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Darren Smith Classic 2020

This year the Darren Smith Classic is a two day event with a criterium at the Luke Harrop Criterium Circuit, Runaway Bay on Saturday the 7th of November and the traditional road race at Hinze Dam on the 8th of November.

For the past 27 years, in memory of Olympic cyclist, Darren Smith, who was tragically killed in a cycling accident in 1992, the Gold Coast Cycling Club has been successfully hosting the annual Darren Smith Classic. As one of Queensland’s leading cycling clubs, we are pleased to announce that this year’s event has been taken to a whole new level with the introduction of a two day format; a criterium on the Saturday and on Sunday we are working with SEQ Water to gain sole access to the service roads of the Hinze Dam complex allowing an undulating 12.2km road race circuit.

For entries please follow the link to the CQ: 





Entries close: Sunday, 1 Nov 2020 10:59 PM AEST.

This is not a ‘stage event’. The criterium and the road race are seperate events. There is no points system in place connecting the two races.

There is a 15% discount if both the criterium and road race are entered. 

Late entries will incur a $20 late fee

Separate money for sub categories in each division – total prize pool for entire event = $7000

Equal prize money Elite A Women and Elite A Men

For more information about this event please contact:
Race Director, Chris Thompson: info@cyclesense.com.au

Assistant Race Director, Damien McFarline: membership@goldcoastcyclingclub.com.au

Please support our sponsors:

Cr. Glenn Tozer Division 9 –
Mudgeeraba & the Gold Coast Hinterland


The Darren Smith Classic 2020 is supported by:



The DSC is conducted under the requirements of the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing Restrictions and the principles of the Outdoor Sports Industry COVID Safe Plan.

We will have COVID-safe practices in place to help stop the spread and keep our participants, officials, volunteers and spectators safe. Please be patient with and follow requirements for registration, number collection and return, marshalling and presentations. We ask everyone to maintain good hygiene and social distancing practices at all times, where possible. Please read and comply with our COVID Safe Protocols below. These apply to participants, officials, volunteers and spectators.

Please follow public health guidelines:

COVID Safe Protocols
All racing is conducted under the principle of: GET IN – RACE – GET OUT

The Gold Coast Cycling Club is entitled to restrict access to Club activities to anyone who has:

Personal Hygiene

Social and Physical Distancing

Facility Access

Attendance Records



Criterium Specific:


Road Race Specific:


Waste Zone

Feed Zone


DAY 1 – Saturday – CRITERIUM
Luke Harrop Cycle Circuit, Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay


Entry Fee






10 mins & 1 lap



U11B / U11G


10 mins & 2 laps


U13B / U13G


15 mins & 2 laps


U15M / U15W


20 mins & 2 laps



U17M / U17W


30 mins & 2 laps


Elite A


50 mins & 2 laps



Women A


40 mins & 2 laps



Masters A


45 mins & 2 laps



Women B


35 mins & 2 laps


Officials Break

Elite B


40 mins & 2 laps



Masters D


30 mins & 2 laps


Masters B


40 mins & 2 laps



Women C


30 mins & 2 laps


Masters C


40 mins & 2 laps



Women D


30 mins & 2 laps


Elite C


40 mins & 2 laps



Criterium Notes:



DAY 2 – Sunday – ROAD RACE
Hinze Dam, Nerang

Please do not climb over the dam fence or enter the space around the old roundabout at the top of the dam wall. Nor are spectators permitted to enter the Eastern or Western security gates. Spectators are not permitted on the KOM climb. This is a secure area and our permit relies on spectators doing the right thing. Thank you. 



Entry Fee 






Masters B, U17 Men







Masters C/D, Women C/D, U15#




4 (#3)



Elite Men A/B, Masters A







Women A/B, Men Elite C







Riders will compete in one of four divisions. Within each division there are multiple grades that normally demonstrate similar abilities and average speeds. Riders within a division are competing as a division, e.g., if a rider attempts to breakaway, anyone, regardless of grade, may work with that rider. In other words. All riders of the same coloured number may work together. 

However, in order for all riders to have the opportunity to feel competitive in their race, enjoy the event and have the opportunity to stand up on the podium, the Gold Coast Cycling Club will be presenting podiums for all grades within each division. The Gold Coast Cycling Club also proactively promotes equal prizes for women and men.

This event is part of the Queensland Classic Road Series. This is a points-based series, and as such, depending on points, series leaders will be presented with QCRS jerseys with each grade podium presentation.

All race divisions limited to 90 riders.

Road Conditions and Traffic Management
Queensland Police will be in attendance to escort cyclists and event vehicles during the event. Motorists are asked to obey all road signs and directions by traffic controllers and police.

To ensure the safety of participants, and with the support of the Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Police, Gilston Road will be closed to traffic from the intersection of Worongary Road to the SEQ Water gates at the Duncan Road intersection between 7:00am and 1:00pm. Local traffic only will have access to this road between the abovementioned hours.

If you need to use this section of road during this time, please remain aware of cyclists at all times and retain a copy of the resident pass at the bottom of your resident notice to present to traffic controllers positioned at the road closure points.

All other roads used by the event will remain open, but motorists may experience delays of up to 15 minutes between 7:00am and 1:00pm. Traffic control will be in place at the following intersections:

Queensland Police may direct vehicles to stop and/or pull over on the left side of the road to allow the passage of the event.

