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:

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:


·         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


COTR 2014: Always worth it to go over the HUMP.

A few milestones at the last race as both Derek Steel and Roland Rabien hit the 50 races mark for COTR races!!  That is a lot of mud, safety pins, laundry and smiles.


Normally the doughnut would be the highlight of the day.  With amazing racing at Farmer Bill’s on an almost completely different course……the doughnut would get 2nd place.

Photos from Patrick Burnham here:

Belgian cross racers have as many descriptions for mud as Inuit have for snow.  Farmer Bills was “muddy”.  But the mud was not thick.  It did not jam the drive train or accumulate on the frame….the grass on the other hand did.  I wonder what the Belgians would call those conditions? 

From LEE when I asked him about his race. “Big crash and a flat….it was going to be my race of the series”.

Thanks from Lee to:
Farmer Bill
Farmer Billy
Rose and Keith Bruner
Mike Parcher
Bryce Blake
Brent and Rhonda Dame
Pascale Houde

Also thanks to our crew of timers, Joele, Joanna, Paul, Sylvia and Christina.  Of course also Roland.

We had GREAT prizes from Cycles Lambert for most of the categories.  For Beginner’s we had prizes from Straight Up Cycling who also supplied the CASH for 1st place in the Expert races.  Our Super Masters enjoyed special prizes organized by Jack Mar of:

1st Prize – 2 nights stay in Otter House Beach Cabin – Owner. Operators ,Jack & Nadine Mar,
2nd Prize – 2 nights at Taku Resort in a seaside cabin – Lynden McMartin, General Manager, Taku Resort,
3rd Prize – 1 night at Whiskey Point Resort – Nancy Cook, Resort Manager,

As well as Coffee Donations: Ride Coffee (Roasted on Quadra Island by Aroma Specialty Coffee Roasters – Distributed by Island Cycle, Owner, Jack Mar

Super Cool to see some first time podium people last Sunday.  Leading the crew was Brechin Nowak in the U15/Beginner category with his 1st. Kieren Nilsen in 3rd in the same category. Ken Olson and Joel Lutz making their first podiums in Masters Men.  Doug Doyle taking his first win in 20 races in the Super Masters. Derek Steel 2nd in Super Masters at age 71! Derrill Shuttleworth making his first series race podium in Super Masters.  A good mix up on the podium and taking some solid points in the process for the series.


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.

What does that mean?

It means you have to come out and race!  And you have to bring your friends to race.  And Sean Cruickshank has to race.  And John Fokkema and all the LEGENDS have to get on their bikes.  Everyone has to bring a beginner (Or someone that has raced before…or their grandma to get on a cx bike) and everyone need to come out.

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


What you can expect:
As Roland say’s, “Sticking with the winning formula”

  • Custom made prizes
  • Waffles
  • Fireworks
  • Beer (hopefully)

Register here:

Heads up…..we will have to tweak the schedule in our record breaking attempt to have the Expert categories race at the same time….heads up.


A little article about Nationals but really just talking about difficulty of cross courses.  COTR talked about:

Did you see this short edit from the start of F.B.’s Intermediate men’s race:

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

COTR 2014: Coal Cross 2014 and the night before Coal Cross 2014.

Every year we start organizing the Cross on the Rock Series early. EARLY…as in about a week after the series ends and sometimes even during the series we are organizing for the next year. Every year it seems we are pushing at the end to get information out….to find up the details….to get it dialed in for you guys. This year is an exception. We are even LATER. This is mostly because my business, Frontrunners-Nanaimo, moved locations after 15 years to a new shop on Bowen Road. Stefan and I have been working our butts off getting things built, organized, destroyed, packed, stored, packed again, moved and open. We are “in” but the shop is not “finished”. Tonight I should be up bolting things to the wall with Stefan but instead I am dialing in the last things of the series with Curtis, Lisa, Mark and Roland for this weekend. To make up for it everyone that races COTR needs to come into the new Frontrunners in Nanaimo (#1-1825 Bowen Road) and buy something during the cross season. That would make Stefan happy and make up for me not being there tonight.

Onto the NEWS….and there is a LOT of it!! (Race information. Series Change etc.)

This weekend is the SEASON Opener for our 9th COTR season.

