The nostalgia of days gone by, when bikes only had limited gears and they shifted on the downtube, there were no garmins, strava or riding with power. The coffee ride didn’t end with the choice of soy, decaf, cold drip or skim milk. With those thoughts in mind, we have introduced a Masters 55 and over division to our road race this month. So expect the grey nomads to be out in force this month at our Akuna West Head Road Race.

**The photo above was taken in Europe. Therefore the rider is not riding against NSW road rules. I wish that we had climbs around here that looked like that. MWCC support all cyclists obeying the road rules.**

After some questioning and a bit of research we realised that there may be a market for riders over 55 who want a solid road race against a similar vintage to themselves. This race will be a two lap race, with the climb from Akuna neutralised until the turn off to West Head. So a race distance of just on 50km. We just hope that they can access the internet, the modern day telegram if you will, or perhaps get a grandchild to enter them online via our booking system www.trybooking.com/EQVY which will open on Sunday 1 November for MWCC members and Tuesday for all other clubs.

We have also had a bunch of riders who want to race B Grade, but don’t want to lay off the cakes or do some training and so for the month of November we will be reintroducing B Grade Porky Pies to see if there is sufficient demand for this grade or whether the ‘no sugar’ brigade has killed off the need. This will be a two lap race with a neutral climb, however if they are caught and passed by C Grade, then we will be asking those riders to rethink their ability and egos and realise that maybe it wasn’t the course that was the problem.

Female riders of any age can either enter the Masters 55 division or any other grade of their choice. Hence the grading system, whether you train 1 day a week or 7 days, there is a grade for you.

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This will also be the last chance for riders to have a hit out under race conditions prior to ‘The Wall’ on December 5.

The entry fee is $20 for Gold Licence riders.

We encourage all riders to read our article on racing safely – http://www.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 7:20am. 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.

A Pretenders. (7:25am) 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.

B Grade Froomies (7:30am) is a two lap event. This race is on from the roll out, this is for true B Grade riders. You put in the training and want to test yourself.

B Grades Porky Pies (7:35am) is a two lap event. This race has a neutral climb. This grade is for riders who are either stepping up from C Grade or consider themselves a B Grade at most other club events but have an aversion to climbing because they eat too many pork pies and don’t do the training.

C Grade Prestige (7:40am) is a two lap event.The race will commence from the roll out at Akuna Bay.

C Hubbard (7:45am) is a two lap event. This race will have a neutral climb up Akuna Bay before racing commences at the turn off to West Head Road. This is a good grade for new riders who have some experience riding a bike or come from a sporting background but haven’t raced bikes before.

Masters 55 and over (7:50am) is a two lap event with riders riding a neutral climb up Akuna Bay before the racing commences at the West Head Road entrance. This grade is for riders aged 55 or over or all aged female riders.

ALL GRADES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF  THE HUBBARD GRADES AND THE MASTERS GRADE WILL BE RACING FROM THE AKUNA BAY START LINE

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All riders must show a current 2015 Gold 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 down at the Akuna Bay Marina. If you pre enter please ensure you arrive at a minimum 10 minutes before your race start. There is plenty of parking available in the Akuna Bay car park and toilets are available.

Please ensure that you use the toilets inside the marina complex. Behind a tree is not a toilet.

If you haven’t raced before but are considering it – our guide to entering may be of some assistance. http://www.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 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 2015 licence. Day licences additional $30.

Race Date: 8 November 2015

Sign on from 7am and Race Start 7:20am for A Grade Elite – D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay

All clubs and riders welcome.

Since this is a Cycling NSW sanctioned event, all riders are expected to race in Club Kit or registered team kit. If you are racing in a registered team kit, please ensure that you are listed as an approved rider for that kit as per the Cycling NSW website. Otherwise riders are expected to ride in plain black or white jerseys.

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PRE ENTRY DETAILS

www.trybooking.com/EQVY

Entries open Sunday 1 November for MWCC members only. All other riders can enter from Tuesday for the remaining spots.

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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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.

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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