For further information please contact the Race Director (Chris Thompson – 0408 092 592) or email info@goldcoastcyclingclub.com.au.

Projected Schedule:
05:00   Setup Team on site
06:30   Commissaires & volunteers on site (convoy assemble)
06:40   Registration opens
06:45   Volunteer (Course Marshals & Convoy Drivers) briefing
06:55   Commissaire briefing
07:20   Division 3 & 4 rider briefing
07:30   Division 3 depart
07:35   Division 4 depart
09:30   Division 1 & 2 rider briefing
09:40   Convoys reassembled
09:45   Division 1 depart
09:50   Division 2 depart
10:00   Presentations: Division 3 & 4
12:15   Presentations: Division 2
13:00   Presentations: Division 1
13:10   Pack up

Parking & Registration:
Please see the attached map for competitor and spectator car parking. This carpark is the overflow carpark of the dam authority and will allow you to park close to the start/finish without having to come into the finish straight. There is a path that winds through to the start/finish area. The carpark adjacent to the finish line will be reserved for volunteers and commissaires.

The registration desk down near the start finish line. Please use the path provided and avoid riding or walking on the race circuit.  At the registration desk we will collect your CA licence and issue your transponder and race numbers.


           DIV 2

DIV 3 

DIV 4 


This refers to the available race number range not actual entries.

If you competed in the Saturday criterium then you will already have your race number and transponder but you will still need to have your name ticked off at registration as being present. 

Once you are ready to race, please make your way down to the rider briefing area. Once you have completed your race you may keep your numbers as a souvenir of your experience. Transponders must be returned.   

Registration closes 20 minutes prior to each race start.

Food & Drinks:
Please be aware that the Club is NOT running a canteen on the day. We strongly urge you to support the View Café at the top of the dam wall. This café has beautiful views of the surrounding environment and has supported the running of our event. The View Café will also be running a small canteen near the registration, selling drinks and snacks.

There are a number of toilets positioned around the dam facility including two portable toilets in the competitor carpark and permanent toilets near the start/finish zone. Please see the map.

Junior Roll Outs:
Juniors will be required to roll out as per usual. This will take place on the path near the official’s tent in the official’s carpark 20 minutes prior to your race.

COVID Restrictions: Please refer to guidelines above.

We encourage friends and family to come and watch you race, however, it is important that spectators are aware of their surroundings.

The Hinze Dam Complex is considered a secure facility and therefore spectators are not allowed in the secure zone marked by the big black gates towards the bottom of the dam. This includes the (KOM) climb up in the front of the dam wall. A good place to spectate from is from the safety of the top of the dam wall itself.

Also, please be mindful that some of the 12km circuit is comprised of either narrow roads or busy main roads and therefore not conducive to spectators parking on the side of the road.

The Course:
The course is challenging and technical but also fun! Please take into consideration the varied terrain as you are racing. The KOM climb in front of the dam wall involves riding over two concrete culverts – these are easily negotiated when taken with care. The descent of the dam wall is highly technical and caution is advised at all times. 

Police vehicles will be present at the front and back of the convoys and organisers will do their best to stretch the protection of the convoy over the greatest distance possible.

Please also note we are asking competitors not to warm up on the race course.

Feed Station for Div 1 will be on Advancetown Rd before the left turn into Spillway Rd and the finish line.

The Start:
Once you have been briefed by Queensland Police and the Chief Commissaire, you will roll out into the secure area under NEUTRAL conditions. You will then begin the climb and for everybody this is the first time riding on these roads. Please stay together, take care and study your surroundings including the placement of the KOM.

Once everyone has reached the top of the climb if the peloton is together then you will begin the descent still under neutral conditions. Again, take care on the descent, as it is a technical downhill with two gates. Once you exit the bottom gates of the dam facility, when the commissaire is happy, then the race will commence. In other words, your first time up the dam wall climb is under neutral conditions.

The Finish:
When you cross the finish line for the last time you will be directed into the official’s carpark and around to the path that takes you back to the competitor’s carpark. This is to avoid you entering the restricted area unnecessarily or crossing the finish line for a second time.

Presentations and Prizes:
Even though each division is one race, in order to recognise people’s efforts within their categories, we will be placing the first 3 riders in each grade within the division.

There are no prizes for the divisional placegetters (as you would have already recieved a prize for the grade), however, there will be a podium photo. 

A KOM/QOM prize will be presented to the most consistent rider of the wall. KOM/ QOM every lap, except the first lap which will be neutralised. First 3 places will receive points for each division (3, 2, 1). Not separate for men and women.

Presentations will take place at the end of each division.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask by replying to this email or contacting one of the Key Personnel above.

Course Map and Feed and Waste Zone:
This course dedicated Waste Zone on the climb up Gilston Road. This signed area will be the only place that riders are permitted to dump rubbish during the event. Fines will be imposed by the commissaires if you litter outside the Waste Zone. The Feeding Zone is located at the start/finish area at the Hinze Dam Picnic Parkland on Spillway Road extending for 150m. Feeding is only permitted for riders in the Division 1 race.


The climb
The climb (close-up)
The descent