The Honeysuckle Hammer: Sprint for cash, climb for glory!
Who will lift the Hammer aloft this year and claim their place in climbing mythology?
The Honeysuckle Hammer has been widely used as the final preparation race before the Bright Brewery Tour of Bright, and it's your final chance to test your legs on a significantly long climb in a scratch race.
The course is tough but not too long so that racers can incorporate it into their taper program as suits - make it a big day out by adding extras or make it a shorter sharper one by driving out to the start.
We are proud to announce that this year's road season will again be sponsored by Alivio Tourist Park.
VCC and CCC are teaming up to bring you a combined road calendar for 2023. Each road race is the result of a collaborative effort between the two clubs and is supported by Alivio.
Riders from any club are welcome to participate in this event.
Course Start is the intersection of Smith’s Rd and Naas Road.
Course finish is near the top of the Honeysuckle Creek Nature Reserve.
On top of the great financial support Alivio has provided to the clubs this season, Alivio are providing the following prizes at this race:
The winners of these prizes will be by random selection after the race. Just stick around for the presentations and you'll be in with a chance to win!
Thank you Alivio!
Course Link: https://www.strava.com/routes/11147260
Starting near the intersection of Smith’s Rd and Naas Road just south of Tharwa the course proceeds along Naas Road past the Namadgi National Park Visitors Centre and over the Mount Tennent saddle heading towards the Apollo Road intersection.
Riders will do a hot dog turn around just before the Apollo Road intersection and return to the start line. From there it’s back out along Naas Road, a right turn in to Apollo Road and a longish climb up to the top of the Honeysuckle Creek Nature Reserve.
Sprint point will be just before the climb starts on Apollo Road.
Due to our approval restrictions the finish line will be before the entry to the campground – it will be well signposted. Be aware that there is a cattle grid to ride over while heading up the Honeysuckle climb. The full course distance is approximately 35 km.
E Graders, juniors and novices will not do the initial out and back loop – just go out to Apollo Rd and straight up the climb to the finish. This is approximately 18 km
First bunch roll away 9 am sharp.
Check-in from 830 on the day. Check-in for each grade closes 15 minutes before the advertised start time.
Do not arrive at the last minute - allow yourself enough time to attach your timing chip and race number.
Based on rider feedback men and women can register and ride in 'Open' grades.
There will be Open placings and Women's placings for each grade.
Juniors will race distances that are in line with the AusCycling Technical regulations.
Max distances are:
This race is taking place on open roads. If you are entering a junior rider we recommend that you discuss their capability to participate in the event with the Commissaire and Race Director before the race starts.
Junior Rollout requirements apply and will be checked as per the AusCycling policy.
VCC and CCC Season Numbers will be used at this event.
If you have been issued with a VCC or CCC season number ensure you arrive at the event with your number pinned and frame plate correctly fitted to your bike.
Non-VCC and CCC riders who participate will be issued a temporary number and plate that must be returned after the event.
Please ensure that all vehicles are parked off the road if parking on the verge. All vehicles are to be kept well clear of the start/finish area.
The 2023 Alivio Tourist Park Road Series is run by volunteers from the CCC and VCC, but members from other clubs are welcome to volunteer and support racing in the ACT as well as receive the volunteer incentives set out below.
Volunteers will receive the following incentives at eligible 2023 Road Events:
To be eligible to claim these benefits you must have nominated and been allocated to a race.
*Excludes ACT Champs events
To ensure that we have a record of all participants registration is only via EntryBoss.
NO ‘AT THE RACE’ REGISTRATION
AusCycling Race All Discipline licences are required for this event.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct licence. This will be verified when you register here.
If your licence has expired or otherwise has an issue we reserve the right to scratch you from the race.
Unfortunately, we can't accept other types of non AusCycling cycling insurance/membership.
Upon arrival please confirm your attendance at the check-in desk and then move clear of the check-in desk area.
A rider briefing, count and roll call will be conducted before each grade roll away. Please be ready when your grade is called.
At the end of each grade ALL riders must visit the desk to confirm that they have returned from the course, and return temporary numbers and tags.
Placegetters please wait for presentations and photos.