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Newsletter for 2018. YEAR 13-#4

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The 13th season of Cross on the Rock kicked off with the Pro City GP last Sunday. It was HUGE. Biggest turn out EVER for a cross race in BC…..probably for Canada as well.

We move from our furthest South race last Sunday to our furthest North race this Sunday as Cross on the Rock travels to the Comox Valley for the 11th time in it’s 13 years.

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  1. Coal Cross XI Preview
  2. Pro City GP Review
  3. Weekly Cross happenings on V.I. (revised)

Before you go on to read this HUGE e-mail a reminder that

1. Coal Cross XI Preview

#1 and #2 thing you need to remember: Don’t ride on the BMX track. Don’t ride on the playing fields (outside of where the course is).

SATURDAY NIGHT. Coal Cross Race preview relay for Coal Cross racers.

  • No entry Fee
  • 4:30-5:30 registration
  • 6pm race
  • Teams of 3 (or maybe 4)
  • Costumes are recommended
  • Kids, Kids, Kids. Bring the kids.

Along with our regular podium. Phillips Single Speed. Eleven Speed Coffee last not lapped. We will also have an award for the best spirit.

Race DR Dave Nowak: Super excited to introduce a new a new event sponsor and a whole new award for Coal Cross!”

Brian from Wayward will be sponsoring a “Top Spirit” award as chosen by the Race Director in collaboration with race marshals and organizers. The award will be presented to an individual from any of the races who demonstrated selflessness, sportsmanship and general awesomeness. (Must be legal drinking age to play).

Bullet form points

  • The T’s will have their Licorice Stand up at Coal Cross. Bring a couple of quarters. Keep them engaged. Them engaged makes putting on these races a LOT easier!! Help us all out! Thanks
  • pre-registration for all the events CLOSES at 5:00pm the night before the race. If you are not pre-registered you do not get a call up (not as big a deal for the first race but it is a big deal after that).
  • Our FULL-SEASON race numbers have arrived. If you have raced at the Pro City GP please come and pick up your new race number for the remainder of the season (same number just a cloth one instead).
  • Your bike chip that you already have you keep for the whole season.
  • IF you forget your chip. You need to purchase another one.
  • IF you are changing race categories. You need to get a different chip (and that means you need to purchase that chip as you get one set per season).

All the regular race details are posted on the Coal Cross race page on our web site. Link is Here.

Please note we will be running the same race-day schedule as the Pro City GP taking advantage of the daylight to give everyone a few more minutes between races to prep. recover. socialize and our Zoom Zoom races more time to get that FULL lap in this year (DON’T PASS THEM OUT THERE).

9:15 REGISTRATION OPEN (beginner only until 10:35)
10:00 Beginner Pre-Ride/Mini clinic (meet @ start line)

10:45 BEGINNER MEN (includes U13 / U15)
10:46 BEGINNER WOMEN (includes U13 / U15)

11:30 KIDS RACE (age 7-12)

12:00 INTERMEDIATE MEN (includes U17)
12:01 INTERMEDIATE WOMEN (includes U17/ Masters)

12:10 KIDS Lil’ Nutcase races (<7 years) 1:15 MASTERS MEN (40-54) 1:16 SUPER MASTERS MEN (55+) 2:30 EXPERT MEN 2:31 EXPERT WOMEN 4:00ish AWARDS NO PRERIDING DURING RACES

2. Pro City GP Review (PLEASE STAY OFF THE COURSE AND LET IT RECOVER)

A few of the ‘Lil Nutcase racers enjoying their new umbrellas thanks to MAZDA.

Photos:
From Patrick Burnham here.
From Mazda’s Sean Voigt here.

From Race Director Scott:

Another historic day racing bikes in Victoria thanks to all the amazing people that came out!
Pretty cool to see how different the course ran in the opposite direction. I think everyone liked it a lot.

There were several key volunteers that deserve a BIG THANK YOU!
Deb, Lisa and Polly for their dedication to the registration table, keeping the line-ups reasonable considering the massive amount of racers.
The course setup crew, Drew, Joele, Curtis, Dave Pod, Kyle, Max, Dan, Andy, Ros, Roland.
Victoria for the help with the Beginner Clinic.
Also the critical number trackers in the timing tent, Patrick, Bruce, Sherry, Dan, Chris, Ros, and Dave S, not an easy job but a job well done.
I’m sure there were several more that pitched in in all aspects of the day and I’m sorry if I missed you. The City of Victoria Parks Department hasn’t complained…… fingers crossed….. so please respect the area and keep away with your cross bike until next year.

