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CoachRec Newsletter - 30 October 2023

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Welcome to the third edition of the CoachRec weekly newsletter! In this edition we cover:

  1. Upcoming cycling events in NSW

  2. Top insights from cycling coaches

  3. Qualifications to look for in a cycling coach

Cycling Events in NSW this Week

Road & Track Events

 Tuesday, 31 October

Port Macquarie CC - Summer Crit Race Season 23/24 (Come and Try, Juniors, Handicap) 650 Burrawan Forest Drive, Lake Innes From 5:45PM - Cost $0 - $7.40 - Enter on Buncheur

Easts - Tuesday Night Heffron - Season 39 Week 4 (Handicap, A - C Grades) Heffron Park, Maroubra 6:00PM - Cost $20 - Enter on Buncheur

CHCC Women's Track Tuesday Velodrome, Minorie Dr Toormina, Toormina 5:30-7PM - Cost $5.38 - Enter on Buncheur

 Wednesday, 1 November

Manning Valley CC - 2023/24 Criterium Series MVCC Criterium Track - Bligh Street, Taree From 5:45PM - Cost $0 - $8.40 - Enter on Buncheur

 Thursday, 2 November

LACC/PLCC Armory Crit Racing (A Grade to E Grade) Newington Armory, Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park From 5:45PM - Cost $20 - Enter on Buncheur

Illawarra CC - Giant Wollongong Summer Shop Series (Juniors, A - E Grade Men, A - E Grade Women) Lindsay Mayne Criterium Track 26 Normandie Place, Unanderra From 5:00PM - Cost $0 - $15 - Enter on Buncheur

Saturday, 4 November

SUVelo Club Champs (A - D Grade Men; A - D Grade Women) Heffron Park, Robey St, Maroubra From 2:25 PM - Cost $0 - Enter on Buncheur

Randwick Cycling - Saturday Crits (A - E Grades, Juniors) Heffron Park, Robey St, Maroubra From 2:25PM - Cost $20 - Enter on Buncheur

Sunday, 5 November

MS Gong Ride (82km option; 54km option) Tempe Recreation Reserve, Tempe (or from Engadine for 54km) From 6:00AM - Cost $120 - Entries on MSGongRide website

Central Coast CC - Collaborative Construction Solutions Crit University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus, 10 Chittaway Rd From 7:30AM - Cost $0 - $20 - Enter on EntryBoss

Waratah Masters Club - Crit Racing (A - E Grades) Lansdowne Park From 7:45AM - Cost $15 - Enter on the day

Byron Bay CC - Cavanbah Scratch Race (A - D Grades) Cavanbah Centre, 249 Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay From 7:00AM - Cost $7 - $15 - Enter on EntryBoss

Nowra Velo - Donut Cup Criterium Rd 4 (Adults and Juniors) Wugan Street, Yerriyong From 8:15AM - Cost $5-$15 - Enter on Buncheur

Shimano SXCC Supercrit (A - D Grade Men; A - D Grade Women) Sutherland Bike Track, 42 Rawson Pde, Sutherland From 8:00AM - Cost $20 - Entries on Buncheur

Gravel, MTB and BMX events

Wednesday, 1 November

Tamworth Mountain Bikers - Twilight Racing Round 4 Term 4 Tamworth MTB Park, 164 Forest Rd, North Tamworth From 5:15PM - Cost $2-$5 - Enter on Entryboss

Saturday, 4 November

Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club - Interclub Rd 4 (Juniors, A - D Grade Men, A - D Grade Women) Sutherland Shire Cycling Club From 2:00PM - Cost $5-$10 - Enter on Entryboss

Jindabyne CC - Spring Gravity Enduro Rd 1 (Kids, Youth, Open, Masters and eBike categories) Tyrolean Trail Park, Echidna Place, East Jindabyne Afternoon - Cost $26-$46 - Enter on Entryboss

 Saturday, 4 November - Sunday, 5 November

2023 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships (Elite, Single Speed, Riders with a Disability, and Age Cats) University of New England, Armidale Cost $295 - Entries on Entryboss

What the Coaches Say

Off-Season Training Secrets: Coach Ric Stern shares key tips in this article on maximising your cycling gains and setting yourself up for a successful 2024 season! [CycleCoach]

 Velo Diaries: this long-running podcast from Coach Stephen Hall is great for all levels of cyclists, stepping through everything from criterium races for beginners, to race tactics and training at altitude [Spotify]

How qualified is my coach?

Cycling coaches play an important role in nurturing talent, improving performance and ensuring the safety of cyclists. The qualifications and accreditations of a cycling coach speak to the formal education they have received and the standards they can be expected to meet.  Nonetheless, athletes looking for a coach (and even coaches themselves) may find it difficult to navigate the different qualifications and the jargon and acronyms used to describe them.  

In this article we outline the cycling coach accreditation system in Australia and explain what qualifications to look for in a coach based on your own needs and goals. 

Talk to Us! 

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Catch you next week with more upcoming cycling events!

Written By
Rose Vassel
Lead Writer & Co-Founder at CoachRec
Rose Vassel is a National Road Series Rider for Butterfields Racing and has raced in Europe and Australia. She is the lead writer and co-founder of CoachRec. Rose received her Bahcelor of Laws and International Studies at the University of New South Wales, and has worked in the legal industry.