The megaphones and drum are silent again…….

What a finale!!

 What a season of racing!!

Remember this is YOUR series.  I have had some e-mails of thanks and suggestions for next year…..PLEASE send if you have ideas and thoughts.  Sometimes there are reasons why we do things the way we do….but some things can be changed.  I did mention the new points structure for next year and separate series scoring for 50+.  We have other ideas as well but send your notes!!

First some stats on the series.


2012                       438  (32% increase)
2011                       331  ( 27% increase)
2010                       259  ( 8% increase)
2009                       238  (30% increase)
2008                       183  (14% increase)
2007                       160 (<1% increase)
2006                       159

RACES PER YEAR (# of racers X # of times they wheeled up to the start line)

2012                       1345  (28% increase)
2011                       1046  (44% increase)
2010                       728  (20% increase)
2009                       605  (30% increase)
2008                       465  (28% increase)
2007                       362  (37% increase)
2006                       264

Lots of information in this LAST update of 2012.

  • COTR Race #7 Wrap Up
  • COTR Series #7 Wrap Up
  • Mega Sponsors thank you
  • Wanna race some more in the next couple of months?
  • Cycling BC AGM information for THIS WEEKEND…..who we are rooting/supporting.

COTR #7 Series Championships Wrap Up

 SHIRTS….we have a few Series COTR Shirts left over.  American Apparel.  Women’s Size Small and Medium.  $20.  Fire me a note if you would like one.

EXCLUSIVE:  Pelle’s final edit for the season.  Finished at 5:46am today.

MORE cool stuff:
Russell Berg’s Video Edit already out and making the rounds:

Patrick Burnham’s Photo Gallery up and being viewed (there are some SWEET shots in there!!):

Interview with Janna Gillick on CTV:

Nice little article in the Nanaimo Daily News: 

Some of my Highlights

  • Nanaimo Bar Hand Ups
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Hecklers
  • Hecklers at the stairs
  • The Number of Megaphones there were on course.
  • That the BMX track did not claim and victims BUT getting off the BMX track certainly did
  • The kids race course was reported to be the best one yet….even a bridge!
  • Colin Wilson’s BIG BOX of fresh Cumberland doughnut holes.
  • Gabriel Gledhill’s Birthday surprise.
  • James Grant taking his 5th Beginner win….at 14.  His first beginner career win came in his first race at 12 years old.
  • A burly ‘stache for the movember contest won by Ken Olson

Masters Results

You may have figured out that the master’s results from Sunday were in the correct order BUT the wrong times.  Sean Crookshank was closer to 52 minutes than 36.  What happened was our trusty Timex stop watch that was timing the Master’s race died part way through it.  CPR was administered BUT no luck.  So the placings were all correct BUT the times were basically made up to satisfy the spreadsheet and keep you all in place.  Bummer….but these things happen from time to time….low tech or high tech….there are always glitches!

Lost and Found

I seemed to have ended up with a few more new items from last weekend……I would LOVE to get rid of them….if they are yours please let me know how to get them to you.

  • OBB Jacket….very worn….probably Russell Andersons or Dawns
  • Black DeeFeet Arm Warmers
  • Black well worn Knee warmers
  • Light Blue KONA gloves
  • MEC Size Medium Men’s warm up pants.  Black
  • Size LG Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket
  • Size MD Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket
  • Axiom Rain Jacket with “Annie” written in the back of it.

Special Thanks to:

Vancouver Island Exhibition
Nanaimo BMX
Nanaimo District Equestrian Association
Arrowsmith Bikes (prizes)
Island Cycle (prizes)
Nanaimo Parks and Recreation
City of Nanaimo
Kristen Magnesson
Dan Gronross
And MIVA (Mid Island Velo Association)


Top Rookie:                        Parker Bloom
Top JR Male:                      Jordan Duncan
Top JR Female:                  Tarryn Cote
Most Improved:                  Janna Gillick

It has been a great season of racing….the numbers and stories tell the tale.  We are looking forward to next year and starting planning already.  It is great to be part of COTR and have such a passionate bunch of people racing, helping and sponsoring.  We could not do it without you!

A VERY Special Thanks to:

Hilary and Steve Grant.  We received Hilary as a volunteer a couple of years ago at Cumberland….and we are not giving her up!  The reason why our low tech timing system works is primary because of Hilary’s coolness under pressure.  Her husband Steve is also invaluable allowing Hilary to help while he is the pit crew to the boys!!  Plus he helps with the timing sometimes too.

Jamie Cameron and Glenowyn Carlson help with data input at registration allowing Roland and Katie to race…..key people

Roland and Katie Rabien stepped up when I retired from putting on races 3 years ago……can I retire now??

Vegan Dave for doing all the reports to the press.  They don’t seem to like the ones I do… he does stuff they do like.

Our race directors: Curtis Saunders, Roland Rabien, Peter McCaffery, Lee Blais, Mike and Tara Pollock, Corey and Sean from OBB-Nanaimo and Drew MacKenzie.

And Thanks to Our Series Sponsors

Cycles Lambert (Leyzne).  Peter Creighton has been a LONG time supporter of this series….from WAY-WAY back.  We tap out his promotion budget and then some and he always does as much as he possibly can for us and our prizing.

Zed Wheels.  Brad Head builds sweet wheels and comes out and races too.  He gave us two sets of wheels for our finals this year as well as other swag throughout the season.

Action Motorcycles.  Jamie Emery is another sponsor/racer who has supported the series with great prizing as well as helping us out when ever he can.

Frontrunners Nanaimo….well without their support their would be no series.  We even got the Frontrunners Westshore guys out this year racing!

Hammer Nutrition.  New sponsor this year providing product and prizing….we hope to have them back on board again next year.

