This is a Club team event where ALL riders earn points for their Club, and aim to win the Barkly Challenge Trophy.
Darwin Cycling Club has held the Trophy for the past 2 years.
Who will have it after lunch on the 21st?
The weekend comprises the NT Time Trial Championships/prologue on Saturday morning, a team road race on Saturday afternoon and a team criterium on Sunday morning.
The NT Time Trial Titles will be included in the prologue on Saturday morning. ALL riders who have been a member of their CA affiliated Club for a minimum of two months prior to the 20th July 19 are eligible to compete for both Barkly Challenge team points as well as the NT Time Trial Title in the same event.
The Barkly Challenge is not a stage race but three individual events. Riders can ride one, two, or all three events. Failure to start or finish one event does not preclude participation in subsequent events. The road race circuit will be run over the same 20km circuit as the time trial but with a neutral start from the BP Service Station on Paterson St (Stuart Highway). The distances will vary for each Grade. A Grade will complete 80km, B Grade 60km and C Grade 40km. Higher points are awarded to the higher grades to reward the stronger teams.
Juniors are encouraged to participate. The Barkly Challenge again is included as a National Junior Road Series (NJRS) event. This allows all U17 & U15 Northern Territory riders to accumulate points towards the NJRS. U17 riders will complete a TT of approximately 15km, the U15 & U13 TT will be approximately 8km and other junior riders will have an age appropriate distance. Similarly the road race distance is commensurate with expected abilities and CA guidelines. The road race distance for U17 will be 60km , U15 40km, U13 20km, and other juniors at age appropriate distances. The final determination of the points system in relation to juniors will be dependent on the number of registered riders.
Junior roll-out will be at 9am adjacent to the start line for the time trial.
Social riders are also invited to participate in all events on whatever roadworthy bike they have. These riders will be untimed and without places recorded. All social riders will receive Club points for participation. Social riders will require a Cycling Australia RIDE membership as a minimum. (Event only memberships are available online).
Riders are invited to the NT Time Trial Championship medal presentation to be held at the Memorial Club on Saturday evening.
At the celebration lunch on Sunday presentation of the Barkly Challenge Trophy will complete the weekend of cycling.
Riders will be graded based on their performance in the Time Trial (Stage 1).
Please enter as Open, or by appropriate junior category.
8:00am RACE SIGN IN & BRIEFING.
Sign-in and riders briefing at Peko Road Caravan Park, adjacent to the office. Bib numbers and event program distributed. Late entry race fees collected. Ensure your RACE (or RIDE) membership is presented. No participation without presentation of a valid CA Membership.
9.30am Start TIME TRIAL PROLOGUE & NT TT TITLES Seniors 20km, Juniors U17, U15 & U13 age appropriate distances
Start adjacent to caravan park on Peko Rd. Junior riders will be started first over a shortened course, before all other riders. The junior distances will be confirmed at the rider briefing after the course has been surveyed for appropriate turning points. The approximate distances will be 15km for U17, 8km for U15 & U13. For U11 riders the distance will be discussed with their coach and/or parent. All registered riders start as seeded at 1 minute intervals. Late registrations will start after seeded riders. All senior riders, apart from social riders are graded for the road race and criterium from the results of prologue/Time Trial. Time triall bars, disc wheels etc. can be used so long as in accordance with the CA Technical Regulations.
Start at BP Service Station, neutral to Peko Road Caravan Park. Peko Road turning right beyond the go-cart track to a turning point at 10km returning to the caravan park forms one lap. A Grade will compete over 4 laps, B Grade 3 laps, C Grade 2 laps. U17 will compete 3 laps and U15 2 laps. Other junior riders will have their distance determined by the number of riders in the combined U13, U11 & U9 age groups.
8:00 am for 8:30am Start CRITERIUM. At the Go-Cart Track off Peko Road.
A Grade 30 mins plus 2 laps, B Grade 20 mins plus 1 lap, C Grade 15 minutes plus 1 lap, U17 20 mins plus 1 lap, Under 15 and Under 13 Juniors race over 10 minutes plus 1 lap.
11:00am CELEBRATION LUNCH AND PRESENTATIONS
At the Tennant Creek Gun Club Clubrooms alongside the Go Cart/Criterium Circuit.