One little taste of speed and all I want to do is race! I'm having real trouble finding information on how to get into that though, so I turn to you, my trusty Sydcyc's.
As a starting point...
*how and where can you learn to ride in a bunch, etc?
*what are clubs and memberships all about?
*what's this about Cycling Australia and licensing?
*how will I deal with the fame and glory once I'm discovered?
*any recommendations for other things I need to know but forgot to ask?
There are actually a few events for Masters riders, which usually get a reasonable turnout.
The Australian Road Masters are actually on in Canberra next weekend (http://www.australiancyclingmasters.com/), and the weekend after that is the World Masters Games here in Sydney (http://www.2009worldmasters.com/), so you could have had a couple of pretty good "old lady" races. I think the World Masters will be a pretty good opportunity to go along to Eastern Creek and check out the road racing - see what sort of competition is out there.
Wow. This really does come as a surprise. I had no idea that the title of this thread would determine it's trajectory.
Stuart. You have insulted me personally, after I commented on my feelings when using your website. That wasn't criticism. "The DHBC website is ugly" would be an example of me criticising it. I even went so far as to say that despite my difficulties in using it, I would still attempt to get in touch with a person from the club. This disproves your assumption that I chose only your website to "judge a clubs suitability" for my "needs, wants, nee demands"(sic). You may choose to view my requirements as my "demands", and given that we are discussing a fee-paying transaction here, I don't really have a problem with you thinking that.
My issues with your website are really none of your business, but since you've asked for my constructive criticism, I will say that I found it to be unintuitive. Weiyun has shed some light on the situation, as I'm using Safari as my browser. In any other situation, I would be more than happy to provide you with some more quantifiable feedback, but after your sarcastic and judgemental denigration regarding an appropriate cycling club for me, I really don't feel inclined. You are entitled to your opinion, so all I can do is entertain the fact that you think I belong in a running and triathlon club where I can be made "even cooler".
It would be nice for you to acknowledge the fact that I didn't criticise your website; I commented only on my own experience. For all the fishing I have ever done, this is the most aggressive response I've received, and it wasn't even fished for. I am pretty disappointed with that. Are you also the PR officer for DHBC? You can put it in your 'lessons learnt' file, that abusing someone when they are deciding between you and another club, results in them choosing the other club.
[Thanks Boxhead, nice to know I wasn't the only one who thought that was an interesting response. I thought I read an accusation somewhere here that you were looking for brownie points by sticking up for me, but now that I look again, I can't see it. Perhaps Joanne was right, someone is deleting posts.]
Sydney Cycle club has a document on bunch etiquette you can download from their website (http://www.sydneycyclingclub.org.au) and the first Sat of every month, their ride in Centennial includes a little tutorial on bunch etiquette - Bec and I did it about 3 months ago, it was really useful. Bunch etiquette doc attached (if the PC Gods are smiling on me that is...)