Getting ready to compete in Australia's Cyclocross National Championships. © Andrew Blake

Getting ready to compete in Australia’s Cyclocross National Championships. © Andrew Blake

We’ve covered Australian cyclocross before, but often, it’s been the whacky antics of the Dirty Deeds series: They race hard, and party harder, from beginner clinics to costumed races. Now, Australia is hosting their first ever cyclocross national championships, in August. It’s not to kick off the season in some whacky reverse order, but rather, it’s because in their hemisphere, cyclocross season is just about over.

With 133 riders registered, the inaugural Cyclocross National Championships will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Leading the charge in the 29-men deep Elite Men’s race is Lewis Rattray, who participated in the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships last year. The Elite women’s field is 18-deep.

Conditions in Cranwell Park may be rainy, and the Melbourne cyclocrossers have been talking up their mud skills on Facebook, and are hoping that it will be a true cyclocross battle in the mud.

Make sure you’re subscribed to Issue 22 of Cyclocross Magazine for a feature on the Dirty Deeds series.

Here’s a video feature on Australian cyclocross from last summer: