Cross on the Rock 2020 Update

Newsletter #1 – 2020. MAZDA-COTR. The cx race season that never happened.

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Newsletter #1.

  1. Cross on the Rock 2020 Season Cancelled.
  2. Crossfondo is still on the schedule for the fall.
  3. Burnt Bridge Gravel Fondo

The Warm Up.
Not a lot of warm ups for this newsletter BUT keep your eyes open for an upcoming issue of Canadian Cycling Magazine which is supposed to have a feature on the 15 years of Cross on the rock.

1. Cross on the Rock 2020 Season Cancelled.

Unfortunately, the 2020 COTR season has been cancelled.

In a perfect world we would be gluing tubulars and thinking about tire choices for the first race of the season. We would be starting to ride our cross bikes a bit more. Thinking about ordering team kit (as usual a bit too late). Riding dirt (everyone is doing that so that part is great). All gearing up for the start of the 15th Cross on the Rock race season.

But WAY back in March we realized that at some point we might be making an announcement about this season being cancelled due to the global pandemic. We wanted to hold off JUST in case the virus burnt itself out over the summer. We wanted to be optimists and we REALLY wanted a race season!!

There is no “Modified” format or “virtual” equivalent of Cross on the Rock. The racing happens in “groups”. It is wheel to wheel. It is an 80 person grid jammed into a close area. It is a community of people coming together and having a great time. Little of this can be done without heavy breathing! Little of it can be done 2 meters apart. Honestly if we want to be safe we don’t want to be racing cyclocross right now…….as much as we want to!

More importantly, we can not get insurance. Cycling BC will not sanction cyclocross right now.

No do not have a crystal balls. There is no set timeline for the safe return of our type of racing. When our beloved Bonnie Henry says it is time to go to “Phase 4” we can start thinking about a gathering our community back together. Lets be honest this might not happen in 2021 or even 2022. But we will get there and we will be ready.

In the meantime don’t lose the stoke.

Get out there. Get together safely with people in your bubble. Outside. On bikes, hiking, running, going to the lakes and rivers. Explore the island!! This is the time to do it.

Enjoy this fall in a different way than how we normally do it.

Please realize we are gutted about this but it will be OK.

2. Crossfondo is still on the schedule for the fall.
The Tripleshot Cross Fondo is still proceeding with planning for October 18th. This is the youth oriented cycling club’s primary fundraiser for the year to support their programs.

From their recent e-mail:

We’ve had lots of questions about the 2020 Tripleshot CrossFondo and we want to update you on our plans.

To begin with, our Early Bird registration for the 2020 Tripleshot CrossFondo has been extended until Sunday, August 16 at 11:59 pm while we work out some final details.

We are working with the tremendous staff at Island Health (VIHA) Environmental Health Office to take the appropriate modifications due to Covid-19.

Some of the modifications include:
Individual Time Trial format (your predicted riding speed on your registration form will help us determine the start list)
Volunteers will be masked and practicing physical distancing
Hand washing stations at access points and port-a-potty sites
Sanitized surfaces and physical distancing throughout the start/finish area and at nutrition/water stations. No-touch bottle filling.
Distanced parking
Musette lunch to enjoy away from the start/finish area (a ‘musette’ is a sling bag full of goodies that is given to pro riders while they’re racing. Don’t worry, you can stop for a moment to get yours!)
Of course, if the pandemic conditions worsen and there is a requirement to postpone the event until 2021, we will offer a refund (less a service fee) or will defer your entry to 2021.

Thanks for your patience; we’ll get back to you with more details shortly!
Your TSCF Organizing Committee

COTR Star Holly Henry making one of the water crossings at the 2019 Crossfondo.

3. Burnt Bridge Gravel Fondo

BURNT BRIDGE CLASSIC GRAVEL FONDO IS HAPPENING!

When: Saturday – September 26, 2020
Time: 9 am to 2pm
Where: Burnt Bridge, near Koksilah River Provincial Park. Route will be 82km through Mosaic Forest Gravel Roads, heading South on the Cowichan Valley Regional Trail, and then finish back at Burn Bridge. https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/3305229973
What: 100 Participant Limit, to be ridden as an individual time trial. Social distancing requirements will be in place during both start and finish. Participants will be given their assigned start time. Note that at this point there will be no food concession, or awards presentations. We will have a livestream presentation 24hrs after the event has completed. We will have hand wash stations, porta potties on hand.

Entry Fee: $50

Format: The event will be run as an endurance individual time trial where riders will attempt the 82km route in a solo effort. The rules will apply similar to an Ironman triathlon where there will be no drafting allowed and you will need to give people space to pass. Riders will need to be self sufficient to manage common bike repairs and nutrition. The Start/Finish area will be at the original Burnt Bridge Classic race site from the 1990’s.

Link to map: https://goo.gl/maps/zFSKGWTKisU2tA9u9

Entry Fee: We have reduced the entry fee to $50. Those who paid the original $150 entry fee will have the option to donate $100 towards the Jordie Lunn Bike Park project or can receive a refund. For information on the project visit www.jordielunnbikepark.com

If you have any questions, please email info@burntbridgeclassic.com

Cross on the Rock 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 and local dealers of MAZDA) do NOT support community events.

Cross on the Rock is organized by the council of cross and supported by a lot of bike shops and awesome people.

Let us remember the happy times…..like this MASSIVE whirly – whirl from Cumberland a few years back.

Newsletter #13 – 2019. MAZDA-COTR. Season #14. The big finish!

Newsletter #13 – 2019. MAZDA-COTR. Season #14. The big finish!

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Don’t leave your bike dirty in the garage. Clean it. Check it over. Put some 40c tires and a wide range cassette on it. Get out there again!.

Buckle in……this is the last e-mail of the season….and it is a big one!

Newsletter #13.

  1. COTR does not happen without the support from these people
  2. Save the dates (aka don’t send us an e-mail asking which dates the races are on in 2020)
  3. Hot Crossed Bunnies Review
  4. Study Build Youth Fund Details (Your young racer has 2 weeks for this)
  5. If you want to keep racing this year (you know you do!!)

