Hawthorn Cycling Club
Topbike Tours Hanging Rock Handicap

Sat, 26 Feb 2022
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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+

  • ** Covid-safe event** In line with government restrictions all riders, supporters and volunteers must check in using the QR code provided. All participants and volunteers must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination status.

Licences - new!

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.


  • Rego open: - 0800
  • Race start (limit): - 0900 (for limit group, the rest within the next ~30 mins)
  • Race finish: - 1200 approx.
  • Rego location: - Hanging Rock East Paddock picnic area, entry via gate 10, Colwell’s Rd

Course info

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.

Start & Finish locations

  • **Start and Finish: Colwell's Rd, near the park entrance

Handicapping - please read!

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).


  • Parking: - plenty of on-site parking
  • Toilets: - public onsite, clean and plentiful
  • Coffee cart: - of course
  • Food: - catering will be provided at budget rates

Parking map

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

Race Fees

  • Entry Fee: $30
  • No on the day entries
  • Voluntary contribution to Macedon Ranges Wildlife Network


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!

Timing & Results

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

Results Link
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 seat-post 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

Facebook event: https://tinyurl.com/bdz8kbwb Email: hangingrock@hawthorncycling.org Phone: Race Director Alison Skene 0427542100

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Late Entry Fee
Regular entry
Donation info

Wildlife Donation

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.