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Carl TT Awards

WHAT’S THIS TRIP ALL ABOUT?

Join 3,000 other masters from 53 countries and race the World Cup AND the World Master’s Cycling Federation

Masters Road and Time World Championship race in the same week—plus a 10km Hill Climb,

if you need more races! It is all of the world’s
best master’s road racing in a single week in the Austrian Alps.

St. Johann in Tirol has been the site of World Road championship promotions
for 44 years. Rob & Tracy Lea, Sport Competition Management, have been racing and leading groups to these races for 35 of those years.
We know from our own years of experience that these races will
be the best you have ever raced. This year they will start over 20 races and
5 hill climbs exactly on time, publish the results of ALL finishers 20
minutes after the last finisher crosses the line, and present Worlds jerseys
and trophies down to 20 places at dramatic evening award ceremonies.

World Masters Cycling Federation is not a UCI championship. However, this event does use UCI rules and national commissaries.

Winners at St. Johann are no less World Champions.  World Masters Cycling Federation is run by masters for masters. The awards ceremony is truly “Olympic” like and winners are indeed champions!

The St. Johann course is the ideal championship course. It is a 40-km lap
with moderate climbs, fast flat sections and a very fast sprint course. Early
breakaway, late break, solo break, fast race of attrition with a small pack
sprint, or 60 person field sprint. The style of race depends more on the
riders than on the course—and more and more they just go like hell.

The Time Trial course is held on a smooth 10 km stretch of road – up and back with a small hill prior to the turn around. The course, though not a hard course, does indeed recognize the strong and fast.  One needs to be both in order to claim a spot on the blocks at the awards.

In addition to the World Cup and WMCF RR Masters Road and Time Trial
Championships, our Sports Competition Management trip takes in the Masters
World Bike Race week the week before the World Championships. The World Bike
Race Week is one of the oldest continuously run masters’ races in the history
of the sport. We have seen it grow over the past 25 years from a festive
rural Austrian never-know-what’s-going-to-happen-next event to a professional
promotion run like clockwork in that same rural festive ambiance. This
promotion has 6 different events: handicap road race, hill climb, pair’s time
trial, road race and individual time trial,

Eligibility: Anyone can enter the Masters World Road and Time Trial
Championships as well as any other race on this trip.  UCI licenses are not required.
There are no qualification requirements except no pros or active racers in UCI races. Age classes
start at 30 for men and 16 for women. Races are available
for juniors at the World Masters Race Week before the World Masters Championships.

Competition is comparable to the best US Masters racing but attitudes to the
off the back riders are considerable more respectful. Less experienced racers
will enjoy these races as much as potential World Championship winners
provided they do not secretly aspire to win.

The trip is designed for riders of all levels of skill and competitive
desire. Past groups have included World Champions, first year riders, and pregnant riders as well as a variety of non-riding friends, spouses, and
children of all ages. Individual and parent/child time trials are available
for even the youngest riders. All types of riders and non-riders have
thoroughly enjoyed these trips in the past.

What is the trip like? LONG trip participants will land in Vienna and travel
south 150 km by bus to Hartberg, a charming old city in Austria’s
Steirmark region. Hartberg is the site for the World Masters Race
Week, a series of races before the Masters World Championship. The Steirmark
region of Austria is known for an informality, friendliness, and charm
untouched by Western tourists. The racing this area reflects the personal
style of the people. It is friendly, relaxed, and flexible on regulations,
but challenging enough for those who want to win a bike race. Fields are
smaller than those of the World Championships, but it is not uncommon to race
against former World Champions at these races.

The relaxed atmosphere of the Steirmark is well suited to
recovering from the overnight plane trip and the 6-hour time
change. On days off, group members may choose to take training rides
into the vineyards ,visit Graz and Vienna, or take the hydrofoil
down the Danube to Budapest. For those who want to train and rest
around Hartberg, there is plenty of countryside to
explore and a variety of swimming pools and mineral spring baths.

We travel by bus to St. Johann in Tirol on Friday and Saturday, August 23rd/24th.

after the individual time trial in Hartberg. ( Some leave early to get to St. Johann early). The change from the
Steirmark to the Tirol is dramatic. The rolling hills and small hillside
farms of the Steirmark give way to high alpine meadows and old Austrian
villages turned into summer and winter resorts for European tourists. But for
this one-week in St. Johann most of the tourists are cyclists. Imagine 3,000
cyclists in Stowe, or Vail, or Park City—that is what it is like. Training on
the 40-km course is one continuous international group ride.

Each age class has two road races a time trial plus a hill climb. There is
time for trips to Kitzbuhl, Salzburg, Innsbruck, or even the Grossglockner
pass. Non-racers or racers who have already raced may enjoy the running race
up the Kitzbuhler horn (10 km 10-15% grade comparable to the run up Mt.
Washington), hire a guide to climb Austria’s highest mountain, the
Grossglockner (12,000 meters)