There are 3 things you need to do in the next few days:

1). Get a license with Cycling BC. The one you need is the $45 BC Citizen License. That will cover you for all of our COTR events including Provincial Championships this year. The UCI one is the one you want if you are racing National Championships. The “Club Associate Membership” will NOT do for you. If you don’t want to buy a license…no problem. You just pay $10 extra per event to race…..and you can still pay.

2) Check your bike over….check it over again…check your tires….check your chain…check your brakes….have it dialed.

3) REGISTER. This has proven to be the hardest part but don’t worry….it takes only a few minutes and you have a LOT of minutes between now and Saturday Night when we will cut registration off. 
Register for all 6 races before September 13th at 7:00pm and receive $10 off the series for Beginner Categories and $20 off the series for Intermediate, Masters, Open and Expert Categories. Discount will be displayed in the payment summary as individual discounts off each event.

Register for the Series! or Register for Coal Cross!

It all starts in Cumberland 


The first ever Waverly Cross Crit. See attached poster!! Race start at 5:30. The course is ON and OFF road so Cross Tires are MANDATORY! Two categories: Open Men. Open Women. Must be over 18 years to play.

Book a night in the Riding Fool Hostel and then get ready for…..

SUNDAY. COTR #1. Coal Cross.

How many times have we raced in Cumberland now…….it never disappoints! Last year was a MONSOON. Opening up the series with one of the wettest races in COTR history. This year the weather looks….well…nice. More like 2 years ago. Long sleeve skin suits NOT needed!

Super Lap……for the EXPERT MEN’S race only to try it out for this race. Super Lap is a 15-20 second short cut that a racer can take ONCE during the race. They can not take it on the FIRST or the LAST lap. Other than that they can take it at any time. It is a strategic move. Shake and Bake. Bridge up. …..use it for what ever. IF a racer takes a Super Lap more than once….they get added on 3:00 to their time. So be careful. There will be someone keeping track of who goes through but it is only their job to record numbers….not to tell riders who has one left or has not used them. No information given.

HELP WELCOME: As always these races do NOT put themselves on. If you can help with Registration, Timing (experience is an asset), Set up, tear down, course monitor….please e-mail Curtis at You don’t have to help for the WHOLE DAY so we can split it up a bit if needed/wanted.

COTR 2014—Series Change. Take NOTE.

Complications have arisen with our race in Ladysmith so we are returning to Farmer Bills. Loved my many! Ladysmith hopes to return in 2015.

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

New Category – Master Men 55+

Masters Men 55+ will now have their own category and own start time, 1 minute after the Expert Women and two minutes before the Masters Men 40 – 54.

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!

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
Trek Bikes Victoria / Pro City Racing in Victoria

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



COTR 2013: September News (#it’sonlikedonkeykong(Call out to Jimmy Fallon))


Before we get into the Veggies and potatoes of this Newsletter I really want to give a shout to Jim Pearson. Jim has been involved with cycling on Vancouver Island through Avia West, Parkside and Pacific Shores for years and years. He has donated prizes. Helped with accommodations. Supported teams. Been lead or support sponsor. He has done a LOT for COTR. The economic downturn has really effected the Pearson’s and their business. We want to say “Thank You” for all the support they have given our community over the years.

It was great to see many of our COTR racers getting their last of the summer fitness goals and base training done at the MOMAR race in Cumberland last weekend. I like to get my whole race base done in one day too! It was a great event with a great after party. Cumberland hosting two awesome events in 2 weekends!


Sharp eyes reading over the series guide will spot a number of changes to this year’s series. For those that do not pay as much attention as the super-fans I will summarize them here.

  • More categories. We have added a number of series categories for the overall series rankings. Added this year: Masters women 40+ (Racing with Intermediate). Youth U13 and Youth U15 (Racing with Beginner). Youth U17 (Racing with Intermediate). If you fall within those categories but want to race “up” it is not a problem you just will not be ranked for those categories. For example if you are an over 40 women but maybe race the occasional Expert race. It is fine. Or if you are a super fast 14 year old and want to race Intermediate. Also good. You just don’t qualify for those categories but we would rather you are challenged!
  • More Points. Roland worked out a new points schedule that we will try this year. With the growth of our series we found that we had too many people ending up with 2 point per event. How are you going to prove your supremacy over your buddies if you all getting 2 points even though you “crushed” him/her? Well we have fixed that. We also gave the top finishers a few more points as we all know how hard it is to get 1st vs to get 10th…..well every place is hard to get really as this is cross….but we will try out this points schedule this year and see how it goes. Good luck!
  • Pre-Registration. We tried it last year and honestly it just makes EVERYTHING so much EASIER that we can’t deny it. Pre-Register PLEASE! It saves you a couple of bucks and it makes it a LOT easier for us. If you wait until day-of-race it just costs you ashtray change of $5 extra.