The Warm Ups

  1. If you had a chance to look around at the prize table at Hot Crossed Bunnies you might have notices we gave away a LOT of stuff. Just at that race alone the total was over $12,000 worth of prizes, cash and merchandise. Over the course of the season the total goes well over $20,000. COTR gave away 3 bikes and 2 framesets! Thousands of dollars worth of prizes! Cash!! Take a look at the sponsor list on this newsletter. MEMORIZE IT! Give them your thanks and your spending dollars. They make the sport that we all love happen on the island. It is not because they EXPECT more business because of it…..but man it would be sweet if they did get a bit more business BECAUSE of it!
  2. The various stages of “Post COTR” race season. Day 1. Happy it is over. Day 2. Wash the bikes. Day 3. Start thinking about racing again. Day 4. Start looking at the race calendar looking at late season cx races and early season gravel/mountain bike/adventures.
  3. If you did not see our FB post about the crazy stolen bike-found bike-recovered bike story from Hot Crossed Bunnies you can check it out on our page. One thing for sure is that we all get a little complacent from time to time with our bikes. Heck one of the Naked riders (We can all guess who that was) left his bike behind last Saturday…..it was just sitting outside when we came out and were cleaning up from the awards. Stay vigilant people! Keep an eye on your stuff and especially your bikes. We live in a crazy time right now…..we don’t want people losing their bikes as a byproduct of this crazy time!
  4. Lots of highlights this year; the sheer number of first time podium and winners, the number of Zoom Zoom racers (check our FB post this week for contrast), the team atmosphere especially the Team Hotel Zed Cycledelic Blurs and Buttcat FACTORY racing! Mostly the increased POSITIVE vibe this year. There were so few “not as positive” notes or suggestions. People were cheering rather than “jeering”. Encouraging. Real positive racing. General respect for other racers. It was noticed through the season. Everyone is working to make it better…..this will carry this series onward and make even a better community for cycling on the island! So thanks to everyone this year!
  5. If you don’t have the Quadra Island Cycloquest on your radar and schedule for 2020 you should put it on. May long weekend. MayhemAggedon edition. https://quadracycloquest.ca/details It will be an epic event with awesome people.

Title Sponsor: MAZDA who make a LOT more possible with the series including covering all the prizes for ALL the kids races. Sean and Justin were super bummed to miss the last race by 24 hours. They love being at the races and watching the little kids!

Presenting/Prizing Sponsor and main sponsor of the Muc Off Cup: Peter Creighton from HLC and MUC OFF

Prizing sponsors for our Victoria races: Pro-Pearl Izumi, Shimano and Lazer.

Super Masters Men’s Category Sponsors Island Cycles…a small bike shop on Quadra and one man, (Jack Mar) makes ALL the prizing for Super Masters happen all season long. No wonder we ran out of Super Masters race number this year…..word is out!

Corey and Sean from Rock City Cycles Nanaimo

Phillips Brewery for their continued support for the Single Speed category and series prizes

Frontrunners who let me race and organize and do prizing for some of the races.

Nutcase do a great job supporting the kids races for years!

Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles for Topaz

Wade Luksay from Riverway Dental (Youth Category Sponsors giving CASH to these little up coming racers)

Andreas and Danielle from Study Build from Quadra Island who are sponsoring the Youth race for FREE program (See the details and deadline below)

Kyle Denny from 11 Speed Coffee covering the Last Not Lapped (AKA most in need of coffee) and this years “Moving on Up”

And Sam Wittingham from Naked Bikes for once again sponsoring the GRAND PRIZE and supporting this years winning team.

There can only be ONE WINNER of the COTR Naked frame for the season!!
Congratulations to Brian Moran!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. Save the dates

Every year the calendar for the fall gets more and more busy! We are all active people enjoying a multitude of activities including Cross on the Rock. For 2020 there are extra considerations for the calendar that we have not had to factor in before including the Grand Fondo World Championships in Vancouver that quite a few of our racers are doing. As well the National Cyclocross Championships will be held at Bear Mountain on Cross on the Rock’s old driving range course. This will occupy another spot on the fall calendar. We are in discussions weekly with all our races and directors but this is how the September to November calendar looks so far.

AUGUST
Mid-Summer Cyclocross Night. Most likely Wednesday the 8th or Thursday the 9th. We will keep you posted!

SEPTEMBER
5th and 6th. Labour day weekend. People are busy. Triple shot is taking a break. Summer is finishing up. Enjoy!

12th and 13th. Grand Fondo World Championships in Vancouver.

CYCLOCROSS STARTS ON THE ISLAND. BE READY!
19th and 20th. COTR #1: Qualicum Beach or possibly Victoria.

26th and 27th. MOMAR is on the 26th as well as possibly the Burnt Bridge Gravel Fondo. We will be racing on the 27th. Most likely in Cumberland for COTR #2.

OCTOBER
3rd and 4th. So this would be COTR race #3. Venue will depend on where we are going for Thanksgiving…….still waiting to hear back.

Thanksgiving weekend. October 12th. Thanksgiving MONDAY. This will make it weekend #4 for COTR. Starting the season with a HUGE BANG!! Either in Victoria or back in Nanaimo.

OCTOBER 17th and 18th. Crossfondo is looking at the 18th. Cross on the Rock takes a break.

October 24th and 25th. COTR Race #5. (Possibly a double header).

October 31st/November 1st. AVOIDing this weekend. Weekend OFF of all races. Halloween. Possible time change. Recovery. Rake leaves.

Which takes us to November which will be again FULL ON!

NOVEMBER
November 7th and 8th. Possibly a double header. So could be Race #6 or race #6 and #7.

14th and 15th. Last COTR race weekend. MOST likely on the 14th to give us maximal time to recover and get ready for the National Championships on the 20th to 22nd in Victoria. Because Nationals are in Victoria we may look at doing this race back up island as people will otherwise be double traveling to the south island for back to back weekends.

