WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #11. Double Header Recap

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #11. Double Down.

In this COTR Newsletter:

1) Kona Kup at Beban Park. Recap.
2) My Little Pony at Arbutus Meadows Recap.
3) Hey….we owe someone a prize. Let us give something away!

1) COTR #5 Kona Kup at Beban Park, Nanaimo. Saturday. November 7th.

Results at: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=62

Quick Stats:
Racers: 269
Finishers: 259 (96%)
“Racers” does not include kids racing the Zoom Zoom Half Track or the ‘Lil Nutcase Kids Race

Our biggest ever Saturday Race.
Our biggest ever Kona Kup

7th biggest race of all time in 10 years of COTR.

Quick write up:
Simms takes a study break and Lalumiere gets his second win.

After pulling her race numbers off her skin suit from Tokyo Cross (February 2014), Wendy Simms (Kona) took a study break to win her only COTR appearance of the year at the Kona Kup, Beban Park, Nanaimo. Taking the holeshot on a slippery and technical course she lead wire to wire. Simms had not raced on the Island since 2013 as she is in the middle of doing a PhD while working full time (and “mom”ing). Beban park is the closest course to Simm’s house making popping up for a bit of exercise feasible.

Raphael Lalumiere (Russ Hayes Racing) took his 2nd win of the season in a close battle with Drew MacKenzie (Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Marin) and Rob Parkin (Russ Hayes). Lalumiere slipped away from his competition on a ultra-slick course that was deteriorating through the day.

Notes from Race Directors:

It was great to be back at Beban Park. Brought back a lot of memories. Super cool to see so many new faces as well as ones that were there in the beginning.

Thank you to:
· City of Nanaimo
· Nanaimo BMX club
· The Nanaimo Equestrian Club and the VIEX.
That’s a lot of keys to collect!!

Thanks to Norm for keeping the series cool, fun and growing for the last ten years.

Thanks to Roland and Katie for the stats.

Thanks to Hilary Grant for always being there for timing.

Thanks to Sheppard, Mike, Ken, John, Derek, Alan, Paul, Bryce, Norm, and Max for helping set up. I’m sure I’ve forgotten someone.

Thanks to Pete for the WD40 sponsorship and for working all day pressure washing.

Thanks Cheryl and Sylvia for the help in registration.

Thanks to Delaney for helping set up and being our first aid attendant.

Thank you to Caleb and Elliot for coming from Kona to video and photograph our race.

Look for the footage soon on the Kona Cog on the Konaworld website.

A huge thank you to Dik Cox and Kona Bikes for sponsoring our event from the moment we started working together and for making such great Cyclocross bikes.

Thank you to all the racers for coming out and for encouraging others to come out.

Lastly congratulations to Wendy for taking down the Women’s Elite!! It’s so cool to see you still killing it!!

Corey and Sean

2) COTR #6 My Little Pony at Arbutus Meadows. Nanoose. Sunday. November 8th.

Results at: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=63

Quick Stats:
Racers: 284
Finishers: 277 (98%)

“Racers” does not include kids racing the Zoom Zoom Half Track or the ‘Lil Nutcase Kids Race

Our biggest ever My Little Pony Cross
Ranking #3 for tamest races of all time

4th biggest race of all time in 10 years of COTR.

Quick write up:
Mark over Gillick. Lalumiere doubles up.

Carey Mark (Steed Cycles) had a wheel to wheel battle with Janna Gillick (Cowichan Cartel) that did not sort itself out until the finish line with Mark taking a 1 second win.

Raphael Lalumiere (Russ Hayes Racing) made it 2 for 2 on the weekend after Rob Parkin (Pro City Racing) took the early lead but flatted half way through the race (eventually finishing 4th). Lalumier now takes a lead in the Expert Men’s category into the last race.

Notes from MIVA President Corey Friesen:

“Thank you to Norm and the top-notch crew at Cross On The Rock as always for putting on a weekend for the ages. COTR has grown immensely over its 10 years and MIVA is proud to be a part of the series.

Thank you to race director Ron Hewitson for his hard work in setting up the Pony Cx. Plenty of planning, meetings, route scouting sessions, and course layout prep was done by Ron. Thanks to the MIVA board of directors for all stepping in to fill roles on race day. Thank you to the MIVA membership for answering the bell (and then some!) to help out not only with the Pony Cross, but the Kona Kup as well.