Now posted on the web site. This guide has ALL the information for the WHOLE series such as; Description of course, how to get there, categories, where it the closest hospital, accommodations……it should be in there!

Online: Read now.

There is some information missing for a few races later in the season so we
will update it when we have that information and let people know when it is


COTR has grown because people come out. They race. They have a good time. They tell their friends. Then they drag their friends out. That is how we do it. We want it to be successful. We want the women’s categories to grow. We want people to have a great time. We want to be #1 in Canada (not an actual goal but pretty cool). Come race. Have an “attitude free” good time. Tell your friends. Bring them out.

If you think something sucks. Fire me a note. If I agree with you….I will change it or fix it. Lets all work together to make this a great series and a great year. This is a Cross Co-Op and we are all members.


If you have not seen the Phillips Beer (Heist) edit:


  • If anyone is coming up from Shawnigan Lake area and can pick up a package for me please e-mail me (it is legit)
  • If anyone is coming from Power River or lives in Comox and can pick up Graeme Cockshedge please fire him an e-mail at: His ferry will get in at 9:30am.


If you are like me….and I know all of you are a bit like me in some ways….this weekend is what you have been waiting for since Beban Park….WAY back last November. A new Season. A New Series. Fresh Points….all very EXCITING. We are kicking our year off at Cumberland and it is going to be AWESOME.

First of all…..the Caveman is coming. He is travelling from cross-meca all the way up to Cumberland to race our series. Sharpen your game experts….see if you can beat him.

Second of all….Demo Dave is coming. He might be racing at the other end of the competitive spectrum to the caveman….but you have to start someplace and he is coming. Big KONA truck. Tents and hopefully fireworks……maybe.

Course Description
The start chute is a long drag strip straight-away on 6th Ave. (Anti-freeze will be provided at the start line for brakestands.) Entering the park, there will be a sweeping right hand turn into an off-camber up hill and arcing down the bank towards the Evil Knievel canyon jump – WEATHER PERMITTING. (There will be an alternate time-sucking line for ninnies, sissies and road riders.) The canyon jump will be followed by a whirly whirl so Curtis can take the holeshot, bottleneck everyone, and win the first lap beer prime. After that, racers go into the woods to everybody’s favorite choose-your-own-adventure lines. Next up are the barriers and the BMX track, followed up by the sandpit of despair and onto the pump track. REPEAT.

REMINDER: Every year. Despite warning. People take the BMX track TOO FAST. They crash. Their day is done. Possibly their season is done. Practice it. Check your speed. Know your skill level.


  • 2 dozen “World’s Best” Doughnuts from the Cumberland Village Bakery (for hand ups)
  • Choose your own adventure line(s)
  • possible Evil Knievel cannon jump in the race (weather permitting)
  • whirly whirl
  • kids race refreshments sponsored by Seeds Natural Food Store
  • Coal Hills BMX concession will be open for food
  • first lap primes to be done again by Eatmore Sprouts.
  • BRING THE KIDS. The Nutcase Helmets Kids races will be happening at most of our events this year….good fun!

Also: Cumberland Community Schools Society will be setting up a tent/table to talk about their after school programs – this is the program we donated four BMX “loaner” bikes to so that kids who may not have the means to buy BMX equipment can still participate with their friends and learn new skills that keep them excited, stimulated and out of trouble! Since our donation of 4 bikes, another community member has stepped up and bought “loaner” helmets and armour. Website for Cumberland Community Schools:

Call up’s at this race are RANDOM aside from 1 racer…..Ian Hay. We did not use his EXACT slogan for the (future) series T’Shirts BUT reading it inspired Wendy’s and my brain storming that did come up with the final slogan….T.B.A. Ian. You have the pole!


