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Friday, 23 December 2011

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

One of the stars of Dirty Deeds CX for the past two years has been Lewis Rattray and now he is looking to use the 'cross skills honed in the mud of Melbourne's inner north to take on the world's best (literally).

He flies out today to 'the motherland' and has been offered a spot in the Heusden-Zolder World Cup on Boxing Day making him (to my knowledge) one of the first Aussies in a while to race that series.

From what I've been reading in newcomer Jeremy "sausage man" Durrin's blog it's some fast and furious racing no matter where you are in the pack, and on some crazy courses.

We here at DDCX wish him all the best as he bangs elbows with the best in the game in the muddy fields and hills of battle. Please high-five J-Pow! and bring us back some of these:

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Moon Pix

With proper cross weather now in full effect in the lowlands the photos and video emerging is amazing. There was some great muddy and technical racing over the weekend.

(courtesy CXMagazine)

The US season is on something of a hiatus after a great finale to the USGP series. Combating any threat of less excitement with the absence of Tre-Boom, old team-mates Powers and Johnson lit up the first race, and then Powers brought it home in a champion fashion for the second race. Sam MacGregor's sideburn inspiration, Geoff Kabush celebrated his new team with some great results. I'm hoping we will see more of his low-key demeanour and dry humour at races next year thanks to a new and arguably bigger program.

(courtesy PodiumInsight)

Crossing over between both cross continental families was the formerly troubled racer Ben Berden.

With one of his sponsors being the talented lensman Chris Milliman it's not surprising there has been some great visuals accumulating of his time in the US.

It looks like he took to racing in the US pretty well... and I suspect got on pretty well with his frame builder too.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

I Don't Do Well In Social Situations

Like the mud that has finally arrived in Europe I welcome the return of my second favourite CX video series.

Viola, C'est PetitesReines!

3ème manche CDM cyclo-cross - Koksijde 2011/2012 from Petitesreines on Vimeo.

Like the similar style of musical accompaniment it employs, it's focus is also on the behind the scenes of CX racing something that all the sporza.be videos with their shouting flemish commentary can't match.

Any thoughts that the women's racing isn't as hard. or a lesser event (yes, I"m looking at you GVA and Superprestige series) is quashed with their post-race scenes.

The World Champs will be held at the same location and from the footage here and from the men's race it's going to be a serious battle of skills and willpower (and maybe an upset in the Women's race?).

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Youngest Was The Most Loved

A slew of interesting articles are sitting in my browser as I ponder a thread to sew them all together... and then this veritable onslaught of amazing imagery emerges from the SSCXWC (Single Speed Cyclo Cross World Champs) held last weekend in SF.

Ladies and Gentlemen... your new winners of the "Golden Speedo/Bikini" and prize tattoo.
Chris Jones

Julie Krasniak

Yes, they are both UCI-level CX pros but by all reports (and photos) they fully embraced the spirit of the event. For a better example of what the event is about check out the video of the mens start

In the midst of that race you have several world cup level MTB racers and domestic road pros. In the women's race (first full field at a SSCXWC) they had a number of national champions lining up. Many of whom came to enjoy the race as much as

There are more links on the Event home page if you want to see more of the high jinx racing that went down.

Next year is Santa Cruz... and I'll admit to being very tempted.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

The Last Pale Light In the West

Greetings Cross Fans...
We have had a letter arrive in our inbox that might apply to some of you out there...
"I am writing a story about unusual sports and was wondering if you knew of any cyclocross competitors from the Western Suburbs, particularly Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Tullamarine, Werribee, Macedon Ranges, Sunbury or Melton."

If you can help please contact: Laura Little from The Weekly.

In thanks I give you a shot from the amazing Zonhoven Superprestige course of a couple of weeks ago.
Sandy mayhem!
(click to embiggen)

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The In Sound From Way Out!

Sometimes you need to throw some fireworks in the fire to get people talking about why they feel so strongly about something...

The excellent hands/brain behind INRNG did something similar with this post, and in doing so (successfully) sparked up some lively discussion in his own comments, as well as spawning these replies.

Yes, given my involvement with 'cross and the fact I'm even typing this it's pretty easy to know what side of the barrier I fall on, but even having said that I think it's great to see it laid out on screen. It's not a discipline that suits everyone in a sport that doesnt interest even more, but there's a lot of fuss/buzz/noise aorund CX right now and for some the 'What gives?' question is a valid one. Even moreso becuase it has become such an entry vector into competitve cycling, and in some cases competitive sports, for people.

For those that have been embracing an embrocation-scented, mud-covered lifestyle for a while it's also good to reflect on what was, what we now have and what we might hope for...

For others it's just neat to see cross talked about with passion... and remind them of the good times that are had playing in the mud.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Cuts Across the Land

I'm not sure what to say about the course for Zonhoven at the recent Superprestige race.

Take a moment to reflect on how destroyed your legs and drivetrain would be after racing it...

Or for the more gravity inspired rider... CX goes downhill

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

More DePalma, Less Fellini


A quick reminder that this is on SUNDAY.

The last round had arguably the best course of the series with a sweet run-up and descent plus more BMX track to carve up.

In other news I highly recommend pavepavepave's excellent Cyclocross Power Rankings for those who are following the goings on on the other side of the planet. While not as 'entertaining' as cyclingdirt's weekly ranking they are more digestible and very helpful for the time-poor amongst us.

Is anyone else looking forward to a showdown between Styby and Boom? Oh, and I agree, don't write Nys/Johnson off yet... both have been around far too long to let a couple of middling results hold them back.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Ease Your Feet into the Sea

Some bad news hit the inbox this morning...

The cyclocross component of this has been cancelled. For more information see here and here.

However to offset this here is a picture of Zach McDonald doing a wheelie across the line after yet another U23 victory.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

What's The Scenario

Friend of DDCX, quality blogger and fast racer Wade Wallace asked us to put the word out about a little event he is putting together for the Arthur's Seat stage of the Herald Sun tour this Saturday.

He is hoping to get a bit of the excitement and enthusiasm that we saw at our series this year.

"CyclingTips and Rapha will be hosting the biggest party Australia has ever seen on "Alp d'Arthurs" this Saturday, Oct 15 to cheer on the riders of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour. We invite every single one of you to come along to enjoy the race and create an atmosphere here in our backyard that rivals anything you've ever seen in Europe.

This will be a HUGE! Bigger and rowdier than Dutch Corner. We're bringing Bay 13 from the MGC to Arthurs Seat. There will be food vendors (The BeatBox Kitchen and Taco Truck), coffee, music, and a sea of pink so you cannot miss it. We'll award everyone who wears something pink with a Rapha prize (until we run out). Bring your Aussie flags, noisemakers, BYOB (to keep hydrated of course) and whatever else you need to be seen and heard. This will be broadcast live on SBS2 and we don't want it to look like the Tour of Beijing, do we?

I've reserved Franklin Point, or Bay 13 as we're calling it, which sits a couple kilometers up the road (see map). It features an amazing view of Mornington Peninsula and is the steepest part of Arthurs Seat (16%). When the riders attack, this is the place they'll be launching their fireworks. This is the place the Sun Tour will be won or lost. Matty Lloyd wants this one bad and we can give him the roar he needs to take victory and show Omega Pharma Lotto what they missed out on.

Recommended time to get to Bay 13 is 11am.

The Women's Race begins from Sorrento at 10:30am and they'll hit the climb at about 11:30 (finishing at about 12pm).

The Men's Race begins from Sorrento at 1pm and ends at approximately 5pm (doing 3 laps around Arthurs Seat and finishing at the summit). They'll be hitting Alp d'Arthurs at about 1:30pm.

