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

COTR 2014: 7 days of COTR on V.I.

This Sunday marks the half way point for COTR this year with the famed Farmer Bills course.  Some people absolutely LOVE this course…..we hear how it is people’s favorite and a “not to be missed”.  Full preview below but before that we will review last Monday’s COTR Provincial Champs.  The KONA KUP at Bowen Park.  Sit back.  Feet up for recovery.  Enjoy the read.

KONA KUP 2014.  PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. 

Hardest Race EVER for COTR.  http://www.crossontherock.com/results/statistics/  If you made it to the finish line.  Take HUGE pride in that.  This race is a BEAST that ever cross racer must one day BEST.

Patrick Burnham photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157648695166636/

Erik Diertens’ first Cross Edit here: Kona Cup 2014: http://youtu.be/oo6ivm5zuSQ

Kick ass race report here: http://www.theholeshot.ca/kona-kup-race-report/

From Corey at OBB-Nanaimo
I would like to thank everyone who came out making the Kona Kup a success and reaching a record turn out for this course as well as for a Cross Provincial Championships. I love this course, to me it’s a very European style course. Lots of varied terrain, elevation gain, sand and natural obstacles. It’s the course you love to hate.

Thanks to Nanaimo Parks and Rec for letting us use it year in and out.
Thank you to Roland and Katie for their amazing results and stats.
Thanks to Hillary, Paul, Wendy, Tara, Joele and Peter for time keeping.
Thanks to Mike, Paul, Shep, Derek, Ken, Ron, Matt, Steve, Bryce, Sean and Trevor for setting up and helping through the day.
Special thanks to Del for coming and volunteering all day. It was her first cyclocross experience!
It was awesome to have Renaat and his Wafels there giving it an even more Belgian feel!
The Howard Johnson in Nanaimo.
Thanks to Cycling BC for letting Cross on the Rock and The Kona Kup have provincials two years in a row and thanks to Norm, who without we wouldn’t have this phenomenal series!!

I was reading the stats on the Cross on the Rock website and it blows me away the growth of the series and number of racers.

The first underground races to 65 racers per race in 2006 and now 241 racers per race in 2014.

I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

From Norm

More than just a few highlights for me for this event.

First was the feedback on the course.  SO MANY people love this course even though it is SUPER-DUPER hard.  I love that.  Yeah the road is LONG….but it is HARD so it is awesome.  Yeah there are a lot of climbs, turns, stairs, sand…..but combined….it is harder than hard….which makes it AWESOME!!  Always something to work on each lap.  Always something you can do better.  It is almost impossible unless you are Craig, Tom or Tyler to race the whole course clean and fast.  For the rest of us….it is a HUGE challenge.  It is not supposed to be easy.  I hope you all come back and challenge yourself again next year!!

Highlights:

Devon Moonie. 20 years old from Kamloops BC.  Drove to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.  Left his car.  Rode to Bowen Park to the start of the race in the morning.  BUT he had 2 bikes so he strapped his second bike to his back and rode from DUKE POINT to Bowen Park with his spare bike (which he did not use).  Places 13th in Elite.

The Grants back racing COTR after a coach and injury fixing race break.  Both Grant boys on the podium.

Doug Doyle who sacrificed his race to help out Peter Wellsman after his crash.  Then later helped out Arne Bickle after he crashed in the Masters 45-54

240 racers at Provincials.  All in Championship Categories.  No “Open/Citizen” categories.

The number of Intermediate men and women that stepped it up and races Elite for Provincials. 

51 men and 18 Women.  Biggest Elite EVER and more likely than not bigger than Nationals.

Unfortunately a couple of “Low”-Lights for this event

Confusion over the start of the Masters 35-44 and 45-54 race.  We thought we had communicated it well enough but apparently not well enough for a few people.  If you were affected by this or missed your start please fire me a note.  We are sorry and would like to refund your entry fee.  It will not make up for it but at least you will have some beer month.

The man in black.

Back to the good stuff.  This came from Chris Courtenay that works for Orange Sport Supply that supports our series.

Thanks again for putting on an awesome series.

I ended up having a pretty decent race. I’d never battled with Elite, never done a full hour before, so there was that. And I also crashed about 11 times, so there was also that, but managed to keep it mostly together and finished strong. Fought a good battle with a few guys mid pack, so that made the race for the top 20 quite interesting. If you aren’t going to podium, you may as well battle it out for 17th!

The course was awesome also. When I pre-rode it I figured it was going to be really tough with the punchy climbs and the stairs of doom, but the only thing that consistently hurt lockered me was the road section! Also I had my lines picked out in the dry, but as soon as it rained, it became a new course.

