Registration is now open this for this year's Soldier's Honour Handicap race around Pine Dam.
This race is for Hamilton Wheelers Members Only U17 and older
Named in honour of those club members who made the supreme sacrifice in World Wars, the event is always held on the weekend that falls closest to Anzac Day and has been held each year for over 80 years. Here is a Brisbane Courier news report from the race held in 1933. A minute's silence precedes the start of the race.
What's a handicap?
For anyone not familiar with a handicap race, all riders who register are placed in smalls groups of similar ability. Each group starts at different times with the slowest riders starting first (this group is called GO), and the fastest riders last (this group is called SCRATCH). Ideally all the groups should catch each other at the end with all riders having a good chance of winning, by either staying away from chasing riders, or catching all the riders in front. Riders must work together rolling smooth turns if they want to go fast. The road to Dayboro is very undulating, and the challenge is to get over these hills with a good group for the fast section once you turn left onto Mt Sampson Rd at the Dayboro Pub. Riders turn left into Wynn Rd where the road climbs slowly up to the top before the fast downhill run to the finish.
Please provide honest information about your riding to assist the handicapper is placing you fairly and to give all riders an even chance. Enter your details below to register for the race. If you have trouble with the form just email with your details and we will enter for you.
Where: Sign on Bullocky Rest, Forgan Rd Warner When: MONDAY 2nd May Rego from 6am, riders then roll down Youngs Crossing to Old Petrie Town. First riders away at 7am. Course: Approx 45km around Pine Dam Cost: $10 Who: Hamilton Wheelers Members Only
Please enter no later than Saturday night to allow proper handicapping.
2016 Anzac 25
Hamilton Wheelers biggest event of the year the Anzac 25 is once again being held on Anzac day at Lakeside Park. Full details are in the flyer below.
A special thank you to the HWCC catering team led by Jenni Eason who provided great coffee and food for all the riders, spectators and officials at the crit championships. It was a long day for them all and the club raised a very tidy profit.
While seniors punished themselves in the 'race of truth' some of our juniors competed in Ipswich Cycling Club's Junior Tour.
Criterium Results available HERE Full results to come.
Alexandra Larsson won the U11 girls criterium, and Myles Houghton was 3rd in the U11 boys. Stephanie Leech had a great time in her first open race, winning gold in TT, crit and Road Race. Well done to all our Juniors!
Thanks to all for attending the AGM and a big thank you to those who put up their hand to fulfill one or more of these roles, and we warmly welcome new officials Matt Smart as Club Captain, and Sam Collins as Social Secretary.
President: Graham Robinson
Vice-President: Mark Croonen
Treasurer: Jenni Eason
Secretary: Wayne Wilson
Racing Secretary: Wayne Wilson
Chief Commissaire: Peter McDonald
Handicapper: Adam Harrison
Assistant Handicapper: Mark Croonen
Assistant Treasurer: Andrea Alexander
Volunteer Coordinator: Wayne Wilson
Property Officer (Kit): Wayne Wilson
Club Captain: Matt Smart
Vice & Ladies Captain: Saskia Deckers
Statistician: Gary Alcorn
Website: Adam Harrison
Newsletter Editor: Kim Flesser
Social Secretary: Sam Collins
Club Coach (inc Junior Coach): Kris Kersley
Junior Development Officer:Trudi Whelan
Assistant Junior Coach: Trudi Whelan
To contact these people use the Contacts Page. Remember all these people are volunteers and have jobs and families so please be patient.
Tyalgum Cup 2016
Quite a few riders travelled across the border to Tyalgum for Murwillumbah CC great annual event over a tough course with beautiful scenery.
“The Hamilton” is an endurance cycle race event – a modern version of 6 day cycle races. This is an idea put forward to the club by Gary Alcorn our Club Statistician. You can send Gary feedback via the Contacts page.
Conducted at Nundah criterium circuit on September 4th.
The winning team is determined by the one who has recorded the most laps covered in the 3 hours. In the case of a tie, the team with most points gained through the “Prime” periods will be the winner.
