WA Cyclocross
WACX Prologue

Sun, 8 Apr 2018
Perry Lakes
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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 9:00 AM AWST
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WACX Prologue

proudly presented by WA Cyclocross on behalf of Perth MTB Club

Categories & entry fee

  • CX First Timer (20min/$10) Any Bike
  • Novice (30min/$15) Any bike
  • Experienced (40min/$15) CX bike ONLY

  • Volunteers will race the prologue event for free

General Info

  • Men and Women will race together in the Prologue

  • Kid's Categories: - kidz - any bike U13 - must have a valid MTBA/CA license

  • Bikes: - Experienced are for CX bikes ONLY (note: max 33mm tyres & drop handle bars)

  • Bikes - CX First Timer & Novice - Any bike CX, MTB etc

  • The WACX Philosophy: The Numbat Cup is all about inclusion, challenging yourself and having fun.


Main Activity Start Time Duration Finish Time
Arrive - and general chin wag 0800 15 0815
Course outline and construction tips 0815 15 0830
Course set up - the best part of the day 0830 2:30 1100
CX Skills n Drills - for CX First Timer & Novice 1100 50 1150
Kids (U13) any bike - must wear helmet (please write names on number plate) 1200 20 1225
Kids (U13) - Presentations Course adjustment and free practice 1230 20 1250
CX First Timer Any Bike (20mins) 1300 20 1330
CX Novice Any bike (30 mins) 1340 30 1420
CX Experienced CX Bike Only (40 mins) 1430 40 1520
Course pull down - all help appreciated 1530 20 1550
Presentations - All grades, so hang around and heckle some more 1550 10 1600
WACX 2018 Season Briefing - Q & A 1600 10 1610
Relax, reflect and enjoy and help finish pack-up/clean-up 1610 45 1655

Subject to change depending on entry numbers.

  • Course Set up and build: 'build it and they will come' head down early and help build the course you race. If the course isn't ready when you arrive, don't blame the organisers/course designers. The question is what could you have done to help, bring a rubber mallet and have a go. If you can't bang in the poles help with rego, timing, ongoing course maintenance, marshals, anything - before or after your race. Just ask or use your initiative. No need to be precious - because cyclocross.

  • Free Practice: - additional free practice (partial course) will be available whilst kids racing is on.

  • Presentations: - See race schedule.

  • Start procedures: - The Chief Commissaire will do a call up, separate grades and send them away in waves (eg separated by say 1 minute) if grade numbers are sufficient. Small grades may be combined. All results are captured separately regardless of startline grouping.


  • CX bikes must run CX tyres - 33mm 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 CX First Timer & Novice 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.

  • Series Races - minimum ages - Older juniors (say U15), with suitable experience, looking to race the full course for a full race duration can enter CX First Timer or Novice in WACX.


  • CX First Timer (20min/$10) any Bike
  • Novice (30min/$15) any bike
  • Experienced (40min/$15) CX bike ONLY

  • Race & Vol: - Free if volunteering at this race course pull down doesn't constitute volunteering. If that's all you can do just wait until the volunteering entry has closed then sign up at $10 or $15, your help at pack up is still greatly appreciated however help at set up is golden.

  • Kids: - $10 per plate (on the day and keep for the series) - no need to pre-register - relevant license required (see below) no timing or placing will be recorded, please refer to The WACX Philosophy


What Grade? ....please be guided by your motor

"What grade should I ride in CX?"

A lot of people struggle with finding the right grade in CX, generally for one of two reasons; 1) They race, but are new to 'cross, or 2) They have never raced.

We will be opening entries soon so please be guided by the following advice when requesting a grade...

"be guided by your motor"

What does that mean? It means that you should ride against riders of similar strength, not drop down because of some perceived disadvantage around tech skills.

For this Prologue * CX First Timer First time CX Racer - this grade is for you| * Novice Done a couple of CX racers (not more than five) want to remember what is required| * Experienced Raced more than five, please self seed at the start line.|

Fair warning for the forthcoming 2018 CX Season| WACX will run both Mens C & Masters C as a CX bike only, so we are able to promote those riders that are fast enough to ride in the grade above.|

Grade Promotion (say no to sand baggers)| Gentlemen - If you average lap time is consistently faster than the mean riders' lap time in the grade above (this will be monitired over two races) there is a fairly good chance you will go up a grade in the next race, however you will carry 75% points accumulated from the lower grade. There will be some discretion and we will contact you if this is likely to occur.|

LICENSING - Basically this is your responsibility

  • Everyone who races needs to be licensed for insurance purposes - including kids. Many licensing options exist, depending on age & what you ride (see below)

Wouldn't it be awesome if the MTBA offered an annual CX only race License which covers CX riders at CX races only and out training for around $70. (Please email members@mtba.asn.au and ask for them to develop a CX option, you know it makes sense.)

  • Coverage find out what each category covers you on the day https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/membership-types/race-day-licence/

  • Riders can race on either a CA & MTBA race license or purchase a Day License which is very basic at best, and you will need to fill in your details in the Day Participation Book at Race Admin - no ticket no ride.

  • PLEASE BRING YOUR LICENSE RACE DAY as it will need to be sighted at Rego. If you are still waiting on your license, or you are racing on an MTBA trial license, please bring a print-out of your confirmation. If possible, avoid looking things up on phones - OK if you forget - but not always 100% reliable in our experience.

It is your responsibility to ensure you (or children under your care) to have the correct license that covers you (or children under your care) to race in a cycloross race hosted by WACX.

