West Head Akuna Bay race, May 11

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Matt T
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Postby Matt T » 05 May 2014, 22:46

Hey all,

Just wondering if anyDHBC peeps are thinking of going in the MWCC's West Head race from Akuna Bay this Sunday

http://www.manlywarringahcc.org.au/even ... #more-1595

I've never done it before, so I think I might have a go at D grade - it would be nice to see some other red jerseys out oop north!

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Stuart
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Postby Stuart » 06 May 2014, 14:54

Too many hills and too fast as it's an open, not masters. Jo & I will be out at Eastern Creek racing D grade with Waratah Masters...

Matt T
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Postby Matt T » 12 May 2014, 14:20

RACE REPORT

Well, West Head was ... an education. It was only about 28km, or an hour, of racing, but it felt like twice that.

I went in a small D-grade group. I managed to almost drop my bottle at the end of the neutralised climb, just before the start, and the subsequent faffing around meant I had to chase on as soon as things kicked off.

Once I rejoined I was going okay, seemed to be one of the stronger climbers … and then about a quarter of the way into the race I got dropped.

I tried to get back on, but never really got close. Spent the rest of the race riding solo between groups. (An old boy pushing 60 ended up out-foxing two school-age lads who both looked about 14 for the win)

Still, West Head is a lovely place to ride - beautiful scenery, great roads and zero traffic for the whole race - and now I have a new goal for next time. Hang on and don't get dropped!

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Eleri
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Postby Eleri » 12 May 2014, 18:31

I saw you Matt! You were standing at the finish line. I was riding past, not racing but out to West Head just as B Grade was finishing with DHBC rider, Tom Bolton in first place.

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Postby Matt T » 12 May 2014, 23:09

Oh, I didn't realise he was dhbc - he had a different jersey on. I would have cheered him on, he did a great sprint for the win!

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Postby kiwiames » 31 May 2014, 17:58

Ok How on earth do you pre enter for this race? The website I followed from the initial post says the 'booking window as closed' ? . I know its very popular and will be no spots left to enter on the day.

Anyone that knows please let me know!

Cheers
Amy.

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paul
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Postby paul » 01 Jun 2014, 12:51

Hi Amy,

You enter from the MWCC home page.
They don't seem to have the entries open for next Sunday as yet.
Try again mid week.

Good luck on the day.

Paul

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Postby Matt T » 08 Jun 2014, 13:13

Hi Amy,

the next West Head race is on June 22.

http://www.manlywarringahcc.org.au/news ... #more-1641

It says that day licences are available (which is not usually the case), so that might be a good option for anyone interested in having a go without forking out for a gold licence.

I'm thinking of entering in D-grade again, with the goal of not getting dropped this time!


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