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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Television Man

Cyclocross just went (pseudo) mainstream when Cycling Central aired a segment on the first two rounds of the national series this afternoon.

In case you missed it, here's the vision. (dear SBS, don't issue a takedown, you read out our race report instead of writing your own script, so let us show your footage.)

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Streets Of Your Town

In last night's event roundup we neglected to mention that the Queensland Cyclocross Championships are being held on Saturday the 18th of August.

DDCX CFO Blakey flew up for the first Ipswich CX race in 2010 and had a ton of fun, despite the shock of the blistering heat and knowing he had to back up the next day and race in Melbourne.

It's events like these that series' like DDCX & the PACC Crossfire Cup grow from, but only if you get out there and support them. So take any old bike out there and race it.

Licence to Chill

If your name is on this list, or you know these people, get in touch by email at dirtydeedscx@gmail.com as we have your licence and you have our numbers. Thanks to those that have already returned them.

  • Liam Crowley
  • Ryan Begg
  • Philip Greenwood

I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel

DDCX R1  011

Photo courtesy of Rik Blazevic

After much data wrangling, interstate emailing of files, scrawl deciphering and checking we have the results for ALL grades posted on the results page (What, you didn't know we had a results page? for shame!)

Yes, there was an issue with pulled riders in B grade. Yes, we apologise (again). Many lessons were learnt over the weekend and all of this makes not only DDCX, but also cross racing in Australia better.

We also have animations of the A Grade Mens and A Grade Womens races. These are really neat in my opinion.

Put another x on the calendar

Bike still sitting in the shed with mud caked all over it after last weekend's racing at Cross Melburn and DDCX?

You best break out the power washer and chain lube because winter in Melbourne has never had so much off road fun, every.single.weekend.

Sunday 5th of August brings Specialized Cross Melburn Round #2 at an all new location.

After that DDCXHQ will be road tripping over to SA to race Round #3 & 4 of the National Cyclocross Series with Port Adelaide Cycling Club on the 11th & 12th of August. Nikcee is chasing series points and will stop at nothing to get them.

Sunday August 19th is the next Melbourne Gravel Grinder. Things have been quiet over at MGG but Angry has something in the works that will leave riders tired and smiling, as usual.

Then Sunday 26th of August is DDCX Round #2 / Rapha Supercross. Dirty Deeds with added epic.

Sunday September 2nd sees the second iteration of the Dirty Gran Fondo, held up at Bunyip State Park, with the event village at Mortimer Picnic Ground. DDCXHQ attended the last one and had a fantastic day's ride even though we were surrounded by pinch flats, broken chains and seized pedals. We're looking forward to seeing what they put on this time. For the Garminers, here's the route file.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

My Name is Mud

There’s nothing like the smell of cross in the air to stimulate the senses and in Melbourne over the weekend sensory overload was the order of the day.

After the first round of the Champion System/SRAM Australian Cyclocross Series in Port Melbourne, the eyes of the Australian CX scene turned to the picturesque Darebin Parkland in the inner north for Round 2.

The weather was Melburnian to the max, warm sunshine one minute, freezing and threatening with rain the next. The surface was spongy and the mud, well you know, it’s mud and there was lots of it.

One of the perennial crowd favourites, the kid’s race kicked proceedings off and today’s was probably the best yet. Sadly though, the big turnout led to tears at registration as the race sold out quicker than you can repeat the eleven times table.

Open racing often leads to the cross over to cross. In the past, people have attacked the terrain on unicycles and home built BMX tandems.

Things are getting serious with dedicated mountain bikers and spill overs from a sold out B Grade making the competition strong.

Indeed the spirit of DirtyDeeds, Tate came with more costume changes than usual. Such is Tate’s dedication to physical purity he ditched the bike and jogged some of the course.

DDCX design maestro Sime failed to watch the clock and rushed to the start,  this was to be his downfall, having to take a 'nature break' halfway through the race. That number two may have cost him a podium number one. We'll never know.

B Grade cross today was as full on as it gets due to the fact that many who race A grade had missed out on rego. You’d think this would mean one of the semi-pros or cross veterans would have easily taken control of the race huh?

Well, no. The greatest surprise and thrill for us at Dirty Deeds was seeing 14 year old Liam Jeffries take apart other more seasoned cross racers with a style that blew riders and spectators alike away. To be fair Liam had won under19/C grade then backed it up ten minutes later for a 3rd in B on Saturday.

Commuter Cycles’ Huw Vellacott’s attempt to attack Liam while riding a single speed bike complete with porteur rack proved fruitless. Perhaps Huw shouldn’t have dropped off a load of bread to the catering tents mid-race. Nevertheless, he managed to hold off Snozz and secure second place while Liam cruised through for the win.

