Northern Combine
Pop Stewart Memorial

Sat, 23 Jul 2016
Balliang (Granite Road)
Entries open
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 6:00 PM AEST
Entries close
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 8:00 AM AEST
Scratch cut-off
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00 noon AEST
Pay online by
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 3:00 PM AEST


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. Read More about Pop Stewart.

Race Schedule

  • Rego Open: 9:00AM
  • Race Start: 10:00AM (The Limit bunch will be sent away at 10:00 with other marks released progressively under the direction of Commissaires. Please be present & ready for your mark's call up & briefing)

Race Distances

  • Handicap Race: 25.4 (per lap) x 4 laps (TBC)
  • E Grade: A separate E Grade race is dependent on entrant numbers and host club resource availability. If confirmed as proceeding, E grade will complete 2 laps. If a separate E grade race doesn't proceed, E grade riders will be offered Limit in the handicap. Riders not wishing to proceed for whatever reason can scratch with a full refund.

Race Fees

  • Race Fees: Volunteers $15, Non-vols $27.
  • Pre-Pay Only: - Race Fees are pre-pay only for 2016.
  • 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. Provisionally Entered riders can consider their entry as accepted but subject to handicapping review. All riders need to meet licensing requirements.
  • Scratching: - Scratching is a self-serve, automated refund via EntryBoss if withdrawing within scratching cut-off (generally midday Friday - pls see above).

Race Day Procedures

  • No License, No Race: - riders need a current license (or proof of renewal) to race. CA licenses only.
  • New to Racing: - 3 Race Licenses are available for new riders ($55 cash on-the-day). Please allow time to process prior to race time.
  • 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).
  • On-the-day Entries: Sorry, on-the-day entries are not accepted.
  • Spectating: - It is requested that family & friends watch from roadside vantage points & do not follow bunches in vehicles.
  • Announcements: - Please check the Northern Combine Facebook page, twitter or website for any announcements regarding racing.

Course Info

  • Registration & Start Location: - Balliang Hall- (Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road, Balliang, 3340)
  • Getting there: - Balliang Hall- (Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road, Balliang, 3340)
  • Parking: - Please park in the parking area at the rear of the hall.
  • Toilets: - Inside the hall (please do not use the outside toilets which are likely to be locked).

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.

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