What is the road surface like?
The road surface is a key consideration for the race. There are a variety of surfaces from rough corrugated roads, to stony bitumen to fast hot mix. Everything will be done to ensure a safe racing surface for the entire circuit. Regardless though, wheel selection and tyre pressure is always something to be considered for this race
Who runs the event?
The event is organised and hosted by Illawarra Cycle Club. There is a tremendous amount of history preceding the event which was first run in 1958!
How do handicap races work?
For the uninitiated, think about handicap racing like a good old fashioned game of ‘catch me if you can’. Small groups of 10-20 riders are released at intervals of 2-3 mins. After the first bunch goes the next one is expected to be a little bit faster, and the next one faster again, and so forth. The last group to go, referred to as the ‘scratch’ bunch, will go approximately 25-30 mins after the first bunch. That’s a lot of ground to make up in just 88km!
The aim in a handicap race is to work with the fellow riders to catch the bunch in front and eventually get to the front of the race. From there you can fight out the win
Which group do I go in?
Grading is always a tricky question, especially for handicap races. Upon registering for the event you will be asked to nominate your desired bunch. That will be qualified against your grading held with Cycling NSW to ensure you are ranked fairly against other riders. If you haven’t raced the Dinnerville before, the most important thing is getting down and having a go. If it turns out your bunch was too hard or easy that can always be adjusted the next year
How does feeding work?
No feeding is allowed. You must start with all of your food and water for the race
When is the event?
Sunday 26th May 2019. Sign-on from 8.30am; First bunch starts at 10am
When is the cutoff to register?
Midnight on Sunday 19th May 2019
What is the course like?
Four laps of an out and back circuit. 11km out, 11km back. Repeat four times for the 88km total distance. The first half of the circuit is undulating. At the 8km mark you start climbing the shallow side of Marshall Mount, which tops out at 9.5km. A quick descent and turnaround and you are back riding up the shorter but much steeper side of Marshall Mount. Grab a quick recovery before the 800m push to the top of the ‘dog track’, which tops out at 18km. Then four undulating kms to be back at the turnaround point. Repeat!
You can get a map view on Strava here
How long is it?
Where is it?
The start/finish line is at Don’s Farm, Avondale Rd, Avondale. View it on a map here
Alternatively ‘out the back of Dapto’ is a common albeit less precise description
What about pre-race coffee?
There will be a coffee van at the start to satisfy your caffeine needs
How do I enter?
Entries are managed via the Cycling NSW website