20th to 22nd. National Championships at Bear Mountain. We have high hopes for this event to have FULL Youth categories. 5 year age categories for Masters. A possible revised and fair call up system using Provincial Championships as ranking. A single speed race for the jersey all over 3 days. We all want to see this be the best and most modern Cyclocross Championships in Canadian CX history! Something to work towards and focus on!

So in Summary we will have EITHER 7 races again or possibly 8 if we can figure out the challenge or a double header. Most of the events will be on Sundays. The season will start with a BANG with 4 weekends in a row!

2020 will be our 15th season of Cross on the Rock. We have some specific things we will be focuses on for the season and will share those as 2020 kicks off. We will also have some special items to celebrate the 15 years we have been racing on Vancouver Island! We can’t wait.

3. Hot Crossed Bunnies Review

Check out Patrick’s photos from the event including many podium shots

Norm’s Notes.

  • Thanks to everyone that helped tear down the course after the racing was done. People were out there pulling tape. Raking. Loading. Stacking…..it was so fast! Many hand make faster and lighter work!!
  • Extra thanks to Paul Brend for constructing the awesome trophies again this year. Every year we think we have started them early enough and earlier than previous years….every year we are building them during the OPEN races! I was personally pumped to earn one again this year!
  • MIVA did a great job with this event again this year!
  • Loved the course….even though I personally missed the BMX track! With the BMX club trying to work towards an entirely new track our use of the track may be history.
  • Roland absolutely killed it with his fast results for the awards!
  • Extra thanks to Brett, Sheri and Patrick for all the work they do on the full series as well as all our race directors and groups/clubs.

Notes from Patrick….the race Directors Notes.

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and came out for final race of the Cross on the Rock season. It was nice to have proper cross weather and deep mud for our final. Every year we try to take what worked from previous years and refine it and improve the overall experience. I have to thank Norm and Shep for their work and input on this years course. Moving the team tents and food trucks really seemed to tighten up the venue and improve the atmosphere while also reducing the number of close calls on that fast opening straight.

I’m always amazed how quickly this course comes together, Beban doesn’t have a lot of trees to tie off to which means that every single stake and cone in the Cross on the Rock trailer get used. We can’t do that without the support of the Club members coming out put it all together and then help maintain and repair the course through out the days events.

This event couldn’t happen without the planning and prep put into by the members of the MIVA board Shep, Paul, Phil, Peter, Jesse, Antonius, Lorrie, Kiyomi, Brad and Lee. Sorting out Permits and insurance, brainstorming prizing then making it a reality. Especially Peter for the amazing Hot Cross Bunnies mugs and Kiyomi for the womens podium prizing.

I have to thank Rock City Cycles for keeping the excitement around cyclocross high in Nanaimo with their weekly practices as well as for helping the club source the majority of our draw prizes including the Norco Threshold Single Speed bike that we gave away.
As well we couldn’t have done it without the help of our many sponsors including Whitesails Brewing, Regard Coffee, Rock City Cycles, Coal City Cycles, Arrowsmith Cycles, House of Kiyo Salon, and many more.

It was great to have both AJs Grill and Wanna Wafel on site and to have Georgies Pies for the podiums again. (Next year we’ll try to book earlier and Georgie set up her stand again.)

To have an event this large in a multi-use park requires buy in from quite a few different entities.
The Nanaimo Equestrian for the use of the Agriplex and the riding rings.
The Nanaimo parks Department
The Vancouver Island Exhibition

Lastly I have to thank Shep, who did so much to leading up to and day of to make this event run so smoothly and Sherry who kept things running smooth in the timing tent this season.

4. Study Build Youth Fund Details

The DEADLINE for applications is December 8th.

Study-Build sponsorship form for COTR Youth Racing 2019

Study-Build Youth Sponsorship: COTR 2019
Please fill this out yourselves, kiddos!! Or if you’re super young, ask a parent or older sibling to help you out.

Congrats on participating in another incredible cyclocross racing season with Cross on the Rock!
We’re proud of you for dedicating your time and energy to something fun, awesome, healthy, hard and rewarding!

1. Fill out the information in the form below and submit it.

2. We’ll mail you a cheque to help cover your racing costs.

3. Go ride your bike (or clean it, if you haven’t since the mudddddy Beban final race)!

We hope our sponsorship helps you and your family continue to pursue the challenge and joy of cyclocross, so you can contribute your own positive energy to the amazing Cross on the Rock community.

Keep on riding and racing!
Danielle + Andreas | Study-Build, Quadra Island

5. If you want to keep racing this year

The Cyclocross season is short BUT ski season has not yet started yet. That gives you a bit of time to stay on your bike. Take advantage of some of the fitness you have developed. Enjoy or work on your skills. Experience different CX cultures in different areas…..or all of the above. IF that is the case here are some other events going on in the near future:

1) The organizers of the USA CX Championships contacted us after noting that the Canadian CX Championships did NOT have a single speed category (again) this year. They offered their race for the Canadian Single Speed Championships. The first time EVER a Canadian Cycling Championships is held OUTSIDE of Canada! What a historic opportunity. Since the American CX Championships is not crammed into 1 day they actually have time on their schedule to pull this off.

Single Speed race at US CX Nationals on Tuesday, December 10th will be consider the Unofficial Canadian SS CX Championships by MFG Cyclocross. If 25 riders register in the men’s race and 10 in women’s race we will do a Jersey Presentation Ceremony following the race. Let’s do this.

Registration is here: https://www.bikereg.com/usa-cycling-cyclocross-nationals

Best Regards,
Terry Buchanan
Low Pressure Promotions, LLC
425-503-2333
Producing MFG Cyclocross since 2009 | Co-Host 2019 US Cyclocross National Championships

2) https://cascadecross.com/ Cascade Cross based in Bellingham has 2 events left in their season. I have done a couple of their events and have always enjoyed a trip down there. If you go let me know and I can put a Trader Joe’s order in with you.

