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Darren Smith Classic 2020

This year the Darren Smith Classic is a two day event with a criterium at the Luke Harrop Criterium Circuit, Runaway Bay on Saturday the 7th of November and the traditional road race at Hinze Dam on the 8th of November.

For the past 27 years, in memory of Olympic cyclist, Darren Smith, who was tragically killed in a cycling accident in 1992, the Gold Coast Cycling Club has been successfully hosting the annual Darren Smith Classic. As one of Queensland’s leading cycling clubs, we are pleased to announce that this year’s event has been taken to a whole new level with the introduction of a two day format; a criterium on the Saturday and on Sunday we are working with SEQ Water, to gain sole access to the service roads of the Hinze Dam complex allowing an undulating 12.2km road race circuit.

For entries please follow the link to the CQ: 

https://cycling.org.au/qld/kom-financial-advice-qcrs-round-4-darren-smith-classic

 

 RACE DETAILS (UPDATED 30/8/20)

GENERAL DETAILS

Entries close: Midnight 21/07/2019.

This is not a ‘stage event’. The criterium and the road race are seperate events. There is no points system in place connecting the two races.

There is a 15% discount if both the criterium and road race are entered. 

Late entries will incur a $20 late fee

Separate money for sub categories in each division – total pool = $5000

Equal prize money Elite A Women and Men

For more information about this event please contact:
Race Director, Chris Thompson: info@cyclesense.com.au

Assistant Race Director, Damien McFarline: membership@goldcoastcyclingclub.com.au


DAY 1 – CRITERIUM
Luke Harrop Cycle Circuit, Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay

Category

Entry Fee

Duration

Start

Presentations

U9

$10

10 mins & 1 lap

7:00am

8:00am

U11B / U11G

$10

10 mins & 2 laps

7:15am

U13B / U13G

$15

15 mins & 2 laps

7:30am

U15M / U15W

$15

20 mins & 2 laps

7:50am

9:05am

U17M / U17W

$20

30 mins & 2 laps

8:20am

Elite A

$30

50 mins & 2 laps

8:55am

10:10am

Women A

$30

40 mins & 2 laps

9:55am

10:55am

Masters A

$30

45 mins & 2 laps

10:40am

11:45am

Women B

$30

35 mins & 2 laps

10:42am

Officials Break

Elite B

$30

40 mins & 2 laps

11:40am

12:30pm

Masters D

$25

30 mins & 2 laps

11:42am

Masters B

$30

40 mins & 2 laps

12:25pm

1:20pm

Women C

$25

30 mins & 2 laps

12:27pm

Masters C

$30

40 mins & 2 laps

1:10pm

2:00pm

Women D

$25

30 mins & 2 laps

1:12pm

Elite C

$30

40 mins & 2 laps

1:55pm

2:40pm


DAY 2 – ROAD RACE
Hinze Dam, Nerang

Category

Entry Fee 

Division

Duration

Laps

Start

Presentations

Masters B, U17 Men

$70

3

73km

6

7:30am

10:00am

Masters C/D, Women C/D, U15#

$60

4

49km

4 (#3)

7:35am

10:00am

Elite Men A/B, Masters A

$80

1

110km

9

9:45am

13:00pm

Women A/B, Men Elite C

$70

2

73km

6

9:50am

12:15pm

 

Race will be neutral first time climbing and descending the dam wall

A KOM prize will be presented to the most consistent rider of the wall.

All race divisions limited to 70 riders

Parking, registration and race finishes will take place in the park below the dam wall. Races will be started following the race briefing at the top of the dam wall. 

 

Please support our sponsors:

Cr. Glenn Tozer Division 9 –
Mudgeeraba & the Gold Coast Hinterland

 

The Darren Smith Classic 2020 is supported by:

 

ROAD RACE – DETAILS

Key Personnel:
Race Director: Chris Thompson
Chief Commissaire: Cathy Reardon
Club President (Promoter): Nanette Richert

Expected Time Span for the event: 6:30am – 1:00pm. The setup team will be onsite from 5:00am.

