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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If I had a 1 in around 250 chance of winning a FREE Naked CX frameset or a pair of Zed Wheels…..all I had to do it show up and race the series final……I would make the trip.

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

Series Points
HIDDEN PAGE—-SECRET!!

Roland has done his magic on the Series Standing results page so you have a TRUE idea of where you are at before this Sunday’s race. If you have already done 5 races…he has crossed off your low score so you know who you have to beat to move up and who you have to stay a head of to not move back. Check it out!
http://www.crossontherock.com/php/series-results/?series=2014&of=4

COTR Series 2014
Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup. Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills. Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP DONE
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts DONE
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows. My Little Pony Cross. Series Final
COTR Series 2015
Hard to believe but even before this year’s racing is done our dedicated crew of race directors is already planning for 2015. We have the schedule almost hashed out and we will fire it out in our last e-mail blast of the season. Knowing it will be our 10th COTR race season as well as with SSXCWC in Victoria….it will be a season to remember for Cyclocross on Vancouver Island.

 

COTR 2014: Ronde Van Hogwarts Breaks Records and a look forward to the 2014 series final.

Felt like there should have been a cross race yesterday. Strange feeling.
Instead I washed my bike and helped my BB turn (again…like after every
race). Looking forward to the series final. Making preparations. Also
seriously looking at MFG’s race in Seattle for the first weekend in December
to close off the wicked CX season.

Shawnigan…..totally different course this year!! The thing about the
series is that with 7 races none of the courses are the same and some are
QUITE a bit different. It does not get that far apart as the Binab GP with
50+ corners per lap to Shawnigan Lake School with FLAT out sections and some
great stairs and climbing. And the weather……also far apart. Some
exciting racing to watch. The group at the end of lap 1 of the Expert Men’s
race. The size of the Beginner Categories…both men’s and women’s. The
young guns! All highlights.

Can’t wait for the series final!!

Photo Contest

For years capturing images of our races has become an important part of the
events themselves. Roland pulled up page stats from our web site this week
and the photo page is the second most popular behind results.

So……..Photographers……the time is NOW to get your photos in for our
annual contest. Please e-mail them to me before November 18th. Photos will
be judged on:

* Quality
* Composition
* COTRness
* And of course awesomeness

I have a SPECIAL prize that Roland hunted all over Victoria to locate for
this year’s winner.

Lost and Found

Andy has a few things that were left in the pits on Sunday:

1) a clincher wheelset. Dura-ace hubs, tied & soldered spokes, Fango tires.
2) A Blackburn floor pump (which may go with the bag of tubes that was also
left).

Anyone who wants their stuff back can contact Andy at andyachuff@gmail.com.

Also I have
1) a Camelbak Podium Bottle
2) A Polar RS100 Heart Rate Monitor with Black BBB arm warmers rolled
up in the band

We are also missing Dave Novak’s Trail Bikes jacket if you want to check
your stuff.

In the trailer there is a SUPER muddy pair of free ride shoes left over from
Binab GP….if you are missing yours.

Ronde Van Hogwarts at Shawnigan Lake School

Racing in short sleeves in November….what a grand day it was at Shawnigan
Lake School!!

Check out Erik Dierten’s edit of the Expert Categories:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0FWpykONno

Patrick Burnham has his gallery up here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157648818085867/

Geoff Robson has a LOT of photos from Hogwarts:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoff_robson Some serious B&W ones in there
too!

Records
The past Sunday’s race broke it’s attendance record from 2013 by 26. It
also set a record for the biggest race we have had in November on it’s way
to becoming #3 biggest race of all time. It came close to getting onto the
top 10 for biggest categories…just needed a few more people in Masters Men
or Intermediate. I am pretty sure it set a record for biggest Beginner
Men’s and Women’s categories though!! Thanks to everyone that made it such
a success!!

