This Saturday, you, a soldier of fortune will be taking on the challenge of The Wall. We wish all the riders the best of luck and remember that there is no shame in not winning or finishing. Simply entering has put you in esteemed company. The feedback we have received on the course was that it was simply too hard for riders. They would prefer to chase strava KOMs or come up with another excuse. This course is hard, this course will test you and that is why you have signed up to attempt to take the glory on The Wall. Please find enclosed your rider briefing.

Race details

There have been a few tweaks to some riders gradings and so we have provided updated groups for riders to peruse. We are using the Cycling NSW timing system and therefore we have had to send in all riders details and rider numbers, so we are not planning on making any further changes to the groups.

Race Start / Sign On

The race start and sign on is at the northern end of West Head Road, this is the Resolute Picnic Ground. This is also the bus turn around and public toilets location. This is the usual turn around point at our races. To be clear, this is not Akuna Bay, this is not the Elvina Walking Track – the sign on is at the Resolute Picnic Bay Parking Area.

Northern End

Riders can either park at the very end of West Head at the look out carpark, there is some parking at the sign on area and also parking at the Basin Trail carpark. The sides of the road are fine for parking but please don’t park on The Wall or right at the turning points at Resolute Bay.

Please be aware that all riders who are wishing to do so must be on West Head Road by 6:30am. The road will be closed to all vehicles from this time and drivers wishing to go onto the course will have to wait for a official convoy car to take them along the course. This is for the safety of riders and a requirement of NSW Police. There will be no exceptions made. Prior to 6:30am, we will have a marshal at the entry and you simply advise them that you are here for the race.

Be aware that riders will not be able to move their cars until the race has finished. So expect a big crowd at the finish line.

Riders wanting a solid warm up could park at Akuna Bay or outside of the park and ride in. This would only be recommended for riders starting in the later groups.

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Race Sign On

Race sign will be in the Resolute Parking Bay from 5:45am. Riders must sign on 20 minutes prior to their race start. This will also give you enough time to attach your timing chip to your bike, make a nervous visit to the toilet and pin on your number. We will be utilising the Cycling NSW timing system and therefore riders will be required to pay $2.50 for a bracket to Cycling NSW unless you already have a bracket attached to your bike. Exact change will speed up the process on the morning.

All riders must present a current 2015/2016 Gold Licence that will be handed back upon completion of the race and the return of your racing chip.

Please note that the race is running to a strict timetable and so riders are expected to be ready to race at their allotted time, otherwise they will be moved into the hard chasing group.

When signing on, please do not have your bike with you. This just slows the queues down as other riders try and dodge bikes. Remember that you will be required to hand over your licence at sign on, when collecting your timing chip – no licence, no race. This is where you will also hand over your exact $2.50.
There are toilets at sign on, but no fresh water. We will have water available to fill your bottles, but I would recommend being self sufficient.
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Race Procedure

Each group will be called to the line a few minutes prior to their allotted time to receive the race briefing. During the race, riders are expected to remain on the left side of the road. This is extremely important because there will be riders coming in the opposite direction and regularly passing each other on the course. When you are caught by a quicker group from behind, move to the far left and let them come around you.

There is no official feed zone or drink station. We recommend that riders are well hydrated prior to the race start and commence with two full water bottles. The weather is looking very promising and confirming our thoughts that the race can be done with two water bottles. It should be fairly cool at the race start and only moderately warm by the end, with minimal wind expected, so perfect race conditions. Pack a third bottle in your back pocket if you are concerned.

We will have motor vehicles out on course, these will act as lead vehicles and also to act as crowd control for the larger groups later in the race. If you hear a car or motor bike beeping its horn, look up! It is most likely advising of riders approaching either in front or behind.
Time gaps will mainly be advised at the turn around points, there is also plenty of opportunities to see the other groups on course due to the out and back nature.
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There will be no spares vehicle roving the course. If you get a flat tyre, which would be very unusual given the condition of the roads which are smooth hot mix the entire way of the course then you will be required to fix it. In case anyone is wondering, no you don’t get a lap out to fix it.
If you are dropped or pull out of the race, then you can hand in your timing chip and number back at the start line. Please note that you are unable to drive your car out of the Park until the race is completed and the road reopened. Therefore we would recommend riders who withdraw position themselves on The Wall to take in the exciting finish. We are expecting this to be a relatively large number of riders, so don’t think  you will be on your lonesome.
If you are dropped and fall some distance behind the main race, then you may be advised by a race organiser that you are now officially out of the race. You may continue to the finish, but please be advised that the road may be reopened while you are still on course if this is on the final lap.

