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
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
* 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.
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!
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.