FAQs

Q: Do you have a regular club ride?
A: Yes! Friday mornings – 6am sharp from the bridge near union court at the ANU. 40km, some climbing. 3 bunches – fast, medium, social. No one left behind from the social bunch which does a slightly shorter ride. Coffee/breakfast at the Little Pickle cafe afterwards. Show up, say g’day, and join us. There is a briefing before the ride to explain the route.
There is a social bunch ride on Wednesday with the same start and end point but a more gentle pace.
There is occasionally a long ride on Sundays, leaving the ANU and going to Lake George. Time varies but see the training ride section of the forum.
Q: Do you have regular club training?
A: Yes! Usually starting mid Jan and targeting local and regional races. Details are sent to all club members a few weeks ahead of the program starting.
Q: Do I need to join the club to race and train? 
A: Yes! Fees range from $73-$332 depending on how serious you are about racing. 3 ride trial licences are available at all races.
Q: Do I need to join a squad to race crits?
A: No. Just a CA registered club. Vikings, for preference.
Q: Are you all a bunch of shaven legged arrogant so and sos who will laugh at newbies and make them uncomfortable?
A: Absolutely not. Many of our regulars have come through our novice program over the last 7 years and we are very welcoming to beginners. Vikings is an inclusive club and we have members of all shapes, sizes, abilities, genders, and levels of leg-hirsuteness.
Q: I am a total beginner and am scared of riding on the road in a bunch, can you help?
A: We run a couple of novice programs each year (usually starting February and September) and advertise these 3-4 weeks before the start. More info to come shortly. In the meantime come along to Thursday Supercrits at Stromlo Park and say hello and get a feel for the racing!
Q: Can I come and race on a Thursday night? What grade am I?
A: Yes, if you are a CA member or take out a 3 ride licence on the night. Let the registration desk know that you’re new and they will help you work out your grade.
Q: I do lots of riding and I’m not sure I’m fast enough to join in with a bunch or a race. If I can average xxkm/h will I be able to keep up?
A: No idea. Come along on a Friday and have a go. Bunches go a lot quicker than individuals due to the drafting effect, so it’s hard to compare. If you’re even a bit interested, come and give it a shot. Worst case you end up with the social bunch and get back to the cafe.
Q: I love your kit, can I buy some?
A: If you join the club!
Q: Do you have a women’s program? 
A: No. But we have lots and lots of women who ride with all our bunches, who are happy to help new members. We can put you in touch with experienced female riders who can help you get started or with any questions you might have.