Alex McCullum GreenWEDGE Cycling TT

2018 Alex McCallum GreenWedge Cycling TT

The TT is a not-so-serious 41km ride against the clock through the Warrandyte Hills. It is a test against yourself, your ability to navigate the course and to climb and descend. The winner takes the coveted Golden Croissant and loads of Kudos. Categories are best time for Men and for Women, Under 24 for Men and for Women, KOM and QOM on Pigeon Bank segment. Rider Level TT Handicap Winners for same.

This year the TT is the same – but different. It will be the first one without Le Patron, Alex McCallum, founder of GreenWedge Cycling and the TT, and friend to all. Alex passed away far too soon on 24 May last year, two months after the TT. We will remember Alex as we push ourselves over his beloved Green Wedge hills.

It will also feature a very slightly adjusted route, forced on us by the closure of the Warrandyte Bridge on the weekend of the TT. This means that having the start and finish in the middle of the bridge is out, so the start and finish points have been moved up the KG Road hill a little, see more below.

As was the case last year the timing is by Strava segment, so to get a time you will need to record and upload your ride. To get an official result you will need to do this by 1pm, which you can do using either:

  • a web-enabled notebook, or
  • a phone app, or
  • a Garmin or similar bike computer that loads directly to Strava

The start location is the bus stop just over the Warrandyte Bridge and the ride heads up the Kangaroo Ground Road to St Andrews via Panton Hill and returns via Hurstbridge and Wattle Glen back to Warrandyte via Kangaroo Ground. The ride finishes at the small cark before the bridge on the left about 400m back up the hill “Warrandyte State PArk” See Strava Route map for the cue sheet.

THE RULES

  • This year’s TT will be on Sunday March 25, 2018.
  • The route is defined by the Strava segment ‘Alex McCallum Memorial Time Trial’ at https://www.strava.com/segments/17219159
  • You must start and complete the course on March 25.
  • Upload your result to Strava anytime before 1:00PM Sunday the 25th of March
  • The winner is the rider with the best time according to Strava.
  • Riders are expected to be self-sufficient and have the spare tubes and tools, pump, water and a mobile phone. The organisers do not have the capacity to recover damaged/faulty bikes. There is no support vehicle nor a SAG wagon.
  • Note that we will be riding on open roads and that all normal road rules apply. This is not a race. Ride safe and enjoy.

 

Negotiating the Bridge

The bridge will be closed to vehicles but open to pedestrians and bicycles. However the pedestrian/bicycle path is only 1.2m wide, ie will require a dismount if you meet anyone. It is also not straightforward. If you are cycling from North Warrandyte to the meeting spot prior to the start you should do it comfortably before 8:30 am, so you don’t run into participants making their way to the timing start. More detail on the bridge crossing is here: https://www.strava.com/activities/1463264748

For anyone driving to the start from the North side, park at the “Warrandyte State Park” about 400m up from the bridge and ride over to the meet point.

Route notes

Pre timing start: Warrandyte: out of the car park across the roundabout, hard left onto the footpath on the upstream side of the bridge. On the other side of the bridge, cross at the pedestrian crossing and then cross Research Warrandyte Road before getting serious up KG road.

Timing starts at the bus stop.

End of Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Road at the Roundabout, take the 3rd exit.

Head straight to Panton Hill

St Andrews: At the T-intersection turn left.

Hurstbridge: beware of traffic in the town,  caution through the roundabouts

Wattle Glen: turn left at the roundabout

Kangaroo Ground : Turn Right with caution at the T-intersection Wattle Glen Rd – St Andrews Rd

Kangaroo Ground: Turn Left at roundabout (1st exit)

Warrandyte: Segment finishes approximately 400m from the bridge at the small car park for the Warrandyte State Park

Post segment: proceed with care across the bridge to the meeting spot for uploading and chat while you enjoy a cook up for gold coin donation.

POST RIDE

Riders meet back at the Lions Park BBQ on Yarra Street near the Warrandyte Bridge. From 10:00am, we’ll have chit chat. Croissant and breakie BBQ for gold coin donation. Coffee, sausage rolls and cakes are available at the nearby Warrandyte Bakery.

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