We are doing a SERIES DISCOUNT if you register for the whole series PRIOR to
this Saturday at 7:00pm.

Links to the individual races are here:

Coal Cross –
Binab Property Group GP –
Farmer Bill’s Cattle X-ing –
Crosstoberfest –
My Little Pony Cross –
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship -

LICENSES for COTR….what you need.

Make sure you have your license in order (See guide for more information) for the series OR just bring an extra $10. The extra $10 works for ALL races EXCEPT Provincial Champs.


In Victoria:
Cross Underground….if you live in Victoria and don’t know about this “practice” on Wednesday nights…you gotta get on it!

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. has their practice sessions on Wednesday nights. Contact MIVA. It is usually a skills session and then a short race. Norm’s session’s: Erratic. Not on usual times or dates. Most of the times EASY. Sometimes hard. MIGHT be heading out Thursday night… me an e-mail if you want to do some “training”.

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

There is a classified section on our web site for any cross stuff you are selling. Wendy and I still have some stuff that needs to move. I need a new lawnmower and to pay my visa….so take a look! I am also bringing up a box of FREE stuff and other stuff for sale to the COTR#1 if you need something or just want to poke at it.

Wendy and Norm’s Carbon Cross Wheels for Sale.

1) Easton EC90SL with Challenge Limus Team Edition Tubulars. Easton
Skewers. $950

2) Easton EC90SL with Challenge Grifo 33’s (Tubular). Never been ridden.
Brand New. Easton Skewers. $1200

3) Easton EC90SLX with Dougast Typhoon Tubulars. Easton Skewers. Dura Ace
Cassette. $1000

4) FSA RD 888 K-Force Wheels with Grifo XS 32 Tubulars in White. Skewers.
Dura Ace Cassette. $1000

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

COTR 2012 Race #7: Done. COTR Year #7: Done.

The megaphones and drum are silent again…….

What a finale!!

 What a season of racing!!

Remember this is YOUR series.  I have had some e-mails of thanks and suggestions for next year…..PLEASE send if you have ideas and thoughts.  Sometimes there are reasons why we do things the way we do….but some things can be changed.  I did mention the new points structure for next year and separate series scoring for 50+.  We have other ideas as well but send your notes!!

First some stats on the series.


2012                       438  (32% increase)
2011                       331  ( 27% increase)
2010                       259  ( 8% increase)
2009                       238  (30% increase)
2008                       183  (14% increase)
2007                       160 (<1% increase)
2006                       159

RACES PER YEAR (# of racers X # of times they wheeled up to the start line)

2012                       1345  (28% increase)
2011                       1046  (44% increase)
2010                       728  (20% increase)
2009                       605  (30% increase)
2008                       465  (28% increase)
2007                       362  (37% increase)
2006                       264

Lots of information in this LAST update of 2012.

  • COTR Race #7 Wrap Up
  • COTR Series #7 Wrap Up
  • Mega Sponsors thank you
  • Wanna race some more in the next couple of months?
  • Cycling BC AGM information for THIS WEEKEND…..who we are rooting/supporting.

COTR #7 Series Championships Wrap Up

 SHIRTS….we have a few Series COTR Shirts left over.  American Apparel.  Women’s Size Small and Medium.  $20.  Fire me a note if you would like one.

EXCLUSIVE:  Pelle’s final edit for the season.  Finished at 5:46am today.

MORE cool stuff:
Russell Berg’s Video Edit already out and making the rounds:

Patrick Burnham’s Photo Gallery up and being viewed (there are some SWEET shots in there!!):

Interview with Janna Gillick on CTV:

Nice little article in the Nanaimo Daily News: 

Some of my Highlights

  • Nanaimo Bar Hand Ups
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Hecklers
  • Hecklers at the stairs
  • The Number of Megaphones there were on course.
  • That the BMX track did not claim and victims BUT getting off the BMX track certainly did
  • The kids race course was reported to be the best one yet….even a bridge!
  • Colin Wilson’s BIG BOX of fresh Cumberland doughnut holes.
  • Gabriel Gledhill’s Birthday surprise.
  • James Grant taking his 5th Beginner win….at 14.  His first beginner career win came in his first race at 12 years old.
  • A burly ‘stache for the movember contest won by Ken Olson

Masters Results

You may have figured out that the master’s results from Sunday were in the correct order BUT the wrong times.  Sean Crookshank was closer to 52 minutes than 36.  What happened was our trusty Timex stop watch that was timing the Master’s race died part way through it.  CPR was administered BUT no luck.  So the placings were all correct BUT the times were basically made up to satisfy the spreadsheet and keep you all in place.  Bummer….but these things happen from time to time….low tech or high tech….there are always glitches!