Litter. Now this is a big issue – National Parks approval is on the basis that we leave the Park without any litter. Getting a race this close to Sydney has been very difficult and time consuming. We don’t want to lose this race after only one attempt or the ability to host our monthly races here. When you have had a gel, put the wrapper either in your back pocket, stick it in your leg gripper or eat it. Do anything but throw it on the course. We don’t want our volunteers having to walk the course after the race collecting your wrappers. It is possible to put used gel wrappers in your jersey pocket, we have tested it.

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The course. The anticipation for this I know will have many of you jumping up and down with excitement like a small child on Christmas morning. With the lose of Akuna Bay, we shouldn’t have complete destruction from the roll out, something I know a few were looking forward to. This start should give those groups on the limit a little bit more of a chance who otherwise would have lost minutes on the first climb.

 

The race start will be at the sign on area, Resolute Parking Bay. Riders will then ride south and the turn around point will be at the top of the last hill before the junction with San Martin Drive, so we have been kind to take out that nasty little berg and turn around. The reason for that is, that is where our car convoys will be waiting. So if you ride over the hill into the junction, you may find yourself in a traffic jam. The turn will then have riders heading back out to the start line. Riders will turn right and go through the parking bay at Resolute Bay, so NOT to the end of West Head Road. So for those who have done our course before, the usual turning point. That will be one lap. Riders will be completing 5 LAPS. We expect that the riders on limit will be close to one full lap ahead of the scratch group when they roll out. Race distance is circa 110km.

Southern Turnaround

The race finish is at THE WALL on the riders fifth lap. This is the first and longest of the climbs at the Northern end. This is not the small climb before the start line. It will be clearly marked. There will be big crowds and lots of noise. This will be the only part of the race when riders will be able to use the whole of the road. The last 300 metres of the race, riders will have the whole road to work with. On lap three of the race, the first rider across the Wall finishing point will also receive the mid race KOM prize. This prize will only apply to the leading group at this point of the race.

If you are dropped or withdraw early from the race, we encourage you to set yourself up on the wall (because you won’t be allowed to leave in your car) we particularly encourage this to riders who are out of contention entering the final lap, to take up a space and help build the atmosphere.

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Once the race has officially finished, riders can return their race numbers and timing chips to the sign on area.

The race presentation will commence shortly after the podium places have been confirmed. The roads will reopen at this point. We expect this to be around 10am.

 Prizes

Prize money on the day will be paid to the top five riders, the fastest rider overall and a mid race KOM prize. MWCC are paying the maximum amount allowed under this race category. The overall winner of the race will receive a trophy, cash and dinner at the best dining experience on the northern beaches – a 7 course degustation with matching wines at Pilu at Freshwater Restaurant, which has kindly been donated by masterchef Giovanni Pilu, who will also be racing on course. There will also be a trophy for the fastest finisher.

The biggest prize of all though will be that the winner will go down into racing folklore as the first ever winner of The Wall.

Riders are encouraged to race in club kit or registered team kit. Riders will be required to provide their licence at sign on.