November 30, 2019: Lutherwood Cross

January 11, 2020: Cornwall Cross & Series Finale Awards Party

3) Washington has a series of races called the Northwest Cup. There are 2 events left in that series the weekend before US Nationals (being held in Seattle). These races could be very competitive and fun!! Take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angles for an easier trip.

http://www.53eleven.com/nw-cx-cup.html

Saturday 12/7/2019 – NW CX CUP #5 ​Fort Nugent CX

Sunday 12/8/2019 – NW CX CUP #6 Fort Nugent CX

4) Broad Street Cycles has said to keep an eye on their FB and IG pages …..they might…..or they might not have their famous CX race sometimes held in December and sometimes held in January….but when ever it is held it is awesome?

Cross on the Rock 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 and local dealers of MAZDA) do NOT support community events.

Cross on the Rock is organized by the council of cross and supported by a lot of bike shops and awesome people.

Parting Shot for the season.
Bridget on her new bike funded and donated by the Hotel Zed Cycledelic Blurs team.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Race Directors
Coal Cross: Dave Nowak and Chris Sykes
Pro City GP: Scott Mitchell from Pro City Cycles
Cross on the Commona: Roy Kregosky with the Arrowsmith Bike Club
Muc Off Cup: Corey and Sean from Rock City Cycles
Crosstoberfest: Mike and Tara Pollack
Day of Thunder: Joele and Drew
Hot Crossed Bunnies: Patrick Burnham and MIVA

Our Cycling BC Official at every race besides myself has been Sherry Barnes

EXTRA AWARDS
Top Male Goblin – – Noan Lutz
Top Female Gobin – – Megan Lutz
Top U19 Male: Carter Woods
Top U19 Female: Emily Johnston

Most Improved – In 2015 at age 9 this racer was doing the Zoom Zoom Half Track. At 10, In 2016 they graduated to beginners just missing their first podium with a 4th place in the finals. In 2017 at 11 they had 4 X 4th places in Beginners and won the U13 category. At 12 years old they won the U13 category again in Beginners and placed 1st or 2nd in every race. From Beginner women last year to winning intermediate races and podium in OPEN women in her first OPEN race this year. From Zoom Zoom to Open podium in 4 years. Sarah Roberts.

Top Female Wizard – – Joanna Fox. 11 years of COTR.

Best Rookie Season – – Diego Franco. 3 Podiums in his first season racing in Intermediate. Honorary mention to Jessica Planeta who podiumed in every launch race

Top Auror Professor – Male – – Sam Whittingham

Top Auror Professor – Female – – Wendy Simms

Forever Young – – Glenyown Carlson. Racing COTR for 12 years Since 2007. Supportive. Helping out. Racing the hardest women’s category.

Top Wizard Professor – Bill Mc Millan

Spirit Award – – This person continually hounds me. Calling me up. Texting me. Sending me e-mails. Cornering me at races. With that hounding has come the growth and development of COTR. We have changed for the better because of this person’s suggestions. He has dedicated a large portion of his life to cycling and to enriching the people around him through cycling. Triple Shot’s head coach…… Lister Farrar.

See you in 2020. Please help us out by completely the survey when it becomes available.

Newsletter #12 – 2019. MAZDA-COTR. Season #14. Season Final – Saturday

Newsletter #12 – 2019. MAZDA-COTR. Season #14. Season Final – Saturday

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Make sure your bike is 100% ready and prepared (with MUC OFF) for COTR #7 at Beban Park..

Newsletter #12.

  1. On the Podium Report #2
  2. Hot Crossed Bunnies Preview
  3. Canadian SS CX Championships…….in America!!

The Warm Ups

  • Keep an eye on the COTR FB page up until race day. Any last minute changes and news will be posted there.
  • You obviously like bikes since you are reading this. How would you like a FREE BIKE? Well……read below in the Hot Crossed Bunnies Preview about the not one but TWO bikes we are giving away this Saturday.
  • ALL CATEGORIES-EVEN ZOOM ZOOM-Check your points. The series final is DOUBLE POINTS. Podium places have been decided by less than 10 points. Make sure you have all the points you deserve and have earned! Remember only your top 6 race scores count!
  • We are doing CALL UPS for ZOOM ZOOM so make sure your ZOOM ZOOM’er has all their points!
  • ALSO if your ZOOM ZOOM racer has done ALL the races but it does not appear that way in the results please let us know ASAP (Link on results pages)
  • The After Party – From Rock City Cycles: We are having our annual year end/cyclocross party and would like to invite all the Cross on the Rock, Miva and Nanaimo MTB members. Could you please pass this on to them for us?
    Rock City Cycles Year End Party
    November 16th 7:00 – ?
    At Rock City Cycles
    Beer, Wine and light snacks
    Featuring DJ AllGood YES. DJ All GOOD!
  • If you won a Frontrunners Gift Certificate this year OR need some shoes for running, spectating, trails, Blunstones…..etc. Frontrunners and NewBalance Nanaimo are located less than 2km from the race venue at 1825 Bowen road. An EASY trip during the day!
  • It is the LAST race of the season. Set a goal for yourself as to how you want to finish it off. Do you want to beat someone that you have not? Do you want to try to finish on the lead lap? Crash less? Not flat (John H.)? Finish the season strong and on a positive note. You will carry that all the way until the next season where you can set new goals again!

1. On the podium. Report #2.

We did a little report on all the racers that hit the podium for the first time this season.

Here is another list of those that hit their first TOP STEP of the podium this year!! Check out the Launch Women. Every race has had a never before winner! Intermediate Men 5 of 6 races someone that has never won before!

