COTR 2014: Second E-Mail of the week. LAST e-mail of the year. Last Ronde.

We missed this from the last newsletter from Race Director Ron Hewitson for the season ender at My Little Pony Cross.

Thanks to Rob Bau and Arbutus Meadows for allowing COTR and Mid Island Velo Association to make MLP happen. To all the MIVA volunteers who worked so hard to make this go smoothly – thank you! Also a very special thanks to Norm, Roland and Katie for all of their hard work throughout the year. Having been race director it gives me a small glimpse into how much effort goes into just one race, never mind 7 a year!

The weather gods, Extreme Eats for the amazing burger, thick mud, sponsors for the prizes, I could go on suffice to say it went really well thanks to all of the hard work of those volunteers and thanks to everyone who helped smash the all time record of 264 participants!

This is the second of two e-mails finishing off the Cross on the Rock season this year. It is BIG….but worth it to go to the finish!

Don’t cry because it is over.
Smile because it happened!

This e-mail will cover: Who you owe a beer or a hug for the COTR series
this year.
Who you have to thank for contributing to our
prizing for 2014…..can not do it without these people!
Where to go if you want to keep racing this
fall and winter
What is up for COTR for 2015 (as we
mentioned…already working on it)
What is up for CX in BC for 2015 (Rough schedule)
And a couple of photos that somehow did not come
through last e-mail….will try again.
It will finish off….WAY at the bottom…with a
SPECIAL offer from Naked. Check….it…..out!

And if you want some BONUS material check out the Rob Parkin Intermediate
edit from MLP Cross on our FB Page.

AND EXTRA Bonus……a photo gallery from Patrick Burnham of 2014 crashes!!

AND EXTRA-EXTRA BONUS…..the timing sheet is up from the last race. Check out the lap splits!

Who you owe Beer or Hugs:

You might imagine the COTR Series takes a LOT of work.

The Race Directors who pull together the pieces.
Curtis Saunders and Lisa Ludwig: Coal Cross
Drew MacKenzie: Bear X Ing
Corey Piket and Sean Lunny: Kona Kup
Lee Blais: Port Alberni
Roland Rabien: Binab Property Group GP
Ian Craib: Ronde Von Hogwarts
Ron Hewitson: My Little Pony Cross.

The (Regular) Timers (Regular as there are a few more people that do help
out as well)
Joele Guynup
Tara Pollock
Christina Jones
Sylvia Story
Hillary Grant

The “Crew” that pull everything together for timing, registration and 100’s
of other details
Katie Rabien
Roland Rabien
(The series would NOT happen without these two people…so hugs AND Beer)

Paul Brend
Jamie Cameron

Special Mention
Jack Mar for pulling together the Super Master prizes this year!

  • Series Sponsors (in no particular order….all important)
    Curtis and Straight Up Cycles for jumping in to the series after 1
    race and doing CASH and prizing.
  • Dan and Steve from Outdoor Addictions and Jack from Island Cycles
    (Quadra Island) (55+ Men’s Category Sponsors)
  • Pearl Izumi is one of the brands that Joele Guynup brings to support COTR
  • It was a bummer that Paul Underhill our “Rumble”r could not race after breaking himself. Rumble sponsored our last not lapped and sometimes the “ready to Rumble” prize. Paul will be back NEXT year.
  • Sean and Corey from Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo. Besides putting on the
    KONA KUP, prizes and support OBB has a VERY important role for COTR. They
    give us a spot to park the equipment trailer. MUCH thanks!
  • Cycles Lambert supports us through Peter Creighton. Peter does as much as he can with his limited budget doing prizes through supporting shops on the island.
  • Still our #1 Video (
    Phillips Brewery and Matt Lockhart do the BEER, Root Beer and growlers that
    have made Phillips an integral part of COTR
  • Shimano… guessed it…Joele Guynup (and DH legend Elladee Brown). Prizes and support.
  • Frontrunners…..a running shop…..that without it….COTR would be sunk! Cross’ers need to run. You need shoes. Buy them from Frontrunners PLEASE (or Stefan will get ANGRY with me spending all my time on COTR!)
  • Nutcase……..JOELE again!! Nutcase supports the kids events. Almost every kid in those races has a Nutcase helmet by now….but we will keep pushing them ’cause they are awesome and do a lot to support KIDS and their brains!
  • Time to get “Naked”. When you have a world famous frame builder like Sam Whittingham giving away a frame set… is AMAZING!
  • Kona (through Rock Star Rep Dik Cox) has been there since the start. Our very first race. Before we were COTR. Before we were anything.
  • We have yet to get Dan Brady out for a cross race but the The Howard Johnston Nanaimo and Elk Lake still support us when ever they can with room rates and gift certificates.
  • Brad Head……another racer that makes great stuff! Zed Wheels….they even named a wheel set after the series!
  • Win a BIKE at BPGGP…….How…..Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles! That is how! Plus have you seen how many of their guys come out to race?
  • Greg Inkster will always be the “anvil”…..Orange Sport Supply….Distributing great products from the west coast. A grass roots company supporting grass roots cycling!
  • HUGE donation from Wake Luksay from Riverway Dental covering the Youth Categories and series prizing for 2014
  • One more of our Super Masters sponsors: Quadra Island Cycling Coalition (QUICC)

