The biggest race of the calendar – Akuna – West Head will now be up against Le Tour De France this month. So if you want to dance on the pedals, suffer like you have never suffered before or consider yourself one of the Heads of State – then make sure you get your entry in for our road race on the 13 July. To celebrate the biggest Tour of the year, we will also have two women only grades this month.

In order to turn a pedal in anger enter our race via www.trybooking.com/EQVY and guarantee your place on the start line when entries open 6 July at 9am. Just like the pro conti teams getting a call up to Le Tour with a wildcard entry we will be allowing one day licences to be purchased, these can be purchased online and on the day, if space permits. With the Cycling Australia half yearly memberships kicking in from 1 July, this is a great opportunity to see what all of the hype is about.

With over $1,000 in prize money you will need a large suitcase of courage to get you onto the podium.

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Our course is a testing road course, with a steady climb at the start from Akuna Bay, before completing the rolling 24km loop of West Head per lap. To ensure that riders have enough energy during the race, to turn the screws and get up the nasty little bergs out on the course, thanks to Science In Sport, we can also offer 15% off their products when purchased through their website – www.scienceinsport.com.au and then add the code ‘MWCC’ in the coupon section of the shopping cart. This should allow you to stock up on energy gels and drinks prior to race day and bring a box of 30 gels to just over $50!

For the men we will have our usual A-D grade offerings in order for you to put the cat amongst the pigeons. For the ladies we will be offering two separate grades. Women’s A/B will be a two lap race for riders who have some racing experience, the Women’s C/D race will be for those who are new to racing or have limited group riding experience. Both women’s grades will be a neutral climb up Akuna Bay and then a single loop of West Head. Please come along and be part of the adventure.

Riders should note that they must complete the full course in order to be eligible for the podium. If you are dropped from your group for any reason, please do not join back into your group or another group. You may tap out the rhythm on the back of a group and get a lift back to the finish line. This is a road race and not a criterium.

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GRADING

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.

A Grade Club Level. This will be a 3 lap race. This grade is for those who would like to make the step up to A Grade Elite but do not yet have the ability or have tried to race our A Grade previously but found the pace too much. This would be for your lower level A Grade rider.

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.

C Grade is a two lap event. We have two C 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.

D Grade is a single lap event. This grade has a neutral climb up Akuna. This is a great entry level to racing, it is popular with some of our more senior riders and those who are new to racing. We also have a number of our female riders entering this grade. This grade is as much about racing as it is learning the craft of racing.

Women’s A/B is a two lap event. This grade is designed for those who have some race experience, whether it be at our event, other races on the road or track. This will have a neutral climb up Akuna before two laps of West Head.

Women’s C/D is a one lap event. This grade is designed for those that are new to racing or have limited confidence riding in a peloton. This grade will have a neutral climb up to West Head. This means the group stays together riding up the first climb and the race will begin once the riders turn onto West Head road. This grade is open to all ages.

ALL GRADES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF D GRADE AND WOMENS WILL BE RACING FROM THE AKUNA BAY START LINE

All riders must show a current 2014 Gold Racing Licence unless a one day licence is purchased and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.

As usual our road race will be signing on from 7am for all grades down at the Akuna Bay Marina – pre entry is available until Friday 11 July 5pm, unless sold out prior. 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 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 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.

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Essential Details:

$15 Entry – with a Gold 2014 licence or an additional $30 for a day licence

Race Date: 13 July 2014

Sign on from 7am and Race Start 7:20am for A Grade Elite – D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay

Grades A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.

PRE ENTRY DETAILS

http://www.trybooking.com/EQVY – Entries open 9am Sunday 6 July and close 5pm 11 July.

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.

See you on the start line.