1. Full license - CA / MTBA
This is what we recommend. Not only does it allow you to ride all four races in the series, and the CX Open that Cycling Victoria are running in September, you can also ride any road race, criterium, track race or cyclocross race anywhere in Australia for the rest of the year. You have to purchase a full license through Cycling Victoria and can do so here.
There are three drawbacks to purchasing a full license. The first is that upfront it's kinda expensive. It is better value for money the more you race, but the initial hip pocket pain is acute - from $190 for an under 19 to $280 for an Elite, depending on the club you join. The second is that you have to join a club. This isn't always a drawback, because with club membership can come a nice sense of community, but every club has its bad points. Except Brunswick. And thirdly, license categories are based on age, so you have to tell everyone how old you are.
THIS YEAR WE WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTING MTBA FULL LICENCES! The joy! The rapture (and also a lack of complaints from our dirtier brethren)!
BMXA licences are no longer accepted. Take it up with BMXA.
1a. UCI Licence
Are you PRO AS F&*K? Are you from out of this country and have a sometime rep for racing CX in Belgium? Do you have a UCI international licence? Then that's cool. Just watch out for Nikcee trying to steal some of your euro-pro-sheen.
2. DDCX Cyclocross Season Licence.
At any Dirty Deeds race this year you will be able to purchase a Cyclocross Season Licence for $60. This will cover you for all Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross races and the Victoria State CX Championships. This has solved a major headache for us, and represents a total bargain for you.
2a. Cycling Australia 3 Ride Permit
It's like the above, but you only get three races, road/track/crit/CX. BYO.
5. KIDZ licence
These are twenny bucks, and cover you for the whole year. Unfortunately you have to be under 11 to get one. Other kids (u13 - u19) are subject to a sliding scale based on age, but it's still way cheaper than for grownups.