Sunday 30 July 2023
Guildford Meadow, Caversham
After a run of dry races in WA for the cyclocross season, it was great to see some muddy conditions to test the riders at the AusCycling WA State Cyclocross Championships. Congratulations to riders across all categories who secured medals. And kudos to everyone who got out there and raced on a very tough circuit.
In the Elite categories, two riders emerged victorious. Zoe Davison took out the Elite Women’s State Championship after last tasting victory in the Elite State Champs race in 2021. Mikayla Smith and Andrea Coleman secured the podium positions. For the third year in a row Tristan Nash secured the Men’s Elite State Championship. Rounding out the podium was Hayden James and Jon Gregg.
The course did not disappoint. Course designer, Ben Nash, linked together the best parts of the Guildford Meadow parkland area to create a flowing course that tested rider and machine! You’ll be able to recognise anyone who competed in the 2023 CX State Champs by the grass and mud that’s still caked to their bike! It’s unlikely that anyone’s gears were working smoothly by the end of play.
The future is continuing to look bright for cyclocross racing in WA. Of the 129 riders who raced, 46 were kids in the U9, U11 and U13 categories. Congratulations to all the kids who braved the tough conditions. And our thoughts also go out to the parents who spent their Sunday night fighting a losing battle to get the mud out of their kid’s clothes.
As always, a cyclocross race weekend isn’t complete without a big thank you going out to all the volunteers who ensured the event could go ahead. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes for a race weekend, including council approvals, organising the event health services, organising a coffee van (thanks for Larissa’s Lattes for keeping us all fed and hydrated), setting up and managing the entry portal, website and social media management, start lists, call-up lists, running the rego tent, timing and race director duties on race day, as well as course setup and pack-down. Thank you to everyone for creating an inclusive and welcoming community.
Don’t forget that we have one more race this season before we crown our Numbat Cup Series Champions. Racing will be at Iho Park in South Guildford on Sunday 6 August. If you purchased a series entry for the Numbat Cup at the start of the season, you’re ready to go – just remember to bring your existing race number. For everyone else, entries close 7pm, Friday 4 August, so register now.
Links to the published albums of the photographers that were in attendance at the race can be found below. You’ll also find these, and a range of other race photos and videos, posted on the WA Cyclocross Facebook group.