Season Preview. (and get rid of me if you want to)

First off:

Before we get to the good stuff we all know that the “man” is harshing on everyone sending out “unsolicited” e-mails. At this point…..many years down the road we have a pretty diverse and huge mailing list. BUT I know that not everyone is into “Cross” or reading about all the awesome stuff we do….SO IF YOU DON’T WANT THESE E-MAILS….just send me a note. I don’t have some fancy program to filter everyone and send “please love us” e-mails and all that stuff (read “crap”). Just reply to this one. Send me a nice note. I will take you off our list of super cool people. (OK you might be still a bit cool but not into cross….just not super-cool).

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This is a great photo of how COTR is….we race the snot out of each other….for 1st or 30th. Then we turn and shake hands and congratulate each other on the effort! (Geoff Robson Photo)

OK onto the important stuff.

No summer race this summer.
I have to call “No Mas”. No more. I can’t do it. You see I have had a dream for 4 years since doing a wicked Raleigh Mid Summer Night cross race in Roslyn Washington of doing a similar one here. This year I got the closest to my dream. Filled out park applications. Talked to people about it. Put it on a schedule. Even harassed SRAM to get my brakes back (took so freaken LONG) for my Major Jake so I would have a bike. But the reality has set in. I just can’t do it. There is SO MUCH going on right now with the main thing being that Frontrunners is moving at the end of the summer and we are moving/building a new shop. The amount of time that is taking up is pretty much every moment that might have been used for something fun….and then some. I just can not allocate any time for the super-cool-summer-cx race that I have been thinking about for 4 years. Sorry everyone! In the meantime if anyone wants to play that old favorite game “Who is busier than who” just e-mail me and we can compare notes. BUT be warned…..I will be getting bonus points as I am sitting in my office at 9:22pm writing all my favorite cross people to give them the news….on the day I was born….because I could not find any time otherwise…..you don’t want to play that game with me!!

More important stuff.

If you have not checked out the complete BC Cylocross race Calendar for 2014 it is here:
http://cyclingbc.net/wp-content/uploads/2014-Cyclocross-Calendar.pdf

The most important dates are of course these ones:

COTR 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 – Ladysmith. Crosstoberfest.
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

7 Races.
6 Series Races
1 Provincial Championships
Drama, Excitement, pukeworthy effort, Post race beer. A Tonne of really-really nice people.

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(Geoff Robson Photo)

One more piece of important news.
We have learned that more than one of our female COTR racers are helping us boost our racer numbers. Unfortunately this participation boost does not help the series for about 12 years. In the meantime the mom’s are out for the season (rightfully so….the first year is TOUGH). Knowing our numbers….and wanting to keep those female categories STRONG as they have been in the past. Start thinking about recruiting NOW. Get those new and past female racers on their cross bikes and stoked for cross! We have the best numbers for female racers…but we need to keep them UP to keep all the categories viable and competitive! Congratulations to the new, new again and soon to be new future cross racers and families.

ONE little note from last year’s LOST and FOUND.

All the stuff below has been given back to their owners or tossed with the exception of the Specialized leg warmers in the bottom right corner. Normally I would just pass these onto a deserving jr racer or Darrel that picks up bottles from our shop on his bike and puts more km’s (need to get that guy on Strava) than Peter Wellsman…..but these leg warmers have been modified with RED RIBBON….so someone has taken some LOVE and attention to them….a GIRL…..so I would love to get them back to the right owner.

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Have a GREAT SUMMER everyone. Get on your Cross bike. Tour some Parks. Get ready for a fun fall.

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

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
Pro City Cycles in Victoria

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

Cross on the Rock
www.crossontherock.com

Parting Shot…… (Geoff Robson Photo)

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COTR 2013: November News #5: This season is a wrap.

2013 COTR is done. There were winners. And at our series….there were other winners. We don’t have “losers” at COTR!!

Before we really “get into it” for this last newsletter. This is YOUR series. Fire me a note. What you liked. What you liked less. Which courses you liked. Which ones you liked less. What you would change. What you would not touch. And other stuff. Without feedback nothing will change….well that is not completely true as Roland and I and others are already working on “stuff” to swap it up….but we still want your feedback!!

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A nice shot of Patrick Burnham’s dislocated finger from COTR #6. The pro he is he kept on racing, then stuck around shooting, also sticking around to collect his award for best photo this year and THEN went to emergency on the way home.

Check out his photos from COTR #6 here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157638067968034/

We also had Duane Martindate shooting a LOT of images at the race. When I last checked he only had Expert up but by now he might have a few more categories: http://duanebc.com/raceresults2013/VCL2013results.html

Before we pull our skis out and wait for snow at Mt Washington (The snow cam does NOT look good right now) we have one more newsletter to get through. (Some people have said my newsletters are LONG….how can they not be as there is SO MUCH INFORMATION!!)

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What recycling day looks like at my house.

