The death march of an MWCC road race is shown on the legs and faces of riders as they head home post race from our races. The look of exhaustion combined with the wry smile of having just pushed themselves to the limit on the toughest course in Sydney. Who will reign supreme this March, enter online via www.trybooking.com/EQVY and find out March 13.
In February we had 200 riders on the line in their various grades and once again we are expecting a sell out field as many riders look to test their early season form and for others finalise their preparation for Blayney to Bathurst. With the race selling out days in advance last month, make sure you get your entry in via our online entry form prior to race day. Enter online for $20 if you have a racing licence or purchase the day licence for an additional $30. This can all be done via www.trybooking.com/EQVY
If you wish to wait until race day then the price will be $30. Why the increase? This year we are under a lot more volunteer strain with having to operate a road closure and car convoys. This has meant we have had to triple the number of MWCC members who have to help out every month. If we have a large number of on the day entries, that requires more volunteers to run that part of the morning. Make it easier for us and cheaper for you by going online.
Reviewing the action last month, in the A Elite race it was Marcus Culey who showed that with the removal of the Akuna climb and turning before the descending the nasty little berg, the dynamics of the race have changed and there will be more opportunities for those that are willing to attack to survive. While SuVelo race team looked to liven the race up, it was left to Dave Evans of MWCC to motivate the bunch with a few choice words as it seemed everyone was simply happy to watch and follow Jake Kauffmann even though he was the sole NSWIS representative. While it is a fair assessment that Jake has a impressive palmares on this course, watching him meant that the race winner was able to ride off up the road.
In other grades Sydney Cycling Club were the dominant club across the lower grades and we would expect another strong showing from these riders in March.
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 Grade. If you wish to be in a ‘race 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. 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.
If you wish to check out the full calendar of MWCC races for the year then check out our race calendar which will include two handicap races this year. We also provide mountain bike short course races and cyclocross events. http://www.manlywarringahcc.org.au/events/be-amazed-mwcc-2016-race-calendar/
There will be no start or sign on at Akuna Bay, all riders will now 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 $20 for Racing 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
Our races have a history of being incident free and we want to maintain that record. Remember that you are in control of your front wheel. Keep your brain switched on.
A Elite is a 4 lap race that will start at 7:25am. 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. Race distance approximately 89km.
A Grade Dreamers. (7:30am) This will be a 3 lap race. This grade is for those who are stepping up from B Grade or want to be able to call themselves an A Grader at the coffee shop without actually having the true ability of the true A Grade racers. Race distance approximately 65km.
B Grade (7:32 and 7:35am) is a 3 lap event. Approx 65km. There are two grades, both exactly the same. Simply split to allow appropriate grade numbers. Same course, same prize money.
C Grade (7:40am) is a two lap event. Approx 45km.
C Grade Coffee riders (7:45am) this is a two lap event. Suitable for inexperienced or junior riders. Suitable for those may also consider that their racing career is entering its twilight years.
ALL GRADES RACE FROM THE ROLL OUT, THERE IS NO NEUTRAL SECTION
All riders must show a current 2016 Racing Licence or purchase a One Day Racing Licence and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.
Our Subaru Road Race will be signing on from 7am 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/
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 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.
$20 Entry – with a Gold 2016 licence. Day licences additional $30.
Race Date: 13 March 2016
Race start time is 7:25am. Sign on from 7am.
Race sign on and start is Elvina Walking Track, West Head Road.
All clubs and riders welcome.
PRE ENTRY DETAILS
Entries are now open for all riders.
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.