WERC Races / Hill Classic 03
Time & Location
About the Event
Course Length: 34.5km
Categories: There will be no categories and will be open to all, as the format is a 'Handicap Bike Race'
What is Handicap Bike Race?
All the starters are grouped into similar abilities by a ‘Handicapper’ (Organiser), yes, all the starters (old, young, fast, slow, men, woman,). On race day all the riders are let off with their respective groups onto the same course at different intervals. The slowest group will start first, the second slowest group will start a few minutes behind and so on.
The time intervals between the different groups are determined by the Handicapper. The Handicapper will determine who’ll be in which group depending on the rider’s experience, sprint, climbing abilities. In case of an unknown rider, the Handicapper will simply ask the rider to be in a group he sees fit (All in good faith, of course).
The first group starting the race is called ’Limit’ (The slowest riders, who’ll get a huge time advantage) The next group that starts is called the ‘5 minute group’ who’ll try and chase down the first group, all the way down to the second last group which is called ‘the 'Chopping Block', and the final group to start is called ‘Scratch’.
Scratch is obviously the fastest group of the bunch. Scratch starts the race with a large time disadvantage (e.g. 15 minutes) and needs to catch up to every other group in order to win. If the race is handicapped properly and fairly, all of the groups should catch each other in the closing kilometres of the race.
The rider who crosses the finish line first wins the race. He/she could have come from any bunch. There is also a prize for the fastest time. This is the rider who comes across the finish line in the least amount of time. The Fastest Time prize will usually go to a rider in one of the stronger bunches like Scratch or the Chopping Block.
This format gives everyone a chance to race against each other and have a legitimate chance of winning the race.
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