Light up Muzz to help end Kid's Cancer

This Saturday night Feb 24th Balmoral Cycling Club are running racing under lights at Murrarie. All profits wil be donated to The Kids Cancer Project.

If you don't have a grading for racing at Murrarie contact handicapper Gino Cornaccia no later than thursday 

$10 extra prize money for wearing the club kit!

Until the start of the winter season, anyone who finishes 1st,2nd or 3rd in a race while wearing our current kit (a jersey is enough) will receive an extra $10 prize money.

Don't forget to enter the upcoming Battle of the Aarses interclub with Uni you will need a Hamilton jersey.

MAMIL - The Movie

Middle Aged Men In Lycra on the big screen!

This Wednesday - 21st February - 6.30pm, Chermside Shopping Centre Cinemas

Hamilton Wheelers members and friends are invited to come along and watch the great new-release Australian movie featuring bike riders just like us (well those of us who are chubby, middle-aged men!).

MAMIL: Middle Aged Men in Lycra trailer from Waterbyrd Filmz on Vimeo.

You need to pre-book tickets - click at this link:

Pre or post drinks at the 'Bavarian'.

Here's a guide to the movie -

MAMIL: ˈmamɪl/ (noun, informal) A middle-aged man who is a very keen road cyclist, typically one who rides an expensive bike and wears the type of clothing associated with professional cyclists.

Great news cycling fans! A new Australian-produced cycling movie is here with promises of ‘a light-hearted, yet insightful, look at the secret lives of MAMIL’s in their natural habitat’.

Yes, ubiquitous ‘Middle-Aged Men In Lycra’ are thrust front and centre stage in this 98-minute feature film that focusses on personal reflections upon why we ride.

“This is done through interviews with experts interwoven with MAMIL stories set around the world,” according to the MAMIL website.

Created by award-winning Melbourne-based filmmakers Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, the film is narrated by cycling legend Phil Liggett. It features riders from Victoria’s Warragul Cycling Club and members of the ‘Adelaide Fat Boys’ recreational cycling group right through to passionate riders of Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York City-based clubs.

“(Film wise) nothing has been done on the world of middle aged men in lycra,” according to the website.

Read more here - CLICK HERE

2018 Racing start this week

Racing recommences this week for 2018 with Round 4 of the Twilight Series Wednesday 24th January from 4:30pm.

The racing calendar for the year is available at

A few notes:

Twilight Series
1. Fields in all grades will be limited to 60 riders.
    If there are several riders lined up when the count gets to 55 preference will be given to HWCC members.
2. HWCC riders can pre-nominate for their event no later than Tuesday evening by emailing   
     If you do this don't forget to advise registration when you check in.
3. It is HWCC policy that all Juniors (Under 17 and younger) complete a roll-out and equipment check before presenting at registration.
    This rule applies to the Twilight events.
4. Any rider intending to race at any HWCC event who has not been allocated a grade by the Hamilton handicapper should apply online HERE.
    Failure to do this prior to race day may mean that you miss your intended event.
5. One and Three day licence holders and riders new to racing are not permitted to compete in the Twilight events for safety reasons.
6.  Please have your 2018 licence or printed receipt ready for registration. You can show a screenshot or email on your phone but please have it ready to go.
7.  Note that we do not have EFTPos facilities and correct change is always appreciated and please be patient as we get the new year started.

Lakeside Racing
Following the Twilight Series Round 4 we are back at Lakeside Sat 27th January at 6:45am. We are having the change the area where we park and sign-on. Sign-on will now be OUTSIDE of the track on the southern side of the track opposite the Tower. We will have tents set up on the western side of the old shed outside the track (our old clubhouse!!) for sign on and presentations. NOTE: the shed is totally out of bounds as are all vehicles on the inside of the track (medical and comms excepted). Back to the future!!

