proudly presented by WA Cyclocross on behalf of Perth MTB Club
The Liquor Barons Nova Hollandia Cyclocross Championships is the no-nonsense Cyclocross (CX) championship. 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!
With Special thanks to the Perth Airport Corporation for their very generous community grant to WACX.
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: - $10 per plate (on the day and keep for the series) - no need to pre-register - relevant license required (see below) or signed waiver. We will attempt timing and placing for both U13 and U9 as this is the Champs!
To align with the UCI calendar for Cyclo-Cross, age categories are calculated based on riders age as at 31st December 2020
Use the following schedule to determine your age category for Nova Hollandia Championship events throughout the calendar year of 2019 - don't worry Entry Bosses wizards have worked this out for WACX.
The calculation is made on riders’ age as at 31 December.
|Age Category||Min Age||Max Age||Years of Birth|
|Under 15||13||14||2005 & 2006|
|Under 17||15||16||2003 & 2004|
|Under 23||17||22||2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998 & 1997|
proudly presented by WA Cyclocross on behalf of Perth MTB Club
Bikes Women: - Elite U23 CX-B and CX-C is for CX bikes ONLY, Open, U17 and U15 is for any bike (inc MTB, gravel, monster cross etc bikes).
The WACX Philosophy: The Liqour Barons Championship 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|
|Kids (U9) any bike - must wear helmet (please write names on number plate)||10:30||20||10:50|
|Kids (U13) any bike - must wear helmet (please write names on number plate)||11:00||20||11:30|
|Kids (U9 & U13) - Presentations Course adjustment and free practice||11:30||20||1150|
|CX C CX Bike Only, CX-Masters C +40 CX Bike Only and Open & U15 any bike with +35mm tyres (30mins)||12:00||30||12:30|
|Single Speed CX Men CX Bike Only (flat or drop bars), CX B & U17 CX Bike Only and CX-Masters B +40 CX Bike Only (40 mins)||12:50||40||13:30|
|CX W Elite (45 mins) & CX WB & U23 CX Bike Only (approx 40 mins), CX WC & U17 CX Bike Only Womens Open & U15 any bike with +35mm tyres (30 mins)||13:45||45||14:30|
|CX Elite & U23 CX Bike Only (60/50 mins)||14:45||50||15:35|
|Course pull down - all help appreciated||1540||35||1615|
|Mens, Womens & Masters Presentations - All grades, so hang around and heckle some more||1620||10||1630|
|Relax, reflect and enjoy and help finish pack-up/clean-up||1630||45||1715|
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 20 seconds) 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.
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 mean time in the grade above you will be promoted.
The Call Up will be based on, a combination of recent results, Numbat Cup series standings and heckling kudos
WACX is currently self timed and requires volunteers for this to happen - please help us to time you.
Before the start of any CX race we need at least three people to enure the results are accurate.
A caller (call out race numbers for the scribe and tapper)
A scribe (to record the numbers, called out by the caller and to help with adjustments, as it can be crazy busy)
A tapper (to record the numbers, called out by the caller)
Preferably Men's C wave should be administered by riders from Women's wave and reciprocated.
Men's B wave should be administered by riders from Men's Elite wave and reciprocated.
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.
To put it nicely, the whole racing bike license thing is a Dog's Breakfast.
Wouldn't it be great to have a RaceWA license, one license across (at least) road, MTB, cyclorcoss, Masters and TT's, honestly it would make a whole lot of sense for WA cycling Clubs to pool all our members to an Insurance Provider (i.e. Sports Cover Australia) to cover all riders/clubs for General Liability and Sporting Accident Cover, provide a product that riders actually want, and allow riders to race in any cycling discipline they want for a reasonable 'Racing License' cost.
Close your eyes and imagine a world every time you jumped into a different car you had to pay for a different driving license, even though they have four wheel and an engine, the only difference is they are suited for specific surfaces.
Everyone who races needs to be licensed for insurance purposes - we recommend that your kids are before they race. Many licensing options exist, depending on age & what you ride (see below)
Coverage find out what each category covers you on the day https://www.mtba.asn.au/membership/membership-types/race-day-licence/ what is covered https://www.mtba.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/Day-permit-insert_2017.pdf
Adult riders can race on either a CA & MTBA race license or purchase a Day Race License (please purchase here https://www.mtba.asn.au/product/senior-race-day-licence-19-years-and-over/) which is very basic at best. It really is easier to get an annual license.
Financial Cycling Australia (CA), BMX Australia (BMXA) and Triathlon Australia (TA) members can now access a discounted single Race Day Licence for a MTB race held in Australia. VALID ONLY TO CURRENT FINANCIAL CA, BMXA AND TA MEMBERS ONLY. MEMBERSHIP NUMBER MUST BE INCLUDED AT CHECKOUT TO BE VALID https://www.mtba.org.au/product/discounted-mtba-race-day-licence-ca-bmxa-ta-members/
PLEASE BRING YOUR LICENSE RACE DAY as it will need to be sighted at Rego. If you are still waiting on your license, or you are racing on an MTBA trial license, please bring a print-out of your confirmation. If possible, avoid looking things up on phones - OK if you forget - but not always 100% reliable in our experience.
It is your responsibility to ensure you (or children under your care) to have the correct license that covers you (or children under your care) to race in a cyclocross race hosted by WACX.
Mountain Biking Australia options https://www.mtba.org.au/wp-content/uploads/MTBA-2017-2019-Membership-Fees.pdf
Which MTBA Membership is Right for YOU https://www.cloudcapsule.cc/360client/pmbc//data/about/mtba-membership.jpg
WACX recommends joining Perth Mountain Bike Club http://perthmtb.asn.au/about/Join-Us
Cycling Australia options http://membership.cycling.org.au/Packages/Racing
*prices may vary depending on state and club.
WACX recommends joining South Perth Roulers CC https://www.southperthrouleurs.com.au/memberships/
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 and Mens/Womens & Masters B & C Grade fields will be limited to Cyclocross bikes in 2019 (Drop bars, <33mm tyres),
WACX has created and Open Category in Mens for any bike, this will help with correct grading.
WACX will also include a Single Speed CX Category for 2019, these hard men of cross will lead off the B Grade slot, drop or flat bars and 33mm tires.
Women's C is CX for this race only, WACX has created and Open Category in women for any bike, this will help with correct grading. 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 winter sport, with the first race around the start of April and the last in 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.
WACX is a proud supporter and partner to Over the Barriers helping youth at risk in and inclusive and support environment
Venue: Lakeside and Riverside Parks - off Lakeside Drive Helena Valley