Canberra Cycling Club
Alivio Tourist Park | HoneySuckle Hammer | VCC Club Champs

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12 noon Saturday 25 November

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.

Combined Calendar

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.

Everyone is Welcome

Riders from any club are welcome to participate in this event. 

Event Information


Course Start is the intersection of Smith’s Rd and Naas Road.

Course finish is near the top of the Honeysuckle Creek Nature Reserve.

Stay @ Alivio

Are you travelling to Canberra for this race? Stay at Alivio Tourist Park. Use the code CCCVCC at time of booking for 15% discount on Alivio's best rate. Valid for future bookings two months from date of booking.

Looking for a good spot to finish your morning ride?

Alivio is offering an all you can eat breakfast for the reduced price of $19 (normally $22) per person when you show your digital CCC/VCC membership.

7 days 730am – 10am


On top of the great financial support Alivio has provided to the clubs this season, Alivio are providing the following prizes at this race:

  • 2 x $100 gift vouchers for The Verandah
  • 4 x $50 gift vouchers for The Verandah

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:

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

Race Schedule

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.


Open Grades

Based on rider feedback men and women can register and ride in 'Open' grades.

  • A-D - The full course - 1 lap of the flat bit then the climb (~35km)
  • E/Juniors - To Apollo Rd then the climb (~18km)
  • U11/U13 - From Smiths Rd to Apollo Rd. No climb.

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:

  • U11/U13 - 20km - Modified Course only
  • U15 - 40km - Course Suitable (choose appropriate grade)
  • U17 - 70km - Course Suitable (choose appropriate grade)

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.

Season Numbers

VCC and CCC Season Numbers will be used at this event.

Frame Plates and 1x Cloth Number

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.

Have you Volunteered Yet?

  1. Read the Volunteer FAQs
  2. Check the volunteer roster for where we need help
  3. Sign up to volunteer using this form

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:

  • Volunteer two or more times in a non Race Director capacity - access to $10 race entry per race *
  • Race Director once in the season - next race free, access to $10 race entry per race *
  • Race Director two or more times - access the whole season of racing for free *

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.



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.

No licence?

Not to worry! If you are eligible you can take out a 4-week free trial or sign up for a one or 7 day event licence.

Unfortunately, we can't accept other types of non AusCycling cycling insurance/membership.

On the Day

  1. Upon arrival please confirm your attendance at the check-in desk and then move clear of the check-in desk area.

  2. A rider briefing, count and roll call will be conducted before each grade roll away. Please be ready when your grade is called.

  3. 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.

  4. Placegetters please wait for presentations and photos.

Scratching and Cancellation

  • Scratching - Scratching is a self-serve, automated refund via EntryBoss if withdrawing within scratching cut-off.
  • Event Cancellation - Riders will be provided with a full refund if the event is cancelled for any reason.
  • Refunds - Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or if you scratch after the cut off.

Contact Information

Club Contacts

Canberra Cycling Club
Vikings Cycling Club

EntryBoss Support


By registering for this event you agree to act in accordance with our COVID Safety Plan.

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Senior Riders
Juniors (up to U17)
Pre-approved Vols