2016 Single Speed World Championships

by President
2016 Single Speed World Championships

2016SSWCPosterMany in the club are pleased that the 2016 Single Speed World Championships (SSWC) will be hosted in Woodend, Victoria between October 21 and 23‪#‎SSWC2016downunder‬

The town was literally named “wood end” because it is located where the Black Forest ends. At Woodend, prospectors en route to the goldfields in the 1850-60s could finally feel safe from bushrangers who used to hide in ambush in the black woods.

No longer will these single speed prospectors feel safe from bushrangers as we will be drinking them under every table and ambushing them on the tracks. Who will be our Mad Dan Morgan?

This years event presents a carnival (or carni-velo) theme with the expectation that participants will be dressing up as their favourite carnival character. Those with coulrophobia may wish to reconsider. At some point during the beer drinking there will be a mountain bike race where the only restrictions are a single gear and functional brakes. The race course takes you over the single tracks throughout the nearby Wombat State Forest.

Registration for the weekend is $140 for racers and $100 for those just wanting to party. Entry gets you:

  • Entry to the welcome party at Holgate Brewhouse on Friday night
  • A day to remember at the Carni-velo festival at the legendary Hanging Rock on Saturday
  • A start at the Main Event and lunch on Sunday (race entry only)
  • A bunch of sweet, limited edition, collectable merchandise.

Entries close 30th September.

Transportation is a matter of making your own way down. You can fly down and get a airport shuttle to Woodend or you can fly in and train it up from Southern  Cross Station in Melbourne. Driving time from the Sunshine coast is around 19 hours straight or about and hour from the airport at Tullamarine.

Accommodation will be scarce closer to the event due to other events taking place at the same time. Therefore we’ll need to know numbers ASAP so we can find an appropriate place to stay and do a group booking if so desired.

For further discussion about what gear ratio is best, whether you’re too soft for rigid, travel, and accommodation options please join our club >Facebook Group< . Otherwise you can check out their website: http://sswc2016.com and their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sswc2016downunder/ .