The composition of the event is as follows.
a)The three hours is broken up into 15 minute segments – each alternate 15 minute period will be called a “Prime” period, during which time there will be 3 primes – points will be awarded to the first 3 riders on a 5,3,2 basis. The final Prime carries double points – 10, 6,4.
b) The 15minute “Prime” period will be signalled by a Whistle – the actual prime lap to be indicated by a 1 lap board. Both team riders to be on the track during the “Prime” period.
c) The end of the “Prime” period is signalled by a Bell.
d) The next 15 minutes is “free” - teams may do as they like but one member must be on the track at all times.
e) Each team carries one electronic “Baton” that is passed between the riders so that it is on the track at all times. Laps are counted electronically.
f) Each rider in the team will have the same number, but a different colour.
In the event of an accident:-
a) If all riders are together in one pack – everyone stops at the next marshal point.
b) If there is a breakaway happening, all riders stop at the next marshal point they come to.
Advice will be given to the marshals to restart the event.
The overall time clock will continue to run at all times.
In the event of a mechanical:-
a) If both riders in the team are on the track, the other rider must have the “Baton” and continues alone until his partner can get the problem remedied.
b) If only one rider from the team is on the track, he stops at the next marshal point where the marshal will get advice to his partner who will be sent to the marshal point to get the “Baton” and continue while the repairs are made.
Thus, the aim of the event, as it was in the original 6 Day race, is to gain laps on your opponents, and if there are two or more teams with equal laps covered the winners are determined by the points gained.
If the event is successful, we could try it at Chandler through the Summer period. The number of teams/riders would need to be adjusted to suit the capacity of the track.
Gary Wiggins – Sir Bradley Wiggins’s father – and Don Allen in the Ghent Six in the 1980s
Harry Sweeny wins U19 ITT at Oceania Road Champs
Congratulations go to Harry Sweeny who won gold in the U19 ITT in Bendigo recently at the Oceania Road Champs.
Colin Chapman was also due to compete but instead underwent surgery to fix his wrist and is recovering slowly - best wishes for a speedy recovery Colin!
Result: Junior Men
Harrison SWEENY (AUS)
James FOUCHE (NZL)
Robert STANNARD (NZL)
Jarrad DRIZNERS (AUS)
Alastair CHRISTIE-JOHNSTON (AUS)
Sebastian BERWICK (AUS)
Tom GOUGH (AUS)
Liam NOLAN (AUS)
Kees DUYVESTEYN (NZL)
Connor LAMBERT (AUS)
Jordan LOUIS (AUS)
Ben MAVRODIS (AUS)
Joshua BEIKOFF (AUS)
Thomas MCDONALD (AUS)
Kelland O'BRIEN (AUS)
Oliver MURRAY (AUS)
Louis BROWN (NZL)
Thomas HODGE (AUS)
Callum PEARCE (AUS)
Campbell JONES (AUS)
Nicholas SIMPSON (AUS)
Fletcher SYMONDS (AUS)
Connor SENS (AUS)
Alistair BARR (AUS)
Braden O'SHEA (AUS)
Ross GORDON (AUS)
Calan WHITE (AUS)
Liam LAWLOR (AUS)
Ainsleigh GRAY (AUS)
Hamish WEBBER (AUS)
Riley HART (AUS)
Colby JACHMANN (AUS)
Declan PROSSER (AUS)
Darcy WHITTAKER (AUS)
Brandon CONWAY (AUS)
Matias FITZWATER (NZL)
Liam SHERLOCK (NZL)
Tearloch CARR (AUS)
Jai KANAT (AUS)
Oscar ELWORTHY (NZL)
Jake OLIVER (AUS)
Kallum PARLEVLIET (AUS)
Gaz's Guide to the 2016 Winter Season
Thanks to Gary Alcorn our Club Statistician for this Winter Season Guide which will hopefully be useful to those new to the club, and those not so new!
The 2016 Winter program starts Saturday 9th April with an Individual Time Trial at Closeburn (just past Samford on the way to Dayboro).
The committee has provided a varied group of events on both closed circuits and the open road (yes that means hills) which should appeal to all members. There are several key events throughout the year which we encourage you all to support.
1. Our one "open" event at Lakeside Park, the Anzac 25 on April 25th.
2. Two annual perpetual trophy events - the "Soldiers Honour" and the "Bill Osborne Memorial"- which are handicap races for both Division 1 and 2 riders.
The Club Championships are held over three events, a Criterium, a Time Trial and a Road race. These are run in each of your CA licence categories. A special Hamilton Wheelers Jersey is awarded in each category to the rider who accumulates most points over the three events.
