Northern Combine
Alf Walker Memorial

Sat, 30 Jun 2018
Balliang (Granite Road)
Entries open
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 6:00 PM AEST
Entries close
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 9:00 AM AEST
Scratch cut-off
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00 noon AEST
Pay online by
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 11:59 PM AEST


Proudly hosted by Brunswick CC

Race Director(s): Andrew Gannon

Handicap Series Race 2

About Alf Walker

Alf Walker began racing as a junior in 1948 and at the same time joined the Brunswick Cycling Club Committee. His committee position out-lasted his racing career, but that is only because he continued to serve as club treasurer until 2016 where you could see him handing out prize money on Tuesday night track sessions each week. Alf’s involvement in and fingerprints on Melbourne, Victorian, Australian, Olympic and international cycling in nearly 70 years cannot be fully stated here.

However it may be from Alf’s daily local involvement with junior clinics, running races, Commissairing and serving as a mentor that so many people connected with him and therefore connected with cycling. The strength of the communities he built and influenced continue to grow and be available even for those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him.

Of course if you asked Alf about all of that, he would probably ignore the question, remark on what was happening right at the moment, and then ask what you’re doing next.

Host Club Initiative: Alfondo recreational ride

Under the guidance of a coach and experienced marshals, those wishing to remember Alf or learn more about handicap racing can join us for a 25k or 50k ride around the course.

The 2 lap, 50k ride will commence at 10:40 and focus on handicap riding skills. The 1 lap, 25k ride will commence from 11:15. There is a $10 entry fee for the Alfondo. Race licence not required

If interested in the Alfondo, please enter 'Gran Fondo' category in EntryBoss

Brunswick will also host a sizzle for after the race.


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


  • Rego Location: - Balliang Hall, Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road, Balliang VIC

  • Directions:

  • Parking: At Rego.

  • Toilets: At Rego.

  • Presentations: At Rego.

  • Race Number Return: At Rego.

  • 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
A-D, WA-WC 3 ~75km Handicap

Course-Specific Notices

  • No Parking - CFA: No parking at the CFA under any circumstances.
  • No Parking - Outside the Balliang Hall: Please keep the roadside completely clear of cars outside the hall ie No parking. There is generally plenty of parking at the back of the hall.
  • Dirt: - This course includes a dirt sector which is approximately 3kms in length. Inspection of the course prior to race day is a host club responsibility and an update on the condition of the dirt should be available this week.

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
Gran Fondo