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.
Our weekday evening races are typically on 15km courses. At weekends, we have 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.
The 25-year old Israel Premier Tech rider from Ottawa is currently racking up an impressive palmares with 2 podium finishes so far in the Giro D’Italia – extraordinary achievements at a very early stage in his professional career.
You can read the first five here (care of Canadian Cycling Magazine).
The sixth thing you should know is that last year in one of Hamilton Cycling Club’s time trials, he smashed the course record on our 15km White Swan course with a time of 18:01.
You don’t have to be a pro cyclist to ride with Hamilton Cycling Club – all are welcome, particularly beginners or those newer to the sport – but you might just find yourself riding with the next up-and-coming cycling star (or perhaps more accurately, being passed by one) in one of our events!
This week, our cycling club has two thrilling events coming up. You’ll need to be a member of the club to take part – it’s easy to join through the website.
On Tuesday, we have a 15km time trial at Indian Trail that will test your endurance and leave you feeling like you’ve climbed a mountain. But with the support of our cycling community, you’ll feel like you have a tailwind pushing you to your personal best.
And on Thursday, we’re taking on a new challenge with a Criterium Race. It’s a unique opportunity to show off your handling skills and take part in bunch racing. Criterium races consist of a set number of laps/set time, and pace builds over the race. By the end it’ll get pretty spicy! We’ve got a safe course with no through-traffic. Our volunteers will guide you through the course and ensuring your safety like. And if you’re feeling hesitant, just remember – every great cyclist was once a beginner who took a leap of faith and started pedalling.
So come join us and ride like the wind, pushing your limits and discovering what you’re truly capable of – we promise it will be a ride like no other, leaving you feeling like you’ve won a Grand Tour stage. Allez!
The Hamilton Cycling Club’s first 20/40K Time Trial of the season took place on a beautiful day in Binbrook. The weather was perfect for the six riders who participated. The results are posted on the club’s website under “Results”.
Dan Lundenberg set a personal best in the 20K, finishing with a time of 29:33. Meanwhile, Jude Szabo came very close to breaking the Club Record for the 40K, clocking in at 51:06 with an average speed of 47.04kph, just 14 seconds off the existing record set by Geoff Haydt in 2016. However, the season is still young, and Jude will have more chances to try and break the record.
Attention all cycling enthusiasts! Hamilton Cycling Club is gearing up for an exciting season, and we’re starting things off with a bang! Our first Time Trial of the season is happening this coming Tuesday evening, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Join us for an epic ride on the 14.5 k Lynden Road Rd/Indian Trail course. This route is relatively straight and offers a thrilling challenge to riders of all levels. Starting in Brantford, the route takes you east on Brantford’s Lynden Road into Ancaster along Indian Trail Road, and turns near Ancaster’s Lynden Road before going back west to the start in Brantford again. You can view the route here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/2704164
You don’t need to register in advance, but you must be a member of the club. Sign-on will be from 6.30pm, with the time trial itself starting at 7pm.
Now, we know that the weather forecast doesn’t look very promising, with these cloudy, cool rainy days continuing. But not to worry, Martin and Ken will be there to officiate no matter what. This happened last year on the first evening, but we went the whole season after that without one Tuesday cancellation for weather. So, don’t let a little rain stop you from experiencing the thrill of the ride.
We’re also excited to welcome new members to the club, and we can’t wait to meet you all! If you haven’t joined the club already, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to join a community of like-minded cycling enthusiasts and take your cycling experience to the next level.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ken at email@example.com. We hope to see you all there for an unforgettable ride!
No – any standard road bike will do. If you want to get fancy with aerobars/disc wheels/skinsuits you’ll be in good company, but we usually have a good number of folks competing ‘Mercxk’ style on regular road bikes (and indeed they are categorized separately in the results).
We don’t have any try-out sessions planned as yet – keep an eye on the website. Last year this was a special initiative from Ontario cycling.
No need to register in advance, but make sure you show up at least 30 minutes before the start to check in. You do need to be a registered member of the club – so bring along confirmation of this, especially if it’s your first event.
The President will make a judgement call on the day and send an email out ahead of time if the event is cancelled.
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, Chris Komar 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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