Usually in these e-mails you try to start with the “Good Stuff”….this week there is SO MUCH “Good Stuff”….I don’t know WHERE TO START??
OK will start with Pelle’s Edit from Farmer Bills…..cause that will get you FIRED UP! Check it out.
And a Gallery from COTR#4 from Patrick Burnham:
Liked this note from Rob Parkin: “Been having so much fun racing cyclocross, I think it’s as close to proper head to head racing like formula one you can get on a bicycle, definitely underrated as a sport!”
Last thing for our “Randoms” section this week is an update from Danielle Stevens:
Thanks for thinking of me. Finally got surgery on Saturday and ball got plated back together, Just in time to get in done and out so that Jamie could get last ferry 9 pm with Peter Wellsman to go to provincials! We got to hospital at 5:45am and left at 5 pm. Had to be bright and chirpy to get discharged Jenn dosil and Sylvia Storry didn’t race, they stayed at ours and nursed me through the night and all Sunday so Jamie could go. That combined with Peter Wellsman shows what an awesome bike community of friends we have. Jamie got some catchup sleep on the way to Vancouver in Peter’s van
Pain is brutal but surgeon said would be awful and worse for a few days, just glad it’s done though and now I can start recovery. Not so mobile yet but maybe I’ll get out to the last race to cheer. Got short term disability from wrk so 4 mths recovery to get good physio and get fixed
CROSSTOBERFEST COTR #5 at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith….THIS SUNDAY!
Crosstoberfest is taking things up a notch this year!!! More grass, more beach, a road climb (to make the start more favorable), more twists and turns, more bratwurst and beer! We have shortened the course a bit from last year and used some different terrain. The course swings right by the beer garden… several times!
ON THE LEFT!
The cute timing chicks, (and Norm), will be voting on best costume!! Dress to impress and WIN!!
You will get a bratwurst and a beverage, (a beer if you are over 19), with your entry fee of $15 beginner/$25 other. Bring some extra change if you are wanting seconds! Bring cash please! Email me if you have certain diet preferences ie vegetarian, we will do our best to accommodate if we know before Saturday (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please follow the signs for race parking. There will be other park users coming to the park to use the playground, walk dogs etc and I would like to keep the in park parking for them.
Treats for all the kids that participate in the kids race!!
There will be other park users (but not the geocachers) and the mayor on site so let’s put on a good show for them with some great racing and good times!!
Rock Star Registration always available up until 6:00pm the day before the event.
With the Beer Garden please remember to drink responsibly and plan a head. Sorry riding a bike home drunk is NOT a responsible way to get home from this event!
Bring a FEW extra BUCKS to the next two races.
At our next two events: Crosstoberfest COTR #5 this weekend and Binab GP COTR#6 on November 11th we will be collecting money as part of a BC Cross Community Collective Effort. Our next two events combined with the Last Victoria Underground race tonight, the Pumpkin Cross this Sunday put on by Local Ride, Jak New’s EV Grand Prix on November 10th and Catharine Pendrel’s Interior Cross races this weekend and November 4th as well a few of the bike clubs are organizing an effort to pump up and benefit our cross racers that come to the National Championships on November 17th and the UCI race on November 18th.
Our goals are FIRST to ensure that there is equal prize money for men and women to 15th place at the UCI race on November 18th in South Surrey.
Our SECOND Goal is that if the first goal is reached we want to put our remaining funds towards offering a prize purse for the National Champs on November 17th (Equal men and women of course).
Currently there is no prize purse required by regulations for Nationals, and so cash prizing is not currently being offered. We would like to change that for the National Champs this year as they are being hosted in our Province.
The Cross Community feels that it benefits everyone; the racers, the event, cycling and specifically cross to make these things happen.
SO our events along with the events listed above will all have a bucket for donations at registration. Bring an extra few bucks and throw it in there. We are a strong part of the cross community in BC and we want to show our support for these events as best we can.
We have already had support and donations from both the provincial championships last weekend with the Atomic Cycling Club and West Coast Racing through the Vanier Park Cross race so the ball is rolling on this and we are going to make it happen!!
Provincial Cross Champs Last Weekend.
Jeff Van Mulligen, Speed Theory and the Atomic Cycling club did a great and WORTHY job of hosting the Provincial Champs last weekend at Mahon Park in North Vancouver. Not only was the course MUDDY but it also had some great technical elements to it. A good rider was off their bike 5 times a lap. An awesome rider like Ian Smith reported being off his bike only 3 times per lap. A less skilled rider could have been off their bike up to 8 times per lap….the way a CHAMPIONSHIP should be!!
Results posted at: http://www.atomicracing.com/race/
We had a great turn out of regular and part time COTR racers. 5 of the top 5 racers in the Elite Category have done our races. All the podium spots for Masters 40-49….full time or part time COTR racers. 2 spots in the 50+ masters, 3 in the 30+ masters women, a couple in the JR men’s….you get the idea….we pretty well ruled!! Really happy with the islanders that headed over and supported this event.