As always Norm is the super industrial glue that holds these events together. He is always calm and collected, organized, and deserves so much credit for the success of this event and the entire series. Thanks Norm!

Race sponsors: Shimano Pro and Trek Bikes Victoria
Big thanks to Shimano for stepping up big time to help with prizes, course marking, and making great products!

3. Weekly Cross Happenings on V.I.

If you hear of any cross rides or training sessions happening NOT listed here please let me know and I will keep these as up to date as I can.

  • Rock City Cycles Wednesday Night cross ride/workout. 6pm. Nanaimo
  • Comox Valley Cross Rides. Wednesday Nights. check the FB group for the weds night cx practice in the Comox Valley https://www.facebook.com/groups/457383181299940
  • Cowichan Vallen Cross rides. I think maybe Wednesday nights too…..contact them through FB.
  • Wednesday night races in Victoria….they start This coming week.

Here is the schedule:
2018 Cross Club registration is now live!

Registration link can be found @ www.crossclubvictoria.com.

Details on locations will be emailed to the registered riders list on the Monday of each week. Make sure you register by Monday morning on the 10th of September so that you can receive the info for Ride # 1 on September 12th.

If anybody you know is not on the email blast list from last year, just send them to www.crossclubvictoria.com to register for this year.

Please bring your UCI Licence, Cycling BC Licence or proof of Club membership to the Kickoff on September 12th.

Cross Club 2018 Schedule

Ride #2 – September 19th
Ride #3 – September 26th
Ride #4 – October 3rd
(Please note: No ride on Oct 10th due to Cross on the Rock race on Monday, Oct 8th of that week)
Ride #5 – October 17th
Ride #6 – October 24th
Ride #7 – October 31st

This is an ISLAND series and the past support we have received from our island community is awesome. Lets keep it up in the future as it is what drives this series and makes it special. PLEASE SUPPORT THE SPONSORS. These are local businesses and companies that support local businesses. On-line companies, amazon, big business (besides Shimano) do NOT support community events.

Cross on the Rock #1 is coming FAST.

#CROSSISHERE #COTR2018 #crossontherock

Newsletter for 2018. YEAR 13-#3

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Yeah….we are fired up. It seems like a LONG time away after the last race of the season until the next race season. Then BOOM it is here. Are you ready to get fired up?

Check out this 4:17 season 12 summary-wrap up edit from Ted Hobby. JUST published this morning. IF this does not get you fired up……you are not a cross racer!!

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IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  1. Pro City GP Preview
  2. Study – Build Youth Program 2018
  3. Welcome to our IMPORTANT Sponsors (Part 2)
  4. Weekly Cross happenings on V.I.

Before you go on to read this HUGE e-mail a reminder that pre-registration for all the events CLOSES at 5:00pm the night before the race. If you are not pre-registered you do not get a call up (not as big a deal for the first race but it is a big deal after that).

1. Pro City GP Preview

TOPAZ

Race Number Pick up.
You can pre-pick up your race number Saturday night from 5:00-7:00 PM at Pro City Racing

Course Description:
The course will be the same but totally different because we are running it backwards (Year #13….as you know for bike racers if they get a #13 they wear it upside-down. This is the COTR equivalent). Some corners will change a bit but the layout will be the same. Taking advantage of Topaz park’s varied terrain including grass, wood chip trails, rocks, and more grass. The 2018 race course is fast, fun, and flowing with a mix of high/low speed riding, wide open power sections, technical cornering, and fluid long radius turns over varied surfaces. Race your file tread tires, (Updated note…..yeah…check the weather….you might NOT want file treads) bring your horsepower and your cornering skills.

Venue:
Topaz Park is located at the corner of Finlayson Street and Blanshard Street in Victoria. Parking is available on the north end of the park off of Finlayson Street or on the East side of the park by taking Spruce St off of Quadra Street. Additional parking is available at Mayfair Centre and SJ Willis School, a short walking distance to the park.

Please be courteous to other park users during race day and keep off the sports fields. The park is still open to the public so please be respectful.

Team tents:

Please send scott@trekbikesvictoria.com 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.
Shout outs:

Race sponsors:
Shimano Pro and Trek Bikes Victoria
Big thanks to Shimano for stepping up big time to help with prizes, course marking, and making great products!

Directions to Topaz Park
From the Mainland:
• Please check www.bcferries.com for up to date sailing times

From the Swartz Bay ferry terminal
1. Follow the Patricia Bay Hwy/BC‐17 S toward Victoria.
2. Head southwest on Patricia Bay Hwy/BC‐17 S (go 28.3 km)
3. Take left onto Finlayson St (go 260m) and look for parking lot entrance to Topaz Park on your right hand side.
OR
4. Additional parking also available by continuing straight on Finlayson another 250m
5. Turn right onto Quadra St (go 200m)
6. Take the 1st right onto Spruce St and follow for 110m to parking lot.

