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

HOT COTR TOPICS

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!

CHANGES THIS YEAR TO THE SERIES

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.

SERIES GUIDE

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
updated.

THIS IS YOUR SERIES

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.

BEER

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

LOOKING FOR RIDES. LOOKING FOR PICK UPS for COTR#1

  • 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: gcocksedge@hotmail.com His ferry will get in at 9:30am.

COAL CROSS IN CUMBERLAND. COTR#1. 2013. AWAITS THIS WEEKEND!!!!!

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.

Other TEASERS

  • 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:
http://cumberlandcommunityschools.com/

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!

REGISTRATION for COTR

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

Links to the individual races are here:

Coal Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=466
Binab Property Group GP – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=467
Farmer Bill’s Cattle X-ing – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=468
Crosstoberfest – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=469
My Little Pony Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=470
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship -
http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

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.

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES

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…..fire 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.

FOR SALE
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
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

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.

RACERS PER YEAR

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.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjEXOiIbBic

MORE cool stuff:
Russell Berg’s Video Edit already out and making the rounds:  http://youtu.be/Cdd5QED0m0s

Patrick Burnham’s Photo Gallery up and being viewed (there are some SWEET shots in there!!):  http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157632082703799/

Interview with Janna Gillick on CTV: http://m.youtube.com/?rdm=4psit69kd#/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=1BwPVSS-Ie4&desktop_uri=/watch?v=1BwPVSS-Ie4&feature=youtu.be

Nice little article in the Nanaimo Daily News: http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/sports/story.html?id=478aafe2-d9cd-4fdc-961c-e840b5e8a536 

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)

COTR SEASON #7 WRAP UP

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…..so 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.

PHOTOS  CONTEST

Here is the Gallery from the photo contest: http://photos.rabien.com/Cyclocross/CotR-Photo-Contest-2012/26678503_v6kbsv

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.

CYCLING BC AND THE AGM THIS WEEKEND

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    http://thefutureofcyclinginbc.weebly.com/

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 FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT Tony Martin

VP CYCLO CROSS Matt Klymson
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 http://thefutureofcyclinginbc.weebly.com/index.html

WANNA KEEP ON RACING?

BC CUP FINALS

Head over for the AGM and go one day earlier and race in South Surrey on December 1sthttp://www.daryl-evansracing.com/

USGP BEND

If you have not been to a USGP event….you are missing out!  Bend is your closest option on December 8th and 9thhttp://www.usgpcyclocross.com/site/

CASCADE CROSS

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

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 USACycling.org.

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 www.louisville2013.com 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
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

Cross on the Rock
www.crossontherock.com

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.

COTR #7 Series Championships. Day before details + information.

A few last minute details for tomorrow’s event (and a couple of other tid-bits)

  • Parking: There is a HUGE amount of parking at Beban Park. Park where you like as long as you DO NOT PARK anywhere south of the Soccer fields. We need to keep that parking for Soccer AND keep the entrance to the BIG BARN clear of bike rider traffic.
  • Horses!! The big barn is begin used by an Equestrian group so PLEASE stay CLEAR of that area. Do not ride, warm up, drive near, practice your sprints, streak or do war cries in that area. Be a good neighbor.

I forgot to mention how much money COTR and the BC Cross community raised for prize money last weekend. In the end it was around $2500. I say “around” because even at the last second we were getting envelopes of cash handed to us….which was great….but became hard to account for….tough problem!! Again it was very well received by the riders.

Patrick Burnham had an updated gallery from the last couple of races found here to pump you up for the weekend:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157631985879315/

Also for Farmer Bills
http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157631759706105/

  • Don’t forget about OBB Nanaimo party Saturday night. 7:30. Bring a can of food.

Rock Star registration closes at 6:00 tonight.

Don’t forget your license!

We have a few VERY limited production COTR 2012 T shirts. $20 Women’s sizes too….available AFTER the awards.

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
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

Cross on the Rock
www.crossontherock.com

COTR #7. Series Championships. This SATURDAY. November 24th.

A few RANDOM things before we get into the rest of this Newsletter.

  • We seem to be getting a lot more e-mails saying things like “Best course ever”. “Best Event Ever”. Etc. after each race which is really positive enforcement for what we have been doing this year. Thanks to everyone that takes the time to e-mail us good stuff or constructive suggestions.
  • I wanted to make a personal comment about the Binab GP course that I thought the section of course from the bottom of the stairs to the top of the motorcross track…..that 200M was probably the toughest section of course I have ever raced. TOUGH!! And I loved it!
  • We forgot to get the name of the man who won the shop challenge at the Binab GP……it was Mitchell Thacker, Scott Mitchell, and Fluffy Aaron 1 2 3
  • There is also one more SWEET video from COTR #6 in case you have not seen it: http://vimeo.com/mediaone/review/53641925/59e5b67016
  • OBB Nanaimo is hosting an After COTR Race After Party on Saturday night from 7:30 onwards. DJ, Beer…etc. Bring a non-perishable food item for their food drive.

