Northern Combine
Jim Fawcett & Mario Giramondo Memorial

Sat, 26 May 2018
Metcalfe-Redesdale (Out & Back Version)
Entries open
Sun, 20 May 2018 6:00 PM AEST
Entries close
Thu, 24 May 2018 9:00 AM AEST
Scratch cut-off
Fri, 25 May 2018 12:00 noon AEST
Pay online by
Sat, 26 May 2018 11:59 PM AEST


Proudly hosted by Coburg CC

Race Director(s): Sam Gerbert

Handicap Series Race 1

About Mario Giramondo & Jim Fawcett

For many Victorian cyclists, Mario Giramondo would be considered one of the founding fathers of our modern local cycling scene. His well known exploits on the bike, including winning a number of Melbourne to Warrnambool classics were equally matched by his personal and family’s commitment to supporting the development of young local cyclists. That support has been invaluable for many current and past champions and to this day; through his son’s work with Drapac Professional Cycling is paving the way for the next crop of talent.

Like many Northern Combine cyclists Jim Fawcett took up cycling later on in life but made up for lost time by not only excelling on two wheels but leading by example off the bike. During his time in cycling, Jim was a huge contributor at both the Preston and Coburg Cycling Clubs. In 1985 Jim won the Melbourne-to-Yarrawonga. The win typified the man – he rode off a middle mark, never missing a turn and spent the final 30km with one rider sitting on his wheel, unwilling to work. Undeterred he pressed on and took out the sprint in what was a popular victory.

He was a much loved ambassador of our sport and friend to many who still carry his memory to this day. Sadly Jim was killed when he was hit by a bus whilst training on the morning of 1 April 1987. He left behind a wife, two teenage sons and three young daughters.

Prizes will be awarded as follows;

  • Mario Giramondo Memorial: Overall Winner, Fastest time, 1st place woman
  • Jim Fawcett Memorial: Fastest Masters age rider

Handicap Series

This race is race 1 in the NorthWestern Handicap Tour, a collaboration between the Northern Combine, Geelong & Footscray clubs to bring a 7 race handicap series - including series points and separate series prize money. This is an exciting initiative for those who love winter racing. More details here ..

Host Club Initiative: TBA

Details TBA


  • 09:00AM Registration Open
  • 10:00AM Race Start ( Please follow instructions from Commissaires regarding start)


  • Rego Location: - Kyneton Showgrounds Car Park No 2 Beauchamp St Kyneton (opposite Home Timber & Hardware).

  • Directions: Exit Calder Freeway at 2nd Kyneton turnoff "Kyneton / Heathcote C326" Exit. At the large roundabout shortly after exiting, take the second exit to Beauchamp St. Enter the Showgrounds at Oval No2 on the left (approx 600m from roundabout).

  • Parking: At Rego.

  • Toilets: At Rego.

  • Presentations: Royal George Hotel (24 Piper St, Kyneton) at approx 1:00PM TBC

  • Race Number Return: TBA

  • Misc :

Race Fees

  • Race Fees: Volunteers $15, NC member-clubs (Non-vols) $27, Non-member clubs $30. Vol Season Pass holders - free, U17 see below.
  • Pre-Pay Only: - Race Fees are pre-pay only.
  • Waitlisting: - Races have pre-set limits per grade. Riders may be notified (via Entry Confirmation Email) they have been wailtisted once entries reach these limits. Waitlisted riders are generally still a good chance of a start after scratchings and rider re-grades. Riders not wanting to be considered for promotion from the waitlist should scratch.
  • Scratching: - Scratching is a self-serve, automated refund via EntryBoss if withdrawing within scratching cut-off (generally midday Friday - pls see above).


Grade Laps / Config Distance Notes
Handicap Out & Back ~94km Handicap - Note: Course is out-&-back using most of the normal Metcalfe-Redesdale Course (not the normal big loop. More details to follow from the Race Director)

Short Race Offering

Due to the increased distance of the Jim Fawcett this year will offer an optional scratch race for E and D grade riders of 50 kms an out and back course to Axe Creek rd return. The course offers the same rolling hills and return climb as the full race without the extra distance. (please select 'short race' when entering if opting for this option)

Course-Specific Notices

  • Carpark No 2 is on Beauchamp St and shouldn't be confused with carpark No1 off Mollison St.
  • Roll out from Showgrounds Rego location to start at Saleyards. Handicap bunches dispatched at designated times from Saleyards for start of race. (No parking at Saleyards). Please be on time for your start. Please pay attention to commissaire instructions

Race Day Procedures


  • Finish Line Area: - It is important to keep all finish lines free from congestion. Please move off the road once finsihed.
  • Racing Incidents: - Safety is important. Please report all race incidents to the Race Director, or alternatively via the post-race rider survey. Incident reporting is an important feedback loop and helps improve safety going-forward.
  • Spectating: - It is requested that family & friends watch from roadside vantage points & do not follow bunches in vehicles.


  • Disc Brakes: - Disc brakes are now approved for racing in Australia and welcome at all Northern Combine races.
  • No License, No Race: - riders need a current license (or proof of renewal) to race. CA licenses only.
  • Red Light Policy: - The Northern Combine complies with Cycling Victoria's red light policy. Riders are required to have a rear red light on solid to race. Spare lights may be available at Rego to borrow for riders who forget (no guarantee).
  • New to Racing: - 3 Race Licenses are accepted. Please ensure you have organised this with a club or online via Cycling Australia prior to race day.
  • On-the-day Entries: Sorry, on-the-day entries are not accepted.
  • Announcements: - Please check the Northern Combine Facebook page, twitter or website for any announcements regarding racing.

Women's Grades - Special Notice

  • Select races throughout the season will offer women's grades as part of a Women's Series.

  • For scratch races not designated as Women's Series events, women can race in the standard Combine grades with separate recognition of results. In other words, there will be a race within a race for women's placings (with the composition of placings offered a function of how many women race). We strongly recommend you enter the following grades:

Women's Grade Combine Grade Note
Women's A C grade
Women's B D grade
Women's C E grade May race with D grade (with calculated headstart) if no E grade is offered

  • There are exceptions to this and we will support individuals wishing to race in a higher grade.
  • See for more details

Juniors Racing Senior Grades

  • U17 Juniors are welcome to race senior grades as long as CA Tech Reg distance and roll-out/age-appropriate gearing restrictions are adhered to.
  • Junior pricing will apply - but no prize money will be awarded. (applies to U17 only. No restrictions on U19)
  • Younger juniors (U15 and below) are requested to race with David Morgan.

More Information


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Entry prices

Online pricing:

Combine club members
Other clubs
Juniors U17