If you want to drive down to Arthurs Seat, the road up the hill will be closed to cars but there will be shuttle busses brining people up from the base. It's not that far of a walk up to Bay 13, so bring your running shoes and come on up.

Wade loves cycling and knows PRO, so having been to a couple of his events before I can be sure it will be a great day out.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

See The Sky About To Rain

I'm still here... and given that 'cross season is now in full swing there should be no shortage of posts appearing in the coming weeks.

This has been sitting in my browser since it appeared in my RSS feed.

"Behind The Barriers" Season II Episode 2 from Behind The Barriers on Vimeo.

Things to note:
  • Bad jokes (We here at Dirty Deeds like 'dad jokes')
  • Bart Wellen's ridiculously fast barrier transition @ 8:00 
  • Reverence for old school metallica... (and yes Trebon just jumped a few points higher in my estimation)
  • Ben Berden is awesome.
Even if I still think Sven Nys is my favourite euro cross racer doing laps, Bart Wellens has won me over a bit with his funny interviews and good attitude.

Bart Wellens - Off the Record from cycloWHAT? on Vimeo.

The Last Last One.

Folks, I'm out. Running the DDCX series has been an honour and a privilege over the last two years, but I gotta concentrate on my own racing. If you wanna keep up with my hilarious thoughts on the universe, they are generally available here. In the meantime, I believe Nik will continue to run the blog. I wish him and all the rest of the DDCX crew all the best.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Still Waiting For The Punchline

So life caught up with me and I still havent finished the report on the road-trip to (r)Adelaide. But let me tell you, sprained ankles aside, it was a damn fun trip.

A quick recap of the 3rd Round of 'Cross Melburn' 2 sundays ago...
Hot! Fast!

The weather was its warmest yet (making bottle handups very helpful).

I missed the Opens races, and in doing so missed the chance to provide support to DDCX Junior Girls champ (and DDCX podium star) Emily Hughes. This was entirely unfair as her voice cheered me heartily in my race... all whilst she took laps on the pump track!

Photos from her dad can be found here, and the following is his report of the race:
"In the Junior boys the Trailmix guys had a clean sweep, with Sam Wilson and Liam Jeffries battling it out for 1st and 2nd respectively

In the open class Junior girls, Emily and Georgia rode closely with the lead changing several times and it was looking like a close finish until Georgia Wilson (Trailmix) crashed out on the last lap leaving Brunswick cycling club’s own Emily Hughes (red kit) to lead the junior women home. We hope Georgia is back for the final round on the 23rd October"

Despite a reduced turnout that meant all Cx categories were run as a single race, on what was arguably the best course that Cross Melburn has had. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for tricky run-ups and remounts... After a rubbish start I did battle with perennial DDCX Juniors threat/U15 MTB champ Liam Jeffries all race. Meanwhile up the pointy end of the race Allan Iacone quickly separated himself and set out on his own. Simon Carey (raing sans Cycling Edge support crew) and James 'No Onesie for Me' Grover filled out the podium. I also heard talk of Snozza being tormented by one of his quite junior team mates until a wily last section kick got him over the line first.

Thanks to the previously mentioned sprained ankle Mr Blakey was once again on duty as my mechanic/bidon hand-up guy. But this time he was also recruited into service by Snozza for prize hand-ups.

Photos of the sunglasses and lube he passed out via his nifty hand-up stick can be found here.

There are no photos of the eye-searing 'skittles' colourway specialized cross bike that were 'on show' and being raced, but if you want to be noticed you should look into them!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Ain't No Valley Low Enough.

And while Nik is reminding you of CX races around the countryside, let me do the same! I can't make much sense of this whole festival thing, but it seems there is a CX race happening here. Ballarat, once again positing itself as the home of Australian cycling.

Expression Eraser

A reminder that Trailmix are up to their usual games out at Lysterfield this weekend with the next round of Cross Melburn.

Rumour had it that it was to be in the near-urban wilds of Westgate but some 'issues' have them back at their spiritual home of Lysterfield.

I'll be out there with my personal mechanic/pit guy, but look out for his handups mid-race as I understand he may be up to some fun tricks.

With the rain we have had/is forecast there may be another taste of mud for all racers! Here's hoping... (well I am as I don't want to have to change my tyres over again). It'd be nice if the wind held off too while I'm making a wish-list.

It's been a month since many of you have raced... I'm sure the itch is starting to tickle a bit.

More info can now be found here.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

You Are (The Government)

Landing neatly in the DDCX inbox is the following flyer from our West for another late season race. Click the flyer to embiggen.

The location in the map is here:

View Larger Map

As always, supporting new races and promoters is a great way to see cyclocross develop as a community and a sport.

Coming off the back of a awesome weekend in Adelaide racing with some enthusiastic and committed crew I can assure you there are some great experiences to be had out there both between the tape and off the course. A full report will follow... and maybe some shots from Andrew 'Tangles' Blakey.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Mars Needs Guitars

An update from the North...
The Wangaratta CX race this Saturday is starting at 2 (registration from 1).

More information can be found here.

Some of DDCX HQ qill heading heading east to the dry lands of (R)Adelaide to see how they do this 'cyclocross' thing people are getting excited about. I'm sure a full (and rambling) report will follow, but it will be accompanied by excellent photos so don't fret.

Photo Courtesy of Rapha

In other news the North American CX season is now underway and if you want a great rundown of both the US Domestic and International races I can highly recommend the wise sages at pavepavepave. Smart, succinct and often witty.

Photo by Dave Roth, http://www.dmroth.com/cycling.html

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Hardly Recognize Simple Things Any More.

Hey, here are the results from today's Cycling Victoria CX Open! So quick!

As if the results themselves don't show it, Munners put on a bit of a show today. It's not my place to write a report, but the boy has some skills, that's for sure.

Also, someone left some sweet sunglasses at the venue. If they're yours, just call up Kipp at the CV office, he'll sort you out.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Electravision Mantra

Following on from Brendan's flurry of posts about the CVCX here are some tips for spectators this weekend from the online champions of the TheHandUp:

Some history
Some alternatives from the recent Tour Of Utah

Tour of Utah - Queen Stage - Wacky Food Hand Ups from Roots Culture Connect on Vimeo.

The key is to offer not force the hand-up, as you dont know if the person is a militant anti-capitalist when you are offing the cash. Well that and being creative... I'd be pretty stoked with a damper and golden syrup hand-up mid race!

More awesome handups and mud craziness

2010 Monkey Cross Race 2 - Category A Men from Hans Kellner on Vimeo.

And then something for the more 'serious racer'
What to do before you race

It's Time To Meet Your Maker.

With no pressure on us whatsoever to tell anyone off at the Victorian Cyclocross Open on Sunday (or, as I'm trying to start everyone calling it, the #CVCX), the Commentary Commissariat are getting a bit excited about the possibilities. Hamish is stockpiling casks of Fruity Lexia and I'm hunting for a TAB that will allow me to put some money down on my boy Munners (not to mention the Bombers V Carlton game happening the same time). Blakey is going to retrieve the lagerphone, Nik will likely provide enough lung butter to turn the DISC parking lot into a cesspool and Nath isn't going to be there at all! We're all pretty stoked on our newfound irresponsibility. You should come down and check it out. It's going to get messy.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Tonight! Tonight! Everyone Dances Or Nobody Dances!

Oh man, I'm starting to fall in love with those guys from iRide. Firstly, Ross loves Public Enemy, which means he and I are immediately best friends. And secondly, they write reports like this. Sure, it wasn't one of our races, but we don't care! We just love the Cross!

You know who else I love? Fitzroy Revolution. But you knew that already. Hell, I got enough love to go around. Check out my fellow Revolutionary Duncan's race report on the Lysterfield action.

Monday, 5 September 2011

The Business Interests Of The Corperate Owned Media.

