THE Coastal Senior Cycling Club is gearing up for another season.

And whether you are a world champion or a weekend warrior, club publicity officer Greg Wilson said there is a race for you.

“The club is open to riders over 25, no matter if you are a new or experienced rider,” Wilson said.

“All you need is a bike and a helmet.”

The club’s 2012-2013 calendar gets underway today with a handicap race starting at Wynyard.

Races will continue to be held on a fortnightly basis, with distances varying between 25km and 44km.

The majority of races are handicaps, with some graded scratch races, time trials and point scores thrown in for good measure.

“You can treat it as serious as you like,” Wilson said.

“The great thing about handicaps is you are riding with riders your own ability, no matter how old or experienced you are.

“There are also age group championships, where you compete solely against riders your age group over three races, with an overall winner crowned.”

The club will again use circuits and out-and-back courses at Elliot, Yolla, Stowport, West Pine, Forth and West Ridgley, with a race also being held at Strahan for the first time.

The annual membership fee is , with entry fee per race. Prizes are on offer for all placegetters.

Today’s race starts behind the Wynyard airport, along Reservoir Dr.

Entries open at 1pm, with the race beginning at 1.30pm.

Training hard for the Coastal Senior Cycling Club’s new season are (from left) Jess Hardy, Dale and Sally Atkinson. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

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