TAD Freedom Wheels
Thanks to your participation in this event, we are hoping that more children with disabilities will be given the opportunity to ride a bike through TAD Freedom Wheels. Check out Arran’s Story to see the impact your support will make:https://youtu.be/FnklIrXIGFg
Finally best of luck on Saturday and when you reach hell, keep on pedalling.
MWCC
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First Name Surname Club Group Number Handicap Minutes Start Time
Mitchell Cootes Hunter District Group 1 0 7:20
Alex Gardner Harlequin Group 1 0 7:20
Christian Godyn CCCC Group 1 0 7:20
Jeremy Hopson Bicisport Group 1 0 7:20
Jake Kauffmann MWCC Group 1 0 7:20
Mark Keeffe SUVelo Group 1 0 7:20
Marcus Culey NSCC Group 1 0 7:20
Chris Miller Suvelo Group 1 0 7:20
Peter Moore MWCC Group 1 0 7:20
Andrew Pickering MWCC Group 1 0 7:20
Michael Potter NSCC Group 1 0 7:20
Scott Austin MWCC Group 2 6 7:14
Richard Bjorkmann Harlequin Group 2 6 7:14
Michael Brown Suvelo Group 2 6 7:14
Aaron Dunford MWCC Group 2 6 7:14
Dean Gale Bicisport Group 2 6 7:14
Phil Gray MWCC Group 2 6 7:14
Tom Green NSCC Group 2 6 7:14
Brad Hamblett Bicisport Group 2 6 7:14
Francesco Piazzoni MWCC Group 2 6 7:14
Enrico Tiziano Strapazzon Sydney CC Group 2 6 7:14
David Adcock bicisport Group 3 10 7:10
Alan Bransdon Bikebug Masters Group 3 10 7:10
Alex Chubb DHBC Group 3 10 7:10
Ian Cocks Harlequin Group 3 10 7:10
Mike Foster Harlequin Group 3 10 7:10
Tim Frankcombe ADF Group 3 10 7:10
Enrico Gaoni RBCC Group 3 10 7:10
Jason Hotten SuVelo Group 3 10 7:10
Jon Leighton Harlequin Group 3 10 7:10
Will Mclaren MWCC Group 3 10 7:10
David Munro bicisport Group 3 10 7:10
Mathieu Bremaud RBCC Group 3 10 7:10
Luke Bagley KOCC Group 4 15 7:05
Michael Chidgey DHBC Group 4 15 7:05
William Craddock SuVelo Group 4 15 7:05
Grahame de Carvalho Suvelo Group 4 15 7:05
Andrew Giovanetti Hunter District Group 4 15 7:05
Gavin Peacock MWCC Group 4 15 7:05
Giovanni Pilu bicisport Group 4 15 7:05
Chris Schofield Sydney CC Group 4 15 7:05
Evan Snow MWCC Group 4 15 7:05
David Stevens Hunter District Group 4 15 7:05
Chris Taylor MWCC Group 4 15 7:05
Benjamin Wray SUVelo Group 4 15 7:05
Adam Ward DHBC Group 8 15 7:05
James Bernard DHBC Group 5 19 7:01
Nick Bowd RBCC Group 5 19 7:01
Brendon Cropper MWCC Group 5 19 7:01
Glen Elton CCCC Group 5 19 7:01
Bill godfrey MWCC Group 5 19 7:01
Adam Kimberley CCCC Group 5 19 7:01
Sebastian Meyer RBCC Group 5 19 7:01
Michael Ong NSCC Group 5 19 7:01
Phillip Rigby Sydney CC Group 5 19 7:01
Calvin Smith RBCC Group 5 19 7:01
Brian Tracey MWCC Group 5 19 7:01
Ryan Visser Sydney CC Group 5 19 7:01
Andy Yuen NWSCC Group 5 19 7:01
Jerry Kalogeropoulos RBCC Group 5 19 7:01
Mark Steele CCCC Group 6 23 6:57
Lynne Clarke MWCC Group 6 23 6:57
Peter Coull SUVelo Group 6 23 6:57
Andrew Duggan SuVelo Group 6 23 6:57
Andrew Hellmich CCCC Group 6 23 6:57
chris kerr LACC Group 6 23 6:57
Andrew Logan NSCC Group 6 23 6:57
Tim Mornane MWCC Group 6 23 6:57
Paul Murgatroyd NWSCC Group 6 23 6:57
Aaron O’Grady Sydney CC Group 6 23 6:57
Alex Rose-Innes RBCC Group 6 23 6:57