Rock star registration is OPEN for COTR #7 until 6:00pm on FRIDAY NIGHT. Save yourself some time on race day and sign up early!! 

Remember….even though it is the end of the COTR year…don’t forget your license…or if you are going to forget it…then bring an extra $10

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!

We had our largest ever representation of COTR racers at the Daryl Evans Racing National Championships and BC GP last weekend in Surrey….and I gotta say….we might have taken home the most medals and top 10’s out of any group!!

Here are some of the top 10 results:

Masters 50+ Men
6 Bill McMillan Nanaimo BC 34:29:00
7 Peter Wellsman Victoria BC Pro City Racing 34:40:00
10 Barry Rempel Victoria BC OBB 35:21:00

Master 30 + Women, 12.8 km
1 Janna Gillick (BC) Mid Island Velo Association 36:21

Master 30-39 Men, 15.25 km
6 James Cameron (BC) Pro City Racing 42:12
10 Jason Binab (BC) Pro City Racing 42:38
11 Scott Mitchell (BC) Pro City Racing 42:56

Master 40-49 Men, 15.25 km
1 Bob Welbourn (BC) SBR (Occasional COTR Racer…did Bowen this year) 40:16
3 Normon Thibault (BC) Frontrunners 40:264 Andre Sutton (AB) Hardcore Bikes (Usually races 1 COTR race/season….will be at Beban) 40:32
7 Ian Smith (BC) MIVA 40:42
11 Guy Ridler (BC) Urocsimon’s Cycles 41:49
12 Sean Cruickshank (BC) Pro City Racing 41:58

Junior Men
6 Jordan Duncan (BC) Russ Hays p/b Accent Inn 43:29

Elite/ 17+ women
1 Mical Dyck (BC) Stan’s No Tubes 43:45
2 Wendy Simms (BC) KONA 44:17
9 Dawn Anderson (BC) Oak Bay Bikes 46:18

U23 Men, 18.26 km
8 Adam de Vos (BC) Trek Red Truck p/b Zed Wheels 53:18

Elite Men, 24.2 km
1 Geoff Kabush (BC) SCOTT-3Rox Racing (Has done and won a few COTR) 1:02:55
4 Craig Richey (BC) SponsoreConnected.com 1:04:55
8 Tyler Trace (BC) Trek Red Truck 1:06:14
9 Kevin Noiles (BC) Sundays Best Racing (has raced COTR in the past…but not for a while) 1:06:15
10 Andrew Pinfold (BC) H&R Block (won the first race we ever put on) 1:06:39

Sorry about the crappy formatting above….could not figure it out!

Nationals is in Surrey again next year….we hope for a more BURLY course…..but regardless we want to see an even BIGGER COTR representation next year and HOPEFULLY more women’s and youth categories at the event.

PHOTOS LAST CALL for the PHOTO CONTEST

All Photos for the COTR Photo contest MUST be submitted by Thursday, November 22 at 9:00PM.

Calling all Photographers that have been capturing images this season…..time to SUBMIT your BEST. Send your best photos to Roland at: Roland Rabien (roland@rabien.com) and we will get the Gallery up and going. No more than 4 photos per photographer please. Our panel of judges are standing by. Best photo award will be awarded at the series final.

COTR #7 Beban Park. Series Championships.

  • Series Final!
  • Double Points!!
  • $50 to Charity for the TOP MOVEMBER!!!
  • And MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • A tonne of PRIZES!
  • Series Prizes!!
  • Concession truck.
  • A very special “regional” hand up.

If you think you can grow a manlier moustache than Tycho then line it up….best one will get $50

We have some SERIOUS Prizes to give out on Saturday. This is how it will go at the awards ceremony after the racing action has stopped.

1. We will give away a bunch of stuff from a bunch of our awesome sponsors.
2. We will do awards for COTR #7 Races and give away a bunch more stuff.
3. Photo contest winner
4. Then we will probably give away more stuff.
5. Movember Contest for $50
6. Then we will do the awards for our COTR SERIES and give some stuff away with that.
7. Then we will do some HUGE draw prizes from our sponsors including:

  • Go Pro Camera System from Action Motorcycles.
  • From ZED Wheels: CrossRock CX carbon. 24f/28r. 1275g carbon tubular with limited edition gun metal grey hubs. MSRP $999. As ridden by Zed Wheels sponsored riders Adam de Vos and Craig Richey.
  • ALSO from ZED Wheels: CrossRock AX niobium alloy tubular. 1420g. Signature Blue hubs and nipples. Same as last year! Blue Ti skewers to match. MSRP $499. Ridden by Adam de Vos, Tom Skinner and many others.

THEN we head to OBB Nanaimo after 7:30 PM for a PARTY!! DJ, BEER, Food (bring a can or some non-perishables for their food drive).

SERIES LEADERS…..

With 6 out of a possible 7 scores counting toward the total for the series and DOUBLE Points…..the standings have a way of getting all mixed up at the last race. Add in out of towners, one race per season racers, mechanicals, sand pits and dragons and anything can and will happen on Saturday. All you can do is race your best race…..and CHECK YOUR POINTS BEFORE HAND! If there are any problems with your points for the series….let Roland know ASAP. roland@rabien.com

Where’s the Money at?

As most of you know the COTR series was part of a bigger group that donated to equalizing and boosting prize money over the National Championship weekend. This proved to be a bit more of a challenge than we originally thought it would be. It actually BLEW UP on Thursday and Friday last week over the regular and social media. Finally Cycling BC announced late Friday that they would equalize the prize money for the UCI C2 race on Sunday which was a WIN. So Dave and I spread out the envelopes, cash and letters and sorted out all the prize money for Saturday’s National Champs. We had enough to boost the Elite Category for men and women as well as give away some money for the top 3 in JR and U23 men (still no category for this for women….work in progress). On the way to giving out the money I actually had someone else from Sunday Best racing hand me cash so we boosted it a bit more and saved $50 for our top JR Female (unofficial category) and COTR Racer Taryn Cote. We have had a few e-mails and personal responses back from the racers thanking us for taking up the initiative which was really cool. Thanks to everyone that donated a few bucks and the following people and groups that gave a bit more: Bill Riley Law, Glotman Simpson Club, Sunday Best racing, Atomic Cycling Club, West Coast Racing, Interior Cross Series, Dwyane Kress, Trail Bikes-Eatmore Sprouts, Tara and Mike Pollock, Cross on the Rock #5 Crosstoberfest, Cross on the Rock #6 Binab Property GP, Pumpkin Cross, Pro City Cycles Club, OrganicAthlete Victoria cyclocrossers, Jak New
and the Escape Velocity/Garneau Evolution crew

Wanna go to the 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 USACycling.org.

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 www.louisville2013.com to make reservations.

 

COTR #6: Binab Property Group GP (aka BPGGP) at Western Speedway was…..was……what is another word for “Epic” that does not get used as much….what ever that word is what that event was!!

“Awesome race yesterday….(XXXXXXX) and I were commenting on how awesome it is that everyone sticks around in the cold, rainy, crappy weather (with their kids!) to socialize and be there for the podium. In all the off-island racing we’ve done this year we haven’t seen a bigger crowd of people than there were yesterday – even at (XXXXXX-RACE)….pretty awesome!”

A LOT of Video floating around from COTR#6

First of All Pelle’s Edit Sponsored and financed by Oak Bay Bikes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2x69-59b8&feature=youtu.be

Second one is from Russell Berg: . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkaTHDmw8R8

And Third….well this one is a strange and “rough” edit from Rob Britton and possibly Jamie Sparling? It does have some good disco and cameo’s from past COTR champs Max Plaxton and Dave Holden: : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FzBx9OQU6w

PHOTOS: Calling all Photographers that have been capturing images this season…..time to SUBMIT your BEST. Send your best photos to Rolland at: Roland Rabien (roland@rabien.com) and we will get the Gallery up and going. No more than 4 photos per photographer please. Our panel of judges are standing by. Best photo award will be awarded at the series final.

COTR#6 The Binab Property Group GP at Western Speedway. Recap

From the Fun Director Roland Rabien:

A huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped make the race such a success. It’s a huge amount of work to do course setup, registration, timing, results, tear down all in one day. Days of work also went into the flyover, run-up, collecting prizes and organization. There is no way to do it without an army of volunteers including:

Adam de Vos, Alex Hui, Andrea Robson, Andrew Barnes, Andy Achuff, Bryn Shapperd, Danielle Stevens, Drew MacKenzie, Dylan Reeves, Ed Thacker, Geordie Morrison, Glenowyn Carlson, Jamie Cameron, Jamie Richardsen, Jason Binab, Jeff Doyle, Jim Pauly, Joel Taylor, Joele Gynup, John Rogers, Justin Binab, Katie Duncan, Kevin Ford, Mark Planiden, Mitch Thacker, Nathaniel Cook, Normon Thibault, Peter Wellsman, Rasmus Rabien, Richard Cook, Rob Parkin, Ryan Clarke, Scott Mitchell, Shanna Wild, Steve Lund, Tanya Berg, Tom Malczynski, Troy Woodburn, Wendy Simms

And thanks and apologies to those I missed.

And thank you to out sponsors. Please support the businesses that support our series:

Binab Property Group, EBOOST, Trek Bikes Victoria, Razu Welding, Hugo Donais of Sun Life Financial, Popeye’s Supplements, Rumble, Wannawafel, Victoria Grizzlies, Prime Steak House, Cactus Club, Luv Hair Salon, Victory Barber and Brand, Modern Beauty Supplies, Water’s Edge Resort in Ucluelet, L’Hermitage Hotel, National Car Rental, Slegg Lumber, Frontrunners.

And thank you to everybody who came out and raced.

Bikeshop Challenge: Repeat Winner: Jenny Skinner. New Male Champion with all the bragging rights was: Mitch Thacker.

From NORM.

Some of the Highlights from a lot of Highlights:

  • Carey Mark winning the Trek Bike from Pro City-Trek Bikes. It was great to see someone SUPER PUMPED to win!! Carey mounted the podium with the bike and apparently called EVERYONE on her drive home from Victoria!!
  • I have always dreamed about a “Braveheart” start. We came close at NISSCOTU but the lack of grid having 40+ riders straight across for the holeshot…..it took everything to 11. We really should have had a holeshot award and is something that we will do next time as that venue is perfect for it.
  • Adam De Vos gets another mention. Scaled it back on Lap One….ended up his highest placing EVER for COTR in Expert with a 5th. Good luck at Nationals Adam!
  • Rob Parkin also gets a mention for his highest placing ever in Expert by quite a bit. He had another great start but was actually able to hold it……unlike me.
  • I saw the shot of Tom Skinner after the race with his Wafels….and we wonder who ate the most Wafels on Sunday? My personal count was 4.
  • History was made on Sunday with Wendy Simms inventing the “moustache handup” at this event. Andy Pitre taking the first moustache hand up in HISTORY!! Look for more of the same at COTR#7!
  • The Flyover!
  • I read that some time COTR racer Jamie Sparling had retired from bike racing….so I was pretty pumped to see that “retired” did not mean “no longer races cross” and he was out at the race on Sunday.
  • My face was still dirty at 8:30 at night on Sunday….not a “highlight”.
  • A certain “pro-masters” racer coming out of retirement specifically to race Ian Smith who was a no-show. It was like Rocky coming off the couch to jump in the ring with Mr T….but then Mr T did not show up…..disappointment for all!

SERIES LEADERS…..

Katie and Roland are computer master minds….but even masterminds sometimes make mistakes. When they put the calculation/spreadsheet for series leaders yesterday they used last year’s program which was best 5 of 6….so yesterday it dropped your lowest result which of course is not supposed to happen until after the last race.

SO a few people got the leaders arm bands that were not supposed to……check out the results…..get the arm band to the person that is supposed to have it at the last race…..then race like hell and try to win it for yourself!

Sorry to: Tom Skinner who now leads the Expert Men. Parker Bloom who is still leading intermediate (and did 3 races yesterday!!). Peter Wellsman who is leading the 50+. All the others were correct (I am pretty sure).

$$

We collected a bit more $$ yesterday….the person to person approach seemed to work best! I will tally that up and let everyone know exactly where that $ went in the next news. Thanks everyone that contributed!

COMING UP:

NATIONALS!!!!

This coming weekend in South Surrey. We hope to see a tonne of COTR racers over there racing or CHEERING!!!!

Weekend after that is: COTR #7 Beban Park.

  • Series Final!
  • Double Points!!
  • $50 to Charity for the TOP MOVEMBER!!!
  • And MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • A tonne of PRIZES!
  • Series Prizes!!

If you think you can grow a manlier moustache than Tycho then line it up….best one will get $50

ARE YOU AN ELITE MALE/FEMALE, U23 or JR MALE that wants to race at the WORLD CHAMPS being held for the first time outside of EUROPE!

Then this is the man that you want to talk to and/or meet at the National Champs.

Cycling CANADA Cyclisme
Road & Cyclo-Cross Coordinator
Coordonnateur – Route et Cyclo-Cross
Tel: +1 (613) 248-1353 x2602
matthew.knight@cyclingcanada.ca
www.cyclingcanada.ca

Educate yourself to what YOU need to do and what the requirements are to make the team for Kentucky 2013 here:

http://www.cyclingcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/SELECTION-CRITERIA-CX-2013-Sept-14.pdf

There are 5 spots per group: Elite Male, ALL FEMALES, U23 and JR Male….lets get some COTR racers on these teams!!

Wanna go to the 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 USACycling.org.

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 www.louisville2013.com to make reservations.

Cross on the Rock is now the un-official biggest cross race series in Canada. If you can find stats to support otherwise….please let us know…until then we are the un-official biggest!!