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Monday, 29 July 2013

The Magic Bullet Theory



Dear Everyone...


Do you hate fun? Are you allergic to excitement? Afraid of awesome? No? Then don't forget to enter 'The Big Show' for the last race of the series... National Championship entries close at the same time and that race will be a great way to start your weekend.

Support Race (Kids, Open, B Grade for men/women) pre-registration IS OPEN (CLICK ME) opens on Saturday

We will post the pre-reg link here, plus facebook, plus twitter, plus carrier pigeon*

Schedule of Events

A grade number pick-up must be by 1:30pm on the day.

10:30 - 12:00
Course open
11:00 - 12:00
Kids mixed race
12:00 (10min +1 lap race)
Open mixed race
12:20 (30min + 1 lap race)
B CX mixed race
13:05 (30 min + 1 lap race)
Course open
Elite Women CX race
14:10 (45min race)
Elite Men CX race
15:10 (1hr race)
16:30 - 17:00


Some excellent wisdom via twitter from Mark Legg-Compton (who when he is not helping KfC to dominate Cx races, helps everyone's favourite Oz Cx representative Lewis Rattray to go faster)

Cyclocross to do list
1. Thank a volunteer
2. Thank a race promoter.
3. Smile more on the startline
4. Keep the heckles appropriate
5. Be patient at the start. Stupid moves cause crashes. There's 39mins 45secs of the race left to pass that rider.
6. Have even more fun than last year.
7. Attend a clinic to improve skills
8. Order some new tyres! They are often the main thing keeping you upright
9. Start working on your bikes now. Those frozen BB's, der pulleys need lovin
10. Skill sessions on/off the bike

11. It's just a bike race. Race each other hard, but fair. Leave it on the course.



Doueal, Elizabeth
Hilton, Liz
Hughes, emily
lansell, kate
McSwan, Amity
Michel, Claire
Mittiga, Lauren
ollerenshaw, jane
Roseman-Gannon, Ruby
Slocum, Bridget
Swan, Annalisa
Whitburn, Nicole
Williamson, Rebecca


Abakumenko, John
Akse, Jelmer
atkins, leigh
Aubrey, Paul
Backhouse, Roland
Baker, Kristan
Bantick, Brady
Bell, Colin
Blake, Andrew
Bognar, Adrian
Brown, Mick
Christie, Heath
Clark, Brad
Collins, Nathan
Cooke, Nick
Crampin, Edmund
Cranswick, Charlie
Czechowski, John
Dann, Michael
Deane, James
Denis, Patrick
diver, louey
Dungey, Che
Eastick, Brad
Efford, Mik
evans, mark
Fitzsimmons, Hamish
Floyd, Lee
Franson, Brian
Freeman, Tom
Geoghegan, Dominic
Giuliani, Nazario
Golding, Karri
Greenwood, Philip
Gregory, Mark
Grosso, Nick
Grover, Matt
Hay, Grant
heiskanen, tate
Henry, Travis
Hildred, Jy
Iwanov, Alex
Jason, Flaherty
Jeffries, Liam
Jones, Luke
Kemp, Rich
kirkham, james
Kudlicki, Chris
Kurka, Thomas
Larkin, Paul
Lee Shoy, Courtenay
Lett, Nick
Mahoney, nick
Marsh, Stephen
Matheson , Simon
Matthews, Justin
Miller, David
Moore, Daniel
Moxon, Malachi
munyard, steve
Murison, Greg
Ng, Gilbert
Paton, Tim
Peters, Craig
Pieterse, Leigh
Powell,  Luke
Power, Matt
Robinson, Jorge
Robinson, Sam
Ruiter, Reuben
Schlimbach, Sascha
Simons, Craig
Slaney, Sam
Smith, Nicholas
Swackhamer, Jason
Threlfall , Andrew
Thynne, Jim
Troon, Simon
Urie, Shaun
Vandenbergh, Adrian
Vellacott, Huw
Ventura, Adam
Weir, Stuart
Woodman, David

Open Men

 Buckle, Andrew
adin, robert
Benn, Alex
Bird, Nicholas
Bognar, Adrian
Bull, Bryan
Castillo, Gil
Cooper, Jason
de Soto, Damion
del beato, julian
Donald, David
Edmondson, Mark Karl
Frank, Michael
Hinze, Richard
Hockey, Andrew
Hodges, Adam
huth, gareth
Kuc, Anthony
Lamshed, Jack
Maccab, Christopher
mcconnell, Andrew
McInulty, Peter
Natoli, Anthony
Naumovic, Chris
Nicholls, Dylan
Powell, Edward
Ripp, Paul
Shackleford, Dave
Short, James
stoffberg, Mark
Tran, Dean
Wilhelms, Colin
Woolley, Ned
Yeatman, Paul

