When: Saturday 3rd October 2020
What: Handicap road race
The Ray Appleby Oatlands classic is a coveted events on our racing calendar.
Open Men and Women (including u17s) A through to F Grade
Note: Riders younger than u/15s will not be permitted to sign on.
Entry is online only. Minimum of 20 pre-registered riders for this race to proceed.
Pre-registered riders will receive a full refund in the event that the race is cancelled.
Race Briefing to be held opposite the Hotel on the corner of High and Church Streets.
Race will start on Tunnack Road on the corner with Hasting Street.
Riders will head through Parattah
U15s will turn at the 10ks mark near Mt Seymour
Women and Men will head through Tunnock to the turn around point.
Finish will be back at the start location.
Distance: 47 kms (Women and Men)
Race Format: Handicap
What type of race is the Oatlands Ray Applebys Classic? A graded handicap race
What is a graded handicap race? A race where each rider is assigned a ‘grade’ by the club handicapper. The strongest advanced riders typically ride A grade, and the grading can go down to F grade depending on who is riding. The race starts with the lowest grade, going at time 0, with each grade starting after with varying time gaps (e.g. F grade at 0 time, E grade at +3minutes, D grade at + 7minutes etc). The gaps assigned to each grade will vary at each race depending on the course, conditions and who is racing on the day.
When do I find out about my handicap? The handicaps and times will typically be posted 1-2 days before the event online, and you will be notified via email and/or social media posts
Do I select my grade? You can have some input in your grading leaving a comment in your entry boss registration for the race. The State Handicapping Committee will decide your grade.
What if I really don’t like my grade? You will need to discuss with the State Handicapping Committee and provide evidence of why your grade should be changed. Their decision is final.
What if I get dropped from my grade? There is still a chance to get back in the race, depending on where in the race you are dropped and the reason. Likely higher grades will be the next ones to come through, so you will have to try and tag onto the back of them as they ride past.
What if we catch another grade? Keep going! It is curtesy to call that you are riding through, so that other riders are aware of your presence and do not ride in the way. But overall, your group, or you will continue to ride and likely some riders from that grade will try to jump into your group
Can I draft in a handicap? Yes. Race craft and being smart in tactics like drafting are skills that can be beneficial in a handicap.
How is a handicapped raced? The aim is the first to the finish. So you are aiming to prevent groups behind from catching yours, while also trying to catch up to who ever started off at time 0 (scratch). This means generally working together as a team within your grade and pulling rolling turns
Can I eat during a race? Yes, it’s important to fuel well in any race. You are not however permitted to feed from the side of the road, or from vehicles and littering is not permitted nor the throwing away of bidons.
Is it closed roads? No. The race has a road permit, but the road is still open to public traffic, with signage notifying of a bike race. Therefore the crossing of the center white line is not permitted at any stage
Is there first aid? St John Ambulance will follow the event and provide first aid services if required.
Where do I get my race number? Please collect your race number from sign on. Numbers need to be returned after racing
Where is sign on? 89 High Street Oatlands
Can I sign up on the day? No. Due to COVID requirements entries are only permitted via entryboss.
What time does the race start? 12:30pm juniors. 1pm seniors/u17s
How long is the race? 47kms (seniors and u17s)
Can juniors race? Yes, we will have a u15 race category which will run before the seniors race over 10kms
Will there be coffee at the race? We would encourage the support of Oatlands businesses and cafes with the purchase of coffee
How do I get to the race? Some riders might choose to ride out to the event, but in most cases, driving out will be the most common form of transport. Car pooling is encouraged.
What is the cost? $20 seniors/$10 juniors
Where can I warm up? There are some great quite back streets in Oatlands that can be used, we otherwise recommend the use of trainers and roller set ups. The course can be used, but if riders are coming in for a finish i.e. juniors) we discourage being around that finish location. If riding on the side of the road racers are racing, the competitors take right of way over warm up riders.
Are there Public toilets in Oatlands? Yes. Please refer to the map below.
What if I miss the start? It is the responsibility of each racer to be aware of their start time. If you miss the start time, the only option will be to start with a grade higher than your allocated.
The map attached shows where rego is and where to park and where the short pre-race briefing will be held:
Online (via EntryBoss)
$20 per rider (men , women , U17s)
$10 per rider for the U15s
Rego from 11.30 am
1:00 Seniors (includes u/17s)
Riders must have a current Cycling Australia License.
Information is available here:
1st overall: $100 , $30 Roll Cycles voucher
2nd overall:$75 , $20 Roll Cycles voucher
3rd overall:$50 , $20 Roll Cycles voucher
1st in each grade – $40 + $20 Roll Cycles Voucher
1st Female: $100 + $30 Roll Cycles voucher
2nd Female $75
3rd Female $50
Fastest Time (Seniors Race) – $100
Junior 1st – $30 Roll Cycles voucher
Junior 2nd – $20 Roll Cycles voucher
Junior 3rd – $20 Roll Cycles voucher
+ Spot prizes
From Hobart or North Tasmania take the Midlands High to Oatlands.
The exit from the Highway places you on High Street from both directions.
Rego, where you will be collect your number, will be in the driveway at Jenny’s House 89 Main Street Oatlands next door to the Old Midlands Hotel.
Here are the overall results for Seniors, overall and grades.
1st Thomas Blazeley
2nd Jonas Shelverton
3rd Aidan Judd
4th Tyler Stretton.
Thanks to all the competitors and volunteers and officials that made yesterday’s race such a success.
We were extremely lucky with the weather. About 60 minutes after the race finished there was severe weather that went through with very strong winds and a lot more rain.
I wanted to be able to provide detailed results while completing manual timing which we have been able to provide, I thought riders would appreciate this.
Events like this one do not happen without a big crew of volunteers. As the Race Director I need support pre and post event as well as help during the race. Thank you to the following key organisers:
- Chris Burridge – for organising the Police and Council permits.
- Nicole Frain – organising the sponsorship and spot prizes and managing the social media.
- Andrew Daly – organising the entry portal, work on the Handicap Committee, organising some of the volunteers, being tail car and general help at the event.
- Sarah Christopher – organising the registration bags and labels, set up/pack down of the registration area and many hours of work to put together the detailed results post-race.
Well done and thanks to the Handicapping Committee.
Thanks to the following people that helped at the event:
- Claire Kirby – Rego and Number Collection
- Sally Stretton – Organising the Junior race and help at the finish line
- Phil Jarvie – putting out the signage and helping at the traffic hazard.
- Justin McMullen – Lead Car and sweep
- Rod Hartridge – Junior Turn and collecting signage and returning signs to storage.
- Angus Schiebner – Turn Marshall
- Tim Rogers – Finish line judging and recording
- Brendan Hanigan – Finish line judging and recording
- Karen Caporelli – Finish Line recording
- Jenny Rogers – Finish Line recording
- Matthew Christopher – race footage edit
- St John Ambulance
- Jenny Bailey – Chief Commissaire (and Mr B for being duty driver)
- Gary Baker – Principal Commissaire
- David Buckingham – Principal Commissaire
Thanks to Shellie Wakefield for Cycling Tasmania for everything she does to support the sport.
Thank you so much to Jenny for allowing us to use her place for our registration base.
The next event on the Cycling Tasmania Open Calendar is next Saturday at the Devon 80.
Next Hobart Wheelers – Dirt Devils event is Cyclocross Next Sunday (11/10/2020).
Adam Christopher – President, Hobart Wheelers