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  1. I do not have a British Cycling racing licence. Can I obtain a temporary licence on the day of the race at the venue?
  2. I want to race abroad, does my British Cycling licence allow me to do so?
  3. I am going to start racing this coming season in the Surrey league and around the south East area as I live in SE London and would like to have a club to race with/for. I was wondering before joining how many other members will be regually riding this league as it would be preferable to race with other members and gain advice and knowledge from them. Many thanks, Rich
  4. What kind of racing licences are there?
  5. I am returning to cycling after 20 years off of the bike. Ive covered about 600 miles and slowly the weight is coming down and the speed and stamina is going up. I'm 48 and would like to race next season.(2011) I have raced before as a 2nd cat in the UK and a B&C classe on the continent. I am 48 now, what racing oportunties are there open to me now and how does the new category system work. (used to be 3rd, 2nd, and 1st cat.



  1. I do not have a British Cycling racing licence. Can I obtain a temporary licence on the day of the race at the venue?
    Yes. A Day licence can be obtained from the race organiser at the following charges: B.C Member (Non-B.C. Member) Senior 10.00 (12) Juniors 6.00 (7.00) Youths/Under 12 1.00 (1.50) Please note! Day licences cannot be refunded or credited to the cost of a full licence No ranking points can be obtained and you cannot enter any of the following events or races on a Day Licence: Premier calendar, National or Divisional Championships, National Cyclo-Cross events, The Under 22, Junior or Veterans Road Race Series or the Track Points Race League. (Check with race organisers for further clarification)
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  2. I want to race abroad, does my British Cycling licence allow me to do so?
    Yes. The licence is UCI recognised and so enables you to race in any UCI sanctioned events you are eligible for. Contact Paul West on 0161 2742021 in the competition department for a ?letter of eligibility?, confirming your British Cycling affiliation status. competition@britishcycling.org.uk
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  3. I am going to start racing this coming season in the Surrey league and around the south East area as I live in SE London and would like to have a club to race with/for. I was wondering before joining how many other members will be regually riding this league as it would be preferable to race with other members and gain advice and knowledge from them. Many thanks, Rich
    Hi Rich - thanks for your enquiry, In 2005 we finished in 6th place out of 105 teams in the Surrey League team rankings and the following riders gained points:

    KIETH JARRETT
    SAM REDDING
    SAM PATRICK
    NICK BONNER
    MARK GOODALL
    DAVE SINCALIR
    MARTIN BARKER
    MARTIN SELLARS
    DAVE SHAW
    FRANCIS WILLIAMSON
    PETER NICHOLS
    MATT DOE
    JOANNE LONG
    RICHARD BROADRIBB
    TOMMY GARLAND
    ANDREW MACFARLANE


    Quite of the above had not raced before 2004 and were either newcommers or coming back to the sport, so there will be plenty of riders to race with. We always try to race as a team to make the racing more fun! Hope to hear from you soon, Regards Guy
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  4. What kind of racing licences are there?
    There are two kinds of licence, provisional and a full racing licence. All members aged 18 and over will receive a provisional licence as part of their membership. Full licences cost £30 for members Over 18, with Junior licences priced ay £12.00 and all expire at the end of the calendar year. Licences after 1st of July are reduced to half price. Seniors to £15.00 and Juniors to £6.00. Licence application

    All members under 16 who sign the parental consent and take out Silver or Gold membership will receive a full racing licence valid until the end of the year free of charge.

    What competition can I enter with a provisional racing licence?

    * Mountain Bike events up to National level in some categories. * Cyclo-Cross local and regional events * All cycle speedway events * BMX local events

    I want to enter events on the open road; can I do so with a provisional racing licence? No. You will need to take out either a day licence on the day of the event or take out a full racing licence. (A FULL Racing Licence can only be obtained from the British Cycling membership dept and requires either a Silver or Gold membership.)

    What does a full racing licence give me access to? To all British Cycling open road and track events, as well as National BMX, Cyclo-Cross events and the British Cycling National Mountain Bike series. (Note: You can enter all Mountain bike events without a licence, but you can only obtain Series standing and national ranking points if you have a full licence)

    A full licence also entitles you to

    * Ability categories * Points for upgrading * National ranking * National series standing points * UCI licence number to take part in International events
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  5. I am returning to cycling after 20 years off of the bike. Ive covered about 600 miles and slowly the weight is coming down and the speed and stamina is going up. I'm 48 and would like to race next season.(2011) I have raced before as a 2nd cat in the UK and a B&C classe on the continent. I am 48 now, what racing oportunties are there open to me now and how does the new category system work. (used to be 3rd, 2nd, and 1st cat.
    Hi Alan, great to hear that you are back on the bike. There's good news and bad news for you: The bad news is that you are going to remember how you used to be able to ride and will get frustrated at times with your progress - but the good news is that you should progress pretty quickly, compared to someone who is starting out for the first time. All those miles you did in your youth perfecting your technique, mean that your body has to reconnect the old neuro pathways, instead of having to forge them for the first time. I would allow 12 months for a full come back to racing. Setting out a training plan (preferrably with a coach,) will be the key. That way you can monitor progress and predict when you are going to reach plateaus etc. Although you will gain almost all of your old strength and most of your speed, it's really important to remember that your recovery wont be quite as good. My advice would be a 3 week training cycle: Week 1 - target your weaknesses - week 2 endurance - week 3 adaptation recovery. as far as racing goes - there is a thriving veterans racing scene in the U.K. British Cycling age related championships are in 5 year age bands and the http://lvrc.org/ have a full program of races nationwide. Good luck and let us know how you get on! :)
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