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:

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

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:

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.

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.

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

* 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.

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…

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!!

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #2 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Pro City GP. COTR 2016 Race #1.

It is impossible to contain the excitement on SO MANY cross rider’s minds and bodies as we head into the weekend. COTR Season #11. Race #1. Pro City GP. Sunday. It is all happening. The start of the cross season. The weather looks GREAT for a race held in a city park that we don’t want to beat up!

Checking in……

First a few bullet points.

  • Cycles Lambert is putting an EVOC Bike bag up for a series prize. This bag retails for $800. Each time you race you are entered to win. Draw at the series final.
  • Cross Club had about 125 racers last Wednesday night.
  • Unfortunately long time racer, Peter Wellsman Did not make it out of the Cross Club unscathed and is out for the season with a broken clavicle. We wish him a strong recovery.
  • Cowichan Cross practice and Nanaimo Cross practices are going strong if you want to work on your skills and have a bit of a workout.
  • Do NOT forget your license for the race Sunday. If you do forget your license DO remember to bring $10 extra to registration.
  • Registration closes at 8:00pm on Saturday. It is (almost) mandatory to pre-register.
  • We are working behind the scenes on some “stuff” all the time. Check out #3 in this newsletter.
  • So awesome to see someone racing from System Toast in the series for the first time. That is a throwback!
  • Our little COTR FB page is just 7 Likes short of 900 now. Who will be #900?

In this newsletter:

  1. Pro City GP Preview
  2. Registration. (some Updates)
  4. WAY DOWN BELOW…..directions to TOPAZ Park….just in case.

1. Pro City GP Preview.

First thing and so you do NOT miss this. NO RIDING ON THE PLAYING FIELDS. AT ALL. Remember it. Memorize it. Pass it onto your friends and anyone you see that is riding their bike in the general direction of the playing fields. Covered? Ok!

Registration Action:
Currently in the registration for Sunday for the male gender as of Friday Night it is the Master’s Men category leading the way….which is unusual considering the Intermediate men’s category holds the top 3 spots in our stats lists for biggest race fields.

For the female gender races Intermediate women are currently double Beginner and 3X Expert.

Don’t forget to pre-reg for the kids races too!!

Starting off the COTR 2016 Race season with one of the racer’s favorite courses from last year. We were treated to an October mud fest in 2015. This year it looks like the sun will be shining and the sun will be out. Faster. Less post race un-political “Brown Up”. It will be awesome.

  • Pacific Mazda will be on site to show off the 2016 CX-# and help out with the Mazda Zoom Zoom Half Track Race.
  • Wannawafel will be on site….with….you guessed it……genuine cross friendly and super tasty TRUE Belgium Wafels.
  • Youth racers Tori Kalyniuk and Jess Maitland are doing a bake sale. Delicious baked goods will be available by donation for fundraising to volunteer in Ecuador later in the school year.
  • Tycho and Tessa want to check an “action item” off their summer list by operating a Lemonade and Cold drink stand at the race…..they have been looking forward to this race ALL SUMMER.

PLUS there is some racing going on!

Don’t forget the schedule change for registration this year with Beginner categories only picking up numbers up until just before their race. This will help clear the line and help to get that first race off on time.

Volunteers. The event could still need a few people for a few jobs. If you can help out please contact Sylvia Storry

As you know……EVERYONE pitches in for clean up!! We are a community after all.

Team tents:  Please send if you would like a reserved parking spot and area for your team tent. We will be setting up tents similar to last year, a bit closer to the parking area off Spruce St. Your spot will only be reserved until 9:30 am.

Course notes:  Obviously the course will be a lot faster than last year as the conditions are going to be much less soggy. We will be making a few tweaks to the course to add some distance but expect a very similar lap to last year.

Note about the facilities:  (AGAIN) No riding on the playing fields. No tents within 2 meters of the fields. Respect other park users, and try and keep the washroom facilities as respectable as possible.

Big thanks to Shimano for stepping up big time to help with prizes, course marking, and making great products!

AFTER the race is done SUNDAY. PLEASE DO NOT RIDE THE COURSE. Let the park heal and re-generate. It helps us get the venue back again in the future.

2. Registration.

Registration for the PRO City GP closes at 8:00 PM on Saturday Night.
Registration for the 2016 COTR FULL race series closes at 8:00 PM on Saturday Night.

If you register for the full series you get 1 race for free and are entered into the draw for the Custom NewBalance 574’s from NewBalance Nananimo.

