Northern Combine
Hell of the West

Sat, 15 Jun 2024
Balliang (Granite Road)
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Sat, 01 Jun 2024 6:00 PM AEST
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Fri, 14 Jun 2024 12:00 noon AEST
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Phote Credit: Alison Skene

Event Summary

Event Hell of the West
Club Sunbury Cycling Club
Race Director Colin Bell
Course The classic HotW course - including the infamous Glenmore Cutting Sorry, a recent course inspection revealed the climb to be in bad condition, including a patchwork of potholes covering the entire width of the road at the start of the climb.
The Granite Hill loop will be used instead. That includes the 3km dirt sector on Box Forest Rd each lap.
Course Map
Format Graded Scratch Race
Race Notes
A second inspection of the dirt has been undertaken and we are good to go.
Note 1: The course has ~3km of dirt per lap.
Note 2: UNDER 17's & Under 15's. One of the rare races you can select your preferred grade. You will race a modified course which keeps you at tech reg distance (we pop you in when your grade comes through). You compete for a U15 or U17 podium place but get to roll turns and finish as normal. We normally do this on this circuit. It's a little unusual but a nice offering for more experienced juniors)
Note 3: U15 /U17 You need to run your age gearing. Please note this may mean you spin out on the Granite Hill descent and may struggle to hold the bunch. Please consider this prior to entry. Also please note: you definitely need to run junior gearing - that's a non-negotiable.

Event Specific Info

Rego Start Time 09:00
Race Start Time 10:00
Rego Location Balling Memorial Hall
Parking At hall (please park in carpark & avoid parking on the road if possible)
Toilets At hall
Race Start Location At hall
Roll out & Start instructions briefing at entrance to hall car park immediately before race start
Special Course Notices A 3km dirt sector, some potholes etc so please ensure bunch etiquette to keep everyone safe
Finish Claims / DNFs Riders should Claim and advise Finish if they are a DNF
Fundraising Optional fundraising at entry - 100% goes to the Community Hall
Presentations Back deck of the hall
License Collection / Number Return Season number collection at rego, no returns necessary
Tech Guide TBA
Separate Women's Grades? Ride with designated mens for bunch experience but recognised as a separate race / result set / podium

Laps / Distances

Grade Distance
Men's A 100km (4 laps)
Men's B - D, Women's A + B 75km (3 Laps)
Women's C / Men's E 50km (2 Laps)

COURSE MAP - All grades: Click Here

  • This is a demanding course.


LIVE Race Results will be available here: Click here

Season numbers


  • Anyone without Season Numbers is asked to buy them at entry for an additional $15.
  • These are yours to keep (forever) & include; 2 x quality race numbers, frame plate with transponder (aka tag) & frame plate holder.
  • More Info here. Season Number Pre-Order
  • These can be purchased as part of your race entry and will be ready for collection at Rego on Race Day


  • Please mount your frame plate off your seatpost as advised.
  • Transponders DO NOT WORK in your pocket
  • To be included in timed results, you need your frame plate mounted correctly
  • Check the Transponder MASTER LIST here
  • Please help your friends get sorted with Season Numbers and tags.


  • Sign up to volunteer for this race here:
  • Anyone can fulfill your volunteer duty - parents, partners, friends or you
  • Each race has a number of opportunities to volunteer to help run the race. These roles include
    • Registration desk
    • Corner marshal
    • Follow car
    • Finish line judge
    • Photographer
    • Other as required
  • Volunteers can choose to
    • enter individual races for a 50% discount ($15) on standard entry ($30)
    • purchase a season pass ($90) and have it fully refunded once their volunteer duty has been completed

Season pass

  • Season pass holders can enter any Northern combine event for free
  • Make sure you enter for each event you wish to race
  • Get a full refund by fulfilling a volunteer role.

Race Fees

  • Fees:
    • Volunteers $15
    • Non-Volunteers $30.
    • Season Pass holders ($90) - recognised for free entry. Make sure you enter the race!
    • U17 see below.
    • Season Numbers - Don't yet have your own season numbers? You can add $15 to your entry and have a Number Pack waiting for you at Rego - ready to use.

  • Waitlisting: - Races have pre-set limits per grade.
  • 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


  • Finish Line Area: - Please keep all finish lines free from congestion.
  • Racing Incidents: - Safety is important. Please report all race incidents to the Race Director, or alternatively via the post-race rider survey.
  • Spectating: - It is requested that family & friends watch from roadside vantage points & do not follow bunches in vehicles.


  • No License, No Race: - riders need a current license (or proof of renewal) to race. AusCycling accepted licenses only.
  • Red Light Policy: - The Northern Combine complies with AusCycling 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: - AusCycling offer a 4 week trial license. Please see
  • On-the-day Entries: Sorry, on-the-day entries are not accepted.
  • Announcements: - Please check the Northern Combine Facebook page, or the individual entryboss race page for any announcements regarding racing.

Women's Grades

  • Select races throughout the season will offer separate women's-only grades.
  • For most races, Women will start with an Open/Men's grade (combined start) but be recognised with separate Women's results and podium. This allows for a bunch race experience without the disadvantage of having to race men.
  • When combined starts are required, the Women's A bunch starts with C Grade, Women's B start with D grade.
  • WC start separately wherever possible.

  • Occasionally some women do wish to race in harder grades rather than with the Women's designated grade (for instance Men's B). This is entirely your own decision and something that is supported.

  • See for more details on the Women's Series Points. In every race, every female who starts gets a point. The best 3 female finishers get extra points.


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Entry prices

Online pricing:

Regular Entry
Jnrs to U17

Junior entries are dependant on course and race distances. Junior gearing must be used.

Donation info

Voluntary Contribution

We visit the Balliang Hall a number of times during a season. We do a fundraiser at this event to give something back to that community. In the past, our contributions have helped repair flood damage in the kitchen after a broken pipe. Please consider adding a voluntary contribution to your race entry amount. 100% of these donations go back to the Balliang Hall committee, and the Northern Combine matches the amount donated by riders. Thanks.