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Cycling championship

The cycling championships are for schools who nominate individual competitors from students in years 7 to 12 in 2022. Find out more about the event and how to participate.

Who can participate

To participate in the event

  • Schools must be affiliated with School Sport SA.
  • competitors must be in years 7 to 12.

Where and when

McNamara Park, Compton (near Mt Gambier) on Wednesday 26 October, 2022.

Event format

  • Registrations opening time to be confirmed
  • Time trial
  • Recess break with students being separated into grades
  • Points race
  • Criterium race
  • Event finish time to be confirmed

Entry fee

  • $15.00 including GST per student.

No payment is required on the day. A tax invoice will be sent to schools after the event.

How to enter

Schools submit the cycling championship nomination form by Wednesday 28 September 2022.

  • Schools must ensure that students acknowledge and accept the risk involved in participating in a cycling event and have a suitable level of fitness to participate.
  • Appropriate caregiver consent is obtained and all consent forms and medical details are brought to the event in case an accident or medical incident occurs.

Events

Time Trial - individual cyclists starting at 30 seconds or 1 minute intervals trying to see the fastest over 3 laps of the course (7.2km)

Points Race - cyclists ride together, in their grade with a sprint finish every 2 laps. Race points will be scored 5, 3, 2, 1 for first four riders past the finish line on every second lap. Grades will ride for around 15-30 minutes.

Criterium - cyclists ride in grades for a certain time over a circuit. Grades will ride for around 15 to 30 minutes plus two laps.

Scoring

Championship points will be awarded as 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for each event, with the highest score at the completion of the 3 events being judged the winner of the grade.

Race numbers

Race numbers should be pinned on the left hip and back so that they are clearly visible and upright when the rider is in the racing position. 

Venue and facilities

Maps of venue will be available shortly

  • Venue facilities to be confirmed.
  • Spectators are asked to stand off the track and well clear of the finish line and to prevent issues with judging and safety. 

Parking

Parking is available at the track.

Teacher and parent marshals

Teachers and parent are asked to provide marshalling duties on the corners. Please indicate on the nomination form if you have a staff member or parent willing to marshal on the day.

Presentations and results

  • Presentations will be at the end of the event.
  • Results will be posted on this page as soon as possible after the event.

Categories and equipment restrictions

The cycling championships will be begin with a Time Trial. Anyone wishing to compete in A grade will need to indicate this on their nomination form and must follow to the gear and equipment restrictions listed below.

These riders may be dropped back to a lower grade after the time trial, but anyone not nominating for A grade will not be able to move into A grade following the Time Trial.  Gear restrictions and rollouts will be ensured by AusCycling.

Following the Time Trial the competitors will be graded for the following races. Grades may incorporate all age groups, therefore competitors will ride against others in their same grade regardless of age.

Less experienced cyclists are encouraged to enter and will likely be placed in lower grades.

Students wanting to change grades out of the grade they have been allocated may do so but will become an unofficial competitor and ineligible for scoring.

For all riders

Only Australian Standard road helmets (AS2063) are permitted.

For cyclists nominating for A grade

  • Carbon Wheeks are now permitted by AusCycling.
  • Only high pressure detachable tyre and tubes shall be used. A detachable type tube means the tube is detachable from the tyre casing. Such high pressure tyres shall be beaded.
  • For all races riders must have a standard road bike, with "classic" style handlebars.
  • For the Time Trial only riders can add bolt-on handlebar extensions (usually called time trial or "areo" bars). These extensions must not project further than 75cm forward of the centre of the bottom bracket of the bike. Elbow supports are permitted. Time Trial bars must be mounted in a horizontal plane. All Time Trial bars must be removed for the criterium and points race.

Junior gear restrictions

  • Will apply to all students entering the A grade category. See the table for more details. Rollouts will be done on the day. Gear restrictions will not apply to students in other categories.

What are they

  • The gear restrictions limit the rollout, - i.e. the maximum distance a bicycle can travel with one full revolution of the pedals.

How do I measure a rollout?

On a smooth surface, lay a tape measure on the ground, and roll the bike backwards along it until the pedals have made one complete turn. Make sure you start with the pedals exactly in the vertical position. Try it with different gears to see what the difference is.

Who says?

AusCycling specifies the rollout distances for each age group in its regulations and mandates the restrictions be in place for all junior age group races.

Which gear combinations give the junior rollouts

The rollout is a mathematical relationship between the relative size of the chain wheel (front) and cogs (rear), and the circumference of the wheel. While the relative size of the front and rear gears is reasonably fixed for given numbers of teeth, the circumference of wheels is surprisingly different and is largely dependent not only on the size of the wheel (e.g. 700c  for most road bikes, 650c for junior, triathlon and time trial bikes) but also the tyre that is fitted. For instance, a 23mm width tyre has a higher profile (and therefore a greater circumference) than a 20mm tyre. But tyres by different manufacturers, even though they are the same size wheel (e.g. 700c) will have different profiles (and circumferences). Therefore the only accurate way of measuring this is to roll the bike along a tape measure. As an indication only, we have provided below a table showing common combinations that will get you pretty colse to the correct junior rollouts. You must however check by measurement whether your tyre/wheel combination actually produces the result shown.

Junior gear restrictions table

Age group Under 15 Under 17 Under 19
Rollout (m) 6.00 7.00 7.93
Chainwheel (no. teeth) Rear Cog (no. teeth) Rear Coc (no. teeth) Rear Cog (no. teeth)
36 15, 13 11 11
39 14, 15 12 11
42 15, 16 13 12
44 16 14 12, 13
48 18 15 14
50 18 15, 16 14
52 NA 16 15
53 NA 16, 17 15
  • Where two rear cog sizes are given, the smaller one is very close to the limit and may breach the rollout with certain tyres.

Previous winners and history

Contacts

School Sport SA

Phone: 8416 5900
Email: education.schoolsportsa [at] sa.gov.au