Gareth Rydon Sydney CC Group 6 23 6:57
Emlyn Simpson SUVelo Group 6 23 6:57
Kris sostaric SuVelo Group 6 23 6:57
Tony Barbaro MWCC Group 7 28 6:52
Raphael Bicard DHBC Group 7 28 6:52
michael courtney Sydney CC Group 7 28 6:52
Scott Curtis SUVelo Group 7 28 6:52
Jesse Downer MWCC Group 7 28 6:52
Tony Giugni MWCC Group 7 28 6:52
Adam Hartard MWCC Group 7 28 6:52
David Ledger Waratah Masters Group 7 28 6:52
Peter Livanes SUVelo Group 7 28 6:52
Richard Measures MWCC Group 7 28 6:52
Trevor Norton Waratah Masters Group 7 28 6:52
Amy Vesty DHBC Group 7 28 6:52
Harry Charlesworth RBCC Group 7 28 6:52
Tate Dogan MWCC Group 7 28 6:52
James van Gelder SUVelo Group 7 28 6:52
Antonio Simonelli Sydney CC Group 8 32 6:48
Greg Barnes MWCC Group 8 32 6:48
Jason Friedland MWCC Group 8 32 6:48
Kevin Hazeldine MWCC Group 8 32 6:48
Beau Heath Sydney CC Group 8 32 6:48
David Jenkins SuVelo Group 8 32 6:48
Paul Picone-Murray RBCC Group 8 32 6:48
Jason Pitkeathly Harlequin Group 8 32 6:48
Oliver Rainbow NWSCC Group 8 32 6:48
Mark Redimerio LACC Group 8 32 6:48
Donald Semken LACC Group 8 32 6:48
David Warneford MWCC Group 8 32 6:48
Brendon Weatherby LACC Group 8 32 6:48
Joel Webster SuVelo Group 8 32 6:48
Anthony Barnard MWCC Group 9 35 6:45
dan bright MWCC Group 9 35 6:45
Tony Graf Southern Cross Group 9 35 6:45
Evan Haugh ESCC Group 9 35 6:45
Rhys Nicolson Sydney CC Group 9 35 6:45
David O’Connell Group 9 35 6:45
Paul O’Doherty CNSW Group 9 35 6:45
Bruce Potts MWCC Group 9 35 6:45
Jeremy Rankin Peloton Group 9 35 6:45
William Richards ESCC Group 9 35 6:45
Andrew Thomson MWCC Group 9 35 6:45
Thomas J Leahy Suvelo Group 9 35 6:45
Brenton Alchin MWCC Group 10 38 6:42
Mike Andrews NWSCC Group 10 38 6:42
Diego Canavero Sydney CC Group 10 38 6:42
Stephen Collier RBCC Group 10 38 6:42
Shaun Connolly RBCC Group 10 38 6:42
Alan Hurdle Sydney CC Group 10 38 6:42
Grant Ironside LACC Group 10 38 6:42
David Jaggers MWCC Group 10 38 6:42
Carl Piesse MWCC Group 10 38 6:42
Robert Scheiner MWCC Group 10 38 6:42
Andre Thorneloe MWCC Group 10 38 6:42
Alex Bentley Sydney CC Group 11 43 6:37
Sean Carroll MWCC Group 11 43 6:37
Patrick Condliffe LACC Group 11 43 6:37
Chris Fowler Waratah Masters Group 11 43 6:37
Mark Hardy MWCC Group 11 43 6:37
Tony Holland MWCC Group 11 43 6:37
Peter Hutchings Waratah Masters Group 11 43 6:37
Paul Kilbane MWCC Group 11 43 6:37
Richard Lewis Caravello Group 11 43 6:37
Steve Lupton MWCC Group 11 43 6:37
Stephen Short Caravello Group 11 43 6:37
Kel Smith Bankstown Group 11 43 6:37
James Tan Waratah Masters Group 11 43 6:37
Donald Ward MWCC Group 11 43 6:37
Phil Dunne MWCC Group 12 50 6:30
Marin Duvnjak NWSCC Group 12 50 6:30
William Fraser LACC Group 12 50 6:30
Thomas Green Bicisport Group 12 50 6:30
Peter Hopper MWCC Group 12 50 6:30
Johnny Kalos CCCC Group 12 50 6:30
Rob Redpath SuVelo Group 12 50 6:30
Laura Renshaw Bathurst Group 12 50 6:30
Lynda Van Dyk Southern Cross Group 12 50 6:30
Noel Bromage Hunter District Group 12 50 6:30

* Handicap times may change at the discretion of the race organisers.