Seeing 25-30 people out on Saturday evening, AFTER soaking themselves in mud all afternoon at Beban, with headlamps on, running like a well-oiled machine staking out Sundays course was a sight to behold. THANK YOU!”

3) Let us give something away!

We owe a prize back draw from all the people that took time to write into Saanich parks after the Pro City Racing GP.

We had 94 people write letters.

Random number generator picked: #74

#74 is: Ross Mac Farlane

Ross let me know how I can get a prize pack to you or grab it off me at the race this Sunday.

The Last Cross on the Rock Race will be this Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Shawingan Lake School with the Ronde Van Hogwarts. Double points and double excitement are bound to happen.


WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #10. Our Biggest Double Header EVER…Ever….ever…….

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #10.

There was a PLAGUE at Bear X-ing of people crossing the finish line (for
warm up or to go from one place to another) that were NOT racing DURING a
time while people WERE racing. KILL THAT PLAGUE PLEASE. Don’t cross the
finish line during other people’s races. Go around.

Another Bear X-Ing Note: I forgot to give a congratulations to Nicholas
Kupiak (Broad Street Cycles, Stucky Life, MIVA) for his win in Expert. Nick
has shown steady improvement over the last few years with 7th in
Intermediate his best ever placing in 2013 and an 8th his previous highest
in Expert. When Nick attacked on the last lap of Bear X-Ing you could hear
the roar in the Broad Street tent on the course and watch as spectators ran
from one part of the course to another to cheer him to the finish. A great
finish with a 1 second margin over Raphael Lalumiere (Russ Hayes). Second
expert race this year to be won overall on a single speed.

A double header in cyclocross is tough to pull off. Both as a racer and as
an organization. If you have raced for a while or want to race for a while
it is a good skill to have. Travelling to events is maximized when you can
get 2 races in on a weekend. COTR has not done one for a couple of years
but with the compacted season (because of SSCXWC) we thought it was a great
way to get 7 races in for the year. Make sure your gear is ready. Make
sure you pack your stuff (and your license). Bring some nice clothes for
Saturday night. Book a hotel room at the Ho Jo. Thanks for supporting your

In this Newsletter:

1) Race (Kona Kup at Beban Park, Nanaimo. Saturday)
2) Party (Oak Bay Bikes. Saturday Night)
3) Race (My Little Pony Cross. Sunday)
4) The Pits
5) Want a free pass to SSXCWC from Mazda?

Don’t forget to quote Cross on the Rock (COTR) if you want an inexpensive
room for Saturday (possibly also Friday) night at the Howard Johnston
Harbourside Hotel.

Want an extra chance to win the Kona Private Jake this weekend? Double down
by volunteering at one of the events! E-mail Ron for My little Pony Cross:
. Hewitsonron@gmail.com and Corey for Kona Kup: cpiket68@hotmail.com In
order to be in the draw we need to have the volunteers names before the
weekend. (Volunteers don’t have to be there to win. Racers do).

1) Kona Kup at Beban Park, Nanaimo. Saturday. November 7th.

See Map Below

KONA bikes is sending their media guy out to film the event and talk to
people. Shine up your KONA if you ride one!

Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo and KONA will be giving away a Private Jake. You want
to win…..you gotta race and you gotta be there! GREAT chances to walk
away with a nice new bike!! This bike also has sliding drop outs making it
EASY to convert for SSXCWC

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Beban park was the site of the first un-official cross
race north of Victoria on Vancouver Island in 2003. The course we designed
that year was more than 14 minutes per lap and the race of 5 people was won
by Robin Dutton. In 2004 we hosted the first ever sanctioned cross race on
Vancouver Island with Andrew Pinfold winning. We hosted a race there every
year from 2003 to 2012 including the National Championships in 2006 which
were the biggest ever up to that point in history.

The course this year will be a combination of old and new. Same start
straight away on the pavement. Same areas. Lots of new turns.

Returning will be the BMX track….but not the last straight away (it is not
cross bike friendly so remember that when pre-riding). The BMX track is
bigger than the last time we used it so ALWAYS USE CAUTION and ride within
your skill level both during practice and during your race.

We will also be incorporating the stairs that were built in 2006 for the
race and recently uncovered from 3 years of blackberries.

The sand riding ring will return.

With the weather forecast you can expect a bit of mud!

