3 WINTERS 3 CROSS SEASONS …. AUSSIE CROSS 2017 PART 1

After a bumper 2016 Australian Cyclocross season, with a big numbers turning up to race all over the country, the 2017 Australian season was set to be bigger and better than ever.  And that it was, big race numbers lots of new faces, and for us, a highlight was the number of women getting out there having a bash and ultimately having an absolute blast on the bike.  We also saw this with up’s in numbers turning up to skills rides and Cyclocross rides generally, resulting in lots of smiling cross converts.

Our 2017 Australian Cyclocross season began pretty much off the back of our Euro Cross season. It was a case of 3 consecutive winters and Cross seasons back to back, it was a bit unknown how we would back up, we are not as young as we used to be ;) . We did delay our start as much as we could to give our bodies a little rest, this though putting us out of some early racing. In the end it was a bit of an upsy downsy season, Bec was still struggling with her injury from her pre-worlds crash, and Ren broke her hand after Bright, and basically, we struggled to find our best race legs after a long year of racing. We were really happy to pick up some wins, State and National series podiums at every race, a couple of UCI C2 podiums and though it would have been great to bring the National Jersey back to team WillyLocke for another season we ended up with a 3rd and 4th at the National Championships behind deserving winner on the day, and fellow Focus, Sram and Zipp racer, Peta Mullens, and Nat Redmon in second. Kim Hurst from New Zealand brought more depth to the National series (and who would at the end of the season take the overall Oz series win back across the ditch), as did April McDonough and Stacey Riedel with strong seasons, from to name a few. The depth and numbers in the women’s racing, across all categories, without a doubt, went up a notch from last year and made for a season of hotly contested racing,  great signs for the growth of the sport down under.  The last race was to be a big highlight of the Aussie season, with it being the first ever UCI international category Cyclocross race to be held ever Down under!  To be continued …