How did your Festive 500 go? It is time to turn the training into racing with the first West Head road race of 2016, January 10. With no Akuna climb and the last few kilometres without the nasty little berg, this finish may fortune the brave or will the climbers lose out to the strong men? With larger fields there will be new contenders, new options and it will be time to go on the attack.

For 2016 the race will be starting back at the traditional heartland of Elvina Walking Track. The race will now sign on and finish at the same location – The Elvina Walking Track. For summer we will have a new starting time of 7am for the first grade to roll out. With simplified grades and lap number changes, please ensure you read all the way to the bottom.

Due to negotiations with National Parks we have increased the field sizes for 2016, while this does create some organising and volunteer burdens on us, it will mean that we will open up the fields to all riders from Sunday 5pm.

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.

Similar to the November race we will again be having a Masters over 55 division which will be a two lap race.

The race course will now start 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.

Female riders of any age can either enter the Masters 55 division or any other grade of their choice. Hence the grading system, whether you train 1 day a week or 7 days, there is a grade for you.

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The entry fee is $20 for Racing Licence riders.

MWCC riders may wish to take advantage of our season pass – which is an MWCC rider exclusive. www.trybooking.com/KACX

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.

GRADING

A Elite is a 4 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 teams. Riders should be experienced and are looking for a very competitive and high class field. Race distance approximately 88km.

A Pretenders. (7:05am) This will be a 4 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 88km.

B Grade (7:10am) is a 3 lap event. Approx 65km.

C Grade (7:15am) is a two lap event. Approx 45km.

Silver Foxes – Masters 55 and over (7:20am) is a two lap event. This grade is for riders aged 55 or over or all aged female riders.

ALL GRADES RACE FROM THE ROLL OUT, THERE IS NO NEUTRAL SECTION

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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 6:30am 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.

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Essential Details:

$20 Entry – with a Gold 2016 licence. Day licences additional $30.

Race Date: 10 January 2016

Race start time is 7am. Sign on from 6:30am.

Race sign on and start is Elvina Walking Track, West Head Road.

All clubs and riders welcome.

Since this is a Cycling NSW sanctioned event, all riders are expected to race in Club Kit or registered team kit. If you are racing in a registered team kit, please ensure that you are listed as an approved rider for that kit as per the Cycling NSW website. Otherwise riders are expected to ride in plain black or white jerseys.

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PRE ENTRY DETAILS

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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.

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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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