The 2013 road racing season begins this Sunday 13 at the best and only Sydney monthly road race.

Have you been banking the kilometres over the Christmas-New Year period or was it a time of puddings and beer? Whether you are in top form or looking to turn the pedals over for the first time, this Sunday gives you that opportunity. With grades A-D and even further sub classifications with those grades. Grades B and C will have again have the option of Hubbard and Prestige – with Prestige racing from the roll out and Hubbard having a neutralised climb up the initial Akuna climb. All riders must show a current 2013 Gold Racing Licence and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.

With the Australian National Road Championships on at Ballarat, we should see a reduced number of NRS riders on the start line in A Grade, therefore this would be a prime opportunity for a number of riders to step up and have a dig at the highest standard. The club handicapper has been monitoring progress on twitter and strava, so some riders may get the privilege of a bump up from their prior grades if it is considered warranted. Riders who claim to have done no training over the Christmas period will not be granted a drop down from their normal grade, rather you must suffer in your current grade because of your own gluttony.

All grades with the exception of D Grade will be doing two laps of West Head.

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.

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.

Entry fee is $10 if you have a GOLD 2013 licence.

Essential Details:

$10 Entry – with a 2013 licence

One day licences are available for an extra $30 if you don’t have a GOLD 2013 racing licence

Race Date: 13 January 2013

Sign on from 7am and Race Start 7:30am – D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay

Grades A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.