Canberra Cycling Club
Honeysuckle Hammer

Sun, 29 Nov 2020
Honeysuckle Hammer
Entries open
Mon, 16 Nov 2020 12:00 noon AEDT
Entries close
Sat, 28 Nov 2020 3:00 PM AEDT
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Sat, 28 Nov 2020 3:00 PM AEDT
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Viking Cycling Club Canberra Cycling Club

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 - a 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.


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

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


There is parking available near the start / finish area. Please ensure that your vehicle is completely off the road, and well clear of the start / finish area.


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


The 2020 Winter Road season is run by volunteers from the CCC and VCC. This season volunteers will be recognised with free entry to all eligible events in the Winter Road Calendar.

Click here for full details and to nominate to volunteer.

Event Information

  • Format - Graded Scratch
  • Race Director - TBA
  • Support Staff - TBA
  • Course Link -
  • Venue Info - Take great care while driving or riding around the start/finish area and do not stand on the road. Public toilets are available near the village of Tharwa. The Tharwa Country Store may be open for coffee/milkshakes etc. Support them if you can.

Race Schedule

Exact times will be reviewed on the day depending on numbers and weather conditions. Be sure to confirm your start time at sign-on. Junior start times will be confirmed on the day.

Sign-on & Rego 9.30 - 9.55 am
E grade 10:00am
MD, WC grade 10:10am
MC, WB grade 10:16am
MB, WA grade 10:20am
MA grade 10:25am

Please note

  • Riders should register via Entryboss prior to the race.
  • On the day entries must provide evidence (ie your licence card or email showing payment) of a current CA race licence. This is particularly important for month by month licence holders. No licence, no race.
  • All riders sign on between 9.15 - 9.45 am. No late entry.
  • If you have a permanent race number please bring it along
  • Riders must be present for the race brief prior to their grade start
  • Please present your helmet including an approved helmet sticker at sign-on

Scratching and Cancellation

  • Scratching - Scratching is a self-serve, automated refund via EntryBoss if withdrawing within scratching cut-off.
  • Race Cancellation - Riders will be provided with a full refund if the event is cancelled for any reason.
Entry prices

Online pricing:

Juniors (J17 and under)
Confirmed Volunteers

On-the-day pricing:

Juniors (J17 and under)
Confirmed Volunteers
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