the overtaking grade. Allow the passing grade to get well clear, staying at least 25 metres behind. In most cases it’s best to go neutral until the passing grade is out of sight. Failure to comply may lead to disqualification.
  • do not try to re-overtake the passing grade if it is a higher grade, except if you are in a final sprint.

General:

  • Ride as straight a line as possible (hold your line) in the bunch and do not make any sudden sideways movements. Do not undercut other riders and force them to change their line.
  • Leave space between yourself and the rider in front to avoid "cross-wheeling" (overlapping wheels) which is a common cause of accidents in racing.
  • If riders "change their line" avoid overlapping wheels.
  • Be alert and ride aware – your actions turning, braking and accelerating can affect other riders.
  • Avoid sudden braking.
  • Be aware of the "kick back" when riders get out of the saddle, give yourself space.
  • When cornering keep the same arc on entry and exit. This is called "Holding your line" and means if you go in tight- stay tight. If you go in wide – stay wide.
  • When cornering keep your inside pedal up as you lean in to avoid it clipping the road and throwing you off line.
  • Raise your arm and be vocal if you have a puncture or other problem.
  • When taking a drink, hold out your bottle and keep to the side of the group.
  • Front riders: warn group about traffic and hazards ahead.
  • Rear riders: warn group if traffic or another grade approaches from the rear.
  • A firm grip and relaxed arms will help you stay upright if you get nudged by another rider.
  • Show courtesy to other competitors and race officials. Anti-social behaviour and language will not be tolerated and offenders will incur a penalty and may be suspended.

In the sprint:

  • Once you decide you want to be in it, go all the way – do not slow abruptly.
  • Ride a straight line, however tempting it may be to cut in or out.
  • Keep both hands on the bars at all times, before and after the finish line.
  • Back off early if it is a big field and you know you are not competitive.

After the race, if other races are still in progress keep close to the right hand side of the track and get off the track as soon as possible.

Training

Tuesdays - Junior Skills Training

Waratah Park, Sutherland 4.30-5.30pm. Confirm with Brian Peters: secretary@southerncrosscc.com.au

Saturdays - Seniors

Waratah Park to Sublime Point

  • Meet at Waratah Park 6.30am (Experienced riders)
  • Club members. Ride Leader Phil Kelly
  • Fairly high level of fitness and bike skills required

Sutherland to Waterfall plus some RNP. (Social Pace)

  • Meet outside Lucky 7.00am at Sutho at 7
  • Club members. Ride Leader Michael Ellson
  • Moderate level of fitness and bike skills required
  • Coffee at Gloria Jeans Sutherland after ride.

Women

SXCC Women

At Southern Cross Cycle Club we welcome all women.

Our “Women’s Come and Try” events at Waratah Park cater for those new to racing. Experienced female riders and female coaches are available to help you. Our club has been involved with the Cycling NSW Women’s Come and Try Series and the Women’s Road Series since its inception.

Sunday Club racing is held on a safe off road circuit at Waratah Park. Most women new to racing commence in D grade with opportunity to progress into other grades as confidence, skills and race experience develop.

We also have a regular Thursday morning training session at Waratah Park and social road rides.

We have State, National and more recently international level women.

For further information, contact

Anna-Marie Haswell: vpwomen@southerncrosscc.com.au or
Jenny Triggs: completecyclecoach@hotmail.com

SXCC Women in action at the CNSW Teams Time Trial


Contacts

Position Name Email
Vice President (Women)Anna-Marie Haswellvpwomen@southerncrosscc.com.au
Vice President (Juniors)Scott Olsenvpjuniors@southerncrosscc.com.au
Vice President (Men)Matt Beggsvpmen@southerncrosscc.com.au
Club SecretaryBrian Peterssecretary@southerncrosscc.com.au
Membership OfficerFiona Ludlammembership@southerncrosscc.com.au
Sponsorship CoordinatorChris Ludlamsponsorship@southerncrosscc.com.au