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James Eckersley Junior Classic and Senior Racing Sat 1st August

James Eckersley is a Hamilton Wheelers life member, joining in 1953, serving the club as president and many other roles, has a swag of state medals, and has ridden well over 20 Challenge 25 rides. James has continually supported juniors both morally and financially, and has donated junior bikes to the club, and supports this race every year.

As Juniors are not eligible to receive prize money, riders who place will be awarded some great prizes as James has been very generous with his support. Prizes include some great cycling equipment and clothing.
 


Racing for seniors is scheduled after the Junior events. Juniors U17 and younger must only race in junior categories, not with Seniors.
 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are trialling an online entry entry system using buncheur.com - all entries must be done online by Friday 6pm, no entries on the day

CLICK HERE TO ENTER ONLINE

  • This makes it safer, with a lot less interactions between riders and volunteers, and means we don't have to handle cash.
  • Each rider will need to first create an account (for families, you must use a seperate email for each rider), then you can select your grade and make your payment.
  • Costs are $6 for juniors and $12 for seniors - the extra amount is to cover credit card fees.
  • Buncheur gradings only run A through E, so please read the notes carefully and enter the correct grade based on your current Hamilton Grading. If you enter in the wrong grade you will be automatically moved.
  • Juniors U17 and younger must race in the Junior grades, not the later senior grades.
  • Entries close Friday evening 6pm.
  • Parents assisting Juniors must sign the contact tracing list form at registration
  • If you know someone who is not great with online stuff please offer to help them or contact  and we can assist you. Likewise for Hamilton members if you are uncertain whether you can attend please email and we can assist in registering you on the day.


 




Vale Darryl Bowes

Darryl Bowes, past member of Hamilton Wheelers and father of James Bowes a current member, sadly passed away Friday 19th June.
Darryl was a jovial and keen masters rider who still kept up with happenings by watching James race and saying hello at many Hamilton races.
Vale Darryl.

Racing this Sat 18th July - what you need to know


Things are a bit different these days, so please bear with us and take the time to read up on our new processes:

Entry - Free to all riders
Clubs - Open to riders from all club who have a current grading with Hamilton (as are all our races except a few which are always noted on the Calendar)
Coffee - Yes our coffee shop will be open and we have EFTPOS facilities
Prizes - While entry is free, we are still giving out prizes for placegetters. In addition to the tremendous glory resulting from your achievement, coffee vouchers will be presented to all the usual podium positions.
CA Licence - You must be able to produce evidence that you are currently a financial member (licence card, digital licence, email verification or other proof). 
Gradings - to race you MUST be on the grading list and race only in that grade. Apply for a grading by thursday evening 8pm

COVID stuff -
Health check - If you have any symptoms - don't come
Observe signs and markers - enter the clubhouse only via the ramp and exit only via the stairs, space out following the X markers, don't hang around in the clubhouse
No touching - yes it may have been a while since you've seen your mates; but no handshakes, hugs or kisses. Please keep social distancing as much as possible and abide by markings on the floor
Race entries - Each grade is limited to 40 riders
Sign-on - entry via the ramp, exit via the stairs
Race numbers - after racing, place them in the sterilising bucket provided
Sanitiser - please use the hand sanitiser provided
Mingling - by all means have a coffee afterwards but then go home to minimise total numbers for each race session
Hygiene - no air hankeys/snotrockets, spitting etc!

Race times -
B1 Grade    7.00 - 7.50am 50min+2laps
C1  Grade   7.01 - 7.41am 40min+2laps
A  Grade     7.45 - 8.45am 60min+2laps
B2  Grade   7.55 - 8.35am 40min+2laps
C2  Grade   8.50 - 9.25am 30min+2laps
D  Grade    8.51 - 9.30am 30min+2laps
Junior racing to commence at 8.55am





2020 Century and Half Century Rides Sun July 26




Assuming restrictions continue to be relaxed by the Queensland State Government, the Club's Annual Century (161 kms) and Half-Century (80.5 kms) rides will be held on SUNDAY July 26, 2020.

Time: Meet no later than 6:30am at the Clubhouse for a 6:45am departure – don’t be late, as we don’t wait!

