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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|First Name||Surname||Club||Group Number||Handicap Minutes||Start Time|
|Mitchell||Cootes||Hunter District||Group 1||0||7:20|
|Enrico Tiziano||Strapazzon||Sydney CC||Group 2||6||7:14|
|Alan||Bransdon||Bikebug Masters||Group 3||10||7:10|
|Grahame||de Carvalho||Suvelo||Group 4||15||7:05|
|Andrew||Giovanetti||Hunter District||Group 4||15||7:05|
|Chris||Schofield||Sydney CC||Group 4||15||7:05|
|David||Stevens||Hunter District||Group 4||15||7:05|
|Phillip||Rigby||Sydney CC||Group 5||19||7:01|
|Ryan||Visser||Sydney CC||Group 5||19||7:01|
|Aaron||O’Grady||Sydney CC||Group 6||23||6:57|
|Gareth||Rydon||Sydney CC||Group 6||23||6:57|
|michael||courtney||Sydney CC||Group 7||28||6:52|
|David||Ledger||Waratah Masters||Group 7||28||6:52|
|Trevor||Norton||Waratah Masters||Group 7||28||6:52|
|James||van Gelder||SUVelo||Group 7||28||6:52|
|Antonio||Simonelli||Sydney CC||Group 8||32||6:48|
|Beau||Heath||Sydney CC||Group 8||32||6:48|
|Tony||Graf||Southern Cross||Group 9||35||6:45|
|Rhys||Nicolson||Sydney CC||Group 9||35||6:45|
|Thomas J||Leahy||Suvelo||Group 9||35||6:45|
|Diego||Canavero||Sydney CC||Group 10||38||6:42|
|Alan||Hurdle||Sydney CC||Group 10||38||6:42|
|Alex||Bentley||Sydney CC||Group 11||43||6:37|
|Chris||Fowler||Waratah Masters||Group 11||43||6:37|
|Peter||Hutchings||Waratah Masters||Group 11||43||6:37|
|James||Tan||Waratah Masters||Group 11||43||6:37|
|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.