HOT TOPICS

  • There is no beer or rumble at the end of this one but I can tell you if these guys get enough POSTIVE feedback about the event last weekend at Shawnigan Lake School…..there is a great chance it could happen again. 240 racers……goal should be 50 e-mails to these guys?? Takes 2 minutes: David Roberston c/o of his admin assistant: sblair@shawnigan.ca
    Barry Welsh: bwelsh@shawnigan.ca
  • Dragons Den! You have heard of it. Check out RUMBLE on Dragon’s den on December 4th.
  • Lap Splits. In case you missed Roland’s Face Book post. The lap sheets are on the results pages. Keep in mind these are done by hand and the first lap is always chaos. Regardless you will love the numbers.
  • Pelle edits….not ready yet. We are waiting for one from Ladysmith and one from Hogwarts…..at least we have something to look forward to!
  • National Champs. This weekend in South Surrey. I think it will be the largest number of people from COTR going to a National Champs of all time. Remember. When we are at COTR it is club against club. Town against Town. At Nationals COTR is one family! Bring some hardware back to the Island.
  • Speaking of National Championships: Pedal Magazine is looking for assistance with coverage of the 2013 CX Nats this weekend for reporting and video interviews – pls contact benjamin@pedalmag.com or at 416-977-2100.
  • June CX. I have heard they have a race director but no more information at this time.
  • Great having Rafael Lalumiere out racing this past weekend after his crash at COTR #2. http://www.crossontherock.com/php/racer/?racername=Raphael+Lalumiere
  • VERY WEIRD: Someone grabbed someone’s old Blunstones leaving the Rugby Club house after the awards. Size 10 Ladies. The more unfortunate thing is this racer also had a specialized jacket (black, white zipper, ladies small) taken from on top of my car at the Kona Kup. Double Whammy! Traditional curse of many flat tires and DNF’s to the person if they do not return them to the rightful owner.
  • Blubber Burn is being put on the last Sunday of January so the 26th. Stucky Life is also planning on doing 2 other races. A CX TT and a regular CX race in the next two months. Keep an eye on their FB page for more information. Maybe a boxing day CX race??
  • Need a hotel room for Nationals? A bit of a drive from race site….but might work for you: Discount rate at the Accent Inn in Richmond, near the airport. Quote the “cross on the Rock” rate to ($79/night). The hotel is right on the highway and a short drive to both the ferry and Surrey. Phone 604.273.3311 Accent Inn Vancouver Airport. 10551 St. Edwards Drive (off Hwy 99) Richmond B.C. V6X 3L8
  • If you won shoes at the last race. Se don’t expect you to jam your feet into them Come exchange them for the right size at Frontrunners Nanaimo OR fire me an e-mail and I can arrange to bring a size to Nationals, stock transfer one to another shop OR mail one to you. Sweet shoes so don’t miss out.

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Some numbers.
205 Average number of racers per race.
Highest was 270 at the Binab Property Group GP
497 individual racers this year.
In 2006 our individual racers for the series was 159
At the last race the age range in women’s beginner category was 9 to 54.
In the men’s beginner category the range was 8 to 60.

Ronde Van Hogwarts. The race that finished us off (both the series and my energy this year!)

From Course Director Drew MacKenzie

Thanks to all the many great people who just show up on the day and end up helping out!

Special thanks to Patrick and Iain Craib, David Beggs, Peter Stevenson, Peter Wellsman, Geoff Large and Joele Guynup for course set up. I will let Ian add the list of other volunteers, some I only met quickly on the morning of and I don’t know all of their names.

Highlights:

  • Post race awards inside, room crammed to capacity with crossers youthful and aged, smiles on their faces, just hanging out, laughing and sharing in the good times. It’s a real community.
  • The cheering section in the forest at the rooted off camber piece – awesome.
  • The crowds in general, all the various cheering/heckling sections all over the course – awesome.
  • Seeing everybody having so much fun – awesome.

From Venue Director Ian Craib

Thanks to:

Written thanks to the Shawnigan Lake School Community (David Robertson, the school headmaster, Barry Welsh, deputy headmaster)

  • Will Arnold, Experience Cycling (provided prizes and mechanics)
  • David Begg, Cycle Therapy (special thanks for coming out both days to help with the set up, take down and the prizes)
  • Karl Ulrich, Oak Bay Bikes (prizes)
  • Cowichan Valley Cycle: Robin Dutton
  • Norco, Steve Pukesh
  • Fernwood Inn, Mike Colwill (prizes)
  • Shawnigan Lake Kitchen Staff: for the 100 muffins
  • Coffee: Shawnigan Lake Coffee House, Martine Thomson
  • Pizza: Bonterra Pizza, Rick Restell
  • Course Set Up and takedown Volunteers: David Begg, Patrick Craib, Pete Stevenson and Geoff Large (Brent Hooper with the takedown)
  • Duane Martindale: for coming to take all the pics at no cost
  • Bruce Falk: for coming up from Victoria to help with timing
  • Registration: Michael Schindler, Heather Craib, Connie Epp, Cheryl
  • Shawnigan Lake Maintenance for the Gator (and hopefully being tolerant to the marks on the grass)
  • Medical standby support: Heather Craib
  • Matthuw Ronald-Jones…..put in a long hard day on Sunday
  • Hilary Grant……the robot timing master.

Highlights:

  • Getting all the Cowichan Valley bikes shops and business to contribute to an amazing event.
  • Getting the support of the School and staff.
  • Working with Drew: he encouraged me and provided my with a template to make the process a breeze
  • Being part of a great group of people.
  • The weather was outstanding!
  • All the people who came out of nowhere to help out with the takedown.

From Norm.

Thanks to Drew and Ian as well as everyone who pops up. Races. Helps out without anyone asking.

Highlights

  • An even better course and more spectator friendly than the last time we raced there in 2009.
  • No snow to cancel the event.
  • A great mixture of all types of riding and conditions that make up COTR in one course.
  • The crowd in the lower forest was really cool
  • The packed awards. Amazing.
  • Seeing that many youth racers out….always great.
  • All the people that brought someone new to cross out to race.
  • Having a front line of Nutcase Helmets in the little nutcase kids race!

LOST and FOUND.

I have found homes for 4 of the items that were in our Lost and Found after this weekend.

I still have 10 more items. Take a look. Read the description below. If they are yours….make arrangements to pick them up or get them dropped off or let me know if I can re-cycle them or send them to the salvation army. I will give it a week.