Thanks again, and cheers,
Chris Courtney    
Inside Sales Manager

FARMER BILLS 2014.

Pre-Registration closes at our normal time of 7:00PM on this Saturday Night.  The link is: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=729

Reminder as per the series “Bible”:  Onsite registration, number pickup and category changes close 30 minutes before the start of each event. Hard Cut OFF and has to be enforced to allow for the smooth running nature of COTR events.  Sorry if you don’t make it but others should not suffer because of your tardiness.

Forecast calls for MUD!!

2014 farm course promises to be more of the same delightful barn shaking fun. Lots of off bike sections and speedy descents.

This 3km course will be a little different from years past due to large cattle population.

Because we have been asked a few times….there is NO JUMP this year.

Lime’N food truck will be serving up great food and the farmers market will be open.

NEED SOME WHEELS? 

I have one set of Eason EC90’s for sale.  BRAND NEW.  Rim Brakes.  I REALLY WANT TO SELL THEM.  Fire me a note if you are interested.

I also have an awesome Blue 70 Helix wetsuit for swimming that has only been used once.  Medium….let me know if you are quitting riding and starting swimming and I will sell you that.

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni
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

Cross Club-Victoria

DONE for 2014.  Thanks to the Victoria Crew for putting on those events.  Not a lot of public buzz this year but we assume they were great!

Weekly CX Rides on Vancouver Island.

Trail Bikes in Courtenay has a weekly ride at 5:45 on Wednesdays?  Or Tuesdays?  Check with them.

M.I.V.A. has a  weekly clinic/short race in Nanaimo at 5:00 on Tuesdays.  Beban Park.  Meet at the BMX track.  Until the time change.

Anyone else have anything going on at their Bike shop?  If not….you should

COTR 2014: ‘Twas the night before the night before the night before the Kona Kup.

It looks like we might have to adjust our COTR schedule for 2015 so that we can charter a plane and make ourselves over to do this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0baUKEMij_4  It has been on the list for a while….so we better try to make it happen soon!

 We had a great compliment from Sven who we have had a friendly competition between COTR and his series for a while: 

hi normon:
guess it’s my turn to congratulate you this time.

pretty impressive, 270 starters. and BTW: i counted 277 based on the results posted.
i got stuck with some 240 starters again, still quite happy about that.

good job, next year vanier cx will move to sunday oct 04, 2015. maybe then we can have a non-conflicting schedule. don’t say you didn’t know in advance …

cheers and good luck with the next races,
Sven Sturm 

A late shout out to Straight up Cycles for the support of the COTR series starting with some prizes and the CASH that was 1st place for Expert at the last race.  Thanks guys!!

BC Ferries…..LONG WEEKEND…..book reservations in advance.  Ride on.  Stay over.  Duke Point.  Plan it out.

KONA KUP-Provincial Championships.  Monday.  October 13, 2014

Race Bible:  Find it here:  http://crossontherock.com/files/2014%20KONA%20KUP-PROVINCIAL%20CHAMPS%20GUIDE%20PDF.pdf  Note Women’s masters category should read “35-44” not “34-44”.

Have you signed up yet?  Remember the last scene of Point Break http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLS5t0NdtRI  Where Bhodi was waiting and waiting for the 50 year storm because it would give him perfect conditions.  “Just waiting for my set”.  This Monday for cross on Vancouver Island is the equivalent.  The 50 year storm.  Everything coming together for this one day.  The best and hardest course.  B.C. Champs.  Cycling B.C. allowing multiple license types for the first time in HISTORY.  If you are not racing.  You are missing out on the set of a lifetime!!

PLUS if we don’t break the registration numbers in EVERY category from last year when you NEEDED a UCI license to race then Cycling BC (and I) will consider this experiment a failure and going forward forever more you will always be required to have the FULL license to race at Provincials (most likely).  So lets break ALL the category records.  That means FULL SUPPORT!

NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION.  Because we have to adjust for all the series for call up.  You have to register a head of time.  Sorry.  Don’t care who you are.  How fast you are.  How far you have travelled.  How much money you have.  No Day of Race Registration.  For all the other races you can procrastinate.  For this one you gotta pay up a head of time to ride the legend.   http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=728

Check out the stats and who has conquered this course before you: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=49

Go back in History from 2009 to 2013 and look at the results from this race every year: http://www.crossontherock.com/results/

Check out our Stats Page and see how this race stacks up:  http://www.crossontherock.com/results/statistics/

It is a course rich with tradition and thick with mud, sand and grass.

