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The Eureka Veterans Cycling Club was formed at the beginning of 2009 by a small group of cyclists who believed there was a need for the type of racing that only a veterans club can offer.

The new club was a reincarnation of the former Ballarat Veterans Cycling Club which had merged with the Ballarat & Sebastopol Cycling Club during the 90s.

In 2017 the club changed its name to Eureka Cycling Club.

The club is affiliated with the Australian Veterans Cycling Council and is a member of the state veteran cycling body – Veteran Cycling Victoria (name change from VVCC in 2018).  The veterans competition is governed by the rules of the ICF (International Cycling Federation) which is based in Belgium.  The UCI has no jurisdiction over the ICF.

EUREKA Cycling members hail from Ballarat and surrounding townships including Ararat, Bacchus Marsh, Beremboke, Blackwood, Buninyong, Creswick, Daylesford, Miners Rest and Snake Valley.

EUREKA Cycling has permanent club rooms which are located on the outskirts of the township of Learmonth, twenty kilometres north-east of Ballarat.
The club rooms are on the edge of Lake Learmonth and are shared with the local yacht club.  The change rooms, toilets, showers and cooking facilities help create a home base which is enjoyed by all on race days.

Club races are conducted in various shires including – Ballarat, Pyrenees and Moorabool.

The EUREKA Cycling racing season runs from January to December each calendar year.

Club races are held on most Sunday mornings with entries accepted on the day before 9am.

Race start time is usually 9.30am.

The club does not usually stage races which may clash with other veterans cycling club open events.

Race circuits vary in distance and profile.  Road Racing events are conducted near Learmonth throughout the season.  Criterium races are held on a 1.3 km circuit in Victoria Park (Ballarat) during the early and late season.
Race formats include:
Handicap
Graded events – scratch; points; kermesse
Criterium (graded)
Time Trial – team; individual

Eureka riders accrue points towards the Club Aggregate in every club event they contest (or perform official duties at), aggregate points are also accrued by competing in VCV Open events.

Feature events staged by EUREKA Cycling include:

Ron Rivette Classic at Learmonth (formerly Eureka Open)
– Men’s Open handicap race sponsored by Shane Cook Homes 

La Course aux velo FEMMES at Learmonth (formerly Eureka Women’s Open
– Women’s Open handicap race sponsored by Shane Cook Homes 

Ray Hodgson Classic at Myrniong
– Open handicap race sponsored by Shane Cook Homes 

South Pacific Cycling Championships – WOMEN’S Individual Time Trial at Learmonth

South Pacific Cycling Championships – MEN’S Individual Time Trial at Learmonth

South Pacific Cycling Championships – Criteriums at Victoria Park, Ballarat

South Pacific Cycling Championships – Road Race WOMEN’S at Learmonth

South Pacific Cycling Championships – Road Race MEN’S at Learmonth

Ken Heres EUREKA Road Race Championships at Learmonth

EUREKA Cycling – Club Criterium Championships at Victoria Park, Ballarat

EUREKA Cycling – Club Time Trial Championship at Learmonth

GP Doug Garley at Learmonth
– includes dirt sections

La Mirabella Trofeo at Learmonth
– trophies courtesy the Mirabella family

The Livitsanis at Learmonth – Masters combine race with Northern Cycling

Rising Sun Trophy at Learmonth
– proceeds donated to local community

Commodores Cup at Learmonth (Individual Time Trial – secret handicap)
– staged concurrently with the Club Time Trial Championship

W.A.R.S. (Winter Aggregate Race Series) at Learmonth

Pyrenees Derby at Ararat
– Masters combine race

Masters cycling in Australia:
Masters cycling is for riders aged 30 and over.
EUREKA Cycling is affiliated with AusCycling and governed by UCI rules.

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