So you want to keep racing this Fall and Winter.

Here are some options:

In Victoria

Semiprestige Winter CX Series
Sunday Nov 30th – Semiprestige CX Race
Friday Dec 26th- Boxing Day CX TT
Sunday Jan 25th- Blubber Burn CX Race
The second-annual Stuckylife Semiprestige Winter Cyclocross Series.

Presented by the good people at Broad Street Cycles, our three-race, unsanctioned cross series will bring some late season grassroots racing to the Van Island CX community.
The first event, a DIY riff on a classic cross race will offer 45min of lung-burning excitement, and a social Sunday afternoon.

Semiprestige CX Race
SUNDAY NOV 30th, 2014
Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary
1128 Finlayson Arm Rd.
-A & B race
-$10 entry
-All abilities, bikes and ages welcome. Spectating encouraged!

The course is on a new venue, kindly offered up by Mary of Mary’s Farm & Sanctuary <> . It will be a Vancouver Island variation of a classic CX course: twisty, flowy, grassy and off-cambered. More tubular-friendly than last year’s mossy rock fest, and set in a large rolling pasture, it should provide a fantastic mix of challenging features, and lung-searing laps. Think maximum flow, crazy Belgian off-camber lines, and natural grass bowls.

Parking: Riding out to the race is encouraged, though limited parking is available at the Farm & Sanctuary. Likely room for 15-20 cars MAX.

The Broad St. boys will be leading a group ride from their shop up to the race. Rolling out at 9:30am from the shop (1419 Broad St).

As well, Broad Street Cycles will be on hand for “neutral” support solutions.

Bring a backpack with warm clothes and drinks. We will have a few tents set up, possibly some warming beverages on tap, and are planning on making a day of it. Lights for the ride home might be a good plan.

Free entry if you take a ferry to get here!

9:30am- Group ride from Broad St Cycles to the race course.
11am- Course open for pre-riding
11:45am- B race (35+min)
12:20- Course open for pre-riding
1:00- A race (45+min)
2:15- Podium! Champagne! Revelry!

Bring some cash with you. Purveyors of baked Belgian batter, Wannawafel <> , will be on course and serving hot Liege waffles.

As well, Dead Beetz <> food truck is going to make an appearance. This excellent local food truck makes all kinds of delicious menu items, from burgers to fried root vegetable chips, etc.
Come hungry.

In more big news, local purveyors of precious liquids, Driftwood Brewery <> have stepped up with an incredible show of support. There will be loads of potable prizing for the Semiprestige, as well as some sweet Driftwood swag to snag.

Lastly, Birzman tools <> , manufacturers of slick CNC’d bicycle tools and accessories have offered up a couple of wares for a couple of lucky racers. Come out and win win win!

Still don’t know what the hell we are talking about? Click HERE <> for a race recap from last year.

In SEATTLE (Really “Tacoma”):
* We have the final details for Waves for Water Cyclocross
Collaborati…on on December 6th & 7th in Tacoma, WA in place.
* Full website is
* Technical Guide is complete. If you have a question it is answered
* Preregistration with USA Cycling is available
here: registration closes
on Thursday, December 4th at 5:00 PM PST. UCI Elite Men and Women must
* Day of Registration will be available for all other categories.
* Course Maps are up: December 6th – Liberia Project –
se.pdfDecember 7th – Nepal Project –
* We look forward to seeing the west coast’s best at this stop of the
US Pro CX calendar in Tacoma, WA.

