THERE are a lot of people cycling, but not enough riding competitively.
That’s the view of Warrnambool Veterans Cycling Club which hopes to capitalise on a summer fitness boom to boost its ranks.
WVCC president Barry Warren said the club would have a 35-kilometre come-and-try handicap race on February 17, starting at Wangoom Recreation Reserve.
Warren said the come-and-try night was “open to any new rider that has never had an Australian Veterans’ Cycling Council licence before”.
“Last year we had 75 licence-holders. This year we’re trying to beat that,” he said. “A lot of people are out riding bikes these days. We’d like to get them involved in the competitive side.
“Come out and have a free ride, get involved.
“Some people like riding for leisure and enjoyment but others, when they have a go, say they want to have more of a try.” The WVCC is open to men aged 35 and over and women aged 30 and over. It hosts weekly races on Sundays at Wangoom and members contest races across Victoria throughout the year.
The season has already started and runs until the Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic in October.
“The calendar is very full this year,” Warren said. “We travel right across the state. When you take out a licence you can compete in races right across the country.”