This is a TOUGH course that combines both fitness and skill where a great
overall cross racer normally has a solid result.

REGISTRATION, BATHROOMS and AWARDS: Registration will be in the same area as
the last few times we have had this event. The small red barn pretty much
smack in the middle of Beban park. We are debating on awards location so
stay tuned. There are quite a few bathrooms in many locations around Beban
park to use. Please do NOT go into bathrooms (or other areas) with muddy,
dirty shoes.

TEAM TENT AREA: This will be along the main first straight away. There will
be no in/out during the day. You must be IN before the races start. Keep
an eye for cones and respect the racers and volunteers when setting up.
Tents must be staked or tied down. This can be a very windy location.

PARKING: There is a massive amount of parking at Beban park. We recommend
the lot to the south of the race venue in the area of the lawn bowls, pitch
and put and tennis courts. We do NOT recommend the area to the north of the
course by the soccer field and that should be avoided.

BIKE WASH: The WD-40 Bike wash station will be set up at the end of Barn #2
on the North side of the upper course to the east of the sand riding ring.
Look for the tent and listen for the power washer. Bikes of racers that are
racing have line privileges during their races.

FOOD and BEVERAGE: The BUZZ coffee shop will have coffee on site Saturday
morning. Taco revolution will be on site as well for some great food
pre/post your race. Watch the hot sauce before you race!!

2) Social at Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo. Saturday Night. November 7th.

Come chat with other racers, crew and bike people Saturday night after you
have cleaned up. Try to figure out who is who when they have regular
clothes on and no helmet. Have a social recovery beverage. Talk about
bikes, the liberal party or bikes.

Start time: 7:30

This social party is sponsored by MIVA (Mid Island Velo Association) and
Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo

There will be Beer from Longwood Brewery and snacks.

Taco Revolution will also be there with tacos for sale.

Finish time: T.B.D.

Address: 3700 Island Hwy.

3) My Little Pony at Arbutus Meadows. Nanoose. Sunday. November 8th.

NOTE: Map was not adjusted/available when this newsletter had to go out so
it will be posted on the web site and FB when we get it.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Last year’s race utilized Arbutus Meadows in its
entirety. It was fast with long straightaways, lots of places to hide from
your nemisi and nemeseses. Super fun. 2015’s course be even super funner
because there is nowhere to hide. NOWHERE TO HIDE!!!! Heckling your fellow
racers is naturally encouraged through course design because this course is
compact, tight and flowy. Put on your turning tires and grease your headset.
Estimated distance is 2.8kms. Your mother in law will love it too because
she can heckle you I mean watch 80% of the race within a short walking
distance. Even with a walker. Did I mention there is NOWHERE TO HIDE??? Our
volunteers will enjoy a quick build and tear down as well. Please email race
director Ron Hewitson if you can help out. Hewitsonron@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION, BATHROOMS and AWARDS will NOT be in the large riding arena
like they were last year, rather in the far building. Please refer to the
attached map.

TEAM TENT AREA: same as the last 2 years which is along the pave climb. You
will need to be IN before the races start and you will not be allowed OUT
by vehicle until AFTER all the races. (Parking in that area is still to be
confirmed so make sure you talk to the parking crew)

IMPORTANT – PARKING: Parking will be the same as 2014, in the gravel area
beside the large riding arena. Look for parking officials wearing the orange
safety vests. Trust me, they are not to be trifled with. They do like bribes

BIKE WASH : The little kids ‘Lil Nutcase race, WD-40 bike wash, finish line
and pits are all in the same area as last year the pave climb. Please refer
to the map.

FOOD and BEVERAGE: We are pleased to bring back the Limon Food Truck from
Parksville. We had so many positive comments last year from diners we had no

4) The Pits

I was asked to clarify the pits and outside assistance at COTR events. Let
us just say we are not the world cup. Our first priority is to try to get
people out racing, having a great time and finishing the races but in a fair
and competitive way.

The pits are for you to put spare gear in. Bikes, wheels, a seat…..what
ever you need.

If you have a mechanical on the course or want to change your bike the pits
is the place to do it.

You have to complete the course though meaning you can not cut the course to
get to the pits if you have a problem. If you are PAST the pits you can not
cut BACK to the pits to get help.

Many times the pit entrance is not perfect. We are not perfect….just do
the best you can and we should be OK.

