Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #5 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #2: Top of the Rock Cross. Mt. Washington. Recap

  • Wednesday night don’t forget to tune into the first world cup of the year down in Vegas. It should be a wicked battle. Check out the preview on www.theholeshot.ca with a link to watch.
  • Major congratulations to COTR race Peter Reid who will miss the next 2 events because he will be in KONA getting inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame for his 3 world championship wins. Sorry you will be missing the next 2 races!
  • Did you know that every time you race this year your name goes in to win a Naked Frameset….. which is one of our series prizes. Each time you enter a race you enter to win!
  • Super cool to see 14 year old Emily Johnston (Trail Bikes) take her first Expert Women’s podium. 33 years separated the expert women’s podium ages. Super cool!
  • We have changed the series points reporting on the web site if you have not checked it out yet.
    http://www.crossontherock.com/php/series-results/?series=2016 In newsletter #5 (7 items…..this is going to be a long one…..)
  1. Recap COTR 2016 #2. Top of the Rock Cross. Mt Washington.
  2. Zoom Zoom Video
  3. Some registration changes coming up
  4. Team Update
  5. Update on results processing
  6. Looking ahead to Tugboat Cross
  7. WAY down below…..some gnarly knee photos of Andreas (do NOT look if you are squeamish) and a knee report.

1. Recap COTR 2016 #2. Top of the Rock Cross. Mt Washington Notes from Race Director Dave Nowak:

It’s been 10 years since I first brought cross to the valley.
(Norm’s note. The first race in the CV was Coal Cross.
http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=1 It stands as the LONGEST cross race we have ever put on in time after the leaders absolutely hammered the first lap and messed up the lap count. It also stands as the 6th hardest race of all time with a 12% drop out rate. It was and still is one of my favorite races)
I am completely amazed at how many people attended this race considering the distance travelled and the fact that it was a Saturday! Gone are the days that 70 people at an island cup race was considered a huge success. Super stoked on this new venue and Mount Washington is stoked on the event! They want to build an entire weekend around this race, Saturday night party, DH race or lift accessed enduro on the Sunday. Rumours have it that they are building pump track, would consider an over/under through the courtyard to access more terrain and will work with us to build a ‘smoother’ course!
Fingers crossed…
Huge props to Chris Sykes for designing a course that was fun, fast, with a ridiculous run-up considering the limited terrain we were able to use this year. I can’t remember who said it, but it truly was ‘diabolical’!
So awesome to see Andrew Brown back at a CX race, granted it wasn’t on a bike, and yes Lee Blais, he is not dead. Without him re-flagging the course throughout the day, course doping would have been at an all time high. (Norm’s note. It would be impossible to beat the SSCXWC2015) Huge thanks to Trail Bicycles, Jeff has always been a huge supporter of cross, so rad to see him take out the beginner clinic. I also have to thank all the other race day sponsors; Discover Comox Valley, Biblio Taco, Gladstone Brewery, Milano Coffee, Geurrilla Pizza, Blue Toque, CV Collective, The Riding Fool Hostel, Island Joy Rides, Sew What I Sew and Eatmore Sprouts.
Highlight for me was Morgan Harker and Drew Mac donating their Run-up primes back to the kids races. (Norm’s Note….we have figured out a plan for that cash).
I would not have been able to do it without the huge group of volunteers…
Jen Mac, Katie Strain, Sarah J, Christina Zimmerman and Vanessa at registration. (Norm’s Note. Many people commented on how smooth the registration was at this event. We re-wrote the protocol a bit before the event and had a good briefing and it showed. One of the smoothest so far) Dan Wilson and his CVAA band of merry men who helped Hilary Grant with manual timing.
Pat and Laurel on electronic timing.
The Friday afternoon crew who helped pound posts and flag the course and the Trail bikes crew who raked over 500m of course two weeks ago.
I can’t forget to thank Brett “The Holeshot” Whitehead for all his help both with course setup and from behind his computer.
A big thank you for Jen Mac for wearing her “Nurse Jenny’ hat along with Dave the bike patroller for taking care of Dre Hagen (see the ‘gnar way down below if you dare) after he and his bike decided to have a fight. I heard they’re getting along again.
And I do have to thank Norm for letting me get back in the game.
Thanks to anyone and everyone else who made this race a big success!
More Norm’s Notes.

