2015 Season Schedule

  • Sept 13: Cumberland – Comox Lake
  • Sept 27: Ladysmith – Transfer Beach
  • Oct 12: Victoria – Topaz Park
  • Oct 25: Victoria – Bear Mountain
  • Nov 7: Nanaimo – Beban Park
  • Nov 8: Nanoose – Arbutus Meadows
  • Nov 15: Shawnigan Lake – Shawnigan Lake School


COTR 2014: My Little Pony Cross. Series Final. Review.

There is SO much information that it is going to take TWO e-mails this week to send it all out.  Making your in box even more fun than your normal Black Friday flyers (come on people….Black Friday is AMERICAN! trying to get you to shop for things that are not bike or cross related…..so do you really need them?  Probably not!)

This e-mail will cover:  T-Shirts (Last Call) My Little Pony Follow up. Series Follow up. Photo Contest.

The Next e-mail will cover: Looking ahead to 2015.  Where COTR is going. Semi-Prestige Series.  MFG Seattle Race.  And a crash compilation photo special.

OK.  Newsletter……thanks to a few people that have sent me notes in the last couple of days about the series.  It means a lot.  This series is MAJOR:  Putting on 7 races every year with 7 groups of organizers.  548 Racers. Averaging 236 riders per event. 1671 races raced (# or racers X # of times they raced).  In 2006 when we started our own series we had 159 total racers.  Averaged 65 racers per event. 264 races raced on that year.  It continues to grow.  We will talk about “next year” in the next newsletter but in the meantime feel free to send me your ideas and thoughts.  What you liked.  What you did not.  What you would like to see.  We have our ideas (think half track for 7/8/9 year olds)….think “Fasters” (old but still fast masters)….think another double header.  You might have some other viable ideas as well…..we love to hear them. normont@islandnet.com

Check it out: Patrick Burnham’s Photos from My Little Pony Cross:  Check them out:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157649033758628/

Also check out the submissions for our 2014 PHOTO CONTEST HERE (hidden by Roland to a secret gallery): http://photos.rabien.com/Other/Photo-Contest-2014/45889529_NKBSGr

Thanks to our Council of Cross as well as Pro-Photographers Dave Silver and Erik Peterson (in Uzbekistan) for judging the competition.  The judging was TIGHT.  With one judge left we had a 3 way tie between Photo #11, #14 and #18.  After our last judge we still had a tie between #11 and #14.  So one of our KEY personal gave the final vote and #11 from Nick Kupiak won the (100% purchased with CASH) Snow Case from Phillips Brewery.  We did not actually have the photos printed out on site this year but here is the winning photo (more clear obviously on the web site):

Western Speedway and Shawnigan Lake had a tie for 5 photos submissions. Port Alberni next with 3.  The winning photo was from Port Alberni, Farmer Bills.

T Shirts.  LAST CALL!

I am going to put the re-order in for shirts first thing tomorrow (THURSDAY).  IF you want one….this is your LAST CHANCE.  PLEASE E-Mail me by 10:00am!!

This is the Shirt Status:

I have shirts still for pick up for:
Elietha Bocskei
Ian MacLeod
Ben Moore
Robin Dutton
Heath MacHinley
Peter Reid (knows)

Can you guys confirm that you still want these shirts and when, how, where we are going to make it happen.

I have orders for shirts from:
Regan McKeever 1 Kids Med, 1 LG
Monica Eickmeier 1 Kids Med, 1 LG
Geoff Wong Med
Fluffly Med
Mathew O Hagen Small
Gary Croome Med
Bill McMillan Med
Patrick Burnham XL
Colin XL
Corey Friesen XL
Riley Pickrell Med
Sara Ponchet Med (women’s or men’s?)
Dan Owen Med
Justin Baily XL
Carmen Welta. 1 Men’s Small.  1 Women’s Small
Carolyn Moore Men’s Med.
Ritchie Hughes Small
Graeme Coop.  Men’s XL


Series Final-My Little Pony Cross – Sunday.  Arbutus Meadows. Nanoose.

