Dirty Deeds done

Melbourne’s second round of the Champion System SRAM 2012 National Cyclocross Series is done and dusted, with the Dirty Deeds Cx round at Darebin today.

A flowing course, good organisation and plenty of noise at the mudpit made for a fun afternoon. 

DDCX 2012

A kiss for Round 2 national series women’s elite winner Lisa Jacobs. She’s fast! Podium boy, yeah?

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The hell of the North(cote)

Melburn Roobaix reconfirmed its place on the cycling calendar yesterday with more than 2000 riders taking to the streets, paths, lanes and drains. 

Inspired by the famous Paris-Roubaix pro race, the local version is a whole lot more relaxed – 40 km in six hours, a dozen sectors of cobbled laneways paying homage to the original and a non-UCI finish at the Roubaix Roobaix (Brunswick) velodrome.

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Bring back the bike budget

Bring back the bike budgetThe road to reinstating Victoria’s bike infrastructure budget could be long and hard, but not for want of enthusiasm by Melbourne’s cyclists.

Well over 500 cyclists braved one of Melbourne’s most miserable mornings to turn up to Bicycle Network Victoria’s pre-work rally on the steps of Parliament on Thursday.

They were treated to a good speech from CEO Harry Barber and a good event with lots of photo ops, many of which made the papers and evening news.

Numerous cyclists were bewildered that a modern government willing to court the all-conquering Cadel Evans and spruik our Bike City status could be so planning-illiterate as to cancel such a program. What’s next? Our rights to the road?

Cyclists braved the weather for a before-work rallyThe infrastructure program is peanuts in terms of the state budget. We probably spend more each year on cars and drivers for State Ministers.

If those same Ministers spent a week on a bike – even during business hours – we’d see enough savings to reinstate the whole program, as well as the will to do so.

A new militancy?

Melbourne cyclists will rally on the steps of Parliament House tomorrow morning to protest the state government’s decision to scrap its key bike infrastructure budget. We flagged the hypocrisy of this decision last month.

There’s more of course. Last year the Minister for Roads and Public Transport Terry Mulder lambasted the former government over an Auditor-General’s report that found Labor ’s Victorian Cycling Strategy fell short of what was needed to mainstream cycling. Well, we knew that but at least they had a strategy.

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Prologue done and dusted

You’d be hard pressed to find more laughs on a cold winter night than the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross prologue on Friday. Maybe it’s just cyclists, or the commentary and cowbells. Or perhaps the occasional beer.

Either way, Brunswick velodrome saw a huge crowd as over 140 riders mashed the infield for two hours, resplendent with the awesome Spiral of Death.
The spiral of death
The DDCX Spiral of Death, courtesy baudman

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Bike City gets a flat

UCI Worlds bunch en route to Geelong 2010

Riding in Melbourne is pretty good – good roads, some shared paths, great mountain biking, a bayside training route, mountains within reach and a mild climate. Cadel Evans’ brief visit home after winning the 2011 Tour de France drew the biggest crowd ever seen in Federation Square and new Premier Ted Baillieu delivered a speech so good that you’d reckon his writer rides.

But we also have some of the most aggressive drivers known to man and a road network designed without much thought for cyclists. So things are good but they could be better.

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