July 14 – The Akuna-West Head Death March

With July being the biggest month in the cycling calendar, it is only right that we hold our tough and undulating road race for riders who are sleep deprived and cold. Forget the pictures of summer in France and face the cold hard reality of the MWCC road race.

The Gates Of Hell will once again be opening for riders as they climb out of Akuna Bay Marina and out onto West Head Road. So join us on the 14 July to celebrate this epitomy of Sydney Cycling Folklore. Pre entry is open until 12 July 5pm and after that it is enter on the day.

 tdf12 devil

A Grade will be completing 3 laps of West Head – that will result in close to 75 kilometres of racing on a rather undulating terrain.

B and C Grade will only have two options this month and next. B Grade MWCC riders will ride in a separate race to everyone else for the final round of the MWCC Club Championships. The Rest of the World B Grade riders will race a non neutralised start from the Akuna Bay roll out. The same will apply to C Grade – it will also have a non neutralised start. Both grades will complete two laps of West Head.

D Grade will remain combined to ensure a large and competitive field and complete a single lap of West Head.

Once again we will be having A and B Womens Grades (2/1 lap) and we are hoping that these can be run separately on the basis that there is sufficient numbers. If numbers are short for either grade, we will combine them with either C or D grade depending on which race is affected. We will still pay the podium for the womens grades regardless.


You could be in France getting sun burnt OR racing our race

All riders must show a current 2013 Gold Racing Licence unless purchasing a day licence (additional $30) 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. 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. This also gives riders more room to hang around in post race.

 Col De Tamie

This Col was named after our VP when she set the Strava QOM on it

Grades will commence racing from 7:30am down at the Akuna Bay Marina. Typical 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.

Essential Details:

$15 Entry – with a Gold 2013 licence

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

Race Date: 14 July 2013

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

Grades A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.


Riders can pre enter the race up until Friday 12 July 5pm. After that time, riders will be required to manually sign on. By pre registering, you are ensuring your entry and then on the day you will just turn up, sign the sheet and grab a number.

To pre enter simply go to www.trybooking.com and search ‘MWCC’ in the events section. This will bring up all of the available grades or you can follow the links below.

Mens A Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=49783

MWCC B Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=49780

Non MWCC B Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=49776

MWCC C Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=49772

Non MWCC C Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=49771

Mens D Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=49692

Womens A Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=50872

Womens B Grade – http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=50873

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.


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  1. Results

    Full write up will come once I have some photos to run with. Solid day of racing with the riders thinking they were entering hell – with half of Wet Head covered in fog. Next month normal transmission resumes with the return of Prestige and Hubbard Grades.

    A Grade – 3 laps 75km
    1. Jake Kauffman MWCC
    2. Lachlan Edwards St George
    3. JJ Hazelton MWCC

    B Grade MWCC 2 laps
    1. Mitch Dixon
    2. David Adcock
    3. Chris Brown

    B Grade Non Mnly
    1. Mark Crawford
    2. Richard Maikin
    3. Matt Taylor

    C Grade MWCC
    1. Nathan Crump
    2. Andre Thornleigh
    3. John Ward

    C Grade Non MWCC
    1. Rob Webb
    2. sam Surillo
    3.Mike MacKenzie

    Womens A.
    1. Cat Haines
    2. Narelle Hards

    D Grade
    1. Phil Tanner
    2. Greg Gillespie
    3. Craig Wotherspoon

    Womens B
    1. Lana Moy

    MWCC Club Champions for 2013
    Club Champion – JJ Hazelton
    Masters Champion – Nick Gatland
    Womens – Cat Haines
    B Grade – Mitch Dixon
    C Grade – Nathan Crump
    D Grade – Greg Gillespie

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