Norm’s Notes
Really.  The best of both worlds.  WET.  Saturated ground.  But racing in short sleeves in November.  Add to that a closed venue.  Epic Mud.  TIGHT racing. Series wrap up.  It was a great day of racing at a great venue.

My Highlights
* The men’s Intermediate race while I was helping with the kids event. At the end of lap 3 I looked over and there were still about 10 guys all together within 20 seconds heading up the road.  Awesome battle!
* Another heavy throw down with Peter Reid and Ken Owen.  I was certain my heart was going to explode.
* And by far my BIGGEST highlight was seeing Lisa Ludwig (Last raced November 22nd 2008), Kristenn Magnusson (Last raced November 24, 2012) and Dawn Anderson (*most wins and most podiums of any COTR racer.  Last races November 24, 2013) line up for the women’s Expert race with 13 other exceptional Expert women making it the biggest Expert Women’s field of the year (outside of Provincial Champs).  
* BIG crowd in the arena for the awards….super positive and fun group!
* 7 years old to 62 years old.  That was the age spread for the Beginner Boys/Men’s category.  55 years difference.  In the women’s 12 to 50.  38 years difference.  This is truly an amazing sport when you can race with someone 55 years older than you!  From 2 years old in the kids race to 71 years old in the masters race.  69 years difference.  All having a great time.  Pretty special!
* Malaika’s Schwinn.  
* Expert women also the only category to finish all starters at MLP!

Not Highlights

* Women’s re-start.  2nd year in a row for miss-direction on this course for this category.  Was really happy the way everyone sorted it out though and got re-started.  Good co-operation and sportsmanship by everyone.


MIVA Notes from President Corey:

Course Setup and Volunteers: a huge turnout, I’d like to think Ron and I putting the word out many times helped this but who knows.  Either way the club did seem to step up and come help out Saturday which was good to see. Ron delegated out tasks to 2-3 groups of us and each worker bee set off, it was efficient..

One thing I’ll say is the timekeeping/stats side of COTR blows my freaking mind.  I love it.  Done so quick so accurate and displayed perfectly on the site.  The whole COTR crew honestly looked PRO, like a finely tuned machine just churning through the races everyone calm and chill.

MIVA Highlight Notes from Race Director Ron:
Ken Olson’s top 5 consistency once he got a proper cx bike. MIVA membership kickin ass and really getting behind MLP. Each race in the entire series gets better each year. COTR has built a culture of improvement and there are no dicks, everyone is fun and supportive. That kid who raced Speedway in jeans and a SS dirtjumper geared way too tall. That picture of his buddy doing a full on faceplant (he was fine btw).  

2014 Series
A great wrap up in the BIG arena after the race for the series.  Major thanks to Peter Creighton from Cycles Lambert for helping me organize the order for the wash kits, Home Hardware in Brooks Landing for getting the buckets in time and Signage for getting the stickers printed in time.  Even BIGGER thanks to Wade Luksay for making the Youth Category prizing happen again this year with his contributions.  AND Jamie Cameron and Paul Brend for the little trophies. Joele for the Shimano brake kit and camera. Kestral Helicopters Mike Gillen.  Brad Head-Zed Wheels and SAM WHITTINGHAM—Naked Frame!! And Phillips for the Growlers and Root Beer.

Tight battles in Expert Men 2nd and 3rd Tie. And Expert Women 2nd and 3rd Tie. 14 points in Intermediate Women 1st and 2nd. 1 point in Intermediate Men 2nd and 3rd.  After 7 races….TIGHT!

It was nice to recognize “the Faithful” that have made the 50 races mark this year:
Derek Steel 52 races
Roland Rabien 51 races
Bill McMillan 50 races

That is some serious experience between that group!!