From Race director: Ian Craib

Big THANKS to:
* Scott Milnthorp from OBB YYJ helped me out by assembling and
distributing the prizes prior to the event.
* Tom Skinner and Andy Achuff who coordinated the course set up on
Saturday.
* Matthew Ronald Jones who helped me with the course clean-up.
* Joe Guard, Lesley Berkenstock, Richard Barrass
<https://www.facebook.com/richard.barrass.33?fref=nf> who worked like dogs
all day.
* Heath MacKinlay for liking my stash and helping with the set-up.
* Bruce Falk, Hilary Grant and Tara Pollock
<https://www.facebook.com/tara.pollock3> . – timing
* Brent Hooper for helping out from beginning to end and bringing a
van bigger than Norms (editor: barely…it is just newer-WAY MORE $$)
* Geoff Robson – images (haven’t seen anything yet) Can find them
here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/geoff_robson
* Karl for supporting this from the beginning and providing the
resources.
* Curtis Schlossberger thanks I know he was there
somewhere….(Donated the CASH for the Expert Category again through
Straight Up Cycles)
Apologies to anyone else who I forgot.
Prize donations:

Major contributors
Oak Bay Bikes – Karl Ulrich
Oak Bay Bikes Westshore – Chris Dickensen
Live to Play Sports – Steve Pukesh
Cycle Therapy – David Beggs

Shawnigan Lake School – David Robertson (head master of Hogwarts), Ronnie
Brown (got the approval for us being there), Mary Stack (made sure the
facility was ready), Ken Gillam (sports facility manager….he’ll repair the
damage to the grass DOUBLE THANKS!!), Greg Perry (loaned me the sub-par pa
system)

James the kitchen manager who made sure we had 400+ muffins.

Drumroaster Coffee – Geir Oglend <https://twitter.com/geiroglend> supplied
all the coffee and cream/milk (no sugar because it should never be added to
a good cup of coffee)

Minor contributors
Cowichan Cycles – Robin Dutton
Experience – Will Arnonld
Broad Street Bikes – Parker

Series Final-My Little Pony Cross – Looking Forward

If I had a 1 in around 250 chance of winning a FREE Naked CX frameset or a
pair of Zed Wheels…..all I had to do it show up and race the series
final……I would make the trip.

That is just ONE of the wicked reasons to come out next (NOT THIS) Sunday
for the 2014 COTR Round #6 and series final at Arbutus Meadows.

The Mid Island Velo Association are working hard to make the course even
better than last year.

We will be doing the series draw and category prizes as well as prizes for
My Little Pony….so a LOT of prizes!!

Full preview to come to your in box next week.

Pre-registration here: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=732

COTR Series 2014
Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup. Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills. Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP DONE
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts DONE
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows. My Little Pony Cross. Series Final

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

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

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

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157649114678705/

Ronde Van Hogwarts at Shawnigan Lake School 

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

A few things to remember:

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

Also:

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

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

Binab Property Group GP – the look back.

Norm’s Notes:

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

Notes from Race Director Roland:

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

Roland’s big “Thanks to”:

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

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

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

Our registration crew: Deb & Linda

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

Results: Katie, Sylvia.

Baby sitting: Holly & Tarryn

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

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

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Albern
i DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
DONE
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

COTR 2014: Can we break the record?

GET PUMPED UP!!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2x69-59b8
and this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157636581221863/
and this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reganpringleshoots/sets/72157636622294524/

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

#1.  Sunday.

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

#2. WE ARE GOING FOR A RECORD

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

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

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

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

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

Binab Property Group GP – The most important stuff

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

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

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

The Course

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

Prizes

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

Food

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

Expert Women

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

Also of note:
LOTS of Free Parking!!

#3. COTR Race #4.  The AFTER PARTY!

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

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

BONUS STUFF

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

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

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

 

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

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

FARMER BILLS

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

Photos from Patrick Burnham here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157648468245890/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WE ARE GOING FOR A RECORD

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

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

What does that mean?

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

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

(FULL PREVIEW COMING NEXT WEEK)

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

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

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

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

BONUS STUFF

A little article about Nationals but really just talking about difficulty of cross courses.  COTR talked about: http://bit.ly/1yuna1i.

Did you see this short edit from the start of F.B.’s Intermediate men’s race: http://instagram.com/p/uZgFEKIF9H/

COTR Series 2014
Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final