Alpine Cycling Club
ROAD RACING RETURNS We have worked hard to be able to offer to all members a local Handicap club race, 56.3 km Buffalo River Road course. Starting next Saturday (23rd October) and running weekly for the 3 weeks (30/10 and 6/11), which also allows anyone who wants to compete but doesn't have a racing licence to upgrade their club membership to a free one month AusCycling race licence and give it a go. The restrictions of the current race approval is that we are limited to only 30 riders, so over these first 3 weeks we want to better understand the demand from members to know how far future invitations go beyond our club membership (if at all), as it is possible that we may over subscribe entries. We are looking at either a weekly or fortnightly schedule for the entire daylight savings term. Understanding that not all will race at every event we want to decide the frequency that caters for most. This is the decision we will making in 4 weeks from now based on this trial.
For those who are unsure (sorry to the experienced racers) how a handicap race works, with 30 riders we are looking for 5 groups of ideally 6 people each A-E grade, spread out so E grade can average 30ish kmph to learn how to work together in a race situation (potentially chaperoned with an experienced racer) and if the handicap timing works, all coming together within the last few kilometres. The race will also have a LEAD car, TAIL car, commissaire as well as a turn around Marshall, so it is planned for safety and inclusive enjoyment. For the more serious racers, the plan is to ride to and from the race (normal Saturday morning ride) to add training distance with a hard effort being the race.
1st over the line $40
2nd over the line $30
3rd over the line $20
Fastest Male $40
Fastest Female $40
Special award $30
It is a RACE and treated as such, so all the rules apply including if your bunch gets caught, jump on, try and hang in and help the collective group to stay away from the next chasing group. Have, fun, ride hard and get fit.
We are asking that everyone gives this a try if they are remotely interested in racing or learning to race, we will make room to accommodate all over these 3 weeks..