Rob Parkin wining the Most Improved this year….tough to judge as always with so many people getting better and faster.

Young Riley Pickrell winning Best Rookie Season with his win in U17 at the age of 13!  It will be interesting to see how he goes in Expert next year after winning the Intermediate Category as well as the U17 category. As Mark Nelson described Riley, “I couldn’t believe the power Riley put down on the back stretch on that last lap!  For 13 he can really pedal.”

COTR Series 2014 DONE
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 DONE
COTR Series 2015-Stay tuned for details in your 2nd e-mail of the week.

Hard to believe but even before this year’s racing is done our dedicated crew of race directors is already planning for 2015.   We have the schedule almost hashed out and we will fire it out in our last e-mail blast of the season.  Knowing it will be our 10th COTR race season as well as with SSXCWC in Victoria….it will be a season to remember for Cyclocross on Vancouver Island.


COTR 2014: Last Ronde. My Little Pony Cross. Series Final. Preview of the action.

Two days away from the last race of the COTR series for 2014. It seems like just yesterday we were all cooking in Cumberland and Bear X Ing. We have had a great season. #1 in Canada. Most racers per year. Highest average racer # per race in our 9 years. More than 3.5 X the number of racers coming out now than in 2006. It still feels “close” though. Harder to know everyone’s names with the (muddy/dirty) faces. But we know the faces and we know the names on the call up sheets. As a Cyclocross “community” we have built something great. Inclusive. Competitive. Fun. Hard. Friendly. Hard! Racing is supposed to be hard. We love to push ourselves. We love to earn our “rewards”. We love to race! The amazing difference for our series is how it is “wheel to wheel”….but it is with admiration, respect and a handshake or hug at the finish line. Let’s keep this the focus of Cross on the Rock and everything else will be a bonus. Can’t wait for Sunday!

Series Final-My Little Pony Cross – Sunday. Arbutus Meadows. Nanoose.

The trailer is in place on site. Incoming race director, Ron Hewitson is meeting outgoing race director, Peter McCaffery today to finalize the course. Fingers crossed it is “turny”, muddy, technical and hard! The M.I.V.A. club will gather tomorrow to set up the course. Roland and I have a million details and jobs to do to get everything ready….they will be

Tent town should be along the paved road like last year….but I will confirm and post on FB tomorrow. All tents should be staked and secure.

A soccer group is using the main arena/barn during the day so be aware of that group. We will have it later for the awards.

We have heard rumours of possible special guest appearances from past COTR racers that have moved away. We have heard rumours of possible special guest appearances from past COTR racers that have not been able to race this year.

* Nanaimo Bar Hand Ups https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/10768819854/in/set-72157637498021653
* Mustache hand ups
* Amazing Venue
* Double points (anything can happen)
* Series standings
* Growlers
* Root Beer
* A LOT of draw prizes….think Shimano, Howard Johnston
* Event draw prizes from our great sponsors
* Series draw prizes. Zed Wheels. Naked Frame.
* BIG Barn/Stadium for the final awards
* CUSTOM series final awards
* Best Photo Contest
* Perfect weather forecast.

I will post some more course information on our FB page tomorrow afternoon after the kids and I go check it out.

The big news is that the famous Naked Sam Whittingham will make his season debut and last race of the season this Sunday on his brand new, just built, Ti COTR fighter. He has been given the green light from his Dr. after a bad crash late in the summer. Since Sam is coming he can do the draw for a Naked CX Frameset. The last draw of the day. Each time you raced this year your name went into this draw. Brad Head from Zed Wheels is adding a set of wheels for the bike as well…..just to make it even sweeter!

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.

Pre-registration here: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=732 and as it normal Pre-Registration CLOSES at 7:00 Saturday night.

Series Points

Roland has done his magic on the Series Standing results page so you have a TRUE idea of where you are at before this Sunday’s race. If you have already done 5 races…he has crossed off your low score so you know who you have to beat to move up and who you have to stay a head of to not move back. Check it out!

