Cycling and cycle clubs get a boost with Cadel’s win

23 August 2011
Cycle clubs organise road cycling racing as cycling fast becomes a dominant sport in Australia

The bright colours of cycle team outfits in a team road race

There are over 200 cycling clubs listed on Cycling Australia’s website. With Cadel Evans’ great win in the 2011 Tour de France, the numbers of people taking up cycling and joining cycle clubs, is set to grow dramatically.

Cycling has become the third highest participation sport in Australia, according to the Weekend Australian Financial Review article, ‘Cycling becomes the new golf’, 23–24 July, 2011.

‘Cycling overtook golf to claim the mantle of third most popular sport in Australian among men between 2005–06 and 2009–10 official statistics show’ … ‘it also leapt from sixth-most popular sport to third among women’, the article claims.

What’s the advantage of joining a cycling club or team?

Joining a cycling club is a great way to get exercise and be outdoors at the same time.

Being part of a cycle team makes rides more fun as you can share the experience with other cyclists.

group of road riders from the Midland Cycle Club in Western Australia

Riders from the Midland Cycle Club in Western Australia take to the road in custom cycle clothing

Cycling clubs can be found in most cities and towns and cater for all types of cycle teams including road and track cycling, triathlons, mountain bike riding and BMX clubs.

Find a cycle club near you

Cycling Australia has an excellent website with contacts for state and regional cycling associations, and contact information for cycling clubs around Australia and internationally.

Another way to find out what is happening locally in terms of cycling clubs is to check with your local cycle shop. They usually can steer you in the right direction.

Cycling clubs promote the enjoyment of cycling as a sport. New members will find fellow cyclists who simply love cycling and are usually welcoming, friendly and helpful. As such, joining a cycle club can really help you to get the most out of your riding.

The Midland Cycle Club in Western Australia is a great example of how a cycle club caters for the needs of different levels of riders.

“As a fast-growing and developing club, we cater for seniors and juniors at all levels of development, from novice through to elite athlete status. You can ride for fun or find yourself spinning wheels next to a state, national or world champion. The choice is yours.”
Quote from Midland Cycle Club website

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Special thanks to Midland Cycle Club for the use of the image from their website.