  • Amazing day. I know it did rain at some point….but I can’t recall it being very long….it just seemed to be great weather the whole day.
  • Super challenging course. We will see how it scores at the end of the season survey. Most people said that they loved the way it raced. The only comment (and it was not “negative” just a comment) was it needed a little more distance. If we get more people out for this event next year (which after hearing how good it was I am sure we will) we will be looking to add a bit more onto this course.
  • Super happy to have the SS prizes back from Phillips Brewery. (and non-beer for U19 from Sew what I sew).
  • Great venue.
  • Amazing back drop.
  • Great to see Sylvia Storry back out racing COTR.

2. Zoom Zoom Video
For you ZOOM ZOOM racers here is a little video from Saturday’s race: https://youtu.be/6Q9Sn0NFEQs
Thanks to Sean Voigt for making the drive up in the Mazda CX3. Getting there early and doing a great job helping out with the kids races.
He also has a bunch of photos which I will fire a link up on the FB page later in the week.

3. Some registration changes coming up
We wanted to give you a heads up that we will be implementing a 80 person cap for each category going forward. There has only been 2 race categories that have hit this limit so far. With Bear X-Ing on Thanksgiving Monday and the series final being in Saanich we anticipate that these caps may be hit again. Don’t be disappointed. Make sure you sign up before the cap has been hit. (At this point it only effects Masters Men and Intermediate Men).

4. Team Update
The New Series Team rankings have been VERY popular to check out.
LOTS of conversation about them over the weekend.
http://www.crossontherock.com/php/team-standings/?series=2016 If there is a problem with your team name. For example you have 2 teams that should be combined to one mega-super team. We will give you until Thursday to let us know. We will fix as many things as we can.
Then from that point forward it will be up to the racers to do their part and make sure you are signed up for the right team when you register.
Again if you missed it on our FB post last week here is the information.
100 points for winning expert…
80 points for winning masters/intermediate
60 points for beginner.
The number of points each person gets it proportional to where they finish.
Finish mid pack, get half those many points. Finish last, get 0.
Finish 5 of 20 gets you same # of points as finishing 10 of 40 etc etc. This doesn’t give benefit to racing in small category or to smaller races.
Top 5 racers per race earn points, no more than 2 per category.
A team needs at least 3 people finishing at each race to be counted.

5. Update on results processing
I will get an official shake down from Patrick, Roland and Katie before the next event but from the e-mails that have been going back and forth that I have been cc’ed on I THINK race #2.5 went a bit better for electronic timing. We will try to link up some splits this week.
For the uninitiated and naïve you might think that this should be “simple” and “easy”. Just attach some computer chips to some riders.
Capture the information. Pump it onto the web site post-race.
Let me tell you it is NOT.
When we tried this for the first time at the Kona Kup in 2013 we used one of the most experienced timers in the industry. He said, “This was the most difficult type of event I have ever tried to time. EVER”. He spent 7 hours post-event making sure the results were correct and had to write a special program to interpret the raw data.
There are lots of things about cross that other events just do not have. Multiple laps. Multiple categories on the course at the same time.
People warming up….and going by the timing equipment during their events.
People that can not or will not follow simple instructions on how to attach a timing chip to their wrist. People that wear their timing chip from a previous race….for the next race. Racers that DNF and then hang out at the finish line with their timing chips on their wrist…..getting counted by the reader……the list goes on. Some events have some of these things.
But no other type of event has ALL of these things.
The Vancouver Cross crew took 2 years to get theirs ALMOST dialed (it will never be 100%). 2 years!
We are at 2.5 races.
It will come….but it takes a bit.
For now though we are lucky to have experienced timers to do manual timing.
And even MORE lucky to have Katie and Roland that have a LOT of patience, knowledge and experience.
So next time you fire off an e-mail wondering why you don’t have your points but you registered the first race as NORMON THIBAULT and the second race as Norm Thibault……be patient. We will sort it out.
For now….we ask the racers to do their best to get their information correct when they register. To read the updates about timing and registration. And to listen to instructions at the races about clearing the finish line, Not reefing their timing chips super tight so they don’t register (Halldor), not carrying their timing chip with them when they DNF and not pre-riding near the timing equipment.
We will get there…..together. And then super-geek out on the stats!