Open Women

Corbett, Claire
Kirchlinde, Daniela
Mahon, Angela
McInulty, Heather
newman, sarah
Phillips, Amy
Scurr, Michelle


 Buckle, Michael
Baker, Quinn
Bell, Ruben
Bognar, Patrick
Brain, Scott
Brain, Simon
Collins, Ada
Czechowski, Mae
Czechowski, Nels
Davey, Kieran
Davey, Rhys
Gibson, Sienna
Gregory, Lucas
Henry, Alita
Henry, Oscar
Hockey, Max
Hughes, Emily
Kellett, Domenico
Kemp, Joe
Kuc, Luka
Marcus, Serong
McConnell, Lachlan
Mcconnnell, Campbell
Natoli, Erin
Natoli, Maya
Roseman-Gannon, Hannah
stoffberg, maya
stoffbergg, Hana
Urie, Jack
Urie, Joshua
Williamson, Thomas

*charges apply

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Healthy skin, perfect teeth, designed to hide what lies beneath

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

You Got Me

Ladies and Gentlemen (and cyclocross racers, who are often neither), DDCX HQ are fresh off of interstate adventures enjoying the creative endeavours of one Mr Parbery and MWMTB's NCXS rounds. We entertained old friends, attempted to make new ones via megaphone 'encouragement' and generally turned ourselves inside out against the best CX racers in Australia.

It would be bereft of me not to mention that Duggan didn't mechanical for the first time in a number of years. Make sure you congratulate him... and then ask how many times his chain dropped on the second day. Jez and Spiro looked impecable on the bike, but for different reasons. New recruits to Team #FYC Jenny and Karen suffered through our poor jokes and still managed to race very well against a very talented field, but more importantly have a blast doing so.

But this means it's our turn next... and it approaches quickly!
The skinny...

  • What is the National Cyclocross Series (aka NCXS)
  • Elite registration is already open - you will need a CA/MTBA/BMXA licence**.  If you have a DDCX Season Pass you are racing B unfortunately (rules are rules). Entries will close a week before hand. You will be warned.
  • Support pre-registration  - this will open about a week beforehand. We will provide a lot of notice via the normal social media channels. B Grade will sell out as it did for our last round, we just upgraded a few people who we felt were ready for A to fit everyone in and that can't happen this time. Open will very likely sell out too. Priority will be given to interstaters as they are coming a long way. This means if you snooze, you will lose. We are serious. If you have a tanty on the day, Erle will just laugh and point.
  • As this is 'the big show' we have some additional staffing requirements and if you have even as little as 2 hours on the day to spare we would love your help. Email ddcx.volunteers@gmail.com to let us know what time you can spare.  The best part is that you will get to work with our normal volunteers who are as sparkling examples of humanity as you are ever likely to meet.
  • We have some quite interesting race timing/results options planned. More on that to come...

**Don't be afraid though, I can assure you that if you've raced A grade at DDCX you can handle this. The racing all the way through the field is excellent.

By now I'm hoping you are all aware that the DAY BEFORE is Australia's first National CX Championships? Really, you aren't? Well... now you are. Word is the perennial DDCX favourite Lewis Rattray will be in attendance! He is coming in hot off of an extended northern hemisphere training camp (or belgian beer drinking, pub bike riding holiday if instagram is to be believed).

If you don't fancy your chances against Paul vdP, AJ, Lewi, Rowena, Lisa, Blakey or one of a number of new faces who have shown their skills at races this year you should still come on down to Cranwell Park as I've seen a draft of the course and this is not only a chance for you to see Australia's best racers drifting their tubs around corners, it's an amazing course.  It's a short ride (or drive) from the CBD, there's delicious food in Footscray to pick up, and more coffee/food on site. Do yourself a solid and make the time to come out and cowbell the riders towards the first ever national champions jersey. It's a historic moment and from what I saw in Sydney the racing will be great.

Further out on the horizon more details of the Victorian State CX Championships have also been announced. You can find them here, and yes it seems like BMX tracks are this years velodromes. but who can complain when it means more radness for everyone?

And that's all the news that's fit to blog... I'm getting a bit Big Kev about all these upcoming races...

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Some kind of secret I will share with you

I mean, no big deal, but if you win you get to wear some kind of stripy jersey at every CX race for the next year and also get a bunch of UCI points to gain entry into the CX Worlds.