IF you have a problem WAY far away from the pits and there just happens to
be someone there that might be able to give you a hand….what do you do?

Again see our priorities. No one wants to win a race or do better because
of the misfortune of others so again….do the best you can. We suggest you
pull over or off the course. Fix what you need to. Then re-enter the
course at the same location.

Always finish the course.

If you need any further clarity on this please fire me a note.

5) Want a free pass to SSXCWC from MAZDA?

Well we will be giving away a few more of these on Saturday at the KONA KUP.

Here is the gig. Half Track (same as the Zoom Zoom Half Track). Right
before the Kids half track happens. After the beginners finish. Line up in
front of registration. First male. First female. Then 2 more randoms.
One gear only. If you have already won a ticket Noir….you can ride to
support or block!

WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #7. Return to Bear Mountain.

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #8.

I hope everyone is having a great Thursday night getting super excited for
another race weekend. You might be in Winnipeg (if you are good luck and
thank you for representing COTR and Vancouver Island). You might be in
Vancouver getting ready to do Castle Cross in Port Coquitlam and then
heading over for Bear Mountain. Or you are settled in nicely on Vancouver
Island saving it all up for Sunday.

First things first. Don’t forget to pre-register. It helps us all. It
helps you. Here it the link:
Pre-registration closes at 7:00 PM on Saturday Night.

One of the most important things you need to know about this weekend’s race
is…it is in the SAME spot as last year. We THOUGHT that we would be using
a different location on Bear Mountain. A lower golf course that was
supposed to be closed by this point in the year. BUT because of the great
weather that course has not yet been shut down so we are using the same spot
as last year. Don’t go to the wrong spot!

In this Newsletter:

1) The Ticket Noir
2) COTR-2015. Race #4. Bear X-Ing. Preview.
3) Accommodations for this weekend.

1) The Ticket Noir

Mazda will be giving away 8 of these sweet tickets to each of the top single
speeders in each of the starts on Sunday. This ticket is a paid entry into
the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championship event being held in Victoria
on November 22nd. You must be registered as a Single Speed and ride a bike
with only 1 gear. First one person on a one geared bike in each event wins
a ticket!

2) COTR-2015. Race #4. Bear X-Ing. Preview (Map and Poster Below)

Don’t forget the Harbour Air Hand Up Zone!!

Costumes….there has been a question posted about costumes. I LOVE seeing
costumes at EVERY race. Especially around Halloween….so YES if you have
one PLEASE fire it up on Sunday. Even if it just for warm up, hanging out,
cool down or for the awards.

Bear X-Ing at Bear Mountain.

Making use of the entire Bear Mountain Golf Driving Range, plus some new
“off range” sections, the race course will be like last year’s super-fast
rolling and flowy endeavour but changed up to make full use of the
undulating and perfectly groomed golf course terrain to create lots of
bermed corners, off camber sections and high speed momentum sectors.
TEAM TENT AREA – make sure to RSVP
There will be a designated TENT ALLEY course section (with barriers!) for
this year’s Bear Crossing. ALL TENTS must be secure with spikes (at minimum)
and or weights. If you want to reserve a team tent spot fire Drew a note
Keep in mind that Bear Mtn has very limited parking down at the driving
range and so team’s wanting to be part of TENT ALLEY will have to drive
down the gravel road, drop off their tent and then drive their vehicle back
up to the main parking lot.

Just like last year traffic control signage will be directing all cyclocross
participants and fans to the corporate parking lot holding up to 280 cars.
From the parking lot, signage and volunteers will guide participants to the
race venue area 600m away.
Water and bike cleaning area will be available at the back of The HUB
located en-route between the main parking lots and the course. (IF there is
a hose bib that we can locate at the driving range we will also set up the
power washer for pre and during events. Post event washes are expected to
be done at “The HUB”)
Shimano (http://bike.shimano.com/)
Pearl Izumi (http://www.pearlizumi.com/)
Pro Components (http://www.pro-bikegear.com/en-gb)
There will be a BBQ on the course with burgers and dogs as well a beverage
cart at the venue with snacks and drinks. Bring cash if you plan on eating.
Following the races, Awards will take place on the Masters Lounge Patio at
the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. A racer’s deal on burgers and plenty of
other food options will be available along with BEER and one of the best
views of any awards venue out there.

