FAQs

We answer some common questions below.

Rules and regulations

From NSW Police & from Cycling NSW Rules and Regulations
* Any person participating in the event, must obey directions given by a member of the NSW Police Force or Ride Referee
* NSW Police has the authority to inspect, oversight, delay, halt or cancel the event at any stage in the interests of road safety or the safety of the community
NSW Police mandate that participants are not permitted on a road during periods of poor visibility due to inclement weather or fog, or where there is insufficient daylight to render a person dressed in dark clothing to be discernible at a distance of 100 metres
The Bowral Cycling Classic rides are not on closed roads. Ride on the left hand side of the road
Wear an Australian approved helmet at all times – no helmet = no ride
Riders suffering a puncture or mechanical failure should use the left hand side of the road. There are mechanics at the designated Rest Stops
Respect signs which have been put in place by the event organisers
Respect all traffic lights – the event is not timed through Mittagong where there are traffic lights
Respect all road rules
Respect all road users, bikes, pedestrians and vehicles
All bikes are to have a bell on their bikes
Place your rider number on your seat post – without it you will not have access to the start/ finish areas or course support. Your personal details are recorded with this number and it will be used for identification if medical attention is required
Each rider is required to respect the environment and the natural areas visited. There is a zero tolerance on littering including paper, plastic packaging etc on the event course. Any rider caught throwing waste on the event course will be disqualified
It is NOT permissible for any rider to use a personal music device this includes earphones &/or speakers
At the Ride Referees discretion, riders may be withdrawn from the event if they are outside the designated cut-off times and their safety cannot be reasonably ensured
While every effort has been made to mark out and officiate the course route, it remains the riders responsibility to be conversant with the ride route
Cyclists are reminded that road cycling can be considered a dangerous sport and whilst all reasonable care is taken by organisers and officials when organising an event, all participants have an equal responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable care by adhering to the road rules and other conditions imposed by ride officials, ensuring a safe race environment for all concerned

Cycling NSW penalties

For this event to be run to a high standard, particularly for safety, there will be FIVE Commissionaires involved in the race. These supervisors will act as necessary to apply penalties for any rider who does not comply within the race rules.

Protest

Any rider wishing to protest his/her timing or report an infringement by a competitor should complete a written form and hand it to the Info Point within two hours of finishing the stage. The protest will be considered by the event organisation.

Parking

There are three designated parking zones for the event:
1. Eridge Park – surrounding streets
Wirreanda Rd Burradoo NSW 2576
This site is expected to fill first so please be aware you may need to park elsewhere
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2. Bowral High School – surrounding streets
Aitken Rd Bowral NSW 2576
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3. Kirkham and Kiama Streets – industrial area
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There is to be NO PARKING in the Bowral CBD / Bong Bong Street and also on Elizabeth Street near Eridge Park
Please park as instructed at Eridge Park.

Riders are to familiarise themselves with how to get from the parking areas to the start area on Bong Bong Street, there will be NO SIGNAGE guiding riders to the Start Area

Registration, check-in, event jersey & kit collection

Those entries received prior to August 31st will have their timing chip (if applicable) plus any merchandise ordered mailed to their nominated postal address.

All registrations received after September 1st, will need to collect their kit at Eridge Park on Saturday October 21st between 12pm – 5pm or Sunday 5am – 7am.

Assembly area

Cyclists will gather in Central Bowral. More information will be sent prior to the event.

A ride etiquette briefing will take place 15 mins prior to each start group.

A vehicle will lead out each group from Bong Bong Street up to the beginning of the timed start.

Nutrition and hydration

This is a Sunday ride but not like your usual hit out. Two factors cannot be underestimated:
• Even at 30km/h riders will be out for 5-plus hours on the bike.
• Riders should consume one gram of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight per hour.

Eating and drinking by the time you feel hungry or thirsty will be too late.

Please note that local cafes will be open from 6am but there will be other cyclists with the same idea and you do not want to miss your start time.

Every rider should carry some nutrition e.g. gels, bananas, muesli bars. Also riders are encouraged to carry two 750 ml water biddons.

Riders on the 160km loop will have access to all three Rest Stops, passing Rest Stop 3 twice.

Riders on the 120km loop will have access to Rest Stop 1 and Rest Stop 2.

Plan to drink all your fluids by the time you get to the next station. Do not wait to feel thirsty before you drink, by then it will be too late.

Riders on the Sample Southern Highlands loop will have vouchers which they will exchange for morning tea, drinks and lunch.

Please also remember to Slip, Slop, Slap before you begin the event.

At the Rest Stops there will be a water station, food, mechanics and First Aid.