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  1. Pro City Cycling Team Jacket
  2. Tripleshot Cycling Jacket
  3. Specialized Leg warmers
  4. Cannon Lens Cap
  5. Tommy Hilfiger Jeans.
  6. Pearl Izumi Arm Warmers
  7. One muddy Fox Cycling Glove (right)
  8. Trail Bikes Bottle with “Damery” on it
  9. Loius Garneau Helmet
  10. Nakamura Helmet.

Youth Grants

Thanks to everyone that submitted applications for the youth grants. We had 24 application for the $200 grants and the final drawn selections were:

  1. Sage Steed Parikh
  2. Thomas Hill
  3. Isaac VanDer Vilet
  4. Kia VanDer Vilet
  5. Tarryn Cote
  6. Joel Taylor
  7. James Grant
  8. Casey Garrison
  9. Talia Hill
  10. Sam Ogden
  11. Holly Simonson.

Good luck to all the COTR youth that will be racing the new youth categories debuting this weekend at Cross Nationals.

Photo of the year

Patrick Burnham’s photo won the COTR Photo of the year competition with this submission.

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One of our judges/professional photographers had this to day about it:

Criteria first. Comments second.

  1. Quality of photo. Vibrant colours, Great action
  2. Composition.. Rider in the clouds stands out nicely, like the rider in the foreground just leaving the frame too
  3. Framing… kinda part of composition isn’t it? (Norm’s note….snobby photographer talk there from the judge)
  4. IF the photo captures “Cross”… Cant see how this isn’t “Cross”
  5. If the photo captures COTR?… GAP JUMP!!!!

Calendars

Patrick Burnham will be putting together his AWESOME calendars again. E-Mail him if you want 12 months of COTR race action to look up at every day!! His e-mail is: palleus@hotmail.com

What do we have planned for 2014??

You should not be surprised to learn that the race directors are already sorting out the race calendar for next season. We have the opening date already planned: September 14th Sunday in Cumberland. We have the closing date planned. Sunday, November 23rd. The middle is pretty much planned. Return of NICSSCOTU in there as well. June cx. Possible Mid-Summer BBQ Cx. The stoke is already high. We try hard to improve every year…..and I think we will set the bar even higher next year!!

We are going to shuffle a few things around (Calendar). Tweak a few things (Adding options for pre-registration payment as one). Hopefully dial in a bunch of little items as well. There is an “Action Items” list….we will see how many of those we get to. Even if we did not change a thing I think we would all still have a great time racing…..but we WILL change a few things so hopefully we will have a GREATER time racing!!

Who kicks ass? Our Sponsors do!

Without our sponsors we would be….well a lot less than what we are. Sponsorship is TOUGH. Limited $$. Limited time to chase down everything. It is the hardest part of the COTR series by far. SO when you have a great bunch of sponsors…you keep your fingers crossed that everyone supports them and makes them feel like they are doing something worthwhile to support cycling so that they continue to help us out.

Series Sponsors:

Nutcase Helmets. The kids races have become one of each of the race day’s highlights. Some of the “kids” racing the beginners race and then also the kids races in order to get the loot bags and have a bit more fun. Nutcase was there again this year with 8 helmets, super cool bells and “magical” wristbands.

Saltspring Coffee. With Bryn gone from our great coffee supplier we were a bit worried but his replacement, Chantal Ireland, had it all dialed in. Each week before the races a box would arrive at the shop that would take the runners smell away and make us smell like a high end coffee shop for a day. The sponsor of our LAST NOT LAPPED competition (ie. You need a coffee) at all the races. We also had some for the podiums at Provincial Champs and for the series overall. A great local sponsor and worthy of your support every time you are shopping for a pound (or 454g) bag.

Shimano, Pro, Pearl Izumi. Joele uses a LOT of her marketing budget supporting COTR. We HOPE we make it worth it for her and the companies she represents. The Pearl Izumi Shoes for the winners of the categories at the last event was SWEET. Lots of nice tools and parts from PRO as well as the parts for the Naked Frame. WHEELS from Shimano at COTR #5!! Great to have the support from these companies (and Joele).

Rumble. Paul comes out and races. They drag more people out to race. The only sponsor that has had a double lung transplant. The only person that has ever raced COTR that we know of that has had a lung transplant! Cases of Rumble. Sponsor of the “lets get ready to RUMBLE” first lap prime. Series prize sponsors. They sample product at some of the events. They deliver more than they promise. They are pretty much a perfect fit for us. Don’t forget to watch Dragon’s Den on December 4th!!

Phillips Beer. The “Heist” edit from Pelle was our most popular edits this year. And of course Phillips beer was our most popular prize! We swapped it up a bit this year with the sweet GROWLERS for both Provincials Champs as well as the Series Champs. Top single speed (if they were of age) still got the 6 pack which was always a great and welcome prize at every event.

Zed Wheels. Brad Head also races the series. One of the many sponsors that races but in this case it helps him build wheels specific to the conditions you will face at COTR races. Great wheels! Pretty sweet series prizes!

Frontrunners. Without Frontrunners support I could not put on the events. Simple as that. They also provide the numbers for all the events. Partners with Pearl Izumi for the footwear and suppliers of lots of other draw prizes. Not to mention tents and time off. It was great to see the Splashes-Frontrunners team at all the events this year supported through Frontrunners-Westshore.

Kona. We did not get Dik Cox out for his lifetime second cross race but Kona has been along with us since the beginning. The title sponsor of the Kona Kup Provincial Championships. We had great KONA beer mugs for the podium places as well as a complete Jake the Snake for a DRAW PRIZE!!

