Will you finish 2014 on top of the podium? Will Santa be delivering you an early present on December 14? The final road race of 2014 will be taking place on Sunday December 14 and we want you to be part of it. As of Wednesday morning, the race is now SOLD OUT, no more entries being taken, no entries taken on the day. 

With this being the final road race of the year, we will be taking this opportunity to thank all of the clubs and riders who have made it such a successful year of racing. We strongly encourage all riders to be racing in their club jerseys as a way of saying thanks to all of those who commit so much time in a voluntary capacity to running all of the various clubs and this will also be an opportunity to clearly gauge just who has the strongest road racers in Sydney.

Pre entry  is closed. No entries will be taken on the day. All grades are full.

This month we will allow riders to purchase day licences for an additional $30 and this is done through the pre entry process. Riders should enter early because grades can fill up very early in the week and we are restricted in the size of our grades by National Parks. No exceptions are made on group size – no matter how special you think you are.

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GRADING

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 two B Grades – they are identical, they just have the names Shimano and SRAM in order to identify the different groups. We have these groups due to demand and size restrictions. There is no difference between these grades, both of them will race from the bottom of Akuna Bay.

C Grade Prestige is a two lap event. Prestige is a 2 lap event that races from Akuna Bay in previous months this would have been Shimano or SRAM.

C Grade Hubbard is a two lap event with a neutral climb up from Akuna Bay. Racing commences at the turn off to West Head. This is for riders who are looking to make the step up from D Grade or found the pace of C Grade too much in previous months but would like to race two laps.

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. We also have a number of our female riders entering this grade. This grade is as much about racing as it is learning the craft of racing.

ALL GRADES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF D GRADE AND C HUBBARD WILL BE RACING FROM THE AKUNA BAY START LINE

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All riders must show a current 2014 Gold Racing Licence or purchase a One Day Racing Licence and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.

Our Christmas Club Road Race will be signing on from 7am for all grades down at the Akuna Bay Marina. 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 Akuna Bay 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 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.

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.

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Essential Details:

$15 Pre-Entry – with a Gold 2014 licence. Day licences additional $30.

Race Date: 14 December 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.

We encourage all riders to be racing in their club jersey.

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PRE ENTRY DETAILS

ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED.

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.

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.

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