DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – WOMEN
Whether you are a woman looking for some regular rides with other like-minded women, ready to ride a recreational event or keen to race, Hawthorn Cycling Club is the club to join!
Join Women@HCC for women-specific training, social rides, racing and regular social events. Women of all ages and abilities are welcome.
With regular rides, training sessions including skills development and a supportive environment, you’ll have the confidence and ability to tackle the next criterium race, jump on the track, ride 200kms over mountains or just join in on a non-intimidating, all-inclusive, friendly bike ride.
Our aim is to create a supportive cycling environment where women are encouraged to ‘have a go’, overcome their fears and do things they never thought possible.
Come join the team!
We hold a series of skills sessions over the summer and winter seasons. These are a mix of practical and theoretical sessions held mainly on the weekend. Each session focuses on building confidence and bike handling skills. Some sessions are also designed around target races and recreational events. The aim is to give those who attend a chance to implement newly learnt skills at the next race or recreational event.
These skills sessions are open to Hawthorn Cycling Club members only – another great reason to join!
Check out the video below to hear about the first HCC Women’s Skills Program – Mastering the Road.
We hold a Women@HCC training camp for the HCC women each year. Past camp locations have included Lancefield, Bright and Marysville. The weekend is one not to be missed and includes formal skills sessions and coaching, a guest speaker and plenty of general riding and socialising.
There are many women specific races on the racing calendar at all levels – club, combine, state and national. So whether it’s your first race or you’ve been racing for years, there will be something to suit your level of experience.
Our women target these races and use the HCC Team App to determine who’s racing, coordinate travel arrangements etc. This means that there should always be a friendly face at one of these races to give you the support you need.
HCC is itself a staunch supporter of women’s racing. Specifically, in the winter road season it hosts the Northern Combine Hawthorn Trophy Race, which has women’s grades, and over summer it holds a six race women’s Criterium Series. The club’s various Club Championship races always include women’s categories too.
Finally, there are also women’s team events such as the Victorian Clubs Team Times Trial Championships and various criteriums during the year for which we form HCC women’s teams. A lot of fun and great experiences to be shared with fellow club members.
The Hawthorn Cycling Club’s Recreational Riding Program (RRP) incorporates both rides arranged by club members and participation by club members in mass participation recreational events open to the public e.g. those organised by groups such as Cycling Victoria and the Amy Gillett Foundation.
Cycling Victoria’s annual ‘Challenge Series’ of events – each of which offers both short and long course options – are usually the cornerstones of the mass participation rides in the RRP.
If racing isn’t your thing or you do race, but are just looking to enjoy some stunningly beautiful rides with a supportive group, we encourage you to get involved in the RRP.
Regular HCC Social Ride
HCC has a regular social ride, the Town Haul Ride, which leaves from the Richmond Town Hall every Saturday morning. The group is mixed, but there is always a friendly female face on the ride to put you at ease.
The ride finishes at a designated café for that all important post ride coffee and chat. A great way to meet your fellow club members!
Other HCC Social Rides
Using the HCC Team App, our women and club members involved in the RRP also organise regular social rides around Melbourne and its outer regions. They may venture out to the Dandenongs or the Macedon Ranges to get in some hill climbing or simply ride along Beach Road, taking in the view across the Bay. Whatever the ride, there is always a coffee stop.
Code of Conduct
The HCC Code of Conduct, which can be found under the ‘About’ tab, is to be followed strictly when participating in all HCC rides.
CV Breeze Rides
Breeze Rides is a program coordinated by Cycling Victoria that provides participation and leadership opportunities for female cyclists through group rides for women, led by women.
Hawthorn Cycling Club has Breeze ride leaders; Liz Leorke (email@example.com) and Cazz Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) who provide group rides supporting the development of beginner road cyclists and some one-on-one interactions to give people their next step to participating in the intermediate group sessions.
For more information please visit this website: http://www.breezerides.com.au/
All work, and no play… not good! That’s why we ensure there is a social element to our training rides and why we hold regular Women@HCC social events. This provides an opportunity for the women of HCC to touch base off the bike, share riding experiences and any thoughts on how we can develop and improve the Women@HCC program.
We also hold mixed events including the mid year HCC Annual Dinner and also our Xmas Function. There’s usually a get together for that somewhat important bike race, the TdF, in the middle of the year too.
Women@HCC Program Sub-Committee
It takes many people to develop and keep a program like our women’s program going from strength to strength. That’s why we have a number of women across specific roles on our Women’s Program Sub-Committee.
- Women’s Program Coordinator: Liz Hall
- Women’s Training: Manuela Marasco
- Women’s Racing: Sue Madden and Emily Novatsis
- Women’s Social Events: Nadia Combe and Louise Hogan
Other Committee Representation
We also have strong women’s representation on other HCC committees:
- HCC Committee: Liz Hall (Women’s Program Coordinator); Deb Richards (Secretary); Bec Davis (Memberships); Kris Vouros (Sponsorship & Marketing).
- Recreational Riding Sub-Committee: Ronda Saint, Deb Nette and Yvonne Tormasi.
Of course, we’re always looking to improve our program and our offering to women. If you have any suggestions for improvement, ideas of what new offerings we could potentially provide or you want to get involved, please let us know via email at email@example.com or feel free to chat to any of our committee representatives next time you see them.
For more information on our Women@HCC program please contact Liz Hall via email at firstname.lastname@example.org