What else to carry

Riders are to be self-reliant. Riders should carry 2 x tubes, C02 head unit and canisters, puncture kit, mobile phone, glasses, appropriate cycle related clothing and money

Weather

Bowral during October

Mean maximum temperature: 19.1°C
Mean minumum temperature: 7.7°C
Mean rainfall: 71.6mm
Sunrise: 6:09am
Sunset: 7:22pm
Please be prepared! It is your responsibility to carry what you may need during the ride.

Your bike

Come prepared, get your bike serviced before the event, put on new tires, check your brakes, cables, chain, lube etc. Please do not arrive to the start with a bike that needs a full service.

Saturday – there will be mechanics at Registration at Eridge Park.

Sunday – there will be mechanics at the start area on Bong Bong Street
There will also be a mechanic at each of the Rest Stops plus roaming vehicles on course.

Security

The Event Management takes no responsibility for any valuables lost before / during or after the event.

Ride behaviour

Safety is our first priority.
The Bowral Classic is a timed event NOT A RACE.

Riders will be going through challenging and remote areas where it may take some time to get to any incident. There will be first aid, food and water at each of the rest stops. There will also be roaming first aid associated with the event.

We ask that ALL riders take steps to limit the risks to themselves, other cyclists on course and all road users. Please show respect for your fellow cyclists and other road users and obey the road rules plus the event official’s instructions.

YOU MUST FOLLOW ROAD RULES AND REGULATIONS AS SET DOWN BY NSW ROADS AT ALL TIMES.

The routes are not closed to traffic. There will be signage along the course route to relay that there is a cycling event in progress.

Do not cross the centre line on the road. Please ride two abreast where possible. Do not pass on the inside. Cyclists who are observed to be infringing the event rules can be removed from the event at the discretion of the commissioners

First aid

There will be a 4WD ambulance on course. There will be a designated First AID response team in two vehicles on course. There will also be First AID trained volunteers at each of the rest stops.

The local ambulance command has been told about the event. In the case of emergency please call the Event Emergency Number: 0427 555 531
Emergency medical staff will be clearly identified with high-vis vests and name tags.

Cyclists and insurance

Insurance is compulsory. During the registration process, you will be asked to note your current insurance cover and insurance number. Your current insurance will need to cover you for the Bowral Classic day event. If you do not have the appropriate insurance, you will be asked to take out day insurance, Personal Accident Cover. The cost of this cover is $10 per rider. Please click here for the Product Disclosure Statement.

Course markings

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What's included in your race pack

Tomato Timing race sheet including your seat post number. Please attach this to your bike. It is forbidden to alter, cut or fold your stickers.

Need help during the event?

If you are away from the Race Village and unable to go to the Info Point, you can call one of the two Race Hotlines on ph. 0430 121 776.

Bag drop options

On Sunday morning, on the corner of Bong Bong and Boolwey Streets there will be a Drop Bag Car.

Pack to many clothes or too warm? Use a Drop Bag and place any extra/unwanted clothes in the Drop Bag. They will be transported to Eridge Park – the Village. Pick up is the Information Desk at Eridge Park

NOTE: Bags MUST be labelled with Full Name and Rider Number.

At Rest Stop 1 – on Wombeyan Caves Road – riders will be able to put any clothes they no longer want into Drop Bags.

NOTE: Bags MUST be labelled with Full Name and Rider Number. These will be available at the start line and rest stop 1.

They will be taken to Eridge Park – the Village – for riders to collect at the end of the event. Pick up is the Information Desk at Eridge Park.

Start times and start information

160 km course: From 6:30am to 7:20am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 in approximately 2 minute intervals.

120 km course: From 7:35am to 7:59am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 in approximately 2 minute intervals.

45 km course: 8:05am to 8:23am. Riders will be sent off in groups of 20 riders in approximately 2 minute intervals. Anyone with baby seats will be at the end of the wave.

Cut off times

To be advised

Eridge Park village and Velodrome

The Finish line is located close to Eridge Park. There will be the opportunity to ride in the Velodrome after the event. Join us in the Eridge Park village area for some gourmet fare and great activities.

Refund Policy

If you wish to cancel your Maxi Classic, Challenge Classic or Social Classic
registration, you must notify the Bowral Classic team via email
([email protected])

  Written cancellations that are received by Friday 25th August 2017
  will be refunded 75% of the entry fee.

  Written cancellations received after Friday 25th August but before
  Friday 22nd September 2017 will be refunded 50% of the entry fee.

  No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after Friday
  22nd September 2017.

Team Rankings

Team rankings will be based in the Top Four times of each team. If only three cross the line, that team will not receive a team result.

Age restrictions

The minimum age for the event is 10 years old. Please note that any riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.