6. Looking ahead to Tugboat Cross
It is nice to have 15 days to build the excitement towards Tugboat Cross.
Last year more racers rated this race “Loved It” than any other course. A full 5% higher than #2.
One of the most picturesque settings on Ladysmith Harbour……and a sweet beach which we will be taking advantage of.
Plus Wannawafel will be on-site!
Registration link:
https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10086/2016-cross-on-the-rock-tugboat-cross

7. WAY down below…..some gnarly knee photos of Andreas (do NOT look if you are squeamish) and a knee report.
Knee report from Andreas Hagen
Awesome day out this weekend – great course and I had a ton of fun! Given the look on everyone’s suffering faces, I may have come out easier off than most. Tough but great course!
The knee…it’s going to be a week before I do much, so I may be cheering and on hand-up duty only at tugboat. Good news, no new fractures or damage to ligaments!
Attached some pics – first staples ever for me and frankly feeling a bit frankensteinish. Be warned, they’re a bit nasty

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #4 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #2: Top of the Rock Cross. Mt. Washington. Saturday.

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #4 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #2:
Top of the Rock Cross. Mt. Washington. Saturday.

Liking the bullet form points at the start of each newsletter so we will keep that theme rolling.

  • The schedule for this event is 30 minutes LATER than the schedule for ALL other COTR events this year. This is to allow for a bit of extra travel time for almost everyone.
  • Don’t forget your license, a copy of it, an e-mail receipt or something. Otherwise bring $10 extra.
  • From our furthest south point of the COTR series (and history) we move to the furthest North and the furthest UP. First trip to Mt Washington
  • The forecast has gone from “EPIC CX CONDITIONS” for this weekend to “We will probably still need mud tires”. Remember though that we are in the mountains and conditions can change quickly so be prepared for anything.
  • Watch out for the return of and revenge of the anti points structure racer in EXPERT – The one and only Rob Parkin
  • Shout out to Jordan Drew who has experienced the 2nd shortest COTR CX season of 2016 (behind Peter Wellsman). Jordon got tangled with someone in a corner in the first lap of the Expert Race and broke his collar bone. Surgery this week. (See related story below about Super-Soccer-Sunday). Get better Jordan.
  • Check your results. IF they are not correct follow the protocol as call up on Saturday is based on 1st race results.
  • Don’t forget about the EVOC Bag which is one of our series prizes. Each time you enter a race you enter to win!

In newsletter #4:

  1. Registration information and changes.
  2. Preview COTR 2016 #2. Mt Washington.
  3. A story about Super-Soccer-Sunday

1. Registration information and changes.

(Almost) Mandatory pre-registration CLOSES at 8:00pm FRIDAY NIGHT.
The link to register is here: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10085/2016-cross-on-the-rock-top-of-the-rock-cross

We are still tweaking this process for 2016 but here are a few changes and notes.

Pre-registration has become (almost) mandatory at all COTR races this year. We need the extra time to organize call up lists, registration lists and plan a head. We were not getting that time with 35-100 people registering on the day – of – race last year. So we needed to make a change.

You don’t 100% have to register a head of time. You can show up the day of and pay $10 more to race BUT here is the deal. If you are not pre-registered you will get called up last. First will be the people that are ranked in the series. Second will be the people not ranked that pre-registered. Third will be day of race. It does not matter if you are the LEADER of the category. You will go to the back. We hope that is extra incentive to pre-register (besides the $ savings).

