INFORMATION PAGE FOR THE 2020 NSW STATE CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Update on this weekends NSW CX State Championships and Covid-19:
As you may have seen there has been a release of updated NSW Heath guidelines to be implemented by Wednesday 19th August (tomorrow) in relation to community sport. (You can read it all here: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/novel-coronavirus-covid-19 )
Over much deliberation we have made the very difficult decision to officially postpone this weekend’s NSW State Cyclocross Championships that were to be held at Matcham Valley Pony Club, Holgate. This decision was not made lightly, but we have had to act to protect the health and wellbeing of our loyal participants, sponsors, supporters and the community.
A tremendous amount of work has gone into organising this event over the last twelve months and we are truly saddened to have to make this announcement, especially as we are so close to the event. It is reminiscent of the 180km breakaway to only be pipped 50m from the line, BUT, we will be working solidly behind the scenes on a new date for an announcement as soon as possible. Please bear with us as we work through these current restrictions and we hope to see you at the event, as soon as we can re-schedule it.
This enforced lay off also gives us a chance to fine tune our preparations and come back bigger and better in the future to keep providing you the riders with the best cyclocross events in NSW. Once again, we wish to thank you for supporting our events whether that is as a rider, sponsor or spectator. Your support is greatly appreciated and without you we could not organise such fantastic cyclocross events.
All entries to the CX race will be refunded in the coming days as we don’t have a new date yet that the entries could potentially transfer to. When the new date is announced you’ll need to re-enter the race and rest assured we will have plenty of information coming when that happens.
We are still working through the implications of holding the Saturday social gravel ride hosted by Graveleur, so we will update you further when we get more information.
CCCC Cyclocross Organising Committee & Executive
Parking area at Paul Oval, circles in purple.
The course is right there, walk north to the Pony Club through the gate at the end of the parking area.
Championship medals will be presented to all top 3 placegetters in each race. Please stick around for the podium presentations at the conclusion of the final race.
There are MANY food, drink and petrol suppliers in Erina which is 5 minutes from the course. It is the main shopping district on the Central Coast, so you will not be caught short if you forget anything.
2020 NSW Cyclocross State Championships
presented by Central Coast Council and
proudly hosted by Central Coast Cycling Club
**Location**: Matcham Valley Pony Club, Holgate. See below for parking details, it is NOT on the same road.
**Start time**: 8am
**Parking – PLEASE NOTE:** Only officials and volunteers will be parked inside the venue. All riders MUST park at Paul Oval (off Milina Road). This is due to the course being extended, and also when it is wet, cars get bogged easily. The parking at the oval is easier and on a hard surface, we have room for about 60 cars there (please carpool if you can). We will have a parking attendant there to help you and the course back on to the parking lot so it’s a short walk/ride to the registration area and start/finish line. Please keep space for others, especially if you have trainers/rollers setup for warm up etc.
The parking map is linked here, the little service road next to the oval going up towards the Pony Club is where the parking is. Paul Oval Parking
We are taking COVID-19 restrictions seriously. By entering this event, you agree to the following:
– you will not attend if you have flu-like symptoms within 14 days of the event
– you will follow all safety guidelines and directions of the event promoter
– you will adopt a “Get In, Race, Get Out” approach
It is strongly recommended that you download the COVIDSafe App
The event promoter is required to follow the Cycling NSW Return to Racing Guidelines
### Race Day Procedures
* Please sanitize your hands before registering, there will be sanitizer available when you arrive.
* Sign-on: collect your (pre-sanitized) race chip timing tag at the desk, there is NO signing on, if you have verified who you are with your licence, that’s all you need to do.
* Start Lines: Riders will be separated at the start line per social distancing rules, during the race will not be an issue as riders will spread out quickly, but please do not purposely ride immediately next to another rider if it can be avoided. Race safe, and then exit the course and maintain social distancing whilst spectating please.
* Post race: Timing chips go back to the desk in the appropriate box, to be cleaned and sanitized before the next race.
* Hand sanitizer is available at the registration area, and there are also toilets with washing facilities and hand soap.
* There is NO CASH accepted or handed out. If cash prizes are won, they will be bank transferred to you ONLY, details can be given to the Club post event for this to happen.
### Sign-On Information
We recognise both CA or MTBA licences for the event. If you don’t hold a licence, please complete a Free 2 Month Membership with MTBA if you are eligible prior to the event.
** Please use the comments field if you’re running a spare bike, as we need to issue you a special second number!**
Race schedule subject to change depending on entry numbers and time constraints.
Start procedures: – Riders need to present for their race start at least 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time so that they can be Called-Up by Commissaires.
### RACE REGULATIONS
CX bikes MUST run CX tyres – 35mm max width (as written on tyre with tiny allowance for tyre flare on wide rims). Definitely no gravel grinder or Monster Cross tyres in CX Race Category. Riders can race Opens with any tyre, any bike.
PITS will be in operation: – As is the tradition in Cross, mechanical assistance must be taken from the designated pit area. Spare wheels & bike changes cannot be taken from random locations on the course – only in the pits. Riders must run the course to the pits if their bike is unrideable. We will run double-sided pits so the max distance to pits should be no more than half a lap depending on course layout.
* **No License, No Race:** – Riders need a current license (or proof of renewal) to race. CA and
MTBA licenses allowed. Licences may be checked at any time so to make sure you can race, BRING your licence (physical or digital version) with you to every race.
* **On-the-day Entries:** – NONE, Entry is pre-registration only !!
Junior categories are calculated from date of birth, using Cycling Australia membership categories.
### Other Race Day Reminders
* **Disc Brakes:** – Disc brakes have been approved for racing by Cycling Australia.