Will this year’s edition be historic.  I can tell you that it will.

PLUS most importantly there will be Wafel’s from Wannawafel.

Impressed with the number of middle pack Intermediates that are signing up for the FULL Elite race this Monday.  Respect!

NEED SOME WHEELS? 

I have one set of Eason EC90’s for sale.  BRAND NEW.  Rim Brakes.  I REALLY WANT TO SELL THEM.  Fire me a note if you are interested.

I also have an awesome Blue 70 Helix wetsuit for swimming that has only been used once.  Medium….let me know if you are quitting riding and starting swimming and I will sell you that.

COTR Series 2014

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

 

 

 

 

 

COTR 2014: Bear X-ing and KONA KUP

Before we get rolling with all the information you want.  Some you need and other just interesting “stuff” I just wanted to put out a GET WELL and enjoy Euro Cross on You Tube while you heal up your FEMUR to Paul Underhill our AWESOME supporter from RUMBLE.

In this newsletter a quick recap of Bear X-ing and a 18 question primer for KONA KUP Provincial Championships.

Also….you know we love stats.  Roland ran a stat to find out who out of the series has been the closest to the Victory without winning a race so far.  We ran the top 10 for podium placers without a Victory and the top 2 that are due for the V are Thomas Skinner (11 podiums) and Tanya Larkin (10 podiums).  I have to say that I have a secret wish for both these two to take the top spot sometime this year….they are due!!

BEAR X-Ing

If you were there….you know how awesome it was!
If you were not…..you have heard how awesome it was!

With the development plans for the area that we used this year pending and pressing in the near future we don’t know how viable a course will be in years to come….but we can certainly dream about it and remember the day where the Westin Hotel made food for a record 270 racers and awards were on the Masters Patio. 

To recap from Mitchell Thacker of Pro City Cycles: http://vimeo.com/107939563

If you have not checked out the Chek News coverage it has been our most watched post on FB with 4350 people reached.

 Some great photos here: http://flashtestdummy.smugmug.com/Sports/Cross-on-the-Rock/i-gvL32LS
And here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157647754814359/

From race director Drew:
Special thanks to Adam Walker and Morgan Blake who were just excellent to work with and who instrumental in working with Bear Mountain Resort, getting us access to the golf course and creating a world class race experience from awesome food, wicked groomed terrain, and a super sweet awards party location.

A very special thanks to Norm, Katie and Roland for all of their hard work, tireless dedication, and just for being so generally awesome.

Also a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our volunteers!

Please take the time to recognize and thank all those folks you saw out at the race up early to set up the course, time the events, register everyone, put on kids races, tabulate all the results, clean up afterwards, and just generally making the whole show run so smoothly (in no particular order):

 ·         Andy Achuff
·         Doug Doyle
·         Curtis Schlossberger
·         Scott Mitchell
·         Andrew Barnes
·         Dave Damery
·         Carson Damery
·         Luke Damery
·         Allison Damery
·         Alex Hui
·         Betsy MacKenzie
·         Joele Guynup
·         Christyna Mitchell
·         Paul Brend
·         Geoff Robson
·         Sabrina MacLeod
·         Savonah MacLeod
·         And last but not least THANK YOU to all the many great people who just show up on the day and end up helping out!

 If I have somehow missed somebody I am terribly sorry!

Also please vote with your dollars and your kind words the next time you’re out shopping or talking about cyclocross to friends and strangers alike.  Make sure to support those that support you!

Venue and sponsor: Bear Mountain Resort!

KONA KUP-Provincial Championships.  18 Questions.

General Details:

When is the race:  Thanksgiving MONDAY (yes MONDAY).  October 13th.

Where: Bowen Park Nanaimo.  The sacred ground of Cyclocross on Vancouver Island.  You will be proud to have raced there. A true test of every cyclocrosser and a worthy Provincial Championships.

If I registered for the COTR series am I registered for this event:  No.  This is the Provincial Championships and NOT part of the COTR series.

Who can race: ANYONE

Should I race:  Anyone that races Cyclocross in the Province of BC should make the trip and race this race.  It is set up so you can ride on the ferry, race and ride back to the ferry.  It is an amazing course.  It will be a great day of racing.  Support your sport and race Provincials.  See how you stack up.  Go for the Jersey!

What license do I need: NONE!!  This is HISTORIC.  Typically you need a UCI license to race a Provincial Championships.  BUT Cycling BC is making a huge push to grow cycling so for this time and this time ONLY (I don’t actually know if it is this time only) you can race with EITHER a UCI license or a Day-Of-Race $10 License.  This is ABOLUTELY HUGE!  Take advantage of this if you do not have a license.  Show Cycling BC how big this can be!! There are NO excuses!