This just in...

Andy Rogers of Fame & Spear fame (?) has a photo exhibition of this year's DDCX series at Human Powered Cycles. I'm pretty sure I saw a picture of you there. As well as being a supporter of Andy and DDCX, HPC are a rad little bike shop with an equally rad cafe attached. Head down there and check it out. If Val is there, tell him I say hi. And make sure you tell him a joke or something - the guy has the best damn laugh I've ever heard.

And, once again, Hamish and I from the DDCX Commentary Commissariat will be providing "insights", "humour" and "commentary" at the CV Cyclocross Open on Sunday. The weather is supposedly going to be atrocious. Which sounds like a lot of fun. I believe you can sign up on the day, but you might want to check my facts on that one. If you're keen to help out, head down to John Cain Memorial Park around 9 and ask for Kipp.

I also heard a rumour that there's a DDCX expose in this month's Treadlie magazine. Anyone wanna confirm or deny that for me?

The Girl With The Cowbell Tattoo from Cyclocross Magazine has been spectacularly supportive of our series, and has once again kerplunked our little series on the front page. She's been emailing me all week about the beginning of the US Cross Season. I don't wanna sound like Nik Cee or anything, but hot damn, if I had some frequent flyer miles and a bike box, you know where I'd be heading.

And that's about it from DDCXHQ. If you're riding the CV Open on Sunday, come say hi. I'll be significantly more relaxed than at our events - not being responsible for anything other than vocal shenanigans will do that to a guy.

New York is Giving Me the Creeps

As Brendan mentioned in the previous post I ventured out in the outer regions of urban life (into what he refers to as 'bad latte country') to race the 2nd Round of the Cross Melburn series.

After securing a lift with DDCX CX champion Lewis Rattray and getting to ogle his newly built ride (lightest complete CX bike I've handled? Maybe... It certainly was one hell of a bike [RIP])  we talked CX and it's associated characters on our way out to Lysterfield.

After a week and a half with the cold/flu/hacking cough that seems to have afflicted everyone I know, I was sure I wasnt going to scare the frontrunners, but felt like a good race-pace hitout and skills test. What I wasn't looking forward to was the predicted rain and thunderstorms 'raining' on my slow return to health! We were. however, greeted with irregularly gloomy skies and unseasonably warm temps. Right! Pack those  armwarmers back in the bag and skip the embro!

The course was very similar to the last round, but this time the super boggy back grass stretch was dry and bumpy. The organisers had been kind enough to add a little more BMX track and some well-placed gravel mounds as well as some mini-barriers. All in all it made for a faster and marginally more technical course, with those lovely stairs and a tight-run up to benefit those with deeper CX skills.

We arrived just as the Open classes were starting so I cant comment too much on them but I watched Liam Jeffries lose a CX race which coming after he came 2nd in the earlier Open Juniors race was a bit of a shock to the crowd. Fair play to his DDCX bridesmaid (and Trailmix teammate) Sam Wilson who toppled him on both occasions.

In the B-class there was a bit of controversy as the the Omara boys demoted themselves from A-grade (after a mid-pack finish in the last round) to go out and dominate their race. In the lower places there were some excellent battles going on with places swapping as tiredness and crashes took their toll and re-arranged the riders. Some familiar faces from DDCX showed their faces and toed the line in unfamiliar surrounds. The two ladies who entered barely saw each other but each fought very hard to ensure a good placing and some valuable practice for this week's CSV Open.

And then it was time for the main event... with much of the field all knowing each other from various MTB/DDCX/road events there was some light-hearted heckling as we rode a warm-up pre-race lap and staged for our start. Winner of the last round of DDCX, Casey Munro had asked for gears and was looking focussed, Lewis had a shiny new whip and Dan Moore was talking the talk and had a posse of iRide team mates by his side.  The sun had dipped its intensity and it was feeling more like Cx weather than a summer's day. Everyone eyed each other off and we lightly jostled for position at the start. A word from Snozza (who was sitting this race out) and we were off. I saw Lewis, Casey and an iRide skinsuit (Dan i think) bolt up the track as the rest of us rumbled after them in a cloud of dust. The first few corners of the BMX track were 'exciting' as riders squeezed into gaps and moved others off their pre-planned lines, but by the time we had hit the first tight u-turn in the grass the field had begun to settle into a line and you could hear the grunts of your following riders rather than a blur of sounds around you.

As always I only remember fragments of the race, Leigh DL yelling at me to 'let my wheel slide' as i wound through some loose gravel, sneaking past a rider on a climb only to be bested on the descent, trying to stick my sunglasses in my helmet/on my face while negotiating a bumpy grass section, getting cheered for a fast transition in the stair section that won me a place back, sitting on my rear wheel after my front wheel slipped out on an overly aggressive turn in the grass.

I do remember hearing that Lewis and Casey were battling hard up the front and then hearing he had gone down hard. It always sucks hearing that in the middle of a race... especially knowing how scary that gravel is to me (as a non-native MTBer).

Casey came steaming past on the flat gravel TT section late in the race and it was obvious the class of his riding (I've been passed by the best in the series and he, Lewis and some others have a definite edge in their riding).

All too soon/after too long (in the race it felt like forever, but now it seems like it was so short) we got the bell and the battle I had been having with NB now had a conclusion in sight. We had been swapping comments on/off through the race (all light-hearted) and our differing skills meant that depending on the part of the course each of us had an advantage. I dug deep on the final climb to try and pass him but he held me off and I threw everything I had at him on the beach and final stair transition to no avail. His superior strength/fitness maintained the gap on the final flat section and I had nothing left to counter. Having spent several races this year riding by myself it was great to have a race that was a battle (tactical, skills and fitness) all the way through.

After catching my breath and trying to stem my hacking cough I found Lewis and saw the large pad of gauze on his elbow and hip and heard about his crash (I had clipped the same pothole mid-race but thanks to going slower and having both hands on the bar had only given myself a bit of a scare). He was surprisingly chipper, but disappointed to have bowed out so catastrophically. He did look pretty pale... his bike looked worse and belied the violence of the crash. He ended up in hospital that night having surgery on his elbow, and looks likely to miss this Sundays event (but competitors should be wary as he might get some time on the mic with our trusty DDCX announcers).

All in all another chance to go spelunking in the 'pain cave' in the name of cyclocross racing and good times on the bike.

Thanks again to the racers and organisers and volunteers. The next round is at Westgate so the more urban dwelling of you readers should come out and try a different flavour of course, or come and make some noise for us who are digging ourselves into a new suffer-hole.

I'll add some pictures as they emerge

It's Not Your Fault.

I asked Nik to write up a report of the weekend's Cross Melburn action, but while we're waiting for him to do so, here's the lowdown from our mates at Cycling Edge. I'm pretty sure Munro's Rapha-Condor-Sharp skinsuit isn't registered with Cycling Victoria, so I'm going to try to convince him to show his true colours and wear a Brunswick skinsuit. He's welcome to borrow mine. It's totally clean.

Friday, 2 September 2011

The Black Sheep.

Hey! Cross Melburn is on tomorrow! Get your ass out to Lysterfield!

In other news, I just spoke to our chief commissaire. He's been up in the Mallee keeping track of the National Road Series, and so has had little time to sort out the full results. As you may well guess, with 178 riders, it's a tough job. But he assures me they'll be here in the next week or so. Befriend us on Twitter (@dirtydeedscx) and you'll be the first to know.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Can't Let Go

I should be writing an essay but thinking about cyclocross is much more fun. The essay is about cycling and women's mobility in Melbourne and Montreal so I am not straying too far off topic (she says not fooling anyone but herself). Back to CX ...

