Cyclists set to challenge Flamborough rural roads

Hundreds of road cyclists from across Ontario are about to descend on Flamborough for the 60th running of the challenging, hilly Good Friday Road Race.

Hamilton Cycling Club is host for the race on April 6 for some of the best amateur cyclists in Canada. Riders cover the 18.5-km course multiple times, struggling up the route’s 150 metres of climbing roads such as Brock, Concession 5 West, Westover and Safari roads. The race is sanctioned by the Ontario Cycling Association. Race details, such as registration, can be found in the 2012 Technical Guide.

Races set off by age and ability category in three waves: at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The first wave will finish at about 10 a.m., and the elite racers will finish at about 4 p.m.

Over its 60 years, the race has seen many changes including big purses, small purses, and routes in and out of Hamilton. Former winners and racers include Olympians, such as Brian Chewter, Adrian Prosser, Sue Palmer-Komar and many more.

This year’s race brings with it changes such as featuring Cadets during a higher-profile mid-day time slot, so that youth cycling gets deserved prominence. The introduction of a Sportif category will help novice racers enter the difficult sport. New for 2012, like other Ontario Cup races, the Good Friday Road Race is pre-registration only by 11:59pm on April 4.