Autumn Cycling Classic @ La Trobe University

Created: 06 April 2018 Last Updated: 13 April 2019


Saturday, 13 April 2019 

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<11 Apr Update> Initial grading being published soon.  Check carefully.  If you or your team has been impacted by a changed grade, we will allow you/ your team to adjust team for free by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on Friday before 10pm.  If you haven't been impacted, then $10 charge still applies. 

Limited number of spots available to Friday night's Well-being Cycle: Leaders Session @ La Trobe University.  More info and registration here

After an astounding response to this teams concept event in 2018, we are proud to announce this event will run again in 2019.  La Trobe University has provided us with a fantastic venue right in in Melbourne - scenic 3k course, fully closed roads, coached introductory sessions, great facilities with food and coffee, event village with atmosphere  - this is how to integrate cycling into the city. 

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Hounourable Steve Bracks for launching the event last year.


The event is made possible due to our sponsors who have been very supportive of this effort:

Finance Right - specialises in residential and commercial lending ith a focus in helding fund property purchases within self managed super funds. 

DriveClean - a social enterprise providing mobile bike mechanics for large organisations and buildings in Melbourne. 

Polaris - shopping centre near campus with restaurants, cafes, amenities and health & beauty shops.  They also have apartments for sale. 


Of Special Interest

Limited spots available to all event participants - register here
Club Committees, coaches and leaders -
You are invited to The Well-being Cycling: Leaders Session @ La Trobe University on Friday evening before the event (12 April).  This free development session will consist of a really fantastic, diverse panel of experts to discuss athlete well-being programs and a chance for you to talk with them and each other about the topic. 

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.  Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take part. 

All event attendees - During the race from 9:30 (sorry WB, WC and C grades), we are hosting a free wellness session led by Caroline Anderson and Nonie Carr from Performance Edge Psychology in conjunction with Crossing The Line.  This is an opportunity to hear about wellness in sports, learn more about performance psychology and run through a few practical tips to assist with your lifestyle.  This session will be of particular interest to juniors, their parents and elite riders. 

Race Details

Sat, 13 April at La Trobe University, Bundoora
Races start from 8AM.  All racing concludes by 1PM

This will be run as a kermesse points race with points collected at intermediate primes 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.  There is with equal prizes for men's and women's grades (per standard Combine policy).  Thanks to Finance Right, the prize pool for A and Women's A will be at least $1,000 each. 

Grade Race Length (min) Sprints K/Q OMS Team Size Start Time
A 90 3 3 4  11:30
WA 85 3 3 3  11:30
B 85 3 3 3 8:00
WB 70 2 2 2 9:30
C 75 3 2 2  9:15
WC 45 2 1 1  9:30
D 70 2 2 2  8:00
E 45 2 1 1  8:00
Juniors 30-45 (4 Grades)     1  10:45
Come & Try 90       8:00
President's Cup 6 1      10:30

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.  It has also taken a coordinated effort from Brunswick, Carnegie Caulfield, Coburg, Italo, Preston, St. Kilda and Sunbury Cycling Clubs all making significant contributions.  It is possible because we pulled together as a community.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do the points work?
Points will be accumulated for the top 3 places at each sprint and KOM: 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?
Individuals enter themselves and can nominate a team name which other individuals can also use - get your mates to enter with the same team name.  Points accumulated by any member of a team 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.  Any individual entries will be placed into a team before the race by the organisers, so please indicate on your entry if you wish to remain a solo rider (keeping the glory for yourself and having the satisfaction of disrupting a sprint train). 

Teams must be reasonably situated in the grades they enter (don't make our job more difficult by plucking a strong A Grader to a team in B, this makes us grumpy).  Due to the prizes in A Grade, we may expect higher entries.  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 must 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?
You are able to scratch if you want to leave the race completely.  If, after entering you want to swap teams, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Changing teams will incur a $10 admin fee per swap which will be donated.

What is the Come & Try
The Come & Try is an opportunity for those interested in racing to have a go.  We know there are a lot of recreational riders doing fondos, Zwift, Beach Rd who may want to try their hand but are unsure what racing is all about.  This is under the supervision of certified coaches and marshals who will give participants a flavour for racing and under the safety of closed roads.  This will start by doing some practice skills in a closed parking lot and then proceed to ride the course to test those skills. 

Entry is $10.  No race licence is required, but you do need a functioning road bike.  You can also enter on the day but spots are limited. 

What are the prizes?
Men's and Women's A Grade will have an enhanced prize pool thanks to our sponsors - this will be at least $1,000 for each men and women. 
With the exception of A Grade, we will follow the Combine's standard prize policy which keeps prize money fairly consistent between all races - generally this sits around 40% of all entry money for the season.  We usually pay down to 3rd place, unless there are a high number of entries in which case the podium is extended.  At the Combine, prizes are just the sprinkles on the sundae that is racing.

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. 

Course Profile
Video Sneak Peak of Course

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 else is happening on the day?
Besides awesome racing, lots of friends, food and music?!?  There event will be supporting organisations looking after athlete well being.  We will have presentations of interest to juniors, their parents and elite athletes from sports psychologists including some practical tips and applications.  There will be people at the event to discuss how to support yourself or friends during difficult times. 

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.  We encourage you to also visit our sponsors, in particular Polaris Town Centre.

Can I get involved?
This is a big event and we could certainly use the extra hands.  Roles we are looking for include:
 - Ride marshals with significant cycling experience and supportive personalities for E Grade, Women's C and the Come & Try. 
 - MC to run the music and announcements
 - Event village coordinator
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