From Nanaimo / Up-Island (Incl. both mid-island ferries)
1. Follow Island Hwy/BC-19A South (go 106km)
2. Continue to follow Island Hwy onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S (go 6.8km)
3. Turn left onto Finlayson St go 450m head straight through lights at Blanshard and look for parking lot entrance to Topaz Park on your right hand side.
OR
4. Additional parking also available by continuing straight on Finlayson another 250m
5. Turn right onto Quadra St (go 200m)
6. Take the 1st right onto Spruce St and follow for 110m to parking lot.

From Victoria
1. Take Blanshard St/Patricia Bay Hwy/BC‐17 N towards Yates St (go 2.3 km)
2. Turn right onto Finlayson St (go 260m) and look for parking lot entrance to Topaz Park on your right hand side.
OR
3. Additional parking also available by continuing straight on Finlayson another 250m
4. Turn right onto Quadra St (go 200m)
5. Take the 1st right onto Spruce St and follow for 110m to parking lot.

Volunteers needed!!!
We are currently looking for volunteers to help make the event Crosstastic!! Volunteers are key to COTR events and we are keen to get some new people out to help us set up, take down and run these awesome events!!

If you are in Victoria and would like to learn more about volunteering for Victoria based COTR events send me an email at scott@trekbikesvictoria.com I will gladly sign you up for sweet volunteer position.

We need help with:
Course Construction: Sunday Morning prior to the race, 7:30-10:00
Timers: 1 person for every race to help out…so sign up for a race you are not racing in 🙂
Kids Course Official: kids races are at 11:30am and 12:10.
Course Take down: If everyone pitches in it does not take long at all!

2. Study – Build Youth Program 2018

We have been REALLY lucky to have this program the last two years to support our younger racers. Last year. Study – Build has agreed to do the program again this year and would love to support the youth riders most in need of assistance. If your youth is racing BUT you are “good” when it comes to family income then maybe pass it onto someone that can use it more. Your call. Details below.

COTR 2017 youth recap
We sent cheques to reimburse racing costs for 40 youth, total of just under $5k.

We asked the kids what they would say as thanks to our COTR organizers. There were lots of thanks for great courses and great atmosphere, but here are a few of our favourite responses. We’d encouraged them to write poems!

cyclo-cross is very fun but now the season’s done I like to go fast so I don’t end up last thank you guys a ton

My name is Nadia, I started cross because my uncle said it was super fun, he is SO right . It is amazing that our whole family can participate in such an amazing sport. There are ten Roberts that race COTR and we all love it. A big thank-you to Norm for organizing everything and I think that you guys at Study Build are doing an amazing thing! Thank-you to everybody that made my first cyclocross season a huge success! THANK-YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!

Family and friends
Until the day ends
As we race
We must embrace
Sweat and wet
Mud and blood
Since we’ve begun
Until we’re done
It’s been all FUN!!!

Thanks for always having such fun and social atmosphere at the start line. I love chatting with friends and other fellow racers. It always helps the nerves before the race to have a few good laughs 🙂

Fast flowy slippery soup
Barely making it through the gloup
The satisfactory sound of ripping grass,
Is awesome

Program Details for 2018

Study Build Youth Program for COTR 2018
Youth must participate in 7 or 8 of the eight races this year to qualify for free entries. At the end of the season, the KIDS should fill out and submit the reimbursement form to us, and then we’ll mail them (or their parents) a cheque.

The submission form will be open for one week, starting from day after last race of the season.
The total sponsorship payout will be capped at $4000 this year, so submit early!

3. Welcome to our sponsors for 2018 (Part 2)

This series does not happen without the support from.

SERIES SPONSORS Part 2

Frontrunners who let me race and organize
Nutcase do a great job supporting the little kid races
KONA the sponsor of the Kona Kup
Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles for Topaz
Riverway Dental supporting the youth racers.
Andreas and Danielle from Study Build from Quadra Island who are sponsoring the Youth race for FREE program

Also new to the COTR sponsorship team this year are:
Liquor Plus
and Eleven Speed Coffee

It takes a LOT of support to put on these events.

As well as tonne of local sponsors from each community that we tried to give recognition to after each of the events.

