Cycling Victoria have announced the dates and entry process for the Tour of Bright this year.
Since the tour of Canberra is closed to all but NRS (and the course is now mostly flat), i thought i'd join the lottery and gain a spot on the start list to get my hillclimbing fix.
For those of you who have done it previously, how difficult would it be for a person who specialises in hillclimbing?
Details on entry here (and summary below):
The schedule will be:
Friday Stage 1 Time Trial starting approx. midday
Saturday Stage 2 Gaps Loop starting approx. 9:30am
Sunday Stage 3 Mt Hotham Ascent starting approx. 9:30am
Grades will follow the same format as the Victorian State Series, with 1 extra. There will be:
Open Men A, B & C
Open Women A, B & C
Masters A, B & C
Due to the high demand for entries into the race, the Alpine Cycling Club (ACC) along with Cycling Victoria (CV) have introduced a process to gain the opportunity to race as fair as possible to all.
People who have qualified as shown below, have the opportunity to gain entry first.
A Grade (Men & Women): Top 3 teams and the General Classification winning riders team (if not in the Top 3) from 2012 Tour.
All other categories: Top 20 General Classification riders + Top 3 Sprint Competition + Top 3 KOM Competition from 2012 Tour.
20 spots will be held for the top 20 of each grade in the 2013 Victorian Road Series after the Stratford to Dargo on October 27.
Top 3 in each grade from 2012 Sprintfest Eliminator.
2012 Bright Pre-Qualifiers (Sep 16-22): Entries for those that have pre-qualified from the 2012 Tour of Bright will open on the 16th of September 2013. Each of these individuals / teams will be sent an invitation and given 1 week (until midnight September 22nd) to provide their entry if they choose to enter. If a rider chooses not to enter this spot will be opened up to general entry. It is sole responsibility of the rider to send in their entry.
General Ballot (Sep 23-29): For all other entrants a ballot will open on the Monday 23rd September 23rd for 1 week (closing midnight Sunday September 29th) for those who did not receive automatic entry from the 2012 Tour of Bright. At the end of the week a random draw will be taken for the remaining places within each grade (minus the 20 spots saved for the Top 20 in the 2013 Victorian Road Series).
2013 VRS Qualifiers (Oct 28-Nov 3): After the Stratford to Dargo, the Top 20 in each grade of the 2013 Victorian Road Series standings will be sent an invitation to enter. Each of these individuals will be given 1 week (Monday October 28th - midnight Sunday November 3rd) to provide their entry if they choose to enter. If a rider chooses not to enter this spot will be opened up to general entry. It is sole responsibility of the rider to send in their entry.
Secondary Ballot (Nov 6): On Wednesday November 6th, any remaining places in each grade will be randomly allocated from those who entered the ballot in the week from September 23 to 29.