Cycles Lambert-Leyzene. Peter has been sponsoring COTR since….well a LONG time. He always digs deep and does what he can for us. The Leyzene Pumps for the series awards….Peter. The Leyzene Pumps for the series awards for the past few years….also Peter. Thanks Peter!

Oak Bay Bikes. We started with Nanaimo but the support is spreading and now coming from all the OBB’s! They have been involved since the very first underground-unoffical race in 2003. Organizers of Kona Kup. Always there when we need them. Hunting down more sponsors for us where ever they can.

The Howard Johnston. Dan Brady the General Manager from the Howard Johnston in Nanaimo and at Elk Lake always supports what ever we are doing. I can him up and say, “we are doing this”. He replies, “What do you need”. It is a great relationship!

Action Motorcycles. Don’t sign your kids up for hockey might be the message from Jamie Emery this year. Rink time takes away from riding as well as racing!! Jamie still made it out for a bunch of our races and their family took great care of Tycho and Tessa so Wendy and I could both race the Expert race at COTR #6. Now that is a sponsor!!

Naked Bikes. A Naked frame from the (formerly) worlds fastest cyclist. Might be the best draw prize of all time for the series. Although Sam was standing right beside me at the awards….I did not hear a word of his speech as I was SUPER-Focused. I hear it was great! Another one of our sponsor that races. Another one of our sponsors that race that make their own equipment! Jen is super excited to win the frame and we look forward to seeing it in action next year at NICSSCOTU.

Bike Shop Sponsors.

The bike shop support on Vancouver island has grown with the series. We have a solid group of shops that do rides, come to races, donate draw prizes, staff race, sponsored clubs race. It is a win-win situation!

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
Pro City Cycles in Victoria

Our goal is to have all these shops have a weekly cross ride from September to the time change….so think about it people and lets make it happen!

Get NAKED for 2014

If you want to be riding one of these sweet rigs….you already have to be thinking a head to NEXT COTR season.

Check Sam’s bike out this weekend. You will want one….I know I do!!

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Series is Organized by the Cross Council:

With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS and Pro City Racing club

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
Pro City Cycles in Victoria

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

Cross on the Rock
www.crossontherock.com

We are done….why are you looking down here at all? Have you missed the “Parting Shot” and last word this year? Thought I would bring it back on request.

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Here is a shot from Paul from RUMBLE of me on the ground at the finish line of Kona Kup Provincial Champs. I think I was down on the ground for about 10 minutes. Honestly 5 of it was recovering from the effort of the race. The next 5 was just nice to not have to do anything for 5 minutes and just have some quiet time in a very-very busy weekend!

COTR 2013: November News #4: Special Edition. COTR#6. Shawnigan Lake.

I was dropping the trailer off at Shawnigan Lake Schoool yesterday morning and reminded of our 2009 race there. Really looking forward to being back tomorrow.

Later in the day I was sorting the prizes for the race and the series final and I started adding things up a bit:

Rough Estimate

· $2200 – Youth Grants sponsored by Patrick Burnham, Tyler Trace, Victoria Cross Club, Pro City Cycling, Binab Property Group GP, Vista Estates.
· $2200 – Adult Series Prizes sponsored by: Phillips Brewery, Saltspring Coffee, Cycles Lambert and COTR.
· $2000 – Youth Series Prizes sponsored by: OBB-Nanaimo, Tripleshot Cycling Club, Robert Cameron law, Trail Bicycles, Trek Pro City, RUMBLE, and Phillips Brewery (Not Beer)
· $1400 – Series GRAND DRAW PRIZE:. Frame from Naked Bikes complete with PRO Handle bar, stem and Seatpost (All built and ordered for you)
· $1200 – Series GRAND DRAW PRIZE: Wheelset from Zed Wheels
· $800 – Series Grand DRAW PRIZE: Wheelset from Zed Wheels
· $500 – Draw Prizes for Hotel Rooms at the Howard Johnston
· $1500 – Race Prizes for COTR#6 including something like 8 hemets, tools, random stuff. Sponsored by ALL THE BIKE SHOPS in Duncan; Cowichan Cycles, Experience and Cycle Therapy.
· $1085 – 7 Pairs of Pearl Izumi Shoes for prizing tomorrow from Frontrunners-Nanaimo and Pearl Izumi.
· Around…….say $1500-$2000 other random draw prizes from all out awesome sponsors and supporting shops.

So what is the total about?

That adds up to around $13000 worth of cash and prizes we are giving out tomorrow at the awards.

$13000!!!! This has got to be the biggest cross race prizing day in the history of Canada!!!

One “catch”. You gotta be there to collect and we are not hunting anyone down afterwards. Not there to collect….it goes into the pot to give out!!

Oh Yeah we also have about $200 worth of Nutcase Helmets and Bells to give away at the ‘Lil” nutty kids race too!!

What else?
You could say we have a few “extras” locked and loaded. Be there to find out!!

Other Stuff
· I have not done the draw for sending feedback from the Kona Kup or My Little Pony. Will do it tonight so if you want to send and get entered into the draw…..do it today before 6:00

· Rock Star Registration closes at 6:00pm today. Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

· Check out the submissions for our photo contest on our Face Book Page. We had 53 submissions and finished Round 1 of judging last night. Tonight Round 2 happens with 3 famous sports photographers judging for photo of the year.

· While you are on Facebook you might as well change your profile to a shot of you in a COTR race!

· Who would you vote “Most Improved” this year? We have our finalists…..who will it be?

· See everyone tomorrow! Bring someone new (or someone that has not raced for a while).

Ronde Van Hogwarts. Laste Ronde!