This is an ISLAND series and the past support we have received from our island community is awesome. Lets keep it up in the future as it is what drives this series and makes it special. PLEASE SUPPORT THE SPONSORS. These are local businesses and companies that support local businesses. On-line companies, amazon, big business (besides Shimano) do NOT support community events.

4. Weekly Cross Happenings on V.I.

If you hear of any cross rides or training sessions happening NOT listed here please let me know and I will keep these as up to date as I can.

  • Rock City Cycles Wednesday Night cross ride/workout. 6pm. Nanaimo
  • Comox Valley Cross Practive. Runs every Wednesday evening at 5:30. Check the Facebook Group for more details
  • Cowichan Valley Cross rides. I think maybe Wednesday nights too…..contact them through FB.
  • Wednesday night races in Victoria….they start This coming week. Here is the schedule:
    2018 Cross Club registration is now live!

    Registration link can be found @ www.crossclubvictoria.com.

    Details on locations will be emailed to the registered riders list on the Monday of each week. Make sure you register by Monday morning on the 10th of September so that you can receive the info for Ride # 1 on September 12th.

If anybody you know is not on the email blast list from last year, just send them to www.crossclubvictoria.com to register for this year.

Please bring your UCI Licence, Cycling BC Licence or proof of Club membership to the Kickoff on September 12th.

Cross Club 2018 Schedule

Ride #1 – September 12th
Ride #2 – September 19th
Ride #3 – September 26th
Ride #4 – October 3rd
(Please note: No ride on Oct 10th due to Cross on the Rock race on Monday, Oct 8th of that week)
Ride #5 – October 17th
Ride #6 – October 24th
Ride #7 – October 31st

The 13th season is almost here!!

SEASON #13

#CROSSISHERE #COTR2018

1st Newsletter for 2018. #2

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IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

1. Season #13 is here.
2. License Requirements for 2018
3. Welcome to our IMPORTANT Sponsors (Part 1)
4) Weekly Cross happenings on V.I.

1. Season #13 is here.

Registering for this year’s events.

You have 3 options. 1) Register for the whole series. Save $20. Save yourself missing the 5:00pm deadline the night before the race. Save yourself a lot of time. 2) Register for each event individually. (You can not register for example for race #5, #7 and #8 at the same time). 3) Don’ pre-register….wait and wait until race day. Check the cloud cover and head to the event. For this option you pay $10 more and you do NOT get a call up. I repeat. You are called up after everyone that pre-registers. This is because we do the call up lists the NIGHT before the race. Does not matter if you are #1 ranked in you category…..no call up. Make your choice.

The link for the SERIES is here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19711/2018-cross-on-the-rock-series

Season #13 Events.

Race #1: Season opener September 9th. Victoria. Topaz Park. Pre-race day race number and chip pick up at Pro City from 5:00 – 8:00. Same as the last 2 years. (Pre-Race newsletter to go out FRIDAY). Pro City GP. The biggest race we have EVER had was in this location.

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19658/2018-cross-on-the-rock-pro-city-racing-gp

Race #2: From the most southern location to the most northern. September 16th…..back in Cumberland with the Saturday NIGHT relay race at 6pm. (Moving up 2 weeks from this year) Note. Village Park. Coal X.

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19712/2018-cross-on-the-rock-coal-cross

Race #3: September 30th: Qualicum Beach. Group favourite! Cross on the Commons

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19713/2018-cross-on-the-rock-cross-on-the-commons

Race #4: October 8th: Bowen Park Nanaimo. Kona Kup. One of the toughest (most DNF’s) and one of the EASIEST (least DNF’s) courses around. No other race has that distinction.

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19714/2018-cross-on-the-rock-kona-kup

Race #5: October 21st: Port Alberni. The return of P.A. A return to McLeans Mill for this year which would is UNREAL! This location is a national heritage site! Lumber X.

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19715/2018-cross-on-the-rock-lumber-x

Race #6: October 28th. Psycho Cross. Halloween Theme. First time to Lake Cowichan. Close to Up AND Down Island. Lakeview Camp Ground.

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19716/2018-cross-on-the-rock-psycho-cross

Race #7: November 4th SINGLE HEADER at MIVA’s choice venue Beban Park for the Hot Crossed Bunnies.

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19717/2018-cross-on-the-rock-hot-crossed-bunnies

(Nationals champs on the 10th in Peterborough)

Race #8: Series final. November 17th Western Speedway for the final race of the year. Day of Thunder!!!!

Register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19718/2018-cross-on-the-rock-day-of-thunder-and-series-final

2. Licence Requirements for 2018

Licensing is confusing. It does not help that every year the licences change. The insurance requirements change and it all starts again…..WHICH LICENCE DO I NEED TO RACE?