Note that the points score for the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy is different to the 6 monthly points used for grading.
Throughout the season points are allocated for results in most events and a Perpetual Aggregate trophy awarded at the end of the season to the rider with the highest points aggregate. As well as getting points for placing in events, points are awarded for starting and finishing, fastest times, first unplaced lady etc. The points are weighted to give more weighting to the higher grades to compensate for competition from visiting riders. It is thus a trophy that rewards results and consistency. The points system for the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy are below.
Hamilton Wheelers member Phil Kesby recently competed in NZ, in the annual Wellington to Auckland Cycle Race and won the race outright and also winner of his age category.
Stage one included a cat 3 and cat 1 climb and Phil finished 1st, giving him a 2 sec lead and the yellow jersey. He successfully defended the 2 secs and yellow jersey to the end, despite countless attacks and several categorised climbs in the race.
Smallest GC winning margin on record (2 secs)
First Australian to win the race on GC
Phil also finished second on points in the KOM competition.
Last saturday Feb 13th around the time of our race, the trailer shown below containing about $10,000 worth of tools was stolen from the Lakeside grounds. If anyone saw anything suspicious could you please call Adam from Lakeside Management on 0438 124 818
2016 Qld Masters Track Championships
The Masters Track Championship was held last weekend at Chandler in pretty dodgy weather conditions so the program stretched out into sunday. Our club was well represented across the different age divisions.
Dave Roest - entered every single event and had a huge weekend riding with huge spirit and a big grin. Dave is now the unofficial club track mascot!
David Wadsworth was not far from medalling in all his events as well.
Garry Reddacliff had a big weekend and came away with at least a Silver in the Masters 6 Scratch Race
Andy Patten, Neil Hamey, and late recruit Garry Reddacliff got Bronze in the Team Sprint
Andy Patten won Gold in the M4 Scratch Race, Gold in the IP and Bronze in the 666m TT.
Jeanette Davidson in Womens Masters 1-2 has been focusing solely on track for a while now and won Gold Time Trial and the Sprint set a new State Record in the Flying 200m (12.19sec)!
Pete Gumbley Masters 8 came away with 4 gold medals for Scratch Race, Sprint, IP & TT and 2 new state records!
Wet Weather Policy
Summer time often means storms. Our policy is that a call to cancel or modify the race schedule will only be made at the track by the chief commissaire. Should there be a cancellation every effort will be made to notify via the front page of this website, facebook and twitter as early as possible (6am weekends or 4:30pm for twilight series).
New Grading System for 2016 season
At the january club meeting it was decided to make adjustments to the grading categories for club racing starting from the beginning of the 2016 season as a trial. We have introduced a second B grade and moved up the C,D & E grades as follows.
Hopefully this better reflects the spread of riders and allows us to even out the numbers in each grade. All riders stay in their existing grades for now, but there may be some regradings done to balance out numbers based on ability, experience and performance. Please bear with us as there is bound to be a bit of confusion about what each grade is called!
A full explanation of the grading system, grading lists for both club members and visiting riders, 6 months points score and full rider history can all be found on the Grading page.
Twilight Series grades remain unchanged. Points system and grading application process also remains unchanged.
(not our new grading system)
2016 Membership Changes
If you haven't already done so, now is the time to renew your club membership and Cycling Australia Licence.
There are a few changes for 2016 including:
Race now replaces the terms Racing and Gold licenses Ride now replaces the terms Silver & Recreational
Sunday, 20 December 2015. HWCC MEMBERS, 3 DAY LICENCES and NON BRISBANE VISITORS ONLY. Free race entries. All place getters get a commemorative ribbon (no cash). All activities including Start/ Finish in front of Clubhouse. Reverse direction.
7.00 – 7.30 am - D & E Grade. Drop & Run Race. - 25 mins
7.01 – 7.30 am – Combined C Grade. Drop & Run Race. – 25 mins
7.35 – 8.00 am – A, B & C Grade Juniors.
8. 00am - “Barbecue Bob” at his best. Free sausage sizzle starts for all present. Sausage, bread, sauce.
8.00 am - Chris Marty’s Bluegrass Mullet Gut String Band plays.
8.05 am - "Harrison Handicap" is a one lap pairs handicap. Each pair can be made up of a parent & junior, partners, significant others, bro-mances, BFFs etc. but they must be at least 2 grades apart (e.g. Junior and C2, A & C1, B and D grade). Starting positions will be allocated around the track as in a track 'wheelrace' and all riders start on the gun (ok well...megaphone squark)
Riders must cross the line together with their teammate. Riders without a teammate may rent a junior for a small donation.
8.20 am. SANTA ARRIVES and conducts “Tykes on Bikes” Race for all little kids. Little kids do one lap of inner circuit. Bikes, training wheels, scooters, babies in prams, etc. Parents can run with kids. All kids get a ribbon and present from Santa. Start/finish in front of clubhouse.
8.30 am. Andrea’s Lolly Hunt. A traditional lolly hunt around the clubhouse for all present.
8.35 am. Awards for best decorated bike – kids and adults.
Awards for best Xmas costume – kids and adults.
8.40 - 9.10 am – B Grade Drop & Run Race. – 30 mins.
8.41 – 9.15 am – A Grade Drop & Run Race – 35 mins
Barbecue finishes approx. 15 mins after A Grade race.
NOTE : A “Drop & Run Race” involves dropping bike on far side of track, running to Comms and getting a rubber band and remounting on each lap. Any rider who, in the opinion of Comms, takes the race too seriously could be asked to do 10 push ups!
Volunteer Policy Change
Volunteer Roster – after a survey of members regarding creating a better outcome for officials at our weekly races the following policy was the popular choice of members and has been adopted:
A yearly calendar on display – at races, on the website, members can nominate anytime.
Members nominate to do duty 1 day in the year, from October 31 - November 1 each year.
Computer registration system is set to accept 1 race entry only BEFORE it flags that rider has not nominated for duty. Once flagged the rider cannot race UNTIL they nominate a duty date. Failure to perform duty or provide replacement on nominated day, forfeits the rider to participating until duty is performed.
Wednesday arvo Twilight Races and Open Events are handled seperately and are not part of the members Roster.
The calendar can be viewed here on the website via the Calendar link in the menu and you can click HERE to send an email to secretary Wayne Wilson to nominate your session. A calendar will also be on display at each race so riders can nominate their 1 session for the year (more if you wish!!).
National Masters Road Championships 2015
We had some fantastic results from the National Masters Championship held around Tweed Heads 25-27 September.
In the ITT -
MMAS1 Andrew Keller Silver Luke Cunningham Bronze, Michael Bettany 4th
MMAS4 Andrew Patten Gold
MMAS5 Darrell HENRY 4th
WMAS1 Nikolina Orlić Bronze
WMAS3 Jessica Toghill Gold
MMAS1 Michael Bettany Gold, Luke Cunningham Silver, Rueben Phillips 4th
(photo Courtesy Veloshotz)
There were many other good rides and club representation from Mel Symon, Corissa Smith, Saskia Deckers, Rene Lubbers, Garry Reddacliff, Neil Hamey, Francois Audibert, Les Preston, Peter Jansen, Wayne Wilson, Attila Kiss, Tremain Permewan, Reuben Phillips, Rupert Leigh, Stephen Lowe, Ashley Yelland.
Apologies if we've missed anyone, please let us know!
Harry Sweeny selected in U19 team for World Champs
Congratulations to Hamilton Wheelers member Harry Sweeny for his selection in the U19 team for the upcoming World Championships in Richmond, Virginia USA Sept 20-27 September. He will compete in the ITT on the 22nd and Road Race on the 26th.
We are happy to announce our club will be supporting Harry by donating $1000 to help cover his expenses. These funds come from our Junior Development Fund, which includes money raised from fundraisers such as our Cyclocross Catering and the $25 fee all Sponsored Riders pay to the club which goes directly to Junior Development.
Long term Hamilton member Nick Schultz will also be riding in the U23 road race.
Here's Harry in his first race with us in C1 Nov 2013 (2nd from left)
Nick Schultz at Nundah just last year :)
Briztreadley Podcast featuring Bryan Ferris
The Briztreadley cycling podcast is always a good listen but the latest episode features our very own 'local legend' Bryan Ferris! You can listen to the podcast directly via the website, or or if you have a podcast app on your smartphone or tabllet you can subscribe via iTunes, Android or via RSS