We answer some common questions below.

Rider Guide Book

The event guide book contains all the vital information you will need on the event day such as start times, rest stop details, medical and enquiry phone numbers, drop bags, GPX files and much more.


Rules & Regulations

Key points:

  • Ride on the left hand side of the road
  • Respect signs which have been put in place by the event organisers
  • Respect traffic lights if there is no marshal present
  • Respect all other road rules and users
  • Wear an Australian approved helmet at all times – no helmet = no ride
  • Place your race number on your seat post and helmet – without it you will not have access to the start/ finish areas or any on course support.

Each rider is required to respect the environment and the natural areas visited. There is a zero tolerance on littering including paper, plastic packaging etc on the race course. Any rider caught throwing waste on the race course will be disqualified.


For this event to be run to a high standard, particularly for safety, there will be FIVE Commissionaires involved in the race. These supervisors will act as necessary to apply penalties for any rider who does not comply within the race rules.


Any rider wishing to protest his/her timing or report an infringement by a competitor should fill out a protest form available at the Info Point within two hours of finishing the stage. The protest will be considered by the race organisation. Adjudications will be displayed on the main information board at that evening’s rider briefing.


Parking will be available at the Clare oval but spaces are limited. The Clare and Gilbert Valley’s Council are confident that there is space for all parking on the many side roads adjacent to the oval.

The main street will be hosting the start so please turn left onto Victoria Road at the OTR Clare.

Registration / Check In / Event Jersey / Kit Collect

All riders are required to register for the ride. All riders who register before February 28th, 2018 will have their registration details, timing chip (if applicable) and any merchandise ordered delivered by mail.

All those riders registering after March 1st will need to collect their registration pack on Saturday 7th April 2pm – 4pm or Sunday 8th April 6:30am – 8:30am at;

Clare Oval
180 Main N Rd,
Clare SA 5453

Start times and start information

160 km course: From 8:00am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 riders in approximately 3 minute intervals.

110 km course: From 8:20am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 riders in approximately 3 minute intervals.

50 km course: From 8:40am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 riders in approximately 3 minute intervals. Anyone with baby seats will be at the end of the wave.

Assembly area

Cyclists will gather in Central Clare. More information will be sent prior to the event.

A ride etiquette briefing will take place 15 mins prior to each start group.

A vehicle will lead out each group from Main North Road up to the beginning of the timed start on White Hutt Road.

Drink stops

1. Brinkworth Oval
Oval Avenue, Brinkworth
33°41’44.7″S 138°24’24.8″E

2. Pioneer Park
Pioneer Avenue, Clare
545333°49’44.9″S 138°36’35.5″E

3&4. Mintaro Oval
85 Mintaro Road, Mintaro
33°55’24.2″S 138°43’14.9″E

5. Clare Oval
160 Main North Road, Clare
33°50’18.1″S 138°36’55.8″E

Nutrition and hydration

This is a Sunday ride but not like your usual hit out. Nutrition and hydration are two factors that cannot be underestimated. Even at 30kph rides will be out for 5+ hours on the bike. It is recommended that riders consume one gram of carbohydrate per kilogram of body weight per hour.

Eating and drinking by the time you feel hungry / thirsty will be too late.

Every rider should carry some nutrition e.g. gels, bananas, muesli bars. Also riders are encouraged to carry 2×750 ml water biddons.

Riders on the 160km loop will have access to all three Rest Stops, passing feed station two and three twice.

Riders on the 110km loop will have two Rest Stops – One and Two.

Plan to drink all your fluids by the time you get to the next station. Don’t wait to feel thirsty before you drink, by then it will be too late.

Please also remember to Slip, Slop, Slap before you begin the race.

At Rest Stops there will be a water station, food, mechanics and First Aid.

What else to carry

Tubes, C02 head unit and canisters, a puncture kit, mobile phone, sunglasses, some money.


Clare during April

Mean Max (°C) 21.6
Mean Min (°C) 9.1
Mean Rain (mm) 41.6
Median Rain (mm) 25.5
Mean Rain Days 7.7

Source: http://www.farmonlineweather.com.au/climate/station.jsp?lt=site&lc=21131

Sunrise: 6:33am
Sunset: 6:01pm

Source: http://sunrisesunset.willyweather.com.au/sa/clare-valley/clare.html

Please be prepared! It is your responsibility to carry what you may need during the ride.

Your bike

Come prepared, check your bike in for a service, put on new tires, check your brakes, cables, chain, lube etc. Please do not arrive to the start with a bike that needs a full service.

We will have bike mechanics out on the course for your support.


The Event Management takes no responsibility for any valuables lost before / during or after the event.

Rider behaviour

Safety is our first priority.

The Clare Classic is a timed event NOT A RACE.

Riders will be going through challenging and remote areas where it may take some time to get to any incident. There will be First Aid at each of the three Rest Stops. There will also be roaming First Aid associated with the race.

We ask that ALL riders limit their risks to themselves and the other cyclists on course. Please show respect for your fellow cyclists and other road users and obey the road rules plus the event official’s instructions.


The routes are not closed to traffic. There will be signage along the course route to relay that there is a cycling event in progress.

Do not cross the centre line on the road. Please ride two abreast. Do not pass on the inside. Cyclists who are observed to be infringing the event rules can be removed from the event at the discretion of the commissioners.

First aid

There will be an ambulance on course. There will be a designated First AID response team with two vehicles on course. There will also be First AID trained volunteers at each of the three rest stops.

The local ambulance command has been told about the event. In the case of emergency please call 000 and the race organiser Emergency Phone Number – TBC

Emergency medical staff will be clearly identified with High Vis vests and name tags.

Course markings

These will be updated closer to the event.

What is included in your race pack?

A race sheet including your seat post number. Please attach this to your bike. It is forbidden to alter, cut or fold your stickers.

Need help during the event?

If you are away from the Race Village and unable to go to the Info Point, you can call one of the two Race Hotlines. These numbers will be distributed prior to the event.

Cancellation and Refunds

If you wish to cancel your Maxi Classic, Challenge Classic or Social Classic registration, you must notify the Clare Classic team via email ([email protected]).
Written cancellations received before Friday 9th March 2018 will be refunded 50% of the entry fee.
No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after Friday 9th March 2018.
Should the Event Organisers cancel the event due to adverse weather conditions, riders will be refunded 50% of their registration fee.

Team Rankings

Team rankings will be based in the Top Four times of each team. If only three cross the line, that team will not receive a team result.

Age restrictions

The minimum age for the event is 10 years old. Please note that any riders under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Cyclists and insurance

Insurance is compulsory. During the registration process, you will be asked to note your current insurance cover and insurance number. Your current insurance will need to cover you for the Bowral Classic day event. If you do not have the appropriate insurance, you will be asked to take out day insurance, Personal Accident Cover. The cost of this cover is $10 per rider. Please click here for the Product Disclosure Statement.