NorthWestern Handicap Tour

Created: 07 April 2018 Last Updated: 29 July 2018

Live Series Points Tracker

Footscray, Geelong and the Northern Combine have partnered together in 2018 to bring you the NorthWestern Handicap Tour - Swap Off or Drop Off.  This is a 7 race series that joins together 3 different bunches and sets of experience to bring you the best racing possible through the winter. 

We love handicaps.  There aren't many other races where you start off knowing that you will get a 2-2.5 hour threshold effort (so you won't stay cold for long), working with a group of people that you are competing against and then have a chance to beat a field of 100 or so riders, including the A Graders.  The memories of being in a solid group at a handicap stay with you and your comrades for years.  Not only that, but the fitness you develop from running a few of these will leave you in fantastic form for spring.  This is classic Victorian racing. 

How it works

There are 7 races with each organisation running a couple.  Each race is a race unto itself - there will be podiums, prizes, etc.  In addition, we will withhold some of the prize money at each race to accumulate prizes for the series winners.  We want you there, and want you there for a few of these getting to know your fellow riders. 

Your points will accumulate from the best 4 out of the 7 races.  So don't worry if you can't make one or you get a not-so-ideal handicap - it is your top 4 results that matter. You will get 2 points just for racing.  The winner gets 30 points (plus 2 for racing), 2nd place gets 28 points (plus 2 for racing), etc.  We are capturing the top 20 places each race, so you have an incentive to finish strong.  We will also throw in a little bonus for those of you that are really committed - the 2 points you get just for racing add to your total, in addition to your top 4 results. 

For the series winners, we will pay down to 12th place with a $2,100 pool!  The series winner gets $300.  If there is a tie, we will then countback to the top 5 results, then 6, 7.  If still a tie, we will look at the top places achieved in the race. 

So, for each race:

Place Result Points Entry Points Total Race Points
1 30 2 32
2 28 2 30
3 26 2 28
4 24 2 26
5 22 2 24
6 20 2 22
7 18 2 20
8 16 2 18
9 14 2 16
10 12 2 14
11 11 2 13
12 10 2 12
13 9 2 11
14 8 2 10
15 7 2 9
16 6 2 8
17 5 2 7
18 4 2 6
19 3 2 5
20 2 2 4
21 0 2 2

Let's take Johnny as an example.  He was keen and entered 5 out of the 7 races.  His points over the series were as follows:

Race Result Result Points Entry Points
1 on holiday 0 0
2 15 7 2
3 8 16 2
4 3 26 2
5 sick 0 0
6 35 0 2
7 10 12 2

So for Johnny, he was in 5 races so he gets 10 points automatically for that.  Then taking his top 4 results, he gets 26+16+12+7 = 61 for a total of 71 points. 


Each club will bring their own flavour to each race.  Footscray have provided pizzas for everybody after their big handicap race.  At the Alf Walker Memorial, Brunswick will provide ride marshals for the limit (slowest) bunch to offer some guidance and assistance for those new to racing.  Geelong and Footscray riders can enter Combine races at volunteer pricing (because you all volunteer).  Combine volunteers are able to enter the Geelong and Footscray races at member rates for those clubs.  Please note that for the Season Pass holders from the Combine, the pass cannot be used for Geelong and Footscray races. 

NorthWestern Handicap Tour Series

Date Event Club Race Director Course
26-May Jim Fawcett & Mario Giramondo Memorial Coburg Sam Gerbert Metcalfe Redesdale
30-Jun Alf Walker Memorial Brunswick Andrew Gannon Balliang
7-Jul Wood Sellars Geelong Daniel Wilson Maude
15-Jul Bicycle Buyers Winter Classic Footscray TBD Kirksbridge
21-Jul Pop Stewart Memorial Brunswick Andrew Gannon Broadford
11-Aug Footscray Handicap Footscracy TBD Box Forest
18-Aug Ross Bush Memorial Geelong Daniel Wilson Sutherlands Creek




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