The Sydney Women’s racing scene is continuing to add new events to the calendar and so with half yearly memberships available via Cycling Australia, there has never been a better time to join a club and get racing. On June 21 MWCC will have two women’s grades racing along West Head and NSCC have a Women’s and Junior racing day on July 5th. With clubs providing more opportunities for ladies to race, now is the time to capitalise on all of your training.

The Sydney Women’s Race Series has continued to grow every year and once again MWCC are delighted to be hosting a round of this series which has been a great stepping stone for many women into the racing scene. On June 21 there will be two women only grades, split into an A/B Grade and a C/D Grade at the MWCC Akuna West Head Race.

Such is the expectation of this round and our restrictions with grade numbers, we are expecting two sell out grades for the race. Riders for the Womens Race can enter from Sunday 5pm at www.trybooking.com/EQVY this is a great opportunity to test yourself against other ladies on a rolling and truly testing road course. We expect that riders will find the course challenging from the first climb up from Akuna Bay to West Head, the infamous Wall at the far northern turn around and then the cheeky little berg at the West Head – Akuna intersection, there  will be plenty of fireworks on course.

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The joy of racing provides a mixture of courses, from the race track of the Eastern Creek for the recently held Cervelo Masters Series, to our own rolling terrain of West Head or perhaps you would prefer something a little flatter such as Beaumont Road and the crit circuit held on that course.

Akuna West Head Road Race, June 21

The entry fee is $20 if you have a Gold Racing Licence, if not then a Day Licence can be purchased via our online entry portal for an additional fee.

We encourage all riders to read our article on racing safely – http://www.manlywarringahcc.org.au/article/racing-for-the-win-safely/#more-1945 Our races have a history of being incident free and we want to maintain that record.

We expect and regularly host riders from all over Sydney at our venue. Riders sign on at the Akuna Bay Marina car park from 7am. We would recommend that riders have a good warm up because the pace and the road veer up from the roll out. There is a trailer that can take any spare items to the finish line because the finish is at a different location to the start, being the West Head Road. Most riders ride from the finish line back to their cars or ride home from the event.

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Women’s A/B – this will be a two lap race and the racing will commence from the roll out from Akuna Bay.

Women’s C/D – this will be a single lap and the riders will ride a neutral climb up Akuna Bay and racing will only commence once the riders have turned onto West Head Road.

The neutral climb for Women’s C and D allows newer riders to get comfortable within their peloton and have a steady introduction for the first 4 kilometres of the race.

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 prestigious road 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.

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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.

Remember entries open June 14th from 5pm and we expect the race to sell out quickly, so don’t delay in getting your entry in.

NSCC – The Odd Spoke Women’s and Juniors Criterium

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Looking for another option for racing? Northern Sydney Cycling Club are hosting a Women’s and Juniors race day on July 5 at Beaumont Road, Mount Ku-ring-gai. This is a fantastic course to get some race experience because it is a relatively flat course and you are never far from the start line if you find the race pace a little hot.

Beaumont Road has a history of racing on the north side and earlier this year at the Rob Hodgson Memorial Race they successfully held a women’s race. For many it was their first time racing in a women’s only event and the riders spoke about how they were nervous before the start but once they got going they had a wonderful time and they now realise they should have given it a go a long time ago.

The C/D grade is suitable for ladies of all fitness levels and experience.

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Criterium racing is different to a road race, in that the course is much shorter in length and riders complete a number of laps around the course. The race is time based rather than distanced based. So races may go for a set period, say 35 minutes and then riders are given a bell and they then complete either one or two more laps. due to the multi lap nature of the event riders pass by the start/finish line on a number of occasions and the riders get the opportunity to receive some crowd support to keep them going.

Prizes for the Women’s A/B Grade have been announced for the event:

1st…$200
2nd..$150
3rd…$100
4th…$70
5th…$50

The day will also host Juniors racing which will be mixed boys and girls U17 & U15. Juniors will be able to race up their age division but not down.

Racing registration on the day from 7.45 am at Beaumont Road, Mount Ku-Ring-Gai
With racing starting at 8.15 am.
Entry Women, $20, Juniors $10.

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To encourage all our MWCC ladies and Juniors to participate in the Odd Spoke NSCC Event, MWCC will cover the $20 entry fee for all MWCC members. Just a small way that we can support this club event, club racing and the growing women’s race scene. More details for this day can be found at www.northernsydneycyclingclub.org.au

Need a race licence? http://membership.cycling.org.au/ To race at most events, riders are required to have a gold licence.

Not Racing? What about the Rapha Women’s 100. On Sunday 26th July 2015, join thousands of women around the world to ride 100km.

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