They don't usually release the program till the day. You can see entrant lists up until entries close but not after - people find out their grade usually on the day, the handicapper is probably working on overtime to get it done in time.
I have heard that C-grade alone has 50+ riders in it, so the race is going to be massive across all grades. There is junior racing starting at 11am so watch out for the kids if you are heading up there early arvo.
Seniors kick off at 1pm.
Thanks for this clarification Gemma, it's much appreciated!
cheer for me as I do a solo reverse breakaway from the back of E-grade (well I hope i snag E-Grade ;-)
Is there a map available if you want to go watch?
'A' Grade 92Kms (6 Laps)
'B' Grade 77Kms (5 Laps)
'C' Grade 62Kms (4 Laps)
'D' Grade 47Kms (3 Laps)
'E' Grade 31Kms (2 Laps)
No E-grade/D-grade interface problems today - I got put in D and wasn't caught by E...
Slightly off topic, there are over a 100 for the vets open race on Sunday (my first open), including a few I recognise from AC. I feel a severe arse kicking is coming my way on Sunday morning.
How lucky are we to be able to race on public roads most weekends, hope everyone has a great weekend.
Patrick, good luck on Sunday, provisional start list is up on the vlcc site.
Pat, you've got a 14 min head-start on the Baron (who is riding off scratch) and a biggish bunch to hide in. Should be a superb day...great weather and a brilliant route. Its my first handicap race so will be interesting to see how different the tactics are.
Thats right... show me up! Don't forget I've had slack few weeks on leave. Nothing worse than being dropped from scratch - no one else behind!
As for tactics DD, in a handicap your group works as a unit, the objective being to stay clear of the chasers and to overtake those in front. You need to work together or be outcast.
There's only one winner - 1st across the finish line! So the last km or 2 can be tactical with the wiser riders pushing the unwary to the front... the last 3-500m is each man for himself!