Registration for ALL-CATEGORIES ENDS 30 minutes before the start of the race.

Beginners only (again) until their registration closes. Then we will have one line for the NEXT race and one line for everyone else.

2. Preview COTR #2. Top of the Rock Cross. Mt Washington

Things you need to know:

FIRST OF ALL: You will need to fill out a Mt. Washington waiver at registration. EVERYONE will need to do this.

One of the most popular questions to our crew answered right away:
Washrooms/changerooms are located in the main lodge.

We ask that if the weather is inclement the riders and entourage do their best to keep the mud out of the main lodge and the Whisky Jack. We would like to use this venue in the future and have a lift accessible enduro the following day to have a complete ‘bike centric’ weekend.

Preview via www.theholeshot.ca

Cross on the rock is back this weekend with a brand new venue for 2016. Mt Washington Alpine Resort plays host to the second race in the COTR series. Part of the fun of cyclocross is getting the chance to check out new venues and this sounds like it’s going to be a challenging one. From the organizers: “The course has been described as ‘lumpy’ with compacted grass sections, wide open gravel, a mix of pavement and paving stones and we even snuck in a section of singletrack. The crux of the course is the 50 foot run-up. Perhaps with the right gear and tire combination, and if you have pistons for legs you may not have to dismount.” So there you have it. It’s going to be a tough one that will test your entire quiver of cyclocross skills. And the best part? “The mountain is still open so bring your park bike to send it after your race and don’t forget your wallet for post race bevies and burgers at Teds.” COTR is going with a pretty much mandatory pre-reg this year, so don’t delay and get signed up:

Registration
Will be in the central courtyard weather permitting. If it’s wet and rainy, registration will be upstairs in the day lodge in the Whiskey Jack (AKA the cafeteria). Racers can hang out here and stay dry before and after races if it’s wet.

Team Tents
May be placed on the green space around the playground and in the courtyard around the ticket booth. They can also be placed on the paving stones adjacent to the Herb Bradley Centre. Space is first come, first serve.

Parking
We ask that racers use the latter half of parking lot 1. Meaning… the area nearest to the day lodge should be left for tourists and MTBers paying for lift tix. Racers can also park up top in P 2 and P3 adjacent to the Deer and Bear Lodge.

Awards
To follow the Expert race. Again if the weather is good they will be held out in the courtyard. If it’s wet and rainy we will host them in the Whisky Jack upstairs

ALSO
* Dave Nowak will put up $100 of his own personal money to the first person that rides the whole run up in a race. Beginners have the first crack at it.
* There is a bike wash station adjacent to the main lodge.

Reminders:
We also want to remind racers that the both the bike park and the scenic chairlift rides are in full swing and we should be aware when using the facility and warming up on site. We aren’t the only people on the mountain.

DO NOT POACH RUNS IN THE BIKE PARK!!! Ride your Cx bike on the course and warm-up on the parkway, in the parking lots or on the various access roads throughout the village. I say again… DO NOT POACH RUNS IN THE BIKE PARK!!! That being said, bring your big bike and purchase a $20 lift ticket after 4pm that allows you to ride until 5:30.

Site map can be found here…
https://www.mountwashington.ca/downloads/resort/village_map.pdf

3. A story about Super-Soccer-Sunday

A long time ago, so the legend goes, in Nanaimo there started a group of competitive, athletic like minded people that thought it would be a GREAT idea to start playing a fun game of Soccer on Sundays. The group grew and grew. People took the soccer “game” WAY too seriously. Insults and injuries followed. And of course it all fell apart because it was no longer fun and people were going to work on Monday beat up.

We don’t want COTR to become like Super Soccer Sunday (SSS for short). Everyone has to go back to work. Everyone has a life. This is supposed to be a FUN event. So don’t be “that guy” or “that girl” that takes it WAY too seriously. The one that causes a crash or an injury. The one that people start to not like to race against because they take it too far. COTR is super awesome. Let’s keep it that way.

Chill out.

Have Fun.

