Riders should get ready to test themselves on Cycling’s biggest stage – the MWCC handicap race – The Wall. On December 5 riders will climb, race and test themselves as they aim to stay ahead of the chasing packs over 103.2km and 2,000 metres of climbing. No sitting in, no complaining, just a race to ‘The Wall’.
Designed to test riders, this course will see only the strongest survive to the finish line which will be at the peak of the West Head Wall. With each of the groups having to out pedal and out wit the faster groups behind them who will be honing in on them the whole time.
The race will start down at Akuna Bay Marina within the National Park and riders will roll out and almost immediately be faced with the first climb of the day, does the group conserve energy here or just go hard from the start? These are decisions the riders will face and I am sure that there will be riders in the wilderness before the turn off to West Head. Here the riders will complete 4 and a half laps under controlled traffic conditions, which will mean car free racing.
The finish line will be at the infamous Wall ensuring a final all out sprint up the berg which peaks out at a gradient of 13%, with the final ascent being the fifth time that riders will have climbed the berg. Like all good handicaps this race is based on first over the line and fastest time.
Due to this being our test event, numbers will be restricted to ensure that we can successfully manage safe racing on the course which is a feature of our monthly races. So riders are strongly encouraged to be sitting by their computer when entries go on sale Sunday 24th of October at 7pm via http://www.trybooking.com/JFRY
Riders will be electronically timed at this event, they will also have lead vehicles at the front of each group to give you that ultimate pro feel. We know that riders may not have done many handicap events, so with this one being in Sydney this may give you the opportunity to see what all the hype is about before heading off to some of the country races next year such as Gunnedah to Tamworth or Mudgee.
Riders can see the course on strava at http://www.strava.com/routes/3353725
The total entry fee is $55 for Gold Licence riders ONLY. There will be no day licences available for this event.
This is made up of an entry fee of $30, $20 National Parks Access Fee and a $5 donation to TAD Disability Services.
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. Remember that you are in control of your front wheel. Keep your brain switched on.
Riders will be asked for their racing history on their entry form, so for all non MWCC riders please be aware of your state grading which will be available from your local club handicapper. We will also ask for some racing history on the entry forms to ensure that the fairest grading possible can occur. Riders will be graded once all entries have been received. Gradings will be posted up in the week prior to the race.
Please ensure that you use the toilets inside the marina complex. Behind a tree is not a toilet.
The start line will be at the Akuna Bay Marina and there is ample parking available there. Otherwise riders can park up at Terrey Hills and ride into the Park if they want a solid warm up, please be cautious descending into the Park. The finish line will be at the Wall on West Head Road, however the presentations will be held back at the Akuna Bay Marina.
Riders are expected to be in club kit or Cycling NSW registered kit. If you do not have either, then plain black or white jerseys as per Cycling NSW regulations is required. If you are riding in non club kit, you can check if your kit is registered and that you are registered to ride in that kit by checking this page on Cycling NSW – http://www.nsw.cycling.org.au/Road/CNSW-Approved-Sponsorship-Apparel
Enter via: http://www.trybooking.com/JFRY
$55 Entry – with a Gold 2015 licence.
Entries open 7pm Sunday 25th October.
Race Date: 5 December 2015
The first group will depart at 6:30am from D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay – Further time slots will be publicised closer to the event.
PRE ENTRY DETAILS
We are expecting this race to sell out quickly and due to the handicap nature of the event, there will be no entries 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.
TAD NSW Disability Services
All riders who enter will be making a $5 donation to TAD NSW Disability Services. This organisation aims to give disabled children the opportunity to enjoy the fun and freedom that comes with riding a bike via their Freedom Wheels program. Many children may not be able to walk but with a modified bike they can ride. These donations will be helping assist more to get more children on bikes. Read more about their program at http://tadnsw.org.au/what-we-do/freedom-wheels