The size and battle that will take place on October 9 at the MWCC The Wall handicap would make Donald Trump proud. This is a race that we expect many won’t finish, it will break riders and only the strongest riders will prevail. Will you take on the challenge of The Wall and with the help of BMC make cycling great again?
Last year, we introduced the toughest handicap on the NSW cycling calendar, instantly becoming one of cyclings monuments. This year we are doing it again, we have ramped up the prizes thanks to BMC, Cycle Spot and Pilu, tightened the handicapping and promise that we will take it up another notch, which is what you all expect from any Manly Warringah CC event.
This isn’t your usual Sunday roll around, with some nice flat roads that allow riders to sit in and hide. This is the type of race that Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Van Avermaet onboard his BMC would target to win. We have you going up and down at regular intervals and if you want to survive from the closing in bunches, you are going to have to all work together from the beginning. No sandbagging, no sitting in, no whinging. You have 110 kilometres to ride, on your limit, with just under 2000 metres of climbing. This is The Wall.
With a race of this pedigree we are very proud to announce that we have BMC on board as a major sponsor and they will be joined by Cycle Spot in Mona Vale. We looked at the Rio Olympic course, we looked at the palmeres of Porte and GVA, we know Cadel won the Tour on a BMC – so we thought it was the perfect fit for our event, our club and with the proven performances at World Tour level.
To help you get on board a BMC, we will be awarding two $1000 BMC Vouchers to be used at Cyclespot for the purchase of any BMC Bike. Thanks to Cycle Spot they will also be supplying 3 x BMC Replica Kits – RRP value of $450 which will be going home with some lucky riders. Add in caps, socks, water bottles along with the cash prizes for the podium riders, then the prize purse is looking full. Just waiting for you to collect them.
Of course we want some of you to survive, so our course doesn’t have the usual country handicap standard of road surface, which has you bouncing all over the place as you dodge and go through numerous pot holes. We have a smooth road surface, which won’t have your teeth fillings coming loose. Being located on Sydney’s northern beaches means that you won’t be faced with hours of travel time to and from the event and post race you can roll down and relax by the beach.
Want to know what you are facing on racing day? Check out the daunting Strava Profile https://www.strava.com/routes/5980180 Now remember that this isn’t a gran fondo or a sportif, this is a RACE. You are riding to survive and then to WIN.
Entries will close off a week before the event to allow the handicaps to be set, however we expect that it will sell out prior to this date. If you need a bike tune, service, upgrade or some local intel on the course, then Cycle Spot at Mona Vale – 10/19 Bungan Street, Mona Vale
You can enter via https://www.trybooking.com/JFRY to book your spot on the start line. Riders will purchase an entry and then once all riders have entered, MWCC will complete the handicaps and confirm individual rider start times. With the knowledge of last years events, we are expecting some close and exciting racing.
Post race one rider will be enjoying a two people, five course degustation with matching wines at Pilu Restaurant, this two hatted restaurant has been setting the standard for fine dining on the Northern Beaches for over 10 years. With a stunning view over Freshwater, this is the perfect place to enjoy a weekend lunch or that special dinner. Many cyclists may have also enjoyed a coffee and pastry at the attached kiosk, while enjoying the view of the surf at Freshwater post ride. If you haven’t stopped in for a pastry, add it to your next beaches ride.
All riders who compete in the event will also be eligible to a $45 discount at the restaurant on presentation of their race bib. So make sure you take advantage of this offer post race and enjoy the best Sardinian food that chef and cyclist Giovanni Pilu has to offer. Check out the menu and location at his website and start planning.
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.
While riders will be asked for their current state handicap and their preferred starting group. Your grading and start group will be completely at the discretion of the MWCC handicapping team for this event.
Race Start / Sign On
The race start and sign on is at the northern end of West Head Road, this is the Resolute Picnic Ground. This is also the bus turn around and public toilets location. This is the usual turn around point at our races. To be clear, this is not the Elvina Walking Track – the sign on is at the Resolute Picnic Bay Parking Area. Sign on is from 6am.
Riders can either park at the very end of West Head at the look out carpark, there is some parking at the sign on area and also parking at the Basin Trail carpark. The sides of the road are fine for parking but please don’t park on The Wall or right at the turning points at Resolute Bay.
Be aware that riders will not be able to move their cars until the race has finished. So expect a big crowd at the finish line.
Race Sign On
Race sign will be in the Resolute Parking Bay from 6am. Riders must sign on 15 minutes prior to their race start. This will also give you enough time to make a nervous visit to the toilet and pin on your number.
Please note that the race is running to a strict timetable and so riders are expected to be ready to race at their allotted time, otherwise they will be moved into the hard chasing group. The first group will roll out at 6:30am and all the chasing groups will leave at intervals after this.
The race start will be at the sign on area, Resolute Parking Bay. Riders will then ride south and the turn around point will be at the top of the last hill before the junction with San Martin Drive, so we have been kind to take out that nasty little berg and turn around. The reason for that is, that is where our car convoys will be waiting. So if you ride over the hill into the junction, you may find yourself in a traffic jam. The turn will then have riders heading back out to the start line. Riders will turn right and go through the parking bay at Resolute Bay, so NOT to the end of West Head Road. So for those who have done our course before, the usual turning point. That will be one lap. Riders will be completing 5 LAPS. We expect that the riders on limit will be close to one full lap ahead of the scratch group when they roll out. Race distance is circa 110km.
The race finish is at THE WALL on the riders fifth lap. This is the first and longest of the climbs at the Northern end. This is not the small climb before the start line. It will be clearly marked. There will be big crowds and lots of noise. This will be the only part of the race when riders will be able to use the whole of the road. The last 300 metres of the race, riders will have the whole road to work with. On lap three of the race, the first rider across the Wall finishing point will also receive the mid race KOM prize. This prize will only apply to the leading group at this point of the race.
$50 Total Cost – with a Gold 2016/2017 licence. This is broken up as a $30 entry, $15 National Parks fee and a $5 donation to TAD Disability Services
We will not be offering one day licences, but you can purchase a 3 Race licence from Cycling Australia, for this event. They can be purchased at – https://eventdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&EventDesqID=14967&OrgID=4912
Race Date: 9 October 2016
Race start time is 6:30am for the first group. Sign on from 6am. Exact rider start times will be published closer to the event.
All clubs and riders welcome.
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PRE ENTRY DETAILS
www.trybooking.com/JFRYfor October 9
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.