Founded in 1881, the Hamilton Cycling Club is an amateur club in Hamilton, Ontario with more than 70 members.
We are one of the few cycling clubs in the area that runs weekly time trials.
A time trial is a race against the clock. Each rider sets off on their own at one minute intervals. The objective is to see in how quickly you can complete the course. By returning to the same courses, you'll be able to see your progress over the course of the season, and from year to year.
In 2021 our weekday evening races were on 15km courses. At weekends, we had 20km and 40km time trials. They are designed on an out and back basis, and vary from relatively flat to more hilly.
Feel free to invite a friend to come along too to watch. If they want to take part in the race, they will have to join the club. During the race itself you are on your own. Riders cannot ride near another rider except to pass.
No. You can ride on any roadworthy bicycle. Although some riders invest in fancy equipment (aerobars, pointy helmets, disc wheels) in an effort to go faster, this is not necessary.
Many of our riders come out just for the exercise. Although our very best riders may exceed 40kph average, for most mere mortals we are only racing against our own previous times.
You're not really by yourself - just competing against yourself. The race starting times are carefully designed so that you'll have the person ahead of you in your sights to try and catch, and the person behind you breathing down your neck to keep you pedaling hard to the end! There is a great deal of camaraderie and a tremendous sense of accomplishment after the race.
We’ve had a number of participants take their first steps in time-trialling by taking advantage of the OCA Try-out program. This allows you join select club events free of charge and without needing an OCA licence, just by signing the OCA waiver. Our final Try-out event of the season is on 11 June on the Falkland 20/40km course.
As part of the Ontario Cycling Association (OCA) Try-Out program, we’re thrilled to be offering a chance to have a go at time-trialling at some of our forthcoming events, even if you’re not a member of Ontario Cycling Association, completely free of charge.
Non-OCA members can try out up to 2 events during the season.
You don’t need any fancy gear, any mechanically-sound road bike will do the job (but if you want to go all-in with pointy helmets and skin-suits, you’ll be more than welcome too!).
Want more information about how to get started with time-trialling? Check out our dedicated website section.
The events available through the Try-Out program are:
If you’re interested in a Try-Out Time Trial you must complete the participant acknowledgement and waiver before the event and bring a copy of your confirmed registration with you. The link for the participant form is here.
You can get instructions on our web page https://hamiltoncycling.com/oldsite/join/ or you can simply go to CCN https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/hamilton-cycling-club-membership-2022
For 2022 we expect a full season so membership will be back at the regular pricing. Also for members of other OCA affiliated clubs or independents registered and insured directly with the OCA you can once again join as an associate for $5 which allows you to compete in our events for a $5 entry fee. Other full member privileges such as trophies etc are not included with an associate membership!
HCC’s AGM was held Thursday evening over Zoom 11 in attendance.
Dan Edgecumbe came on board as Webmaster. Dan has extensive experience in this field and will be doing a total revamp of the club’s web site
Scheherazade Hague a media expert signed up as our Publicity Director. Getting the word out is one way to expand our membership.
Tony DiSilvestro will be helping wherever we need as Director at Large
Ken Wilson Chris Komar and Martin Reid were re-elected as Treasurer, Racing Director and Membership Secretary respectively.
Long time member Doug Taylor has graciously offered to be our “scribe” that is Secretary. Thanks Doug.
Effective January 2nd Ken Wilson assumed the position of President in lieu of his former position of Vice President. We still have positions to fill.
The meeting discussed where we are and where we should go extensively so hopefully you will see the club expand our activities and events!
If you are a member of HCC you should have received a Zoom invitation to attend.
The club is looking for members to join the executive team. All positions are open but we are specifically looking for folks to fill the following positions. We also want to discuss the clubs future directions.
President – Who shall direct the activities of the club and act as the chair at all meetings of the club including the executive meetings
Secretary – Who shall record the minutes of all club meetings and ensure its entry into the club newsletter as well as attend to the correspondence of the club.
Racing Secretary – Who shall organize and action any duties or requirements pertaining to all racing within the club.