How do I register:  This event will be PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.  Registration will close this Saturday October 11th at 7:00.  This is completely so that we can PLAN for the event including numbers in each category and call up positions.  Don’t even try to register after that time and date…..OK!  Here is the link that everyone has been trying to find (share it with your friends):  http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=728

Course:

Can I pre-ride: Yes.  There will be time on Monday before the morning races and a SMALL amount of time before the afternoon races (enough to get 1 lap).  If you try to ride before race day you will not find the course and might get beaned by a “disc” (what F-rolfers call Frisbees). If you try to ride before the course is open on Monday morning you will get DQ’ed.  If you try to ride during others races you will get DQ’ed.  I hope that is clear.

 What is the course:  Basically the same as previous years with a few alterations.

 Is it hard:  All courses are hard if you ride fast.  All courses are easy if you ride slow.

 Categories:

Tell me something I need to know:  Because of one of the worst rules in cycling invented by the elitists at the UCI in Switzerland our Provincial Championships has to follow the UCI protocol for AGE for Cyclocross for this event.  Because the world champs are held in Europe at the end of January we have to use riders ages at the END of 2015 for this event.  It is a stupid rule as the world champs only have limited categories BUT it effects all ages for all categories for our event….even if there is no world champ category….like for 12 year olds.  So your age for Provincial Champs is what your age would be at the END of 2015.

Why are the categories different from COTR:  The categories are a compromise between what should be (Masters SHOULD start at 40) and what exists….Cycling Canada sill follows the Masters at 30 throwback.  So we come in at the middle with Masters starting at 35.

What are the categories for KONA KUP:  I am glad you asked that.  The categories are as follows: 

 

U13/U15/U17 Men – Championship

U13/U15/U17 Women – Championship

Junior Men (U19) – Championship 

Junior Women (U19) – Championship 

Masters Women (35-44) – Championship

Masters Women (45+) – Championship

Masters Men (55+) – Championship

 

Masters Men (35-44) – Championship

Masters Men (45-54) – Championship

Elite Men – Championship

Elite Women – Championship

What category should I race:  If you are below 19 years of age or above the age for masters you have 2 options:  Your age category OR Elite.  If you are 20-34 you have one option and that is to put on your big boy/girl chamois and line up with your peeps for an epic battle that you will tell your friends about for years to come. 

Is there a “Beginner/Citizen” category:  No.  Because of Cycling BC’s generosity in allowing Day-Of-Race insurance option there is no need to have a un-licensed category.

Is there a kids race: No there is no kids race at this event.  The focus is on the Provincial Championships.  All the other COTR events do have kids races though.

Other Information:

What do I win:  Don’t ask stupid questions Norm.  You won’t win anything because you don’t train.  You have to train to go fast.  Just race for the Glory and the feeling of your heart pounding.  Race because it is 45 minutes to yourself.  No work.  No kids.  Race to support the sport.  Race because it is a kick ass venue and a kick ass course.  Race because the wafel will taste even better.  Forget about Victory….it is gone like Peter Reid’s back wheel.  Focus on defending your honour and your family name.

Can I ride a MTB or have tires over 33mm:  We are checking on that.  Please follow our FB page and check the Race Guide for an update on that.

For all other information check out the RACE GUIDE on our web page…..I will make sure it is edited and up to date in the next 24 hours.

COTR Series 2014

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

Cross Club-Victoria 

The Victoria Wednesday Nighters start THIS WEDNESDAY.  Check the poster out below.  This is the oldest cross series in BC that has been running since…..2003 (will have to confirm that year/date)

Weekly CX Rides on Vancouver Island.

I know there are MORE rides out there but I have only received notice of 1.5 of them so far.

Trail Bikes in Courtenay has a weekly ride at 5:45.

M.I.V.A. has a (maybe) weekly clinic/short race…but the details are not readily available so dig around on their FB page and their Web site and maybe drop them a note…in Nanaimo.

Anyone else have anything going on at their Bike shop?  If not….you should!

COTR 2014: New Venue. COTR #2

Do you have or have you downloaded the bible for this year:  http://www.crossontherock.com/files/2014%20Master%20Guide.pdf

I was thinking while out for my first ride on my cross bike since Cumberland.  A S-L-O-W 60 minutes interrupted by a flat tire.  I was wondering if Peter Reid and Dave Damery only ride their bike for 60 minutes in the two weeks between COTR races.  Then I saw the photo of Peter racing the Cross Club race.  I am doomed!