In Bellingham:
Cascade CX 2014
* Zombie Xmas Cross ~ Dec 13th
* Woolley Cross ~ Jan 10th
* Bandit Cross ~ Jan 31st

COTR Series 2015-As Promised.

This is how it is looking. Keep in mind. Venues are NOT firmed up but it
is the dates are pretty much set at this point:

Sunday, September 13 COTR #1 – Cumberland with the Night Crit
before and possibly an Enduro in the Day. Weekend!!
Sunday, Sept 27 COTR #2 – Ladysmith CONFIRMED
Monday, Oct 12 COTR #3 – Thanksgiving Monday
Speedway (Probably)
October 25 COTR #4 – This one is up in
the Air. Topaz, MLP, Port Alberni, Parksville, Cowichan FairGrounds….Or
Bear X Ing.
Nov 7/8 COTR #5 and #6 DOUBLE
HEADER FINALS: Beban-Arubutus Meadows with an OBB party in the night.
Sunday, Nov 15 COTR #7 Finals: Shawnigan Lake
School (Fingers Crossed)

NOT part of the series BUT really important:
Nov 21/22 Most likely date but not confirmed for the

AND possibly a summer cross race at Diver Lake, Nanaimo, Mid Week, Mid
Plus there is always the chance for NICSSCOTU

CX in BC for 2015

Again….ROUGH schedule but this is how it is looking for BC.
November 2015 is going to be a HUGE month for Cyclocross in B.C.!

Saturday, September 5th Aldor Acres Season Opener
Sunday, September 13th COTR #1 – Cumberland
September 19th Castle Cross
September 26th Burnaby Foreshore or New Brighton.
Sept 27th Whistler
Sunday, Sept 27th COTR #2 – Ladysmith

October 3rd Burnaby Foreshore or New Brighton
October 4th Vanier Park
Monday, Oct 12th COTR #3 – Thanksgiving Monday
October 18th Mahon Park
October 25th COTR #4
Oct 31/Nov 1 BC Premier Cyclocross Series Pumpkin
Cross Maple Ridge

November 7th Aldergrove Lake CX
Nov 7/8 COTR #5 and #6 DOUBLE HEADER
FINALS: Beban and Arbutus Meadows
Sunday, Nov 15 BC Premier Cyclocross Series
Interior Cross Kelowna
Sunday, Nov 15 COTR Finals Quite possibly Shawnigan
Lake School.
Nov 21/22 Most likely date but not
confirmed for the SSCXWC
November 23rd Confederation Park CX Series Finale.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs; ASS, Pro City Racing club, MIVA and Trail
Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team

Supported by:
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Outdoor Addictions in Campbell River
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni
Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles in Victoria
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

Sponsored by in 2014:
Straight Up Cycles
Outdoor Addictions and Island Cycles (Quadra Island) (55+ Men’s Category
Pearl Izumi
Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo
Cycles Lambert
Phillips Brewery
The Howard Johnston Nanaimo and Elk Lake
Zed Wheels
Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles
Orange Sport Supply
Riverway Dental (Youth Category Sponsors)
Quadra Island Cycling Coalition (QUICC) (55+ Men’s Category Sponsors)

COTR 2014: Ronde Van Hogwarts Breaks Records and a look forward to the 2014 series final.

Felt like there should have been a cross race yesterday. Strange feeling.
Instead I washed my bike and helped my BB turn (again…like after every
race). Looking forward to the series final. Making preparations. Also
seriously looking at MFG’s race in Seattle for the first weekend in December
to close off the wicked CX season.

Shawnigan…..totally different course this year!! The thing about the
series is that with 7 races none of the courses are the same and some are
QUITE a bit different. It does not get that far apart as the Binab GP with
50+ corners per lap to Shawnigan Lake School with FLAT out sections and some
great stairs and climbing. And the weather……also far apart. Some
exciting racing to watch. The group at the end of lap 1 of the Expert Men’s
race. The size of the Beginner Categories…both men’s and women’s. The
young guns! All highlights.

Can’t wait for the series final!!