Amongst the usual assortment of cycling specific draw prizes from race
sponsors Shimano, Pearl Izumi and Pro, the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. We
will have series sponsor prizes as well from WD-40, Harbour Air, Howard
Johnston, and Filthy Taco. Also a variety of resort gift certificates,
rounds of golf, and room night stays.

Also happening up at Bear Mountain this Sunday is the Pro Dirt Jump Demo.
http://bearmountain.ca/Bike/Am-Jam at Bear Mountain Bike Park

After the awards take the opportunity to ride Bike Park Avenue, the all new
super sweet flow trail that runs from the Westin all the way down to the
Bike Park, to watch the Pro Dirt Jump Demo @ 5:15 pm.
Bike Park Avenue will be clearly marked from the Cyclocross venue so riders
and spectators are welcome to check out the Bike Park at any time during the
day too!

3) Accommodations for this weekend.

If you are planning on heading down to Victoria early to
hang out or staying after to do the same we have two supporting hotels
offering special rates for the event.

The Howard Johnston
Near Elk Lake and Commonwealth place (which supports COTR year after year)
has a room rate for COTRers of $94/night . Just ask for the Cross on the
Rocks rate.

is happy to offer any COTRers wishing to stay this weekend 15% off of their
flexible rate when booking online.

The link to use to obtain the discount is: Westin Reservations
<http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/rates/rate.html?&propertyID=1747&rp=SN :346749> .

Under the comments/special request section, just need to put “Bear Mountain
Cyclocross Race” in order to receive the discounted room rate at check in.

WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #7. The Biggest! (In Canada)

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #7.

I hope everyone got out for a cross ride this weekend and are now curled up in front of a screen watching the world cup cx action from earlier today in the Netherlands.

Women’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK_mrQ2grw8
Men’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK2FlQsCzN0

Or maybe you are looking over the results from Mahon Park in North Vancouver to check their participation #’s and see if any COTR racers went over and how they did.

And now you have a new newsletter from COTR. Weekend complete! One week to go to the next race!!

Thanks to everyone that sent note to the Parks and Recreation people expressing their pleasure with racing in Topaz Park!

In this Newsletter:

1) Helmets
2) Dawn Anderson
3) COTR-2015. Race #3. Pro City Racing GP Review.
4) Expert Women and Super Masters

1. Helmets

Not 100% sure why this has to be an item in a newsletter each and every year. I would think that by now people would learn. If you need me to publicly shame….I can. I have photos. The message is; If you are at a COTR race and you are riding your bike….put your helmet on. Pretty simple. Pretty easy. BUT at the last race for some reason quite a few people felt a toque, baseball hat, Hood from their jacket, or their hair would protect their brain on a slippery pre-ride of the course than a helmet would. Consider this a mass warning to everyone. After this there are no warnings and things happen the hard way. You don’t want to find out what that is. It is not fun.

2. Dawn Anderson

If you are new to COTR you may not know who Dawn Anderson is (http://www.crossontherock.com/php/racer/?racername=Dawn+Anderson). But take a look over the stats page on our web site (http://www.crossontherock.com/results/statistics/) and you will see that she owns the top spot on many of the stats lists.

Oak Bay Bikes Victoria recently did a great interview with Dawn and you can check it out here:


We saw Dawn racing her MTB (back is injured so can’t race cx bike right now) at Coal Cross. We hope to see her out soon again this season….maybe padding her stats up a bit more.

3. Review: Race #3. October 12th: Pro City Racing GP.

Norm’s Notes

Almost a decade ago at the National CX Champs in Nanaimo in 2006 I was talking to the then president of Cycling BC about Cross on the Rock. I was explaining our approach and our philosophy to him and that we wanted to be the biggest cyclocross series in Canada. He outright laughed in my face. I won’t forget that. It is not what drives me now but it is funny to look back on that lack of vision on his part.

Roland and I always wondered when we would crack 300. Well it was this year. We did not expect to also crack 350! Roland is getting VERY good at predicting numbers. For the Pro City GP Roland predicted the pre-reg number within 1 person. We love stats!

Katie also sent me a stat earlier in the week that we had 86 women racing on Monday and it was not until 2009 that we averaged more than 86 racers/race for the season.