Spring is upon us and even though I am excited about the prospect of warmer weather, leaving winter behind also means that my Melbourne cyclocross season is almost over. I could venture to Lysterfield or out of the state with the DDCX contingency heading to Adelaide but the reality of a looming thesis deadline means the Victorian Cyclocross Open will be my last race of the season. Bummer.

I just don't feel ready to hang up the pink flames until next year. There are a few reasons for this:
  1. I missed DDCX round 2 on account of being in Montreal (see above) so I don't feel I filled my fun quota for the season,
  2. The North American CX season is kicking off and I am getting inspired all over again by Heidi Swift's excellent blog Grit & Glimmer,
  3. The "enabler" has been at it again and I have a new cross frame on the way. Squeel!
I imagine I will not be alone in experiencing the post-cross blues that is due to set in around October. A few people have already expressed their interest in some spring/summer/autumn training so they are ready to go once the 2012 season kicks off. Now that's the spirit!

So if you, like me, are unwilling to let go or if you were watching from the sidelines in 2011 and want to get amongst it in 2012, get in touch. We could arrange some group rides, skills sessions - whatever you like. But not before I get the evil thesis monkey off my back at the end of October. If you would like to do something before then I can put you in touch with other keen beans. Email me: katelansell@gmail.com

OK, back to work (read watching Lucinda Williams on you tube).

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Super Disco Breakin'

EDIT: Now with the correct day!

Word from the north of the state:

THE WANGARATTA CYCLO CROSS will happen on Sunday September 17 at the club rooms, (Shanley St, Wangaratta.)

It is more of a trial, to see if an event will be supported around here, if successful then there will be a series with perhaps 2 races in wangaratta, one in albury, and one in bright/mt beauty.

The course is basic, fast and flat. It's a bit boggy in places.But can ridden on a 42 chainring.

There are no sponsors, so prize money will be dependent on entrys.

Consider yourselves all invited... unfortunately the 'cross racing component of DDCX HQ will be inter-state seeing how the croweaters run their races, (apparently with less mud).

In other updates this summarises why I like riding my cross bike with fast friends on the weekends rather than racing on the road (for now). I also predict it will also spur Brendan to tease me about it as well.

Friday, 26 August 2011


And, while I have your attention, the 4th ever Melbourne Gravel Grinder is taking place tomorrow. That's a windy part of the world right there. Dirt road echelons, anyone? Perfect base miles for the next Cross Melburn race, or the CX Open mentioned below.


Win a Dirty Deeds race and you get a fair amount of glory, notoriety with your peers and an envelope from Blakey with fifty bucks in it. Win the first ever Victorian Cyclocross Open and you will win copious amounts of glory, notoriety with your peers and three hundred bucks! That's awesome!

I've heard a couple of key things about this race. The first is that the starting grid will be based on your ranking in the Dirty Deeds Aggregate, just like a UCI Cyclocross World Cup event. That's right, we play like the big boys.

And the second is that this race is a precursor to a Victorian Cyclocross Championship, so get out there and support it. Because once we have a Victorian Cyclocross Championship, we're ready to have a National Championship. You get the picture. We love our little races, and we love how anyone can enter and have bucketloads of fun, but just imagine if riding your bike through mud for an hour could result in you wearing the green and gold stripes. For Real. And then... wait for it... go to the Cyclocross World Champs.

Oh man, that's full on. Seriously. I'm having trouble believing that this little community, that started on a hot February night with Matty Bowen drawing lines on the ground around the Hawthorn Crit circuit, is turning into something this big. I gotta say, I'm proud of my part in it. And I'm proud of all of you, for making it as awesome as it is.

I think I'm blushing.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Read, Dummy!

As you may have noticed, I'm a wordy individual. So it should come as no surprise that I like people's race reports as much - if not more - than all the photos. They're starting to come in, like this one from Ross, or this one from Greg. Incidentally, Greg's booboo represents our first broken bone. I'll check with Blakey, but I think we may have a couple of spare musettes - if we do, Greg, you just earned yourself one.

If you've written up a report, send it in!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Check! Check!

Some issues with the blog at the moment. We're working on it. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Edit: The problem seems to be with Internet Explorer. Please use a different vehicle for enhanced Dirty Deeds viewing pleasure.

Think I Was Born In New Jersey.

In a shock turn of events, 2010 series champion Lewis Rattray has had the 2011 Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross series wrestled from his hands, being defeated in the third and final race by Red Shift Racing’s Andrew Blair.

Blair had once again flown down from Canberra for Sunday’s race, and seemed eager to make amends for his below-average showings in the first and second rounds. And as the sun shone bright on Brunswick’s Harrison Street Velodrome he was finally able to display the form that has taken him to podium places in mountain bike races across the globe.

He didn’t have it all his own way, however. Two riders from IRide bikes were keen to make an impression in the first few laps, and gapped the field before the first trip through the mudpit. Perhaps keen to get some impressive footage for his helmet-cam, iRide’s Mikkeli Godfree seemed to dig himself into a sizable hole in the first ten minutes, staying away for the first lap before fading to a mid-pack finish. When he was eventually reeled in it was by a blue-ribbon group containing Blair, Rapha-Condor-Sharp’s Casey Munro, Kosdown Racing’s Cam MacKenzie and former Australian Road Race Champion Alan Iacone. Eventually Rattray was able to latch on to this group, pulling My Mountain’s Mat Gray with him, but expending a great deal of energy in the process.

As Blair stretched the elastic it was only Munro and MacKenzie who were able to go with him. The pair, both riding borrowed bikes from Melbourne Cycling Edge, swapped places a number of times, with MacKenzie able to gap Munro on the paved sections due to the latter’s lack of gears, but Munro making up ground through the stickier mud sections of the course.

In the final ten minutes of the race Blair skipped away from his two pursuers, making the race his own and throwing the battle for the series title into disarray. Behind him Munro and MacKenzie continued to trade blows until the bitter end, with former the former Brunswick Cycling Club clinic kid Munro using his experience on the velodrome to pip MacKenzie at the post. Iacone continued to improve his placings with a fourth, with Rattray sprinting to get around Gray for fifth.

Organizers and spectators alike were downright stoked to have a number of women racing in A grade, and they did not disappoint, fighting heroically through the mud and slush, and giving a number of their male counterparts a run for their meagre monies. Amy Bradley took out her second CX race for the season, eventually stealing the win from Nadine Le Mescam in emphatic style.

Former source of hilarity Tom “The Man In White” Coltrain took the final Dirty Deeds race much more seriously this time around, and in the process took the win from a fine B grade field. Previously known for wallowing in the mudpit sans bike, Coltrain proved that his CX talent is no laughing matter with an emphatic victory from Jason Butler, with Brunswick Cycling Club’s own Andrew Blake coming home third.

In the women’s B grade Diane Nelson once again proved too strong for her fellow competitors, arm-wrestling Port-Adelaide’s Gemma Kernich and local favourite Laura Choong into submission. Diane’s demoralizing win has surely earned her an A Grade start when the muddy season starts again next year.

The Boy’s race saw some of the closest racing of the whole series, with Liam Jeffries and Sam “the 35-Year-Old-Teenager” Wilson, both representing Trailmix, clinging to each other like limpets throughout the entire fifteen minutes. Taking a significant lead from the field early, the two duked it out until finally Liam emerged triumphant, with Sam resigned to second. Adam Blazevic, a number of years their junior, flew into third place.

In the Girl’s race Brunswick Cycling Club’s Emily Hughes once again proved both her mettle and her good sense, flying off the front of the bunch in the first lap, but wearing a pair of gumboots to avoid ruining her good cycling shoes. The irrepressible Georgia Wilson kept the dancing to a minimum but still smiled her way into second place, with Bairnsdale Cycling Club’s Emily Jackson taking out third.