Photo Contest

For years capturing images of our races has become an important part of the
events themselves. Roland pulled up page stats from our web site this week
and the photo page is the second most popular behind results.

So……..Photographers……the time is NOW to get your photos in for our
annual contest. Please e-mail them to me before November 18th. Photos will
be judged on:

* Quality
* Composition
* COTRness
* And of course awesomeness

I have a SPECIAL prize that Roland hunted all over Victoria to locate for
this year’s winner.

Lost and Found

Andy has a few things that were left in the pits on Sunday:

1) a clincher wheelset. Dura-ace hubs, tied & soldered spokes, Fango tires.
2) A Blackburn floor pump (which may go with the bag of tubes that was also

Anyone who wants their stuff back can contact Andy at

Also I have
1) a Camelbak Podium Bottle
2) A Polar RS100 Heart Rate Monitor with Black BBB arm warmers rolled
up in the band

We are also missing Dave Novak’s Trail Bikes jacket if you want to check
your stuff.

In the trailer there is a SUPER muddy pair of free ride shoes left over from
Binab GP….if you are missing yours.

Ronde Van Hogwarts at Shawnigan Lake School

Racing in short sleeves in November….what a grand day it was at Shawnigan
Lake School!!

Check out Erik Dierten’s edit of the Expert Categories:

Patrick Burnham has his gallery up here:

Geoff Robson has a LOT of photos from Hogwarts: Some serious B&W ones in there

The past Sunday’s race broke it’s attendance record from 2013 by 26. It
also set a record for the biggest race we have had in November on it’s way
to becoming #3 biggest race of all time. It came close to getting onto the
top 10 for biggest categories…just needed a few more people in Masters Men
or Intermediate. I am pretty sure it set a record for biggest Beginner
Men’s and Women’s categories though!! Thanks to everyone that made it such
a success!!

From Race director: Ian Craib

Big THANKS to:
* Scott Milnthorp from OBB YYJ helped me out by assembling and
distributing the prizes prior to the event.
* Tom Skinner and Andy Achuff who coordinated the course set up on
* Matthew Ronald Jones who helped me with the course clean-up.
* Joe Guard, Lesley Berkenstock, Richard Barrass
<> who worked like dogs
all day.
* Heath MacKinlay for liking my stash and helping with the set-up.
* Bruce Falk, Hilary Grant and Tara Pollock
<> . – timing
* Brent Hooper for helping out from beginning to end and bringing a
van bigger than Norms (editor: barely…it is just newer-WAY MORE $$)
* Geoff Robson – images (haven’t seen anything yet) Can find them
* Karl for supporting this from the beginning and providing the
* Curtis Schlossberger thanks I know he was there
somewhere….(Donated the CASH for the Expert Category again through
Straight Up Cycles)
Apologies to anyone else who I forgot.
Prize donations:

Major contributors
Oak Bay Bikes – Karl Ulrich
Oak Bay Bikes Westshore – Chris Dickensen
Live to Play Sports – Steve Pukesh
Cycle Therapy – David Beggs

Shawnigan Lake School – David Robertson (head master of Hogwarts), Ronnie
Brown (got the approval for us being there), Mary Stack (made sure the
facility was ready), Ken Gillam (sports facility manager….he’ll repair the
damage to the grass DOUBLE THANKS!!), Greg Perry (loaned me the sub-par pa

James the kitchen manager who made sure we had 400+ muffins.

Drumroaster Coffee – Geir Oglend <> supplied
all the coffee and cream/milk (no sugar because it should never be added to
a good cup of coffee)

Minor contributors
Cowichan Cycles – Robin Dutton
Experience – Will Arnonld
Broad Street Bikes – Parker

Series Final-My Little Pony Cross – Looking Forward

If I had a 1 in around 250 chance of winning a FREE Naked CX frameset or a
pair of Zed Wheels…..all I had to do it show up and race the series
final……I would make the trip.

That is just ONE of the wicked reasons to come out next (NOT THIS) Sunday
for the 2014 COTR Round #6 and series final at Arbutus Meadows.

The Mid Island Velo Association are working hard to make the course even
better than last year.

We will be doing the series draw and category prizes as well as prizes for
My Little Pony….so a LOT of prizes!!

Full preview to come to your in box next week.