Racing at Lakeside requires a Lakeside Licence which can be purchased on the day, or a 12 month pass can be purchased. Full details HERE


Terry Bourne passed away Saturday 13th January at 7.28 am.
He had been in palliative care at Holy Spirit Hospital since December 21st, suffering from the effects of mesothelioma.
Terry was a 35 year + member of Hamilton Wheelers and performed many roles with the club, most notably as Handicapper for many years. Know affectionately as “Lock Stock” he had been a competitive cyclist since 1946 and a true devotee of the sport. He did say, typically, when he was talking to the nurses that he started bike racing in the UK in 1946 and he will be “forever a cyclist”, I could find no better summary of his existence as I have come to know him over many years. He listed his occupation on his CA licence as “cyclist”, not bad for an 81 year old.
For the many riders who have come to know Terry over time, it would be of no surprise to report that he was still very full of conversation as of 7 days ago. Chatting about all things in general, and who were the likely winners at next week’s TDU. Cycling was most definitely part of his DNA.

The Funeral of Terry Bourne

will be held at the Garden Chapel of Albany Creek Memorial Park on Tuesday 23rd January at 1.30 pm Refreshments will follow the service.

Wayne Wilson

Colin Morley has also written a story about the way he remembers Terry -

Zach Larsson off to CX Worlds!

Hamilton junior rider Zach Larsson has been selected to represent Australia in the Junior Men divison at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships held in Valkenburg, Netherlands from February 3-4, 2018.

Zach has been training hard and recently did really well at Round 2 of the National MTB Series in Orange last weekend.

(photo courtest of of Hixit )

If you'd like to help Zach with his fundraising you can make a donation at:

Hamilton Wheelers Clean up at the Nationals Masters Champs

28 Hamilton Riders took part in at least 1 race at the National Masters Road Championships last weekend on the Gold Coast.
Riding the course used in next years Commonwealth Games our team did soooo well.
Our medallists were:
Col Howkins – Bronze ITT
Pete Jansen – Bronze RR
Nino Calabro – Bronze ITT and RR
Phil Kesby – Gold RR
Ashleigh Elliott – Gold Crit, RR; Silver ITT
We had 17 top ten finishes and 14 top twenty finishes!!
Great effort to those noted as well as all riders taking part. Special congrats to the Most Improved Rider of 2017 – Ash Elliott for her outstanding effort
Full results can be viewed on

Ashleigh Elliott

Veloshotz: Road Race &emdash; 171029 133117 National Masters Championships - Road RaceA
Ashleigh Elliott

Nino Calabro (3rd)

Col Howkins (3rd)

Veloshotz: Road Race &emdash; 171029 110351 National Masters Championships - Road RaceB

Photo courtesy of Veloshotz

Summer Racing Season!

Our summer racing season start this Sunday 29th October at Nundah. Anyone with a Cycling Australia racing membership (inlcuding temporary membership) is welcome, but you must have obtained a grading with our club beforehand. Start times for this Sunday are:
A       6:45am 60mins + 2 laps
D       6:45am 30mins + 2laps
C1      7:20am 40mins + 2 laps
B1      7:55am 50 mins + 2 laps 
B2      8:10am 40 mins + 2 laps
Skills  8:15am (off-track)
C2      8:45-9:15 30 mins + 2 laps
Juniors 9:20-9:35 15 mins + 1 lap

Entry fee $10 (cash only) or $5 for juniors only racing
Skullduggery Coffee and cold drinks available at the clubhouse cafe.

Junior Skills Session

We are running a junior skills session at Nundah races for all U15 and younger juniors from 8:15am. Juniors can then race afterwards in their allotted grade. Juniors should do their rollout and sign on to race beforehand. Assistance from junior parents or senior members would be greatly appreciated.

Upcoming Events

Our events are usually on Saturdays but there is the odd Sunday race when Nundah is unavailable. Our Time Trials at Pinkenba are also always on Sundays to avoid traffic. We also have our popular wednesday afternoon Twilight Series commencing Wed Nov 29th.

Please double check the start times on the Calendar as events start at the earlier time of 6:45am during summer to avoid the heat. We have also rearranged the schedule of events for Nundah racing, starting with A & D grades at 6:45am, and also introducing an off-track junior skills session before junior racing commences at 9:20am. 

Would you like to give racing a go?

If you or someone you know would like to give racing a go there are just two steps:
1. Get a Cycling Australia licence (temporary licences available)
2. Apply for a grading with our club (to place you in a racing group with riders of similar ability)

We have members from 7 to 87 years of age and races for all levels of ability. On race day we will explain how it all works and buddy you up with someone experienced to give you some extra tips. Check out our Getting Start Guide for more details.