For the FULL SERIES: Series Page

Race #1 –
Race #2 –
Race #3 –
Race #4 –
Race #5 –
Race #6 –
Race #7 –
Race #8 –


This has been on Roland and my hit list for a LONG time. We THINK we have it worked out but we have run out of time for the first event. The system won’t be 100% dialed this season BUT we are going to try to get it going and see how it looks and plays out for the year…..just for FUN.

What we need from you:

We need YOU to make sure that your TEAM NAME is recorded the SAME for everyone on your TEAM. Seems simple but it is not always.

Currently there are 47 teams registered as of Friday Night for the Pro City GP.

But there are things like 11 people registered for “Trail Bicycles” and 1 person registered for “Trail Bikes”.

There is 1 person registered for “Broad Street Cycles x GRADIENT p/b Brodie”. 2 people registered for Broad Street Cycles/Stucky Live. 2 People registered for “Broad Street Cycles x Naked Racing” . Combined those 5 people could make a great team for the series standings. Apart…..they are not going to make a great team for the series standings.

We are not going to fix it for you. That is YOUR responsibility if you want to make it happen.

Make the corrections. Let’s try to get a Team Standings going!!

All for this week!!

See you Sunday.

The first COTR newsletter of 2016!!

Are you ready?  Is your bike ready?  Does not matter you have until November 20th to get it all dialed in!!

We have a lot of information BUT I have been accused of having the LONGEST e-mails so I will try to restrict it to ONLY 5 things this week.  Next week we will fire up the 1st race preview for The Pro City Grand Prix and give you a bit more information.

In this COTR Newsletter:

  1. Series Overview.
  2. Some of the changes this year.
  3. Outlining license requirements.
  4. Other cross happenings on the island.
  5. Registration.

1. Series Overview.

If you have not been checking the website, or FB page and have been eagerly anticipating this e-mail… is the schedule for the year.

2016 Cross on the Rock Race Schedule
Race #1. September 11th: Pro City Cyclocross Grand Prix. Victoria. Topaz Park.
Race #2. September 17th: Top of the Rock Cross. Courtenay. Mt Washington.
Race #3. October 2nd: Tugboat Cross.  Ladysmith. Transfer Beach.
Race #4. October 10th: The Bear X’ing. Victoria.  Bear Mountain
Race #5. October 23rd: Farmer Bills Cattle X’ing. Port Alberni. Farmer Bills
Race #6. November 5th: Hot Crossed Bunnies. Nanaimo. Beban Park
Race #7. November 6th : Kona Kup. Nanaimo.  Bowen Park
Race #8. November 20th: Series Championships. Central Saanich.  Saanich Fairgrounds

A few things of note:

  • 8 races.
  • 4 Returning Venues from 2015: Topaz Park. Transfer Beach. Bear Mountain. Beban Park.
  • 2 Returning Venues from 2014: Farmer Bills. Bowen Park
  • 2 Totally New Venues: Saanich Fairgrounds. Mt Washington
  • Topaz Park was the biggest cross race ever in Canada in 2015
  • Transfer Beach was voted best race by the racers of 2015
  • 3 races in Greater Victoria.  3 races mid island. 2 races up island.

2. Some of the changes to COTR this year.

We are always looking to make improvements to COTR.  Some things are “doable”.  Others as much as we would like to do them don’t work with our series, organizers, venues etc.  So we call them “not currently doable”.  Sometimes our vision for the series and races does not match with what others have visioned.  That is reality.  We do appreciate everyone’s feedback though.  Sometimes it is not something we have thought of.  Sometimes it is something that we have wanted to do.  Sometimes it is just a crazy idea that will never work (in our minds) and then we try it and it does and makes the series better.  Anyways this is what we are working on changing this year.