Pre-registration here:

COTR Series 2014
Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup. Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills. Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP DONE
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts DONE
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows. My Little Pony Cross. Series Final

COTR 2014: 7 days of COTR on V.I.

This Sunday marks the half way point for COTR this year with the famed Farmer Bills course.  Some people absolutely LOVE this course…..we hear how it is people’s favorite and a “not to be missed”.  Full preview below but before that we will review last Monday’s COTR Provincial Champs.  The KONA KUP at Bowen Park.  Sit back.  Feet up for recovery.  Enjoy the read.


Hardest Race EVER for COTR.  If you made it to the finish line.  Take HUGE pride in that.  This race is a BEAST that ever cross racer must one day BEST.

Patrick Burnham photos here

Erik Diertens’ first Cross Edit here: Kona Cup 2014:

Kick ass race report here:

From Corey at OBB-Nanaimo
I would like to thank everyone who came out making the Kona Kup a success and reaching a record turn out for this course as well as for a Cross Provincial Championships. I love this course, to me it’s a very European style course. Lots of varied terrain, elevation gain, sand and natural obstacles. It’s the course you love to hate.

Thanks to Nanaimo Parks and Rec for letting us use it year in and out.
Thank you to Roland and Katie for their amazing results and stats.
Thanks to Hillary, Paul, Wendy, Tara, Joele and Peter for time keeping.
Thanks to Mike, Paul, Shep, Derek, Ken, Ron, Matt, Steve, Bryce, Sean and Trevor for setting up and helping through the day.
Special thanks to Del for coming and volunteering all day. It was her first cyclocross experience!
It was awesome to have Renaat and his Wafels there giving it an even more Belgian feel!
The Howard Johnson in Nanaimo.
Thanks to Cycling BC for letting Cross on the Rock and The Kona Kup have provincials two years in a row and thanks to Norm, who without we wouldn’t have this phenomenal series!!

I was reading the stats on the Cross on the Rock website and it blows me away the growth of the series and number of racers.

The first underground races to 65 racers per race in 2006 and now 241 racers per race in 2014.

I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

From Norm

More than just a few highlights for me for this event.

First was the feedback on the course.  SO MANY people love this course even though it is SUPER-DUPER hard.  I love that.  Yeah the road is LONG….but it is HARD so it is awesome.  Yeah there are a lot of climbs, turns, stairs, sand…..but combined….it is harder than hard….which makes it AWESOME!!  Always something to work on each lap.  Always something you can do better.  It is almost impossible unless you are Craig, Tom or Tyler to race the whole course clean and fast.  For the rest of us….it is a HUGE challenge.  It is not supposed to be easy.  I hope you all come back and challenge yourself again next year!!


Devon Moonie. 20 years old from Kamloops BC.  Drove to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.  Left his car.  Rode to Bowen Park to the start of the race in the morning.  BUT he had 2 bikes so he strapped his second bike to his back and rode from DUKE POINT to Bowen Park with his spare bike (which he did not use).  Places 13th in Elite.

The Grants back racing COTR after a coach and injury fixing race break.  Both Grant boys on the podium.

Doug Doyle who sacrificed his race to help out Peter Wellsman after his crash.  Then later helped out Arne Bickle after he crashed in the Masters 45-54

240 racers at Provincials.  All in Championship Categories.  No “Open/Citizen” categories.

The number of Intermediate men and women that stepped it up and races Elite for Provincials. 

51 men and 18 Women.  Biggest Elite EVER and more likely than not bigger than Nationals.

Unfortunately a couple of “Low”-Lights for this event

Confusion over the start of the Masters 35-44 and 45-54 race.  We thought we had communicated it well enough but apparently not well enough for a few people.  If you were affected by this or missed your start please fire me a note.  We are sorry and would like to refund your entry fee.  It will not make up for it but at least you will have some beer month.

The man in black.

Back to the good stuff.  This came from Chris Courtenay that works for Orange Sport Supply that supports our series.

Thanks again for putting on an awesome series.

I ended up having a pretty decent race. I’d never battled with Elite, never done a full hour before, so there was that. And I also crashed about 11 times, so there was also that, but managed to keep it mostly together and finished strong. Fought a good battle with a few guys mid pack, so that made the race for the top 20 quite interesting. If you aren’t going to podium, you may as well battle it out for 17th!

