The Empire has been defeated and Jedi Knights will return to Akuna West Head. Energize Gyms can assist in getting you back into racing form for Sydney’s Premier Road Race after all of this rain. With a month off and our numbers strictly controlled, get your entries in via our online booking system to ensure your place on the startline.

Entries will open on Sunday 7th of September at 9am and be warned if you want to race, then get in quick, with our popular grades such as A Club often selling out by early in the week. You can enter at www.trybooking.com/EQVY with online entries staying open until sold out or until Friday 5pm. After 5pm on the Friday, riders will be able to enter on the day for any remaining spots, but be warned – entering on the day will cost $20. You must have a Gold Licence to race.

Our ladies divisions will return in October. Until then, please enter the grade of your choice.

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Riders should note that they must complete the full course in order to be eligible for the podium. If you are dropped from your group for any reason, please do not join back into your group or another group. You may tap out the rhythm on the back of a group and get a lift back to the finish line. This is a road race and not a criterium.

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 Grade Club Level. This will be a 3 lap race. This grade is for those who would like to make the step up to A Grade Elite but do not yet have the ability or have tried to race our A Grade previously but found the pace too much. This would be for your lower level A Grade rider.

B Grade is a two lap event. We have two B Grades – they are identical, they just have the names Shimano and SRAM in order to identify the different groups. We have these groups due to demand and size restrictions. There is no difference between these grades, both of them will race from the bottom of Akuna Bay.

C Grade is a two lap event. We have two C Grades – they are identical, they just have the names Shimano and SRAM in order to identify the different groups. We have these groups due to demand and size restrictions. There is no difference between these grades, both of them will race from the bottom of Akuna Bay.

D Grade is a single lap event. This grade has a neutral climb up Akuna. This is a great entry level to racing, it is popular with some of our more senior riders and those who are new to racing. We also have a number of our female riders entering this grade. This grade is as much about racing as it is learning the craft of racing.

ALL GRADES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF D GRADE WILL BE RACING FROM THE AKUNA BAY START LINE

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All riders must show a current 2014 Gold Racing Licence 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 – pre entry is available until Friday 12 September 5pm, unless sold out prior. 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 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.

Essential Details:

$15 Pre-Entry – with a Gold 2014 licence. No day licences available this month. Enter on the day for $20 for any remaining spots.

Race Date: 14 September 2014

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

Grades A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.

PRE ENTRY DETAILS

http://www.trybooking.com/EQVY – Entries open 9am Sunday 7 September and close 5pm 12 September.

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.

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.

See you on the start line.

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