Dirty Deeds Cyclocross turned Good Friday into #bestfriday with its annual twilight prologue to open the Melbourne cx season at Brunswick velodrome.
Early showers cleared for dry racing in the infield under lights, as hot laps gave way to kids and 10-lappers for the women and men, before the finale of three-lap giggles shootout handicapped by height. Love it.
There was food, laughs, great commentary, noise and coffee as the sun went down, but good racing too.
Amity McSwan dominated the women, seemingly faster every lap to finish clear of Phillipa Birch. Third was new Jayco VIS recruit Tessa Fabry, who had barely warmed down from topping the A grade podium at Hawthorn Cycling Club’s Good Friday crits (and recent top results in the National Road Series).
Men’s A was on from the gun, with crowd-sourced holeshot cash snatched by reigning UCI Cross Country Eliminator world champ Paul van der Ploeg – a #vanderholeshot! Vandy and national cyclocross champ Allan Iacuone diced for the lead for several laps until split by young Liam Jeffries.
Keep an ear out for victor van der Ploeg at the UCI World Cup in Cairns next week.
Pro results live on the night and now at metarace.
Hawthorn’s crits at the teardrop circuit in Kew was another first for Good Friday. All entry fees, and from what we hear most of the prize money, was donated to the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. The crits scored a live cross in Channel 7’s annual appeal’s fundraising telethon. Nice work Hawthorn!
Good Friday has definitely turned into #bestfriday.
More pix here, by baudman.