In 2018 we are offering an ‘elite group’ for the 175km Maxi Classic course, the Highlanders. This is a self-nominated group of a maximum of 75 riders. You may nominate yourself when registering for the 175km Bowral Classic Maxi course. Riders will be chosen on a first in, first served basis.
When registering riders will be asked to provide their current Cycling Australia Race Licence. This is to ensure they are experienced at riding in teams or bunches.
Even though this event is not a race, this first group will be riding in an envelope with vehicles front and back for safety. The vehicles in this group will be 1 Police vehicle (front), 1 Mechanic and 1 Medical Vehicle (both rear). Participants will be riding on open roads with traffic. Riders must obey all traffic rules and regulations, especially Police instructions. Event vehicles from the organisation WILL limit the speed of the riders at some points during the ride. In this case, the riders are forbidden to overtake the organisation vehicles. Any rider who violates this rule, will be disqualified from the event, resulting in a DNF.
The mechanical vehicle will be there to assist as best as possible the riders in that group. Note that the mechanic vehicle will not be carry be carrying any spare bikes and will not have countless wheels including disk brake wheels. The mechanic vehicle is there in a support capacity for minor repairs. If riders use mechanical assistance they will have an opportunity to re-join the group if they pace themselves back to the group.
Riders in this group will have ONE designated ‘quick’ stop when in Exeter at Rest Stop 2 at ~106km. Riders are able to drop off a backpack or musette with gear which they want to access at this ‘quick’ stop. The drop point for this is at the start line on Sunday morning. This needs to be dropped off before riders depart – the vehicle will be ready from 6:15 to 6:25am. It is suggested that riders mark the bag clearly so that riders can see and access it quickly.
If a rider has fallen off the back of the Highlanders group, those riders WILL STILL be able to access their bag at Rest Stop 2. All bags will be taken from Rest Stop 2 to the Info Point at the Event Expo at Eridge Park. Riders should collect these when they arrive to Eridge Park. If a rider has fallen off the back of the Highlanders group they are allowed to stop at any of the designated Rest Stops on course.