Launch Men
Clem Loveless
Hudson Webster
Jesse Hughes

Launch Women
Hannah Nawroth
Heidi Henry
Jade Blouin-Comeau
Jamie Harker
Jessica Planeta
Nadia Macluskie

Intermediate Men
Campbell Parrish
Damian Parlee
Diego Franco
Erik Worm
Liam Sargent

Intermediate Women
Kimberly Chen
Sarah Roberts

Super Masters Men
Dan Smith
Paul Thompson

Masters Women
Erica Spizawka
Megan Racher
Shannon Baerg

Open Men
Logan Sadesky
Michael Van den Ham

Open Women
Holly Henry

2. Hot Crossed Bunnies Preview

OK we have some Notes HERE……COME ON OUT AND RACE THIS SATURDAY.

  • If you are coming from the mainland we will pay (some of) for your ferry ride!! FREE (not really) ferry ride. Come from the mainland. We will give you $10 to cover your bike both ways!! Show your receipt at registration. They will give you $10! Who else does that!!??
  • Condensed schedule so check it and memorize it!
  • We always like to break a few records…..here are SOME that we could break with your help: Biggest Final race. 2018 = 402. 2017 = 350. 2016 = 335. LEAST DNF’s. 1.3 % is our lowest. Just plan on finishing NO MATTER WHAT!! (but if you trade a bike out in the pits remember your timing tag and NOT in your pocket)
  • Lee Blais has one more chance to stay on the faithful list…..this Saturday. IF he shows he has requested lots of hugs. So give Lee a hug!
  • We need to get WAY MORE LOUD for our last race. Bring your cow bell (no chain saws please). Make some noise this Saturday.
  • This is the LAST race of the season. It will be 309 Days before COTR starts again for Season #15. Do you really want to miss this last race and have to wait 309 days to race again? Get out there
  • We have had a REALLY dry Season #14. Looking forward to having the possibility of some EPIC weather this weekend!!

WIN A BIKE (and really you COULD in theory win 2 bikes). We are giving away 2 bikes this Saturday. First of all everyone that races the Hot Crossed Bunnies race is eligible to win a Norco Threshold Single Speed CX bike from MIVA (Mid Island Velo Association the club putting on the race) and Rock City Cycles. You have to register for the Hot Crossed Bunnies AND be at the awards to win this bike. Second we have our GRAND SERIES PRIZE of a Naked Bikes Cross Frame. Every time you entered a race you were entered to win this prize. SO if you entered 5 races. You have 5 chances to win. You HAVE TO BE at the awards to win!

ZOOM ZOOM RIDERS – We are giving away a FREE PASS to AIRHOUSE to every participant this Saturday. This is a partnership with Airhouse and Mazda-COTR!

PLEASE NOTE THE ADJUSTED SCHEDULE AND IN PARTICULAR THE DIFFERENT TIME FOR Lil’ Nutcase Race.

9:15 – Registration OPEN
10:00 – Beginner Pre-Ride/Mini Clinic. Meet at the start line.
10:30 – Little Nutcase Race. NOTE DIFFERENT TIME (Under 7 years old. Push bikes and pedal bikes)
10:45 – Launch (Beginner) Men 30ish min race
10:47 – Launch (Beginner) Women
11:30 – Kids Mazda Zoom Zoom Race. (7ish to 12ish)
12:00 – Intermediate Men (Includes U17) 40ish min race
12:02 – Intermediate and Masters Women (Includes U17)
1:00 – Masters Men (40-54) 50ish min race
1:02 – Super Masters Men
2:15 – Open Men – 60ish min race
2:16 – Open Women – 50ish min race

FAST CLEAN UP AND RAKE OUT

As close as possible to 3:45 Hot Crossed Bunnies Awards and then Season #14 Series Awards.

As always. NO PRE-RIDING DURING RACES. Do NOT cross the finish line during your pre-ride!!

Parking: Beban park is HUGE. But on any given weekend there is a LOT going on. The best place to park for the race is south of the registration in the gravel lot by the golf course and tennis courts. Be aware that there is a new road access to the Steve Smith Jump park, please do not block it. IF there is no soccer on the Beban fields then that lot will also be available. IF socccer is happening PLEASE DO NOT PARK in the soccer lots to the NORTH of the race venue. The lot by the BMX track is normally under-utilized. The paved parking by the Pool and arena might be over run so it would be best to avoid those lots. Parking on the roadways or grass is strictly forbidden and will get you towed

Team Tents: The main TEAM TENT area will be on just EAST of the sand riding ring. We will NOT be putting team tents up on the opening straight away. Make 100% sure your tent is staked and secured. With wind this week and in the forecast we can not have any tents becoming kites. There will be quite a bit of space for team tents including a new spot where the old barn burned down last year. It is drop and go until we close and lock the gates around 10am. After that point you will have to carry your gear in. On the flip side the gate will be LOCKED until after the open race so it will be carry out until that point. There will be no team vehicles inside the gate or we will run out of space for the team tents.

Registration: (Almost) Mandatory pre-registration will close like normal at 6:00pm the night before the race. In this case that will be FRIDAY NIGHT at 6:00pm. Reminder that if you choose to not pre-register you will not receive a call up. No exceptions. The call up sheets are literally done by 6:10pm the night before the race. The link to register is here.

On Saturday number pick up/license check/check in (and Tycho and Tessa’s special Licorice Stand) will be located in the small red barn (refer to map). Same location we have had it in past years.

Washrooms: There are LOTS of washrooms located in Beban park. EXCEPT in the area where the race is held. The washrooms that we have used in the past that are located in the VIEX grounds are now de-funct. We will have two Port-a-potties in the corner of the gravel parking. You can also locate washrooms in almost all buildings in the park. Both arenas. Down by the artificial turf field. In the Pool. NO DIRTY BIKE SHOES OR DIRTY PEOPLE INSIDE THE BUILDINGS OR WASHROOMS. Clean yourself up BEFORE going into a public area. We want to be able to use this venue again.

Awards: Awards location will be in the large barn behind the finish line.

