What a way to wrap up the 2017 Australian Cross season with Fields of Joy Melbourne GPCX making history by being the first-ever UCI international cyclocross race to be held in Australia or the Oceania. As with the rest of the Aussie season, the racing was hotly contested but went up a notch with the addition of some speedy Internationals added to the mix. FOJ is one our favourite race venues, it’s hard to beat the atmosphere on the hill, for spectator or rider, or if you are reffing the bars to get up the hill or bombing down it! The weather played its part giving us 2 very different days and conditions, without a doubt playing its biggest role by making the downhill for race two just like real Euro Cross conditions, and making a real spectacle for the spectators. It’s fair to say the earlier races in the day got the worst conditions, battling it out in the rain and hail, the course and especially the hill becoming a slippery dip, silly hard to ride, impossible to walk down. It was pretty awesome to watch the women in the earlier races ride/slide ( any way you could ) / the odd cartwheel down the hill all smiling from ear to ear and well basically just owning it.
The Elite women’s day one’s racing went to Peta Mullens who was out for a win and she got after a good battle in front of Squid USA’s Emily Kachorek and Sammi Runnels.
The highlight for the weekend for us and our Aussie season was having Ren on the podium for both days, but in particular, her day 2 race, going out fast and battling it out for the win at the pointy end. In the end, though after an epic to and fro, she had to settle for second behind Squid USA’s Sammi Runnels, Peta coming home in 3rd. Very happy though to finish of the Aussie season with her first UCI C2 2nd.
The organisers really did put on a great weekend of racing after a lot of behinds the scenes hours and hours of work. Thanks to all involved in pulling it off and all the event sponsors for getting behind it! Really can’t wait to race it again next year!
Also, we must say special thanks to everyone for all the amazing photos. ( ps we apologies if we having got the captions right yet, working on it )