Touring Secretary – Who shall organize and action any duties or requirements pertaining to all touring within the club.
Recreation Director – Who shall organize recreational and entertainment events for the membership.
Youth Director – Will promote and direct the club youth program
Director at Large – Who shall be part of the executive with an open position. Who will organize and action any duties as they arise.
Newsletter Editor – Who shall publish and distribute periodic newsletters to all members in so far as is possible or otherwise directed by the executive committee.
Publicity Officer – Who shall issue directives to the web site, issue press releases as directed by the Executive and generally promote the club.
Web Master – Person or persons who develops & maintain the club website.
If as a member you have not received the Zoom link call Martin Reid 905-577-9922 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the club's scheduled events.
Detailed instructions and course maps for specific races are below.
|Ayr 44km Road Race||Four laps of an 11km course. Starts at top of Swan St @ Burnside. Route goes toward Paris, turns right on Drumbo, then right on Burns Oxford and then right onto Piper into Ayr then right onto Swan again. Inactive due to multiple stop signs||Location Route|
|Ayr 100km Road Race||Route is nine laps same as per 44km race. Inactive||Location Route|
|Harrisburg 40km Road Race||3 laps of 13km course. Start at Conc 2 and Lynden Rd rolling terrain then drops down into valley with stiff climb up to intersection Route climbs up to Hwy 5 then 5 to Lynden Rd turning right again onto Conc 2. start/finish On our wish list!||Location Route|
|Andy Keyes Harrisburg 94km Road Race||7 laps of 13km course.||Location Route|
|Binbrook 20km/40km TT||Starts Binbrook Road at Westbrook (5 km east of Hwy 56). Out & back starting eastbound on Binbrook Rd. Moved from Hendershot due to high traffic volume first 5km||Location Route|
|Falkland 20km/40km TT||Parking and registration at Pelton Brothers Trucking at 2 Brant County Rd Highway 2.drive west about 400 meters, just past the intersection at Puttown/Falkland Road. Look for the address sign for the house at # ‘2’ on the right and go to the second driveway. There is a parking lot and commercial building there where we can park. Start/Finish about 900 metres east of there. Exit 403 on Hwy 24 S turn right on #24 then left on Powerline two concessions then turn right on Bishops Gate to K Edward. Turn left and drive west about 400 meters, just past the intersection at Puttown/Falkland Road. Look for the address sign for the house at #2 on the right and go to the second driveway. There is a parking lot and commercial building there where we can park||Location Route|
|Indian Trail 14.5km TT||Start approx. at Lynden Road and Garden Ave, Brantford. Turn around is 7.2km east on Indian Trial just before the Hamilton side of Lynden Road||Location Route|
|Safari Road 15.4km TT||Start approx. 20m from the intersection of Safari and Brock. Turn around at the 70km sign just past Valens Road.||Route|
|White Swan 15km TT||Start is on White Swan Rd about 100 metres in from Highway 2 (Colborne St which is continuation of Wilson St) and 4km west of Alberton. Park at Cravo Equipment in designated area||Location Route|
|Ridge Road 15km TT||15km time trial||Route|
|Snake Hill Climb||Start where Snake is closest to the 403 and go until just before the wooden bridge as you enter Waterdown||Location Route|
|Sydenham Hill Climb||Start approx. 5m from Alma and Sydenham beside the school. Up to the merge traffic sign at the top. Course Distance 1.3km||Route|
|Weirs Lane Hill Climb||Starts corner of Johnstone Ave/Weir’s Lane just off Governor’s Rd. Finish at Reformed Church 100 metres before Hwy 8||Location Route|
Event photos (from 2006 onwards) by Martin Reid and Ken Wilson can be found on ZenFolio.
Photos can be downloaded and prints can be bought at cost (no markup).
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Congratulations! We are thrilled that you have chosen to join the Hamilton Cycling Club! To renew or to begin an HCC membership. Sign into CCN (see link below) for one stop shopping for your membership, insurance and if applicable UCI or Citizen license. Here’s the revised OCA process. This process begins below (probably best to print this page for reference as you go through the process at CCN!!)