Code Of Conduct

Hawthorn Cycling Club supports a culture which is welcoming to all members and supporters, reduces the risks for members when on the road and is conducive to good relations between cyclists and other road users. To achieve this we aim for all members to follow these guide lines:

  • Cyclists stop at red lights
  • Ride two abreast but be courteous if the road narrows
  • Be predictable and always indicate your intentions
  • Warn other riders of safety hazards
  • At intersections stay in the queue behind the cars rather than rolling up the inside
  • Stay highly visible with the use of lights and clothing

When on the road or at an event it is an important part of our culture that members acknowledge one another.  You always say hello

The code of conduct which follows seeks to further describe the behaviour HCC seeks to encourage among its members and supporters

  1. Purpose

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe the type of behaviour which Hawthorn Cycling Club is seeking to promote and encourage its members and supporters to adopt



The code shall be known as Hawthorn Cycling Club Code of Conduct. The Code shall govern the conduct of all persons formally associated with cycling within the club. ln particular, it shall apply to:

  • Persons acting for and on behalf of HCC
  • Athletes, coaches, officials of HCC
  • Persons participating in HCC sanctioned events.
  • Spectators at HCC events.


  • HCC wishes to operate in an environment where people show respect for others and their property. Respect is defined as consideration for another’s physical and emotional wellbeing and possessions, to ensure no damage or deprivation is caused to either.
  • HCC wishes to operate in an environment that is free from harassment. Harassment is defined as any action directed at an individual or group that creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive environment. (Refer to ASC Guidelines for Harassment-Free Sport).
  • HCC wishes to operate in a non-discriminatory environment. Respect the right, dignity and worth of every human being – within the context of the activity; treat every person equally regardless of gender, ethnic origin or religion.
  • Persons to whom this Code applies acknowledge and agree to comply with the disciplinary and grievance procedures promulgated by HCC. !f any disciplinary action is taken, persons directly affected shall be given the opportunity to participate in those proceedings and the right to appeal against any decision against them.



All persons who are bound by this code shall:

  • Act in a manner which is compatible with the interests of HCC
  • Accord people involved in cycling with the appropriate courtesy, respect and regard for their rights and obligations
  • Treat people’s property with respect and due consideration of its value
  • Show a positive commitment to HCC’s policies, rules, procedures, guidelines and agreements;
  • Respect the law and customs of the places they visit;
  • Respect the confidentiality of information which they receive in the course of fulfilling their duties
  • Uphold the standing and reputation of cycling within Australia;
  • Not misuse provided funds or property belonging to another party; and
  • Observe and comply with the Anti-Doping Rules as set out in the CA Doping Policy.



This list provides examples of behaviour deemed to be unsuitable and not in the best interests of HCC

  • Sledging other athletes, officials or event organisers. Sledging is defined as a statement that is deemed to denigrate and/or intimidate another person, or behaviour likely to constitute emotional abuse.
  • Excessive use of alcohol, acting in a way that becomes a public nuisance, or creating a public disturbance.
  • Damaging another person’s property or depriving them of that property.
  • Sexual relations between an appointed official and a junior athlete (under the age of consent), irrespective of the wishes and desires of the athlete. ln all other cases such relations are strongly discouraged.
  • Any physical contact with athletes shall be appropriate to the situation and be necessary for the further development of the athlete’s skill.
  • The use or encouragement of the use banned substances. The banned substance list is as outlined under CA’s Anti-Doping Policy
  • Statements which are deemed to denigrate the group that an individual is representing.
  • Any type of gambling, betting or organisation of betting at any cycling event, while competing, officiating or undertaking a management role.
  • Any form of harassment”