West Head Condottieri – November 11

How can I live among this gentle obsolescent breed of heroes, and not weep? Unicorns, almost, for they are fading into two legends in which their stupidity and chivalry are celebrated. Each, fool and hero, will be an immortal. These plains were their cricket pitch and in the mountains the tremendous drop fences brought down some of the runners. Here then under the stones and earth they dispose themselves, I think with their famous unconcern. It is not gunfire I hear, but a hunting horn.

Aristocrats – “I Think I Am Becoming A God”

The rolling hills of Ku-ring-gai National Park will become a place of remembrance for riders on November 11, with the West Head Condottieri to take place for a second year. It is a fitting setting because if one is to venture to the West Head lookout, you will find the historical remains of the West Head Battery.


During WWII this Battery formed the first line of a system of defences protecting Pittwater, the Hawkesbury Rail Bridge and Woy Woy Rail Tunnel. This old defence installation has two particularly unique features:

  1. Gun Battery – it is the only dual 4.7” gun battery in Australia.
  2. Inclined Railway – it is the only defence system in Australia that had an inclined railway to service it.

To reflect that our race falls on Remembrance Day, we will be starting at the Resolute Picnic Area, which is the far turn around point at our normal races. If you haven’t attended before this isn’t the very point of West Head but just before it.

Whether you are racing in the Elite race or a lower level, you will be inspired to defend your territory, battle for every inch and do not give in until you cross that finish line and share in the spoils of $2,000 in prize money.

This is the only Sydney Metropolitan Open road race on the calendar and so demand will be high. Due to it being an Open event on the NSW Cycling Calendar, no 3 Day permits are eligible for the racing. All riders in the races A-C will be required to have a Cycling Australia Race Licence and you will use those details when logging into the system.

The West Head Condottieri will offer the following grades:

Start Time Grade Laps Distance
6:45AM A Masters (Age 40+) 4 94.8km
7:00AM A Elite / NRS 4 94.8km
7:20AM B Grade 3 71.1km
7:22AM A Grade Women 2 47.4km
7:30AM C Grade 2 47.4km
7:35AM B Grade Women 2 47.4km
7:45AM C Grade Women 1 23.7km
8:00AM D Grade 1 23.7km

Strava – https://www.strava.com/routes/15518794 – 1 lap

Prize money of $2,000 will be on offer across the various grades.


Enter online for $35 if you have a 2018 racing licence. The increased race fee for this race is reflective of the costs that we are carry by having this as a Cycling NSW Open. Please note that we will not be taking any on the day entries.

All riders will sign on at Resolute Picnic Area Carpark THIS IS NOT THE NORMAL SIGN ON POINT – this is at the end of  West Head. If you choose to drive into the Park and park on West Head Road, please note that you will be under a controlled and restricted road until the race has finished.

The race course starts at Resolute Picnic Area (this is normally our turning point for the far end), riders will roll out and head south back towards Akuna Bay, however rather than turn at the junction, riders will turn at the crest of the hill and then make their way out to the usual turn around point.

The entry fee is $35 for Race Licence riders.

We encourage all riders to read our article on racing safely – https://manlywarringahcc.org.au/article/racing-for-the-win-safely/#more-1945

Remember that you are in control of your front wheel. Keep your brain switched on and always remember that this is a club race and not the World Tour but the bragging rights are just as big.


A Grade Masters. (6:45am) This will be a 4 lap race. This is for Masters riders aged over 40 who still very competitive riders. Race distance approximately 95km.


Our Smartline Road Race will be signing on from 6:15am for all grades at the Resolute Picnic Carpark. Please ensure you arrive at a minimum 10 minutes before your race start.

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/

The start/finish line and presentation area is located at the Resolute Picnic Car park on West Head Road.

We would request that you do not park in the Resolute turning bay – this will be used during the race and we don’t want a rider riding into your parked car.

Condottieri were the leaders of the professional military free companies (or mercenaries) contracted by the Italian city-states and the Papacy from the late Middle Ages and throughout the Renaissance. In Renaissance Italian, condottiero meant “contractor”. In contemporary Italian, “condottiero” acquired the broader meaning of “military leader”, not restricted to mercenaries. In Italian historiography, Renaissance mercenary captains are usually called capitani di ventura (literally “venture captains”). Thus, the word Condottiere in the English language has come to denote, in the modern sense, any hired soldier.

Essential Details:

$35 Entry – with a Race 2018 licence.

Race Date: 11 November 2018

Race start time is 6:45am for A Masters. Sign on from 6:15am.

Race sign on and start is Resolute Picnic Area, West Head Road.

Enter Online: Enter HERE

All clubs and riders welcome.

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. No entries will be available on the day.


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.

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