This 3 kilometre course feels like is was nearly designed for a bike race with many different aspects that will suit a combination of skills. This course formed a large portion of the Australian National Championships from the 1980's. The sprint will be technical and fast right in the heart of the campus. Here is a video preview of the course:
Saturday, 15 May 2021 - bring a mate
The Autumn Cycling Classic is a platform event, which happens to include over 10 graded team races on a fully closed, 3k course in Melbourne. With a coached introductory session, great facilities with food and coffee, this is where you can catch-up with the cycling community.
The Uni-Cycles club is being launched in 2021. Brunswick Cycling Club will support monthly group social rides for University students and staff with experienced ride leaders and routes. We hope this brings even more people on bikes utilising Melbourne's fantastic paths and roads.
We would like to extend our appreciation to the Hounourable Steve Bracks for launching the event in 2018.
Course route for 2021:
NB: the course for 2021 is clockwise. Video below shows sprint and KOM/QOM points.
2020 promo video:
Of Special Interest
Elite Riders - We invite you to ride with the juniors before your race. This is an opportunity for you to meet the kids, marshal their race, take photos and maybe pass on some knowledge.
Race Details - please see Entry Boss for race information
It is a kermesse points race with points collected at intermediate sprints and KOM/ QOM for the top three places (5, 4, and 3 points at intermediate and 8, 6, 4 for the final sprint). The winners determined by the most points at the end of the race.
The event has been made possible because La Trobe University has been amazingly supportive and receptive - we trust that all attendees will reciprocate by treating the campus with respect.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do the points work?
Points will be accumulated for the top 3 places at each sprint and KOM/ QOM: First place - 5, second place 4, third place 3. The final sprint will accumulate 8, 6 and 4 points respectively. Points from any team members will count towards the team's overall accumulation. In case of ties, we will count back on 1) final sprint 2) number of first places 3) number of second places and 4) best dressed or some other arbitrary decision by the race director.
In other words, it's not just the first across the line at the end - you have to race the whole time.
How do the teams work?
Teams of two riders can race in every grade. Individuals enter themselves and both nominate a team name. Points accumulated by either team member go towards the overall team points. Go for a break-away, wait for the sprints, focus on the KOMs - the strategy is up to you. Individuals can still enter as themselves.
Teams must be reasonably situated in the grades they enter - we will handicap you based on the strongest rider in the team. The Combine is flexible with handicapping based on the fields (thanks to our awesome vols), so please enter useful information about your recent performance on the entry.
Teams are encouraged to wear the same jerseys or vests. If you are organising multiple teams from the same club/organisation, please attempt to have different versions of the jersey for the different teams (prior version vs. current, etc).
What if I want to change teams?
If, after entering you want to swap teams, please email the race director. Changing teams will incur a $10 admin fee per swap which will be donated.
What is the Come & Try BMX
Northern BMX Club are running a Come & Try BMX event, in the carpark west of the main start/finish area. They will supply bikes and a fun course, or you are wlecome to bring your own. No licence, no fee, any age, including kids. You can also try a short timed sprint, with the top performers going head to head on the main course (time tbc but probably around the start of the A/WA races). You can use any bike for this. Note there is no Come & Try for road racing this time.
What is the course like?
This 3 kilometre course feels like is was nearly designed for a bike race with many different aspects that will suit a combination of skills. This course formed a large portion of the Australian National Championships from the 1980's. The sprint will be technical and fast right in the heart of the campus.
On the day, there will be no opportunity to ride/ warm-up on the course as races will be running continuously. Given the roads are closed, there is absolutely no riding in the opposite direction at any time!
Can I set-up a marquee?
Yes - how great would having a team and a marquee be? There is fantastic space in the event village for tents. There is a strict no peg policy so please bring sufficient weights to counteract Melbourne winds. If you would like to reserve a space, please contact race director firstname.lastname@example.org with the size space you are after. Please bear in mind that unlike most of our races, we will be in Melbourne and you should protect your belongings (bikes!)
What amenities are available?
We will be right on campus with many of the campus shops (coffee and food) open. There is ample parking and bathroom facilities right by the spectator area.
Can I get involved?
This race runs on volunteers. If you would like to help, please email the Race Director email@example.com