Merida Flight Centre’s Adrian Jackson had been equal leader of the series aggregate going into this race, and a win in the Open Men’s Category (no bike restrictions) guaranteed that he would be standing on the aggregate podium come presentation time. And win he did, lapping almost everyone else in the field. When the news finally came that Lewis had finished fifth in the CX category AJ, with three straight wins, realized that he had clinched the series, without ever racing the bloke who came second. Such are the quirks particular to Dirty Deeds. Behind him Stuart Brown and James Deane watched each other for the whole thirty minutes, until Stuart finally muscled his way into second, relegating James into third.

And, finally, Amity McSwann clinched the Women’s Aggregate with another dominant performance through the mud and slush. Amity shot off from the whistle, and was rarely seen again by the other competitors. Behind her, however, it was a slogfest, with Erica Gunner and Nicole Whitburn trading places like Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd. Eventually Erica emerged triumphant, with Nicole awarded third after the dust had settled (and the confusion cleared).

As the sun sets on another Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross Series Melbourne’s new cyclocross can begin to look further afield for their racing, to Lysterfield’s Cross Melburn series, and even interstate, to Port Adelaide’s CX and the City or races in New South Wales and Queensland.

Dirty Deeds Urban Cyclocross Brunswick Velodrome Round 3 from Kathryn Feldmaier on Vimeo.

Cam McKenzie impressed all and sundry with his ability to both hold on to Casey Munro and take puffs from his asthma pump mid-race

Andy Blair made a number of excellent decisions on the day, but this may be evidence of the best decision of all - to be ignored by the Hell Krew.

Adrian Jackson once again took the Open Category, lapping everyone except second place. Somebody buy that guy a CX bike!

Crowd favourite Dylan McDylan proves that he is the most photogenic man on the course, if not the quickest. He was rewarded for the latter, however, by taking out DFL.

Jess Steger was better served this time around due to a bike that actually fit, but still looked a little concerned about the amount of mud on the course.

Jeremy Soawyer made that skinsuit himself. No kidding. And even better, he stole the fabric from a dragon. Again, no kidding. Email me for the details - I don't want to get Jez in trouble.

Jacob the Flipster could've won a prize for the smallest cyclocross bike - and it's a singlespeed!

Brunswick's Emily Hughes took out the Girls' race and the Girls' aggregate with a commanding win. Given her familiarity with the track her odds would've been short from the start.

Lewis Rattray had a hard day at the office, eventually falling to fifth place.

Brunswick Cycling Club's own Casey Munro rode a cyclocross bike for the first time, and may have even taken out the race if Cycling Edge had given him one with gears.

Port Adelaide's Gemma Kernich drove all the way from Adelaide to ride, and certainly seemed to think it was worth it.

Nick Lett was nominated for an attitude award because he was just so damn helpful when we were packing up after round one in Darebin Parklands. When we drew the raffle his name came out. The bloke looked stoked! As an aside, Nick was a former English National derny race champion, and spent more time sucking wheel throughout the series than anyone else I saw.

The iRide boys smashed it from the very beginning, perhaps mostly in order to get some the fantastic video footage you see above.

Photos used without permission, but are available here, here, here, here, here, here ,a little Adelaide bias here, here, here, here, here and here. As per usual, you may need to log into facebook to see some of them. More videos available here. I'll post more as they come in.

Once again, thanks.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Better Get A Lawyer, Son.

Well, that's the season. As per usual, we're all totally wrecked. Reports, results, and a full comprehensive list of where you can find pictures of yourself coming soon.

Actually, I just got the barebones results from Nath. These will also be appearing in the papers tomorrow morning, you know, should you want to show off to your parents. We did stuff up a bit at presentations - we usually do, and it's usually my fault - but these ones are correct.

Open Men (30 minutes)

1. Adrian JACKSON
2. Stuart BROWN
3. James DEANE

Open Women (30 minutes)

1. Amity MCSWANN
2. Erica GUNNER
3. Nicole WHITBURN

U15 Boys (15 minutes)


U15 Girls (15 minutes)

1. Emily HUGHES
2. Georgia WILSON
3. Emily JACKSON

B Grade Men (30 minutes)

1. Thomas COLTRAIN
2. Jason BUTLER
3. Andrew BLAKE

B Grade Women (30 minutes)

1. Diane NELSON
2. Gemma KERNICH
3. Laura CHOONG

A Grade Men (40 minutes)

1. Andrew BLAIR
2. Casey MUNRO
3. Cameron MCKENZIE

A Grade Women (40 minutes)

2. Nadine LE MESCAM

Friday, 19 August 2011

I Hear Payback.

Two nights before race three and things at DDCXHQ are kicking into overdrive. Hamish is neglecting his job at the ABC in order to purchase icepacks for your booboos. Blakey is running around getting your prize packages ready. Nath is writing out our out-of-towners pre-registration list. I'm writing in the blog and building a ginger-beer flavoured lagerphone. And Nik, well, Nik is somewhere being Nik.

So, here's a rundown of what we've discovered in the last two days.

The good people at Cycling Edge are not only providing a bike for a certain Brunswick member who also happens to ride for Rapha-Condor-Sharp, but they're also kicking in $50 per race for the person with the best barrier leap. They're not official sponsors, but after a quick read of their blog they certainly seem to get it. Check it out here.

When it comes to sob stories it's difficult to beat a brush with terminal illness, so it's no surprise to hear that Heavy Metal Jono took out the Fitzroy Revolution "Random Rider" competition. Check out the Revolution's facebook page for his entry. I've heard that Jono will be welcomed to his first ever Cyclocross race with numerous showers of beer, which bodes badly for anyone else wearing Revolution kit, given no one knows what Jono looks like.

The weather report for Sunday says early fog, then sunny and 19 degrees. Our Chief Commissaire, however, informs me that both mudpits (that's right, there are two) will continue to be most wretched on the day, regardless of the sunshine. Bring your gumboots, bring your rubber chicken, bring your skinsuits, bring your bike, bring your mud tyres, bring your goddamn drumkits, bring your voice, bring the noise!

Monday, 15 August 2011


Jeez, it didn't take long for something else to come up. Such is the life of DDCXHQ in the week before a race...

One of our major sponsors, the Fitzroy Revolution, have come up with a most righteous plan. Each sponsor gets two compo rider spots, and the Revolution have one spare. Instead of letting this free ride go wanting, they have decided to offer it to the general public in a Random Rider competition*. And, to sweeten the deal, the chosen rider will also receive a Revolution kit, and be treated to all the benefits of a supported rider on the day (which mostly entails some bike prep, patting DC's dog, and being abused by Sean The Man).

All you have to do in order to be thusly rewarded is head over to the Fitzroy Revolution Facebook Page and post on their wall the biggest soppiest most pathetic reasons why you should be nominated for their free spot. Imaginary dead grandparents (or hell, real dead grandparents), fires and floods and sweeping rains, being trapped in your parents' house in Sydney for ten hours with a fake bomb strapped around your neck... it's all fair game. The Random Rider will be chosen at 5pm on Thursday, and will have to swing by the store to get all kitted out on Friday. So, put on your favourite Dirty Three record and get sobbing.

The Revolution will also be bringing down a version of the bike they are giving away for the "Attitude Award". I kinda want to win this. I got heaps of attitude! It says so on every single one of my school report cards!

*You still need to either have or purchase your own Cycling Victoria licence.

Take It Or Leave It. Do Both. Do Both If You Choose.

Five days to go, so we got some housekeeping!

We've heard rumours that folks are coming from out of state to ride. We don't want these folks to miss out on rego. That would suck. So out of state folks, if you could take a photo of your licence and email it to dirtydeedscx@gmail.com, along with your name and what grade you would like to ride, we'll make sure you don't miss out. However, you must do this by 5pm Friday. If you're not that organized, well, you take your chances with everyone else. Rego opens at 12. If you don't have a licence, you can buy one from us on the day, but there will be no pre-registration available. Just get there early. Those who help us set up will be looked upon very favourably.

