The final of the ‘Spring’ Classics moves to the Ardennes and is being brought to you by HED one of our valued sponsors which produces a wheel based on these hilly Belgium and Dutch Classics. Last month riders not only fought each other for victory but mother nature as well. Will you be part of this cycling monument?
Entries into this HED Ardennes Classic are always in high demand with entries often selling out within days for the in demand grades. Waiting till the end of the week is like relying on the Schleck Brothers to perform this season. Get in early and guarantee your place – entries open Sunday 4 May at 9am. With over $1,000 in prize money and Altitude Training Prize packs for Manly riders, places will be popular. www.trybooking.com/EQVY
This month we will have grades A-D and a Womens race as well. So there should be a grade for everyone. The one lap womens race is aimed at those who have limited or no racing experience. Stronger female riders would be encouraged to enter our other grades A-D to ensure that those ladies racing the one lap are faced with a level playing field. If numbers are low, this grade may be combined with D grade, to ensure a good race atmosphere. So we encourage all ladies to enter and bring your friends in order to ensure the survival of this grade. We know that many hardened sould raced it last time in testing conditions – if you could survive that, you can only go up from there!
As an added bonus to MWCC members, we will have the Altitude Training Centre – www.altitudeaustralia.com.au at the race providing prizes to the top placed Manly riders in each grade. If you want to get yourself a set of HED Ardennes for racing they are available at The Fixed Wheel.
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 three B Grades – they are identical, they just have the names Shimano, SRAM and Campag in order to identify the different groups. We have these groups due to demand and size restrictions. There is no difference between these grades, all of them will race from the bottom of Akuna Bay.
C Grade is a two lap event. We have three C Grades – they are identical, they just have the names Shimano, SRAM and Campag in order to identify the different groups. We have these groups due to demand and size restrictions. There is no difference between these grades, all 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. This grade is as much about racing as it is learning the craft of racing.
Womens is a single lap event. This grade has a neutral climb up Akuna. This is a great entry level to racing. This grade is for women who are new to racing or have little racing experience. Experienced female riders can enter the otehr grades as appropriate to ensure a level playing field for all riders. This grade is as much about racing as it is learning the craft of racing.
ALL GRADES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF D GRADE/ WOMENS WILL BE RACING FROM THE AKUNA BAY START LINE
All riders must show a current 2014 Gold Racing Licence unless entering the womens grade and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on. Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer the one day licences outside of the womens grade – you must have a gold 2014 licence to race.
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 9 May 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 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.
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.
$15 Entry – with a Gold 2014 licence
One day licences are no longer available (unless entering the womens grade)
Race Date: 11 May 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
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.