By the time the Women’s Elite/ National Round was ready the crowd had grown to several hundred stimulated by cowbells and burgers from our friends at Beatbox Kitchen.

The turf was well turned by this stage so the racing was a lot slower than the day before which took its toll on some of the riders who’d blitzed the drier course.

The race quickly split and Lisa Jacobs, star of the national road series, established a dominance over the field which was as impressive as it was inspirational to anyone thinking of taking up CX.

The Women’s national series has raised the profile of cyclocross and it will remain a fixture on the national calendar as long as the quality we saw on Sunday remains.

It’s Lisa’s first attempt at cross- she hit the course like a seasoned professional, taking the lead early, gracefully tapping away on the pedals and tackling barriers with ease.

Lisa and Melissa Anset fought it out for much of the race but Lisa’s unbreakable rhythm on the pedals saw her come clear for the win. Diane Nelson suffered a mechanical and ducked off the course to grab Paddy's bike then rejoined in the finishing straight. Unfortunately this was right in front of the judges and she was DQ'd. Larry's Custom Cycles also saw this and awarded her a sweet new frame to ease the pain.

The Men’s National Round was welcomed with hoots, heckles and...yep cowbells. It was one of the fastest starts ever seen at Dirty Deeds. After a win on Saturday Luke Fetch was expected to take it to the limit again but big things were expected of Dirty Deeds favourite Lewis Rattray. After finishing  fifth in round one Lewis pulled out all stops in his home race.

In cross racing everything sometimes isn’t enough , especially backing up one day’s racing with another.

(C) Brian Mangano

In the end Adrian Jackson soared to the front of the pack leaving any competitors in a mud spattered wake. AJ is another DDCX alumni and took full advantage of racing on his home ground. He finished well clear of what was a ding dong race for second and third between Lewis Rattray and Lachlan Norris. In the end Lachlan got the better of his Giant team mate, after Lewis mistook the laps remaining and burned too many matches a lap early leaving nothing to keep his engine firing on the bell lap.

This was one of the best cross days we’ve ever seen. Our thanks to series sponsors Champion System, SRAM and especially the folks at the Darebin Creek Management Committee and the Darebin Parklands Association. Without their support there wouldn’t be DirtyDeedsCX.
We would especially like to thank our long suffering sponsors, who have been backing us since we first started getting rad. They support us, and you should support them so we can all continue getting dirty and smiling:
Full results are being checked and rechecked as we speak, but here are the top 5 for each category:
1. Adrian Jackson
2. Lachlan Norris
3. Lewis Rattray
4. Marc Williams
5. Alan Iacuone
1. Lisa Jacobs
2. Melissa Anset
3. Amity McSwan
4. Erica Gurner
5. Gemma Kernich
B Men
1. Liam Jeffries
2. Huw Vellacot
3. Kristian Snorrason
4. Marcus Cobbledick
5. Mick Hernan
 B Women
1. Lee Schultz
2. Dawn Vachon
3. Rebecca Williamson
4. Lauren Mittiga
Open Men
1. Leigh Schilling
2. Gareth Heitmann
3. Tom Quirk
4. James Deane
5. Colin Bell
 Open Women
1. Nicki Fisher
2. Simone Giuliani
Kids Boys
1. Sam Howard
2. Jacob van Rooij
3. Daniel Jackson
4. Michael Buckle
5. Darcy Jamieson
 Kids Girls
1. Emily Hughes
2. Emily Jackson
3. Gracie Wells
4. Mae Czechowski
5. Senna Hindell
You may have noticed the lack of photos in the report, well never fear, here's a collection of albums for you to peruse while we choose the standouts to edit in later:

Fame & Spear
Brian Mangano Photography
Marissa Farrel
#DDCX Photos on Instagram
Treadlie Magazine
Tim Arch
Hampton Cycles
Cam Wells
Rik Blazevic

And, finally, a video of B Grade

And a video of women's A Grade


Monday, 16 July 2012

This Ship Will Burn

Greetings All,

Do you like 'cross racing?
Kids of CX
Photo courtesy Faith Hunter/Treadlie Magazine
  • Did you have fun on Sunday?
  • Do you like what Dirty Deeds has been doing with our races?
  • Would you like to keep cross racing alive in Melbourne?
Answering 'YES!' to any of the above would mean you should continue reading... as we have a small favour to ask...
Basically, some local residents don't feel that 'bicycle racing' is an appropriate use of the space and we would like to prove that we aren't big scary monsters that don't care about our race locations. One thing that many people might not know is that a lot of councils/park owners just aren't even interested in having a conversation about alternate uses for park space. Losing access to any our venues would be a blow to not only our series, but also the development of cross racing as the venue management often act as references as we approach other locations. 
To that end we are asking any of our wider cross-loving family to come out this Sunday to a working party at the Parklands to help rehabilitate the Parklands.