Also, I've just received notice that the Brunswick Kiosk will be in full effect on Sunday, with hot dogs, party pies and sausage rolls, as well as the usual assortment of fizzy drinks, powerade, esoteric candy and sesame snaps. Save your pennies!

Matty Melways will also be down at Harrison Street on Sunday with his high pressure washer. I believe it'll be a gold coin donation to have your bike free of the Merri Creek stench before you take it back home to your white carpets.

That's it from me, until I think of something else. It's been a long time since the last race, and I'm starting to feel the buzz. Bring it.

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!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

The Devil Snapping At My Heels.

Omg, shit just got real.

The long-awaited Cycling Victoria Cyclocross Open has just been made official. It's happening, people. This is the closest thing we currently have to a UCI-standard state championships. It's a big deal. You should be excited.

One note to temper your excitement, however: When entering Cycling Victoria events, it pays to read the fine print. Trust me, you don't want to rock up in your Hell Krew kit only to find you have to wear it inside out because they're not a registered sponsor.

(Sure, that's the rule on the internet, but will they make you get changed in real life? Probably not. But do you want to risk it? Probably not. Bring a spare plain (or registered club) jersey just in case)

Monday, 1 August 2011

I Got Your Note, I'm On My Way...

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.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Like A Stone.

Some news on the publicity front: Firstly DDCX has finally cracked the tight jeans and raybans market with an article in three thousand. Our good friend Reuben does a good job of making us not look like backwoods hillbillies. However, I destroy all of his excellent work by ranting like a hepped-up conspiracy theorist in an article with The Wheeler, which you will actually have to go to a bike store and pick up. But don't worry, it's free!

In other news, Cross Melburn is this weekend and I won't be riding, partially because I'm sick and partially because I fear that all the teasing I do on the microphone will, at some point, come back to haunt me. But it looks like a seriously fun day, and will likely be a blast for all concerned.

And, finally, our last race is a mere three weeks away. We had to schedule this one back a bit because our commissaire is currently dealing with some slick-tyre style guys down in Gippsland, and wasn't going to make it back in time, but really, isn't it nice to have a bit of extra rest? The last one is back in our ancestral homelands, the Harrison St Velodrome. Be warned that the course will bear next to no resemblance to either of the courses we schemed up last year. Heading down there to do practice laps will be of no help to you at all. You hear me, Genie?

Thursday, 28 July 2011

See The Sky About To Rain

And while DDCX is more than half way through and post-Tour depression slowly drifts away it's worth noting that 'The Big Show' begins in a few short months... so this post on the venerable Embrocation Magazine (who apparel we gave away thanks to Northside Wheelers) is oh-so-timely.


Monday, 25 July 2011

I'm A Loner Dottie, A Rebel

As promised the sweet flyer for this weekend's race out at Lysterfield.

Races are $15/$20 (Open/Cross) and MTBA day licenses are $20 (annual licenses are $110 or a lesser upgrade on your CA license I believe).

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Daily Operation

Trailmix out at Lysterfield have come through with their long awaited 'Cross Melburn' series and it kicks off next Sunday out there.

For more info go here.

I'll try and get a post of their sweet flyer that they were handing out at DDCX#2 as well.

Monday, 18 July 2011

It'll Be Alright.

Lewis Rattray has continued his dominance of the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross Series, taking out the second race at Jackson Reserve on Sunday.

My Mountain’s Mat Gray led for the first lap, but Rattray was on his wheel from the get-go, and stole the lead from Mat on his second journey down the finishing straight. After his valiant effort Gray faded quickly through the pack, eventually coming home 4th. Newcomer Michael Crosbie from Swim-Bike_run, fresh from his scolding at the hands of the officials, caused a pile up when he tripped over the first barrier on the first lap, but rode strongly to take second place, with the recently promoted from B-Grade Simon Carey from Cycling Edge taking out third. Rattray’s second consecutive win means that he has placed a lock on the overall CX prize – he merely needs to show up and the coveted blue sash will be his.

In the women’s race, Emma Caddy was nowhere to be seen as Amy Bradley and Nadine Le Mescan battled it out for first place. The number one position changed hands a number of times during the race, but eventually Bradley took it out, with Le Mescan eventually fading to third as a strong finishing Diane Nelson blazed into second place. Jess Steger showed her spirit in this race, fighting her way around the course on a bike that Erle Pavlis dragged out of hard rubbish and threw together, and earning a one-year subscription to Treadlie for her trouble.

The support races were once again a close fought affair. In the B-Grade Cyclocross class it was a battle of the master’s trackies, with Bairnsdale’s Sprint Champion Gary Jennings taking the goodies for first place. Noted track-endurance specialist Steven Young came second and Neville Bird came third. Also in this race was Tim Nexus, who organizers later agreed was awarded the attitude award for the day, putting him in the running for a sweet Specialized Crux, courtesy of the Fitzroy Revolution.

In the Open Categories – for those without Cyclocross bikes – Merida Flight Centre’s Adrian Jackson took an early lead and didn’t let it go, despite being chased heroically by Kosdown’s Cam McKenzie. Sam Beck made his return on a weird BMX tandem which his mate Lunchbox broke on the second remount – they did, however, each win a one-year subscription to Treadlie for their trouble. Brunswick’s own Michael Sparke seemed to have stolen a bike from a ten year old girl, donned a devil outfit (complete with trident), and made a decision to ride today, perhaps showing the representatives of the crowd up on the hill what being satanic was really about. Eitherway, he took out the coveted CX ridiculousness award, winning a frame from Larry’s Custom Cycles. Jarrod Kohlan placed third. And in the women’s open category Amity McSwann once again proved herself the one to beat, taking an easy win from Catherine Fraser-Smith, with Lisa Jackson third.

The one-two punch from Trailmix again took out the boy’s rac, with the placings being reversed – Liam Jeffries took it out, with Sam Wilson, who appears too old for this category, coming home second in good humour. Adam Blazevic placed third.

In the girl’s class Brunswick’s own Emily Hughes, who only last year defeated Commonwealth Games Keirin gold medallist Josiah Ng in a roller race, continued her successful run by taking out first. This created an awkward situation as she was also the podium girl, and had to present herself a prize. The absent Hannah Campbell took second, and the extremely excitable Georgia Wilson danced her way to third place.

Full Results:

(Placing / Number / Name / # of Laps)

A Grade : 40 minutes
1. 2 Lewis RATTRAY 10 Laps
2. 48 Michael CROSBIE 10
3. 29 Simon CAREY 10
4. 28 Matt GRAY 10
5. 49 Andrew BLAIR 10
6. 43 Gary WEARMOUTH 10
7. 47 Steven WAITE 10
8. 38 Allan IACUORE 10
9. 19 Nicholas EDWARDS 10
10. 1 Warrack LEACH 10
11. 46 Daniel MACMUNN 10
12. 23 Adam TREWIN 10
13. 8 Kristjan SNORRASON 10
14. 55 Cam MCKENZIE 10
15. 40 Leigh DE LUCA 9
16. 3 Jeremy SOAWYER 9
17. 6 Mark HESTER 9
18. 4 Malachi MOXON 9
19. 41 Huw VELLACOTT 9
20. 42 Chris CARR 9
21. 9 Nicholas COTTERELL 9
22. 36 Ashley HAYAT 9
23. 5 James KENT 9
24. 14 Llewellyn THOMAS 9
25. 44 William GEAR 9
26. 18 Ken MOORE 9
27. 17 Karl PAVEY 9
28. 7 Justin MATTHEWS 9
29. 54 Sam MCGREGOR 8
30. 27 Troy MCKINNA 8
31. 21 Hugh WATSON 8
32. 26 Ben ENGLISH 8
33. 50 Mikelee GODFREE 8
34. 24 Joshua MCDOUGAL 8
35. 10 Gene MILLS 8
36. 15 Ross WILKINSON 8
37. 39 Dwayne MEREDITA 8
38. 35 Stewart HOWELL 8
39. 34 Alistair MCDONALD 8
40. 20 Grant EDMONDS 8
41. 45 Alex GEERS 8
42. 31 James ROYCE 8

dnf 12 Ben VLASS 7
dnf 51 Tim MCGRATH 5
dnf 30 Craig TOWERS 4
dnf 16 Richard KEMP 3
dnf 52 Hayden KERR 3
dnf 22 Daniel STRAUSS 2

