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AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby dalai47 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:48 pm

Australia's first ever permanent CX course is taking shape as well as a new CX series for Melbourne. Details below.

http://fojcx.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/su ... oy-cx.html
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Mugglechops » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:51 pm

Been following the pics of the build on instagram.

Looks awesome
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Drizt » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:10 pm

Cool. Thanks for posting. Build pics on Instagram?

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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Mugglechops » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:37 pm

Drizt wrote: Build pics on Instagram?


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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby nezumi » Mon Jun 16, 2014 5:40 pm

I'm following this with bated breath. :D
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:47 pm

This is gonna be good. 8)
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby k1lo5 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 3:44 pm

Looking forward to watching the course take shape. Gonna take CX to another level!
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Wakatuki » Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:17 am

Oh why oh why do I live in QLD.. Other than the weather...


This looks great. 8) :twisted:
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AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:39 pm

Wakatuki wrote:Oh why oh why do I live in QLD.. Other than the weather...


This looks great. 8) :twisted:

You only need a paddock / playground etc to make CX course...you can put one together in a couple of hours with a little imagination ( no giant bloody diggers required :mrgreen: ) .Race on it the next day then forget about for a year.
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby dalai47 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:17 pm

toolonglegs wrote:You only need a paddock / playground etc to make CX course...you can put one together in a couple of hours with a little imagination ( no giant bloody diggers required :mrgreen: ) .Race on it the next day then forget about for a year.


This is why it is great to have a CX venue available...

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10373677_671056632974729_351618277883352802_n.jpg
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Wakatuki » Mon Jun 30, 2014 4:39 pm

Yeah, that's why the local school said he loved the idea but the mess.... I know a man with some land, but he keeps goats on it :lol:
I will tag his thread :P
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:18 pm

dalai47 wrote:
toolonglegs wrote:You only need a paddock / playground etc to make CX course...you can put one together in a couple of hours with a little imagination ( no giant bloody diggers required :mrgreen: ) .Race on it the next day then forget about for a year.


This is why it is great to have a CX venue available...

https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10373677_671056632974729_351618277883352802_n.jpg

Yeah great if you have one... Just saying that you don't have to have anything special to organize a cross race... Of the 50 or 60 races held close by to chez moi non are more than paddocks or parks uses once or twice a season.
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby dalai47 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:41 pm

Agreed TLL. Just that it's getting harder to obtain permits to race these days - on road or off. So having the owners of Essendon Fields allowing space for a CX course is fantastic!
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:48 pm

Yeah I can imagine oz being an insurance nightmare for such events... Starting to get a bit like that here :-(
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby cancan64 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:37 pm

Wakatuki wrote:Yeah, that's why the local school said he loved the idea but the mess.... I know a man with some land, but he keeps goats on it :lol:
I will tag his thread :P


The goats could be a unique obstacle...wont be long before it will catch on in Europe
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:09 pm

cancan64 wrote:
Wakatuki wrote:Yeah, that's why the local school said he loved the idea but the mess.... I know a man with some land, but he keeps goats on it :lol:
I will tag his thread :P


The goats could be a unique obstacle...wont be long before it will catch on in Europe


That was my first thought too! I wonder if specially trained obstacle goats are a valuable niche market? :)

In all seriousness though, my block would fit the bill pretty well i think, 45 acres basically consisting of a fairly steep sided valley and a little bit of flat ground at the bottom. 3 dams atm and another 1 or 2 to go in, so good scenery and plenty of water to mix up the mud if the sky doesn't cooperate..
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby Blakeylonger » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:32 pm

toolonglegs wrote:You only need a paddock / playground etc to make CX course...you can put one together in a couple of hours with a little imagination

Race on it the next day then forget about for a year.


In theory, sure. And there are plenty of paddocks out in woop woop, but only the die hard cx tragics will be there, you won't get a DDCX style event with 350 racers, and even more spectators, schlepping out for that. The poor turnout at Lysterfield proved this.

Stewards of parklands, schools etc are very reluctant to turn their grounds over to anyone, for any purpose, even if the damage done is superficial and disappears in a month. NIMBYs (see photo above) are a powerful force. Plus most parks in Melb are either 'passive' recreation, aka unorganised activity only, or if they're 'active' then they're cricket/footy fields and stewarded by the sporting club who definitely won't let it happen.

It's much easier for them just to say no than to work out a way to make it happen.
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Re: AU's first permanent CX course Melbourne

Postby toolonglegs » Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:14 pm

That's the massive urban sprawl that is Australian cities... Where as we have a little town on every intersection over here :lol: ... A lot less space overall but a lot more puddles to play in.
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