The program is organised along lines which take into consideration the fact that children differ in their ability to acquire skills and to move through various stages of development.
Activities are conducted in accordance with the conditions and requirements of the Australian Cycling Federation.
The program has a continuing focus on skill development.
After riders have become proficient in such elements as cornering, braking, pedaling technique, wheel following, and echelon riding and have been instructed in racing techniques, they can participate in supervised racing against competitors of similar ability and standard. Racing is conducted in accordance with Cycling Queensland requirements on the Club's Criterium track (off-road) within the Murarrie Reserve, Wynnum Road, Murrarrie almost opposite the K Mart Plaza, Cannon Hill.
Junior riders are checked for the correct set up on the bike and that gearing conforms to the Australian Standard. (This is to avoid any detrimental effect on a young rider's physical development.) They also receive instruction on bike maintenance. Road safety and emphasis on the Club's requirement of always adhering to the road rules is an important feature of the program.
Juniors are encouraged to participate in Club training and social rides. They begin with the novice ride under the supervision of experienced club members over distances recommended for Juniors by the Australian Cycling Federation. There is an active support group of parents who also ride with their sons and daughters on the Sunday Club ride to Wellington Point. The Club encourages this type of participation.
To be eligible for inclusion in an age group the rider must be under that age for the whole year.
Division Roll Out Chainring and Sprocket Combinations
Under 11 5.5M 42 x 16
Under 13 5.5M 42 x 16
Under 15 6.0M 42 x 15
Under 17 6.5M 42 x 14
Under 19 7.930M 52 x 14
The roll out distance is the distance travelled by the cycle with one revolution of the pedal, irrespective of the sizes of the chainring, sprocket and wheels. The suggested combinations are usually very close for the roll out with normal 700 wheels.
For more information about the Balmoral Cycling Club's Junior Program contact - Jim Cockerill 3849 5116