No more broken collar bones from inter racer crashes!

Can’t wait to race at MtWashington. See everyone Saturday!!

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #3 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Pro City GP. Wrap Up.

A few important hashtags for you tonight:

#COTR2016GROWINGPAINS
#WEWILLGETITALLSORTEDOUT
#WELOVEOURCROSSCOMMUNITY

How do we wrap up the BIGGEST COTR Race ever?
How do we wrap up Canada’s Biggest cross race ever?

Same way we always do. In a LONG e-mail!!

Since we all LOVE bullet points here are a few:

    • We know yesterday’s race was the biggest COTR race of all time BUT
      by itself it had more racers than our first 6 COTR seasons.
    • Third largest Masters Field in COTR History (we will be implementing
      a cap this year….stay tuned)
    • 4 Largest Intermediate Field in COTR History
    • Roland has been playing with the stats page so it is not posted at
      this moment but I spotted at one point today that it was our least DNF’s in
      history (need confirmation)
    • The return of: Steve Bachop, Tyler Trace, John Fokkema, Jamie
      Emery, Trevor Perkins and a few more that my fried brain cannot remember
    • Solid Showing in the Fasters (Fast Masters) in the Expert Category
      (lead by Justin Mark this time)
    • Electronic Timing……a few things to work out. Some stuff worked
      great. Some stuff not so great. When Mark Nelson (one of the BIGGEST
      experts in electronic timing) timed our Provincial Championships in 2013 he
      said out of the 100’s of races he had timed that was the toughest event
      EVER. There are LOTS of reasons for it……we will keep working on our
      systems so EVERYONE can geek out on lap splits etc. In the meantime number
      placement on your jersey is still important as is having awesome timers.
    • Fireball on a hot day in a short VERY intense top 10 battle….not a
      good idea.
    • Silently our “likes” on FB just passed 900. I remember Roland
      texting me just last fall wondering who would be #666.

Tessa and Tycho told me to pass on that they would like to thank EVERYONE
that popped by their Lemonade Stand yesterday. They have been talking about
it for a LONG time and were pumped to sell out. There is now talk of a Hot
Chocolate stand later in the season.

Coolest Bike I saw all day goes to Brailyn Webster with this SUPER tricked
out modified BMX with a LOT of BLING. She was racing in the Beginner
Women’s Category at only 8 years of age. Listed as a DNF (not sure what
happened as I did see her RIPPING) but #1 in our Bike-Geek Hearts!!

In this newsletter:

      1. Pro City GP REVIEW
      2. Sweet Video From Mazda
      3. TEAM STANDINGS……OK we have the 1st Steps here now.

1. Pro City GP REVIEW

THE RACE IS DONE – – PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE COURSE. Let the park heal and
re-generate. It helps us get the venue back again in the future.

Notes from Pro City Cycles Scott Mitchell:

Thanks for all your hard work yesterday guys! Amazing way to kick off the
season.

I can’t believe how many people came out to race! It was HUGE!
Bake sale, lemonade, Waffles. All awesome.
Lemans start…. horrible (Norm’s note: Cyclocross is a sport involving
“Running AND Cycling”. The LeMans start is part of CX Heritage).
Hopefully never again.

Huge thanks to SHIMANO and Trek Bikes Victoria for Sponsoring the race and
to the series sponsors for making every race great.

The Volunteer crew was so dialed.
Big thanks to Denise, Deb, and Lisa at registration.
Our medic Martina.
Mical for the beginner clinic.
The manual timing crew Bruce, Sherry, Patricia, and Zoe.
Patrick for the chip timing.
Roland and Katie for all the timing co-ordination and detail work.
Norm for doing everything.
The course came together so quickly thanks to the planning by Drew.
Our awesome setup crew: Drew, Joele, Andrew, Curtis, Terry, Shanna, Jim,
Kyle, Sol, Amy and Ian.

Thanks to everyone else that pitched in for a bit of help here and there to
make this such a great event!

