The demand and scale of the Akuna West Head Road Race continues to grow. Riders from all over Sydney come to challenge themselves on this testing course which favours the brave, the tactical and the strong. This month we will have two women’s grades covering the course which will result in high demand for any available spots not just on the podium – but just getting an entry into the battle.
The race is being held on the third Sunday of the month June 21, to allow us to hold a round of the successful Sydney Women’s Road Series. Due to restrictions on grade sizes and group numbers there will be some changes to our grades. For the month of June there will be no D Grade and only a single C Grade which will have a non neutral start. We will have two separate women’s grades, with the Women’s A/B Grade racing the Akuna climb and the Women’s C/D having a neutral climb up Akuna.
We expect extremely high demand for all grades and would encourage riders to enter at their first available opportunity. For MWCC members and entrants in the Sydney Womens Series, riders can enter online from Sunday 5pm, all other riders can enter from Tuesday 12:01am for any remaining spots. I would expect a sell out by midday Tuesday.
Entries open to MWCC members and Womens Series Entrants on Sunday 14th June at 5pm at www.trybooking.com/EQVY with all other riders able to enter from 12:01am on Tuesday 16th. Day licences can also be purchased via our online system.
The entry fee is $20. The $5 increase goes directly to National Parks with their increased user fee. MWCC return 50% of the remaining $15 in prize money to riders.
We encourage all riders to read our article on racing safely – https://manlywarringahcc.org.au/article/racing-for-the-win-safely/#more-1945
Our races have a history of being incident free and we want to maintain that record.
Unless you are racing in A Elite, the only kit that can be worn is your registered club kit. If you do not have club kit from your club, then riders are to wear a plain white or black jersey to the race, perhaps you could ask a club member if they have a spare jersey? Riders who wish to race in private team jerseys can only race in A Elite. If you do not wish to abide by this rule, then please do not enter because you will not be granted a race number and your entry will not be refunded.
This rule does not apply to Women’s Teams or Women’s Development Teams or Qualifying Junior Riders.
A Elite is a 3 lap race that will start at 7:20am. This grade is suitable for those riders who are strong A Grade riders in other races across Sydney, riders who are riding in either NRS teams, development teams or private race teams. Riders should be experienced and are looking for a very competitive and high class field. This is the only grade that riders are allowed to wear non club jerseys.
A Pretenders. This will be a 3 lap race. This grade is for those who are stepping up from B Grade or want to be able to call themselves an A Grader at the coffee shop without actually having the true ability of the true A Grade racers. Riders are required to race in club jerseys.
B Grade is a two lap event. We have two B Grades – they are identical, they just have the names Shimano and SRAM in order to identify the different groups. We have these groups due to demand and size restrictions. There is no difference between these grades, both of them will race from the bottom of Akuna Bay. Riders are required to race in club jerseys.
C Grade is a two lap event.Riders are required to race in club jerseys. The race will commence from the roll out at Akuna Bay.
Women’s A/B – this will be a two lap race and the racing will commence from the roll out from Akuna Bay.
Women’s C/D – this will be a single lap and the riders will ride a neutral climb up Akuna Bay and racing will only commence once the riders have turned onto West Head Road.
ALL GRADES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF WOMEN’S C/D GRADE WILL BE RACING FROM THE AKUNA BAY START LINE
All riders must show a current 2015 Gold Racing Licence or purchase a One Day Racing Licence and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.
Our Subaru Road Race will be signing on from 7am for all grades down at the Akuna Bay Marina. If you pre enter please ensure you arrive at a minimum 10 minutes before your race start. There is plenty of parking available in the Akuna Bay car park and toilets are available.
Please ensure that you use the toilets inside the marina complex. Behind a tree is not a toilet.
If you haven’t raced before but are considering it – our guide to entering may be of some assistance. https://manlywarringahcc.org.au/news/racing-how-to-enter-and-what-to-expect-a-beginners-guide/
Our prestigious road 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.
The finish line and presentation area is located at the Elvina Walking Track Car park on West Head Road.
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.
$20 Entry – with a Gold 2015 licence. Day licences additional $30.
Race Date: 21 June 2015
Sign on from 7am and Race Start 7:20am for A Grade Elite – D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay
Grades A-C Mens, Womens A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.
All riders to be racing in their club jersey unless in A Elite or in the Women’s Series.
PRE ENTRY DETAILS
MWCC members and ladies in the Women’s Road Series can enter from 5pm Sunday 14 June, all other riders from Tuesday.
By pre registering, you are ensuring your entry and then on the day you will just turn up a minimum 10 minutes before race start, sign the sheet and grab a number. If a grade is advertised as sold out, that is exactly what it means – no spots will be available on the day.
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.
If you use gel or energy wrappers, please put your empty wrappers in your pockets and take them home with you. The National Park is not a rubbish dump.