On Sunday various folks associated with Dirty Deeds headed out to Lysterfield for the first round of the Cross Melburn series.
We saw a number of familiar faces in amongst the various categories and enjoyed a different course design (in that I didn't have to do it, and it was able to use a BMX track, stairs, tan bark mounds, a beach and a creek crossing).
In the Kids racing Liam Jeffries has added to both his bike and subsequently trophy stable with wins in both the Open and Cross categories. Under CA rules we can't make him race with the big kids, but I'd bet a few of his competitors wish we could.
In B-grade the Avanti boys look like they might be getting an upgrade in this series as well after a strong performance off the front. Back in the 'bronze' position there was a lot of shuffling of riders as the course and tiredness claimed people, only to have the bounce back. Andrew 'Pink Flame' Blakey manage to crash three times (once due to the shock of finding himself leading) and switch/steal a front wheel due to a flat, before TT'ing himself into a 3rd place.
The battle at the top end of Elite was as fierce as always (after Lewis broke away) and some new faces got on the podium. With a smaller field, and a more 'technical' course gaps would form and then riders would rubber-band back into sight (sometimes also due to mechanicals and crashes). First place went deservedly to Lewis Rattray (we are consulting the UCI about suitable handicaps), followed by Matt 'BIGRINGRIDING' Gray and then Allan Iacuone. Cam 'Borrowed Moots, 2nd Hand Skinsuit' McKenzie did well in his 2nd cross race to squeeze 4th from the fast deflating rear tyre of Snozza (who was also the race organiser). Jeremy Soawyer kept the Hell Krew dream alive with his 6th (a podium place thanks to Snozza passing his prizes on).
There are some great photos (and a recap) from the boys @ CyclingEdge here. I just wish they wouldn't keep bringing that PsychloX with them. It's too distracting...
The next rounds of this four race series can be found here, if you haven't been to Lysterfield this is a great chance to go check it out. There's no reason why you can't go sneak some trail riding in before you race.