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Racing cancelled Aug 15


Sadly, all racing is cancelled today 15 Aug due to rain and unsafe track conditions. Recent track repairs have made the track unsafe when wet. We will be in touch regarding refunds of entry fees.

Travel Deal for the Cunningham Classic

Come & fly the Hamilton Wheelers flag... at the 2020 Cunningham Classic!


 

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Club Kit Portal now open

 
Last orders before Xmas are now available for the great Hamilton Kit (and accessories!!)
Just go to https://tandem-cc.myshopify.
com
And use the password - Tandem2020 
 
And you are ready to go.
 
Timelines
Open – 4th August
Close – 18th August (so no orders after this date)
Delivery 22nd September
 
This will be the last order period before Xmas, so become one of the best dressed and order your kit now.


For Sizing and Prices check out the Club Kit Page
 

COVID-19 and Hamilton Racing and Training Activities

Hamilton Wheelers operating policies from July 2020…
 

  • Entries for all club races to be done on-line and will close by 6pm on the day preceding the event. Members who feel that they are not equipped to do this should contact the club handicapper by email or phone and alternative arrangements will be made.
  • Event entry fee to be paid via the buncheur.com on-line entry system.
  • All competitors must attend the Commissaire briefing immediately prior to their event. Any rider who does not attend will not be allowed to race in the event.
  • Members wanting to redeem HWCC Volunteer passes should enter and pay by the on-line system, then, when presenting at registration exchange the Volunteer pass for a cash refund.
  • Race prizemoney (where applicable) will be paid in cash on the day.
  • HWCC races at Lakeside call for a separate “Lakeside licence” fee of $10 each day – these are still to be paid by cash on the day. (Yearly Lakeside licences are still available at $55). We will endeavor to have an EFT option but cannot guarantee it so please bring $10 cash. Forms can be downloaded from the website and completed beforehand to minimise contact and save time.
  • Members are required to perform volunteer duty at one event each year. On this day, the member should not plan to also participate in a race. You need to nominate at which event you would like to volunteer on the website calendar.  Volunteers will receive one Race pass, an item of HWCC kit (this year socks) and entry in the draw at the Presentation day function to win a free CA licence for the following year. Members are allowed to enter 3 HWCC events if they have not nominated a volunteer date. After that they will be denied entry until they do nominate a date online on the volunteer calendar.
  • All Under 17 competitors must complete a “roll-out” prior to racing.

 
During the Covid 19 restriction period…
 

  • Riders must observe social distancing in and around the clubhouse.
  • Riders must ensure that any non-competitors, i.e. parents/friends with them are entered on the Covid Tracking form at registration at every meeting.
  • The “pigeon hole” storage facility in the HWCC clubhouse at Nundah will be made available for riders to leave valuables during a race, but are requested to observe social distancing when using them.

 
 

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.


 




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





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.

 

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.

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 – 

Vale Lindsay Green


It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of Hamilton’s most respected men. Lindsay Green passed away Tuesday 26th May at his care facility in Caboolture. Thankfully he was active and still enjoying life until a few weeks ago, though missing his favourite biking sessions. He would turn 88 on May 31st.

Lindsay has been a Hamilton member since he moved from South Australia many years ago. A noted competitor, Audax hero and Paris-Brest-Paris finisher, Hamilton Club Champion, and above all a true gentleman, he will be well remembered and well and truly missed. 

Lindsay will be sadly missed by his wife Connie, children Tony and Jennifer, grandchildren Lauren and Grace and all his cycling buddies throughout the world.






Winning at the Nundah Criterium Circuit - by Fless


QRTS Round 4 Report

Race report from DS Phil Jones:

Round 4 at Murarrie was the final event for 2019.
The first race of the day a 25 minute +2 laps points race with points every 2 laps,5 3 2 1 points on the line. Then the big race 1 hour + 2 laps. The Hamilton Team had a great first race with a good win by Zach Larson supported by Hanes Venter, Mitch Yard, Peter Odsson, Dave Wadesworth and Ky Parkinson. Zach got in a small break at half distance and took 1st place in the sprint that gave him 5pts that group got caught back and few more moves went and came back, With 3 laps to go The Hamilton riders forced a small gap on the field with Hannes and young Mitch Yarde, this being his first Elite race, setting up a good gap for Zach to hold on for first over the line and taking the double points at the end that gave us our first win.