  • Points structure. We have changed this a few times before.  Each time we think we will be good for a long time….and then the series and the categories grow and there are too many racers getting 2 points for a race.  So we have upped it again this year.  Winning naturally earns you a bit more of a buffer.
  • Series Points. In the past we have kept everyone together for points that races together.  For example in the women’s intermideate cateogry there are the series categories of women’s masters, women’s U17 and women’s intermediate.  To keep the series tighter we will do the points based on how you finish within the series category that you are racing.  Prizing for the races are still done on the race day category.  Call up will be based on points for that race day category (best and safest way to properly separate it as you can’t call up 3 people for the pole position).
  • Our on-line registration company: Race On Line has merged with Race Roster.  COTR racers and new father, Mark Nelson, is still our man to get all our quirky and details right for registration but you will be on a different web site and platform for registation.
  • Electronic Timing. This has been on our to-do list for a long time.  Patrick Burnham from MIVA has the system in place and we beta tested it at the MIVA Mid Summer cross race at Diver Lake for the first time.  It will take a bit to dial it in so we will be running parrallel (old and new) timing systems for the first few races until we have it dialed in.  For  racers it is going to mean a few more attentions to details as the timing chips do require some special care.  The reward will be that you will be able to geek out more than ever on lap splits and stats.
  • After 10 years of COTR and a few years of non-COTR races (we are now year #14 of putting cross races on Vancouver Island) the price is going up (for some).  Beginners goes up to $15 pre-registration and other races go up to $25.  $5 increase that was needed to cover the cost of Electronic timing and other increased expenses.
  • BUT we have adjusted the pricing for any racer racing youth categories.  Meaning if you are under 19 (JR and younger) the pre-registration price is $15.
  • PRE-REGISTRATION IS PRETTY MUCH MANDATORY. Again given the changes with electronic timing and the preparations that are needed for that and to make sure our call up lists are as accurate as possible we need to have time to do this work.  Race morning 10 minutes before the start is not the time!  So pre-registration is “pretty much” mandatory.  By “Pretty Much” we mean if you delay, procrastinate, hedge your bets on weather etc. you can still come and race BUT it will cost you $35/$25 youth and you will NOT receive a call up.  All day of race registrations will be called up at the end.  After the people with points and the people without points that pre-registered.  We really want people to pre-register.

3. License requirements for COTR this year.

Once again the Cross on the Rock’s series is sanctioned and supported by Cycling BC.  As always everyone that races a series race needs to have either a license from Cycling BC or purchase a day of race license ($10). A Cycling BC “General Membership”.  Masters cycling. Triathlon BC. Your library card.  None of those count or will help you out.

What we need to see is:

  • a) A Provinicial Racing License.  $45.  This will allow you to do all our races and is VERY economical.  Last year this also allowed you to race the provinical championships.  You can also use this license to race the Cross Club Victoria races or do the cross clinics in Nanaimo and Cowichan.
  • b) UCI Racing License.  Now discounted to $99 for the rest of the season and for ALL of the Cross Season.  This will allow you to race any cross race any place any category any where until the end of the year.
  • c) Day of race license.  Fill out a form.  $10.  Good to go.

As has been for the last 10 year…..EVERYONE needs to have their license WITH them at check in at EVERY COTR race to race.  If not you will be required to pay the $10 day of race insurance to participate.

4. Other cross happenings on the island

Cross on the Rock is not the only thing happening on Vanouver Island for Cross.

In Victoria there is the Cross Club.  7 training “rides” starting this Wednesday and going until October 26th.  Great workouts!!

In the Cowichan Valley on Wednesday Nights they have their practices/mock races. and Cowichan Cyclocross on Facebook

In Nanaimo on Thursday nights starting September 8th are cross practices hosted by MIVA and run by Carey Mark.

Also put October 16th on your calendar for the first ever Cross Fondo hosted and organized by Tripleshot.  40km of backcountry trails.

5. Registration

So…..are you ready to get registered?  Here are the links.

For the FULL SERIES: Series Page

If you sign up for the series you get 1 free race!
Race #1
Race #2
Race #3
Race #4
Race #5
Race #6
Race #7
Race #8

We are looking forward to the first COTR race of the season and the series a head.

Check your in-box next week for Newsletter #2 with more on the series, our awesome sponsors and a preview of the Pro City Grand Prix.




At some point in the past we posted a “save the date” list for COTR Fall 2016.
A lot of people missed it, lost it, forgot about it or they were already into ski season to remember it.
So this is where we are currently at for this year so far.
Sept. 11th. Topaz Park in Victoria.
Sept. 17th. Courtenay. New Venue. Later in Afternoon race. Possibly Elite under the lights
October 2nd. Transfer Beach. Ladysmith (NOT the day after MOMAR this year……my legs say “thanks”.)
October 10th. Bear X Ing (this venue is not confirmed as with he current construction at Bear Mountain we are not even sure if there will be a course left when they are done)
October 23rd. Farmer Bills.
November 5th. Bowen (Slightly changed course)
November 6th. Beban (Changed Course)
November 20th. -Series Final-
We will be keeping you posted as we like to all the time…….