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 Series 2015
Hard to believe but even before this year’s racing is done our dedicated crew of race directors is already planning for 2015. We have the schedule almost hashed out and we will fire it out in our last e-mail blast of the season. Knowing it will be our 10th COTR race season as well as with SSXCWC in Victoria….it will be a season to remember for Cyclocross on Vancouver Island.


COTR 2014: Ronde Van Hogwarts (and BPG GP Look Back)

Has anyone seen or have Corey Maciver’s Black Giro Savant helmet with a light mount on top of it after last weekend’s race.  If you do….can you please let me know.  He misses it and so does his brain.

With only TWO races left all you awesome cross racers are already thinking about; the end game.  Series points.  Pre-race Rumble. Double points at the final.  Battles with your buddies.  Getting a few more of your friends out to race.  Next year’s bikes.  SSCXWC2015.  The MFG race in Seattle the first weekend of December.  “Epic Battles”. Photo of the year.  What will be the series prize. How to keep the rubber side down.  Wattage. Tire selection.  Skill.  Podiums.  Last-not-lapped.  First SS.  Holeshots.  Power sections. Post Race Phillips. Will there be a T Shirt.  No brakes left.  Run Ups.  Off camber.  Wafels.  Pizza Truck.  And of course…how to increase your odds for the Zed Wheels and the Naked frame (only one way…..race the last two races!!).


While you are thinking about ALL these things and more check these out:


Ronde Van Hogwarts at Shawnigan Lake School 

Register BEFORE 7:00 on Saturday night for less paper work.  Less $$.  Easier day-of-race.  http://www.crossontherock.com/races/2014race6/ 

A few things to remember:

  • Kids race is at 12:20.  NOT 12:45.
  • Expert Women are racing again with the Expert Men.  2:15 (but for 45-50 minutes)
  • Do not.  And I repeat.  DO NOT ride your bike across any playing field or “nice” grass area at Shawnigan Lake School.  We will DQ you.  If you have not yet raced….so we can’t DQ you….you will be not allowed to race.  Respect for the Venue.
  • No bike shoes in the club house.
  • We are REALLY lucky to be able to use this AMAZING venue for our cross series.  It only takes 1 bad COTR’er to ruin it for everyone.  Don’t be a bad COTR’er!


  • The pizza trailer will be there again.
  • Coffee from Drumroaster
  • Muffins from the school 

Registration is in the Rugby Club House again.  Check the season race bible for more information with regards to directions, parking, venue etc.

Binab Property Group GP – the look back.

Norm’s Notes:

There are only a few times in the 54 COTR races that I can honestly say I enjoyed EVERY second of a race.  Racing is HARD.  It is supposed to be HARD.  But when you have a HUGE smile on your face (even if it does not show through the mud or it is mostly “internal”) racing is amazing!  Amazing is how I felt about the race, venue, course and atmosphere last Sunday at Western Speedway.  A true coming together of a great and unique community we have built together on Vancouver Island.  A homecoming.  I am really looking forward to the last two rounds of this year’s COTR series!

Notes from Race Director Roland:

It’s good to be back and Western Speedway later in the season when there is some rain and some mud. We mixed the course up a bit this year and the changes got a lot of positive response. The 50 wide start was gone, but we added some new sections. The mud behaved in unexpected ways, some was slippery, some deep and sticky, some like quicksand. This course is destroyer of brakes, and a destroyer of bottom brackets. Get your maintenance done before Sunday.

Roland’s big “Thanks to”:

Huge thanks to our event sponsors Jason Binab & all the guys from Trek Bikes Victoria – Bill, Troy, Scott, Mitch, Regan.

Getting the flyover setup is a huge amount of work. Thanks to Scott, Curtis, Cam, Richard, Laura, Glenowyn, & Warren.

