Hawthorn Cycling Club
Melbourne Bicycles Hanging Rock Handicap

Sat, 16 Feb 2019
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Hanging Rock Women's Handicap Road Race


A 60km women’s only handicap road race, around the picturesque Hanging Rock area, 1 hr from Melbourne. This novel race format is all about teamwork: anyone who enters can win! Be a part of this celebration of women’s cycling!

Proudly supported by Melbourne Bicycles, Hawthorn Cycling Club and Change our Game, an initiative of the Victorian Government.

Open to CA race licence holders - anything with the word 'race' in the title (includes 7 day, 2- month and 3-race if its within the time limit)

Females only, 15yrs+


  • Rego open: - 0800
  • Race start (limit): - 0900
  • Rego location: - Hanging Rock East Paddock picnic area, entry via gate 10, Colwell’s Rd

Course info

The course incorporates 2 laps of the Newham/Lancefield circuit, with additional start finish close to Hanging Rock.

Total distance 64km, 555m total elevation https://www.strava.com/routes/15852656

Start & Finish locations

  • Start: Coach Rd, just around the corner from Colwell’s Rd
  • Finish: On Colwell’s Rd, 600m from the Coach Rd corner (at the top of the rise)


  • NEW! Concierge service for new racers - make yourself known at the rego desk.

  • Red light policy as per CV - on steady mode, leave room for your transponder behind the seatpost (see pic below)

  • Please provide the handicapper with useful information such as where you think you sit within your grade, who else is at a similar level (this is probably the most useful), how you fared in recent races, especially in handicaps - just do your best and we will try to make it as fair as possible.

  • WATER - Please note the water available at the rego location is not suitable for drinking. Please fill your water bottles at home. Limited delicious Melbourne water will be available on site. Potable water is available at Newham Primary School.

  • In the event of a CODE RED fire danger rating day, the reserve will be closed and the race will be cancelled/postponed. An extreme weather policy will apply on other high fire danger days (race may be cancelled at the discretion of the organisers).

Special Event - Miranda where are you?

  • After the race, why not check out the Rock? Participants can access the Hanging Rock summit walk via foot for free until 5pm.
  • Saturday evening (Valentine's Day) there will be a special screening of Peter Weir's iconic film Picnic at Hanging Rock, 7pm cost $25 adults, $10 children, $60 families http://www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/See-Do/Events/Events-Activities/Film-Night-2019


  • Parking: - plenty of on-site parking
  • Toilets: - public onsite
  • Coffee cart: - of course
  • Food: - BBQ (sausages, cheese toasties), soft drinks, icy poles, cakes available for purchase at bargain rates

Parking map

Please go to Area A. Click image below for printable PDF version.

Race Fees

  • Entry Fee: Early bird price (before Feb 1) only $20, from Feb 1 $25
  • No on the day entries
  • Voluntary contribution to Newham Primary School (suggested $5)


Cash prizes for 1st to 7th across the line (will pay down to 10th if enough entries) plus fastest time

Massive prize pool of >$1000, 1st place at least $250 and unique trophy

Other prizes and giveaways.

Timing & Results

This race will be transponder timed with live results published as you finish.

Results Link https://goo.gl/XFv4f1
Transponder Mounting

  • Cable ties will be provided at Rego.
  • Rego will happily help with transponders and race numbers if you are unsure - please feel free to ask.
  • Transponders and Race Numbers need to be returned after racing (bring race licence or driver's licence)

  • All live results are provisional until confirmed by Commissaires.

Special Notice re Transponder Mounting

  • Please note: if you have a race number mount fitted to your bike, our experience is many of these break or have the transponder rotate into the wheel. We ask that you please mount as instructed. If your seatpost is too short , please use the rails under your seat or ask for help.

More information

Check out this handy guide to handicap racing - https://tinyurl.com/handicapsFAQ

Website: http://hawthorncycling.org/melbourne-bicycles-hanging-rock-handicap/

Facebook event on SheRace: https://www.facebook.com/events/560489957745410/

Email: amskene@gmail.com
Phone: Race Director Alison Skene 0427542100

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Regular entry

A payment card fee of $0.30 will be applied.

Donation info

Newham Primary School Donation

This race will be donating to the Newham Primary School (located on the course for the handicap race).

Please consider making a donation (which will be added to your cost of entry, with 100% of your donation going directly to the school)