B Grade : 30 Minutes
1. 156 Gary JACKSON 7 Laps
2. 132 Steven YOUNG 7
3. 139 Neville BIRD 7
4. 141 Nick GROSSO 7
5. 150 Chris MURPHY 7
6. 146 Chris RAYMENT 7
7. 134 Thomas COLTRAIN 7
8. 105 Andrew SPENCER 7
9. 124 Che DUNGEY 7
10. 126 Andrew BLAKE 7
11. 176 Jason BUTLER 7
12. 138 Rik BLAZEVIC 7
13. 108 Jason FLAHERTY 7
14. 101 Lloyd DONOVAN 7
15. 113 Patrick OLIVER 7
16. 149 Piers MORGAN 7
17. 103 William HARTNELL 7
18. 161 Reuben RUITER 7
19. 153 Duncan MACGREGOR 7
20. 160 Damian HODGES 6
21. 102 Justin HOPKINS 6
22. 168 Chris BLACK 6
23. 144 John ROY 6
24. 173 James JURIVECH 6
25. 107 Kristan BAKER 6
26. 106 Michael DANN 6
27. 162 Jonathan GUNN 6
28. 118 Paul LARKIN 6
29. 142 Amy BRADLEY 6
30. 172 Tristan BRETHERTON 6
31. 109 Diane NELSON 6
32. 104 Nadine LE MESCAM 6
33. 151 Damion DE SOTO 6
34. 155 Simon WADE 6
35. 123 Brent WEJENDORP 6
36. 145 Nicholas BARK 6
37. 116 Mik EFFORD 6
38. 170 Thomas KURKA 6
39. 174 Jon STANLEY 6
40. 147 Nick LETT 6
41. 166 Brad CLARK 6
42. 130 Kirk RATCLIFF 6
43. 127 Laura CHOONG 6
44. 167 Silvio DI COCCO 6
45. 164 Ash SCOTT 5
46. 133 Shane FORD 5
47. 129 Emma CADDY 5
48. 157 Tate HEISKANEN 5
49. 140 Bryan HESTER 5
50. 148 Dylan WARNE 5
51. 175 Jessica STEGER 5
52. 171 Emily WHITE 5
53. 121 Wendy REITER 5
54. 115 Justine CLEAR 5
55. 128 Ann GREENWOOD 4
56. 137 Anthony BURNS 4
57. 165 Holly LUSHER 4

dnf 159 Tim RODRIGO 4
dnf 125 Murray MCKENNY 1

dns 152 Bronwen BAULCH 0

U15 Juniors : 15 Minutes
1. 319 Liam JEFFRIES 3 Laps
2. 331 Sam WILSON 3
3. 305 Adam BLAZEVIC 3
4. 326 Ryan SCHILT 3
5. 329 Paddy BUTLER 2
6. 323 Corral MURPHY 2
7. 322 Emily HUGHES 2
8. 327 Hannah CAMPBELL 2
9. 330 Georgia WILSON 2
10. 320 Otis WILSON 2
11. 314 Adam BOYD 2
12. 318 Darcy GUILIANI 2
13. 321 Bella SOCCIO 2
14. 325 Jake NELSON 2
15. 315 Daniel JACKSON 2
16. 317 Wiliam DEANE 2
17. 316 Emily JACKSON 1
18. 328 Mia SPENCER 1

Open (No bike restrictions) : 30 Minutes
1. 102 Adrian JACKSON 6 Laps
2. 134 Cameron MCKENZIE 6
3. 140 Jarad KOHLAN 6
4. 123 Duncan MURRAY 6
5. 136 Lee FLOYD 6
6. 129 Joshua MCDOUGALL 6
7. 141 Adam MITCHELL 6
8. 108 James DEANE 6
9. 126 Anthony FEWSTER 6
10. 113 Nick CARTER 5
11. 124 Amity MCSWAN 5
12. 109 Jeremiah VELLA 5
13. 103 Pearse ELTON 5
14. 135 Anthony NETKOW 5
15. 151 Michael HOLDER 5
16. 138 Brett MATSON 5
17. 101 David TYNNON 5
18. 122 Chris SMITH 5
19. 146 Hamish SMITH 5
20. 121 Nazceno GOUISLOW 5
21. 144 Aaron CAMPBELL 5
22. 131 Michael CYACH 5
23. 139 Darragh O’DONOVAN 5
24. 130 David SHACKLEFORD 5
25. 120 Chris WILSON 5
26. 137 Mal DOREIAN 5
27. 152 Mike CLAYTOR 5
28. 118 Giovanni MANCINI 5
29. 104 Adam HODGER 4
30. 125 Matt THOMAS 4
31. 110 Dylan WARNER 4
32. 142 J. LAMSHED / S. BACH 4
33. 150 Sam MURPHY 4
34. 128 Michael SPARKE 4
35. 111 Timothy FINDLAY 4
36. 148 Ben WALKERDEN 4
37. 127 Catherine FRASER-SMITH 4
38. 117 Phil ALACH 3
39. 114 Lisa JACKSON 3
40. 154 Dylan REILLY 2

dnf 149 Mark EDMONDSON 4
dnf 145 Michael SPENCER 1

dns 116 Glyn EDMUNDS 0
dns 119 Simone SCOTT 0

Aggregate Standings:

(The formatting here came out kind of screwy. If you need more coherent results, please see Brunswick Cycling Club.)

Dirty Deeds CX Aggregate after Round 2. Points are awarded as follows:

* 1 point for starting a round.
* 5 points for a 1st place.
* 3 points for a 2nd place.
* 2 points for a 3rd place.

Rider Start R1 R2 R3 Total
Sam WILSON 2 5 3 10 pts
Emily HUGHES 2 5 3 10
Adam BLAZEVIC 2 3 2 7
Corral MURPHY 1 5 6
Liam JEFFRIES 1 5 6
Georgia WILSON 2 3 5
Hannah CAMPBELL 1 2 3
Sunday CARTER 1 2 3
Daniel JACKSON 2 2
Jacob VAN ROOIJ 2 2
Otis WILSON 2 2
Patrick BUTLER 2 2
Adam BOYD 1 1
Ashur BROWNLIE 1 1
Bella SOCCIO 1 1
Darcy GUILIANI 1 1
Emily JACKSON 1 1
Jake NELSON 1 1
Ryan SCHILT 1 1
Tim BUTLER 1 1
Wiliam DEANE 1 1

