Autumn Cycling Classic @ La Trobe University

Created: 06 April 2018 Last Updated: 18 April 2018

Imagine a crisp Saturday morning in May.  You are in Melbourne but you are surrounded by trees turning colours.  It is quiet bar a few industrious students who are up early and walking to their morning coffees.  The air has that nice clean smell to it.  A serene picture.  Then introduce a few hundred cyclists racing around 3 kilometres of fully closed roads.

The Northern Combine has partnered with La Trobe University to bring you the Autumn Cycling Classic.  This is more than a bike race.  It is an event integrating our community focus on racing with the University's sport precinct development and the local community.  We will connect students looking for practical event experience, give juniors exposure to University life, offer basic bike maintenance courses and not to mention a fantastic spectator area with amenities close by.  This event is what happens when cycling integrates into our city. 

We warmly welcome the Chair of Cycling Australia and former Victorian Premier the Honourable Steve Bracks as event ambassador. 


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


Race Details

19 May 2018 at La Trobe University, Bundoora
Juniors start from 8AM.  All racing concludes by 1PM
Entries Open Soon

This will be run as a points race with equal prizes for men's and women's grades (per standard Combine policy).  For the Finance Right A Grade Races, there is an enhanced prize pool with details to be announced

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  9:45
WB 70 2 2 1  10:10
C 75 3 2 1  8:30
WC 45 2 1 1  9:30
D 70 2 2 1  9:30
E 45 2 1 1  8:45
Juniors 30-45 (4 Grades)     1  8:00
Come & Try 45        8:45

Frequently Asked Questions

This is unexpected.  How did the Combine do this?
The event has been made possible firstly 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.  

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. 

How do the teams work?
For Men's A, B and Women's A, individuals enter themselves and can nominate a team name which other individuals can also use.  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 this job more difficult by plucking a strong A Grader to a team in B).  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. 

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 to student athlete scholarships. 

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, commuter olympics, Zwift, Beach Rd who may want to try their hand but are unsure what racing is all about.  This is under the supervision of coaches and marshals who will give participants a flavour for racing and under the safety of closed roads. 

Entry is $10 on the day.  No race licence is required. 

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 Championship course from the late 1980's.  The sprint will be technical and fast right in the heart of the campus.  We will post some videos and profiles as the event nears.

Can I set-up a marquee?
Yes - how great would having a team and a marquee be?  We have a parking lot with space designated for marquees.  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 amenities are available?
We will be right on campus with many of the campus shops (coffee) 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. 

What are the prizes?
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 generally 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.

Men's and Women's A Grade will have an enhanced prize pool thanks to our sponsors - we expect this to be over $1,000 for each men and women.  Details to come. 

What is the bike maintenance workshop about?
Courtesy of Darebin Council, there will be 2 introductory sessions to bike maintenance designed for community members, students and maybe partners.  The session will be too basic for racers, but feel free to invite a friend.  More details about these will be coming.

Can I get involved?
If you are interested in helping out on the day, in particular if you are interested in being a ride marshal or coach with an significant cycling experience rider and a supportive personality for the E, Women's C or Come & Try grades, please email the Race Director. 


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