Remembering Gerard O’Brien

Sadly the club must report on the sudden death of former member Gerard O'Brien.

Gerard was a member for 6-7 yrs over a longer period, as he worked around the world in the medical administration area and would be overseas for 12-18 months at a time. Whenever he returned to Brisbane, he was fit and enjoyed racing in HWCC B and C grade events.

Gerard dropped by to a Wednesday afternoon training session at Nundah a few months ago to say hello to the Ascot Catering and HWCC riders.

He was a fine hill-climber and time-trialist. Gerard won the HWCC Most Improved Rider award in 2006 and a Masters Club Championship. He was very proud of his win in the Over 50 category in the famous Annual Alphutte Classic race in South Australia in 2013.
Gerard was about to move his family to Kathmandu where he currently worked, as his contract was being extended when his untimely death occurred. He was 59 y.o. and apparently had been ill with the flu.
Our thoughts are with Allison and his 2 boys. Vale Gerard.

Sunshine Coast QRTS Round 4 Report

The fourth and final round of the Queensland Road Team Series was held last weekend on the Sunshine Coast. We had our Hamilton Wheelers Elite Team competing and the boys did well!

Full results are HERE

Most of the boys finished in the front bunch of the crit, and Max Neumann was 8th in the hillclimb and 4th on the very tough Stage 3 Road Race.

The team ended up 4th overall in the road race stage, and 6th out of 16 teams in the overall general classification - well done!

We also had some other Hamilton members competing, Mitch Neumann absolutely destroyed the hill climb beating the time from last year by 20 seconds. In the Crit Elliott Schultz riding for Mipela Geosolutions came third in the crit and 5th in the road race. Calem Wilcox is also riding very well at the moment.

Richard Brownhill, Murray McClymont, Max Neumann, Antonino Calabro, Lachie Sinclair and Alan Jones

Qld MTB XCO Champs in Mackay

Quite a few of our riders travelled up to Mackay for the State MTB XCO championship which ran Sep 30th & Oct 1 and we're proud to say we have some new state champions!

Team Larsson did exceptionally well, Alexander won gold in U11 girls and also beat all the boys as well, adding to her road, crit and cx state championship medals.

Alexander Larsson

Big brother Rory also won gold in the U13 boys division.

Rory Larsson

IN U17 Men Zach Larsson was leading until 1/3 of a lap to go, crashed but got up for second.

Zach Larsson

IN U17 Women Maddison Dillon came hold with Gold.

Maddison Dillon

Olivia Nendick won U19 women, and Dad Simon had major mechanical problems but still managed to finish 5th.

Olivia Nendick

Simon Nendick

HWCC/Uni/Sunshine Coast Interclub Series Report

Round 3 - Skippy Park, Landsborough - Sunday 27th August

Unfortunately the Uni club pipped us by just one point to take out the trophy this year. We’ve won 4 out of the last 5 years, so I suppose it was time for us to be brought back to Earth!

Our D grade men again did us proud with Les Preston, Geoff Prendergast and Hugh Fison picking up maximum points.

The C grade HWCC team were again well organised by captain Mick Cole. Well done to Gary Ernst on his solo early break, which ‘cooked’ a few of the Sunshine Coast and Uni riders who had to work hard to catch. A second pre-organised break saw Jason Churchward, Sam Reed and Jacob Trotter get away from the pack in a 4 man break. Unfortunately a Sunny Coast rider took the win with our riders picking up the placings. Gary also won the sprint for the rest of the pack and picked up an extra  point for the club.

B grade was a bit of a disaster for us. Uni club took all points due to 2 strong riders making a very strong break and their sprinters having a ‘holiday’ in the pack, while HWCC and Sunny Coast tried to reel them in. Good efforts by Matt Smart, Dave Roest, Daniel van Driel and Jack Landsberg.

A grade saw strong performances by Adam Robinson, Murray McClymont, Anthony Sibraa and Andy Patten. Murray and Adam were in an early unsuccessful break, then unfortunately missed the next surge which saw 6 riders away, including Andy and Anthony.  The pace was really hot for these 6 riders with Andy picking up 5th place.

