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Saturday, 13 August 2011


So, this time next week I'll be back at our ancestral homelands, the Harrison Street Velodrome in the deep bursting heart of the People's Republic of Brunswick, banging in stakes and shaking hands. And you, you'll be getting your kit together, making sure you have your skinsuit, your shoes, your helmet, your sixpack. You and me both will be a little bit excited, because we know that it's the last one. For you, that means there's a little bit more at stake - it's the last one, your last chance for the little bit of glory, either by winning or by doing something hilarious on camera. And for me, well, it means that I don't have to write any more race reports. Win-win!

There's other reasons to be excited about the last round, of course. For one, this year's aggregate winners will receive sashes, with which they can pretend to be Miss Universe for the rest of their lives. That's what I do with the sash I won for coming fourth place in the "Novice Toss" category in the sheaf toss at the 2009 Stawell Show (I couldn't make this stuff up).

Secondly, photographer spectacular Timothy Arch will be inhabiting the Brunswick Clubrooms all week, setting up an exhibition of the photos he has taken over two years of Dirty Deeds. The presentations will be taking place in the clubrooms, so this will give you something cool to look at while we try to figure out which prizes should go to whom. I believe after Sunday is over he'll be moving the exhibition to a different location, which I'll let you know when I know.

Thirdly, this is your last chance to be extra-super helpful and thus find yourself nominated for the Attitude Award. Nominees are usually decided after the races has finished, and are based on you being a decent person. The winner of this award will take home a sweet Specialized Crux, courtesy of The Fitzroy Revolution.

And last of all, for the rumour file... while we couldn't quite convince Cadel to stick around for an extra week and a bit, just to ride a CX race, certain DDCX organizers have been in the ear of a Rapha Condor Sharp rider who has been known to appear in races around town from time to time. Here's hoping he shows up and gives Lewis Rattray a run for his money!

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