Category Archives: Events

Note about Insurance

Please ensure you have your OCA insurance in place before attending HCC’s first time trial on Tuesday, May 7. This is followed up by the first Hill Climb Thursday, May 9. In order to ride we require you to have evidence of OCA insurance. Please present one of the following;

  • 2013 HCC Membership Card
  • 2013 Membership Card from an OCA affiliated club
  • CCN Insurance Receipt
  • 2013 UCI card issued by OCA
  • 2013 Citizen’s Card

Of course if you are not a member of HCC, we will also need you to sign on as an associate. Note we cannot issue Memberships without proof of OCA insurance. These are the rules we need to follow in order to comply with our OCA affiliation that provides the insurance coverage we all need to race.

Many thanks to the Hamilton Community News for this article about the 2013 Good Friday Road Race — it was a great day and we can’t wait until next year!

Cyclists testing pedal power likely to return to Ancaster for 2014
By Debra Downey, Senior Editor

The odds are definitely in favour of the Hamilton Cycling Club’s Good Friday road race returning to the Ancaster fairgrounds for 2014.
Race director Marc Risdale said although a wrap-up meeting has yet to be held, the chances of returning to Ancaster next year are “very good.”
“We have laid down an excellent framework that will allow us to host a top-quality event for years to come,” said Risdale. “We are really pleased to be able to showcase our community to people from all across Ontario.”
After being held in the area of Safari and Brock roads in Flamborough for the past couple of years, the 61-year-old race moved this year to roads surrounding the fairgrounds. Nine separate races were held in 15 different age, gender and ability categories. Routes ranged from 37 to 111 kilometres, and close to 500 racers challenged their pedalling power.
Risdale said the fairgrounds turned out to be an “ideal venue” for such a large number of cyclists, spectators and well-wishers.
He said organizers were able to segregate parking and race headquarters from the course, which was a “huge benefit.”
The fairgrounds’ service roads also became part of the route and allowed a unique “arena” feature that enhanced spectators’ experiences.
Risdale said he heard many positive comments about the new location, but one on a local cycling forum stands out in particular.
It stated: “Good Friday is a special day for most competitive road cyclists in the area and has been a tradition for most cyclists I know. The new course was absolutely perfect, slightly rolling combined with the spring wind created some challenging conditions which were perfect for attacks and teamwork. Loved the run in through the Ancaster fairgrounds, the gravel and the overall feel of being part of a well-organized event that was spectator-friendly and accommodating.”
Along with the fairgrounds venue, Risdale attributed the success of the race to Councillor Lloyd Ferguson for his early support, the city’s SEAT committee for making the move as easy as possible, Hamilton Police Services for their help on race day, very accommodating fairgrounds staff and residents living in and around the fairgrounds for their patience and understanding.

Cycling-related Events Coming Up

Be sure to check-out these bike related events throughout Hamilton.

1) McMaster Rolling Seminar Series: La Vie Velo
April 5, 11AM to 3PM – Bike Rodeo in front of University Hall, McMaster University
(bike art, bike tune-up station, gymkhana races and games)

April 11 – Community Dialogue – a roundtable discussion of “How can we get more bums on bikes?” – Location and time TBA (evening event)

2) Clara’s Climb Saturday April 27
Paraded/Escorted through Dundas – 10:30 AM
Plaque dedication – 11AM to noon. Sydenham Hill Lookout in Dundas
and on April 26 she is speaking at Mohawk College

3) Bike-to-Work Day is May 27 and Bike Month is June. Link

4) Bike Share planning in Hamilton! See item 8.4 in the following link on the City website Additional info

Good Friday Road Race Info posted

gf2012-00905 We’re thrilled to announce that information about the 2013 Good Friday Road Race is now posted on the OCA website here. Check the link often because there will be final revisions to the technical guide. Looking forward to the best spring classic in Ontario!

Pub Night Feb 20 & A Talk You Can Plan!

Photo Franklin Tello

Photo Franklin Tello

Are you feeling like a shut-in as a blizzard storms outside? Are you starting to despise your indoor trainer? Well, now’s your chance to escape winter’s drudgery and come out for an HCC event!

First up, a Pub night at Cafe Domestique in beautiful downtown Dundas. This will take place Wednesday February 20.

The second event is a talk discussing…????? What to you want it to be? Take a moment to fill out a quick survey and the top idea will be featured at a talk scheduled for late March. The survey is hereStay warm out there!

Big Ass MTB Night Ride Thursday!

BIG ASS MTB NIGHT RIDE!I’m sure everyone is in agreement that this has been a great fall season for night rides!

There are quite a few Hamilton based groups that ride Thursday evenings, so why not try one massive ride?!!

Lets see how many people we can gather to light up the woods!

Date set for Thursday Nov 15; rain date will follow one week later.

Be ready to roll out of the parking lot at 7PM SHARP!!

Apres-ride beer and food deals TBA

Details on Facebook here

Cycling in Hamilton update – two events: Nov. 7 & Nov. 15

This, from a recent Hamilton Cycling Committee update – two events to note:

Roundtable Discussion – Coffee and Bikes
A quick update to let you know about the next event. The topic will be coffee & bikes, and we will have a roundtable consisting of Krys Hines (Café Domestique), Andrew Randell (Jet Fuel Coffee), and Thomas Eleizegui (Musette Caffe).

When: Thursday, November 15 @ 14:30
Where: McMaster University, Convocation Hall

This will be followed by our regular 8pm soirée at Café Domestique (Miller’s Lane, Dundas). Poster available – please circulate widely through your networks. For more details contact: Michael Egan, Department of History, McMaster University egan(at)

Sustainable Transportation
The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT Canada), the City of Hamilton, and Open Streets Hamilton are proud to announce this free evening community session to complement the daytime portion of the ACT Canada Sustainable Transportation Summit. This free event will feature highlights of the ACT daytime summit, and feature presentations from local and international speakers on local initiatives and how to create change in your community.

This event will include: Continue reading