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. The intermediate sprint point is the start/finish line. There is no KOM/QOM this year. The format is a kermesse, a graded scratch race of a set time.
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
What is the race format?
In 2022 these are run as graded scratch races. First 3 riders over the line at the finish are awarded prizes.
There is one (maybe 2) intermediate sprints. First prize awarded only.
The race is over a set time plus bell lap. Times re approximate to allow grades to contest the finish safely and without mixing different grades.
Is it a points race?
No. This year we want to keep it simple and concentrate on our core deliverables - providing good safe racing.
Intermediate sprint attracts a prize but has no bearing on the final results.
What about teams?
No teams this year. Riders race as individuals.
Is there a KOM/QOM?
Not this year.
What grade should I request?
Whatever grade you usually race in. Please indicate recent race results, significant changes in form, (not just 'I've not ridden much lately').
New to racing? please enter D or WC unless you know you are faster.
Please provide some useful information to the handicapper.
The Combine is flexible with handicapping and may adjust grades according to the entries. This is to ensure fair racing for all.
Do I need a season number?
Yes, bring your Northern Combine bib numbers and transponder frame plate.
You can purchase through Entryboss.
If you have another fixed transponder you still need the Combine one.
For more details see the event listing on Entryboss - https://entryboss.cc/races/11064
Is there Come & Try BMX or Road Racing?
Sorry, not this time.
We will have ride marshals to support WC and E.
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.
Are the roads fully closed?
Yes. Only a referee's motorbike for company.
Can I warm up on the course?
There will be opportunity to ride/ warm-up on the course, following the race direction (clockwise). Check Entryboss for race schedule.
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