*Darebin Parklands Community Park Care Day*
*Sunday 22 July, 1-3pm*
Join the DPA and Ranger Rohen Davis for some rewarding weeding, clean up and other maintenance work in our revegetation areas.
Meet at the Clifton Bridge on the Ivanhoe side of the creek.
Afternoon tea and all equipment provided. All welcome

Directions to the site:
- From Ivanhoe (three minute walk from entrance). Enter via Rockbeare Grove entrance and walk straight down the path to the creek. Turn right at the bottom and meet near the footbridge.
- From Alphington (five minute walk from entrance). Enter via main entrance at the end of Separation Street. Walk across the grass toward the bluestone picnic shelter. Take the gravel path to the right of the shelter. Follow it
around to the bluestone stairs and descend. Walk toward the creek and across the bridge to the meeting site.

For those that show up and help out we will give you FREE ENTRY to the next Round of DDCX (HSV - 26/8). Between that, a free afternoon tea and some time with the dulcet tones of Hamish and the infinite wisdom of  Blakey you can't have somewhere better to be!

BREAKING: Treadlie magazine have offered a subscription for one lucky volunteer, and there will also be some Emma & Tom's life bars to keep energy levels up. PLUS there will be a limited number of cupcakes from Bake Pretty Couture. Still got excuses?

I Left My Wallet In El Segundo

First things first, the full results are coming. This we promise!

But some administration is required
  • If you raced A Grade (Mens or Womens) or B Grade Mens, and were given a fabric number and took this number home, we still have your race licence. This might be important for some of you, especially if you plan to race elsewhere before the next DDCX. We will be publishing names and sorting out TWO pickup points in the coming days. But for now, best if you check that muddy pile of 'stuff' that is your unwashed kit from the weekend for numbers. I repeat, this applies to A GRADE MEN & WOMEN & B GRADE MEN.
  • If you placed 4th or 5th, you won some money but thanks to a combination of factors we weren't able to hand you your envelope during presentations. Again, we will publish your names so you can have the small slice of fame you earned and will have it waiting for you at registration for the next round.
PICKUP POINT #1 is DISC velodrome, 281 Darebin Rd, Thornbury, from 7pm to 9pm TONIGHT (Tuesday 17th July). Ask for Blakey, he'll probably be at the rego or results table for Brunswick Tuesday Track racing.

While you wait to see if you beat that guy/girl in that sweet jersey that you battled all race check out DDCX photography stalwarts Brian Mangano and Fame and Spear's photos of the day. 

We do want to thank everyone who showed up, pinned up or yelled out during the day... your support helps keep cross racing growing here.

Monday Monday, can't trust that day.

The legs are heavy, the eyes darkly circled, and the mud is only just beginning to dry.

While DDCX HQ writes up race reports, cross checks the results and flicks through the hundreds of photos from the day, here's the most recent instagram photos with a #ddcx hashtag on them. Can't see yours? Go back and whack a tag on them!

And here's every instagram photo with a #DDCX tag.

Monday, 9 July 2012

I Still Believe

As promised in the post below here is more information on this Sunday's race.
Look here for race location, prize and amenities details (PDF)!
Or  here (googledoc)!

And for those who have asked the field limits for this weekend:
A Grade - reg closed as of midnight 8/7/12
B Grade - 80, mixed (20 reserved slots for women)
Open - 80, mixed (split as above)
Kids - 40, mixed


Sunday, 8 July 2012

Quiet Earth

Very quickly this weekend approaches and with it comes a rise in nerves and questions from the Cross-Sick masses!
There will be a fuller document available soon with information on the course, amenities, prizes and the like but for now hot off the email from our course check/organising meeting/delicious cookie eating meeting yesterday comes the Schedule Of Events for this Sunday.

Registration10:30 - 12:00
Course open10:45 - 11:45
Kids mixed race12:00 (10min + 1 lap race)
Open mixed race12:20 (30min  + 1 lap race)
B Grade CX mixed race13:10 (30 min  + 1 lap race)
A Grade Women CX race14:00 (45min  + 1 lap race)
A Grade Men CX race 15:15 (45min  + 1 lap race)
Presentations 16:30 - 17:15

DDCX regulars will note the earlier times for registration and course open. These are both very important times. Very important!

If you have any questions, let us know!