Notes From Norm:

Thanks as well to our series sponsor Muc OFF and event sponsor Pearl Izumi
for the category prizes.
And Riverway Dental, Mazda and Nutcase for the kids prizes and goodies.

Besides the stuff up top I can add a few observations:

At 350+ people coming out to race I no longer know everyone’s faces. Most
the time I will recognize your name. I saw so many people roll up yesterday
that I did not recognize. The coolest part was that they were (that I saw
at least) not “independent”. Everyone that came was at the event pretty
much knew someone or very quickly got to know someone. We have (together)
made an amazing and supportive cycling community. It is incredible to be a
part of it.

Great to see first time winners: Nathan Braun (Beginner Men), Isla Walker
(Beginner Women), Haley Lounsbury (Intermediate Women) and Brian Green
(Masters Men).

Awesome to see some VERY competitive racing from the FRONT to the BACK of
the almost every pack.

Amazing to see so MANY kids out.

Can’t wait for Mt Washington.

2. Sweet Video from Mazda

Not sure how to embed this but you can click on the link. We will
post it on FB later in the week….but until then.

Little Video from Sean Voigt (no relation to Jens) from the Mazda
Zoom-Zoom Half Track race

3. TEAM SERIES STANDINGS

1st Step. Everyone that you want on your TEAM has to have the SAME
TEAM NAME.

AND……apparently I have to change them manually through the
registration page.

SO take a look. Send me a note like Triple Shot did today to get
their 3 teams moved into one.

That is all for the first part of the week

COTR Race #2 Preview coming up on Thursday NIGHT.

MAKE SURE TO GET REGISTERED!!

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #2 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Pro City GP. COTR 2016 Race #1.

It is impossible to contain the excitement on SO MANY cross rider’s minds and bodies as we head into the weekend. COTR Season #11. Race #1. Pro City GP. Sunday. It is all happening. The start of the cross season. The weather looks GREAT for a race held in a city park that we don’t want to beat up!

Checking in……

First a few bullet points.

  • Cycles Lambert is putting an EVOC Bike bag up for a series prize. This bag retails for $800. Each time you race you are entered to win. Draw at the series final.
  • Cross Club had about 125 racers last Wednesday night.
  • Unfortunately long time racer, Peter Wellsman http://www.crossontherock.com/php/racer/?racername=Peter+Wellsman Did not make it out of the Cross Club unscathed and is out for the season with a broken clavicle. We wish him a strong recovery.
  • Cowichan Cross practice and Nanaimo Cross practices are going strong if you want to work on your skills and have a bit of a workout.
  • Do NOT forget your license for the race Sunday. If you do forget your license DO remember to bring $10 extra to registration.
  • Registration closes at 8:00pm on Saturday. It is (almost) mandatory to pre-register.
  • We are working behind the scenes on some “stuff” all the time. Check out #3 in this newsletter.
  • So awesome to see someone racing from System Toast in the series for the first time. That is a throwback!
  • Our little COTR FB page is just 7 Likes short of 900 now. Who will be #900?

In this newsletter:

  1. Pro City GP Preview
  2. Registration. (some Updates)
  3. NEW in the NEWS. TEAM STANDINGS.
  4. WAY DOWN BELOW…..directions to TOPAZ Park….just in case.

1. Pro City GP Preview.

First thing and so you do NOT miss this. NO RIDING ON THE PLAYING FIELDS. AT ALL. Remember it. Memorize it. Pass it onto your friends and anyone you see that is riding their bike in the general direction of the playing fields. Covered? Ok!

Registration Action:
Currently in the registration for Sunday for the male gender as of Friday Night it is the Master’s Men category leading the way….which is unusual considering the Intermediate men’s category holds the top 3 spots in our stats lists for biggest race fields.

For the female gender races Intermediate women are currently double Beginner and 3X Expert.

Don’t forget to pre-reg for the kids races too!!

Starting off the COTR 2016 Race season with one of the racer’s favorite courses from last year. We were treated to an October mud fest in 2015. This year it looks like the sun will be shining and the sun will be out. Faster. Less post race un-political “Brown Up”. It will be awesome.

