Brought to you by Hawthorn Cycling Club, The Hanging Rock Handicap is back in 2020, and better than ever, thanks to our generous sponsors Topbike Tours (http://www.topbike.com.au) and Macedon Ranges Shire Council. Join Australia’s biggest and best women’s road race event!
65km women-only road race, handicap format, based at the picturesque Hanging Rock Reserve, only one hour from Melbourne.
We’ll have the same beautiful Hanging Rock backdrop for registration and post-race celebrations, coffee cart, catering, massages and more.
Open to CA race licence holders - anything with the word 'race' in the title (includes 7 day, 2- month, 12 month and 'bring a mate' licences). See https://cycling.org.au/membership/race
Females only, 15yrs+
65km women-only road race, handicap format Quiet rolling roads around Hanging Rock, Lancefield and Newham, 2 loops. Course map here – https://www.strava.com/routes/17509743
Safety and amenity is our priority. Precautions include CA-qualified race commissaires, traffic controllers (with restricted traffic on Colwell's Rd), corner marshals, follow cars, first aid. The race has permits from council, VicRoads, Victoria Police and CV. This year we've tweaked the course so it runs past the reserve each lap, and traffic control on this road means a clear run at the finish.
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).
Food: - catering will be provided at budget rates
MASSAGES: Soothe those post-race aches with a massage by the wonderful and expert Victorian Physiotherapy Students, for a gold coin (or more) donation. All proceeds to their Bushfire Appeal https://m.facebook.com/vicphysiobushfireappeal/
Please go to Area A. Click image below for printable PDF version.
Cash prizes for 1st to 10th across the line (providing sufficient entries) plus fastest time
Perpetual trophy, plus random prizes at the discretion of the organisers!
This race will be transponder timed with live results published as you finish.
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.
To get you prepared we are offering low cost skills sessions in the lead-up, to teach not only the skills of fast rolling bunch riding, the key to handicap racing, but the knowledge and confidence to give it a go. Brought to you by Will Howard and Matt Scott from Kilowatt Cycle Coaching. 4 Macedon-based sessions: 1 Dec, 15 Dec, 12 Jan, 2 Feb. Free and open to all riders (local riders a priority) 2 Melbourne-based sessions: 18 Jan (for triathletes), 1 Feb. $10 per session for non-HCC members (free to HCC members)
Check out this handy guide to handicap racing - https://tinyurl.com/handicapsFAQ
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/787781391689313/
Phone: Race Director Alison Skene 0427542100
A payment card fee of $0.30 will be applied.
We will be making a donation to the Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network https://www.mrwn.org.au, a local volunteer-run non-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisation. Please feel free to add a voluntary contribution to your race fee - with 100% of all rider contributions going directly to MRWN.