Pro City Racing GP-Mini Notes

· Peter Creighton. Bike wash HERO!
· Topaz! Did not disappoint!!
· Mud. Tough on bikes. Amazing for races!
· Haldor’s cornering (if you have not seen it on our FB page yet)
· The stats battle between Drew and I…..must….pull….a head.
· Sean Cruickshank. Racing together since 2003! His 3rd COTR win in 25 races.
· Cantilevers still can go fast….even in Expert Men
· 59 year age difference between the youngest and oldest in Beginner Men.

Race Director Scott Mitchell notes:

What an amazing race!

The record setting turnout, the spectating and heckling (especially at the baseball diamond), the course, the mud, a personal best COTR result for me, the waffles…. so many highlights!

I had so many people come up to me and say how much they liked the course, that means a lot and Drew deserves most of the credit for that. We had a great team of volunteers that made this event happen, leading the charge was the volunteer co-ordinator Sylvia.

Big thanks to:
· Drew
· Joele
· Sylvia
· Richard
· Curtis
· Peter
· Barry
· Kyle
· Mitch
· Shanna
· Cam
· Carlin
· Jae
· Pete H
· Roland
· Katie
· Danielle
· Alex
· Christyna
· Laura
· Bruce
· Ed
· Sabrina
· Clara
· Tarryn
· HERO ALERT: Pete Creighton from WD40 Bike for driving down from Nanaimo on his day off to wash your bikes for you for 6 straight hours!
· I can’t forget Sandor for making those amazing cowbells.
· Renat for bringing your majical waffle making machine.

· And finally the race sponsors:
o Shimano
o Pro
o Trek Bikes Victoria donating over $2000 worth of prizes.

Anyone else who I may have forgotten, Thanks!

Cross on the rock races are the result of some hard teamwork and this race was full of awesome volunteers. Next time you are doing a pre-lap of the course consider thanking the timing crew that stands under that timing tent for 6 hours and all 8 races. Maybe volunteer to help with teardown of the course.

Consider the shops and companies that sponsor the series and support them next time you are considering an online purchase.

4. Expert Women and Super Masters

It is time (it is ALWAYS time…but with the numbers so lot it is REALLY time) for those racing Expert Women and Super Masters to start dragging their friends out. Anyone in other women’s categories that should move up. Those in Beginners that might want to move up to Super Masters. These categories are VERY-low compared to all others. Recruit. Recruit. Recruit.

That is it for this Sunday night. Look in your in-box later this week for a preview on Bear X-ing COTR coming next Sunday in Victoria!


WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #6. Pro City Racing GP Preview.

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #6.

In this Newsletter:

1) Building C.O.T.R. since 2004
2) COTR-2015. Race #3. Pro City Racing GP Preview.
3) Update: Cross-sitters

You’re missing something….if you are not on Face Book! We know the social media scene is not for everyone so to make sure that you don’t miss all the action here are a few links to get you fired up for Monday:

Pelle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSFe0ccCr98

On board with Jon Watkin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5nC4fzWWM

1. Building C.O.T.R. since 2004

Thanks to a couple of people that made an effort to talk to me at Tugboat Cross about how the series has grown and developed over the last decade. It was nice to hear. I just want to be clear though that the series is a partnership. A partnership between race organizers, series organizers, sponsors and racers. It is a group effort. It is rider driven. The racers make it happen! If you look at the number we have truly built this series 1 to 2 racers at a time. Let’s keep building. Let’s keep it positive. Let’s keep COTR a heathy place and a heathy series. See you Monday!

2. PREVIEW: Race #3. October 12th: Pro City Racing GP.

If you have not registered yet for Topaz Park the link is here: https://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=1000
Pre-Registration closes right in the middle of your Turkey Dinner on Sunday…..so don’t wait until then. Get it done!

BIG NOTE: No pre-riding of the course. We will not be posting a map of the course until Sunday night for that reason. NO post-riding of the course. Parks and Recreation took note in 2011 that a lot of people were riding the course AFTER the event. PLEASE allow the course to re-generate. It will help the course and it will improve our chances of having another event at Topaz Park.

Norm’s Notes

It was Canadian Coach and part time COTR racer, Dan Proulx, (http://www.crossontherock.com/php/racer/?racername=Dan+Proulx) that came up with the idea of a race on Thanksgiving in 2007. We had our first “Turkey Cross” at the velodrome at J.D.F. Ever since we have kept that day as a COTR stronghold and almost every year it is our biggest race of the season.