Three things to remember for this weekend.
1. Pre-register.
2. Make it to the start line.
3. Make it to the finish line.

As we all know the cross season is WAY too SHORT. There is a LONG-LONG time between now and the next cross race on Vancouver Island (actually we might be having a cross race in June…so stay tuned on that one). So come out and support the series. Have a great time. Finish the season right. The snow and REALLY bad weather will be here soon enough and we will all be dreaming of cross again too quickly.

We were last at Shawnigan Lake School way back in 2009 for the series championships. The following year we were scheduled to finish the series at Shawnigan again but we had a snow storm dumping about a meter of snow in that area and a bunch of their buildings were out of power….it was a mess….so we had to cancel the finals. We are looking forward to returning again to finish off the series this year.

A few BIG rules about the venue;
1. This is a private school. Please as always respect the venue and that we are guest here. Park where directed.
2. Do not ride on the playing fields.
3. No shoes in the club house. Bring indoor flip flops or warm socks for the awards afterwards….we will have the fire going.

Last time we were at Shawnigan in 2009 the category winners were:
Beginner Women: Mary Wakefield
Beginner Men: Liam Farrar
Intermediate Men: Geoff Pendrel
Masters Men: Justin Mark
Open Women: Mical Dyck
Expert: Craig Richey.

There are some notable names in the results that year: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=22

Here is the word from Ian Craib the event director for this event (with notes from me added as well):
Both Cycle Therapy and Experience Cycle have agreed to support the event and donate prizes
Norco will be donating prizes
Bonterra Pizza will be providing food and beverage support. PIZZA!!!!!!!
Oak Bay Bikes (WestShore and Victoria), the principal sponsor of Cross on the Rock has agreed to help where needed
Fernwood Inn will be providing some draw prizes.
Course by Drew Mackenzie: has been approved by the school.
Cleaning station and Shower facilities will be available
Recycling/Garbage arranged
The Pavilion will be used for registration and awards ceremony – NO SHOES
Chopper will be the DJ/Announcer (drummer mechanic from Experience)
Duane M. will be attending to do the
Students are aware of the event but since it is a “leave weekend” (campus will be almost empty of any students and staff)
We will be doing the event awards and then series awards right after the event in the Pavilion Building.

MAP of the venue is in the series guide.

Check out the series points. Roland has done the series points up with the DROP (lowest score) so that you can see where you stand….and who you need to beat this weekend: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/series-results/?series=2013&of=4
There are some TIGHT battles in there!

Get NAKED for 2014

If you want to be riding one of these sweet rigs….you already have to be thinking a head to NEXT COTR season.

Check Sam’s bike out this weekend. You will want one….I know I do!!

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, 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

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

Cross on the Rock
www.crossontherock.com

COTR 2013: November News #3: Laste Ronde. Are you ready for it!!??

HOT COTR TOPICS

· Nothing more HOT than this. A Pelle original edit from Kona Kup. Provincial Championships (Sponsored by OBB): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmk9bujMb74

· Bring someone NEW. We all get introduced to cross somehow. Most people it is through a friend or riding partner. This Sunday is the last race of the season. If you have someone that has not raced cross before….that you think would enjoy it. Young or old. Why not bring them. Stick them in the Beginners category. Get them to watch. Just get them out. There is a Pizza Truck!!

· From Scott Mitchell at Pro City Cycles. ! If anyone turns in my Oakley Jawbones I would be very grateful and give them a 6 pack of beer. If not I wish them an eternity of flat tires and last place COTR finishes. White and Black Jawbones with clear lenses. Threw them at my truck during the (Kona Kup) race.

Massive Prizing….MASSIVE.
We have some MAJOR prizing to give away at the final this year. Not the “Volume” of stuff as in past years….BUT there will be some serious QUALITY stuff!
· Winners in Intermediate Men’s and Women’s, Masters, Open Women and Expert….all will get Pearl Izumi Trail Running Shoes
· Winners in Beginner will get helmets.
· Series winners in 13 categories. 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all series categories….prizes.
· Not a prize but we will be giving away the 11 X $200 Travel Grants to youth riders.
· HUGE—ZED Wheels!!!!
· HUGER—-a NAKED Frame with ZED Wheels PRO Bar and Stem
· Howard Johnston GC’s.
YOU GOTTA BE THERE TO WIN!

· Patrick Burnham is going to be doing his COTR Calendar’s again. 12 months of COTR photos. All the $$ go to JR racers.
There will be only 30 of these made: Patrick Burnham palleus@hotmail.com

· More Photos from Kona Kup: http://suehandel.zenfolio.com/p62248077

· Last Nutcase Sponsored Lil’Nutty Kids race this weekend. We have 2 more helmets and a few more bells to give away to our tyke racers!

POSTIVE FEEDBACK. Last Chance for this one guys HEAVY PUSH:

Public Venues are harder and harder to get and keep for our sport as we grow. E-Mails to the right people at the right time make it a LOT easier in the future. Please take a few minutes in the next day and send a note to one or all of the following (Parks and Rec. being the most important).

BCC me on it and we will put you in for another draw (deadline is Thursday night at 6:00pm for this….then I will draw):

#1. The Nanaimo Bulletin has a Bouquets section and their e-mail is: bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

#2 is Nanaimo Parks and Recreation who let us use their park and you can fire those ones to: Elizabeth Williams (Elizabeth.Williams@nanaimo.ca).

#3 is letters to Editor for the Daily News. letters@nanaimodailynews.com

We will go to November 20th for this round. Just letting you know that it does help and is working so thanks to the people that send e-mails.

PHOTO CONTEST.
E-mail me your best photos. No more than 5 per person. Must be submitted no later than 8:00pm, Thursday, November 21st. Winner gets something cool!….not sure what yet.