Race Course: Things are coming together for Saturday’s race. The weather is calling for rain. We’ve been out cutting blackberries and scouting lines. With the rain we’ll have mud, sand, gravel, grass, pavement and off camber hills. Everything you could want for an epic final race of the season. With the rain there will be no BMX track this year as per restrictions/conditions from the BMX club.

Food: AJ’s Island Grill Food Truck will be on-site and ready to serve up breakfast and Lunch. Great coffee, Gourmet burgers, wraps and all sort of deliciousnesses. This year we have also invited Wanna Wafel to come up and join the fun.

Post race: We will want to get the awards going as soon as possible on Saturday. With that in mind please help us both tear down as well as RAKING out the course. With the rain in the forecast the more raking we can do the better the course will look on Sunday when people are driving by or walking through. Please bring a rake and work gloves. Many hands make light work and get the work done FAST. We will make an announcement when we are starting the awards….and…..well…..there will be no one left on course so you will notice that the awards have started!

Course map for 2019

3. Canadian SS CX Championships…….in America!!

The organizers of the USA CX Championships contacted us after noting that the Canadian CX Championships did NOT have a single speed category (again) this year. They offered their race for the Canadian Single Speed Championships. The first time EVER a Canadian Cycling Championships is held OUTSIDE of Canada! What a historic opportunity. Since the American CX Championships is not crammed into 1 day they actually have time on their schedule to pull this off.

Single Speed race at US CX Nationals on Tuesday, December 10th will be consider the Unofficial Canadian SS CX Championships by MFG Cyclocross. If 25 riders register in the men’s race and 10 in women’s race we will do a Jersey Presentation Ceremony following the race. Let’s do this.

Registration is here: https://www.bikereg.com/usa-cycling-cyclocross-nationals

Best Regards,
Terry Buchanan
Low Pressure Promotions, LLC
425-503-2333
Producing MFG Cyclocross since 2009 | Co-Host 2019 US Cyclocross National Championships

Cross on the Rock 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 and local dealers of MAZDA) do NOT support community events.

Cross on the Rock is organized by the council of cross and supported by a lot of bike shops and awesome people.

MAZDA-COTR. Newsletter #11. Season #14. Recovery weekend for some.

MAZDA-COTR. Newsletter #11. Season #14. Recovery weekend for some..

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Get your bike all ready for a weekend of adventure, provincials, or Buttcat racing……..then get it REALLY ready for COTR #7 at Beban Park..

Newsletter #14.

  1. On the Podium
  2. Day of Thunder Review
  3. Lets go Buttcat racing – The Bacon Battle
  4. Last chance for Provincial Cyclocross Championships – – Information

The Warm Ups.

  • Cycling BC wants your feedback ASAP. Please note we support Cycling BC and appreciate their support of our series and racing in BC. That said we do not always see eye to eye on things and that is OK. With feedback sometimes comes improvement and the sport gets bet Cycling BC wants feedback (Deadline November 10th) on their new license fees. Basically they are putting all the licenses up $5 and it looks like they are getting rid of the entry level licenses. This is to cover insurance premiums etc. Our position at COTR has always been “the carrot” rather than “the stick”. We feel that Cycling in the province needs to have more reason’s to buy a license and with that more people will WANT to buy a license and your revenue will rise (covering these things). Rather than putting the price up and risk having less people buy licenses we would like to see better youth and family options that make great INCENTIVES for people to buy licenses. Combine that with better and more fun events and you have a winning prospect and increased revenues. We encourage you to vote “NO” on this and ask Cycling BC to come up with better and more “carrot” like ideas with regards to licenses. Lets GET families out. Lets ENCOURAGE youth. Lets encourage more first timers. Lets have a reduced rate for cyclocross season. More innovative ideas PLEASE! This is the link. Please vote “NO” and ask for them to go back to the drawing board instead of the simple raising it all by $5 approach.
  • Check your points. The series final is DOUBLE POINTS. Podium places have been decided by less than 10 points. Make sure you have all the points you deserve and have earned! Remember only your top 6 race scores count!
  • The final round of Season #14 is coming up FAST. We will have full details next week but there are a couple of things that I will preview here in note form: $$ for mainlanders to help with the ferry. Condensed and slightly altered schedule (‘lil nutcase will be moved so we can do some filming). Hugs for Lee Blais to get him to come and maintain his spot on the “have done at least one race every season” list. The request for WAY MORE cow bell!!
  • The TEAM COMPETITION has been back and forth between Naked Factory Racing and Rock City Cycles – Frontrunners – Kiyo – Muc Off this year with Broad Street Cycles and Hotel Zed Cyledelic Blurs sneaking in for some podiums. As Wendy Simms said years ago, “No one likes it when it is the same people winning all the time”. So it was super awesome and exciting to see Tripleshot on the top step of the team podium this past weekend. Congratulations. We have been loving the Team Competition again this year!
  • The After Party – From Rock City Cycles: We are having our annual year end/cyclocross party and would like to invite all the Cross on the Rock, Miva and Nanaimo MTB members. Could you please pass this on to them for us?
    Rock City Cycles Year End Party
    November 16th 7- ?
    At Rock City Cycles
    Beer, Wine and light snacks
    Featuring DJ AllGood
  • 1. On the Podium for the first time.

    We have noticed you! There are a LOT of you. So many that instead of just scrolling through Roland had to write a special scan program just to figure this out. First time podium’ers!

    Without going WAY-WAY back into the ancient history when the names had changed and we only got 65 people out to a race in total……Roland ran some stats.

    The following racers have made their first top-three podium in the category they are racing this year.

    42 racers in total!! With one more race to go we still might add to this total.