So here we go. I will try to explain your options.

1) Don’t buy any license. Race COTR races ONLY. Pay for a Day of Race Licence each time you race $10 for an adult. $5 for youth. This is OK if you are only going to race once or twice a year. But it is a PITA if you are going to race more than that!

2) Buy a “Provincial Ride License” from Cycling BC. $60. If you are going to race 6 or more COTR events this year. This is your best bet but ONLY if you are ONLY going to race Cross on the Rock which is a Grassroots level event.

3) Buy a “Provincial Race License” from Cycling BC.Adult $90. Youth $60. Get this one if you want to race COTR as well as in Vancouver and Provincial Championships.

4) Buy a UCI license (Cost varies depending on age) if you want to race BIGGER races such as UCI races or National Championships.

Those are your current (for this year) options for Cross on the Rock for 2018

3. Welcome to our sponsors for 2018 (Part 1)

This series does not happen without the support from.

SERIES SPONSORS Part 1

Title Sponsor and sponsor of the kids races: Mazda
Presenting and main prizing Sponsor: Muc Off
Sponsor for the Victoria races: ProPearl IzumiShimano
Super Masters Men’s Category Sponsors Island Cycles
Peter Creighton from Cycles Lambert/Muc OFF (CONFIRMED)
Phillips Brewery for their continued support for the Single Speed category and series prizes for all categories (including Root Beer for the youth).

GRAND Prize Sponsor: And Sam Wittingham from Naked Bikes….because he is SAM

As well as tonne of local sponsors from each community that we tried to give recognition to after each of the events.

This is an ISLAND series and the past support we have received from our island community is awesome. Lets keep it up in the future as it is what drives this series and makes it special. PLEASE SUPPORT THE SPONSORS. These are local businesses and companies that support local businesses. On-line companies, amazon, big business (besides Shimano) do NOT support community events.

4. Weekly Cross Happenings on V.I.

If you hear of any cross rides or training sessions happening NOT listed here please let me know and I will keep these as up to date as I can.
Rock City Cycles Wednesday Night cross ride/workout. 6pm. Nanaimo
Comox Valley Cross Rides. I think ALSO Wednesday nights. Call Trail Bikes.
Cowichan Vallen Cross rides. I think maybe Wednesday nights too…..contact them through FB.
Wednesday night races in Victoria….they start NEXT week

Pretty excited here to be getting this season underway.

Keep en eye in your in box Friday for the Pro City GP preview.

Until then…..keep training HARD.

Cross on the Rock Newsletter #1 – 2018


SEASON #13

#CROSSISHERE #COTR2018

1st Newsletter for 2018. #1

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TIN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  1. the Mid Summer CX Race (Tomorrow-Thursday)
  2. License Needs
  3. Race Schedule outline

Well…..August is upon us and after that….September. The FULL cross race season is ALMOST here and we have another wicked year planned. A few series tweaks which we will outline in the next newsletter toward the end of August/2 weeks before Topaz Park.

Time to start planning your race season. Making sure you have days off that are needed. AND…..that dreaded word…..”intervals”.

Welcome to Cross on the Rock new Coffee Sponsor:

1. The Mid Summer CX Race

If you don’t follow Cross on the Rock on the Face Book OR MIVA or are on Facebook at all…and have no friends that race cross that ARE on Facebook you might not have heard about this race. It is in the 3rd year this year…….but it is never guaranteed to happen.

Right now there are 15 spots left in the A race and around 11 in the B race…..so if you want to do this race….get on it!!

Registration link: https://www.webscorer.com/registerlist?raceid=144935&details=1
There are MANY names for it:

1) Mid Summer Cross race. (the normal name)
2) Holy Crap Last minute secret Cross Race (Patricks working name for it)
3) MIVA’s The Kona Adventure Team’s Mid-Bike packing trip we came across a Mid Summer Cross race with COTR (My working name for it)

What ever you want to call it. It is coming up tomorrow (Thursday)
Yup….you heard it RIGHT. ONLY 1 DAY until Cross Season starts!

Here are some details you might want to know:

August 2nd.
Diver Lake
5pm Course open for pre riding. Number pick up and sign on open
5:45pm Free Kids race (Little kids race and “almost” full track)
6:15 B race – Race length close to 40 minutes for 1st person
7:15 A Race – Race length close to 50 minutes for 1st person
8:15 course tear down and clean up

Besides the LITTLE KIDS and BIGGER KIDS races there are 2 other categories:

A Race – You’ve been riding and racing all summer with lots of miles in your legs and you’re feeling fit

B Race – You’re pretty sure you remember where you left your bike after Hot cross bunnies last year but you don’t know if you cleaned it. (You will be heckled if we think you belong in the A race)

Either way it’s a fun event no matter which category you pick.