Ronde Van Hogwarts. Laste Ronde!

Three things to remember for this weekend.
1. Pre-register.
2. Make it to the start line.
3. Make it to the finish line.

As we all know the cross season is WAY too SHORT. There is a LONG-LONG time between now and the next cross race on Vancouver Island (actually we might be having a cross race in June…so stay tuned on that one). So come out and support the series. Have a great time. Finish the season right. The snow and REALLY bad weather will be here soon enough and we will all be dreaming of cross again too quickly.

We were last at Shawnigan Lake School way back in 2009 for the series championships. The following year we were scheduled to finish the series at Shawnigan again but we had a snow storm dumping about a meter of snow in that area and a bunch of their buildings were out of power….it was a mess….so we had to cancel the finals. We are looking forward to returning again to finish off the series this year.

A few BIG rules about the venue;
1. This is a private school. Please as always respect the venue and that we are guest here. Park where directed.
2. Do not ride on the playing fields.
3. No shoes in the club house. Bring indoor flip flops or warm socks for the awards afterwards….we will have the fire going.

Last time we were at Shawnigan in 2009 the category winners were:
Beginner Women: Mary Wakefield
Beginner Men: Liam Farrar
Intermediate Men: Geoff Pendrel
Masters Men: Justin Mark
Open Women: Mical Dyck
Expert: Craig Richey.

There are some notable names in the results that year: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=22

Here is the word from Ian Craib the event director for this event (with notes from me added as well):
Both Cycle Therapy and Experience Cycle have agreed to support the event and donate prizes
Norco will be donating prizes
Bonterra Pizza will be providing food and beverage support. PIZZA!!!!!!!
Oak Bay Bikes (WestShore and Victoria), the principal sponsor of Cross on the Rock has agreed to help where needed
Fernwood Inn will be providing some draw prizes.
Course by Drew Mackenzie: has been approved by the school.
Cleaning station and Shower facilities will be available
Recycling/Garbage arranged
The Pavilion will be used for registration and awards ceremony – NO SHOES
Chopper will be the DJ/Announcer (drummer mechanic from Experience)
Duane M. will be attending to do the
Students are aware of the event but since it is a “leave weekend” (campus will be almost empty of any students and staff)
We will be doing the event awards and then series awards right after the event in the Pavilion Building.

MAP of the venue is in the series guide.

Check out the series points. Roland has done the series points up with the DROP (lowest score) so that you can see where you stand….and who you need to beat this weekend: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/series-results/?series=2013&of=4
There are some TIGHT battles in there!

COTR SHIRTS (Like everything else….LAST CHANCE)

Shirts are re-loaded. I have the following put aside for people:

Drew MacKenzie Large
Simon Pearson Medium
Jamie Emery Medium
Dan Curtis Large
Ian Craib LArge
Barry Remple Medium
Lister Large
Anthony and Paul from Cycle Therapy Medium and LArge
Derek Steel Medium
Paul Underhill 3 Medium
Mistel Dann 2 youth
Chris Goble W’s Small

Inventory left:
Women’s Sm: 1, Medium 8, Large 1, XL 1
Men’s Sm 2, Medium, 7, large 5, XL 1

The shirts are American Apparel. The nice 50/50 shirts as they hold the black colour better than straight cotton and also wick a bit better. Men’s sizing and women’s sizing.

IF YOU WANT A SHIRT put aside e-mail me at normont@islandnet.com

Get NAKED for 2014

If you want to be riding one of these sweet rigs….you already have to be thinking a head to NEXT COTR season.

Check Sam’s bike out this weekend. You will want one….I know I do!!

FIRST AID
We would love to have 4 or 5 heavy blankets in our First Aid kit if anyone has any out there that they could donate please fire me a note and possibly bring to the races this weekend.

$$ for Youth travelling to Nationals. (LAST CHANCE. MUST HAVE APPLICATION BY Wednesday the 20th at 6:00pm)
Past COTR Photo contest winner, Patrick Burnham, did a SWEET calendar last year of 12 of his COTR photos and sold them at the end of the season. He collected the $ for the calendars…..around $500. MEANWHILE down in Victoria Pro City Cycling and the Binab Property Group GP also had a donation from Vista Estates of $500. AND then Tyler Trace put in his prize money from last weekend….another $100. So we have $1100 for 11 X $100 Travel grants for U19 racers. Male or Female. Travelling to National Championships in Surrey at the end of November.

We thought that was ALL But then the Cross Club in Victoria coughed up another $1100 so we will be doing 11 X $200 Grants now!! Get on it JR Racers….get your application in.

This is the list of who we have applications from:

John Willcox
Eve Taylor
James Grant
Mark Grant
Holly Simonson
Tarryn Cote
Sarah Van Dan
Talia Hill
Thomas Hill.
Sage Steed Parikh
Joel Taylor
Eric Diertens
Chris Macleod
Casey Garrison

If you have submitted your application but are not on this list please let us know ASAP.
You MUST be planning on attending and racing at the National Championships in Surrey at the end of the month. If you are not….then you are not eligible for this grant.

Our Criteria:
Must be from the Island, a surrounding Island or Powell River. (If not from an Island…they must be supporting COTR a lot!!)
Must be 18 or under
Someone who supports cross on the rock
Someone who is planning on attending Nationals, or would go if they had the help of the grant.
From there we will do a draw for the 11 grants from the submitted applications.

REGISTRATION for COTR
Pre-registration IS the way to go ALWAYS!

Laste Ronde. Laste Ronde.
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, 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

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

COTR 2013: November News #2: Cross Hangover.

