Straight up question. Looking for a solid answer. Most of the rest of the world seems to have worked out that racing in the typically warm and dry months of the year is largely "a good thing". Here in Australia it seems that almost all local racing series span the winter months, where it's often cold and raining. One of my mates races locally in Victoria and has often complained of how he's always racing in the cold, and frequently wet conditions, and crashing as a result. He's thinking of throwing the towel in because of the repair costs. I jokingly suggested that he needs to stop crashing, which is a fair point, but the point does still remain that here in Australia it would appear that we're one of the very few countries that holds its racing seasons (both car and bike for that matter) spanning the colder/wetter winter period. Why exactly is that? Are there some staunch stiff upper lip monarchists running the show who while bunkered down in heated offices think it's a good idea for Australia's top talents to be throwing themselves down the road in "bracing" conditions just to keep Australia's racing series aligned with the British calendar? It does possibly explain why Aussies are so decent at racing in the wet on the international stage though. They're constantly complaining about low audience attendences too. During winter the sport has to compete with the various football codes which at least offer seats under cover in stadiums. Bike racing fans have to trek near arctic conditions to set up in a wet and cold field with howling cold winds halfway across a state just to see their sport. At least make the whole affair somewhat more inviting for the fans too, by hosting the racing series when potential attendees are willing to venture outdoors.