After a one year hiatus, the famous Hanging Rock Handicap is back in 2022, and better than ever, thanks to our generous sponsors Topbike Tours (http://www.topbike.com.au), Pedla (thepedla.com) and generously supported by VicHealth and Hawthorn Cycling Club. 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, and more.
Females only, 15yrs+
AusCycling race licence required. Free 4-week trial licence available to anyone via this link - https://auscycling.tidyhq.com/public/membership_levels/4a938f38233d
Annual licence here - https://www.auscycling.org.au/membership/race-all-discipline. Please obtain licence before entering.
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. Traffic is controlled on at the start/finish area.
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. What was the race, which club, what was your handicap mark (minutes from scratch eg '21 minute group'). If this is your first road race please provide information such as Strava and/or Zwift profile, FTP in w/kg, average speed in a hard group ride (hilly or flat?), best effort on a major climb eg 1 in 20, best effort in a TT/triathlon bike leg/gran fondo. Do your best and we will try to make it as fair as possible. We may ask for more information. 'This is my first race' is not sufficient!
Race numbers and transponders - bring your Northern Combine permanent number and transponder if you have them, otherwise they will be assigned
Concierge service for new racers - make yourself known at the rego desk.
Red light policy as per AusCycling Vic - on steady mode, leave room for your transponder behind the seat post (see pic below)
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).
Please go to Area A. Click image below for printable PDF version.
Generous prizes (cash and merchandise) for 1st to 10th across the line plus fastest time
Perpetual trophy, plus spot 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.
Check out this handy guide to handicap racing - https://tinyurl.com/handicapsFAQ
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.