Cyclists gear up for short course season

Ready to ride: Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club president Dave Hunt (left) and vice president Jordan McAulay. Picture: Simon Bennett

Ready to ride: Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club president Dave Hunt (left) and vice president Jordan McAulay. Picture: Simon Bennett

Macarthur residents may notice an influx of cyclists in Smeaton Grange next month.

The Macarthur Collegians Cycling Club will officially kick off their criterium season on November 5, with it set to run through till April.

Criterium races involved riders doing several laps of a short circuit – with each lap about 500 metres in length.

The Collegians will hold its races along Smeaton Grange Road on Sundays.

Club president Dave Hunt said there were about 70 racing Collegians members – and many more social riders – but there was always room for more.

“People are welcome to come and race, have a look around or have a chat to the members,” he said.

One of those members happy to have a chat is vice president Jordan McAulay.

The 22-year-old Grassmere resident started cycling about six years ago.

After a year of pedalling on his own, McAulay decided to join the Collegians, where he was welcomed with open arms.

“When I first started out I was riding by myself but when I joined the club I immediately had a band of riders I could join in on a ride with,” he said.

“The were very welcoming, supportive and open to mentoring a young person like I was at the time.

“The club is more about mateship rather than riding.”

McAulay said cycling in general cycling was the “greatest sport ever” because of the two social and competitive aspects.

“It’s a sport where there is an opporunity to be social as well as competive,” he said.

Hunt himself, is a relative new member.

He joined the club about three years ago after he moved to Macarthur from the country.

He believed it was the comradery that separated Macarthur from other cycling clubs.

“We are fairly family orientated,” he said.

“We have a lot of social members and everyone is in it together.”

Hunt also said lyrca uniforms were not compulsary.

For more information visit macarthurcyclingclub.com.au.

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