After a cracking first round of the twilight series, the second one is promising to be bigger and better. The race, commencing at Uriarra Homestead, presents a new course to riders which is mooted as the flattest course Canberra has to offer. Yep thatís right no hill climbs.
Riders will start at Uriarra Homestead and commence riding towards the Cotter on Brindabella Road, before turning back towards the Homestead and taking a left turn towards Condor Creek. Rider will then turn before the start of the hill climb, back past the homestead, and ride to just before the decent to Uriarra Crossing before turning and back to the homestead for the completion of one lap. One lap of the course is approximately 20km.
One exciting element of this race is that all grades will complete the 40km course and only start one minute apart. There will be no resting as a bunch if you donít want to be neutralised because the lower grade has caught you.
The twilight races are designed to be shorter and faster races that require riders to test their race craft and concentration. The first race certainly saw numerous attacks and will a flat course this could be no different. Of course the race against the clock will still be running with all riders needing to be back at the finish before the sun goes down and the race is neutralised at 7.50pm. For information, the average speed required to be back before 7.50 is around 25km per hour Ė remember itís a flat course.
It was encouraging to see so many people out for the last race enjoying a picnic and some refreshments. Given the hour, riders and their families are encouraged to enjoy some time with their club mates after the race (responsible BYO). Donít forget to hang about for the presentation and the spot prizes which will commence at 7.50.
All grades will complete two laps totalling 40kms
- Racing starts 6:15pm on Saturday, 12 February 2011.
- Registration will open at 5:30pm.
- Times-7 tags/Race numbers: Can be purchased at registration between 5.15 and 5.30pm.
- You wonít be eligible to race until you are properly registered in Times-7.
- Entry is $5 with a Times-7 tag. Entry without a Times-7 tag is $15
- For Insurance purposes, riders must have a current Cycling Australia licence (2011). A limited number of one day and three ride permits can be bought at the time of registration, for details and prices see here.
Important note Ė as a condition of entry all riders are required to have operative powered front and rear light on their bikes. This will be checked by the Commisaire as part of the equipment check. Sunset will be at 8:00pm Ė all racing will be neutralised at 7.50pm.
Please note that to race you must have an approved Australian Standard Helmet and this will be checked by the Commisaire. Riders in each grade must be present for the race brief for their grade. You will not be permitted to race if you are not present for the race brief prior to your grade start.
Riders are reminded that their bicycles must be in a roadworthy condition prior to racing. Any riders deemed to be riding an unroadworthy bicycle on visual inspection will not be permitted ton race.