The course was awesome also. When I pre-rode it I figured it was going to be really tough with the punchy climbs and the stairs of doom, but the only thing that consistently hurt lockered me was the road section! Also I had my lines picked out in the dry, but as soon as it rained, it became a new course.

Thanks again, and cheers,
Chris Courtney    
Inside Sales Manager


Pre-Registration closes at our normal time of 7:00PM on this Saturday Night.  The link is:

Reminder as per the series “Bible”:  Onsite registration, number pickup and category changes close 30 minutes before the start of each event. Hard Cut OFF and has to be enforced to allow for the smooth running nature of COTR events.  Sorry if you don’t make it but others should not suffer because of your tardiness.

Forecast calls for MUD!!

2014 farm course promises to be more of the same delightful barn shaking fun. Lots of off bike sections and speedy descents.

This 3km course will be a little different from years past due to large cattle population.

Because we have been asked a few times….there is NO JUMP this year.

Lime’N food truck will be serving up great food and the farmers market will be open.


I have one set of Eason EC90’s for sale.  BRAND NEW.  Rim Brakes.  I REALLY WANT TO SELL THEM.  Fire me a note if you are interested.

I also have an awesome Blue 70 Helix wetsuit for swimming that has only been used once.  Medium….let me know if you are quitting riding and starting swimming and I will sell you that.

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

Cross Club-Victoria

DONE for 2014.  Thanks to the Victoria Crew for putting on those events.  Not a lot of public buzz this year but we assume they were great!

Weekly CX Rides on Vancouver Island.

Trail Bikes in Courtenay has a weekly ride at 5:45 on Wednesdays?  Or Tuesdays?  Check with them.

M.I.V.A. has a  weekly clinic/short race in Nanaimo at 5:00 on Tuesdays.  Beban Park.  Meet at the BMX track.  Until the time change.

Anyone else have anything going on at their Bike shop?  If not….you should

COTR 2014: ‘Twas the night before the night before the night before the Kona Kup.

It looks like we might have to adjust our COTR schedule for 2015 so that we can charter a plane and make ourselves over to do this:  It has been on the list for a while….so we better try to make it happen soon!

 We had a great compliment from Sven who we have had a friendly competition between COTR and his series for a while: 

hi normon:
guess it’s my turn to congratulate you this time.

pretty impressive, 270 starters. and BTW: i counted 277 based on the results posted.
i got stuck with some 240 starters again, still quite happy about that.

good job, next year vanier cx will move to sunday oct 04, 2015. maybe then we can have a non-conflicting schedule. don’t say you didn’t know in advance …

cheers and good luck with the next races,
Sven Sturm 

A late shout out to Straight up Cycles for the support of the COTR series starting with some prizes and the CASH that was 1st place for Expert at the last race.  Thanks guys!!

BC Ferries…..LONG WEEKEND… reservations in advance.  Ride on.  Stay over.  Duke Point.  Plan it out.

KONA KUP-Provincial Championships.  Monday.  October 13, 2014

Race Bible:  Find it here:  Note Women’s masters category should read “35-44” not “34-44”.

Have you signed up yet?  Remember the last scene of Point Break  Where Bhodi was waiting and waiting for the 50 year storm because it would give him perfect conditions.  “Just waiting for my set”.  This Monday for cross on Vancouver Island is the equivalent.  The 50 year storm.  Everything coming together for this one day.  The best and hardest course.  B.C. Champs.  Cycling B.C. allowing multiple license types for the first time in HISTORY.  If you are not racing.  You are missing out on the set of a lifetime!!

PLUS if we don’t break the registration numbers in EVERY category from last year when you NEEDED a UCI license to race then Cycling BC (and I) will consider this experiment a failure and going forward forever more you will always be required to have the FULL license to race at Provincials (most likely).  So lets break ALL the category records.  That means FULL SUPPORT!

NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION.  Because we have to adjust for all the series for call up.  You have to register a head of time.  Sorry.  Don’t care who you are.  How fast you are.  How far you have travelled.  How much money you have.  No Day of Race Registration.  For all the other races you can procrastinate.  For this one you gotta pay up a head of time to ride the legend.

Check out the stats and who has conquered this course before you:

Go back in History from 2009 to 2013 and look at the results from this race every year:

Check out our Stats Page and see how this race stacks up:

It is a course rich with tradition and thick with mud, sand and grass.