Pre-Registration is MANDATORY we are NOT registering anyone at the race. (Except for kids. Kids can come out for sure!!).

Field is listed to 55 people per race.

Oh…..there is a 30% chance of rain that day if you look at the forecast. PERFECT. Tell your friends. Cross is HERE!!

#COTR2018hasbegun

2. Licence Requirements for 2018

Licensing is confusing. It does not help that every year the licences change. The insurance requirements change and it all starts again…..WHICH LICENCE DO I NEED TO RACE?

So here we go. I will try to explain your options.

1) Don’t buy any license. Race COTR races ONLY. Pay for a Day of Race Licence each time you race $10 for an adult. $5 for youth. This is OK if you are only going to race once or twice a year. But it is a PITA if you are going to race more than that!

2) Buy a “Provincial Ride License” from Cycling BC. $60. If you are going to race 6 or more COTR events this year. This is your best bet but ONLY if you are ONLY going to race Cross on the Rock which is a Grassroots level event.

3) Buy a “Provincial Race License” from Cycling BC.Adult $90. Youth $60. Get this one if you want to race COTR as well as in Vancouver and Provincial Championships.

4) Buy a UCI license (Cost varies depending on age) if you want to race BIGGER races such as UCI races or National Championships.

Those are your current (for this year) options for Cross on the Rock for 2018

3. Race Schedule outline

We typically publish this schedule in our last newsletter of the year and it goes out to this complete e-mail list. Annually I will get e-mails from people starting around mid January asking when the race schedule will be published. Most of the time it is a “reply” from the newsletter with the newsletter that has the schedule in the body of the e-mail…….to which I reply, “Read the e-mail that you are sending back to me”.

BUT to give everyone the benefit of the doubt that the www ate their original e-mail here is a copy of the schedule outline for 2018

Year #13 of COTR.

This is a “MORE”-SOLID draft at this point. There might be some small variations BUT unlikely that everything would change!

Race #1: Season opener September 9th. Victoria. Currently: Topaz Pre-race day race number and chip pick up at Pro City from 5:00 – 8:00. Same as the last 2 years.

Race #2: September 16th…..back in Cumberland with the Saturday NIGHT pub/taco race. (Moving up 2 weeks from this year) Note: Saturday night taco race is NOT confirmed. Village park IS confirmed.

Race #3: September 30th: Qualicum Beach. Group favourite! (earlier). Confirmed.

Race #4: October 8th: Bowen Park Nanaimo (Status Quo) (YES this is a MONDAY)

Race #5: October 21st: Port Alberni. The return of P.A. Currently one of two possible venues…..but more likely than not a return to McLeans Mill for this year which would be UNREAL!

Race #6: October 28th. Crosstoberfest. MID island. Either at Cowichan Exhibitions, Sun Fest or Ladysmith. Close to confirmation

Race #7: November 4th SINGLE HEADER at MIVA’s choice Venue. Arbutus Meadows or back at Beban

(Nationals champs on the 10th in Peterborough)

Race #8: Series final. November 17th Saanich Fairgrounds OR Speedway for the final race of the year. Need to confirm venue. But in Victoria. Bookending the race season with Victoria races. Looking like Speedway. Close to confirmation.

This series does not happen without the support from.

SERIES SPONSORS (Some Confirmed for 2018!)
Title Sponsor: Mazda
Presenting and main prizing Sponsor: Muc Off (CONFIRMED)
Sponsor for the Victoria races: ProPearl IzumiShimano
Super Masters Men’s Category sponsors: Island Cycles
Corey and Sean from Rock City Cycles Nanaimo (CONFIRMED)
Peter Creighton from Cycles Lambert/Muc OFF (CONFIRMED)
Phillips Brewery for their continued support for the Single Speed category and series prizes for all categories (including Root Beer for the youth).
Frontrunners who let me race and organize (CONFIRMED)
Nutcase do a great job supporting the little kid races
KONA the sponsor of the Kona Kup
Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles for Topaz (CONFIRMED)
Wade Luksay Riverway Dental
Andreas and Danielle from Study Build from Quadra Island who are sponsoring the Youth race for FREE program
And Sam Wittingham from Naked Bikes….because he is SAM

As well as tonne of local sponsors from each community that we tried to give recognition to after each of the events.