The final score after 3 rounds was:-

University Cycling Club - 106 points
Hamilton Wheelers Cycling Club - 105 points
Sunshine Coast Cycling Club - 73 points

Oh well, there’s always next year!

Kim Flesser (Fless) HWCC Club Captain

Zach Larsson wins Junior Men National CX race

CX racer Zach Larsson won the first of two races at round 6 of the National CX series at the Fields of Joy CX circuit in Melbourne (26/27 Aug) and finished third in the second race. This is a UCI C2 race so Zach has earned some valuable points leading up to Worlds championship events next year. Well done Zach!

National Cyclo-cross Championship

Two of our juniors travelled to Adelaide for the CX national championship last week. Congratulations to Zach Larsson who won the U19 National Championship and to Olivia Nendick was third in the U23 womens field. 

Full results HERE

1-2 July 2017
The Hamilton Wheelers Elite team travelled to Warwick last weekend for round 2 of the QRTS.

Mark Creaby replaced Lochie Sinclair for round 2 and joined the rest of the team:
Michael Bettany, Nino Calabro, Ian Johnston , Murray McClymont and Dan Wilson to stay at Scotts College in the style of a true tour team and yeah  they all agreed it was BLOODY cold!! Even mechanic Bill Tape felt the balmy air!!

Saturday saw the 6km Prologue in the morning followed by the 1 hour crit in the afternoon. Creabs got the boys off to a solid start in the Prologue and all our riders finished within 20 seconds of each other but 40 seconds off the leaders. Nino (F/T or fastest time in the team) Calabro was the star and after finishing in the bunch in the crit became the new holder of the Masters jersey.

The Crit was a brutal exercise of attrition for 40 minutes with approximately half the field withdrawn by the commissaires. With a start list of 96 riders on a 1.4km rectangular course, it was hot from the get go with Jordan Kerby (Pedallars) showed the class of a World Champion in riding away with a great win. Pickles, F/T, Ian Johnston and Dan Wilson finished in the pack 50 secs down.

It was a really solid day out for the team placing 8th on GC out of the 16 teams starting.

Creabs # 66 looking for a pen before the crit:

With the breakfast temperature at – 1C!! the team headed out to Yangan for the start of the of the 121 km Road race. An undulating 3 lap course awaited, with our boys planning to keep F/T in the Masters Leaders jersey by the end of the day.

The day featured a series of attacks and counter attacks with the Hamilton Team staying together until almost the end of Lap 2 when Dan Wilson went with a group to chase down the break at 2.00 mins down the road. The peleton slowly disintegrated on Lap 3 with the lead group of 20 + riders finishing within a minute of the winner. Dan finished 18th 36 seconds down with Pickles, F/T, and Muz finishing within 5 mins of the winner.

So Hamilton finished 8th on GC 10 mins 42 secs down. Ashleigh Elliott riding for Galibier finished 3rd in the crit and 9th in the RR to become 3rd placed on GC going into Rd 3, well done Ash. Other Hamilton Riders – Mitch Neumann and Elliot Schultz performed well for their teams though Mitch was ill by Sunday afternoon.

Our boys did really well in a high quality series of races with the RR the highlight. Unfortunately F/T could not hold the Masters Leaders jersey, but the next round in September in Gympie will give him another chance.

Silver medal for Elliot at U19 Road Nats

Congratulations to Elliot Schultz on his silver medal at the U19 road championships held in Geelong.

From CA:
Thomas Jones (VIC-Carnegie Caulfield CC) collected gold in the men's time trial, in 29 minutes and 44.9 seconds. Narrowly edging out Elliot Schultz (QLD-Hamilton Wheelers CC) by nine seconds with 2016 under 17 champion Mitchell Wright (NSW-Illawarra CC) completing the podium 12 seconds back.

Full details HERE

QRTS Round 1 Report 10/11 June 2017

14 male teams lined up for the first round of the QRTS four round race series at Elimbah on the weekend just passed. The Hamilton Wheelers Elite Team contested the testing course on Saturday June 10 – Road Race and Sunday June 11 – Team Time Trial.