Will this year’s edition be historic.  I can tell you that it will.

PLUS most importantly there will be Wafel’s from Wannawafel.

Impressed with the number of middle pack Intermediates that are signing up for the FULL Elite race this Monday.  Respect!


I have one set of Eason EC90’s for sale.  BRAND NEW.  Rim Brakes.  I REALLY WANT TO SELL THEM.  Fire me a note if you are interested.

I also have an awesome Blue 70 Helix wetsuit for swimming that has only been used once.  Medium….let me know if you are quitting riding and starting swimming and I will sell you that.

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni*Venue/Race Change.
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final 






COTR 2014: Bear X-ing and KONA KUP

Before we get rolling with all the information you want.  Some you need and other just interesting “stuff” I just wanted to put out a GET WELL and enjoy Euro Cross on You Tube while you heal up your FEMUR to Paul Underhill our AWESOME supporter from RUMBLE.

In this newsletter a quick recap of Bear X-ing and a 18 question primer for KONA KUP Provincial Championships.

Also….you know we love stats.  Roland ran a stat to find out who out of the series has been the closest to the Victory without winning a race so far.  We ran the top 10 for podium placers without a Victory and the top 2 that are due for the V are Thomas Skinner (11 podiums) and Tanya Larkin (10 podiums).  I have to say that I have a secret wish for both these two to take the top spot sometime this year….they are due!!


If you were there….you know how awesome it was!
If you were not… have heard how awesome it was!

With the development plans for the area that we used this year pending and pressing in the near future we don’t know how viable a course will be in years to come….but we can certainly dream about it and remember the day where the Westin Hotel made food for a record 270 racers and awards were on the Masters Patio. 

To recap from Mitchell Thacker of Pro City Cycles:

If you have not checked out the Chek News coverage it has been our most watched post on FB with 4350 people reached.

 Some great photos here:
And here:

From race director Drew:
Special thanks to Adam Walker and Morgan Blake who were just excellent to work with and who instrumental in working with Bear Mountain Resort, getting us access to the golf course and creating a world class race experience from awesome food, wicked groomed terrain, and a super sweet awards party location.

A very special thanks to Norm, Katie and Roland for all of their hard work, tireless dedication, and just for being so generally awesome.

Also a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our volunteers!

Please take the time to recognize and thank all those folks you saw out at the race up early to set up the course, time the events, register everyone, put on kids races, tabulate all the results, clean up afterwards, and just generally making the whole show run so smoothly (in no particular order):

 ·         Andy Achuff
·         Doug Doyle
·         Curtis Schlossberger
·         Scott Mitchell
·         Andrew Barnes
·         Dave Damery
·         Carson Damery
·         Luke Damery
·         Allison Damery
·         Alex Hui
·         Betsy MacKenzie
·         Joele Guynup
·         Christyna Mitchell
·         Paul Brend
·         Geoff Robson
·         Sabrina MacLeod
·         Savonah MacLeod
·         And last but not least THANK YOU to all the many great people who just show up on the day and end up helping out!

 If I have somehow missed somebody I am terribly sorry!

Also please vote with your dollars and your kind words the next time you’re out shopping or talking about cyclocross to friends and strangers alike.  Make sure to support those that support you!

Venue and sponsor: Bear Mountain Resort!

KONA KUP-Provincial Championships.  18 Questions.

General Details:

When is the race:  Thanksgiving MONDAY (yes MONDAY).  October 13th.

Where: Bowen Park Nanaimo.  The sacred ground of Cyclocross on Vancouver Island.  You will be proud to have raced there. A true test of every cyclocrosser and a worthy Provincial Championships.

If I registered for the COTR series am I registered for this event:  No.  This is the Provincial Championships and NOT part of the COTR series.

Who can race: ANYONE

Should I race:  Anyone that races Cyclocross in the Province of BC should make the trip and race this race.  It is set up so you can ride on the ferry, race and ride back to the ferry.  It is an amazing course.  It will be a great day of racing.  Support your sport and race Provincials.  See how you stack up.  Go for the Jersey!