This is an ISLAND series and the past support we have received from our island community is awesome. Lets keep it up in the future as it is what drives this series and makes it special. PLEASE SUPPORT THE SPONSORS. These are local businesses and companies that support local businesses. On-line companies, amazon, big business (besides Shimano) do NOT support community events.

The LAST COTR – Newsletter for 2017. #12 – Powered by MAZDA then cleaned, prepped and put away with Muc Off. #COTR2017

A MAJOR thanks to MAZDA for continuing their title sponsorship of the COTR series.
I hope you had a chance to say thanks to Sean Voigt from Mazda at Beban park for supporting Cross on the Rock. If you have not checked out the MAZDA line up them out on line by clicking the link above.

First thing first. Please take 5 minutes and 45 seconds (average response time) to fill out our end-of-year COTR survey. This helps us shape future race seasons, gather valuable feedback, support sponsors and gives us one more change for you to win a sweet prize package (2 to be given away).

2017 COTR Year and Survey HERE

This week’s Cool Downs:

One of our favourite shots of the season. Almost the full record breaking Expert Women category got together for a photo after their race. Organized by Glenowyn.

IN THIS NEWSLETTER:

  1. This series does not happen without the support from.
  2. Beban Park’s Hot Crossed Bunnies Series Final
  3. Norm’s Notes
  4. The Study-Build Youth COTR Sponsorship Program Details (one last time)
  5. First Look…..Save these dates for 2018

1. This series does not happen without the support from.

SERIES SPONSORS
Title Sponsor: Mazda
Presenting and main prizing Sponsor: Muc Off
Sponsor for the Victoria races: ProPearl IzumiShimano
Super Masters Men’s Category Sponsors Island Cycles
Corey and Sean from Rock City Cycles Nanaimo
Peter Creighton from Cycles Lambert/Muc OFF
Phillips Brewery for their continued support for the Single Speed category and series prizes for all categories (including Root Beer for the youth).
Frontrunners who let me race and organize
Nutcase do a great job supporting the little kid races
KONA the sponsor of the Kona Kup
Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles for Topaz
Wade Luksay Riverway Dental (Youth Category Sponsors giving CASH to these little up coming racers at the series final. We hope they were PUMPED)
Andreas and Danielle from Study Build from Quadra Island who are sponsoring the Youth race for FREE program
And Sam Wittingham from Naked Bikes….because he is SAM

Along with these series sponsors each race had a tonne of local sponsors from each community that we tried to give recognition to after each of the events. This is an ISLAND series and the past support we have received from our island community is awesome. Lets keep it up in the future as it is what drives this series and makes it special. PLEASE SUPPORT THE SPONSORS. These are local businesses and companies that support local businesses. On-line companies, amazon, big business (besides Shimano) do NOT support community events.

This is what an amazing prize table looks like at the end of the race season with support from our sponsors. We estimate that we gave away over $25,000 worth of stuff over the course of the race series this year. (Paul Brend working in the back ground finishing up the trophies)

2. Beban Park’s Hot Crossed Bunnies Series Final

Notes from: MIVA and Race Director Ron Hewitson

Thanks to all the racers, volunteers and Norm for making the Beban race the best one yet. The feedback especially on the course design was excellent and fun. People especially liked the sand and areas behind the red barn, and BMX. All of which had great viewing!

Thanks to Mary Smith from City of Nanaimo Parks and Rec for working with us to make this happen. Also to the folks from Nanaimo B.M.X, the VIEX and Nanaimo Equestrian Association as they sublease parts of Beban Park from the city and were very cooperative to work with.

Thanks to Andrea and staff from AJ’s Food Truck. I had a house burger and it was amazing!

Also thanks to Riot Brewing for setting up and hosting the beer gardens. You never go wrong with Riot.

There was only one medical situation when young Zachary Loveless crashed hard in the BMX. Ryan and Adam from our medical support Medix raced in to begin their initial assessment. I really appreciated the care they took and professionalism they displayed when they deferred the case to EMS. The local fire truck came and they deferred it to the ambulance. I’m glad to report that Zachary is OK. Nothing Broken.

Last but not least a special thanks to Norm and the MIVA crew especially president Patrick, Phil and past prez Mike for stepping up and doing the lion’s share of the work. Also to all the volunteers who helped with set up, course marshalling, timing, registration, tear down and all the other small but important tasks that make an event like this run smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without you!