Projected Schedule:
05:00   Setup Team on site
06:30   Commissaires & volunteers on site (convoy assemble)
06:40   Registration opens
06:45   Volunteer (Course Marshals & Convoy Drivers) briefing
06:55   Commissaire briefing
07:20   Division 3 & 4 rider briefing
07:30   Division 3 depart
07:35   Division 4 depart
09:30   Division 1 & 2 rider briefing
09:40   Convoys reassembled
09:45   Division 1 depart
09:50   Division 2 depart
10:00   Presentations: Division 3 & 4
12:15   Presentations: Division 2
13:00   Presentations: Division 1
13:10   Pack up

Parking & Registration:
Please see the attached map for competitor and spectator car parking. This carpark is the overflow carpark of the dam authority and will allow you to park close to the start/finish without having to come into the finish straight. There is a path that winds through to the start/finish area. The carpark adjacent to the finish line will be reserved for volunteers and commissaires.

Please note we have moved the registration desk down near the start finish line. Please use the path provided and avoid riding or walking on the race circuit.  At the registration desk we will collect your CA licence and issue your transponder and two race numbers. Once you are ready to race, please make your way down to the rider briefing area. once you have completed your race you may keep your numbers as a souvenir of your experience.  

DIV 1
YELLOW
1-75

DIV 2
GREEN  
151-225

DIV 3 
BLUE
76-150

DIV 4 
PINK 
226-300

U15  
ORANGE
301-320

Registration closes 15 minutes prior to each race start.

Food & Drinks:
Please be aware that the Club is NOT running a canteen on the day. We strongly urge you to support the View Café at the top of the dam wall. This café has beautiful views of the surrounding environment and has supported the running of our event. The View Café will also be running a small canteen near the registration, selling drinks and snacks.

Toilets:
There are a number of toilets positioned around the dam facility including two portable toilets in the competitor carpark and permanent toilets near the start/finish zone. Please see the map.

Junior Roll Outs:
Juniors will be required to roll out as per usual. This will take place on the path near the official’s tent in the official’s carpark 20 minutes prior to your race.

Spectators:
We encourage friends and family to come and watch you race, however, it is important that spectators are aware of their surroundings.

The Hinze Dam Complex is considered a secure facility and therefore spectators are not allowed in the secure zone marked by the big black gates towards the bottom of the dam. This includes the (KOM) climb up in the front of the dam wall. A good place to spectate from is from the safety of the top of the dam wall itself.

Also, please be mindful that some of the 12km circuit is comprised of either narrow roads or busy main roads and therefore not conducive to spectators parking on the side of the road.

The Course:
The course is challenging and technical but also fun! Please take into consideration the varied terrain as you are racing. The KOM climb in front of the dam wall involves riding over two concrete culverts – these are easily negotiated when taken with care.

Police vehicles will be present at the front and back of the convoys and organisers will do their best to stretch the protection of the convoy over the greatest distance possible.

Please also note we are asking competitors not to warm up on the race course.

Feed Station for Div 1 will be on Advancetown Rd before the left turn into Spillway Rd and the finish line.

The Start:
Once you have been briefed by Queensland Police and the Chief Commissaire, you will roll out into the secure area under NEUTRAL conditions. You will then begin the climb and for everybody this is the first time riding on these roads. Please stay together, take care and study your surroundings including the placement of the KOM.

Once everyone has reached the top of the climb if the peloton is together then you will begin the descent still under neutral conditions. Again, take care on the descent, as it is safe but technical. Once you exit the bottom gates of the dam facility, when the commissaire is happy, then the race will commence. In other words, your first time up the dam wall climb is under neutral conditions.

The Finish:
When you cross the finish line for the last time you will be directed into the official’s carpark and around to the path that takes you back to the competitor’s carpark. This is to avoid you entering the restricted area unnecessarily or crossing the finish line for a second time.

Presentations and Prizes:
Even though each division is one race, in order to recognise people’s efforts within their categories, we will be placing the first 3 riders in each grade within the division. Presentations will take place at the end of each division.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by replying to this email or contacting one of the Key Personnel above.

Course Map and Feed and Waste Zone:
This year we will have a dedicated Waste Zone on the climb up Gilston Road. This signed area will be the only place that riders are permitted to dump rubbish during the event. The Feeding Zone is located at the start/finish area at the Hinze Dam Picnic Parkland on Spillway Road extending for 150m. Feeding is only permitted for riders in the Division 1 race.

 

The climb

 

The climb close-up

 

The descent