Women

Created: 14 March 2017 Last Updated: 10 April 2018

The Northern Combine supports equal opportunities for women to participate and race in events.  This is achieved through the efforts of the Women's Coordinator and each club commitment.  We welcome your thoughts and assistance on how this can be improved.  Please contact your club representative or Women's Coordinator. 

 

Women's Series

The 2018 Northern Combine Women's Series will consist of 3 races: 12 May (St Kilda Trophy Race), 19 May (Autumn Cycling Classic @ LaTrobe University) and 4 August (Hawthorn Trophy Race).  The series includes 3 separate women's only grades at each of the series races.  Points will be awarded to the first 5 places in A and B Grades with the series winner having the most points after 3 races.  In case of a tie in points, the winner will be decided first by if one of the riders is in A grade and second by the results at the second race.  C Grade will be escorted by a ride marshall and is focused on learning racing skills in a safe environment. 

The Individual Time Trial on 28 July, whilst not part of the series, will also have separate women's grades. 

In addition to race prizes, there will also be series prizes for the most points.  The series is brought to you by Bates + Co


 

Women's Racing

For scratch races not designated as Women's Series events, women can race in the open Combine grades for separate places.  In other words, there will be a race within a race for women's placings.  We strongly recommend you enter the following open grades:

Women's Grade Open Grade
A C
B D
C E (when avail)

There are exceptions to this and we will support individuals wishing to race in a higher grade. 

Handicap races include mixed fields.  There will be a placing for first woman.  Handicaps are great events to learn racing.  Succeeding at handicaps requires group cohesion and working together.  Plus it is a fantastic workout regardless of the result. 

Prizes

The Northern Combine has committed to paying equal prize money for equal placings.  The number of placings will depend on the number of entries into a grade.  For 12 or more women entries in a grade, 3 places will be paid.  For 8-11 entries, 2 places will be paid.  For fewer than 8 entries, there will be a first place.  We welcome women wishing to race in open A and B grades, noting though that they race the grade(s) without separate placings.

In addition, Winners Bars are on-board with us again in 2018 to provide prize packs for the first non-paid female in each grade containing some useful riding nutrition.

 

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