Registration: Pre-registration is essential REGISTER HERE 

These are club social rides, so please wear your Hamilton Wheelers club kit. In true club spirit, we will work together to share the load, while also looking out for each other and lending support where we can. Feel free to invite any non-club friends who you believe can last the distance – but they will be your responsibility!

Century Ride Details:

Ride Leader: Mick Cole (Hamilton Wheelers’ Club Captain)

The ride is very much intended to be a social ride, so if you have always wanted to ride a century (161 kms) but have been worried about doing it alone, this is your chance. Each year we have a few members complete their first century ride with us, and I am sure they’d agree that the ride was challenging in places, but very achievable. Average pace is generally around 28 to 30 km/h, depending on conditions and participants.

We will leave the clubhouse at 6:45am (sharp) and make our way out to Landsborough, where we will grab a takeaway coffee and something to eat before setting off home. After we have ridden back to Nundah, it's time to enjoy a free beer, soft drink and sausage sizzle!

If you have any questions, send Mick an email 

Half-Century Ride Details:

Ride Leader: Kim ‘ Fless’ Flesser (Hamilton Wheelers’ Vice-Captain)

For those who don't fancy the challenge of the century ride or simply don't have the time to go the distance, why not join the 50-mile (80.5 km) ride?

Same route as last year – Travel along the Kedron Brook onto the new Gateway Bikeway to Brighton, cross the bridge, on to Scarborough, back to the bridge via Elizabeth Ave, through Sandgate, Shorncliffe, Deagon, Boondall Wetlands, Nudgee Beach and back to the clubhouse. We can whip up to Nundah to get a coffee at the end of the ride. This is a slightly slower ride than the Century, averaging around 25 to 26 km/h.

Any questions – contact Fless – 

Great Sadness for Hamilton Members

 


It is with great sadness that we pass on the news of the death of 3 of our members and former members.

Carolyn Lister

The club has received awful news that Carolyn Lister passed away this morning after being hit by a vehicle on her morning commute, in the vicinity of her workplace at the RBWH.

Carolyn was a very strong rider who recently took up racing with us. She was excited to win her first race late last year. Carolyn was a keen traveler, having cycled in many places around the world. The club wishes to pass on our deepest condolences to her husband John.
 
Scott Irvine

Scott Irvine aged 34 years. Scott was a popular member of Hamilton Wheelers from 2015 to 2017. During this time he won the Bill Osbourne Memorial, The Most Improved Rider in the club and the Aggregate Points score trophies. He was a keen and enthusiastic participant who always raced with great vigour and commitment.

If anyone needs assistance in these peculiar times don’t hesitate in contacting https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/contact-us 



 Ray Meredith

One of Hamilton’s greatest ever riders Ray Meredith passed away aged 82 years on June 9th. Ray’s list of Hamilton victories is way too long to list as are his achievements at State and National level.

Desperately close to both Commonwealth Games and Olympic selection on 2 occasions, Ray will be remembered for his aggressive and uncompromising style of racing and training. It was well known that when you rode in his group you would work hard, very hard, then most likely be beaten by him at the end of the day. A former member of the now defunct Sandgate Cycling Club, Ray became a stalwart of Hamilton Wheelers and was recognized at the Century Dinner of the club in 2008. A great rider and Hamilton member, Ray was celebrated at a private service.

 

COVID-19 and Hamilton Racing and Training Activities

Back to Racing!

We have compiled a jam-packed calendar of events for the remainder of the year. This begins 1 August but there is the possibility of an earlier start with a FREE Criterium at Nundah to get the party started!

Our club has been liasing with Cycling Queensland and we have been attempting to develop our event calendar around the draft CQ Calendar to minimize clashes.
 
Club Secretary Matt Smart met with the CQ advisory group recently and we have agreed to:
 
1.       Not commit to any racing in Stage 2. It is simply not viable to have any event for 20, including officials and keep social distancing etc.
2.       Permit the juniors to restart training from June 12 under the Covid 19 Stage 2 conditions
3.       Publish a calendar of racing from August 1st to all members

Click here to view our Racing Calendar