Northern Combine
2021 Autumn Cycling Classic @ La Trobe University

Sat, 15 May 2021
La Trobe University
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Race Format - TEAMS RACE

La Trobe is a very popular race for a number of reasons. Part of that popularity is the TEAMS format. Because of this format, we will be running this race as it has been raced in previous years - based on TEAM POINTS for Sprints and QOM/KOMs.

As a result, this race will not be timed, but manually judged at the Sprint and QOM/KOM points.

Riders are still requested to run their Season Number frame plate to help with judging of rider race numbers.

Weather update Friday 1800

Based on current forecasts, the event will definitely proceed as planned. Expect some rain at some stage. We may need to make a call on the day about individual races (eg to delay or shorten) depending on local conditions. Decisions are made by the commissaires in conjunction with the race director. Safety is our priority. Refunds: If any races do not proceed due to weather, affected riders will be refunded fully. If any races are shortened it is up to the discretion of the organisers whether a refund is given.

Entries now open!

Proudly hosted by Brunswick, Preston and Hawthorn Cycling Clubs in partnership with La Trobe University

Event Director: Agostino Giramondo

Race Director: Alison Skene

Course Map (note clockwise direction this year):

Strava map:

Race Information

  • Fully closed roads on a 3.25k circuit

  • Grades: Open A/B/C/D/E, Womens A/B/C, Juniors

  • Sprints and KOM/QOMs included

  • Teams racing: bring a mate! (see below)

  • Points racing format, with points awarded for intermediate and final sprints, KOM/QOM, team with highest points tally wins

  • 1st/2nd/3rd final podiums for all grades

  • Marshaled E grade (note, not all first-time racers enter E grade, please provide the handicapper useful information to allow appropriate grading)

  • Separate women's grades, points also awarded for the Northern Combine women's series

    NB women may enter open grades, including in a mixed team (please indicate this in your entry notes to handicapper)

    Junior grades (note Juniors are welcome in Open grades if they feel accomplished enough, and you can even race twice. Please indicate on your entry and handicapping comments which grade you are requesting)

  • Come & Try BMX (free)

New for 2021

  • Northern Combine season numbers are required for this race. $15 charge will be added to your race entry. For further information

  • Northern BMX - demos, come & try (free) BMX Challenge In the carpark west of the Event Village. No licence required. Try the BMX Sprint Championship (a short timed sprint, fastest riders go head to head in a showcase on the main straight). Open to everyone.

Distances and Schedule

Grade Duration Team Size Start Time Sprints KOM / QOM Presentations (approx)
A 90 Min 2 11:25 3 3 13:00
B 80 2 8:05 3 2 9:40
C 70 2 9:05 2 2 10:30
D 60 2 8:00 2 2 9:10
E 45 2 8:00 2 1 9:10
WA 85 2 11:30 3 3 13:00
WB 60 2 9:25 2 2 10:40
WC 45 2 9:35 2 1 10:35
Juniors 30-45 1 10:40 1 0 11:35

Notes on Teams and Points format

  • Teams of 2 for each adult grade
  • please supply team name when entering
  • grading is determined by higher grade rider
  • each team member receives the same total points awarded during the race
  • team members please wear the same jersey
  • teams are not compulsory, you can still race as an individual

This is a points races, meaning that you will collect points at the sprint and KOM/ QOM at designated laps. The Commissaires will notify you of these special laps via whistles/ bells. The race winners will be the individual or team that has accumulated the most points during the race. For teams, points accumulated by team members will go towards the overall team points. There are three podium places per grade, which can be filled either by teams or individuals.
The first across the line in the final sprint will also be recognised.
Sprints and KOM/ QOM Points: - 1st: 5 points - 2nd: 4 points - 3rd: 3 points - Final Sprint: - 1st: 8 points - 2nd: 6 points - 3rd: 4 points


  • Rego Location: - La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus. Thomas Cherry Courtyard (east side) on Science Drive by Car Park 1

  • Parking: Car Park 1 by Ring Road and Kingsbury Drive

  • Toilets: We will be on campus and there are multiple facilities close by, including by the car park, in the Thomas Cherry Student Union and by the food court. The food court will be open with several coffee vendors.

  • Presentations: In the event village.

More information will be posted here as details are confirmed

Race Fees

  • Race Fees: Make sure when your team members enter that you all enter the same team name so that we know you are together. Standard Combine entry prices.
  • Pre-Pay Only: - Race Fees are pre-pay only. No entry on the day (Come & Try BMX excepted)
  • Scratching: - Scratching is a self-serve, automated refund via EntryBoss if withdrawing within scratching cut-off (generally midday Friday - pls see above).
  • Team Changes: - If you need to change the composition of your team, this will be a manual process and incur a $10 fee which will be donated.


send an email to race director

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Volunteer Entry
Volunteer + Season Nums
Regular Entry
Reg Entry + Season Nums
Juniors J17 *
Jnrs U17 + Season Nums *

Vol Season Pass Holders are recognised at entry and FREE to eligible events. J17s if distances allow.