proudly presented by WA Cyclocross on behalf of Perth MTB Club
proudly presented by WA Cyclocross on behalf of Perth MTB Club
The Numbat Cup is the no-nonsense Cyclocross (CX) state series. No big cash prizes, no professional setups - just pure racing for fun! Local parks, local riders, and local businesses support it. There’s a grade for everyone, and you can race on any bike you choose. Don’t try it if you don’t like having fun!
Plate Fee $15 one-off plate fee for the RFID timing roll out, in 2022 don't lose it. Replacement plate will be $20
Young Guns(U17): $10
Race & Vol: - $15 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 $25, your help at pack up is still greatly appreciated however help at set up is golden.
Kids(U9 & U13): - $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
|Kidz CX U9 & U13||Any||Any||Any||Any|
|Elite Men's and Women's||CX Only||33mm||Drop||Any|
|Men's B, Masters B and Women's B||CX Only||33mm||Drop||Any|
|Men's C, Masters C, Women's C and CX Young Guns||CX Only||Max 35mm||Drop||Any|
|Men's & Women's Open||Any Bike (no pedal assist/e-bike)||Any||Any||Any|
|Single Speed CX||CX Only||33mm||Drop or Flat||One|
|Main Activity||Start Time||Duration||Finish Time|
|Arrive - and general chin wag||0730||05||0735|
|Course outline and construction tips||0735||10||0745|
|Course set up - the best part of the day||0745||2:45||1030|
|Course Open - Free practice||1030||45||1120|
|Men Only CX C CX Bike Only, CX-Masters C +40 CX Bike Only, Young Guns CX Bike Only and Open any bike with +35mm tyres (30mins)||1130||40||1210|
|Men Only Single Speed CX CX Bike Only (flat or drop bars), CX B CX Bike Only and CX-Masters B +40 CX Bike Only (40 mins)||1220||50||1310|
|Kids (U13) any bike - must wear a helmet (please write names on number plate)||1320||20||1345|
|Kids (U13) - Presentations Course adjustment||1345||10||1355|
|Women Only CX W Elite CX Bike Only (50 mins) & CX WB CX Bike Only (approx 40 mins), CX WC CX Bike Only, Young Guns CX Bike Only Open any bike with +35mm tyres (30mins)||1400||60||1500|
|Men Only CX Elite CX Bike Only (60 mins)||1500||60||1600|
|Course pull down - all help appreciated||1600||35||1635|
|Mens, Womens & Masters Presentations - All grades, so hang around and heckle some more||1635||10||1645|
|Relax, reflect and enjoy and help finish pack-up/clean-up||1645||45||1735|
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: - There will be a call-up, separate grades and send them away in waves (eg separated by say 30-60secs) 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. Male riders can race in Open Category with any width tyre, any style of bike.
WACX style 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 C Grade in WACX.
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.
If you race A grade on the Road/MTB or at your local crit, we request that you enter Elite grade for CX.
If you don't race but you are a similar level to some of your training buddies who race B grade on the Road/MTB, enter B grade. If you have never raced and aren't able to gauge a grade off any of your training partners, you should enter C Grade and see how you go.
You will be asked for Grading Information at entry. Please provide information that helps the Handicappers either confirm your requested grade or determine the correct grade for you. Information helps get you into the correct grade. Also note that you request a grade, and that may be changed by the Handicappers. The published Final Start List is confirmation of your grade for race day.
WACX can and will encourage riders that are capable of riding the next grade. If you are in a lower grade and are consistently lapping times that are above the meantime in the grade above you will be promoted.
It normally works until it doesn't
WACX is self-timed and requires volunteers for this to happen - please help us to time you.
I understand that many riders like to see their times, if you do please help out.
Don't complain if you don't volunteer in the timing tent, as it doesn't fit the WACX ethos.
Licensing Requirements for Racing WA Cyclocross in 2022
If you don’t have one of the examples above, you will need to read below and decide which racing license suits your needs.
