http://www.fullgaspromotions.com.au/Dir ... dirt-crits
Even though the event has been going on just about every Thursday night since about 2000 (I think??), there have been some recent course additions & developments which some who haven’t been in a while may not know about.
Due to Westgate bridge works, the park is now cut in two so the Dirt Crits is staged on the south side of the bridge accessed off the very end of Lorimar St on the east bank of the Yarra River. The Start/finish is staged over at the recently built Pump-track, which is way over to the east end of the park, south of the bridge.
Course is usually marked out by 5:30pm, with rego 6~6:30pm, racing @ 6:30pm. $10 [Edit 25Sept: it's actually $20 for the MTBA licence]
with an existing MBTA licence or an additional $10 ($20 total) [Edit 25Sept: $30 total]
for entry & day licence. Course varies at about 1~3kms long. Racing is broken up into (unofficial) grades: A/B/C/D, depending more on your ability & experience, with race duration being about 45mins with the lap allocation for each grade to accommodate.
The course has a fair amount of singletrack cut into the surrounding scrub & grass area, but it does also offer opportunities for passing with some open bits. More recently relatively tight singletrack around the Pump track was put in with mixed reviews. Although it has to be said that MTBing is as much about the challenges of the course as well as those you are racing alongside. The below race tracking link was from my belt around on 8th September. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/njRryOU5VIA
During daylight savings (2nd Oct 2011 to 1st April 2012) you can race without lights, but at other times you’ll need to run lights
The event is very casual & for many MTBers I know, this weekly event was their first stab into the wider world of MTB racing. It’s a great toe-in-the-water for anyone curious about MTBing for the first time & everyone who signs up each week knows that they are sharing the track with riders with a wide range of abilities, even those who choose to shave their legs.http://youtu.be/J-r0MDll2-Ahttp://youtu.be/ipBJoFhrkV0
Just a bike & a place to ride.