Melbourne Bicycles Hanging Rock Handicap



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4 more skills sessions happening before the big race! – see below for all the details.

60km Women’s handicap road race

Saturday 16th February 2019

60kms might seem like a long way but when you’re working effectively as a bunch of riders together, it’s much easier!

Why are we hosting this event?

Women in Victoria are riding and participating in competitive events in greater numbers than ever.  Female club membership has exploded and women are flocking to local criteriums and road races. Those with separate women’s grades are the most popular. But something is holding us back…

A wealth of evidence points to barriers, including lack of detailed information, perceived lack of skills or ability, lack of publicity, and lack of recognition of women’s efforts. We are going to change that, by addressing these head on…

We think the time is right to put on a women’s only handicap road race event, where, through the magic of handicapping, if you enter, you (yes you!) have a chance of winning, where teamwork is rewarded and all your efforts are celebrated. And to get you prepared and inspired we are putting on a program of skills sessions in the lead up.

Come and be a part of this celebration of women’s cycling!

Race details

Rego open: – 0800
Race start (limit group): – 0900 (faster groups start progressively later)
Rego location: – Hanging Rock East Paddock picnic area, entry via gate 10, Colwell’s Rd

Start & Finish locations

Start: Coach Rd, just around the corner from Colwell’s Rd
Finish: On Colwell’s Rd, 500m from the Coach Rd corner
Course map:


Red light policy as per CV

When you enter, 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 – just do your best and we will try to make it as fair as possible.

Please note the water available at the rego location is not suitable for drinking. Please fill your water bottles at home. 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).

Special Event – Miranda where are you?

After the race, why not check out the Rock? Participants can access the Hanging Rock summit walk via foot for free until 5pm.

Saturday evening (Valentine’s Day) there will be a special screening of Peter Weir’s iconic film Picnic at Hanging Rock, 7pm cost $25 adults, $10 children, $60 families


Parking: – plenty of on-site parking
Toilets: – public onsite
Coffee cart: – planning on it
Food: – BBQ or food truck

How it works

Don’t know what a handicap race is? Do not worry. Here’s a summary of how it all works ‘link to ‘handicaps FAQ’


The most important bit!

The first 5-10 riders across the line, plus the fastest time will win prize money.

The amount depends on final entries on the day and the total prize pool is more than $1000 so a  guaranteed $250 first place plus unique trophy!

How to enter

Enter via EntryBoss –

This race is open to Cycling Australia race licence holders and 3-race licences are also accepted. For the skills sessions you only need a recreational license which you can get by being a member of any CA affiliated club.

Skills program

We’ve put together six sessions with qualified coaches including Kate Perry from and Caitlin Feeney from Hawthorn Cycling club. These are designed to give you a structured progression to learn all the skills you need for race day.

In these sessions you will learn and practice rolling turns, echelons, break-aways, sprints, race scenarios and tactics as well as the all-important pre-race bike set-up, basic mechanics, race-day preparation and nutrition!

Bike mechanics part 1 – ‘Don’t let a mechanical spoil your race’ – simple repairs
Thurs 31 Jan 6 – 7.30pm
HA Smith (Hawthorn) Velodrome
Coach – Caitlin Feeney

Riding skills No. 4 – Tue Feb 5th 6-7.30pm
HA Smith (Hawthorn) Velodrome
Coach – Kate Perry & assistant Focus on – Nutrition, bike set up

Bike mechanics part 2 –  Set up your bike for optimum performance
Mon 11th Feb 6-7.30pm
HA Smith (Hawthorn) Velodrome
Coach – Caitlin Feeney

Riding skills No. 5 – Focus on – strategy, what happens on the day
Tue Feb 12th 6 – 7.30pm
HA Smith (Hawthorn) Velodrome
Coach – Kate Perry & assistant

Come to as many as you can, and all of them if you like.

Cost for skills sessions

HCC members free! Non-members $5 (any woman aged 15 years old and over can enter the race)

Want to be a part of this great event but not sure you want to race?

We are looking for volunteers, including corner marshals and ride marshals on race day. Please get in touch.

Contact Alison for further information


Phone: Race Director Alison Skene 0427542100


This initiative is proudly supported by Melbourne Bicycles, Hawthorn Cycling Club and Change our Game, an initiative of the Victorian Government.

Organising committee, publicity, grant application: Emma Andrews, Zoe Bright, Jen Matthies

Thanks also to Colin Bell, Andrew Gannon, Luke McDonough, HCC committee

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