Last weekend Melbourne hosted Australia’s first ever National title for Cyclocross and the fifth and final event in the Cyclocross National Series. Series leader Paul Van der Ploeg and Rowena Fry were joined by a number of former Australian national champions from years gone by with Alan Iacoune, Sid Taberlay, Andy Blair, Katherine O’Shea and Tory Thomas.
The week leading up to the event saw Melbourne dish out its finest mix of bitterly cold wind, heavy rain, some sun, followed by more rain. This left the course along the banks of the Maribyrnong river in Melbourne’s inner Western suburbs nicely water logged and perfect for Cyclocross racing.
The course was ultimately a test of the strongest athlete with a hilly track with muddy off camber corners dotted with high barriers leaving competitors with little option but to dismount, shoulder their …