HOT COTR TOPICS – – The Weekend in Review.

Monday and I am hurting far more than normal. A van full of “soft plastic” in bags to curb on recycling day. Very little sleep and legs sore to the touch….but man oh man….what a weekend of cross racing on Vancouver Island!!

One of our COTR regular racers in the ‘Lil Nutcase kids races, 4 year old Benjamin Pechter, is having his heart fixed tomorrow so that he can come back and be even more competitive in the races. We wish him and the Pechter family smooth sailing for this stressful time.

I now understand that it is Aaron Schooler’s goal to win every province in Canada’s provincial cross championship. Maybe even in the same year given the current scheduling. Only a week from winning Alberta’s championship….he comes and win’s B.C.s! Good luck on your new project Aaron!!

Only one more round to go for COTR this year with the series final at Shawnigan Lake School on November 24th. Then National Champs the following weekend and we are d-o-n-e. As anyone that has done the series knows….anything can happen at the last race. Double points. Amazing draw prizes. Race Prizes. Series Prizes. We would LOVE to have a MASSIVE turn out for this race of course….event preview in your in box next week!

Lucky winner of the Phillips 6 pack OR the Rumble 6 Pack for “positive feedback” to Ladysmith is: Denise Mahon

Next “Positive Feedback” is to the City of Nanaimo….Take your pick of 1 of 3- – BCC me on it and we will put you in for another draw: #1. The Nanaimo Bulletin has a Bouquets section and their e-mail is: bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com and #2 is Nanaimo Parks and Recreation who let us use their park and you can fire those ones to: Elizabeth Williams (Elizabeth.Williams@nanaimo.ca). #3 is letters to Editor for the Daily News.(letters@nanaimodailynews.com) We will go to November 20th for this round. Just letting you know that it does help and is working so thanks to the people that send e-mails.

A couple of sweet Patrick Burnham Galleries to tie you over for a bit:
My Little Pony up here http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157637498021653/
Kona Kup here http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157637498021653/

More to come.

MY LITTLE PONY CROSS. Review
My Little Pony Cross hosted by MIVA.

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Norm’s Notes.
Although this race was just on Saturday it seems like it was SO LONG ago now!!

  • Sweet Tukes!
  • What I really liked about this course was the on and off the bike. That is supposed to be what cross is all about but sometimes it gets lost. Cross is not riding the bike around on the dirt. What makes cross different from all other bike disciplines is that you have to run. The My Little Pony cross was the most running this year. I thought it was great!
  • Carey Mark and Charlene Hay winning the Shimano wheel sets. Thanks Shimano!!
  • An absolutely great venue.
  • Thanks to Peter, MIVA, Roland and Katie, Cheryl and my dad.

Race Director Peter McCaffery’s Highlights:

  • Aaron Schooler bunny hopping the finish barriers
  • Sam Whittingham’s single speed belt drive bike
  • Bill McMillan riding the muddy cross camber
  • Roland Rabien’s sexy skin suit
  • Janna handing up Nanaimo Bars (Sponsored by Superstore) to riders doing motoring up the paved road.
  • One of the girls running a complete lap with her rear derailleur wrapped around her stays,
  • Ron Hewitson’s tartan jersey,
  • The ding-dong battle between Colleen Wtorek and Charlene Hay,
  • Customers walking away from Extreme Eats with large helpings of bacon poutine (YUM),
  • Rock music blasting through the ride-through barn.

Thanks to:
COTR crew: Hilary, Roland and Katie, Normon and Wendy, all the extra guys who helped tear down the course.
MIVA Volunteers: Cheryl, Bill, Shepherd, Jason, Phil, Janna, Ron, Menno,
Slow Spokes Volunteers: Al , Keith, Gary, Nigel
And my long time partner in bike races: Dave Kenny

Super thanks to: Culverden Holdings Ltd., Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre Ltd.

KONA KUP. Provincial Championships. Review
Hosted by Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo.

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If you have not checked out the results for this event yet it includes all the lap splits…providing you did not ruin your timing chip…or even if you did we may have been able to re-produce them with the help of our master timers Hilary Grant and Corey Piket doing the manual back up to Mark Nelson’s Race Day timing fancy computer system.

Norm’s Notes:
A bit of a tougher race for us to put on than a normal COTR race. First the schedule was tighter with 5 separate starts vs. our normal 3. More categories on course at once. At one time with the youth categories we had 5 separate age groups racing at once. Provincial champs….so tougher competition. A backed up toilet. Racers that can not break the habit of crumpling up their number even when the timing chip on it says “do not fold”……which in turn destroys the timing chip making it impossible for them to be timed….which makes getting accurate results very-very difficult. Even after 10 years we are still learning.

Highlights:

  • The number of kids racing. By far this was the biggest highlight of the day. We have pushed CBC this year to drop the license requirement for provincials and add 6 more categories for youth going from 2 to 8. The result was more than 55 kids racing Provincial Champs!! I think the youngest was 10. Cross is such an easy-in for kids and parents to the world of cycling so it was really encouraging to see that support from the young racers as well as the parents.
  • The line up at the Wanna Wafel cart….man the scent from those taunted me all through the day until after my race when I could finally have one (OK I had 3!).
  • I echo Corey’s highlight below. The U17 men’s race was pretty cool to watch.
  • I also heard that the Masters men 35-44 race was wicked….but I was in my own hell during that one.
  • Opposite of “highlights”…quad cramps going up the switchback climb on LAP 2 with 4 more times up there to go. Apparently race directing is not perfect prep.
  • Tayden DePol on the podium in U13 in his third race.
  • The U13 Girls Podium re-do.
  • Phillips Growlers and the awards table.
  • Medals from Jamie Cameron and prep’ed by Roland any my mom.
  • The number of spectators that came out. Bigger crowd that National Champs in Nanaimo in 2006.
  • Roanne English missed her start for the Open Women’s race….by a fair bit. Rather than pout about it she pulled on her big girl bike shorts and raced in the main event. Nice touch Roanne!
  • 70 year old Derek Steel……still beating up on guys 15 years younger…….usually he beats up on guys 25 years younger in the regular COTR races.
  • Special thanks to KONA Staffer, Dale Plant, for making the trip up from Bellingham….and then kicking my ass!

