The week before the Blayney to Bathurst Cyclo Sportif, this road course will be a great chance to test your legs. This month is also Round 3 of the Sydney Womens Race Series.
The rolling hills of West Head, combined with the Akuna Bay climb make this a great warm up for the following weeks Blayney to Bathurst. This race attracts riders from across Sydney and the Central Coast, the standard varies from National Series riders down to first time racers. With grades A-D and even further sub classifications with those grades there is a grade for all standards of riders.
All riders must show a current 2013 Gold Racing Licence unless purchasing a day licence (additional $30) and an approved Australian Standards Helmet at the sign on.
All grades with the exception of D Grade and Womens B Grade will be doing two laps of West Head.
For grades B and C when signing on – riders will be given the option of riding either Prestige or Hubbard. Riding Prestige means that you will be racing from the roll out at Akuna Bay. Riding Hubbard division ,will mean that you will be riding a neutralised/ steady pace up to the turn off to West Head and once entering the park, it will be race on. The Hubbard division will have the pace set by 2 Manly Warringah riders and the idea is that everyone in that group will at least make it to the turn off before having to survive until the end. Prize money will be reflected in the different style of race. Please note that the pace will still be relatively steady to ensure that sufficient time gaps remain between the groups.
The female riders will be split between A and B Grades, with A Grade undertaking 2 laps and one lap for B Grade. This will form part of the Sydney Womens Race Series.
Please ensure that you sign on to the correct sign on sheet.
As usual our road race will be signing on from 7am for all grades down at the Akuna Bay Marina. There is plenty of parking available in the car park and there should be a coffee cart and toilets available. Our 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.
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.
Grades will commence racing from 7:30am down at the Akuna Bay Marina. Typically the race times are as follows – A Grade roll out at 7:30am, B Grade 7:35, C Grade 7:45 and D Grade 7:50. The finish line will be at its usual place at Elvina Walking Track Carpark, West Head.
Entry fee is $15 if you have a GOLD 2013 licence.
$15 Entry – with a Gold 2013 licence
One day licences are available for an extra $30 if you don’t have a GOLD 2013 racing licence
Race Date: 14 April 2013
Sign on from 7am and Race Start 7:30am – D’Albora Marina, Akuna Bay
Grades A-D – All clubs and riders welcome.
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.
Previous Month Climb Times up Akuna
A Grade: 6min 36 sec
B Prestige: 7 min 8 secs
B Hubbard: 8min 28 sec
C Prestige: 7min 50 sec
C Hubbard: 10min 20 sec
D Grade: 9min 42 sec
Average Speed for the Various Grades – excluding the initial climb
B2 35-36 Feb
C2 33 -34km/hr