Rider Information

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.

2020 Rider Guide coming soon.

VIEW 2018 CLARE CLASSIC RIDER GUIDE BOOK

Registration / Check In / Event Jersey / Kit Collect

All riders are required to register for the ride. All riders who register on or before 23 February, 2020 will have their registration details, timing chip (if applicable) and any merchandise ordered delivered by mail. If you receive your registration kit in the mail you do not need to attend the Registration Tent on the event weekend.

All those riders registering after 23 February, 2020 will need to collect their registration pack at the Event Village on either Saturday or Sunday of the event weekend:

SATURDAY, 4TH APRIL
6.00am-7.00am
80km Dirty Clare gravel rider registration only
1.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday Maxi, Challenge and Social rider registration

SUNDAY, 5TH APRIL
6.30am-7.30am
Maxi, Challenge and Social rider registration 

Event Village Location
Clare Oval
180 Main North Rd,
Clare SA 5453

Dirty Clare 80km Gravel Course Information

Start line/time

80km Dirty Clare gravel course riders will take off from Clare Town Oval (Event Village) from 7am on Saturday, 4 April 2020.

Clare Town Oval
180 Main North Rd,
Clare SA 5453

Registration

All riders are required to register for the ride. All riders who register on or before 23 February, 2020 will have their registration details, timing chip (if applicable) and any merchandise ordered delivered by mail.

All those riders registering after 23 February, 2020 will need to collect their registration pack on Saturday 4th April from 6am-7am at Clare Town Oval.

Parking

Parking will be available at Clare Town Oval but spaces are limited. There is plenty of space for parking on the many side roads adjacent to the Oval.

Start times and start information

The Start Line for Saturday 80km Dirty Clare gravel course riders is Clare Town Oval. All riders will head off from 7am.

The Start Line for Sunday Maxi, Challenge & Social riders is in the Town Centre of Clare, on Main North Road.

160 km course: From 7:30am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 riders in approximately 3 minute intervals.

110 km course: From 7:50am riders will be sent off in groups of 75 riders in approximately 3 minute intervals.

50 km course: From 8:10am 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.

Cancellation and Refunds

If you wish to cancel your Clare Classic registration, you must notify the Clare Classic team the Online Adjustment Form.
Cancellations received by 23 February, 2020 will be refunded 50% of the entry fee or have the option to defer to Clare Classic 2020.
No refunds or deferrals will be offered for cancellations received after 23 February, 2020.
Should the Event Organisers cancel the event due to adverse weather conditions, riders will be refunded 50% of their registration fee.

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.

Penalties

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.

Protest

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

Parking will be available at Clare Town Oval but spaces are limited. There is plenty of space for parking on the many side roads adjacent to the Oval.

The Start Line for Sunday event riders is on Main North Road, Clare with some partial road closures on the morning of the event. If wishing to park near the start line, please turn left onto Victoria Road at the OTR Convenience Store.

Assembly area

Maxi, Challenge & Social cyclists will gather in the Town Centre of 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.

Rest Stops

Saturday, 4 April (Dirty Clare 70km gravel course)

Old Hoyleton Hotel
8 Terminus St, Hoyleton
34°01’24.6″S 138°33’39.6″E
https://goo.gl/maps/GQpVyuMVqYhqvw6t7

Sunday, 5 April (Maxi, Challenge & Social courses)

1. Brinkworth (160km Maxi riders only)
Corner of Stone Cutter Road and Condowie Plain Road
33°41’43.6″S 138°25’01.6″E
https://goo.gl/maps/E5fZyzMo75xxTNMY8

2. Pioneer Park (160km Maxi and 110km Challenge riders)
Pioneer Avenue, Clare
545333°49’44.9″S 138°36’35.5″E
https://goo.gl/maps/giRZVnLG4tr

3&4. Mintaro Oval (All riders)
85 Mintaro Road, Mintaro
33°55’24.2″S 138°43’14.9″E
https://goo.gl/maps/MYuVkBT4ZV52

Hydration Station: Manoora (160km Maxi and 110km Challenge riders)
Bananas and water only

EVENT VILLAGE & FINISH LINE: Clare Oval
160 Main North Road, Clare
33°50’18.1″S 138°36’55.8″E
https://goo.gl/maps/TFP2chSuASm

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 and First Aid.

What else to carry

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

Weather

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.

Security

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.

YOU MUST FOLLOW ROAD RULES AND REGULATIONS AT ALL TIMES.

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?

Any merchandise you may have ordered and 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 Event Village and unable to go to the Info Point, you can call one of the two Event Hotlines. These numbers will be distributed prior to the event.

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.

Riders aged 12-16 may participate in the 160km Maxi or 110km Challenge course if they have a Cycling Australia Race Licence number.

All other riders 10-16 years old may participate in the 50km Social Classic, if 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.