The race will be held at Cranwell Park, Braybrook

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Apologies for our tardiness on this report... The DDCX team took a quick break to catch up on their real lives as well go to Sydney to race really fast guys/spread the Melbourne CX gospel/practice our warm-up wheelies.
The return to the hallowed ground of the Harrison Street velodrome for round one of Dirty Deeds brought record crowds of cross racers  to the inner north hot on the heels of the Hell of the Northcote just days before.

Most races were full by the time kids was kicked off by Moreland Mayor extraordinaire Oscar Yildiz who was once again thrilled by an  even bigger turnout than when he started proceedings in 2012.

The kids race is really one of the highlights of the season, from bewildered toddlers on balance bikes being urged by proud parents to teenagers about to make the leap into open or b grade. Costumes are part of DDCX and it's encouraging to see it starting early though we're told the young man in a cowboy outfit refuses to  get around in much else. He did bring a sense of law and order to  the proceedings though. Amity McSwan and her clan are mainstays of cyclocross and Mae and Nels continue to impress with their dedicate to airtime. Nathan  
Bof and Sienna Gibson took it out in each boys and girls.

Beatbox Kitchen had reached full capacity by the time the open/any bike race got underway. Sadly there were no unicycles this round but, encouragingly, no recumbents (there was a close call at the prologue in May when someone arrived prone peddling).

Jack Lamshed took time out from testing the breaking point of the local constabulary's car doors to put on a clinic on his 26", bunny  hopping both barriers and wheelie-ing up Pavlis Hill.

Noted Sunbury hardman and racecraft sage Col Bell exercised some vintage skills to keep Reuben Ruiter on his CX bike at bay and Duncan Murray placated the hipster masses with a no handed skid across the finishing line- Jack Lamshed took the highest step of the  podium in men's and Bec Williamson thrilled all in women's. Bec used her track background to roll Michelle Scurr right before the line after Michelle led all race.

In B Grade we were overwhelmed with racers and it was the biggest field yet. The front runners were leaving the velodrome as the back  end were still coming out if the first few corners. 14 year old Adam  Blazevic, stepped up, put on the long pants and schooled a few  hardened men in the art of cyclocross.

A grade was the penultimate race and Paul van der Ploeg quickly fell  into pace with Adrian Jackson. The field waxed and waned to keep up  with these two but tapping out a steady pace meant they soon got a  clear lead over the rest of the field.  Paul vdP had won the holeshot  but drifted himself back into the field after the first corner. There were some great mud race battles throughout the pack. Spiro rolled a tub getting rad for Rolly and Sime, then binned it   
running back to the pit at Pavlis Hill. Special mention goes to SRAM man Hayden Kerr who, after getting what to commentators Brendan and Hamish, looked like a log embedded in his palm after coming off his  bike, had it removed by medico Rachel and got back into the race  with the aid of his team mate Leigh "d'Oro" de Luca. Chris Mason despite coming off a serious Pyrenees training camp found the corners thrown up on this CX course a challenge for his roadie skills. The race didn't let anyone down for thrills with AJ and Paul vdP sprinting for the line with the big man on the giant bike coming up  trumps.

Women's racing has been our focus and great success in the last few  months. With the hard work of DDCX's Kate Lansell and Stay True's  Jenny Macpherson and others too numerous to mention, women's  cyclocross really stepped up a level to become an important fixture  on Melbourne's cycling calendar. Anyone wanting to get involved can get onto the Dirty Deeds Women's Development Team on Facebook. What we had in the race though was an awesome trans Tasman battle between Jenna MakGill and April McDonough until April got a   
mechanical. She valiantly clawed back to finish 7th. Last years NCXS front runners Lisa Jacobs and the ever smiling Mel Ansett had a ding dong battle for most of the race with technique  
vs  outright power giving each an advantage in different areas of the  course. 

Further back there was a mix of smiles and grit as our largest women's field mixed it up. Lauren Mittiga definitely enjoyed the spontaneous 'high five alley' created at the top of Pavlis Hill. Many new faces seemed to really enjoy the racing. So much smiling between all the gritted teeth!

Many thanks to all who came, raced and cheered as well as our sponsors and volunteers.

The next round will be the big one- the final round of the National CX Series at Darebin Parklands on August the 11th. WILL THE  INAUGURAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONS FRESHLY CROWNED THE DAY BEFORE TRIUMPH?

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Friends for eternity, loyalty, honesty

What are you doing next Thursday night from 7pm?