Lost and Found

I seemed to have ended up with a few more new items from last weekend……I would LOVE to get rid of them….if they are yours please let me know how to get them to you.

  • OBB Jacket….very worn….probably Russell Andersons or Dawns
  • Black DeeFeet Arm Warmers
  • Black well worn Knee warmers
  • Light Blue KONA gloves
  • MEC Size Medium Men’s warm up pants.  Black
  • Size LG Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket
  • Size MD Sugoi Hydrolite Jacket
  • Axiom Rain Jacket with “Annie” written in the back of it.

Special Thanks to:

Vancouver Island Exhibition
Nanaimo BMX
Nanaimo District Equestrian Association
Arrowsmith Bikes (prizes)
Island Cycle (prizes)
Nanaimo Parks and Recreation
City of Nanaimo
Kristen Magnesson
Dan Gronross
And MIVA (Mid Island Velo Association)


Top Rookie:                        Parker Bloom
Top JR Male:                      Jordan Duncan
Top JR Female:                  Tarryn Cote
Most Improved:                  Janna Gillick

It has been a great season of racing….the numbers and stories tell the tale.  We are looking forward to next year and starting planning already.  It is great to be part of COTR and have such a passionate bunch of people racing, helping and sponsoring.  We could not do it without you!

A VERY Special Thanks to:

Hilary and Steve Grant.  We received Hilary as a volunteer a couple of years ago at Cumberland….and we are not giving her up!  The reason why our low tech timing system works is primary because of Hilary’s coolness under pressure.  Her husband Steve is also invaluable allowing Hilary to help while he is the pit crew to the boys!!  Plus he helps with the timing sometimes too.

Jamie Cameron and Glenowyn Carlson help with data input at registration allowing Roland and Katie to race…..key people

Roland and Katie Rabien stepped up when I retired from putting on races 3 years ago……can I retire now??

Vegan Dave for doing all the reports to the press.  They don’t seem to like the ones I do… he does stuff they do like.

Our race directors: Curtis Saunders, Roland Rabien, Peter McCaffery, Lee Blais, Mike and Tara Pollock, Corey and Sean from OBB-Nanaimo and Drew MacKenzie.

And Thanks to Our Series Sponsors

Cycles Lambert (Leyzne).  Peter Creighton has been a LONG time supporter of this series….from WAY-WAY back.  We tap out his promotion budget and then some and he always does as much as he possibly can for us and our prizing.

Zed Wheels.  Brad Head builds sweet wheels and comes out and races too.  He gave us two sets of wheels for our finals this year as well as other swag throughout the season.

Action Motorcycles.  Jamie Emery is another sponsor/racer who has supported the series with great prizing as well as helping us out when ever he can.

Frontrunners Nanaimo….well without their support their would be no series.  We even got the Frontrunners Westshore guys out this year racing!

Hammer Nutrition.  New sponsor this year providing product and prizing….we hope to have them back on board again next year.

KONA.  One of the highlights of the season was having long time supporter Dik Cox come out and do his first EVER cross race at the Kona Kup!

Howard Johnson.  Dan Brady….we ALMOST got him to race……ALMOST.  Thanks to the Howard Johnson for their prizes and room rate deals.

Nutcase.  Sponsor of the ‘Lil nutty kids races with prizes and support.  Thanks Elladee and Joele

Oak Bay Bikes.  A few of our sponsors are through the support of OBB.  Plus Corey and Sean are the RD’s for the Kona Kup.  OBB-Westshore sponsor Pelle’s edits with $$…which is KEY.

Parkside Victoria.  Jim Pearson did not make it out to a race this year….but he has supported our events and cycling on Vancouver Island for a LONG-LONG time.  Thanks for the prizes Jim!

Phillips BEER……sponsor of our Barriers this year….and the first lap prime….and the first Single Speeder……we always welcome their support and drink their beer!

