Race one of this Winter's cyclocross season kicks off this Saturday morning with Race 1 of the FOCUS Crossfire Cup.
This is by far the most 'accessible' racing you can find, it doesn't matter what bike you are on and how fast you are we have a grade and category for everyone. Races vary in duration from 5 mins for little kidz, through to 45min for A-grade Men. Yes, panniers and unicycles are welcome! About half the people riding in these events have never raced before. And with the exception of about 5 people in SA, CX is completely new to almost everybody!
You can enter the whole winter series of 4 races for only $30 (that's right only $7.50 per race) and if you haven't got a CA or MTBA license you can get a 3-race permit for $44 to cover you and you're good to go. So no excuses! If you have a child aged 3-11 you can sign them up with PACC for only $16 for a year (they get a cool membership card and everything) and they can race for free (they get lolly hand-ups too) so it's a great family activity packed into one morning.
Sign-on and course practice is at 9am, the first race kicks off at 10, and the super fast blokes finish up at 12:30pm. We've got a BBQ so if you want to stop by for a look & grab something to eat , proceeds to go the Trott Park Fencing Club.
See the course map HERE
For more information and how to enter click here
So see what the course is like, this video covers much of Saturday's Course, if you can ride on parklands paths , maintenance tracks and grass you are good enough to race. It doesn't have any single track or difficult terrain like MTB:
PACC Corporate tent will be a busy place. My belgian steel capped rubber boots are ready!
Now that looks like fun!!!
that's because it IS fun! :D
Gemma, how does one go about getting the three race permit, I've looked at the CA website as well as PACC and couldn't find the relevant info. I'm keen to enter but will be spectating tomorrow with the aim to ride the three final events. Gives me a month to find a bit of condition (barfing under a trackside tree is not my aim).
You give me $44 and I give you a permit, it's pretty easy (there is a form required to be filled in too ;-)
You should just race tomorrow and you will probably suprise yourself! Training for something you haven't tried yet is always pretty difficult, because you don't know what areas to improve upon. And if you do barf under a tree, you will probably qualify for some form of prize!
There are CX specific classes as well as run-what-you-brung for palookas like me. Read the op, unicycles, panniers, whatever.
Three grades now! At the last event there was a pretty good battle between Mark Ferguson and Graham the Unicycle Clown in C-grade and the rear of the field, and at the front of C-grade Chewie Rau made a late run for the line and the victory with a last corner overtaking attempt but overcooked the corner and fell off!
All in the name of giving it a go and pinning a number on your back :-)
These CX rides are brilliant fun, well done to Gemma and PACC for organising them.
It is a bummer that I'm likely to miss this one. See if the forces are against me tomorrow...
So what tyres do people run? I still have the heavy nobblies from last weekend on but it has been pretty dry this week.