Here are some of the most frequently asked questions!
Q. DO WOMEN RACE WITH MEN?
No. The Kangaroo Point Cycling Club is pleased to present races just for Women.
Q. IS THERE A FEED ZONE?
Yes. You can read about them here. Importantly - there is no feeding from vehicles, and no neutral feeders. So if you are racing Elite A - that's 171km of racing on whatever you can carry in your back pockets (water included). We suggest making contact with a local Club, team, or NRS racing mate who knows someone local that can give you a hand, we're a friendly lot up here in Queensland.
Q. IS THERE A SAG WAGON?
Yes, there will be a sag wagon/ sweep vehicle following the last race. If you are unable to continue the race please wait on the side of the road and the sweep vehicle will take you to Warwick. The sweep vehicle follows the final race departure from Gatton at 10:50am.
Q. IS THERE A SPARES VEHICLE?
Yes, we provide a spares vehicle for every race. Riders may bring a set a of spare wheels which will be carried in the spares vehicle in case of a puncture or wheel malfunction. Please note that there are no neutral spares so you will only get a spare wheel if you have one in the spares vehicle. All riders should also carry with them the equipment necessary to repair a puncture.
Q. WHAT IS THE RACE REFUND POLICY?
The refund policy published by Cycling Queensland applies. At the point of transfer from Cycling Queensland to Kangaroo Point Cycling Club, entires become final. Kangaroo Point Cycling Club is unable to issue refunds for any reason.
Why? Because this is the policy that Kangaroo Point Cycling Club has adopted for this race. It sucks for us, as much as it sucks for any rider who gets a cold just a few days out and can't make it. It costs us a lot of money to deliver this race, fixed costs that we've already committed to based on your entry and we don't get any of it back, to give back to you, if you aren't there. We've all been there, we're not rolling around in a pool of your cash high-fiving each other and smoking cigars. We're right there beside you, shaking our fists at 'the man' with a jar of Vicks and some chicken broth to make you feel better.
Yes its not ideal, but we do genuinely care about you and we wish that you could race. We wish that you could smash out some awesome watts on the KOM, break away solo, smile and wink at your supporters through the drinks zone and enter Warwick with a 10 minute solo breakaway and time to zip up your jersey, sit up and salute the sky as you roll across the line victorious (at least one hand on the bars, or course). But you can't because you're sick.
So if you hate the need for this policy like us, and you want to talk to us, yell at us, call us names, tell us how you'd operate the race differently, let off some steam or just have someone listen - we are committed to taking your call. Our Race Director's name is Betty Bathersby. Her phone number is 3207 3385. Betty will take your call. She will listen. She will answer your questions honestly. She's really a lovely lady, but she still can't get you a refund.
Q. WHERE ARE THE RACE PRESENTATIONS?
You can find the answer to that question here.
Q. HOW CLOSE IS THE START TO THE FINISH? IS IT EASY TO GET BACK?
The shortest possible distance between the start and the finish is 96km. There is no bus or arranged rider transfer. Competitors must make their own arrangements. Importantly - if you're from out of town there's no way other than on your bike or in a car. That will make it a 267km day for any Elite A rider who hasn't made prior arrangements.
Q. WILL GRADES BE COMBINED?
Kangaroo Point Cycling Club is proud to present a race where grades are rarely combined because of competition for places in our capped fields.
It is possible, but highly unlikely that we will be combining grades If we do - we'll put this in to the Programme available in the week leading up to the race.
Q. WILL GRADES BE SPLIT?
It is likely that some popular grades will be split, in particular we expect both Masters B and Masters C to be split in to two races.
Competitors will enter their typical licensed grade through the IMG system, and when entry numbers have been confirmed Kangaroo Point Cycling Club will work with Cycling Queensland and the State Handicapper to split these grades to ensure that there is an equitable distribution of skill and ability across the groups.
Q. DO JUNIOR UNDER 19 RIDERS REQUIRE RESTRICTED GEARS?
Junior Under 19 riders will be racing in combined grades. Accordingly, restricted gears are not required.
Q. CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY ACCOMMODATION?
If you're looking for a place to stay after the race, we'd recommend the Horse and Jockey Hotel / Motel.
If you're looking for a place to rest your head the night before the race, we're told that the Royal Hotel Gatton offers a great room, good food and a nice stay.
If you're looking for somewhere nearby in Toowoomba, we'd recommend Vacy Hall. This spectacular homestead is great with cyclists, and the accommodation is top notch! Nothing like spending a night in front of a log fire before battling Queensland's toughest and most prestigious one day road race classic!