Canberra Cycling Club
VCC CCC - Honeysuckle Hammer - Graded Scratch

Sun, 28 Nov 2021
Honeysuckle Hammer
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Mon, 22 Nov 2021 9:00 AM AEDT
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Fri, 26 Nov 2021 11:59 PM AEDT
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The Hammer

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, however with this year's TOB cancelled, it's the 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

Vikings Cycling Club and Canberra Cycling Club are again teaming up to bring you a combined road calendar for 2021. Each road race is the result of a collaborative effort from the two clubs.


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

Total registrations are in accordance with current group size requirements.

You must check in using the Check-In CBR app when you arrive at the event. Manual code 017707, QR code below

Event Information

  • Format - Graded Scratch
  • Event Staff - As per the Volunteer Roster
  • Results -
  • Numbering - 1x Cloth number and Frame Plate required - Passive Timing
  • Feedback - We want your feedback - Complete our feedback form each week after the race.


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

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

VCC and CCC 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.


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

Grades and Times

Open Grades

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

  • A-D - The full course - 2 laps of the flat bit then the climb (~35km)
  • E/Juniors - To Apollo Rd then the climb (~18km)

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.

Junior Rollout requirements apply and will be checked as per the AusCycling policy.

Race Schedule

Contactless rider 'check in' 8.15 - 8.45 am
First grade roll away 09:00am

Be sure to confirm your start time at check-in.

Do not arrive at the last minute - allow yourself enough time to attach your timing tag and race number.


There is off-road parking available near the start-finish. 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 2021 Road season 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 2021 Road Events:

  • Each time you volunteer as a Race Director - 2 free race entries *
  • Each time you volunteer in another capacity - 1 free race entry *

To be eligible to claim free entry you must have nominated and been allocated to a race.

Use this form to nominate for a race.

Once you have nominated and been allocated to a race in a volunteer role you are free to use your free race entries at any eligible road race. Just hit the 'Volunteer Status Claimed' check box when you are registering.

Remember - it is a trust system. Please only claim volunteer entry if you have done your part to help the clubs as above. Save us the admin of having to cancel your entry if you have not nominated to volunteer, or if you have already used your volunteer credits.

*Excludes ACT Champs events

Volunteer FAQ

Can I volunteer for a race later in the season, but claim my free race now?

You are expected to complete your volunteer duty on the date(s) you nominate in the season. If you've nominated and been assigned to volunteer at a race in the future you can still claim the appropriate number of free races before you've volunteered.

Can I volunteer and race on the same day?

Race Director, Assistant Race Director, & Turn Marshall: You cannot race on the day you perform your duty unless you arrange for someone else (ie a friend or relative) to perform your duty on your behalf (must be as capable and willing as you are).

Other Roles (check-in desk, set up, pack up, van/trailer driver etc): You are welcome to volunteer and race on the same day. Just make sure you arrive at the race with enough time to do your job. Once that's done then get ready and race.

How do I claim my free race?

Just tick the 'volunteer status claimed' box when you register for a race. Make sure that you include a quick comment in the entry remarks box explaining which race you are claiming the free entry for. That makes it easy for us to manage.


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.

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.

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct licence.

On the Day

  1. Upon arrival please confirm your attendance at the check-in desk (including collecting a number and timing chip) 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 riders must return their number and timing chip and then clear the start/finish line area to maintain social distancing requirements.

  4. Placegetters please wait for presentations and photos.

  5. Results will be posted to

  6. We will try and arrange for soft drink after the race. Please come prepared with your own supplies. Support the local shop if you can.

  7. If any rider exhibits COVID-19 symptoms in the two weeks following the race, they must advise the COVID-19 Officer who will follow up with health authorities.

Please note

  • Riders must register via Entryboss prior to the race.
  • On the day entries will not be accepted.
  • All riders check-in within the allocated time window. No late check-in.
  • 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.
  • All riders must have a current AusCycling Race All Disciplines membership.

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.

Check in CBR

All participants must use the Check-in CBR app and check in to the ride when they arrive at the start area.

Check-In CBR

Our Check-In CBR code is 017707

Contact Information

Club Contacts

Canberra Cycling Club
Vikings Cycling Club
Entry prices

Online pricing:

Senior Riders
Approved Volunteers
Juniors (up to U17)