In advance of the Davidstow road race in two weeks time (14th April) Newquay Velo ran a recce the course ride on Sunday. I thought I may as well take this opportunity to take a look at the route and write up a little event preview whilst I am at it. We rode the course in a blustery easterly wind. Which is pretty much the exact opposite of what you’d expect for this time of year, but this may have influenced my opinion of the course a bit!
I am sure many of you are aware this is the first event in the inaugural SW Women’s Race Series! And it is looking like it’ll be a cracking race to kick the series off with. The course follows a triangle, using a section of the A39 Atlantic Highway to climb a long, steady hill (avg gradient 4.5% according to my garmin) with a nice false flat at the top. We then ride along the undulating top section of the Atlantic Highway (on a lovely road surface I might add) before swinging left onto the A395 for what should be a nice fast decent to the second turning, but what turned into a bit of a torturous slog into the biting head wind on Sunday. Along this long and torturous slog there were some sections of slightly rough road surface, but nothing you couldn’t ride on which is pretty good considering the winter we have had (or still seem to be having). There is a short sharp kick of a hill about half way down which probably wouldn’t even register on most peoples radars without that darned head wind. This was followed by a longer more significant hill before the turn, with a steep short lower section rising into a long draggier climb at the top.
We then turn at Hallworthy onto the B3262; the corner is quite tight and was a little gravelly for our recce ride. This was the best bit of the course on Sunday as we had the tail wind- I think we were averaging 40km/h down this bottom edge of the triangle. This bit of the course is pretty much flat, there are a couple of pot holes and pinch points in the road to be aware of when racing, but generally the surface was pretty good.
We then turn back onto the the A39 for the climb to finish line, which is about half way up the hill I think.
On the 14th we’ll be racing for approximately an hour, which will probably be 2 laps.
If you enter early online you get discounted entry, or you can enter on the day for full price. Usual prizes will be on offer, as well as SWWRS prizes provided by Greens of Devon and the Bike Shed. And this is of course your first opportunity to get some points in the bag for the SWWRS to be in with a chance of even more prizes! So come on, sign up and support the series, bag some BC points, and enjoy some cracking racing with prizes to boot!