Cumberland…..

I know it was a while back now….but if you were there for Saturday Night or Sunday or even better….BOTH….you know it was a SWEET time!!  From the “apple tosses” to the Expert Jump.  HUGE turn out with 216 riders and a tonne of kids.  26 guys and 23 girls in the beginner category.  The first Super Masters Race.  No trips to the hospital from the BMX track (might be a record)!  The Waverly.  The Riding Fool.  Lucky and one of my personal highlights; Trevor Perkins taking it out HARD in the Masters race and turning in his 2nd best placing of his 10 races raced.  GREAT wheel to wheel action.  Lots of Fun.  No “Attitude”….just the type of racing we love!

Re-live it with Patrick Burnham’s photos from the weekend:

Coal Cross Photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157647215443709/

The Waverly Cross Crit Photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157647586404702/

Before we get onto this week’s exciting race just an important note on PASSING.
We had a few e-mails on passing at the last event.  Nothing “serious” just a few requests to get some information out there.

Here are a few guidelines:

  1. If there is someone in your race on the same lap as you.  Game on and good luck.  Keep it fun.  Keep it fair.  Don’t hurt each other.
  2. If there is someone in your race but they are being passed by someone that is lapping that rider.  The lapped rider should make it easy for the person that is 1 lap up to pass.  Do your best.  Let the person know that they you are coming through.  That you are 1 lap up.  That you love them.  And ask them to move over as soon as they can safely do so.  Then say “Thanks”.
  3. With multiple categories on the course at the same time…..if someone is passing you that is NOT in your category.  Please let them by as quickly and safely as possible.  Use manners!

We all want to race which is GREAT but we need to get along out there.  Lets see if we can be a “bit” more smooth on the course on Sunday!

COTR #2.  The Bear Crossing.

Pre-Registration is the WAY TO GO.  Pre-reg closes Saturday night at 7:00 Pm but of course you are better off just to finish reading this e-mail and register right now!

Licenses.  Either remember to bring $10 extra (could cut into your food budget) or remember your license.  NO exceptions!

The Big Blurb: Bear Crossing.  Bear Mountain.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Making use of the entire Bear Mountain Golf Driving Range, the race course will be a super-fast rolling and flowy endeavour making full use of the undulating and perfectly groomed golf course terrain to create lots of bermed corners, off camber sections and high speed momentum sectors.

FOOD and BEVERAGE:
There will be a BBQ on the course with burgers and dogs as well a beverage cart at the venue with snacks and drinks. Bring cash if you plan on eating.

AWARDS and APRES RACE:
Following the races, Awards will take place on the Masters Lounge Patio at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. Three food stations with a variety of offerings such as tacos and other relatively low cost items will be available along with BEER!

PRIZING:
Amongst the usual assortment of cycling specific draw prizes, the Westin Bear Mountain Resort will also be giving away resort gift certificates, rounds of golf, and room night stays.

ACCOMMODATION DISCOUNT:
Coming from up Island or the mainland? The Westin Bear Mountain Victoria Golf Resort & Spa is happy to offer the guests of The Cross on the Rock Series a discounted room rate. Rooms are based upon availability and rates are applicable for the duration of the event only.  Please follow the hyperlink to book your reservation: Westin Reservations to receive 20% off of our Flexible rate or call our toll-free reservation line 1-888-533-2327 and quote SET 346750 to receive your preferred rate.

IMPORTANT–PARKING:
Traffic control volunteers will be directing all cyclocross participants and fans to the corporate parking lot holding up to 280 cars. From the parking lot, signage and volunteers will guide participants to the race venue area 600m away.

COTR 2014Series Change.  Take NOTE.
Complications have arisen with our race in Ladysmith so we are returning to Farmer Bills.  Loved my many!   Ladysmith hopes to return in 2015.

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

Cross Club-Victoria 
The Victoria Wednesday Nighters start THIS WEDNESDAY.  Check the poster out below.  This is the oldest cross series in BC that has been running since…..2003 (will have to confirm that year/date)

Weekly CX Rides on Vancouver Island.

I know there are MORE rides out there but I have only received notice of 1.5 of them so far.

Trail Bikes in Courtenay has a weekly ride at 5:45.

M.I.V.A. has a (maybe) weekly clinic/short race…but the details are not readily available so dig around on their FB page and their Web site and maybe drop them a note…in Nanaimo.

Anyone else have anything going on at their Bike shop?  If not….you should!

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS  and Pro City Racing club

Supported by: 
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni
Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles in Victoria

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

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com