The “Hez” (Hunter Economic Zone) ITT is run by the Hunter District Cycling Club.
It's in Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley so that means it’s a two hour drive.
It's a long way so is it worth it? Well it’s run by the Brad and Paul Craft team that used to run Calga so it’s a well run event. The course is on a set of unused roads so that means no cars. The course itself is an 8km out and back so you run three laps to make a 25Km Time trial. With this format you can pace yourself on the different laps and its quite clear who is running near you so there is an extra incentive to get moving.
At each turnaround you can get a glimpse of who is closing on you plus the course is so open you can line up the rider in front and steadily reel them in. It’s a challenge in that the road has some steady inclines (its definitely not flat) and one of these is right at the start but there are no small chain ring sections here, so you’ll get to maintain a good average speed and fly around the course.
The main attraction is you’re going to be hitting high speeds quite often so you can get into that aero tuck and go for it! Exhilarating stuff.
Like Calga, there are a good mix of riders so it seems like a good place to motivate steady improvement without it being dominated by the faster riders. You can work on your time and steadily improve towards your goals.