Fields of Joy CX (#FOJCX) is a Cyclocross venue developed and raced by Sunbury Cycling Club with very gracious support from Essendon Fields, Melbourne Aust.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

2015 Race 1 Sunday April 19 - General Race Information


Here is some general information about Sunday's Race.


This is the first round of the inaugral Victorian Cyclocross Series

Vic Series CX races accrue points towards a State Series Winner across respective grades. Cycling Victoria are administering the Series and will award Winners jerseys are prizes.

FOJCX will award prizes for our respective round.
Support Races (Open & Juniors) do not accrue points for the State Series but are an important part of our day. We love nothing more than offering inclusive racing and encouraging new racers.


The following grades are on offer;

Men's CX A
Men's CX B
Men's CX C
Men's Open (Support Race - not eligable for series points)

Women's CX A
Women's CX B
Women's Open (Support Race - not eligable for series points)

Kids: Enter on the day (Balance Bikes, Non-Balance Bikes & Young Guns)

CX Requires a CX bike with max 35mm tyres. You can run any bike in Open, including CX bikes. If you want to run MonsterCross (ie CX with MTB tyres) you need to race Open.

VCXS Rules:

Riders interested in racing the Vic CX Series have a responsibility to familiarise themselves with the Series rules, particulary grade changes etc. See the Cycling Vic website for more deatils.


FOJCX will also keep points info on riders and hopefully announce FOJCX Series winners. We are still finalising the back-end of our season and aren't currently in a position to announce anything... just yet. Stay tuned.



Online Entries for Senior Riders have closed.

We will make some on-the-day entries available. Please note that it is important to get your Grade correct, so we will need to talk to you. This takes time. Also, we need to get you into the timing system. This takes time. If you are looking for an on-the-day entry, please come early. On the Day entries will be an extra $5 due to the extra admin involved. Please note that there will be a set amount per grade due to a limit on the number of transponders available. We do encourage you to race though so please don't feel like aren't welcome. Just trying to let you know our constraints on the day.

Startlists will be published by Cycling Victoria once requested grades are reviewed. These will essentially be preliminary. Any anomolies should be reported for review and some riders may have grade changes as a result, particulary as there is a points series that follows this first race.

All Juniors enter-on-the-day. Juniors will have the choice of 3 courses in a prime viewing area;

1) Balance Bike Course -  a very simple, short course for balance bike juniors - generally 3 or 4 years old at a guess.

2) Older Juniors - non-balance bike Juniors. A Longer course on the flat with some barrier type obstacles. Parents & spectators are encouraged to assist lifting bikes.

3) Young Guns - young guns take on the full course (2 laps). They are typically older, more experienced kids say 11 to 14 yo. Young Guns (YGs) will race in the same slot as the Women's grades and will leave a few minutes behind the Womens grades. YGs be transponder timed. They are also welcome to take a chaperone on course to advise handling obstacles etc. We do rely heavily on parental judgement as to their experience level. The intention of YGs is take on the course, not so much to race each other due to their likely varying ages and skill levels. Each YG is a winner taking on the full course though and will be sure to get a big reception from the crowd.


Seniors:    On-the-day   Volunteers $10 + $5
                  On-the-day   Non-vols  $25 + $5

JUNIORS: ALL ON-THE-DAY      Entry by donation  


Everyone needs to be licensed for insurance purposes.
A range of license options are available.

Popular Choices:

For young kids: a 12 months Kidz recreational license for $16 is most common. This is cheaper than a race license (which varies in price depending on age but costs say $70). Age limit applies.

Older Kids: MTBA day license or 2 months FREE MTBA Trial license

Seniors:  3 Race Licenses (3RL) are popular. The cost of the 3RL is deductable from your Race License should you choose to upgrade to a full license.

MTBA 2 Month Free Trial licenses are popular and available online.

This is a matrix I prepared last season. Hopefully the pricing etc is still current. FOJCX Season Licenses are replaced by 3 Race Licenses this year due to the expansion of CX racing available.


Volunteer Allocations will be advised shortly.


We are fund raising for Michael Blyth again this season. Please consider buying some raffle tickets.

Finally a massive thanks to all our sponsors, particularly Essendon Fields and Giant South Yarra.  More announcments on sponsors shortly. 

What else? I'll post a new post if I think of anything else.


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