VCC Novice Program

The VCC Novice Program is aimed at bringing new riders into the world of road cycling and racing in a safe and supportive environment.

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.

Read about the friendships you can make and the challenges you can conquer from some of our 2020 graduates.

Group of cyclists riding as a bunch

Why join the program

The Novice Program is perfect for you if:

  • you own a road bike with drop handlebars
  • use clip-in pedals, though not mandatory
  • 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 racing a go when you are ready.

Expressions of interest to participate in the next program (spring 2022) can be sent to

You will then receive advance notice of when the program will begin and when registration opens.

What to expect

Before the program starts, we will hold an information night to help you learn more about the program and meet a few of your fellow novices and existing club members. You will find out what you need, what it’s like and any other questions you have will be answered to the best of our ability.

The program will run for 8 weeks from Stromlo Forest Park and usually will have two groups running on different days:

  1. Gran Fondo/Sportif group
  2. Race group

Participants will attend one class per week for 8 weeks, and around half-way through, begin riding the legendary Friday morning ‘Norman’ club bunch ride as well. Vikings Supercrits (Criterium racing) will also be running on Thursday nights for those keen to get into racing. They are super fun, and there’s a novice category race for first timers.

Part of the program includes a bike maintenance night at a local bike store. You will learn the basics of bike maintenance, including fixing a flat tyre. The mechanic can also answer any questions you may have.

Joining the program

Once entries open for the next program, you will need to:

  1. Join the club by getting an AusCycling membership (see below)
  2. Sign up and register for the Novice Program through EntryBoss.

There are different AusCycling memberships depending on what type of riding you will do. You will at least need a ‘Lifestyle’ membership to participate in the program and join Vikings bunch rides.

However, we recommend you get a ‘Race All Discipline’ membership so you can get the most out of the program and participate in the criterium races.

Whichever level membership you get, remember to select Vikings Cycling Club as your affiliated club.

Come ride with us.