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:
Bring a mate!
The Autumn Cycling Classic is a platform event, which happens to include over 10 graded 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.
We would like to extend our appreciation to the Honourable Steve Bracks for launching the event in 2018.
Course route for 2022:
NB: As in 2021, the course for 2022 is clockwise. Video below shows sprint and points. The format is a Kermesse.
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
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? tbc
How do the teams work? tbc
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 Challenge, 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org