Saltspring Coffee.  Bryn has moved jobs from Saltspring Coffee but while he was there and even when he knew he was going…..he worked hard to make sure we were covered.  Thanks Bryn!!  We don’t know who is taking over for Bryn or if Saltspring will be involved next year…..but we thank them for their support over the years.

Orange Sport Supply.  Greg Inkster actually supported our races BEFORE we were the COTR series…WAY back in 2004!!  It took us a few years and a LOT of e-mails to get him back on board but we hope to have him as a long time partner for years to come.


Here is the Gallery from the photo contest:

The winner was Patrick Burnham’s photo of “rubbing is racing” featuring HALLDOR.

Thanks to everyone that was out taking photos throughout the season and those that shared their galleries with us.


There is a group called “the future of cycling in BC”.  Check it out if you can and if you like it and if you haven’t already signed the petition of support for this group you can do so here:

Here it is

Here is their mandate:

Many in the cycling community believe that Cycling BC is not fulfilling their mandate to “foster quality competition from the grass-roots through to high performance levels, and encourage partnerships to grow participation in the sport of cycling”.  Further there is widely shared opinion that the culture within the organization must change before there is any possibility that its mandate can be fulfilled. Cycling BC has a responsibility to uphold its relationship with its membership, stakeholders and the public. In order to maintain and strengthen these relationships the organization must improve its communication and transparency with each of these groups.

A group of like-minded individuals, with a passion to see cycling grow and succeed in this province, has been organised to help return Cycling BC to its mission statement, and become an organization that prides itself on building the sport from the grassroots, fostering growth, supporting clubs, and being an active leader at all levels.

The group, the Future of Cycling in British Columbia, firmly believes that Cycling BC must become an organization that champions development at all levels, for all disciplines, and fosters lifelong participation in the sport. To this end, the Group has assembled a slate of like-minded candidates for four open board of director positions that will be elected at the upcoming Cycling BC annual general meeting. The candidates, with the support of the Group, are putting together a plan focused on four specific areas: Development, Participation, Clubs, and Communications.

Change within Cycling BC will only occur under the governance of a like-minded Board of Directors committed to that change. Four board positions are up for re-election at the AGM on Sunday December 2nd, a slate of candidates who are all committed to the goal of initiating positive change at Cycling BC. We are asking for your support by attending the AGM and voting for ALL of the following individuals for their respective positions.


VP ROAD/TRACK Tim Abercrombie 
VP BMX Jeff Clarke

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Meet and Greet: Sandman Hotel & Suites, Studio 1
Address: 32720 Simon Avenue, Abbotsford, BC

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

AGM: Abbotsford Exhibition Park, Cadet Building
Address: 32470 Haida Dr Abbotsford, BC

Time: 1:00pm

For more information please visit



Head over for the AGM and go one day earlier and race in South Surrey on December 1st


If you have not been to a USGP event….you are missing out!  Bend is your closest option on December 8th and 9th


Just across the straight and over the border and you could be racing December 15th and January 12th…..check out

MASTERS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in January (and then stick around and watch how the Elite do it)

Louisville, KY – October 30, 2012. Online registration for the 2013 UCI Masters Cyclo-cross World Championships powered by Exergy, scheduled for January 29th – February 1st, 2013 in Louisville, KY, will open on November 1st on

Participants can register for the following age groups: M / W 30-34; M / W 35-39; M / W 40-44; M / W 45-49; M / W 50-54; M /W 55-59; M / W 60-64; Women 65+; Men 65-69; Men 70-74 and Men 75+; see below for schedule.  Registration opens with early pricing at $75 per rider through January 4th, 2013. On January 5th, 2013 the entry fee moves to $100 per rider and closes on January 25th. On-site registration will be available for $125.

Raced on the new Masters World Championship venue at at Champions Park in Louisville, the course will features elevation and speed changes, dirt, sand, grass, off-camber technical sections and enough natural terrain change to challenge riders.

The Galt House is the Official Host Hotel of the 2013 Masters and 2013 Elite World Championships, and is located at 140 N. 4th Street, Louisville, KY. Visit to make reservations.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:

With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Valley Cycling Club, 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

Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC 

Normon Thibault


Cross on the Rock

We will keep on working on the series….and we hope you keep on racing!!  See you next September for our 8th COTR season.  Thanks for your support.