* **Tyres:** – as per UCI CX regulations, maximum tyre width in CX events is 35mm.
* **Race Briefing:** – Riders MUST be at the start line 5 minutes before allocated start time for the Commissaires instructions.
* **Race Numbers:** – Please pin them on ALL 4 corners (back left hand side) so we can read them for lap counting and time scoring, and return them to the registration desk on the appropriate colour pile at the end of your race please.
* **Announcements:** – Please check the club website or Facebook for any announcements regarding racing.
* **Safety:** – All competitors are reminded that bicycle racing can be considered a dangerous sport, and whilst all reasonable care is taken by the race organizers and officials when organizing this event, all participating cyclists have an equal responsibility to ensure they take all reasonable care by adhering to the road rules and any other conditions imposed by Police and/or officials ensuring a safe race environment for all concerned. Please refer to our Club specific [Racing Rules] (http://www.centralcoastcyclingclub.com.au/?page_id=1411) for further information.
**** Graveleur is hosting a gravel ride the day before the State Championships so you can make a weekend of it, please see their website for more details. There is camping available for those who wish to stay for the weekend and do both events.
Spots for this event are separate to the CCCC CX race, you need to apply through Graveleur to make sure you get an entry to this ride, it is expected to fill up quickly. Graveleur
Our races at held at Matcham Valley Pony Club, Holgate, on Wattle Tree Rd, not far from Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast approximately 60 minutes north of Sydney, and 60 minutes south of Newcastle.
We have a fantastic 1.8km off-road course featuring gravel, dirt, sand and woodland riding.
The smaller and safer course for the under 13’s features a small part of the big course and is adapted to cater for the abilities of riders new to the sport. Parents are more than welcome to accompany their child around the course if they want.
We cater for all abilities of rider from newcomers, kids from 3 yrs old, right up to some of the country’s best cyclocross riders. Families are particularly welcome at the club and can expect to enjoy a fun-filled morning with riding for the whole family!
As well as our undercover spectator viewing area, we have safe, secure parking on our course infield, with toilet and shower facilities on site too.
If your bikes get a little dirty, we even provide a bike cleaning area for you with running water and a hose.
Race entry is free for children under 19, who also get a complimentary sausage sizzle after the race when they hand their race numbers back in.
So get your bike, helmet and free trial licence, pin on your number and have a go at a growing sport where it’s all about getting some exercise and having fun. See you there!!
What is Cyclocross?
Many people regard cyclocross (or ‘cross, cyclo-x and CX ) as one of the most welcoming and fun disciplines of cycling. Some would say it’s a cross between road criterium racing and mountain biking, off-road fun for the whole family!!
It’s a sport run over the winter months in all weather conditions between May and September here in Australia and between September and February in the northern hemisphere where the sport is very popular and races can attract tens of thousands of spectators per event.
Races are held on safe, car-free off-road multi-lap races of between 1km to 3 km, mixing tarmac, sand, dirt, mud, run-ups, small man-made hurdles and sometimes steps and typically last a set time span, between 15 minutes and an hour. This equates to some fast and furious spectator-friendly racing.
Like triathlon, cyclocross mixes multiple athletic endeavours, namely riding and a little running, with a strong emphasis on skilful bike handling with more riding than running.
Cyclocross is extremely accessible to everyone. There are categories for all levels of ability and ages of rider. There are races for younger riders on a smaller modified course and separate categories for juniors, women, masters and seniors so everyone gets to race against similarly placed riders.
It can be an intense whole body workout, or you might just want to ride around at your own leisurely pace, riding like being a kid again!! The racing is always good-natured, with most people not taking it too seriously, they’re just there to have a good time.
There is a certain camaraderie attached to cyclocross events that you don’t often find in other disciplines of the sport. A great fun filled day ideal for families wanting to get off road and stay healthy.
Here are some Youtube videos as an example of Cyclocross as a sport:
What do I need?
For adults, you will need a cyclocross bike. Well, actually that’s not true. If you don’t have a cyclocross bike but do have a mountain bike, hybrid bike or gravel bike that will be fine. Kids can just about ride any type of bike for their shorter race, from balance bikes up to mountain bike and pretty much anything in between!
For clothing, it’s more comfortable to wear cycling clothing but if you don’t have any of that, then any shorts or T-shirt is just fine.
You’ll also need a cycling helmet and a license to race. A racing license is basically insurance for the riders and organizers. Cycling organizations, Cycling Australia and Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) offer many licensing options which are listed below. Without one, you will not be allowed to compete. Licenses also give you 24/7 Public liability and personal accident insurance, even when you are not racing. Read the details with each license category for more information
FREE MTBA LICENSE.
Mountain Biking Australia (MTBA) offers a FREE 2 month membership. It is available to all ages that haven’t had an MTBA license in the last 2 years. If you use this method of license, just register online before race day through the link below. On race day we will need to proof of your MTBA license when signing on usually in the form of an email.
MTBA 3-MONTH LICENSE.
Another membership option is the MTBA 3 month license, which pretty much covers the whole duration of a cyclocross season. Approximate costs are from $55 for adults and around $38 for juniors between 13-18yrs old. Further information can be found below.
MTBA 12 MONTH FULL LICENSE – If you want to race all year, whether its Cyclocross or Mountain Biking then this is the way to go. Approximate costs are from $130 for adults, $93 for juniors between 13-18yrs old and $45 for kids between 3-12yrs old. Use the web page link above for more information.
CYCLING AUSTRALIA MEMBERSHIPS – Cycling Australia offer various types of racing licenses. See the links below for more information.