TopBike Hanging Rock Handicap
Brought to you by Hawthorn Cycling Club, The Hanging Rock Handicap is back in 2020, and better than ever, thanks to our generous sponsors TopBike and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.
Join Australia’s biggest and best women’s road race event!
Here’s what 2019 participants had to say…
‘Atmosphere was encouraging and enthusiastic. All abilities were catered for and respected. Well organised, safe and fun. Race vibes were electric!’
‘Well organized. Lovely supportive people. Great course. Great atmosphere.’
‘Never seen anything quite like it before. The buzz was amazing.’
‘It was everything I want and love in a race’
65km women-only road race, handicap format, based at the picturesque Hanging Rock Reserve, only one hour from Melbourne.
The race course is on quiet rolling roads around Hanging Rock, Lancefield and Newham.
See last year’s course here (we’re looking at minor changes to the route) – https://www.strava.com/routes/15852656
Safety and amenity is our priority. Precautions include CA-qualified race commissaires, traffic controllers (hopefully including some road closures), corner marshals, follow cars, first aid. The race has permits from council, VicRoads, police and CV.
We’ll have the same beautiful Hanging Rock backdrop for registration and post-race celebrations, coffee cart, BBQ and more.
Date and Time
Saturday Feb 22, 2020.
Start time for limit group 0900 (tbc)
Likely finish time ~ 1200
1st to 10th over the line, plus fastest time.
Perpetual trophy, plus random prizes at the discretion of the organisers!
Thanks to our sponsors, we’re keeping entry costs down and delivering great value.
You will need a CA race licence (there are a few options, so stay tuned, or see https://cycling.org.au/membership/join-now)
Entries will be via entryboss.cc and will open in January.
Who is the race for?
Pretty much anyone who is up for a challenge, whether elite, experienced in road riding, or not. You need some group riding experience, and to be able to maintain a pace of about 26km/h over 2.5hrs (rough guide only).
To get you prepared we are offering low cost skills sessions in the lead-up, to teach not only the skills of fast rolling bunch riding, the key to handicap racing, but the knowledge and confidence to give it a go.
Riders based in the Macedon Shire region: free sessions brought to you by Will Howard from Kilowatt Cycle Coaching.
Melbourne-based riders (free for HCC members): brought to you again by Kate Perry of FTP Training.
Stay tuned for details!
How does a handicap work?
Everyone, from novice to elite, races the same course. Slower riders start first, followed by progressively faster riders. First over the line wins. Riders are in small bunches which have to work together to chase those in front and stay ahead of those chasing from behind. It’s teamwork in action. And hard work all the way. See ‘link to handicaps FAQ document’
Check this website for updates. Updates will also be posted on HCC Facebook and other social media, and especially SheRace Facebook page.
Not sure you want to race but would like to help?
Perhaps you have family members itching to be part of the action?
The race relies on a team of volunteers. If you can help on the day (eg corner marshal), with pre-race publicity or organisation, please get in touch.
If you are a potential sponsor, we’d love to hear from you.