    Open Men:
    Evan Russell
    Michael Van den Ham

    Open Women:
    Denise Mahon
    Emily Unterberger
    Isla Walker
    Kelly Welbourn
    Sarah Roberts

    Masters 40-54
    Kim Steed

    Super Masters 55+
    Andrew Neale
    Brian Griffin
    Dan Smith
    Paul Thompson

    Intermediate Women
    Adele Lay
    Jamie Harker
    Kimberly Chen
    Sabine Worsfold
    Sammy Long
    Sarah Roberts

    Intermediate Men
    Alen Fazlagic
    Campbell Parrish
    Connor Bosenberg
    Damian Parlee
    Diego Franco
    Erik Worm
    Ian Lehton
    Liam Sargent
    LUKE HUBNER

    Masters Women
    Cristin Schlossberger
    Megan Racher
    Shannon Baerg
    Wanda Reddin

    Launch Women
    Hannah Nawroth
    Heidi Henry
    Jade Blouin-Comeau
    Jessica Planeta
    Nadia Macluskie

    Launch Men
    Clem Loveless
    Daryl Vachon
    Jesse Hughes
    Kai Sargent
    Peter Veasey
    Zachary Croome

    2. Day of Thunder Review

    MEGA PHOTO EXTRAVAGANZA

    From our supporter and sponsor Mazda’s Sean Voigt. Sean got a lot of cool live shots that show some of the action. A tonne of photos in here to check out. Also some great shots of the new Mazdas CX’s that were at the race!!

    Chad Grice took some wicked shots of the LAUNCH category as well as some of the races later in the day (that he was not racing in)

    Patrick Burnham’s Photos. I have not actually checked these out yet BUT normally there is some good stuff in there!

    • Big story was the dry race Speedway. I did long for the mud but it does make for an easier day and we had awards outside.
    • No wafel……..sad face.
    • Amazing racing in many categories but particularly enjoyed the battles in the OPEN women.
    • HUGE combined turn out in Masters and Intermediate women!
    • Yes….I did take a hand up!
    • Sean laughing at Mark Law and me while twisting the throttle and making us bleed through our eyes.
    • A couple of bad crashes in areas of the course that were not that technical. Reminding us all that focus in the most important skill to learn in cyclocross. Second most important is tire pressure.

    Notes from race director: Drew MacKenzie

    I think that had to be the driest Speedway race ever! I’m guessing not too many folks were expecting to ride through a sand section this past weekend, but hopefully people enjoyed the variety that the dry weather provided!

    First and foremost, I want to thank all of the volunteers who came out early and stayed long to make this past weekend happen!

    There is literally no way to put on events of this size without the help of so many volunteers and so many other quality individuals who chip in where they see a hand being needed.

    Please strongly consider volunteering if you can and please take a second to show your appreciation and thank these people for their contribution to our beloved cross community. When you see them next, give them a high five, or a beer, or heck give em a hug and say thanks for all that they do:

    Specifically thank you to the following extremely fine folks:

    – Norm, Wendy, Patrick, Brett and Roland for all of their hard work, inspiration and tireless dedication. Words do no justice. Thank you!!

    – Joele Guynup for helping me put on events, and for generally putting up with me during all the many busy weeks leading up them, for so many years now! As I said in last year’s write up, Joele deserves way more of the blame than she gets!

    – Dave Podmoroff – for those that don’t know Dave, he is the Parks Supervisor for the Town of View Royal and has been crucial to Cross Club Victoria having an awesome venue for our Wednesday night practices, but also Dave was out helping set up the course on Saturday for hours on end, then again at the venue early Sunday AM for set up, and he was the last guy to leave Sunday night after we wrapped everything up! Dave you are awesome!!

    COURSE SET UP AND TEAR DOWN:
    Scott Mitchell
    James Pauly
    Andy Achuff
    Matthew McCoy
    Kelly Guest
    Michael Achuff
    Rowan Bélanger
    Geoffrey Wong
    Roland Rabien
    Dave Podmoroff
    Adam Lawrence
    Kyle Denny
    Andrew Neale
    Mark Ashby

    REGISTRATION
    Joele Guynup
    Betsy Mackenzie
    Claire Townsend
    David Dallin
    Ryan Barber
    Peter Wellsman

    BEGINNER PRE-RIDE/CLINIC and ZOOM ZOOM LAP
    Scott Mitchell
    Parker Bloom
    Mandy Farmer
    Andrew Pitre
    Joel Lutz
    Wendy Simms and her helpers.

    TIMING
    Sherry Barnes
    Bruce Falk
    Joanna Fox
    Ros Penty
    Mark Ashby
    Brent Hooper

    LITTLE NUTCASE
    Tycho Thibault
    Tessa Thibault
    Noah Lutz
    Megan Lutz
    Wendy Simms
    and a few other wicked little humans!

    My sincerest apologies if I have missed anyone!

    A massive round of THANK YOUs to everyone who contributes to this great series by chipping in where you see a hand being needed or simply just by coming out and being decent, supportive, fun having participants!

    A very big thank you also to our race sponsors:
    Please remember to vote with your dollars and your kind words the next time you’re out shopping or talking about bikes to friends and strangers alike. The internet does not put on events or provide prizing for all the races in your local community. Make sure to support your local businesses/shops/distributors/representatives that work hard to support the community!

    Extra Event Sponsors (In addition to the series sponsors):
    Lazer Helmets (https://www.lazersport.com/en)

    Shimano ( <http://bike.shimano.com/> bike.shimano.com/)
    Pearl Izumi ( <http://www.pearlizumi.com/> www.pearlizumi.com/)
    Pro Components ( <http://www.pro-bikegear.com/en-gb>
    www.pro-bikegear.com/en-gb)

    3. Lets go Buttcat Racing – The Bacon Battle

    The Third annual Bacon Battle powered by Butt Cat Racing is happening this Sunday Nov 10th at 4351 Blenkinsop rd and it costs $10. Registration starts at 10:15 and the “B” race starts at 11, “A” race will begin when “B” race has finished! Entry is 10 dollars (and included porky snacks and entry for draw prizes) to anyone with Cycling BC insurance and race day insurance can be purchased for an additional $10 on site day of. Looking forward to seeing everyone out for an awesome race!

    Contact Max at 250-885-4847 if you have any questions !

    4. Provincial Championships Information

    Registration CLOSES on November 7th.

