The HDCC grading policy covers the club process for grading and handicapping. Read on for information about grading for new riders, winter & summer road racing season points allocation and the club grading policy. For current points and grades, see the club grade sheet.


Podium points have a life span of 6 months from when they are awarded. If you are awarded 10 points in a 6 month period you will eligible for consideration by the HDCC Handicapping Committee be moved up to the next grade. Any accumulated / unexpired points you have will carry over between winter and summer seasons.

During the winter racing season at HEZ, points will be allocated as follows:

1st place: 5 points

2nd place: 4 points

3rd place: 3 points

4th place: 1 point

During the summer racing season on Kooragang Island, points will be allocated as follows:

1st place: 4 points

2nd place: 3 points

3rd place: 2 points

4th place: 1 point

Please be aware that there will be no grade changes on race days.
If you do need to discuss your grade, please email the handicap committee, at

Points can only be accumulated by racing at Hunter District Cycling Club events.


Have you recently joined HDCC but haven’t raced with us and are not yet graded?
Are you a member of another club visiting HDCC for racing for the first time and are not yet on our grading sheets?

Please contact the handicap committee prior to race day so we can grade you:

On race days there are handicap committee representative(s) available at the sign on desk from 15 minutes prior to race time if there are any grading issues.


Licensed riders compete in various types of races; Scratch, Criterium, Kermese and Handicap. At Hunter District Cycling Club, a rider’s Grading is performance based and is revised regularly throughout the race calendar year.

Riders may have their grade adjusted up or down as required with consideration to:

  • Level of competitiveness in a particular grade.
  • Point Score.
  • Inconsistent performances, illness, injury, long absence from racing etc.

However these will not be the only reasons for down grading. Results from other local club races deemed equivalent standard may be used as well. Adjustments are at the discretion of the HD Grading Committee at all times.  A rider profile will be kept to assist with any adjustments necessary.

An appeals process is available for riders seeking reconsideration with supporting evidence.