Guide to Winter Season

Gaz's Guide to the 2018 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 2018 Winter program starts Sunday 25th March with an Individual Time Trial at Pinkenba (Orsova Street, Eagle Farm Road) and ends with the Nundah Criterium on the 13th October.
Full details on the first ITT are HERE

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 annual "open" event at Lakeside Park, the Anzac Day 25 on April 25th.
2.   Three annual perpetual trophy events -

The "Soldiers Honour" (around Pine Dam), the "Bill Osborne Memorial" (Elimbah) and the “Frank Papp Memorial” (Somerset Dam)- which are handicap races for both Division 1 and 2 riders. (Division 2 is a shorter course for lower grades)

3.   The “Eric Hawkins Memorial” for A graders at Nundah.
4.   The “James Eckersley Junior Classic” also at Nundah.

The Club Championships are held over three events, a Criterium, a Time Trial and a Road race. These are run in each of the Cycling Australia licence categories. Gold, Silver and Bronze medallions are awarded for each discipline and a special Hamilton Wheelers Jersey is awarded in each category to the rider who accumulates most points over the three events.

The club also conducts the “Nicol Jackson Women's Tour”  which is conducted over several disciplines and days at Lakeside Park and Nundah, aimed at promoting ladies competition.

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 incentive to the higher grades to compensate for competition from visiting riders. It is thus a trophy that rewards results and consistency. The points system used for awarding the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy is shown below.

Note that the Winter Points score for the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy is different to the 6 monthly points used for grading.

There are five individual Time Trial events on the calendar and the State Team Time Trial titles in September. The Teams event is run in your CA licence category for teams of four riders. You are encouraged to arrange a team for the event and advise the Secretary who will arrange for an entry.

To allow the events to start on time and to run efficiently it is important that you arrive well ahead of the starting time. If the event is a Handicap entries are to completed prior to the event (typically the Thursday night before) to give the Handicapper a chance to formulate the fields. Do not just turn up 5 minutes prior to start time as the handicapper has a special "loading” for such eventualities.

As many events are run on open public roads it is essential that all riders observe the road rules. For Hamilton to conduct these events we must apply for (and be granted) a Police permit to do so. Do not ride more than two abreast (even if the pack has grown in size as bunches catch slower riders) and show courtesy to other road users. We have been issued a warning regarding this aspect of our races by the Police who issue the permits. Please do not be the one who causes these permits to be withdrawn. Hamilton Wheelers have been conducting events on some road circuits for many years but as the population has grown we find that these roads now carry a lot more traffic than in past years and bring with it the need to be more diligent in regards to safety and avoiding public condemnation. This has caused us to hold some road events on Sunday mornings when vehicular traffic is less.

You will see from the Calendar that the winter season includes a number of events on open roads as distinct from the closed circuit races at Nundah and Lakeside Park. The types of events are:-Scratch Road Races - These are usually handicap events and entrants are divided into two divisions to reduce the size of the bunches out on the circuit. The race distances are typically 60Km or 30Km for division 2. A 'scratch' race means all riders in the same grade start together.
Handicap Road Races -  Small groups of riders leave at intervals of a few minutes - the slowest riders first, and the fastest last. The idea is that everyone should have the same chance of winning the race. The race distances are typically 60Km for higher grades and 30Km for lower grades. 
Time Trials - These are one at a time races where riders are dispatched on the course at 30 second intervals. In these events it is against the rules to “draft” behind other riders. When you are overtaking a slower rider you are required to complete the overtaking manoeuvre as quickly (and as safely) as possible and the overtaken rider is to ensure that they are at least 2m behind the overtaking rider. In these events Time Trial bars (and special TT bikes) are allowed.
Hill Climb - This is a similar one at a time event but it’s all uphill! Our Hill Climb is run at Mt Mee.

Here are some maps of the various circuits we use.

All of our races are open to visiting ridersexcept the Club Championship events, the Interclub events, our Soldiers Honour race at Pine Dam, and possibly some other events if there is an open event on the same day within a 100km radius. Check the calendar closer to the date of the event for any changes.

HWCC Winter Season Perpetual Aggregate Trophy Pointscore – Rules for 2018.
For Criteriums, ITT & Graded Road races (Including Interclub races):-
Points are awarded for actual placegetters on the following basis.
A Grade - First - 20, Second - 12, Third - 8, Fourth - 6
B Grade - First - 15, Second – 10 , Third - 7, Fourth - 5
C Grade - First - 12, Second – 9 , Third - 6 , Fourth - 4
D/E Grade - First - 10, Second - 7 , Third – 5 , Fourth - 3
Points are also awarded for :-
                  Start an event - 1 point
                  Finish an event - 1 point
                  First unplaced lady (Provided there is more than 1 starter)- 3 points.
                  Fulfil rostered duty at an event - 2 points
                  There must be more than 6 starters in an event for place points to be awarded.
No place points awarded for Teams events.
If a rider contests an event in a grade lower than his nominal grade and places, the rider will be awarded the points value for the lower grade.
If a rider is re-graded during the season they take their accumulated points to the new grade.
Note that the points score for the Perpetual Aggregate Trophy is different to the 6 monthly points used for grading.

For Handicap Road races:-
No place points awarded.
Fastest male & female time - 5 points.
Points are also awarded for :-
                  Start an event - 1 point
                  Finish an event - 1 point
                  Fulfil rostered duty at an event - 2 points

HWCC Club Championship events:-
First                           10 points
Second                      6 points
Third                          4 points 

Start an event - 1 point
 Finish an event - 1 point
Fulfil rostered duty at an event - 2 points

The Club championships is conducted over three events
Criterium   -   Time Trial   -     Road Race
Separate races are conducted for male and female riders in each age division (not by grade). Age divisions are U9,U11,U13,U15,U17 and U19, Elite and Masters. Masters divisions are:
·          Masters 1 (30-34) (male only)
·          Masters 2 (35-39)
·          Masters 3 (40-44)
·          Masters 4 (45-49)
·          Masters 5 (50-54)
·          Masters 6 (55-59)
·          Masters 7 (60-64)
·          Masters 8 (65-69)
·          Masters 9 (70-74)
·          Masters 10 (75+)
Womens Masters start at Masters 2. Some age divisions race together in the same race but separate points are awarded for each division. Combined divisions are:
·          Women Masters 2, 3 & 4
·          Women Masters 5, 6, 7 & 8
·          Mens Masters 8, 9 & 10 
Masters age male riders who have paid extra for an Elite Licence may race in either Masters OR Elite. You cannot change division over the Club championship events. 
Note. A separate points system is kept for the Club championship events.

Have a safe and successful season.
Gary (Gaz) Alcorn