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Inter club - Te Horo - hosted by Kapiti Cycling Club
Saturday 02 March 2019, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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2019 Wellington Centre Interclub Series
The Interclub series aims to encourage riders of all racing abilities to represent their club and compete on a slightly wider stage than within their own club. It's a four round series aimed at riders of all abilities and race distances are between 45 and 70km with flat and lumpy  courses spread between Otaki to Masterton. Each race is run as a handicapped race, where you work within in your start group to catch the group in front of you and avoid being caught by the group/s behind you. Even beginning riders/racers have a good chance of crossing the finish line in first place – especially when the whole of the handicap group work together.
Throughout the series points are awarded to each rider according to finish order. At the end of the series prize money is awarded to the men and women gaining most points overall. The total points gained by each club will determine which club will be the 2019 Interclub Champion. This means that each club needs its members to front up and gain points!

The race series dates are as follows:

1st Race: 27 Jan 19 – Wellington Masters Cycling Club (WMCC) 

2nd Race: 2 March 19 - Kapiti Cycling Club (KCC) 

3rd Race: 17 March 19 - Athletics & Cycling Masterton (ACM)

Race details:
1. You must be a current paid member of a club affiliated to the Wellington Centre to be eligible to compete.
2. $20 entry for all races. Entry paid on the day (NB: A portion of this money goes towards the prize pool).

Points system based on two categories

Handicap finish place for Female and Male riders:
1st  25 points
2nd 24 points
3rd  23 points
4th  22 points
5th  21 points
6th  20 points etc down to 25th place = 1 point for each rider that crosses the finish line.
Fastest Finish time for each race for Female and Male riders
1st fastest time - 5 points
2nd fastest time - 4 points
3rd fastest time -  3 points down to 1 for fifth
Registration: Te Horo Hall, School Road Te Horo.  From 9:15 on Saturday the 2nd of March.
Course: 3 laps of the Te Horo Circuit totalling 62km.   Click HERE for the map.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the series to the top 3 Female and male place getters.

Tips for handicap races

In handicap races, faster groups of riders are given a later starting time than slower ones (a handicap) so that in theory (if the handicap is right) everybody gets to the end of the race around the same time with a chance of winning. The winning time is the lowest result of actual time, less the handicap.

The slowest group would be referred to as Limit, and goes first, followed at intervals by groups called Breaks and numbered 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and just Break, and lastly by the fastest group, called Scratch.

The best way to approach a handicap race is for everyone to work together to keep your group ahead of the one behind and catch the one ahead and place your bunch to the front of the race (on time) so one of you can try and win it.

In contrast, some people ride handicap races the same as graded scratch races, treating others in their group as threats, and sitting in the bunch conserving energy waiting for the sprint, or even attacking their own group. Others seem to treat handicap races as a group ride and are happy to get towed along, doing little, if any, work. Others may try for a while, then see latching on to a faster chasing bunch when it goes past as an attractive option.

In a handicap event, there is a clear expectation that everyone should rotate and do a pull on the front. Even if you are a sprinter thinking of the win, then you should still try to do your fair share of the work.

It is acceptable though in handicap events to just roll through and drift to the back again. But don’t just sit the entire race and then jump everyone at the finish, leaving other riders wondering whether you’ve actually been in the same race. You’ll make no friends racing this way!

In a handicap event, you should not attack your own bunch for most of the race as this disrupts the flow and slows things down. You should be working with them, not against them. As you get closer to the finish feel free to attack your group, or as a group, you can attack any other bunch at any time.

Being part of a well-functioning group in a handicap race where everyone is sharing the workload, aiming to close the gap to the group ahead while working hard to stay ahead of chasers behind, can be an exciting and satisfying experience. In your next handicap race get your group working together properly and you have a really good chance of taking the win.