Port Adelaide CC is proud to host Round 4 of Cycling SA’s Cyclo-Sportif Series 2014. Only days after the Suburu National Road Series' Adelaide Tour raced over this circuit Cycling SA's Sportif riders will tackle the infamous finishing loop past Bird in Hand and along the 'Strade Bianca' hill sections of Burnley and Pfeiffer Roads - up to three times!
We thank Bird in Hand at Woodside for providing us with an amazing start/finish area, the first 100 riders to sign on with their license in hand will get a coffee voucher from their cafe (available after 9am) and you can always purchase more coffee & cake to top this up! Wine tasting and sales available after 11am. Trott Park Fencing Club are providing the BBQ - snags and bread for every rider, and cold drinks are available for purchase. Thanks also to Elbows Akimbo for series sponsorship and neutral support. ACRM Gawler-Barossa Division are providing traffic marshalls and Viv Bing and Associates help us with first aid. Without all these groups we could not run this event - we hope you enjoy it!
We wish to stress that Sportifs are not races. Risk-taking is unnecessary and unwelcome. The event is not conducted on closed roads and not all corners will be marshalled. Teams are required to ride according to the road rules, that includes giving way and/or stopping when required, keeping left, riding no more than two abreast, riding single file when overtaking other riders, and signalling right-hand turns. Please be courteous to other teams and traffic, for your own safety and the safety of others.
All the Port Adelaide CC crew that put on these events are volunteering their time. If you think you can help on the day, whether it's at sign-on, assisting carparking marshalls, turning sausages or calling up teams we'd love to hear from you or please pipe up and chip in on the day.
Venue: Bird in Hand Winery, off Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside SA 5244. Map Link and Google Directions: https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Bird+In+Hand+Winery/@-34.95717,138.896316,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x385727fedc4dd309 Note Bicycle SA is starting a Grand Slam Ride in Woodside at 8am so don't get confused and follow someone to the wrong start!
Car parking: There is a car parking area within the winery. Please do not use the cellar door parking (at the end of the gravel road), please park on the grass - after entering the main winery entrance turn hard right after approx 50m to access this area. Park in orderly rows as close as possible to fit everyone in. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON THE COURSE TO ASSIST RIDER SAFETY.
Toilets: Toilets at Bird in Hand will not open until 9am. If you require a toilet prior to 9am there are two more public toilets within easy riding distance (or stop in there on the way) : Woodside Institute (See MAP: located at the rear of Woodside Institute, entry via Nairne Road Woodside, or Woodside Recreational Ground (see MAP: located Onkaparinga Valley Road). Both loos are about 2500m away so they make a good warm-up. We shouldn’t have to say it – but please don’t urinate in public.
Sign-on: All riders must sign on and have a valid membership prior to participating in the sportif. Sign on will be open from 7:45am. Show your current CA license (or receipt if you haven’t got your card yet) to the smiling volunteers at the sign-on desk under the Port Adelaide CC tent, find your team on the start sheet and sign-on alongside your own name. 3-Ride Permits ($44) and Silver (Recreational - $88 for adult) and GOLD (Racing) memberships with Port Adelaide CC will be available for purchase on the day if required. Each rider will collect their BBQ ticket at sign on. The first rider signing-on from each team will collect a pair of rider numbers. They are to be pinned on the left flank and middle rear pockets. Please return them afterwards!
All riders should be signed on at least 30 minutes prior to their teams start time.
Late Entries: Each team’s sign-on listing will have 9 lines for names, so if you haven’t got a full team of 9 and rope in extra riders as late entries, they can sign-on their name in one of your team’s blank spots and pay on the day ($30 Senior, $20 U15-U17).
Warm-up/Warm-down: Please do not ride on the course after 8:30am. Please respect other teams and consider everyone’s safety, and don’t confuse our time-keepers by circulating near the start area.
Start Times: Team Start Times will be published here on Saturday. The first team off will leave 8:30am. It is the team’s responsibility to ensure they have all their riders present to the start line at least 1min prior to their start. Teams will be leaving in numerical order (but don’t rely on the team in front of you knowing their start time as you may run late too!) When ready to start, assemble in the Oval’s driveway, your team will be called just prior to your time. PACC’s big clock will help you keep an eye on the elapsed time.