All our day of setup / teardown volunteers: Richard, Nathaniel, Sylvia, Cam, Scott, Drew, Joele, Jen, Erik, Eric, Holly, Glenowyn, Lief, Pete, Jenine, Jon

Our registration crew: Deb & Linda

Timing: Christyna (as always), Joele, Laura, Alex, Ed, Camille, Deb, Simon

Results: Katie, Sylvia.

Baby sitting: Holly & Tarryn

DJ Sean, Announcer Bill, bartender Sabrina and first aid Martina.

I know I missed a lot of you who just pitched in on the day — thank you as well And thanks to Norm who somehow keeps this whole thing going. 

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Albern
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: Can we break the record?


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3 weekends of COTR Series races left for 2014.  3 races done.  3 to go.
3 things for this week.

#1.  Sunday.

Turn your clock back.  Get an extra hour of sleep.  Or you will arrive for your race 1 hour early and we will NOT be ready or set up for you yet…..’cause our clocks are going back!


The Binab GP is currently tied for the BIGGEST COTR race EVER at 270 racers. 

So far this year we have had 445 people race at least one of our races this year.  Our goal….and it is a BIG one….is to BREAK our racer count at the Binab GP.

We want to go for it.  Be a part of the record! 

Register here:  http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=730

From race director Roland (with three more important items):

Binab Property Group GP – The most important stuff

First: The most important part, set your clock back an hour. You don’t want to show up at the wrong time.

Second: The Expert Women’s race has been moved to 2:15 with the Expert Men’s race. 

Third: This is either good news or bad news. The most polarizing feature on the course is gone. The 50 wide start is no more. I was out there tonight and there is a large mound of dirt blocking half of the starting grid. Back to a normal 8 wide start.

The Course

I posted the course map on Facebook earlier in the week. I made a few tweaks for this year. The motocross track has been split into two sections. The steep climb to the back corner of the motocross track is back in. After a far too dry race last year, hopefully mud will be back in too. The flyover has moved, and now it’s a ride over / walk under as you enter the venue. Please setup your team tents near the flyover. (Added by Norm) the FAMOUS/IMFAMOUS 50 wide start is a NO-GO this year because of a MASSIVE pile of dirt in the way.  Hopefully that unique feature will be back next year.


I had cool custom prizes made for everybody who gets on the podium. Let’s just hope they arrive in time. Fedex is telling me the custom engraved CotR pint glasses will arrive Oct 31/2014. Still waiting to hear when the custom water-jet cut skull medals will be ready. I know, I’m cutting it close, but I really want to hand out something unique. Lets just hope I’m not handing out IOUs. (Update: They arrived! See sweet photos on Facebook and Instagram)


Westshore Motocross will be running their concession with hot drinks and hot food. Confirmed  as well is everybody’s favorite waffle maker, Renaat from Wannawafel. There might even be some beer if we get the license sorted out in time. (Beer!)

Expert Women

We decided (through experience) that there are just too many people on course and the timing is too tricky for the 3rd start of the day, so we’ve moved Expert Women to the Expert Men’s 2:15 pm start. 1 minute behind. The race will still be 45minutes. This is a trial run, so let us know how it goes. I’m designing the course to be nice and wide, so no need to aggressive passing.

Also of note:
LOTS of Free Parking!!

#3. COTR Race #4.  The AFTER PARTY!

We have long acknowledged that the photos document the action and the action is captured in photos.  Two of our best action capturers are having a show Sunday night to cap off your COTR weekend in Victoria. 

Just wondering if you could let people know about the art show that will be happening as an after party for the Western Speedway race this Sunday, the event details are on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/727567780655217/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming


·         Did anyone get the Cycling BC newsletter yesterday?  We were snubbed (again).

·         Drew is catching up from his weekend at SSCXWC2014 doing budget stuff for his real job.  As soon as we have any information on SSXCWC2015 we will let you know. 

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
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final