Final preparations are in place for this weekends trip to Carlow. It's sure to be a great weekend whatever the weather. However wrap up warm as the weather is expected to remain cold with some wintry showers possible in places.
The 2013 racing season is almost upon us and LCRC riders plan on putting in a good performance again this season.
You can follow all the LCRC racing results here on www.Lucancrc.com/racing for Open Races, League results and Youth Racing.
A reminder to all LCRC club members that anyone that wishes to cycle with LCRC a valid Cycling Ireland licence is required as well as club membership.
It is a condition of Club Membership that all members sign up and take out a licence with Cycling Ireland.
First time New Members to the club who have not previously been members of Cycling Ireland will receive an Introductory License as part of their membership.
On the 2nd and subsequent years you have to renew your license on-line at https://members.cyclingireland.ie/login.aspx?
2013 Membership and licenses are now due for renewal and 2012 licences are no longer valid so please renew A.S.A.P
Riders who have not paid up membership and/or who have not renewed their licence will not be eligible to participate in club activities after 31st Jan.
See below descriptions of the various types of licence.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL LICENCE TYPES ARE VALID FROM 1ST JAN - 31ST DEC IRRESPECTIVE OF WHEN LICENCE IS PAID FOR***
If you have never been a member of Cycling Ireland, and are not interested in racing you can select an "Introductory" licence for €15. This covers you while you are out training, on club spins, and while participating in leisure tours.
Non Competition Licence
This is a leisure licence, and it covers you while you are out training, on club spins, and while participating in leisure tours. This is available to existing Cycling Ireland members, so if you got an introductory licence last year, when you renew you get this licence for the same options. The fee is €25 if you are based in Connacht, Leinster or Munster, and is €35 if you are based in Ulster.
Club Competition Licence
This licence is €60 if you are in a club, and €90 if you are not in a club. If you are from Ulster, there is a further €10 charge. This licence allows you to race in club leagues in road racing, but not in Open Races.
You have the option of getting a restricted licence if you want to race unlimited domestically in one discipline. This licence is €90 if you are in a club and €120 if you are not in a club. There is a further €10 charge if you are from Ulster. Once you select a restricted licence you must select a category. The choices are "Time Trial", "Track", "BMX", "Bicycle Polo", and "Off Road".
If you select "Off Road" you must select the type of licence you need depending on your standard. If you are unsure as to which type you need you are best off asking a member of the club for advice. The types are: elite; expert (intermediate level); masters (age 30-39); senior/sport (usually novice/beginner level); veteran (age over 40).
Full Competition Licence
This licence costs €125 if you are in a club, and €155 if you are not in a club. There is a further €10 charge if you are from Ulster. This licence qualifies you for racing in any discipline (include offroad, bmx, TT etc) in Ireland. If you want to race overseas you can get overseas authorisation for an extra €20, and submit/upload a photo ID electronically. If you want to race on the road in open races, this is the type of licence you want. The categories you can select from are based on your ability, the highest being A+, which is reserved for those road riders who are on pro-teams (with the exception of female pro riders). A1 is the next highest category, then A2, the majority of the members are either A3 or A4 riders, with the A4 category being reserved for new members, and weaker/less experienced riders. The distances vary depending on the category.
At the 2011 AGM it was decided that the Junior Category would be a stand alone category. Where there is an A3 race is part of a promotion the Juniors would race with the A3s. The Junior Licence is €50 for club Juniors, and €80 for unattached Junior riders. If a junior rider opts for a leisure licence the same fees as seniors apply. All juniors joining Cycling Ireland for the first time must fill out a parental consent form and return it to Cycling Ireland/their club secretary before joining.
U12 and U14 All riders who are 14 or under (specific dates of birth listed on the fees HERE every year) are entitled to a full competition licence for €5. When selecting the licence the rider needs to select full competition licence, their age category will automatically come up.
U16 Any rider who turns 15 or 16 during the year (specific dates of birth listed on the fees form every year) are entitled to a full competition licence for €35. When selecting the licence the rider needs to select a full competition licence, their age category will automatically come up. If they opt for a leisure licence the same fees as seniors apply.
All youths joining Cycling Ireland for the first time must fill out a parental consent form and return it to Cycling Ireland or their club secretary before joining.
If joining online, all riders must have their own individual email address, ie riders can't share email addresses. In the case of riders not having an email address the rider must apply through the club secretary. If the rider is unattached, they must submit manually, note this is a longer procedure.
In previous years there were separate categories for Juniors, Women and Vets, but due to the varying speeds and abilities of riders within these categories, this old system has been replaced with the new grading system. Now riders are racing against riders of similar speeds. At the National Championships there is still a separate race for Juniors, Women and Vets. The Women's Commission also run a programme of races for women only, for those of you not ready yet to race in big bunches.
Cycling Ireland have started posting out race licences for 2013.
Those of you that have already applied for have paid for the 2013 licence should soon be receiving your licences in the post. If you have yet to apply, do so now.
If you have any questions please contact the club secretary John Priest.
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