KONA.  One of the highlights of the season was having long time supporter Dik Cox come out and do his first EVER cross race at the Kona Kup!

Howard Johnson.  Dan Brady….we ALMOST got him to race……ALMOST.  Thanks to the Howard Johnson for their prizes and room rate deals.

Nutcase.  Sponsor of the ‘Lil nutty kids races with prizes and support.  Thanks Elladee and Joele

Oak Bay Bikes.  A few of our sponsors are through the support of OBB.  Plus Corey and Sean are the RD’s for the Kona Kup.  OBB-Westshore sponsor Pelle’s edits with $$…which is KEY.

Parkside Victoria.  Jim Pearson did not make it out to a race this year….but he has supported our events and cycling on Vancouver Island for a LONG-LONG time.  Thanks for the prizes Jim!

Phillips BEER……sponsor of our Barriers this year….and the first lap prime….and the first Single Speeder……we always welcome their support and drink their beer!

Saltspring Coffee.  Bryn has moved jobs from Saltspring Coffee but while he was there and even when he knew he was going…..he worked hard to make sure we were covered.  Thanks Bryn!!  We don’t know who is taking over for Bryn or if Saltspring will be involved next year…..but we thank them for their support over the years.

Orange Sport Supply.  Greg Inkster actually supported our races BEFORE we were the COTR series…WAY back in 2004!!  It took us a few years and a LOT of e-mails to get him back on board but we hope to have him as a long time partner for years to come.


Here is the Gallery from the photo contest:

The winner was Patrick Burnham’s photo of “rubbing is racing” featuring HALLDOR.

Thanks to everyone that was out taking photos throughout the season and those that shared their galleries with us.


There is a group called “the future of cycling in BC”.  Check it out if you can and if you like it and if you haven’t already signed the petition of support for this group you can do so here:

Here it is

Here is their mandate:

Many in the cycling community believe that Cycling BC is not fulfilling their mandate to “foster quality competition from the grass-roots through to high performance levels, and encourage partnerships to grow participation in the sport of cycling”.  Further there is widely shared opinion that the culture within the organization must change before there is any possibility that its mandate can be fulfilled. Cycling BC has a responsibility to uphold its relationship with its membership, stakeholders and the public. In order to maintain and strengthen these relationships the organization must improve its communication and transparency with each of these groups.

A group of like-minded individuals, with a passion to see cycling grow and succeed in this province, has been organised to help return Cycling BC to its mission statement, and become an organization that prides itself on building the sport from the grassroots, fostering growth, supporting clubs, and being an active leader at all levels.

The group, the Future of Cycling in British Columbia, firmly believes that Cycling BC must become an organization that champions development at all levels, for all disciplines, and fosters lifelong participation in the sport. To this end, the Group has assembled a slate of like-minded candidates for four open board of director positions that will be elected at the upcoming Cycling BC annual general meeting. The candidates, with the support of the Group, are putting together a plan focused on four specific areas: Development, Participation, Clubs, and Communications.

Change within Cycling BC will only occur under the governance of a like-minded Board of Directors committed to that change. Four board positions are up for re-election at the AGM on Sunday December 2nd, a slate of candidates who are all committed to the goal of initiating positive change at Cycling BC. We are asking for your support by attending the AGM and voting for ALL of the following individuals for their respective positions.


VP ROAD/TRACK Tim Abercrombie 
VP BMX Jeff Clarke

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Meet and Greet: Sandman Hotel & Suites, Studio 1
Address: 32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

AGM: Abbotsford Exhibition Park, Cadet Building
Address: 32470 Haida Dr Abbotsford, BC

Time: 1:00pm

For more information please visit



Head over for the AGM and go one day earlier and race in South Surrey on December 1st


If you have not been to a USGP event….you are missing out!  Bend is your closest option on December 8th and 9th


Just across the straight and over the border and you could be racing December 15th and January 12th…..check out

MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in January (and then stick around and watch how the Elite do it)

Louisville, KY – October 30, 2012. Online registration for the 2013 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships powered by Exergy, scheduled for January 29th – February 1st, 2013 in Louisville, KY, will open on November 1st on

Participants can register for the following age groups: M / W 30-34; M / W 35-39; M / W 40-44; M / W 45-49; M / W 50-54; M /W 55-59; M / W 60-64; Women 65+; Men 65-69; Men 70-74 and Men 75+; see below for schedule.  Registration opens with early pricing at $75 per rider through January 4th, 2013. On January 5th, 2013 the entry fee moves to $100 per rider and closes on January 25th. On-site registration will be available for $125.

Raced on the new Masters World Championship venue at at Champions Park in Louisville, the course will features elevation and speed changes, dirt, sand, grass, off-camber technical sections and enough natural terrain change to challenge riders.

The Galt House is the Official Host Hotel of the 2013 Masters and 2013 Elite World Championships, and is located at 140 N. 4th Street, Louisville, KY. Visit to make reservations.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:

With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Valley Cycling Club, ASS  and AVR

Supported by:
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni

Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC 

Normon Thibault


Cross on the Rock

We will keep on working on the series….and we hope you keep on racing!!  See you next September for our 8th COTR season.  Thanks for your support.

COTR 2012 Race #7: Done. COTR Year #7: Done.

2 thoughts on “COTR 2012 Race #7: Done. COTR Year #7: Done.

  • November 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    My only suggestion is to somehow duplicate your awesome races into Vancouver, must be all your volunteers and sponsors that make it happen so well. The Large Sugoi hydrolite is mine, as I am in Coquitlam maybe you should find a worthy home for it over there.

  • November 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    This was my first year racing ‘cross and I just wanted to say thank you to Norm and the awesome team of volunteers that made this season so fantastic!

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