VCC Novice Program

The Novice Program is aimed at bringing new riders into the world of road cycling and racing.

The program has been running since 2006 and has proved its ability to prepare riders for a safe introduction to bunch riding, and a successful first season of criterium racing. We will teach you about safety, bunch riding skills, and race tactics while also helping to motivate you to improve your fitness.

There is a focus on progression at a pace that challenges the individual. We cater to many different abilities and the program has successful club riders as well as those who’ve gone on to international fame. But most importantly the program is about meeting fellow cyclophiles and having a lot of fun.

The Novice Program is perfect for you if:

  • you own a road bike with drop handlebars
  • you ride your bike regularly and are keen to improve skills, fitness and confidence
  • want to learn how to ride safely in a bunch
  • you would like to give a racing a go when you are ready
  • Clip in pedals are highly recommended, though not mandatory

2019 Spring Novice Program

The 2019 Vikings Cycling Club Spring Novice Program will commence the week starting Monday 7 October and run for 8 weeks. This will involve one coached session per week on either a Tuesday or Thursday morning (participants pick a group Tuesday or Thursday) at the Stomlo Forest Park criterium circuit. Sessions will start at 6am and run until about 7:15am. There will also be opportunities to come together and ride some of the clubs regular bunch rides, including the famous Friday morning ‘Norman’.

Numbers for the Spring program will be limited to approximately 30 and the cost will be $150 for participants, which includes a free Vikings Cycling Club jersey valued at over $90!

To register, you must sign up to Cycling Australia (Vikings) membership through any of the ride or race memberships and choose Vikings Cycling Club ACT as your affiliated club. If you want to race, you must select the ‘race’ membership. You can do that here:

Then you can head to the registration page to sign up for the Novice Program here:

If you have further questions or would like to be put on a list of interested parties for the Spring or Autumn Novice Programs, please send an email to Sam Cuninghame at:

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