Last month this race sold out! This undulating road racing course is the most popular road race in Sydney. This course will test the most experienced rider – the Mur at the far end, the nasty little Berg at the turn around before the finish line – which finishes on a four percent gradient. Discover your inner Philippe Gilbert.
After the overwhelming turn out last month, we have looked at ways of making this race better for everyone. This month we will have a more streamlined sign on area – with more tables, more numbers and more pins!
If you have raced before, your name will be alphabetically listed in your grade and you will simply pay and sign in. Your name may have the odd spelling mistake – that is due to our code breakers working around the clock trying to decipher sign on sheets that look like they have been written in some sort of DaVinci code. We hope that this speeds up the sign on process sign on. While we still have limits on the number of riders on the course, we will ensure that every grade is full before closing off entry.
All riders must show a current 2013 Gold Racing Licence unless purchasing a day licence (additional $30) and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.
All grades with the exception of D Grade will be doing two laps of West Head.
We will be running two womens only grades – A (2 laps) and B (1 lap)
For grades B and C when signing on – riders will be given the option of riding either Prestige or Hubbard. Riding Prestige means that you will be racing from the roll out at Akuna Bay. Riding Hubbard division ,will mean that you will be riding a neutralised/ steady pace up to the turn off to West Head and once entering the park, it will be race on. The Hubbard division will have the pace set by 2 Manly Warringah riders and the idea is that everyone in that group will at least make it to the turn off before having to survive until the end. Prize money will be reflected in the different style of race. Please note that the pace will still be relatively steady to ensure that sufficient time gaps remain between the groups.
Please ensure that you sign on to the correct sign on sheet.
As usual our road race will be signing on from 7am for all grades down at the Akuna Bay Marina. There is plenty of parking available in the car park and there should be a coffee cart and toilets available. Our race can send your heart rate rocketing from the roll out, so we do encourage riders to be warmed up and recommend that you consider parking around Terrey Hills and riding into the park, to ensure that you have had a good warm up prior to race start. Please be cautious on the descent down into the Park.
We would request that you do not park in the Elvina Walking Track car park – this not only assists our marshalls when they head up there to set up for the finish, but also assists with our relations with the National Parks. This also gives riders more room to hang around in post race.
Grades will commence racing from 7:30am down at the Akuna Bay Marina. Typically the race times are as follows – A Grade roll out at 7:30am, B Grade 7:35, C Grade 7:45 and D Grade 7:50. The finish line will be at its usual place at Elvina Walking Track Carpark, West Head.
$15 Entry – with a Gold 2013 licence
One day licences are available for an extra $30 if you don’t have a GOLD 2013 racing licence
Race Date: 12 May 2013
Sign on from 7am and Race Start 7:30am – D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay
Grades A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.
Please note that our races are raced on open roads. This means that riders must not cross over the centre line during the race. This can lead to disqualification. Please consider your behaviour and actions when both riding to and from the race and also during the race. Your actions impact on all users of the Park and also our ability to gain approval for our races. Our officials often have to answer questions based on non club riders behaviour that occur at anytime – so lets not make ourselves a target.
Average Speed for the Various Grades – excluding the initial climb
B2 35-36 Feb
C2 33 -34km/hr