It's going to be sick. There will be ninjas, a bbq, effjay and beebee talk pro cycling, two climbs of Alpe d'Huez, even Benovese and the Coffe Peddlr will be there slinging 'spros. Plus there's a trivia comp, raffle, sweet prizes from Creux cyclewear and other rad people, you want more?

Did I say bbq? I mean beatbox flippin' kitchen!

Then just listen to this and get pumped:

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Ballad of Ramblin' Rodriguez

Electricity has been returned to DDCXHQ, so here are the prizewinners and podiums from Sunday. The full results are being reviewed and will be up soon, along with the race report.

Photos are rolling in, tag your tweets and instagrams with #DDCX so we don't miss them, or email us a link to your photosets.

Hamish snuck off once the racing was done so that he could spread the gospel of CX to a wider cycling audience:

Brian Mangano's early picks
Corinna Brown
Nick Cooke
Athletic Focus. 1. 2. 3.
Open Cage . 2. Womens CX
Bike Box / Schwalbe
Leigh Schilling
Mik Efford

Alex Meyland

Kids Boys
Nathan Bof
Adam Boyd
Liam Collier

Kids Girls
Sienna Gibson
Mae Czechowski
Darcy Giuliani

Open Men
Jack Lamshed
Ben Walkerden
Duncan Murray
Anthiny Natoli
Colin Bell

Open Women
Bec Williamson
Michelle Scurr
Heather McInulty
Daniela Kirchlinger
Angela Merriam

CX B Grade Men
Ben Healey
Jason Gelsie
Adam Blazevic
John Czechowski
Cam Woolcock

CX A Grade Women
Jenna Makgill
Lisa Jacobs
Mel Anset
Tory Thomas
Jenny Macpherson

CX A Grade Men
Paul van der Ploeg
Adrian Jackson
Warrack Leach
Alex Meyland
John Groves

Battle of the Balance Bikes
Tristan Jackson
Dominico Kellet
Leon Cobbledick

Impact Massage Holeshot
Paul van der Ploeg
Karen Hill

Jet Black / Stans Wheels #zeromechanicals: Shaun Urie
Oldest rider: Sundae Commuter & ??
CycleOps DFLest racer: Lauren Mittiga
Most Inappropriate Bike: Mudguarded & racked touring bike
Massage Oil Shop Women's consistency: Shelley Green
Nwad's Best use of Argyle: Craig Towers

Full Results
Note: If you are not on this list you:
* Had a number that couldn't be seen by the judges
* Didn't cross the line on the final lap
* Are a victim of an honest judging error, and we apologise, we're not perfect. Who knew?

Monday, 1 July 2013

Seven devils all around you

In case you hadn't noticed the tweets and facebook posts, pre-reg is live for this Sunday's race.

Rego will close on Friday so that we can adjust the grading and publish a start list. Registration is closed. If there are still slots available (likely), you can register on the day. There are slots available in Open/Any bike Men & Women, Kids, CX Women. CX Men A & CX Men B are very full and slots will only open up as riders scratch.

If you don't have a CA/MTBA/BMXA licence, or didn't purchase a DDCX Season Pass at the prologue, we will be selling them on Sunday. YOU MUST HAVE A LICENCE BEFORE YOU REGISTER/PAY/COLLECT YOUR NUMBER.

Start list is published at the bottom of the post, showing your grade and bib #.

We will update this post with timing for the day and other details as they emerge.

Until then, tweak your tyre pressure, wash your skinsuit and don't be like me and bend your derailleur hanger & derailleur six days before the race.

Apparently there's some 'rapha women's 100' ride also scheduled for Sunday the 7th of July. Now, personally I'd rather see all the women getting rad at DDCX instead of riding along Boring Beach Rd, being videoed in sepia (mud is naturally sepia!), but I'm weird like that.

So in order to maximise the women's field this weekend we are moving the women's CX race to the last race of the day (315pm), and extending women's registration until right before the race, so you can do the 100, switch bikes, pull on your finest #SKINSUITSUNDAY lycra and get on down to Harrison St for the real fun.

(subject to minor variations on the day)
Volunteer arrival: 0830
Registration Open: 1030
Course Open: 1100
Racing starts: 1200
Final Registration Closes: 1220
Women's CX Registration Closes: 1500
Racing ends: 1615
Stakes up, bunting down: 1620
Presentations: 1630

Race Times:
Kids: 1200
Open M&W: 1230
CXM B: 1320
CXM A: 1415
CXM W: 1515