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Cyclocross Series in Melbourne by kiwicyclist
May 13, 2010, 7:13 am
Filed under: Rides

I was fortunate enough to participate in the inaugrual singlespeed psychocross race held in November 2009 off Kew Boulevard on a balmy Friday evening after work.

(Cross racing for the uninitiated, involves racing what are essentially road bikes that have wide enough clearances to run knobbly tires (35mm wide) and canti brakes for mud clearance and no waterbottle cages over offroad courses – riders race around a small circuit that is normally fairly muddy and have to negotiate various obstacles that require the riders to dismount and shoulder the bike to get over them (hence no bottlecages) – they can include barriers, water traps, stairs, sandpits etc.  It is incredible to watch the pros do it – just search “cyclocross” on youtube and you will see what I mean).

The “psychocross” event was intended to be an Aussie variant of cyclocross racing which is held in the European/US offseason – but with singlespeed cross bikes and held at the start of our summer. 

The event just about killed me – the course looped off the Hawthorn crit circuit off Kew Boulevard, down along the riverpath, through a sandpit, down a bank, through a purpose built metre long mud pit, scramble up the bank with the bike on the shoulder and about 15 screaming manics at the top with cow bells banging sucking on stubbies, along a path to climb back up to the boulevard circuit while negotiating 2 sets of jumps and about 8 steps over a 50 metre path before hitting the road then up and through the ‘island’ in the middle of the circuit.  Without a doubt it was one of the hardest things I’ve done on a bike – but also one of the most fun events I’ve done.

 About 20 of us raced and at least as many came out to watch, with first prize being won by Wade Wallace of cyclingtipsblog.com fame riding a beautiful record geared moots cross bike – Dan of Shifterbikes came second riding his singlespeed cross bike.  The report posted up on cyclingtips and photos can be found here: http://www.cyclingtipsblog.com/2009/11/cyclocross-in-australia/.

The general consensus from most of the people who raced the event was that it was so much fun we would be keen to do some more racing in winter during the ‘right’ season with real mud.

A few of those stalwarts have quietly been taking their cross bikes out on weekends since and I was pleased to see that they have now organised a three race series over the coming months.  Details can be found here: http://dirtydeedscx.blogspot.com/

I can’t wait.

Kiwicyclist

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