Balfour Pennington Series 2016

Since 1962 PNP has been holding the BP Series. An exciting early season handicap series with something for everyone. The BP Series is the perfect start for legs that don’t have the endurance fitness that traditionally comes later in the season.

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The series is traditionally held over very achievable 25-70km courses. The handicap format works by having graded starting groups each with set time gaps, with the slower groups starting first and the fastest group last. The objective is for each group to work together to stay away from the groups behind them and chase down everybody in front.

With the handicap format everyone has a great chance of winning… the key being to get your start group to work well together so you have the fastest net time, and earn points each week.

More information about handicap road racing, and the clubs handicapping policy and current handicap list can be found here.

In 2016, we will be limiting groups to maximum 8 riders (i.e. split up into more groups) to keep everyone honest and keep bunches smaller, at least until bunches merge closer to the finish.

There will be two race options and distances, and you are free to choose Option 1 or Option 2 regardless of your category.

Option 1: Longer distance; normally A, B grade riders, and top C grade riders looking to advance.

Option 2: Shorter distance; normally C, D, E, and new riders. (A, B grade riders may start here, but will be handicapped accordingly).

Start times and order for each race will depend on the nature of the course to avoid overlap.

Round One of the series is in Whitemans Valley

An out and back course from top of Wallaceville Hill, Upper Hutt to the top of Blue Mountains and return.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1194988183

Race date and time: Sunday 28 August (please note that other Series races are on Saturday), 1PM start.

Venue: The Upper Hutt Cossie Club. 11 Logan St Upper Hutt. http://www.cossieclubs.org.nz/ Go here to collect numbers and timing tag. Old members who have timing tag – bring them as they are pre-loaded on the system!!

Coffee shop open at Registration. Please support the sponsors, buy food and coffee.

Results from round 1 here; race1_54km_results and race2_27km_results

Round Two of the series is in Wainuiomata

An out and back course from Wainuiomata Golf Course to the Coast return finishing at the classic Dump entry spot after the dip and next to the fence.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/761504493

Race date and time: Saturday 3 September, 1PM start.

Venue: Wainuiomata Golf Course. 334 Coast Road, Lower Hutt 5014. www.wainuigolf.co.nz/ Go here to collect numbers and timing tag. Old members who have timing tag – bring them as they are pre-loaded on the system!!

Results from round 2 here; BP race 2 results – 2 laps and BP race 2 results – 1 lap

Round Three and the series finale is the Cossie Club Wallaceville-Managaroa Circuit

Circuits of the classic Wallaceville-Managroa loop, with a hill top finish for added excitement. This is a great spectator’s course, so spread the word and bring your family and friends to watch the racing. Series prizegiving at the Cossie Club to follow the racing.

Route: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1127184667

Race date and time: Saturday 10 September, 1PM start.

Venue: The Cossie Club. 11 Logan St Upper Hutt. http://www.cossieclubs.org.nz/ Go here to collect numbers and timing tag. Old members who have timing tag – bring them as they are pre-loaded on the system!!

Series Prize giving, and food and beverages of all sorts for purchase at the Cossie Club after this race.

Coffee shop open at Registration. Please support the sponsors, buy food and coffee.

Enter round 3 here; Balfour Pennington Round Three Entry

Entry: Pre-entry is preferred (enter on the day also for extra $10) to facilitate timing system and handicapping.

  • $25 for adult PNP Members and BikeNZ Licensed riders (other clubs) per event
  • $20 for all PNP and Licensed Juniors and U23 per event
  • $30 for non PNP members per event
  • Series entry: $10 discount across the series.

Entries after on-line entry closing date and on the day are an additional $10.

We will have a list of PNP members and licensed riders on the day.

Series entry here; Balfour Pennington Series 2016 – series entry

Race timing: Race timing is currently planned to be automatic with the timing system. You will also have a number on and there will be manual back up. Pick up your numbers and timing tags from registration from 11:30am to 12:30pm, race start at 1 pm (Limit for Race 1 to scratch, followed by Race 2).When you receive your numbers, ensure they are pinned on the left hand side of your back so can been see at the finish.

Volunteers: The club would be grateful for 1-2 volunteers to assist with marshalling of some pedestrian crossings and intersection, and a lead car+driver would be good also. Please email Race Manage Graeme Davidson 02102575017 graeme.davidson004@gmail.com

Handicap: A guide to handicapping is below. During the On-line entry process, please provide where you think you should be handicapped based on the PNP Handicap criteria. Final handicap start times will be published on race day.

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