It has been over three years since the last race of the Vic Series Cyclocross (now AusCycling State Cyclo-cross Series) was held at Lake Sambell in Beechworth. Well, it’s back baby and not just one race but two! Yep, a double header on 13-14th August.
The natural amphitheatre between the Lake Sambell Caravan Park and Lake Sambell itself provides the arena for exciting cyclocross racing with the open landscape enabling full views of the course for spectating from just about anywhere.
The course itself will contain some classic features of past races such as Hennessey’s Hill (can you get up without unclipping?), Wes’s Maze (once you go in, you may never come out), the mini pump track Il Pumpolino and the Pondage Crossing (turn left too late and you are in the Lake). Some new and classic CX features will be included for the 2022 race including Plankety Planks (are you good enough to bunny hop them?), Trav’s Death Stairs (there’s no riding them) and the Sawtooth (pray it’s not muddy).
Coffee, food and beer (Bridge Road Brewers of course!) will be available on site so not only is your pre-race stimulation covered, so is your post-race energy replacement and fluid intake!
You can even stay on site at the Lake Sambell Caravan Park on any number of powered or unpowered sites or one of their warm, cozy cabins. Imagine stepping off your bike straight into a hot shower, clean clothes and heading over to the food and beer tent ready to watch (and heckle) your buddies in the next race.
Categories for CX bikes are the usual A, B and C Grades for both Women and Men. There is also the Open Category for anyone wanting to have a go at “cross racing but doesn’t have the right hardware. We’re looking at you gravel grinders!
We even have race specific music playlists for each category to help you keep the cadence up and the pedals turning over.
There will be the kids race for the mini-shredders on balance bikes and up to 24” wheelers. Please note, anyone that chooses to run after their kids in this race do so at their own risk of being labeled helicopter parents.
So shake off those wintery post-pandemic blues, dust of your trusty nobbly-tyred steed and come join us in Beechworth for a week-end of fun cyclocross racing and happy times.