The weather gods were on our side for rounds 6 & 7 of the Vic Cyclocross Series ‘Mud Wars’ with the rain and hail holding off until after Saturday’s races, making it a mud fest on Sunday. Cyclocross races (AKA Cross or CX) require riders (on what look like road bikes with knobby tyres) to navigate stairs, hurdles, drains, grass and, of course, mud. However, any bike can enter the open category, and this year, several Granite Girls on MTBs dressed up, including a dragon, an angel and an inflatable alien.
The BCG received funding from Indigo Shire Council to help run this event in 2020, but it was postponed for two years (thanks, Covid). We were happy that registrations increased enough to make it viable to run this year, as volunteers put in countless hours to make it happen (special thanks to Adrian Rodda, Ben Kraus and Lynn Frerichs).
People came from all over the state to race, heckle and have fun in our gorgeous little town. The course at Lake Sambell Caravan Park was stunning, with people claiming they couldn’t take a bad photo.
Winners in the A-Grade were Rebecca Locke from Fitzroy and Garry Millburn of Bright. But anyone that raced, volunteered, or spectated was a winner, as the energy was electric, the music on point and the fun vibes were palpable.
Thanks to Indigo Shire Council, ARodda Wines, Bridge Road Brewers, Lake Sambell Caravan Park, AusCycling, and all the helpers (especially those from the Beechworth Chain Gang) for your contributions to making sure the Mud Wars were successful and memorable.
Mud Wars Gallery
As well as gun cyclists, we had some gun photographers on site over the weekend! Below you’ll find galleries of great images from local photographer Jo Turner who was also on site both days. A gallery of pics by Pedalleur (Marty Young) have already been posted on our Facebook page (see embedded post below).
To purchase pics please get in touch directly with the relevant photographer.