3. Norm’s Notes

  • The last race of the year is always a bit more work. That combined with having the last race at Beban by my club…..and it was even more than normal. I always take a bit more “responsibility” when a race is a Beban as it is the first course we ever used and I want things to go well. It has a lot of “eyes” on it. I was really impressed with the number of people that came together to help out when the last race was done to do as much remediation as possible on Saturday. Thank you!
  • This series is a massive amount of work. We have 8 groups that each put on events and then the council of cross that tries to pull it all together to make it work. In the middle of it all I am puling on all the kite strings to make it fly. Getting it off the ground is one thing. Flying is another. This year I feel like the COTR series is starting to soar. 12 years in the making. Thank you all for supporting the series. It has always been about the racers. It is about competition. It is about community. It is about fun. You make it happen.
  • Behind the scenes there are always people pulling everything together. At the front of each race are the race directors. This year they were:
    • Scott Mitchell
    • Drew MacKenzie
    • Tara and Mike Pollock
    • Dave Nowak and Chris Sykes
    • Corey and Sean from Rock City Cycles
    • Roy Kregosky
    • Ron Hewitson and Patrick Burnham
  • Hugely involved with the series as well is our timing, stats and web site crew. Patrick Burnham, Roland Rabien and Brett Whitehead keep things up to date and accurate for the results, awards and web site.
  • Getting our trophies designed, built and delivered were Jamie Cameron and Paul Brend
  • Did you see the new stat on your athlete page? After adding “Time on course” Roland has now added “Average placing” (with standard deviations of course). Roland is always upgrading the stats!

4. The Study-Build Youth COTR Sponsorship Program Details (One last time)

Deadline for applications for this is This FRIDAY. November 24th. 6:00pm.

A reminder of the GENEROUS Youth sponsorship program from Study-Build.

Quadra Island based Study-Build will again be supporting and paying for YOUTH racers (up to 19 year old) for COTR this year.

Here are the requirements:

  • The racer must participate in 7 or 8 of the eight races this year to qualify for free entries (Under “extraordinary” circumstances less than 7 races may be considered)
  • For the reimbursement at end of season the racer (NOT the PARENTS) will need to submit a request. It is important that this request come from the racer. We KNOW the parents have paid in most cases but we are trying to help build responsible little COTR racers!!
  • Study-Build will then mail a cheque to the racer.

LINK TO THE GOOGLE FORM TO FILL OUT

5. First Look…..Save these dates for 2018

OK. We always publish this on the last newsletter. And on our Web site. BUT we ALWAYS get e-mails asking when the races are. Dates. Details. SO despite the fact that a lot of people ignore what we publish here is how the series is shaping up for 2018.

Year #13 of COTR.

This is a SOLID draft at this point. There might be some small variations BUT unlikely that everything would change!

Race #1: Season opener September 9th. Victoria. Currently: Topaz Pre-race day race number and chip pick up at Pro City from 5:00 – 8:00. Same as the last 2 years.

Race #2: September 16th…..back in Cumberland with the Saturday NIGHT pub/taco race. (Moving up 2 weeks from this year)

Race #3: September 30th: Qualicum Beach. Group favourite! (earlier)

Race #4: October 8th: Bowen Park Nanaimo (Status Quo) (YES this is a MONDAY)

Race #5: October 21st: Port Alberni. The return of P.A. Currently one of two possible venues.

Race #6: October 28th. Crosstoberfest. MID island. Either at Cowichan Exhibitions, Sun Fest or Ladysmith.

Race #7: November 4th SINGLE HEADER at MIVA’s choice Venue. Arbutus Meadows or back at Beban

(Nationals champs on the 10th in Peterborough)

Race #8: Series final. November 17th Seaanich Fairgrounds OR Speedway for the final race of the year. Need to confirm venue. But in Victoria. Bookending the race season with Victoria races.

So it would go

2 weekends in a row.
1 weekend off
2 weekends in a row (8 days between)
1 weekend off (crossfondo)
2 weekends in a row
1 off
and then Series final.

6 Sundays
1 Monday
1 Saturday.

This fits closely with our Survey responses from 2016 for days preferred for COTR races. Around 80% said Sunday…..so we are at 75%. Not bad!

THAT IS IT FOR US for 2017!

The Council of cross signing off until next August. We are always on FB though updating that all the time. Thanks for a GREAT race season. Don’t forget to do the survey!

Who won the Naked Frameset?

Well it was Rowan Belanger who won the AMAZING frame from Naked bikes and Sam Whittingham. Instantly making her the envy of all others!!

Congratulations!

Parting Shot for 2018. These races do NOT happen by themselves. Behind EVERY SINGLE COTR race there is a huge support crew. Here is a shot of a strong crew from MIVA out Sunday morning in driving rain checking the course over and doing remediation. Thanks to EVERYONE that pitched in this year to make COTR what it is!