Start TimeNo of lapsTeam Name8:302 LapsTeam Holland8:312 LapsRed Deer Racing WHITE8:322 LapsCentrals Mishmash8:332 LapsSmokkelaars8:342 LapsSADB Cycling 28:352 LapsRedline Cycling – The Green Train8:362 LapsRed Deer Racing RED8:372 LapsEspressos8:382 LapsCentrals Mums & Dads & Lads8:392 LapsBike Station Novice8:402 LapsBike Society Girls8:412 Laps5 Bobs Worth Plus8:422 LapsBike Station B8:503 LapsVinechange.com.au.8:513 LapsVegan Velo8:523 lapsTour de Legacy - Macdow 28:533 LapsPACC Men of Steel8:543 LapsSADB Cycling 18:553 LapsRedline Cycling – The Black Train8:563 lapsRankin Raiders8:573 LapsPACC Chicks on Speed8:583 LapsLands Real Estate Aura8:593 LapsElbows Akimbo9:003 LapsCentrals Top Guns9:013 LapsPACC Fat Bottom Girls9:023 LapsCancer Voices BLACK9:033 lapsTour de Legacy - Macdow 19:043 LapsBike Society9:053 LapsCentrals Not So
Neutral Support: ‘Elbows Akimbo’ will have a marquee and stand set up adjacent the Port Adelaide CC sign-on tent. There is no neutral support out on course. If one of your riders has a mechanical, your team has to fix it (safely off the road) to avoid a Team DNF, or arrange assistance for rider pick-up (Team DNF – we’ll still supply your time). Carry ample water and food, phones, tools, tubes and even a spare tyre – whatever you think you need to ensure your team all finishes the event together.
First Aid: Two Sports Trainers will be at the event. One will be out on course, the other located at the Start/Finish area and they are there to help if you need it. If you see a rider who needs emergency medical assistance please don’t hesitate to call 000 or 112 ASAP.
Timing Each Lap: Each time you pass the start/finish line it helps if the time keepers can see your rider wearing the numbers, by that rider positioning themselves where it’s easily read – the back and left of your group. It also helps to arrange for your rider with the best lungs to clearly yell out your team number as you ride past.
The Course: Your team is expected to know the course. The event is not conducted on closed roads and not all turns and intersections will be marshalled. Teams are required to ride according to the road rules, that includes giving way and/or stopping when required, keeping left, riding no more than two abreast, riding single file when overtaking other riders, and signalling right-hand turns. Please be courteous to other teams and traffic, for your own safety and the safety of others. You can download the course in .gpx format into your Garmin or similar via the ‘Export this Course’ link from mapmyride. (under 'route info' or 'actions')
Tips for riding on unsealed roads: The unsealed sections on this route are compacted much harder and less 'loose' than the Nairne PsychoPORTif back in January, however there still are some loose sections particularly when turning onto the unsealed sections which require special care. There is a new section of sealed road at the end of one of the unsealed sections which has a prominant lip so be wary of 'pinch flatting' your tyre. For some of you this may the first time you have ridden a road bike on an unsealed road. Keep a relaxed grip on the bars, and keep your head up. Don’t just follow the wheel in front, give everyone in your team plenty of room to pick their own line. Be careful when turning, brake well before corners to take it nice and easy. Brake gently and evenly with both wheels. Let the bike pick its own line through corners, especially if the surface is loose. Punctures on unsealed roads come in two categories: pinch-flatting (hitting something with insufficient tyre pressure) or sidewall puncture (flinty stone through the sidewall). Be prepared by ensuring you have correct tyre pressure before the event, and carry a $5 note to fold-up and ‘boot’ the inside of a damaged tyre before putting in a new tube. Fatter tyres are best if you have a selection to choose from. As you ride the unsealed sections just think happy thoughts about the Spring Classics.
Post-ride: Remember to hand your team numbers back and enjoy the food and drink available! We’ll recognise some teams’ and individuals’ achievements at the presentations at the conclusion of the event which will occur as soon as practicable. We’ve also got some great random draw prizes including two Elbows Akimbo vouchers and some mixed bottles of Bird in Hand. The catch? Have to be at the presentation to collect your random prize...
Enjoy the ride!
Photo showing riders on part of the unsealed course Friday morning c/- Ben from USG Womens Cycling Team See entire album here