All riders must hold a current Cycling Australia Gold License to be eligible to enter the upperlimb.com Cunningham Classic.
Entries are made based on your handicapped grade, and separate races are run for each grade.
In the unlikely event that insufficient entries are received for any grade, riders will be placed in to a race with another grade of similar speed / ability and still compete for prizes for their own grade. (For example- should separate grades be combined in to one race, both grades will still compete for the Avantiplus The Valley King of the Mountain, DWBH Homewares Most Impressive Rider and upperlimb.com Winner and places. All decisions will be made at the discretion of the Club, with assistance from the Chief Commissaire and State Handicapper.
Elite A - 171km: $ 125
Elite B & C, Junior Under 19, Masters A, B, C & D, Womens Div 1 (A & B), Womens Div 2 (C & D) 96km: $ 115
The organising committee of the upperlimb.com Cunningham Classic works very hard to keep entry fees as low as possible for this iconic race. We really do - it's agenda item #1 for every single meeting. No other Cycling Queensland race in the state is as complex, expensive or difficult to stage.
This isn't a circuit in a quiet farming area like the Mardi Bartlett Classic/ Charles Coin Memorial Road Race and this isn't a Clubbie on a local industrial estate early on a Saturday morning; the upperlimb.com Cunningham Classic is the largest and most difficult to stage open road race in Queensland. Period. The closest comparison we can provide in terms of an event is the Grafton to Inverell. It's double the distance for most grades and double our entry fee (and we believe still great value!).
So what do we do with all of your hard earned cash? We spend around 12 months each year planning the event. We send advance teams up to the course each week for around 8 weeks prior to the race to undertake risk management and annual planning activities. We purchase permits from 3 local councils, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the Queensland Police Service (Central Command and Local Area Command) and pay to advertise in the local papers for 2 weeks leading up to the event. We pay for rolling road closures on 181km of roads. On the day we use two national highways as well as nearly every secondary road between Gatton, Warwick and Leyburn. We hire at least 15 traffic controllers, 6 police escort vehicles, 6 first aid providers, and supply 70 vehicles for 11 simultaneous convoys. We also look after more than 100 volunteers who we need to transport, feed and hydrate during their 10 hour shifts. We provide musettes, fruit, and a prize pool including giveaways of more than $17,000 for competitors and while we're there - we also do our best to provide the toughest, fairest, most competitive, protected and safest racing possible.
We also pay Cycling Queensland a fee of $8,850 to sanction the event (that's 19.4% of the total entry fees that we receive from you).
Costs increase every year, and those of you who regularly return will know that the organising committee has been somehow managing these increases whilst only increasing the price of the race $8 in the previous 5 years. This year it's crunch time - we either ensure the race remains financially viable, or we lose it forever.
We appreciate the incredible support that we receive from the cycling community, and we're proud to be able to host this iconic race and do our bit to contribute to the sport. It's a joint effort that contributes to a great racing calendar in Queensland - and we're proud to just be a small part of it. With your support, we look forward to working with everyone to continue delivering this event for many years to come!
Expensive to host? Yes. Good value to enter? We think so. If we could make it cheaper, we would!
The upperlimb.com Cunningham Classic is one of the most popular races on the Cycling Queensland calendar. As a result of it's popularity, the Kangaroo Point Cycling Club is required to cap entries to all grades to ensure that our goal to provide a safe, fair and competitive event can be achieved.
The Kangaroo Point Cycling Club will update the Event's Facebook Page with further information on any field caps once entries have opened to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to enter before the maximum group sizes are reached.
To avoid disappointment given our 2014 & 2015 races had multiple sell-out grades, we suggest that you consider entering the event as soon as possible.
All 2016 upperlimb.com Cunningham Classic race entries are processed through the IMG online registration system available through the Cycling Queensland website.
- Entries open at 5:00pm 15 June 2016 (if not earlier).
- Entries close at 12:00am midnight on Sunday 24 July 2016.
- Late entries (with an additional fee) close at 12:00am midnight on Tuesday 26 July 2016.
- There are no entries after 12:00am midnight Tuesday 26 Jul 2016.
The event features two Women's Only races.
- A Grade & B Grade women will combine to form Division 1 (96km). Prizes are awarded separately for each grade.
- C Grade & D Grade women will combine to form Division 2 (96km). Prizes are awarded separately for each grade.
To ensure safe, fair and enjoyable racing- there are restrictions on the minimum field sizes available. Detailed information is available here.