The road race events this series are open to and can be enjoyed by all, because they are ability-handicapped – usually in a way that ensures that elite riders never win. The format is technically called an Australian Pursuit – (no, not Aussie Rules) – and is designed to bring out the best in all of us, in terms of both collaboration and deviousness. There will be 4 to 5 groups that will start at intervals. Typically there are 40 to 60 riders at each event. The fastest riders start in the last group, and must catch and pass all to be successful. The initial intent is that the strong riders are more tired by the time they catch up to the next groups, and the level of competition is equalized. Race distances vary from 60 to 80 km.
There are no race prizes, however points are accumulated for the entire series, and prizes are awarded at the last race for the top 15-20 riders. The interclub series for 2010 will be sponsored by the Barrie Cycling Club, Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club and Mountainview Cycling Club.
First Interclub – Sunday May 2, at Oro
Start Time: 10 am
Cost: $5 per race plus appropriate club membership. For Mountainview riders this requires club membership PLUS either a Citizen Permit or UCI License. Citizen permits can be purchased through the club at this weeks club ride on Monday (Copeland) or Tuesday (Mountainview), or at the Thursday night race at Mountainview.
Location: Park at the Oro Fairgrounds. Travel south on Hwy 93 to Old Barrie Road (at Dalston). Turn Left and take Old Barrie Road to Line 7 (about 2k after passing Hardwood Hills).Turn right on Line 7, and take it to Oro Fairgrounds (at the intersection of 15/16 Line). Try to register before 9:30 so the groups can be organized.
Course: will travel west on 15/16, then north on Line 4, then East on Old Barrie Road, then South on Line 7 to finish at the fairgrounds. The race will run 4 or 5 laps.
Sunday May 2 Oro Short
Saturday June 12 Lafontaine (our race to organize)
Sunday June 27 Beeton
Sunday July 18 Moonstone / Vasey (our race to organize)
Sunday August 15 Epping
Sunday September 19 Hardwood Hills