About the magazine
Australian Cyclocross Magazine is a locally produced online publication based in Sydney, Australia. The idea for the magazine was borne out of the rapidly growing Australian cyclocross scene, which you will not find represented very often in any of Australia’s other cycling publications. We think now is the perfect time for the sport to have its own voice.
The focus of the magazine is all things cyclocross.No matter what part of CX, be it racing, heckling, running an event, gravel grinding or even just having a wonderful cross bike as your do-it-all commuter, Australian Cyclocross Magazine aims to be the voice for Australian cyclocross riders and the Australian cyclocross scene.
The core team behind Australian Cyclocross Magazine are husband and wife Sean Couley and Christine Carter.
Sean is as keen a cross racer as they come. You may have seen him at any of the NCXS races over the last 5 years, in the sky blue and pink of his Australian Cyclocross Magazine kit and t-shirt. He got into CX from a mountain bike background, giving cross a go at a local series on a single speed mountain bike, winning his first ever race – also the last race he has ever won. Not just a racer, Sean is also there to help set up the course, heckle every other grade and pack up at the end of a day. He has had a hand at course design and was the evil person behind the 2013 NSW State Championship course. Sean is always on hand to help the local club with all things cyclocross. If you see him at a race say hello, as he is always keen to chat about CX – especially if beer is involved!
Having a background in horses, Christine was a late starter to bike riding; her parents thought horses were safer, so she didn’t start riding until the age of 35, when she had an unbroken new horse and was missing her time in the bush. With the help of some new-found cycling buddies she got the bug, and within four months competed at her first half marathon. She hasn’t looked back.
At the 2012 National Series in Sydney, Sean entered a draw for a Focus CX bike… and won! Since he already had a very nice CX bike he kindly donated his bike to Christine (much to her horror). She duly rode it about in the bush and sold her road bike when she realised she preferred the CX bike. At the beginning of the 2013 season it was ‘mentioned’ that she had better actually race the bike. She did – and she too got the bug…and race pain face to go with it!!
At Australian Cyclocross Magazine we’re passionate about cyclocross.
‘The thing I really like about Cyclocross is the friendly, helpful atmosphere. It’s just a fun time out and everyone is really, really nice. It doesn’t matter where you come in the end… I think everyone should have a go. It’s FUN!’ – Christine Carter
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We thought you might like to meet our regular contributors…
Josh our photographer from Riding Focus
My love of cycling started young at the age of seven. My parents didn’t give me a bike, they made me work and earn it…all the savings from pocket money, odd jobs, selling cakes & delivering papers lead to that joyous moment of buying my own bike and walking out of the shop with a fast (red) BMX with tuff wheels. The bike was heaps of fun around the farm, dirt tracks, mud, jumps, chasing the dogs and the cows; it served me well.
After a couple of years it dawned on me this bike could get me to the beach, to a mates place and to school. In a country town these weren’t ‘just around the corner’ more like 20+km one way. So my love of cycling adventure had started. Years later moving to Sydney I temporarily stopped riding due to a lack of having a bike, eventually buying a MTB to commute to University.
It didn’t take long before I was riding in a ton of community rides around Sydney most weekends plus a few MTB races. A bit later a dear friend gave me his road bike and this opened up long weekend rides exploring the quieter outer suburban roads of Sydney.
At this point I had no real idea of what Cyclocross was, but I’d been living a CX life of exploring and adventure where dirt and mud were sought after rather than avoided. Upon discovering this and having some awful luck I ended up riding less and taking more photos.
While all forms of cycling are wonderful in my eyes (lens) the very nature of Cyclocross is deep in my heart. What other form of cycling allows you to blast down a road at high speed before needing to dismount and jump a barrier then run the gauntlet of mud, sand, gravel and grass.
Life is not like cycling adventure, it is in an adventure worth cycling.
Nic Cotterell – aka Mr Dirty Deeds
You know who this is… you’ve seen him barking into a megaphone yelling ‘creative encouragement’ to racers, running tape around courses, marshalling a corner or hustling around a Dirty Deeds CX race looking very stressed. You’ve probably cursed his name as a course designer at least once.
If you’ve spoken to him you’ve realised that ‘cross obsessed’ is an understatement… He doesn’t mind a chat but when cyclocross is concerned it goes to new levels.
If you’ve raced him, you have probably wondered about how damn skinny his legs are…
Nik is a founder of Dirty Deeds CX which is now seven years deep into spreading the gospel of mud and cross racing fun. He has raced in almost every state and territory domestically (Come on TAS and NT!). He wishes he had the engine of Wout, the skills of Stybar and the hops of Meeusen. His goal is to perfect the simultaneous dismount-shoulder and handup grab.