Rider Start R1 R2 R3 Total
Adrian JACKSON 2 5 5 12 pts
Amity MCSWAN 2 5 5 12
Lewis RATTRAY 2 5 5 12
Cameron MCKENZIE 2 3 3 8
Diane NELSON 2 3 3 8
Emma CADDY 2 5 7
Gary JACKSON 2 5 7
Simon CAREY 2 3 2 7
Warrack LEACH 2 5 7
Amy BRADLEY 1 5 6
Andrew BLAIR 2 3 5
Daniel MACMUNN 2 2 4
Catherine FRASER-SMITH 1 3 4
Erica GUNNER 1 3 4
Michael CROSBIE 1 3 4
Steven YOUNG 1 3 4
Craig MCLEAN 1 2 3
Jade FORSYTH 1 2 3
Jarad KOHLAN 1 2 3
Kate LANSELL 1 2 3
Lisa JACKSON 1 2 3
Nadine LE MESCAM 1 2 3
Neville BIRD 1 2 3
Thomas CROWLER 1 2 3
Adam TREWIN 2 2
Alex GEERS 2 2
Allan IACUORE 2 2
Alistair MCDONALD 2 2
Andrew BLAKE 2 2
Ann-Michel GREENWOOD 2 2
Andrew SPENCER 2 2
Ashley HAYAT 2 2
Ash SCOTT 2 2
Ben VLASS 2 2
Bronwen BAULCH 2 2
Che DUNGEY 2 2
Chris MURPHY 2 2
Chris RAYMENT 2 2
Chris WILSON 2 2
Craig TOWERS 2 2
Damian HODGES 2 2
Damion DE SOTO 2 2
Daniel STRAUSS 2 2
David TYNNON 2 2
Duncan MACGREGOR 2 2
Duncan MURRAY 2 2
Dylan REILLY 2 2
Dylan WARNER 2 2
Giovanni MANCINI 2 2
Grant EDMONDS 2 2
Hayden KERR 2 2
Hamish SMITH 2 2
Jason FLAHERTY 2 2
James KENT 2 2
Jeremy SOAWYER 2 2
Jeremiah VELLA 2 2
Jonathan GUNN 2 2
Joshua MCDOUGALL 2 2
John ROY 2 2
Justine CLEAR 2 2
Justin HOPKINS 2 2
Justin MATTHEWS 2 2
Karl PAVEY 2 2
Ken MOORE 2 2
Kristan BAKER 2 2
Kristian SNORRASON 2 2
Laura CHOONG 2 2
Leigh DE LUCA 2 2
Matthew GRAY 2 2
Mark HESTER 2 2
Malachi MOXON 2 2
Matt THOMAS 2 2
Mike CLAYTOR 2 2
Michael DANN 2 2
Mike EFFORD 2 2
Mikkeli GODFREE 2 2
Michael HOLDER 2 2
Murray MCKENNY 2 2
Nicholas BARK 2 2
Nick CARTER 2 2
Nicholas COTTERELL 2 2
Nicholas EDWARDS 2 2
Nick LETT 2 2
Patrick OLIVER 2 2
Phil ALACH 2 2
Piers MORGAN 2 2
Reuben RUITER 2 2
Richard KEMP 2 2
Sam MURPHY 2 2
Shane FORD 2 2
Simone SCOTT 2 2
Simon WADE 2 2
Stewart HOWELL 2 2
Steven WAITE 2 2
Thomas COLTRAIN 2 2
Thomas KURKA 2 2
Tristan BRETHERTON 2 2
Troy MCKINNA 2 2
Wendy REITER 2 2
William GEAR 2 2
William HARTNELL 2 2
Aaron CAMPBELL 1 1
Adam HODGER 1 1
Adrian INFANTI 1 1
Alistair CRAMERI 1 1
Albert GREENHILL 1 1
Alistair PANE 1 1
Anthony BURNS 1 1
Andrew CARR 1 1
Anthony FEWSTER 1 1
Andrew MCCONNELL 1 1
Anthony NETKOW 1 1
Andrew SCOTT 1 1
Andrew WALKER 1 1
Brad CLARK 1 1
Bryan HESTER 1 1
Brett MATSON 1 1
Campbell TOWNSEND 1 1
Cameron WELLS 1 1
Chris BLACK 1 1
Chris CARR 1 1
Chris SMITH 1 1
Craig EVANS 1 1
David CREXFORD 1 1
Darragh O’DONOVAN 1 1
David MCGRATH 1 1
Donovan LLOYD 1 1
Dominic POWER 1 1
Duane MEREDITH 1 1
Dwayne MEREDITA 1 1
Emily WHITE 1 1
Gareth HEIMANN 1 1
Gene MILLS 1 1
Glyn EDMUNDS 1 1
Hayden NICHOLLS 1 1
Heather HOGGAN 1 1
Holly LUSHER 1 1
Hugh WATSON 1 1
Jason BUTLER 1 1
James DEANE 1 1
Jaron DENNS 1 1
James ERDMANN 1 1
James JURIVECH 1 1
James MAEBUS 1 1
James ROYCE 1 1
James WALMSLEY 1 1
Jessica MORGAN 1 1
Jed SOUTAR 1 1
Jessica STEGER 1 1
Ken FEIST 1 1
Lee FLOYD 1 1
Leigh JEFFRIES 1 1
Lloyd DONOVAN 1 1
Llewellyn THOMAS 1 1
Mark JESSEE 1 1
Mathew WYATT 1 1
Michael CYACH 1 1
Michael SPARKE 1 1
Nazceno GOUISLOW 1 1
Nicholas ARNEY 1 1
Nick GROSSO 1 1
Nick READ 1 1
Paul HESKES 1 1
Paul LARKIN 1 1
Paul ZARKIN 1 1
Pearse ELTON 1 1
Phillip CATTON 1 1
Philip GREENWOOD 1 1
Richard KNOWLES 1 1
Rohan DRAPE 1 1
Royce JAMES 1 1
Russell COLLET 1 1
Simon BLAGG 1 1
Silvio DI COCCO 1 1
Stuart BROWN 1 1
Steven DUGGAN 1 1
Stu WEIR 1 1
Thomay BASTIAN 1 1
Timothy FINDLAY 1 1
Wade WALLACE 1 1

Sam Beck and the interestingly-named "Lunchbox". No, I can't tell which is which. Interviewing Sam midway through the race he informed me that their welding skills need some work, as the brakes, the seatpost and one of the chainstays had all cracked. They still scored some sweet stuff from Treadlie.

In almost the biggest upset of the day (Nik Cee beating Sam McGregor being the biggest) Michael Sparke dressed up as Satan and kept up the act all day, prodding people with his trident as they attempted the runup. He too scored well - a frame from Larry's Custom Cycles.

Michael Crosbie, perhaps still shaken up by the serve I gave him for riding the wrong way on the course during the kid's race, took a tumble at the first barrier, but recovered to come second.

Our poster boy, Lewis Rattray, putting his best foot forward.

Lewis' race face. Even the Hell Krew tent was in awe.

Laura Choong looking out with steely determination.

Jess Steger also won a Treadlie prize for riding the worst bike in the race, a Shogun conversion that Erle Pavlis pulled out of hard rubbish. I believe - and this may be untrue - that she was the only member of Hell Krew to finish the B-Grade race.

Sparkie gives Emma Caddy a helping hand up the run-up.

Twitter later informed me that this was Amy Bradley's first ever CX race, and that she had only procured this sweet Colnago CX bike a couple of days before. One race, one win. Not bad!

Amity McSwann again smashed the Girl's Open Category. She's a gun.

And I just threw in this pic of Adam Trewin because it's a sweet pic, and he's a nice guy.


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There will likely be more in the coming days, and I'll let you know via twitter (@dirtydeedscx) whenever a new lot comes in. Or you could just check here every day for the next week or so. That'd do it.

Thanks again should go to everyone who turned up, the sponsors, the racers, the riders, the hecklers, the food providers, the guy who brought the toilets, Brunswick Cycling Club, Moreland City Council, and whatever higher being you believe in, for holding the rain off until five minutes after presentations were done. See you all on the 21st, back at our spiritual homeland, the Harrison Street Velodrome.