What license do I need: NONE!!  This is HISTORIC.  Typically you need a UCI license to race a Provincial Championships.  BUT Cycling BC is making a huge push to grow cycling so for this time and this time ONLY (I don’t actually know if it is this time only) you can race with EITHER a UCI license or a Day-Of-Race $10 License.  This is ABOLUTELY HUGE!  Take advantage of this if you do not have a license.  Show Cycling BC how big this can be!! There are NO excuses!

How do I register:  This event will be PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.  Registration will close this Saturday October 11th at 7:00.  This is completely so that we can PLAN for the event including numbers in each category and call up positions.  Don’t even try to register after that time and date…..OK!  Here is the link that everyone has been trying to find (share it with your friends):


Can I pre-ride: Yes.  There will be time on Monday before the morning races and a SMALL amount of time before the afternoon races (enough to get 1 lap).  If you try to ride before race day you will not find the course and might get beaned by a “disc” (what F-rolfers call Frisbees). If you try to ride before the course is open on Monday morning you will get DQ’ed.  If you try to ride during others races you will get DQ’ed.  I hope that is clear.

 What is the course:  Basically the same as previous years with a few alterations.

 Is it hard:  All courses are hard if you ride fast.  All courses are easy if you ride slow.


Tell me something I need to know:  Because of one of the worst rules in cycling invented by the elitists at the UCI in Switzerland our Provincial Championships has to follow the UCI protocol for AGE for Cyclocross for this event.  Because the world champs are held in Europe at the end of January we have to use riders ages at the END of 2015 for this event.  It is a stupid rule as the world champs only have limited categories BUT it effects all ages for all categories for our event….even if there is no world champ category….like for 12 year olds.  So your age for Provincial Champs is what your age would be at the END of 2015.

Why are the categories different from COTR:  The categories are a compromise between what should be (Masters SHOULD start at 40) and what exists….Cycling Canada sill follows the Masters at 30 throwback.  So we come in at the middle with Masters starting at 35.

What are the categories for KONA KUP:  I am glad you asked that.  The categories are as follows: 


U13/U15/U17 Men – Championship

U13/U15/U17 Women – Championship

Junior Men (U19) – Championship 

Junior Women (U19) – Championship 

Masters Women (35-44) – Championship

Masters Women (45+) – Championship

Masters Men (55+) – Championship


Masters Men (35-44) – Championship

Masters Men (45-54) – Championship

Elite Men – Championship

Elite Women – Championship

What category should I race:  If you are below 19 years of age or above the age for masters you have 2 options:  Your age category OR Elite.  If you are 20-34 you have one option and that is to put on your big boy/girl chamois and line up with your peeps for an epic battle that you will tell your friends about for years to come. 

Is there a “Beginner/Citizen” category:  No.  Because of Cycling BC’s generosity in allowing Day-Of-Race insurance option there is no need to have a un-licensed category.

Is there a kids race: No there is no kids race at this event.  The focus is on the Provincial Championships.  All the other COTR events do have kids races though.

Other Information:

What do I win:  Don’t ask stupid questions Norm.  You won’t win anything because you don’t train.  You have to train to go fast.  Just race for the Glory and the feeling of your heart pounding.  Race because it is 45 minutes to yourself.  No work.  No kids.  Race to support the sport.  Race because it is a kick ass venue and a kick ass course.  Race because the wafel will taste even better.  Forget about Victory….it is gone like Peter Reid’s back wheel.  Focus on defending your honour and your family name.

Can I ride a MTB or have tires over 33mm:  We are checking on that.  Please follow our FB page and check the Race Guide for an update on that.

For all other information check out the RACE GUIDE on our web page…..I will make sure it is edited and up to date in the next 24 hours.

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni*Venue/Race Change.
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

Cross Club-Victoria 

The Victoria Wednesday Nighters start THIS WEDNESDAY.  Check the poster out below.  This is the oldest cross series in BC that has been running since…..2003 (will have to confirm that year/date)

Weekly CX Rides on Vancouver Island.

I know there are MORE rides out there but I have only received notice of 1.5 of them so far.

Trail Bikes in Courtenay has a weekly ride at 5:45.

M.I.V.A. has a (maybe) weekly clinic/short race…but the details are not readily available so dig around on their FB page and their Web site and maybe drop them a note…in Nanaimo.

Anyone else have anything going on at their Bike shop?  If not….you should!