The club has started a handicap system to assist Cycling Queensland in standardising handicaps and ensure fair club racing. The system is an attempt to encourage riders to improve the grade they race in and make the races more interesting. The grading spreadsheet will improve as we gain more race results and some new riders are still to be included.

The Club Handicappers are Peter Hogg and Rob Thompson. The role of the Handicappers is to assist in providing safe and competitive racing. 
We aim to do this in a fair, respectful and transparent way. We have 10 guidelines that the handicappers consider when grading riders and we are pleased to make these guidelines known to all.

The 10 Guidelines


  1. Handicapping should enable strong, competitive, and fair racing, and should challenge and stretch riders.

  2. Respect for the club and its races must be shown by all competitors.

  3. Riders may be tapped on the shoulder and promoted if they win three or if they place five times in a typical sized race over a reasonable period of time – i.e. a few months. Common sense and guideline 10 directly applies here.

  4. Riders having been promoted to a higher grade must compete in at least 3 races of their new grade before any discussion can be undertaken with the handicap team.

  5. Riders may request to be promoted without meeting principle 3, if it is agreed that they have an adequate skill level and ability to suffer.

  6. Riders may go down a grade if they are regularly getting dropped early in their current grade. However demoted riders need to be mindful and respectful to other riders and quality of racing in the grade they are coming down to. If that rider subsequently wins soon after in the lower grade, they will be promotedimmediately. If any rider is racing without an intention to win, they should move carefully and cautiously to the back of the field before the start of the final lap.

  7. Consideration may be given to a rider depending on course profile or if they have had an extended period off the bike. However please note Guideline 9 remains relevant.

  8. Riders from other clubs will be treated in the same way as SCCC riders. They will be put in what is understood to be their appropriate grade. SCCC operates on a trust basis with other club riders, and their results and grading will be recorded on the Grade List.

  9. The Handicapper has to assume you are fully fit to race. It is not the handicapper’s role to aid riders back to fitness.

  10. The Handicapper has full discretion and will have the final say.


The Process


  • The Handicappers will review the results each week and make any changes to the grades by Tuesday evening.

  • The new Rider Grade list will be published on the SCCC Racing website and provided to the entry taker.

  • The Rider Grade list records wins and places, and also identifies trends in form, such as “close to moving up”, or “new to grade”.

  • Any concerns a rider might have may be raised to the Handicappers.