Essendon Fields to host first International cyclocross event

Sunbury Cycling Club (SCC) in conjunction with Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) will host the Airport Toyota Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross (#MELGPCX) at Essendon Fields on 26 and 27 August 2017. The first ever International Cyclocross event at Essendon Fields, attracting the best riders from all over Australia and the world.

The Hon John Eren, Minister of Sport said: "The Andrews Labour Government is proud to support the Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross and secure another world class cycling event for our sports capital." He added: "Events like these showcase the best of Victoria – attracting more visitors, creating jobs, keeping local businesses busy and inspiring our next generation of champions to get on their bikes."

Originating in Europe over 100 years ago, Cyclocross is traditionally a winter sport, raced on a short, off-road course, with various natural and man-made obstacles to test rider’s technical abilities. Cyclocross is famous for being a spectator-friendly, fun and inclusive racing format, particularly suited to kids and novice racers, adding considerably to its community atmosphere.

Chris Cowan, CEO of Essendon Fields said “Cyclocross races are held on the custom course at the end of the runway with riders and spectators experiencing the adrenalin of CX with planes and helicopters taking off above them. We’re thrilled to be hosting the first International CX event in Australia.”

This event will be run at Fields of Joy Cyclocross, a facility developed by SCC and volunteers from Melbourne’s Cyclocross community located at Essendon Fields. The upcoming MELGPCX races are expected to be the biggest yet.

It is fitting that Melbourne is the host city, as it is arguably home to the largest cyclocross rider community within Australia. It is hoped that continued growth and support will see the event develop into a Melbourne-based cyclocross festival, with ambitions to host more international events in the future including a World Cup.

Find more event info at http://www.melgp.cx

 

Photo Credit: Jeff Curtess

Peta Mullens (with white helmet) is 8x Australian Champion across running & multiple cycling disciplines (track, road, MTB & Cyclocross)

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