Calder Stewart Cycling Series 2017
April 22nd - Timaru
Elite Men 148.5km
This course is made up of two laps of a circuit from Pleasant Point for all races, plus one shorter opening lap for the Elite race. The Elites do not complete the Monument Road circuit on lap one.
The start/finish is in Afghan Street, parallel to the main street of Pleasant Point.
The first 3.5km will be neutralized to get riders out of the Pleasant Point township. The race proper starts on Smart Munro Road as the peloton passes the intersection with Manse Road.
The course is relatively flat for the first 15km until the race turns right onto Cleland Road, which leads into a 2km climb. The climb pinches up to 10% in parts and winds its’ way up to a short plateau, before the steep descent. This climb will no doubt provide the platform for the early race break away on lap one.
The 12km Monument Road block (not completed by the Elite race on the first lap) incorporates a small rise at the top of the course.
Just after the completion of the Monument Road block the left turn onto Gays Pass Road takes riders to the Gays Pass Climb. At just under 1km long, don’t disregard this as the easy climb on the course – it kicks up to 13% and will punish tired legs. At 17km from the finish on the last lap it could be a launch pad for a brave solo move or a select group to sneak away.
11km of flatland bring the course back into the Pleasant Point township. There is a 400m rise up out of the town. At just 4.5km from the finish on the final lap, this short climb is a last chance for those who don’t back their sprinting abilities. With no true descent after this rise, an opportunist will be sure to try their luck.
This is the end of the full lap. On the last lap a left turn at the end of Manse Road takes riders the 3.5km back into Pleasant Point. A left hand turn onto Afghan Street lines the riders up for the 700m straight drag to the finish line.
These distances are approximate and are given as a guide only.