Melbourne Bicycles Hanging Rock Handicap


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

The race is hosted by Hawthorn Cycling Club and open to anyone from any club.

The course we’ve chosen for this event is the Newham circuit with a slight variation.

The total distance 64km, 555m total elevation.

It’s a beautiful area and not too hilly…we promise!

Link to strava map

Start/ finish and registration is in the picturesque east paddock area adjacent to Hanging Rock.

There will be post race food and a cart serving your favourite coffee throughout the morning.

Make a weekend of it and do the summit walk with 360 degree views, stay for the open air screening of the iconic Peter Weir film Picnic at Hanging Rock in the evening

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 (the link will be open early February and in the meantime, save the date in your diary)

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!

  • Session 1 Tue November 20th 6-7.30pm at Hawthorn velodrome
  • session 2 Sun November 25th 8.30-10am Hawthorn velodrome
  • session 3 Tue December 18th 6-7.30pm at Hawthorn velodrome
  • sessions 4-6 TBC

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)

Places are limited so RSVP via EntryBoss for the first session now

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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