Extra thanks to (aside from the ones that Corey has):

  • Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo and their crew.
  • Ann and Rollin Thibault.
  • City of Nanaimo
  • Nanaimo Parks and rec and their tourism grant program
  • Race Day Timing
  • Wanna Wafel
  • All the wicked spectators that came out.

Corey’s Highlights:
The highlights would be watching James Grant break his chain on Lap #1. Run it in. Wendy Simms’ KONA bike appearing out of the crowd for him to continue. Him pitting again at the end of lap 2 to get the saddle raised an inch and coming back for the sprint win right at the finish line in the under 17s.

  • Giving away a Kona Jake the Snake!! Thanks KONA.
  • Giving away a SWEET Garmin 810. Thanks Lambert!!
  • Giving away a Ridley Frameset. Thanks Oak Bay Bikes!!d

Thanks to:

  • Hillary Grant for managing the finish line.
  • Dan and Kevin for doing the food.
  • The buzz coffee for coffee and hot chocolate.
  • Cheryl Morch who is becoming the “Hillary” of registration.
  • Paul Thompson, Shepard Stewart, Derek Steel, Christine Lynch, Matt Dawes, Jamie Steele, Kevin Brown, Dan Curtis and Ron Hewitson for set up.
  • Mike Pollock and Terry from Gabriola for keeping a close eye on the course in the day.

Hope I didn’t forget anyone.

The city for letting us use the park and the cross on the rock series for being so organized and making it easy!

Also all the people who helped with tear down…..re

That was fast! (Norm’s note. Series best for tear down. My little pony beat Ladysmith and then Kona Kup beat my little pony….it is getting quicker and quicker)

Kona, Lambert, Phillips, Rumble and the Howard Johnston.

That is an awards table!!

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COTR SHIRTS
We sold quite a few COTR T’s this weekend. In fact we will have to do another round of printing as I sold out of Large Men’s and had allocated 2 that were now gone from the box…..and I don’t want to make these two people mad!!

The shirts are American Apparel. The nice 50/50 shirts as they hold the black colour better than straight cotton and also wick a bit better. Men’s sizing and women’s sizing.

So this is what we have left.
Women’s: 1 Small, 8 Medium, 1 Large.
Men’s: 4 Medium

I have shirts held for: Jamie Emery, Simon Pearson and Drew MacKenzie. I owe shirts to: Dan Curtis and Ian Craib which I will have made up.

IF YOU WANT A SHIRT put aside from what we have OR would like us to count you in on the re-print let me know.

We also did a very small number of kids sized shirts without the “Bacon, beer, bikes” on the bottom and just the COTR and the skull on the top. We might be able to get those as well if you would like one.

$20 for Adults
$15 for kids.

e-mail me at normont@islandnet.com

Get NAKED for 2014

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If you want to be riding one of these sweet rigs….you already have to be thinking a head to NEXT COTR season.

FIRST AID
We would love to have 4 or 5 heavy blankets in our First Aid kit if anyone has any out there that they could donate please fire me a note and possibly bring to the races this weekend.

MORE $$$$$ for Juniors/Youth $$$$$$$ (LAST CHANCE)

Past COTR Photo contest winner, Patrick Burnham, did a SWEET calendar last year of 12 of his COTR photos and sold them at the end of the season. He collected the $ for the calendars…..around $500. MEANWHILE down in Victoria Pro City Cycling and the Binab Property Group GP also had a donation from Vista Estates of $500. AND then Tyler Trace put in his prize money from last weekend….another $100. So we have $1100 for 11 X $100 Travel grants for U19 racers. Male or Female. Travelling to National Championships in Surrey at the end of November.

We thought that was ALL But then the Cross Club in Victoria coughed up another $1100 so we will be doing 11 X $200 Grants now!! Get on it JR Racers….get your application in.

So far (as of October 31, 2013) we have received 6 applications; James Grant, Mark Grant.Holly Simonson, Tarryn Cote, Sarah Van Dam, Talia Hill and Thomas Hill. (and 2 more this past weekend…have to locate them but we should be up to 8).

Our Criteria:

  • Must be from the Island, a surrounding Island or Powell River. (If not from an Island…they must be supporting COTR a lot!!)
  • Must be 18 or under
  • Someone who supports cross on the rock
  • Someone who is planning on attending Nationals, or would go if they had the help of the grant.
  • From there we will do a draw for the 11 grants from the submitted applications.

We will have forms at the races and since you have to support the series to apply…..that should work well. Submit back to people at registration please.

REGISTRATION for COTR
Pre-registration IS the way to go ALWAYS!

Laste Ronde. Laste Ronde.
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES
In Victoria:
Cross Underground….Done for the year. Thanks to everyone that came out to make this series legend-d-airy!

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. keep your eyes on their site/FB page or find out their secret handshake if you want to get out with these guys in Nanaimo.
Sometimes you can show up, wait inside where it is warm and they roll up and out without you….as Bill McMillan.

In Courtenay:
Trail Bicycles in Courtenay, meet at 5:30 every Wednesday for 1-2 hours of riding.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, 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

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC