FARMER BILLS RETURNS THIS SUNDAY!

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #10 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off.

The Warm up.

  • Heard in the school yard this morning during drop off.  “Yesterday I got Rock City Cycles to convert my Private Jake to a single speed.  This morning I woke up with a full beard”.
  • Word over my e-mail is of a new cx event in the Cowichan Valley.  Night race on December 9th and a day time race on the 10th.  My vacation time is already booked so I will not be in attendance…..but it does not mean you can’t enjoy it.  Also around this same time is normally the Semi-Prestige race which we will keep you posted on.

COTR Segments

Bonus:

A few more Questions from us and answers from Drew MacKenzie about Bear X-Ing this year.  COTR #4.  This stuff was after deadline for Newsletter #9

What did you like?

People’s general excitement for racing cross. I loved the cheering going on near the finish line steep drop in and through tent alley. It was pretty fun to watch people who didn’t think they could do it ride the steep drop in for the first time. Also pretty scary to watch some folks doing it during the race. Hearing from the adults that the race course was too hard and at the same time getting guff from a 7 year old that the kids course was too easy!

Who looked good out there?

Everyone! Pandering aside, Felix Burke was looking pretty good out there, same with Parker Bloom. Mical was looking like she had been out for a run recently ; )

How did you like racing the course……

Course was good to race, more elevation changes and rougher terrain was fun. But even with modifications it was maybe still not selective enough.  Need to make it harder next year! Bring on the mud!

In newsletter #9

  1. Farmer Bills. Cattle X-ing.  Thompson Farm.  Port Alberni.  This Sunday.
  2. Interview with Lee Blais
  3. COTR 2016 Hats.  Re-Ordered
  4. Triple Shot Cross Fondo. Look Back.
  1. Farmer Bills. Cattle X-ing.  Thompson Farm.  Port Alberni.  This Sunday.

 

Pre-registration has become (Almost 100%) Mandatory so make sure you register by 8pm on Saturday the 22nd or before.  Here is the link:  https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10089/2016-cross-on-the-rock-farmer-bills-cattle-xing

 It’s time to spend a day at the farm! We are back at Farmer Bill’s so get out your tractor tires, safety goggles and lube yourselves up so the cow poo don’t stick – YEEHAW! This 3.2 km course is filled with deep, bumpy wet grass, piles of bear ‘apple sauce’, twists, turns, off-camber descents, a haunted barn roll through, electric fences and possible run ins with lonely bulls!

The Lime’n food truck will be serving up deep fried pickles and their famous jerk chicken… and of course we’ll have Normon’s favorite donuts to tempt you at check-in. You will need the extra calories to plow through this course

LOCATION:

The Thompson family have lived and run this Beautiful farm including McCoy lake for over a century. Farmer Bill’s is Located on Highway 4 across from the Tseshaht market 10km out of Alberni on your way to Tofino.  Bathrooms on site. Some parking on site and more across the street. Let’s keep it clean and be respectful of this families property.  PLEASE be careful crossing the road.  It is a HIGHWAY!

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  1. Interview with Lee Blais
  1. Lee.  You started doing COTR in 2006 when you did 3 events (out of 4 at the time).  In 2007, 2008 and 2009 you only did 1 race a year.  Since then you have done 40 races in the last 6 years….almost all of the races.  What hooked you in?

What hooked me in??? the ridiculousness of the sport!! tiny tires, tasting blood..the strategy and all out battles in the corners… and I decided to work on my fitness a bit which made it more fun.

  1. Having done your first COTR race in 2006 and still racing in 2016.  What have you seen as being the biggest change at the events?

The biggest change as of late has been the huge spike in attendance of course.. way more female competitors and youth. It’s brought the island cycling community together.

  1. This will be the 4th time we will be racing at Farmer Bills.  What can we expect to be the same and what different on Sunday?

4th? (Norm’s Note: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) was sure it was on the 3rd time we’ve raced farmer Bill’s. Of course we’re racing through the barn and yes, there will be mud..lots of mud. There will be more opportunity to pass this year if you have    the power. We’ve also added some new singletrack through a treed section.

  1. What gear do you normally run and what gear will you be running on Sunday?

I normally run 38-18 gearing for the most races.. 2 teeth easier for farmer Bill’s, maybe 3? we’ll see how the course shapes up for the masters.

  1. When will you get a rear derailleur?

Rear derailleur? Ummm, another 6 years maybe?.. probably not though.

  1. When will you get real brakes?

Paul mini moto’s aren’t real? they don’t always stop well.

  1. Historically who has been your biggest nemesis?

Fluffy!! Dave Damery, Joel Lutz,.. Ken Olson, Dave Novak. (Norm’s note: and Dan Clements)

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  1. COTR 2016 Hats.  More Coming.

Our COTR 2016 Hats made up by Sew What I Sew in Cumberland have been a HOT item.  We sold out of 2 styles so far because they are sweet.  We should have more of the Green and Grey for Farmer Bills this weekend.  $28 if you have exact change.  $30 if you don’t!  First come.

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  1. No COTR race this weekend…..but there is the Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

Uncharted Territory. Big Grins. As Promised.

Tripleshot Youth Team says thanks to everyone who rode, supported, cheered and volunteered at the 2016 Tripleshot Cross Fondo. Dubbed #typhooncross the day before, the storm didn’t materialize but there was enough rain to make it a true cross event. 120 riders (40K 97, 20K, 23) from 11-70 years old finished with mud-splattered grins, with Clayton Hiltz and Katie Button claiming the 40K and Kurt Innes and Heather Ranson the 20K.  Lots of great comments were heard over beer and burgers, “very cool to link up some new trails”, “Tripleshot kids washing my bike made me feel like a pro”, and from Lynne Holt, “one of my favourite moments during the ride was waiting for sheep to cross the trail.”

 

Full results at www.tripleshotcrossfondo.ca and

Great photos by Vincent Whiteveen at https://www.facebook.com/events/1162800 … 120433735/

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Parting Shot.  One of the more controversial moves EVER in the history of COTR.  Tom Skinner.

Parting Shot. One of the more controversial moves EVER in the history of COTR. Tom Skinner.

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #9 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Wrapping up Bear X-Ing.

The Warm up.

From Sean Voight at Pacific Mazda.
I will post photos and video on Facebook tomorrow

Bear Mountain was a blast great venue and track Perfect day

(GREAT little Video….check it out) https://goo.gl/photos/5qiMrMrRuyXKkR6H8

COTR Segments
· The Hose at Bear X-ing….wow! That thing was a full on fire hose? #checkyourBBbearings

· Front page of the Times Colonist and the sports section on the SAME DAY and on Victoria Marathon weekend! So awesome!

· Congratulations to Eva Leikermoser (Trail Bicycles) for her first category win in Beginner Women.

· Congratulations to Phil Schum (KPH) for his first COTR win in Men’s Intermediate.

· Steph Roorda’s 2nd COTR race…..the last one was in 2006 at Cowboy Cross (http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=3) and she rocked at 2nd place in Expert Women

· Katie Button taking the 3rd spot in the Expert Women’s category in her 2nd COTR race.

· Young Felix Burke (Broad Street Cycles) taking his first expert podium spot (2nd). Felix almost had the win when he laid down the fastest lap of the day on lap 8/10 with a 6:51 but he suffered an untimely puncture on the last lap that let Parker Bloom slip by him.

Also
· Have you checked out the lap sheets with splits? A LOT better capture rate at this event with fewer errors. Still not 100% but the racers are getting the notes and adjusting their wrist bands, clearing the finish line and generally we are doing things a bit better….please keep it up!

· Seeing a few “independent” riders swapping teams at Bear X-ing to give more potential points in the team competition. Looks like it is getting competitive!! Victoria Wheelers are still a head. Check the standings here: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/team-standings/?series=2016

· Just passing the Half Way point in the series with 4 of 8 events down. How is your category shaking up for points? How are your epic battle stats? Can you catch that guy in front of you? Will the guy behind you catch you? Check it: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/series-results/?series=2016

· Still LOTs of racing left. 1 “regular” race. 1 Double header. Then finishing up with the series final and double points!!

Next Event: Farmer Bills. October 23, 2016. Port Alberni.
There will be a full preview on this event in COTR Newsletter 2016 #10 next week but just a little info here. Last year in our end-of-year survey one of the most frequent comments was, “Bring back Farmer Bills”. COTR’ers LOVE this venue and this course. And of course we are almost always guaranteed MUD. Lee from Ozzies Cycles in Port Alberni has already been out to the farm and has been tweaking the course. I personally can’t wait.

Pre-registration has become (Almost 100%) Mandatory so make sure you register by 8pm on Saturday the 22nd or before. Here is the link: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10089/2016-cross-on-the-rock-farmer-bills-cattle-xing

In newsletter #9

1. The rising tide. Tires.
2. Bear X-Ing Wrap Up.
3. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity.
4. No COTR race this weekend…..but there is the Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

1. The Rising Tide. Tires.

Here are COTR we have a competitive little grassroots series going on. The main goal was and remains for everyone to improve. Does not matter if you are trying to improve your results, placing, performance, skill, competitiveness or just beat your buddy. We all want to improve. We want you to improve.

With that though we reached out to our 8 category winners from Bear X-ing and asked them about one of the most important aspects of your bike; their tires. This is your main contact between yourself and the ground. Type of tire and pressure are 2 key ingredients to cross success.

We asked each of the winners the following questions:
1. What tires did you run at Bear X-ing?
2. That pressure did you run?
3. Tubeless or Tubes?
4. What do you weigh?

Here are their responses.

Beginner
Women’s Winner: Eva Leikermoser (Trail Bicycles)
1. Vittoria EVO XG tubular tires
2. Good Question! We don’t know. There are no valve stems so Chris filled them by feel. Guessing 35lbs?? But they have a bit of a slow leak, so who knows?
3. Tubulars so they have tubes
4. Approx. 90lbs

Men’s Winner: Nicholas Knight (Arrowsmith Bikes)
1. My tires are Maxxis Mud Wrestler
2. my front is at 28 , My back is at 30
3. Tubes
4. my weight is about 120 lbs

Intermediate
Women’s Winner: Glenowyn Carlson (Pro Kitty Racing)
1. Tire pressure I know nothing about it, just pumped to above 30, seemed good
2. Just bought new tires, thought that all of my old ones were probably worn out, Racing Ralph’s,
3. Tubes
4. I’m a big person in a smaller person sport 68 to 71 kg

Men’s winner: Phil Schum (KPH)
1. 33 mm schwalbe x-1
2. About 42 psi
3. Tubeless
4. 215 pounds

Men’s Masters
Men’s 40-54 Winner: Normon Thibault (MIVA-Frontrunners-Rock City Cycles)
1. Challenge Limus Tubulars
2. 24lbs Front. 25.5lbs Rear
3. Tubular so they have tubes
4. 170lbs

Men’s 55+ Supermaster Winner: Bill McMillan (MIVA)
1. Michelin mud 2
2. 33 front 34 rear
3. Tubeless
4. I weigh about 160lb

Expert
Women’s Winner: Carey Mark (Coal City Cycles)
1. tires are Specialized Terra Pros. (Bought them last year to be UCI “width” friendly)
2. front and back 25 a piece. (Rear is still holding some last years stan’s)
3. Tubeless
4. hmm today probably around 125

Men’s Winner: Parker Bloom (Bored Street Cycles)
1. FMB Super Muds (http://www.broadstcycles.ca/the-fmb-story/)
2. 1.5 bar F, 1.6 bar R.
3. Tubulars so they have tubes
4. 60kgs in a rain storm.

2. Bear X-Ing Wrap Up

From Drew.

First off, a very special thanks to Norm, Katie and Roland for all of their hard work and tireless dedication to making the COTR series so awesome.

Secondly, I really want to focus on thanking the volunteers that helped out with COTR Bear Mtn. Without these fine folks none of this could happen.

When you see them at the next race, make sure to thank these folks:

Volunteer Wrangling:

The one and only, the incomparable Sylvia Storry.

Course Set Up crew:

1. Sylvia Storry
2. Cam McLellan
3. Amy Errington
4. Sabrina McLeod
5. Ian Brown
6. Curtis Schlossberger
7. Denise Mahon
8. Dave Podmoroff
9. Doug Doyle
10. Lister Farrar and his merry band of Triple Shot athletes
11. Joele Guynup
12. Kelly Guest
13. Rob Britton

Registration Team:

1. Ann Patrick and her daughters
2. Joanna Fox
3. Betsy Mackenzie
4. Patricia Roney
5. Sharon Hume
6. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
7. Sylvia Storry

Timing Team:

1. Bruce Falk
2. Ritchie Collins
3. Victoria Leeson
4. Paul Brend
5. Darrel Barnes
6. Sherry Barnes
7. Roanne English
8. Warren McCall
9. Heather Simonson
10. Eric Simonson

Impromptu Tear Down team:

1. Matt Hornland
2. Adam Walker
3. Parker Bloom
4. Kris Sneddon
5. Jon Watkin
6. Lister Farrar
7. Joele Guynup
8. Roanne English
9. Terry McKall

A very big thank you also to our race sponsors:

Please remember to vote with your dollars and your kind words the next time you’re out shopping or talking about cyclocross to friends and strangers alike. The internet does not put on events or provide prizing for all the races in your local community. Make sure to support your local businesses/shops/distributors/representatives that work hard to support you!

Shimano (http://bike.shimano.com/)
Pearl Izumi (http://www.pearlizumi.com/)
Pro Components (http://www.pro-bikegear.com/en-gb)

And last but not least, a big thank you to Bear Mountain for hosting us once again. For the third year in a row Bear Mountain and the Westin have graciously let us take full advantage of the groomed cyclocross playground that is their driving range, and the best awards patio in existence, and yet has never once questioned our lack of cardigans and golf knickers.

From Norm
· BIG thanks to Richard Cook for towing the trailer down after Tugboat Cross to Bear Mountain for last weekend’s race.

· Thanks to Jak Mar at Island Cycles on Quadra for supplying the Super Masters prizes

· Peter and Cycles Lambert for the Muc Off for prizing.

· Phillips for Beer for the SSers

· Ho Jo for Draw Prizes

· And Bear Mountain!!

3. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity

Our COTR 2016 Hats made up by Sew What I Sew in Cumberland have been a HOT item. We sold out of 2 styles so far because they are sweet. I am going to try to get a few more of the Grey ones and maybe one other colour for Farmer Bills. $28 if you have exact change. $30 if you don’t! First come.

Remaining Styles are:

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4. No COTR race this weekend…..but there is the Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

20km or 40km.

I stood on the edge of the Bear X-ing course last Sunday and Lister walked up beside me and said, “See that steam over there? That is where we are riding to next Sunday”. He was pointing WAY off into the distance. Triple Shot has been working on this for quite a while so this should be an AMAZING event and a tonne of fun. Get out on your CROSS bike….prepare for the rest of the COTR season. Have a great time!!

Check out this promo edit for the crossfondo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8SZ0xUsZQI&feature=youtu.be

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9am: Victoria BC’s first mass participation off-road cycling event for all ages and abilities winds through flowy pine-needle trails and hairpin turns, over hills, roots and rocks, and churns through chunky peanut butter mud and puddles. Oh, and maybe a few hike-a-bike sections.

www.tripleshotcrossfondo.ca

If you have always wanted to do Three Peaks in England (http://3peakscyclocross.org.uk/) but have not checked it off your list. This is the closest we will get in Canada!!

Should be AWESOME

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Race #3: Tugboat Cross. Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #6 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off.

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #6 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #3:
Tugboat Cross. Transfer Beach. Ladysmith.

We could use a bit of help with a few things:
* We want to do a Trophy Race for the ‘Lil Nutcase racers. This is a “tradition” from BMX where EVERYONE gets a trophy. I found 1 box of my old BMX trophies that will be a good start but if anyone has any more that they want to donate that are gathering dust we will try to give them a new and proud home.
* The trailer could use a tow down to Victoria after Tugboat Cross. It requires a 2″ receiver and either 4 or 7 pin plug. Fire me a note if you can help out. Drew and crew for Bear X-ing would really appreciate the help.

And more Bullet Points:
* Last chance for any team changes or tweaks to names (I have a few more to take care of that people have e-mailed me about).
* If you could not see the photos of Andreas’s knee in Newsletter #5 your e-mail browser is probably not set to “Rich Text” and you won’t see the sweet shot of Tara Pollock in this e-mail either.
* On-Line registration……just a note. YOU can change most things on there when you mess them up. Gender. Category. Age…etc. PLEASE don’t send them to me. IF I had to fix ALL the things that 350+ racers PLUS myself mess up……it would take up a LOT of time….and I just don’t have that kind of time. IF you get REALLY stuck after REALLY trying. THEN let me know.
* Remember the adjusted registration protocol that we used at Mt Washington will be used again at Tugboat. Beginners. And then Next category in one line and everyone else in another.

In newsletter #6

1. Tugboat Cross Preview.
2. Don’t sabotage your lap splits.

1. Tugboat Cross Preview

It is getting close to being MANDATORY but for now it is still (almost) mandatory. Registration link here: Registration link: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10086/2016-cross-on-the-rock-tugboat-cross Note: Masters and Intermediate MAY fill up…..so don’t wait.

BIG NOTE: Parking is SUPER LIMTED. PLEASE CARPOOL (or just ride your bikethere).

Interview with race directors Mike and Tara.

1. Tugboat Cross was voted “loved it” by more racers than any other COTR in 2015. What makes it so special?

It has got a lot to do with the actual venue. We don’t put any more leg work into the preparation than other races in the series, it’s the venue that makes it so special. It is tough to beat the ocean view and actually riding on the beach, the fast rolling grassy areas, the mature forested area and the over-all easy access location. Transfer Beach is a destination for good reason, and we are forever grateful that the town of Ladysmith allows us to show it off.

2. What features have you changed for this year’s race?

The amphitheater stairs are back (by request by someone who is kind of a big deal), less pavement (almost none other than a road crossing), and a beach volleyball court fly by. Haven’t accurately measured it out yet, but plan for a 2.4km – 2.7km course which is similar to other years. Great section for the kids too race on as well.

3. Will there be any food on site this year?

The best waffles in the business, Wannawafel will be on site.

4. Where is the best place to buy a cinnamon bun on Vancouver Island?

The best cinnamon buns around are at the Old Town Bakery. They can be won…but if you don’t ride fast enough to win, you can still hit the Old Town Bakery on the main drag and buy some and tell all your friends that you won them.

5. Besides Tara and Mike who else is key to making this event happen?

COTR, The Town of Ladysmith, Parks and Recreation, Coal City Cycles, Active Solutions, the Old Town Bakery, the Wolf Brewing Co, but mostly the amazing individuals who come out for the flagging on Saturday night and then spend their Sunday volunteering and/or racing. Friends and family from Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Duncan are responsible for dialling in the race course.

6. Will Tara be making her return to cross soon?

That’s a secret. When it happens, it’s going to be big.

Tara on “the stairs” at Beban Park. Not sure what year….maybe 2005? On Wendy’s Pink Surly…..also not sure why she was riding that bike?

2. Don’t sabotage your lap splits.

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #4 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #2: Top of the Rock Cross. Mt. Washington. Saturday.

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #4 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #2:
Top of the Rock Cross. Mt. Washington. Saturday.

Liking the bullet form points at the start of each newsletter so we will keep that theme rolling.

  • The schedule for this event is 30 minutes LATER than the schedule for ALL other COTR events this year. This is to allow for a bit of extra travel time for almost everyone.
  • Don’t forget your license, a copy of it, an e-mail receipt or something. Otherwise bring $10 extra.
  • From our furthest south point of the COTR series (and history) we move to the furthest North and the furthest UP. First trip to Mt Washington
  • The forecast has gone from “EPIC CX CONDITIONS” for this weekend to “We will probably still need mud tires”. Remember though that we are in the mountains and conditions can change quickly so be prepared for anything.
  • Watch out for the return of and revenge of the anti points structure racer in EXPERT – The one and only Rob Parkin
  • Shout out to Jordan Drew who has experienced the 2nd shortest COTR CX season of 2016 (behind Peter Wellsman). Jordon got tangled with someone in a corner in the first lap of the Expert Race and broke his collar bone. Surgery this week. (See related story below about Super-Soccer-Sunday). Get better Jordan.
  • Check your results. IF they are not correct follow the protocol as call up on Saturday is based on 1st race results.
  • Don’t forget about the EVOC Bag which is one of our series prizes. Each time you enter a race you enter to win!

In newsletter #4:

  1. Registration information and changes.
  2. Preview COTR 2016 #2. Mt Washington.
  3. A story about Super-Soccer-Sunday

1. Registration information and changes.

(Almost) Mandatory pre-registration CLOSES at 8:00pm FRIDAY NIGHT.
The link to register is here: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/10085/2016-cross-on-the-rock-top-of-the-rock-cross

We are still tweaking this process for 2016 but here are a few changes and notes.

Pre-registration has become (almost) mandatory at all COTR races this year. We need the extra time to organize call up lists, registration lists and plan a head. We were not getting that time with 35-100 people registering on the day – of – race last year. So we needed to make a change.

You don’t 100% have to register a head of time. You can show up the day of and pay $10 more to race BUT here is the deal. If you are not pre-registered you will get called up last. First will be the people that are ranked in the series. Second will be the people not ranked that pre-registered. Third will be day of race. It does not matter if you are the LEADER of the category. You will go to the back. We hope that is extra incentive to pre-register (besides the $ savings).

Registration for ALL-CATEGORIES ENDS 30 minutes before the start of the race.

Beginners only (again) until their registration closes. Then we will have one line for the NEXT race and one line for everyone else.

2. Preview COTR #2. Top of the Rock Cross. Mt Washington

Things you need to know:

FIRST OF ALL: You will need to fill out a Mt. Washington waiver at registration. EVERYONE will need to do this.

One of the most popular questions to our crew answered right away:
Washrooms/changerooms are located in the main lodge.

We ask that if the weather is inclement the riders and entourage do their best to keep the mud out of the main lodge and the Whisky Jack. We would like to use this venue in the future and have a lift accessible enduro the following day to have a complete ‘bike centric’ weekend.

Preview via www.theholeshot.ca

Cross on the rock is back this weekend with a brand new venue for 2016. Mt Washington Alpine Resort plays host to the second race in the COTR series. Part of the fun of cyclocross is getting the chance to check out new venues and this sounds like it’s going to be a challenging one. From the organizers: “The course has been described as ‘lumpy’ with compacted grass sections, wide open gravel, a mix of pavement and paving stones and we even snuck in a section of singletrack. The crux of the course is the 50 foot run-up. Perhaps with the right gear and tire combination, and if you have pistons for legs you may not have to dismount.” So there you have it. It’s going to be a tough one that will test your entire quiver of cyclocross skills. And the best part? “The mountain is still open so bring your park bike to send it after your race and don’t forget your wallet for post race bevies and burgers at Teds.” COTR is going with a pretty much mandatory pre-reg this year, so don’t delay and get signed up:

Registration
Will be in the central courtyard weather permitting. If it’s wet and rainy, registration will be upstairs in the day lodge in the Whiskey Jack (AKA the cafeteria). Racers can hang out here and stay dry before and after races if it’s wet.

Team Tents
May be placed on the green space around the playground and in the courtyard around the ticket booth. They can also be placed on the paving stones adjacent to the Herb Bradley Centre. Space is first come, first serve.

Parking
We ask that racers use the latter half of parking lot 1. Meaning… the area nearest to the day lodge should be left for tourists and MTBers paying for lift tix. Racers can also park up top in P 2 and P3 adjacent to the Deer and Bear Lodge.

Awards
To follow the Expert race. Again if the weather is good they will be held out in the courtyard. If it’s wet and rainy we will host them in the Whisky Jack upstairs

ALSO
* Dave Nowak will put up $100 of his own personal money to the first person that rides the whole run up in a race. Beginners have the first crack at it.
* There is a bike wash station adjacent to the main lodge.

Reminders:
We also want to remind racers that the both the bike park and the scenic chairlift rides are in full swing and we should be aware when using the facility and warming up on site. We aren’t the only people on the mountain.

DO NOT POACH RUNS IN THE BIKE PARK!!! Ride your Cx bike on the course and warm-up on the parkway, in the parking lots or on the various access roads throughout the village. I say again… DO NOT POACH RUNS IN THE BIKE PARK!!! That being said, bring your big bike and purchase a $20 lift ticket after 4pm that allows you to ride until 5:30.

Site map can be found here…
https://www.mountwashington.ca/downloads/resort/village_map.pdf

3. A story about Super-Soccer-Sunday

A long time ago, so the legend goes, in Nanaimo there started a group of competitive, athletic like minded people that thought it would be a GREAT idea to start playing a fun game of Soccer on Sundays. The group grew and grew. People took the soccer “game” WAY too seriously. Insults and injuries followed. And of course it all fell apart because it was no longer fun and people were going to work on Monday beat up.

We don’t want COTR to become like Super Soccer Sunday (SSS for short). Everyone has to go back to work. Everyone has a life. This is supposed to be a FUN event. So don’t be “that guy” or “that girl” that takes it WAY too seriously. The one that causes a crash or an injury. The one that people start to not like to race against because they take it too far. COTR is super awesome. Let’s keep it that way.

Chill out.

Have Fun.

No more broken collar bones from inter racer crashes!

Can’t wait to race at MtWashington. See everyone Saturday!!