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Season Number $15 one-off WACX Season Number for the RFID, in 2023 don't lose it. Replacement plate will be $20
CX Fresher (First Timer) (20min/$10) Any Bike
CX Sophomore (Novice) (30min/$15) Any bike
CX Senior (Experienced) (40min/$15) CX bike ONLY
Volunteers can race CX O'Day event for free Still need to pay for the Season Number $15
Kids U9 & U13 (20min) Any Bike $10 Plate & they can race the whole Numbat Cup season
Men and Women will race together in the various Grades
Kid's Categories: - kidz - any bike U13 - must have a valid AusCycling
Bikes: - CX Senior require CX bikes ONLY (note: max 33mm tyres & drop handle bars or Flat SSCX)
Bikes - CX Freshman & CX Sophomore - Any bike CX, MTB etc
The WACX Philosophy: The WA Cyclocross 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 Freshers & Sophmore||1100||30||1130|
|Course Open free practice||1100||50||1150|
|Kids (U13 & U9 they race at the same time, seperate starts) any bike - must wear helmet (please write names on number plate)||1200||20||1225|
|CX Freshers (First Timers) Any Bike (20mins)||1240||20||1310|
|CX Sophomore (Novice 1/2 seasons) Any bike (30 mins)||1330||30||1410|
|CX Senior (Experienced +2 seasons) CX Bike Only (40 mins)||1415||40||1510|
|Initial Course pull down - all help appreciated||1510||20||1530|
|Presentations - All grades, so hang around and heckle some more||1620||10||1630|
|WACX 2023 Season Briefing - Q & A||1630||10||1640|
|Relax, reflect and enjoy and help finish pack-up/clean-up||1640||20||1700|
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.
|Kidz CX U9 & U13||Any||Any||Any||Any|
|CX Senior||CX Only||33mm||Drop||Any|
|SX Senior Single Speed CX||CX Only||33mm||Drop or Flat||One|
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 Fresher & Sophomore 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 Fresher or Sophomore in WACX.
CX Senior (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: - this one is on the house - 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 CX O Day
Fair warning for the forthcoming 2023 CX Season| WACX will run Young Guns, Mens Single Speed, Womens B, Mens C & Masters C as a CX bike only (so 33mm tyres 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 monitored 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.|
Click here for AusCycling Licensing Categories and Perth MTB membership info
Licensing Requirements for Racing WA Cyclocross in 2023
Click here for AusCycling Licensing Categories and Perth MTB membership info Log on to Tidy HQ here: https://auscycling.tidyhq.com/
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 2023 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
Click here for Perth MTB membership info
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 2023 (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.
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