Mountain Biking Australia options https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/

  • Family Membership https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/membership-types/familymembership/
  • Senior Membership (19+) - 1 Year: $129 + Club Fee (usually $20)
  • Senior Membership (19+) - 3 months: $55 (usually $20)
  • Junior Membership (13-18 years old) - Year: $93 (usually $20)
  • Junior Membership (13-18 years old) - 3 months: $38 (usually $20)
  • Dirt Master (3-12 years old) - 1 Year: $45 (usually $5)

WACX recommends joining Perth Mountain Bike Club http://perthmtb.asn.au/about/Join-Us

Cycling Australia options http://membership.cycling.org.au/Packages/Racing

  • RACING ELITE Adults 19+ From* $350
  • RACING MASTER Adults 30-64 From* $265
  • RACING MASTER Adults 65+ From* $168
  • RACING JUNIORS Juniors 13-18 From* $178
  • RACING KIDS Kids 8-12 From* $75

*prices may vary depending on state and club.

WACX recommends joining South Perth Roulers CC https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/memberships/


  • There will be no **ADULT on-the-day entries:** - All adult riders should pre-register as on-the-day entries as they are PITA WACX is run by volunteers on the day entries are a time keepers and number issuing head ache. |
  • WACX insists that all riders to pre-reg. It takes 3mins to enter online.|
  • Scratching: - online entrants can withdrawal with a self-serve, automated refund within EntryBoss prior to the scratching cut-off.
  • Licensing: - All riders need to be licensed to race. Either Cycling Australia or MTBA Race Competition licenses, or an on-the-day MTBA license ($10) - bring correct change, available at the rego desk |
  • Unlicensed Riders: - If you are unlicensed, we recommend having a look at MTBA 2 Month Free trial licenses from the MTBA website. https://www.mtba.asn.au/join/|
  • Kids U13 can get a $10 on-the-day participation license. Older kids need a race license (Junior Membership U13-U18 see above), a day license or even a MTBA FREE trial license. https://www.mtba.asn.au/join/|

One massive benefit from having a license is 24/7 insurance whilst racing & training and we encourage all unlicensed riders to join a club and get licensed purely so they are covered.|

  • Time Management: - Please aim to arrive with sufficient time to rego (at least 30mins before your race starts), get ready, familiarise yourself with the course, say hi to mates and to warm up. Most people need at least an hour, 60mins, prior their race start. |


  • Kids enter on-the-day. Pre-entry is not necessary. Kids are guaranteed a start (note: must be licensed for insurance purposes).
  • No license-no start
  • Please register your child(ren) collect plate ($10 one off plate fee, $10 participation license - if required), write their name on the front, zip tie it on and be at the start line for 1200 start, ready to cheer them on.
  • We don't do timing


You will be advised of your entry status by email after entering. It is possible that you will be waitlisted for your chosen grade if the rider count exceeds our pre-set limits (noting these are quite high for cross and generally not an issue). If you are waitlisted, you are basically waiting for a spot to come available through Scratchings or riders being re-graded. Many waitlisted riders end up riding so don't give up all hope of getting a ride. If you'd rather not wait and want to be removed for the waitlist, please Scratch yourself from the race.

ABOUT Cyclocross

Cyclocross is a very specific type of bike racing. For the most part, the course is off-road but there are sometimes portions of pavement included in the course. You can expect to encounter grass, dirt, mud, gravel, sand, and a whole slew of other assortments and combinations. The races are based on a set time (measured by numbers of laps), not distance. Depending on your category, a race can be as quick as 30 minutes (for beginners), or as long as 60 minutes (for elite men).

While the Mens/Womens Elite and Mens/Master B & C Grade fields will be limited to Cyclocross bikes in 2018 (Drop bars, <33mm tyres), all other fields are open to any kind of bike you like, so grab your mountain bike and come down.

This year will will run in a Mens Open Category for any bike with +35mm tyres, e.g. MTB, Monster Cross. This will be a third wave started at the end of Mens C/ Masters C.
This will assist WACX in the promotion of riders up a grade. (refer Grading)

In most cases, race officials wait to see how quickly riders complete the first lap before deciding how many total laps will be completed. Depending on course conditions and pack motivation, the total time may be a few minutes less or more than the race flyer lists.

Courses are twisty circuits and typically, but not always include barriers, as well as other ‘features’ that will necessitate hoping both off, and back onto, your bike. Those brave (and skilled) enough can bunnyhop their bikes over them. Often there are hills, sand pits and muddy sections that are too difficult or slow to ride, and thus a racer will shoulder their bike and run with it.

Cyclocross is a winter sport, with the first race around the end of May, and the last in September. This means that if you look outside and see rain, hail, or shine (we have had all of these on the same day), the show will still go on, and often, the more inhospitable the weather, the more fun the racing.

Technically, cyclocross is a form of bike racing, but we also think of it as a lifestyle that involves grabbing any bike, and navigating any type of terrain or obstacle, in the fastest and most efficient way possible. It’s also an adventuresome style of riding, with a versatile bike that allows you to explore any gravel or dirt road, park or trail that you stumble upon.


Address: Perry Lakes Reserve
Enter off Underwood Ave


  • Parking: I suspect we will over flow the Camel Lake car park (save that for families), park considerately along Perry Lakes Drive, or better yet ride there! There will be plenty of parking at near the YM Hockey Club Rooms and an easy ride down even with kids.
  • Toilets: There are public toilets. Please use them, any riders seen not utilising them will result in an immediate DQ and 2 race exclusion - no entries to be be refunded. (WACX lost the use of a location for 2018, we don't want this to happen again)
  • Coffee: TBC
  • Food: yes, PMBC Junior fundraiser
  • Water: There is water but, best bring what you require.
  • Electricity: generator only
  • Playground: Yes
  • Support: R & D Speedshop will be there to help you get going again.



Entry prices

Online pricing:

CX First Timer
CX Novice
CX Experienced
Volunteer entry
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