Northern Combine
Hell of the West (inc Combine Road Champs)

Sat, 29 Jun 2019
Balliang (Hell of the West)
Entries open
Sun, 23 Jun 2019 6:00 PM AEST
Entries close
Thu, 27 Jun 2019 8:00 AM AEST
Pay online by
Sat, 29 Jun 2019 11:59 PM AEST

Hell of the West - Sat 29/06/19

Host Club: This race is proudly hosted by Sunbury CC

Host Club Initiatives:

Combine Road Champs + Live Timing

  • Sunbury CC will provide transponder timing for this race.
  • Please allow a little additional time at Rego.
  • All transponders need to be returned at the end of the race.
  • Important: No trimming of frame plates provided.
  • Timing website details: TBA
  • Please see Tech Guide for description of how Road Champs works.

Course-Specific Information

Item Description
Rego Start Time 9:00 AM
Race Start Time 10:00 AM
Race Director Colin Bell
Rego Location Balliang Hall, Bacchus Marsh-Balliang Road, Balliang VIC
Parking * 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. No Parking at CFA: No parking at the CFA under any circumstances.
Toilets Balliang Hall
Race Start Balliang Hall
Roll out & Start instructions Marshal in carpark
Special Course Notices * 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.
Finish Claims Riders are requested to claim
Fundraising * CFA Fundraiser: - This race will be used as a fundraiser for the CFA. Please consider adding a donation to you race entry.
Presentations Balliang Hall
License Collection / Number Return Balliang Hall
Tech Guide 2019 Guide here
Other Road Champs: Please see Tech Guide for description of Road Champs results


Grade Laps / Config Distance Notes
A-D, WA-WB Granite Hill + Big loop ~94km Course Map Here
WC & E Big loop ~70km Slightly delayed start time compared to other grades
Course Map Here

Race Fees

  • Volunteers $15, NC member-clubs (Non-vols) $30, Non-member clubs $35. 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).

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.


  • 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: - 2 Month Race Starter CA memberships 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

  • 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.

The Race Director, in consultation with the Northern Combine Committee, has declared there will be no racing entry by special application only for U17's at HoTW due to distances and the nature of the course. Apologies in advance if that disappoints any riders. Email if U17 and looking to race.

More Information


The Northern Combine is looking for sponsors. If you or someone you know may be interested in supporting grass-roots racing please contact us via

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Combine club members
Other clubs
Juniors U17

Vol Season Pass Holders are recognised at entry and FREE to eligible events

Donation info

Optional Donation to Balliang CFA brigade

Riders are invited to consider making a contribution to the Balliang CFA brigade, to support the local community within which we regularly race.

This optional donation will available when entering & will be added to your entry cost during on-line payment should you choose to contribute.

The Northern Combine will match rider donations dollar-for-dollar (capped at ~$500). Last year's donation totaled ~$800, which makes a big difference to a small community organisation like the CFA.