Memberships available are: Race: All Discipline – Any bike any race! Designed for members who want it all on two wheels, a licence where you can compete in BMX / CX / Freestyle / MTB / Road and Track right around Australia. Adult (Ages 19 – 64) $250 / Concession (U19, 65+, Para) $120 / Under 13 (Ages 8 – 12) $75 / 7 and under (Ages 2 – 7) $50
Race: Off-Road – Riders can participate in BMX / MTB / CX / Freestyle competitions nationwide. You can’t compete in Road or Track events on this licence. Note for Concession, Under 13 and 7 and Under memberships, we recommend an All-Discipline licence for the same cost without limiting disciplines. Adult (Ages 19 – 64) $150 / Concession (U19, 65+, Para) $120 / Under 13 (Ages 8 – 12) $75 / 7 and under (Ages 2 – 7) $50
4 week Free Trial Membership - AusCycling offers free trial memberships for those who want to dip into riding. This membership allows you to participate in AusCycling activities, including All Discipline Racing at club level events. Trail memberships are available for riders who have not held a Cycling Australia / MTBA / BMXA membership in the past three years.
Family Discounts Family Memberships – discounts are available for members residing at the same address with a Lifestyle or Racing membership. Two members get a 10% discount, three or more a 15% discount. Further details are available here: https://auscycling.org.au/membership/other/family-membership (note club fee will be applied after the discount is calculated).
Jump to the AusCycling Membership page here: https://auscycling.org.au/membership
Renewing your membership? Log on to Tidy HQ here: https://auscycling.tidyhq.com/
Make sure you download your digital membership card to show the friendly WACX sign on volunteers at every event. It will also be required to register on all WA Cyclocross Entry Boss race listings.
All riders from U9 to 65+ will need to have a valid license to enter any WACX event in 2022 via Entry Boss and you will need to present it when you collect your racing numbers this season.
The more riders of this magnificent cycling discipline that cyclocross is, the greater the chance that the sport has of gaining proper recognition - therefore funding and support from our newly formed national governing body.
Perth Mountain Bike Club & WA Cyclocross
This may surprise many, WA Cyclocross isn’t a Club at all, as we operate under the organisational umbrella of PMBC structure.
WACX’s total focus is delivering the best cyclocross series in Australia The Numbat Cup and a host of ionic events such as Supercross (CX under lights at the Claremont Showgrounds), Graeme Brown Gravel Cross and the Southern Hemisphere Single Speed Championships. Joining PMBC
Becoming a member with Peth Mountain Bike Club (the club that WA Cyclocross administers the cyclocross season under) is easier thanks to AusCycling – the newly formed governing body of all cycling disciplines in Australia. Cyclocross, MTB, BMX, Road and Track. Memberships last for 12 months from the date of purchase, and monthly payment options are available (with a slight increase in cost for administration expenses).
Transferring to PMBC Transferring with an existing membership is as easy as contacting Memberships at AusCycling. We would prefer you do it before renewing so that club fees are appropriately allocated, but this can be done at any time. Contact the Membership Services team by raising a ticket: https://desk.zoho.com/portal/auscycling/en/newticket
Multiple Club Memberships
AusCycling allows Race and LifeCycle members to you to join as many clubs as they want. You can join PMBC with a “Club Add-On” for only $25 and still remain with your current club.
You will need to choose which club will be your Primary Club on your membership profile for voting purposes under the AusCycling Constitution.
Generally, your Primary Club will be the first club that you joined. To update your Primary Club raise a ticket at: https://desk.zoho.com/portal/auscycling/en/newticket
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.|
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.
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, Mens/Womens B, Men/Women's C and Young Guns Grade fields will be limited to Cyclocross bikes in 2022 (Drop bars, <33mm tyres),
WACX has created and Open Category in Mens & Women's for any bike, this will help with correct grading.
Women's Open grade is still open to any kind of bike you like, so grab your mountain bike and come on down.
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 Autumn / Winter cycling sport, with the first race early April, and the last early August. 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.
Venue: The spiritual home of WA Cyclocross Garvey Park
Enter via Fauntleroy Ave, Belmont
Race Plates are a once-off $15 fee and include a timing chip. Yours to keep all season.