The main race of the day was a bit mixed for Hamilton we missed the main break of the day and 4 of the team finished in the main pack.

Thanks to all the riders and helpers especially mechanic Bill Tape for all their help!






Twilight Series 2019/2020


The annual Hamilton Twilight Criterium Series is on again! There are six races over summer on a Wednesday afternoon. As there is not enough light to run all of our usual grades, we only run four senior grades. 
  • A Grade (for riders already graded as A with Hamilton)
  • B1 Grade (for riders already graded as B1 with Hamilton)
  • B2 Grade  (for riders already graded as B2 with Hamilton, or any male riders under 50 years only graded as C1)
  • C Grade (for male riders already graded as C1 and who are 50 years or older, any riders already graded as C2 with Hamilton, and any female riders graded as C1 or C2)
  • All juniors U17 and younger must race in the Junior Races only
To be sure check your grading on the Twilight Grading List - if you haven't raced with us for a while you may need to re-apply

If you have changed clubs or membership number please advise the handicappers - this is not an automatic process.




Here is a highlights package from Round 1 courtesy of Kim Flesser. ( Please note that special permission was given to use an onboard camera, we don't permit cameras otherwise)



As these races are short and fast, and attract large fields of riders, they are not suitable for novice racers. For this safety reason, riders new to racing and on Starter Pack licences are not eligible for entry.

Wet Weather Policy: 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 page & group by 4:30pm. 


Hat Trick of National Road Race Titles for Phil Kesby


The Cycling Australia Masters National Road Championships were held in McLaren Vale, South Australia on 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th October. 

The Race Director had set a challenging 19km loop for the road race, and included the brutal 2.6km climb of Penny’s Hill, with an average gradient of 7.5% and sections up to 12%. It is located on the range just north of the famous Old Willunga Hill.  

A cloudy day and 20km per hour block headwind on the Penny’s Hill section was bound to play a significant part in the day’s results.

The Masters 6 Road Race was three loops of the 19km course, 56km and 1,065 metres of climbing. A triangular course layout with a punchy Range Road section followed by a super-fast downhill and then a false flat to Penny’s Hill ensured a very tough race where fitness, strength and tactics would all be crucial.

Phil said, “As National Champion for the past two years, my coach warned me that I would be a marked man,” and so it was. Attacks started almost from the gun with Brisbane rider Adrian Land, winner of Brisbane Granfondo, going up the road. Teams from Carnegie Caulfield and Norwood continued the attacks, and after the second climb, a lead group of eight competed for the title on the final climb. “A solid pace on the climb and constant attacks meant holding the nerve until the right moment and, with one kilometre to go, I made my move on the final 11% pinch.”  

Phil joined the Hamilton Wheelers in 2015, which is also the first year he ever raced. We covered his previous two wins and the compliments he received last year from a fellow competitor about his sportsmanship. It’s an excellent reminder to all of us that you can achieve whatever you want if you put your mind to it. “National Champion three years in a row leaves me happy and proud. I am grateful to my team and for a life that allows me to cycle around the world, meeting amazing people. They all inspire me.”

Congratulations Phil, bring on 2020!

 

5th Oct 2019 Nundah Results






A Grade L-R 2nd Dean Cane, 1st Brett Lutze, 3rd Andy Poynter, Prime Jared Hall


B1 Grade L-R 1st Unplaced Women Simone Longden, 2nd Paul Hanlen, 1st Junjie Huang, 3rd Dan Logan, 4th Gary Reddacliff, Prime Jason McNulty


B2 Grade L-R 2nd Stephen Newcomb, 1st Peter Kelly, 3rd Luke Strudwick, 4th Mark 'Podium' Cane, 1st Unplaced Women Chevonne Arrowsmith 


C1 Grade L-R Prime2 Grant Cowan, First Unplaced Women Ceran Nilsen, 2nd Nick Rinaudo, 1st Warren Biggs, 3rd Kim Flesser, 4th Ryan Croft, Women's Prime Maya Dominice 


C2 Grade L-R 2nd Rod Millard, 1st Carolyn Lister , 3rd Sam Arrowsmith.
Best wishes to Julie Catlin who had a fall on the last lap.

QRTS Round 3 Report