The last time we had a race in Victoria at Topaz park it was 2011. Looking back at that year to Condo Cross (http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=32) we see some historic names in COTR. On that Monday 2nd place in the beginner category was Rob Parkin our winner of Tugboat Cross. He was bested by someone more than double his age. Every category has names of people that are still racing, have made their mark, or are still on the way up and improving. In the intermediate category first and second were Adam De Vos and Nigel Ellsay who at 22 and 21 now have already had some great international results on the road. Second in Master Men was Robert Russel…what happened to that guy? Our top racers in the men’s and women’s categories, Tyler Trace and Dawn Anderson still hold #1 and #2 spots for most wins by any COTR racer.

Cool to look back at it.

Here is some video from the day:

From Zed Wheels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvzspoQZyJU

From CHEK 6 News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx1NyFDsmVo

This Monday we will have our second race at Topaz park and one day we will all look back on that event….actually by Tuesday we will be looking back on it! It is going to be wicked!

Race Director Scott Mitchell notes:


There will be a designated TEAM TENT area along the straight away that goes by the parking lot on the east side of the course. ALL TENTS must be secure with spikes (at minimum) and or weights. If you want to reserve a team spot fire Scott a note at: scott@trekbikesvicotria.com

Please keep the parking in that lot for teams only to make it easier to haul tents out etc.


Course Description:
Taking advantage of Topaz park’s varied terrain including grass, wood chip trails, rocks, and some bike path pavement the 2015 race course is fast, fun, and flowing with a mix of high/low speed riding, wide open power sections, tight technical cornering, off camber sections and fluid long radius turns over varied surfaces.

The City of Victoria has allowed the use of Topaz park again for 2015. With the wet weather over the weekend we have some concerns with damage to the sports field areas. We still have a great course planned and have a bunch of technical corners planned for the south end of the course, 2 off the bike sections, and yes… some straight power sections as expected.

For those that did Topaz back in 2011 there will be less pedalling and more cornering in 2015… plus maybe even a brand new homeless tent city gauntlet section (news link – http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/tent-city-proposal-sparks-protest-at-topaz-park-1.2012336)!

Topaz Park is located at the corner of Finlayson Street and Blanshard Street in Victoria. Parking is available on the north end of the park off of Finlayson Street or on the East side of the park by taking Spruce St off of Quadra Street. Additional parking is available at Mayfair Centre and SJ Willis School, a short walking distance to the park.

Please be courteous to other park users during race day and keep off the sports fields. The park is still open to the public so please be respectful.

We encourage team tents along the East side of the course near the Spruce parking lot. If you have a tent please park in the east parking lot off of Spruce Street, we will have about 10 prime parking spots reserved for team vehicles . This location will be great for spectating and close to the finish line. If you do not have gear to haul please consider those that do and try to find parking a bit further from the fields.

Event sponsors: Shimano Pro and Trek

Hand Up Zone
Remember to grab your ticket to win in the Harbour Air Hand up Zone on the course. You will see it marked with the Harbour Air bunting and there will be people there handing out tickets and screaming at you. Grab one and put it someplace for later.

I have heard that there will also be a beer hand up zone….well not actually. Frontrunners-Splashes will be handing up $5 Gift cards for Liquor Plus so you can grab a Phillips on your way home *never drink and drive of course*

Event Schedule (The one on the web page is not correct….if we do not get it fixed before Monday GO OFF THIS ONE!)

Cross on the Rock Categories 2015 (There have been some changes) and start times.

Beginner Men/Women
Including those racing the series as U13 and U15 Youth
Kids “Zoom Zoom” Half Track
Kids around 7-10’ish (parents welcome) riding on the regular adult course.
Intermediate Men
Males under 39, including those racing the series as U17 Youth
Intermediate Women
Including those racing the series as U17 Youth or Masters 40+
Lil’ Nutcase Helmets Kids Race
Kids under 7 – parents discretion. Ride on separate kids course.
Masters Men (40-54)
All males 40-54 not wanting to race Expert (or Beginners)
Super Masters Men (55+)
All males 55+ (Unless racing Beginner)
Expert Men
“Fasters” Welcome (Fasters = Fast Masters)
Expert Women

3. Update: Cross-sitters.

We have 7 Cross-Sitters and only 2 parents needing them so far….so if you need someone to watch your kids while you warm up-race-warm down. Let me know and I will put you in touch with some cool kids!