Taking out first place in the Women’s Cross category in round one of Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross, Emma Caddy has set the standard for the coming races. Her stamina towards the end of the race proved too much for the rest of the field.
The apprentice bike mechanic raced a single speed mountain bike in last years open events and has used the time in between to build herself a cyclocross bike. She has put a lot of love into the bike, building it up from a new frame and fork and recycled parts from Born Again Cycles. “It's black and blue, so I call it "little Bruiser' like my hip, bottom and knee after last years Dirty Deeds final race, when I crashed on the velodrome bad on a bald rear tyre”.
Quite new to cycle racing, Emma saw cyclocross as a way to get involved. “I've wanted to race all my life. I'd seen cyclocross bikes around and thought they looked great”. Her first race was at the Warburton Cyclefest Cyclocross last year. The chance to race in inner Melbourne in the Dirty Deeds series was another big draw for Emma.
A keen cyclist, Emma uses her commute to St Kilda Cycles as an opportunity to work on her fitness. She also heads out to parks around Melbourne to practice jumping over stuff (a good tip for anyone I think - I have heard others say they will randomly jump on and off their bike on the way to work in preparation for cross races!).
Emma will definitely be in attendance at the next race on July 17th at Jackson Reserve, Coburg North.