Northern Combine
Pop Stewart Memorial

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Proudly hosted by Brunswick CC

Race Director(s): Andrew Gannon

Handicap Series Race 5: Series Information

About Pop Stewart

Pop was renowned for his attention to detail, his preparation of the Allard Park cinder track is one example [similar to tennis court gravel], he would water, rake and roll the surface and no one would be permitted on the track for at least three hours to allow it to settle. Everyone could tell the difference if someone else had prepared the track on a Saturday. Pop was the Handicapper, back then every Saturday was a Handicap at Brunswick. The common goal of any young competitor was to make it to A grade and work their way back to Scratch. That’s what Pop would tell you and his words encouraged all to give it their best effort.

Pop’s daughter was interested in the bikes and he was drawn into becoming an active committeeman through her. Pop took over the president’s role when some Brunswick members convinced the relatively unknown Pop to put his name forward as President of the Club. The then (unpopular) current President was so annoyed that he did not nominate and Pop, a footballer, became the president unchallenged! Pop as a non-rider then went on to preside over the club for twenty years in the role as president.

Pop was organising racing in 1953 and 29 years later in 1982 was still a pivotal person for Brunswick and Victorian racing. All handicaps were meticulously handwritten using carbon paper. Pop was aided by a fantastic memory for riders and always gave great encouragement of riders of all ages perfect gentleman.

Host Club Initiative: Marshaled E Grade

The E Grade will do 2 laps of the 30k circuit. The first lap will be under control with the group staying together and practicing skills such as handicap starts, rolling turns in various conditions, pacing uphill and downhill. After the first lap, the group will be under race conditions with podium places just for that grade. The group won't be part of the longer race.


  • 09:00AM Registration Open
  • 10:00AM Race Start ( Please follow instructions from Commissaires regarding start). Please note that you need to leave enough time to get to the start line (several kilometres away) and show up early for your start.


  • Rego Location: - Rotunda, just off High St on the left hand side of the road after you turn onto High St from the Melbourne road. Google Maps

  • Directions:

  • Parking: At Rego.

  • Toilets: At Rego.

  • Presentations: At Rego.

  • Race Number Return: At Rego.

  • Misc : Note: Race Start - Dirt driveway on the Broadford/Sugarloaf road – it’s about 100-200m North from the Broadford-Glenaroua Rd. PLEASE ENSURE YOU REGISTER IN TIME TO GET TO THE START Google Maps

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 ~99km Handicap
  • Note: marshaled E Grade

Course-Specific Notices

  • Start location is approx 3km from rego. Please take note of directions and allow sufficient time to get to start.

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

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