Ride of the day? It would be a tough call. Pelle actually was lined up at the back of the Cat ¾ race and watched them start….not realizing that he needed to start with them for a few moments as he stood with the JR’s watching the action in front of him….finally he figured it out….got going….worked his way through almost the whole group to finish 2nd in his category.
Run of the day? Wendy Simms who rolled her tubular on lap 4 or so (check the splits…you will figure it out) only about 1000m into the 3 k course. Rather than retire from the race….she knew the kids were being watched….gotta get the workout in….she ran the 2 k to the pits with her bike shouldered and continued on for 5th.
Domination of the day? Jordan Duncan in the JR Men’s category.
ARE YOU AN ELITE MALE/FEMALE, U23 or JR MALE that wants to race at the WORLD CHAMPS?
Then this is the man that you want to talk to and/or meet at the National Champs.
Cycling CANADA Cyclisme
Road & Cyclo-Cross Coordinator
Coordonnateur – Route et Cyclo-Cross
Tel: +1 (613) 248-1353 x2602
Educate yourself to what YOU need to do and what the requirements are to make the team for Kentucky 2013 here:
There are 5 spots per group: Elite Male, ALL FEMALES, U23 and JR Male….lets get some COTR racers on these teams!!
(REPEAT BUT STILL IMPORTANT) EQUITY IN SPORT–PLEASE SEND THESE GUYS A MESSAGE FROM YOU
Back I the early 1900’s Women were not allowed to vote. They sometimes had separate entrances into buildings. They were basically second class people. The world has made HUGE progress since then BUT some people still want to keep women down. One group of Neanderthals lives in Luddite-ville in Switzerland and go by the name the “UCI”. They dictate all sorts of oppressive rules that keep women’s sports from growing. Unfortunately our governing bodies in the CCA and CBC for some reason….even though they don’t live near Luddite-Ville decide to follow these outdated and restrictive group of rules. The most recent have to do with prize money and number of categories at the National Cyclocross champs and the Category 2 race being held the day after on November 17th and 18th in South Surrey.
For the National Championships there are 2 Categories for women. Open Women and Masters women 30+. BOTH of the WOMEN’S categories have to race with men on the course….not a clear course for either of them.
There should be a women’s 19 and Under category and a women’s 40+ masters category or switch masters to 35-44 and 44+.
And they wonder why they get poor turn outs?
Just 20 minutes South of where Nationals will be held this year in the USA there are EQUAL # of Categories for MEN and WOMEN…..What is the problem here?
For the Category 2 race on Sunday the 18th the men’s winner will get $350. The women’s $185. Second Place. $179 for the male. $130 for the female. You get the picture. REGARDLESS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THE WOMEN HAVE EQUAL CASH…..BUT THIS POLICY NEEDS TO CHANGE!!
How is this right in 2012….the answer is it is NOT and it is offensive.
Send a message. LOUD AND CLEAR:
email@example.com Current CEO of Cycling BC Keith Ryan
firstname.lastname@example.org Organizer of the event Kevin MacCuish
email@example.com CEO of Cycling Canada
firstname.lastname@example.org High Performance Cycling Canada
Matthew Knight CCA head of Cyclocross Matthew.Knight@cyclingcanada.ca
Funny looking through the CCA directory Cyclocross is not important enough to them to have a director or a coach or a manager……ACTUALLY UPDATE ON THIS!! Matt Knight got back to us and got his information updated on the CCA Directory….PROGRESS and thanks MATT!
SEND THEM A NOTE PLEASE. Take 3 minutes to do it. BCC me while you are at it.
While you are at it ask why there is no Cadet Men’s category. Why a guy in his 60’s has to race someone 50…..lets get Nationals sorted out and made better. Pressure will do it!
Should be noted that when we held CX Nationals in 2006 we had EQUAL prize money AND Prize money at Nationals…..they are not even offering prize money for winning the national championships.
CYCLING BC AGM
There are lots of “theories” on why the Cycling BC AGM was moved/delayed/stalled to December 2nd. The most important part of it all though is that nothing has changed yet……well not entirely true. There are a LOT of people working VERY-HARD on change right now….but nothing will happened on the front lines until after the AGM.
ALSO In my last e-mail I wrote some stuff about CBC and our experiences with that organization. While they are true I should be clear that there are two people at CBC that we have a great relationship with and always are VERY-HELPFUL.
Tara Mowat who helps us with our sanctioning and calendar/web stuff.
Diana Hardie who takes care of our insurance.
Also in the past Tanya Camposano who was super supportive and came to a few of our races each year to make sure everything was on-track.
Weekly Cross Rides on the Island (Please keep me updated on these and others)
Courtenay: WENESDAY NIGHTS.
Trail Bicycle Eatmore Sprouts Team
We will be hosting a weekly Wednesday night cross ride from Trail Bicycles, meet there ready to ride for 6pm and please bring lights and warm clothes as we will be out there until dusk.
Victoria: WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
- CROSS CLUB 2012 -
$20 cash money for the 8 event training series
Victoria: FRIDAY NIGHTS.
Cross season is on, so starting this Friday: CX ride leaving from Broad Street Cycles after work (6ish). Everyone welcome, bring lights.