  • Pacific Mazda will be on site to show off the 2016 CX-# and help out with the Mazda Zoom Zoom Half Track Race.
  • Wannawafel will be on site….with….you guessed it……genuine cross friendly and super tasty TRUE Belgium Wafels.
  • Youth racers Tori Kalyniuk and Jess Maitland are doing a bake sale. Delicious baked goods will be available by donation for fundraising to volunteer in Ecuador later in the school year.
  • Tycho and Tessa want to check an “action item” off their summer list by operating a Lemonade and Cold drink stand at the race…..they have been looking forward to this race ALL SUMMER.

PLUS there is some racing going on!

Don’t forget the schedule change for registration this year with Beginner categories only picking up numbers up until just before their race. This will help clear the line and help to get that first race off on time.

Volunteers. The event could still need a few people for a few jobs. If you can help out please contact Sylvia Storry slstorry@gmail.com

As you know……EVERYONE pitches in for clean up!! We are a community after all.

Team tents:  Please send scott@trekbikesvictoria.com if you would like a reserved parking spot and area for your team tent. We will be setting up tents similar to last year, a bit closer to the parking area off Spruce St. Your spot will only be reserved until 9:30 am.

Course notes:  Obviously the course will be a lot faster than last year as the conditions are going to be much less soggy. We will be making a few tweaks to the course to add some distance but expect a very similar lap to last year.

Note about the facilities:  (AGAIN) No riding on the playing fields. No tents within 2 meters of the fields. Respect other park users, and try and keep the washroom facilities as respectable as possible.

Big thanks to Shimano for stepping up big time to help with prizes, course marking, and making great products!

AFTER the race is done SUNDAY. PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE COURSE. Let the park heal and re-generate. It helps us get the venue back again in the future.

2. Registration.

Registration for the PRO City GP closes at 8:00 PM on Saturday Night.
Registration for the 2016 COTR FULL race series closes at 8:00 PM on Saturday Night.

If you register for the full series you get 1 race for free and are entered into the draw for the Custom NewBalance 574’s from NewBalance Nananimo.

For the FULL SERIES: Series Pagehttps://raceroster.com/series/2017/10093/2016-cross-on-the-rock-series

Race #1 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10084/2016-cross-on-the-rock-pro-city-racing-gp
Race #2 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10085/2016-cross-on-the-rock-top-of-the-rock-cross
Race #3 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10086/2016-cross-on-the-rock-tugboat-cross
Race #4 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10088/2016-cross-on-the-rock-the-bear-xing
Race #5 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10089/2016-cross-on-the-rock-farmer-bills-cattle-xing
Race #6 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10090/2016-cross-on-the-rock-hot-cross-bunnies
Race #7 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10091/2016-cross-on-the-rock-kona-kup
Race #8 – https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10092/2017-cross-on-the-rock-series-championships

3. TEAM SERIES STANDINGS

This has been on Roland and my hit list for a LONG time. We THINK we have it worked out but we have run out of time for the first event. The system won’t be 100% dialed this season BUT we are going to try to get it going and see how it looks and plays out for the year…..just for FUN.

What we need from you:

We need YOU to make sure that your TEAM NAME is recorded the SAME for everyone on your TEAM. Seems simple but it is not always.

Currently there are 47 teams registered as of Friday Night for the Pro City GP.

But there are things like 11 people registered for “Trail Bicycles” and 1 person registered for “Trail Bikes”.

There is 1 person registered for “Broad Street Cycles x GRADIENT p/b Brodie”. 2 people registered for Broad Street Cycles/Stucky Live. 2 People registered for “Broad Street Cycles x Naked Racing” . Combined those 5 people could make a great team for the series standings. Apart…..they are not going to make a great team for the series standings.

We are not going to fix it for you. That is YOUR responsibility if you want to make it happen.

Make the corrections. Let’s try to get a Team Standings going!!

All for this week!!

See you Sunday.