Road racing is back for 2020! We are excited to announce a new year of racing with all approvals just having been signed off.
Love your racing? You can get a season pass here. This gives you entry to every West Head race in 2020.
Or you can enter just our February 2nd race here.
Start and finish at Elvina Trailhead carpark. Racing start times as follows:
7:00am A masters
7:15am B grade
7:25am C grade
7:30am A elite
7:50am D grade and B women
What’s new for 2020?
- Later start time. We are moving things back a touch to make it easier to get to the race without the super early alarm. Not a huge change but just a little tweak to make it easier to get to the race (especially for Elites), while still fitting in with the constraints from NPWS to be finished on time. We’ll be tweaking this a little but expect 7am start for our first grade. All riders will be notified this week of exact start times.
- Different order of grades starts. Our A grade and A masters will start later in the proceedings. We’ll keep the elite race as the final spectacle while providing a later start time to give our elites a little more sleep in.
- Shorter distance for A grade. We are moving from 4 to 3 laps for A grade and A masters to keep the racing fast and fun. Other grades will remain as they were with B grade 3 laps and C grade 2 laps. This also helps the later start and reduces the time our volunteers are working. If you need more k’s then go via Akuna on the way home.
- Women’s grade. After trying a few formats for 2019, we are trying to settle on a sustainable model. Our A-graders tell us they want to race with the blokes, so A women can choose whatever men’s grade A, B or C they want to race. We will hold a separate women’s grade called Womens B grade. At this stage it’s a 1-lapper. Ideally we can grow this to B and C being 2 laps and 1 lap. Ladies, get your mates out racing.
New sponsors. We welcome Volkswagen, DHB clothing and Aptium Financial to headline our races this year. Along with our fantastic returning sponsors Smartline Mortgage Advice and Bill Buckle Auto Group.
West Head Race dates are now available for 2020 as listed below. These are also on the MWCC event calendar.
- 2 February
- 1 March
- 5 April
- 17 May
- 14 June
- 26 July
- 16 August
- 13 September
- 18 October
- 8 November
- 13 December
New to racing?
Racing is relatively simple to do so stop putting it off and just do it. Here are some tips to get you going:
- You need a RACE licence from Cycling Australia. There are short and long-term options available. If in doubt, choose MWCC as your club! CA is also running their Bring A Mate promotion so ask a friend who is already a member to nominate you. We also offer free memberships for first time women and juniors – just email the club president.
- Enter the race online at Buncheur.com via the link at the top of this page. Make sure you do this by Friday before the race.
- On the day, arrive 30min before your start time, sign in at the desk and grab your race number. Ask someone to pin it on and you’re ready to go.
- Work out how long it will take you to get to the course whether you are driving and/or riding.
- Bring enough food and water for your race distance plus riding to and from the race.
- Check out the course before the race if you haven’t been to West Head. This will make it easier on race day.
- Want to go faster? Get specific and train on the course. Do some efforts on a non-race day and it will help with the intensity of the race.
Parking is available at the race. Do not park in the Elvina track car park, but rather on West Head Rd. Even better, park at Terrey Hills or Bayview and ride in to warm up.
Toilets are not available at the race start/finish. There are toilets located at Terrey Hills Community Centre and Church Point on the way to the race. Toilets are also located down at Akuna Bay and at the far end of West Head Rd at the Resolute Picnic Area.
What grade should I enter? Ask your mates is the easiest option. Average speeds do vary but as a guide here are some average speeds from our mens’ grades: A – 39km/h, B 36km, C 34km/h and D 30 km/h.
A Masters age limit is 40yr and above on race day.