Rider Information / FAQS

Information for Clare Classic riders.
Still have questions? Email [email protected]

COVID-19

It is with enormous regret and incredible sadness we announce the 2020 Clare Classic has been postponed, the new date is to be announced soon.

This year’s event is yet another casualty of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.

For further information, please CLICK HERE.

Dirty Clare 80km Gravel Course Information

Start Line

Clare Town Oval
180 Main North Rd,
Clare SA 5453

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.

What is included in your registration kit?

The following is included in your registration kit:

A rider sticker sheet, which includes your rider number. Rider numbers also include a silver timing chip. Please remove the backing paper and fold the sticker with your rider number around your seat post, with the number facing the rear of the bike. Note: Do not attach the sticker prior to transporting the bike on the exterior of a vehicle. High-speed travel is likely to cause the sticker to fray and tear, which may make it unusable.

 Maps of the course, Start and Finish lines and Event Village.

 Drink token for a free beer or wine at the Event Village.

Any merchandise you have ordered (excluding Champion System merchandise which will be delivered separately).

Safety briefing videos

The Safety Briefing Videos contain important event information relevant to your course. Please ensure you view your course briefing before the event day.

Safety Briefing Videos to come.

Download Rider Guidebook

Rider Guidebook to come.

Course Maps & Warnings

Course maps and warnings to come.

Start times & Start Line information

START LINE

The Start Line is located on Main North Road in Clare, opposite the Clare Town Hall.

START TIMES

Riders will be sent off in groups of 75 riders in approximately 3 minute intervals.
Start times below are subject to change.

7.30am: 160KM MAXI CLASSIC

7.50am: 110KM CHALLENGE CLASSIC

8:10AM: 50KM SOCIAL CLASSIC

Parking

We encourage cyclists to ride to the start line, however parking is available at Clare Town Oval. If wishing to park near the start line, please turn left onto Victoria Road at the OTR Convenience Store.

Enter from Main North Road, Clare.

Marshals will direct you to allocated parking spaces.

Clare Classic Event Village

The Event Village is located at Clare Town Oval.

SATURDAY OF THE EVENT WEEKEND

What: Kit collection and event information. Bike mechanics will be available for basic repairs. A limited number of sponsor stalls will be open.

SUNDAY MORNING OF THE EVENT WEEKEND

What: Kit collection and event information. Bike mechanics will be available for basic repairs. 

MID SUNDAY MORNING ONWARDS OF THE EVENT WEEKEND

What: The Event Village will be a lively hub of activity as riders cross the Finish Line throughout the day.

 Live music
 Gourmet food stalls
 Beer, wine, soft drink
 Local produce and wares
 Massage tent
 Children’s activities and entertainment
 Cycling expo
 Chill out zone

eBikes, TT Bars & other bike restrictions

eBikes and Time Trial (TT) bars are not permitted in the Clare Classic.

We understand eBikes are a growing market and are working towards introducing an eBike category in future years.

If your chosen bike is anything other than a road bike, please email [email protected] to request approval for its use in the Clare Classic.

How to attach your rider number

A rider sticker sheet, including your rider number, is included in your rider pack.

The rider identification stickers will also include a silver timing chip. Please remove the backing paper and fold the sticker with your rider number around your seat post, with the number facing the rear of the bike. (See video below.)

Note: Do not attach the sticker prior to transporting the bike on a vehicle. High-speed travel is likely to cause the sticker to fray and tear, making it unusable.

Rules & rider behaviour

The Clare Classic is held on open roads. All road rules apply.
If a cyclist is found to be in breach of road rules organisers will disqualify and remove cyclist from event.

•  No more than two riders side-by-side unless overtaking.

Please ensure you have reviewed the following SA Road Rules.

• Obey all road rules and directions from Police and Traffic Controllers.

 On narrow country roads bicycle riders must avoid being a hazard to traffic.

 Ride on the left hand side of the road.

 Respect signs which have been put in place by the event organiser.

 Wear an Australian approved helmet at all times: no helmet = no ride.

Any person participating in the event, must obey directions given by a member of the SA Police Force or Ride Referee

 At the Ride Referees discretion, riders may be withdrawn from the event if they are outside the designated cut-off times and their safety cannot be reasonably ensured.

 While every effort has been made to mark out and officiate the course route, it remains the riders responsibility to be conversant with the ride route. Cyclists are reminded that road cycling can be considered a dangerous sport and whilst all reasonable care is taken by organisers and officials when organising an event, all participants have an equal responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable care by adhering to the road rules and other conditions imposed by ride officials, ensuring a safe ride environment for all concerned.

Emergency & Event Contacts

Ambulance, Police, Fire:  000

Emergency Hotline: TBC
Event Hotline: TBC

Please note the Emergency and Event hotlines will not be turned on until the weekend of the Clare Classic. These numbers are also listed on your rider identification sticker.

There will be an ambulance on course along with a designated first aid response team with two vehicles on course.

Emergency medical staff will be clearly identified with high-vis vests and name tags.

Bike preparation

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.

What you need for the ride

Riders are to be self-reliant. Riders should carry:

•  2x water biddons
•  Some nutrition, e.g. banana, muesli bar
•  2 x tubes
  C02 head unit and canisters
•  Puncture kit
•  Front and rear lights
•  Mobile phone
•  Glasses
•  Appropriate cycle related clothing
•  Some money

Wear an Australian approved helmet at all times: no helmet = no ride

Nutrition and hydration

This is a Sunday ride but not like your usual hit out. Two factors cannot be underestimated:
 Even at 30km/h riders will be out for 5-plus hours on the bike.
• Riders should 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 x 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.

Remember to slip, slop slap!
At rest stops there will be a water station, food, and First Aid kits. 

Cut-off times

Maxi Classic 160KM
TBC

Challenge Classic 110KM
TBC

Weather

Clare during April:

Mean Max 21.6°C
Mean Min 9.1°C
Mean Rain 41.6mm
Median Rain 25.5mm
Median Rain Days 7.7
Source: http://www.farmonlineweather.com.au/climate/station.jsp?lt=site&lc=21131

Sunrise: 6:33 AM
Sunset: 6:01 PM
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.

Security

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

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 Clare Classic day event. If you do not have 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 Insurance FAQs.

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 160km Maxi and 110km Challenge courses is 12 years old. Riders aged 12-16 must hold a Cycling Australia Race Licence.

The minimum age for the 50km Social course is 10 years old. Riders aged 10-16 must hold a Cycling Australia Race Licence.

Protest

Any rider wishing to protest his/her timing or report an infringement by another rider should visit the Tomato Timing tent at the Event Village or email [email protected] post-event.

Please note- the Clare Classic is a ride not a race.