Spend time with the one you love this Valentines Day with our West Head Road Race. We have Grades A-D this month, with the start times reverting back to the more romantic time slot of 7:25am for the first grade to roll out. D Grade will be single lap which ,may suit junior riders. Enter online at www.trybooking.com/EQVY for $20 or on the day for $30.

There is no better way to spend the start of Valentines than with that one you spend most of the day thinking about. Enter online and spend a few quality hours together, who knows by next year you may have upgraded to a newer, lighter model? Make sure you get your entry in via our online entry form prior to race day. Enter online for $20 if you have a racing licence or purchase the day licence for an additional $30. This can all be done via www.trybooking.com/EQVY

If you wish to wait until race day then the price will be $30. Why the increase? This year we are under a lot more volunteer strain with having to operate a road closure and car convoys. This has meant we have had to triple the number  of MWCC members who have to help out every month. If we have a large number of on the day entries, that requires more volunteers to run that part of the morning. Make it easier for us and cheaper for you by going online.

After last month’s race everyone entrant should have received a questionnaire about the race and the new format that we trialled in January. We have taken the feedback on board and will be making the following changes for February.

  1. Smaller group sizes. A number of riders felt that the larger group sizes made them feel unsafe and they found it difficult to move up the group without crossing the white lines. There was also some sentiment that such large groups made for negative racing as many riders were willing to just sit in. So we will split the groups this month.
  2. Later start time. We have moved it back to the first group rolling out at 7:25am (A Elite) and then the groups to follow. We can’t make it any later than that because we have to have the roads reopened just after 10am.
  3. Quicker presentations. The 4 lap races meant that there was quite a delay before presentations kicked off between some grades, we are hoping that we can reduce this by having the A Graders only complete 3 laps.

With the removal of the Akuna climb and turning before the descending the nasty little berg, has certainly changed the dynamics of the race and there will be more opportunities for those that are willing to attack to survive. Some questioned moving the finish line further along or having it on the downhill as you come past the Elvina Walking Track. Downhill finishers are never a good idea particularly with a number of relatively inexperienced racers. We are also restricted by race safety requirements that require sight lines before and after a finish line – hence the crest of the hills can be problematic.

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We also wish to remind riders that it is an MWCC race rule that all riders race in their club kit on race day. If you are in a registered race kit and a registered rider for that kit -as per the NSW Cycling website – then we require that you race in A Grade. If you wish to be in a ‘race team’ then we think  the most appropriate division is the top level of racing that has a number of race team riders and is one of the few grades where group tactics may come into play. If you feel that this is an unreasonable request, then please respect our rules and don’t enter. We gave some leeway in January because we knew that some riders and teams were busy setting themselves up over the Christmas New Year Period. If you don’t have a club kit from your club, then a plain white or black jersey is acceptable.

If you wish to check out the full calendar of MWCC races for the year then check out our race calendar which will include two handicap races this year. https://manlywarringahcc.org.au/events/be-amazed-mwcc-2016-race-calendar/

There will be no start or sign on at Akuna Bay, all riders will now sign on at Elvina Walking Track Car Park. 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 Elvina Walking Track, 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 $20 for Racing Licence riders.

MWCC riders may wish to take advantage of our season pass – which is an MWCC rider exclusive. www.trybooking.com/KACX

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

Our races have a history of being incident free and we want to maintain that record. Remember that you are in control of your front wheel. Keep your brain switched on.

GRADING

A Elite is a 3 lap race that will start at 7:25am. 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. Race distance approximately 65km.

A Pretenders. (7:30am) This will be a 3 lap race. This grade is for those who are stepping up from B Grade or want to be able to call themselves an A Grader at the coffee shop without actually having the true ability of the true A Grade racers. Race distance approximately 65km.

B Grade (7:32 and 7:35am) is a 3 lap event. Approx 65km. There are two grades, both exactly the same. Simply split to allow appropriate grade numbers. Same course, same prize money.

C Grade (7:40am) is a two lap event. Approx 45km.

C Grade Hubbard (7:45am) this is a two lap event. Suitable for inexperienced or riders who have stepped up from D Grade. Suitable for those may also consider that their racing career is entering its twilight years.

D Grade (8am) is a one lap event. This grade is as much about development as it is about the joy of riding your bike. Suitable for juniors to start their road racing careers or those who are very new to bike racing.We encourage riders on this course to stay together for the first half of the event and attacking the bunch from the start or early on is seriously frowned upon.

ALL GRADES RACE FROM THE ROLL OUT, THERE IS NO NEUTRAL SECTION

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All riders must show a current 2016 Racing Licence or purchase a One Day Racing Licence and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.

Our Subaru Road Race will be signing on from 7am for all grades at the Elvina Walking Track Carpark. If you pre enter 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/

Our prestigious road 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 start/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:

$20 Entry – with a Gold 2016 licence. Day licences additional $30.

Race Date: 14 February 2016

Race start time is 7:25am. Sign on from 7am.

Race sign on and start is Elvina Walking Track, West Head Road.

All clubs and riders welcome.

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PRE ENTRY DETAILS

www.trybooking.com/EQVY

Entries are now open for all riders.

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.

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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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