Road racing returns for 2017 as West Head gets ready to host the cream of Sydney riders on Sunday 12 February. Entries are now open for all grades A Elite to D Grade. Start your road racing year by getting your entry in via www.trybooking.com/OGRP and show off that summer riding form!
The West Head battle ground will come alive with so many riders fresh from following the pros in Adelaide and the summer weather allowing for plenty of opportunities to get out and ride and as a result it will be a very competitive start to the year.
For the start of 2017 we will be running the following formats:
A Grade Elite / Coffee Shop Team – 3 Laps 7am START
A Grade Masters 35 Over – 3 Laps 7:05am START
B Grade – 3 Laps 7:10am START
C Grade – 2 Laps 7:20am START
D Grade – 1 Lap 8am START
With distances from 1 Lap for D grade up to 3 laps for A Elite and A Masters, there is something for everyone of every standard. Female riders can enter any grade they wish, regardless of age. Masters over 35 can still race in the Elite race if they wish.
Once again we will have the one lap D Grade division. Entry fees for this division is only $5 thanks to the support of Smartline Mortgages and since it has a focus on developing riders there will no be cash prizes for the winner. 3 Day Race Licences can be purchased for this division via the Cycling Australia website.
We are having an increasing number of juniors entering our C/D Grade division and to encourage this further, junior riders under 16 with a racing licence can race for free in this division or D Grade. Just enter online and select Junior Rider in the C/D Division or D Grade. This is an MWCC initiative to assist junior riders who are looking for some road racing experience.
Enter online for $25 if you have a 2017 racing licence.
We also wish to remind riders that it is an MWCC race request that all riders race in their club kit on race day. If you are in a registered race kit and a registered rider for that kit -as per the NSW Cycling website – then we request that you race in A Elite Grade (Ladies may race in their division of choice). If you wish to be in a ‘race team/ coffee shop team’ then we think the most appropriate division is the top level of racing that has a number of race team riders and is one of the few grades where group tactics may come into play and for true coffee shop bragging rights then the special people race within this division.
If you feel that this is an unreasonable request, then please respect our rules and don’t enter. We are happy to follow your rules at your club events, we request that you follow ours. If you don’t have a club kit from your club, then a plain white or black jersey is acceptable.
All riders will sign on at Elvina Walking Track Car Park. If you choose to drive into the Park and park on West Head Road, please note that you will be under a controlled and restricted road until the race has finished.
The race course starts at Elvina Walking Track, riders will roll out and head south back towards Akuna Bay, however rather than turn at the junction, riders will turn at the crest of the hill and then make their way out to the usual turn around point.
The entry fee is $25 for Race 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
Remember that you are in control of your front wheel. Keep your brain switched on and always remember that this is a club race and not the world tour.
A Elite is a 3 lap race that will start at 7:00am. 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/coffee teams. Riders should be experienced and are looking for a very competitive and high class field. Race distance approximately 65km.
A Grade Masters. (7:05am) This will be a 3 lap race. This is for Masters riders aged over 35 (or any female) who still consider themselves A Grade riders even though they don’t want to actually race true A Grade riders. Race distance approximately 65km. Riders will wear club kit or plain jerseys in this grade.
B Grade (7:10am) is a 3 lap event. Approx 65km. Same course, same prize money. Riders will wear club kit or plain jerseys in this grade.
C Grade (7:20am) is a two lap event. Approx 45km. Riders will wear club kit or plain jerseys in this grade.
D Grade (8am) this is a one lap event. Whether you are back from injury, new to racing, or seen the earth go around the sun many times. This is as much about rider development and the joy of racing. There is no prize money in this division, this should reinforce that this is about learning or enjoying your racing not being a hero who solos off at the start. Juniors are also welcome to race in this division.
ALL GRADES RACE FROM THE ROLL OUT, THERE IS NO NEUTRAL SECTION
All riders must show a current 2017 Race Licence or purchase a 3 Day Racing Licence from Cycling Australia and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on. Your race entry is on the basis that you are confirming that you have a current RACE licence and are riding with an Australian Standards approved helmet.
Our Subaru Road Race will be signing on from 6:45am for all grades at the Elvina Walking Track Carpark. If you pre enter please ensure you arrive at a minimum 10 minutes before your race start.
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/
The start/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.
$25 Entry – with a Race 2017 licence.
Race Date: 12 February 2017
Race start time is 7:00am for A Grade. Sign on from 6:45am.
Race sign on and start is Elvina Walking Track, West Head Road.
All clubs and riders welcome.
PRE ENTRY DETAILS
www.trybooking.com/OGRP for February 12
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.
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.