    We have sent our standings into Cycling BC…..so if you are in a good position with COTR you will get a good call up at Provincials!!

    If you are planning on racing the BC Provincial Championships in Kelowna on November 10th they have published the tech guide. This has all the information you need.

    https://cyclingbc.net/news/2019/10/18/school-of-hard-knox-2019-bc-cyclocross-championships-pb-chainline-cycle/

    Again – – Registration CLOSES on November 7th.

    Cross on the Rock 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 and local dealers of MAZDA) do NOT support community events.

    Cross on the Rock is organized by the council of cross and supported by a lot of bike shops and awesome people.

    Sending it into the weekend like Nik Kay

MAZDA-COTR. Newsletter #10. Season #14. Day of Thunder

MAZDA-COTR. Newsletter #10. Season #14. Day of Thunder.

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Bikes washed, lubed and ready to race COTR #6 this Sunday at Western Speedway..

Newsletter #9.

  1. Day of Thunder Preview
  2. Crosstoberfest Review
  3. Provincial Cyclocross Championships Information

Newsletter formatting: A long time reader and sometime racer sent me a note about the BIG left hand margin on our newsletters when they come by e-mail (Mobile formatting is a totally different issue we will get to in the off season). Our publishers have been working on this issue within the Mail Chimp platform but even though everything is clicked “Align Left” we still have that margin happening. Our apologies for making you scroll over. We will keep working on improving that situation.

The Warm Ups.

  • A lot of photos from Crosstoberfest this week. With the amazing weather the cameras came out. Look for the links down below.
  • A special thanks from Jade Blouin-Comeau’s mom to Chad Grice for coming to the aid after her crash at Bowen Park. It is always feels great to be a part of this community when people are so helpful and caring.
  • Repeat: We have been pumped on the increase in riders in OPEN with The FREE JUMP up for Women at Cross on the Rock. Lets keep that rolling for the last two race. Make sure you keep your normal race number and timing chip but let the registration crew know you are doing a second race. Guys this option is also open to you but…..it is $10 (still a great deal). (Also note this is good for someone racing Launch that wants to try a second race as well)
  • Pre-Registration for Day of Thunder (and your only chance for getting a call up) closes at 6:00 on Saturday night.
  • Keep an eye on our Facebook page leading into the race for all the updates and the latest news.

1. Day of Thunder Preview

Norm’s Notes.
The use of Western Speedway at Cross on the Rock goes back to 2011 and the Ricky Bobby Cameron (for Cameron Law) Cross. Check out the results here: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=36

Since that amazing day of racing with the Dilly Bar Hand Ups this venue has been used every year. We love it!! Check out the Elite Men’s podium from our very first year. We sure hope Tyler Trace is coming back again (and Russell Anderson)

Location:
Western Speedway is located just outside of Victoria in Langford @ 2207 Millstream Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 0J7. Pretty straight forward to locate using your preferred map service and lots of parking in the main lot near the Speedway. Once you turn off Millstream Road into the venue follow the signs for the Speedway which is located in the back right corner of the massive parking lot. See map below for where to park.

Venue Facilities:
See Venue Map for more details
Registration – located indoors under the grandstand.
Washrooms – there is a smaller washroom facility available on the infield near the team tent area as well as massive indoor washrooms under the grandstand near registration.

Parking – IMPORTANT NOTE – a portion of the massive parking lot is booked for Ambulance driver training, so please be courteous when pulling into the complex. Overflow parking is available should it be needed. See venue map for more details.

Food:
The best waffles in the business, Wannawafel (https://wannawafel.com/ ) will be on site serving up tasty Belgian inspired goodness.
Saltchuck Pie Company (https://saltchuckpies.com/ ) will also be on site for the race, serving up a variety of different pies… meat and sweet!

Team Tent Area:
There will be a designated tent set up area close to food trucks and finish line area on the infield of the race track. See venue map for exact location.
Team tent space is limited. First come first serve. No parking in the Team Tent area.
Arrive before 9:30 AM if you want to drive onto race track, drop off tent, and then return to main lot to park. There will be no racer parking spaces available on the infield.

Event Sponsors:
A massive thanks to our extraordinary event sponsors for supplying all the race tape (so much race tape!) and a huge amount of prizing.
Lazer Helmets (https://www.lazersport.com/en)
Shimano (http://www.bike.shimano.com/)
Pearl Izumi (http://www.www.pearlizumi.com/)
Pro Components (http://www.www.pro-bikegear.com/en-gb)

Course Description:
To keep things exciting and fresh, this year’s COTR course will feature a slightly adapted version of past COTR events at Western Speedway and 2015’s SSCXWC (Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships) course. Probably with less boats, snow, or shortcuts, but ya never know!

With a wide motocross style start on dirt, a paved finish line straight away, and every other type of surface in between, the course will be a fun but technically challenging mix of slow, fast, and really slow with a number of potential on-off bike sections thrown in for good measure.

Venue Map

Awesome Event Poster

2. Crosstoberfest Review

Norm’s notes
It was so great to be greeted with an amazing sun rise over Transfer Beach on Sunday as we previewed the course and put the final touches on set up. I know we ALL LOVE the mud but in cases when we are running a race so late in October and it is a beautiful public venue it is much better all around to have good weather. Ladysmith has always been super supportive of this event and this year was no different. They went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. Thanks to everyone for coming up. We know that the weekend before Halloween can sometimes be a busy one socially so to have such a great turn out for the series is great!

Photos and Photos and Photos Links!!

Photos from Sean Voigt (One of Mazda representatives). Some great shots of the Lil’Nutcase race.

Photos from Patrick Burnham.

Photos from Luke Hubner of the OPEN races (more of the Masters coming later)

Photos from Chad Grice

Review from the race directors Mike and Tara
Hi everyone!! Crosstoberfest 2019 is in the books and you guys and gals made it happen!!

Mike and I wanted to send an enormous THANK YOU to you!!

Thanks to the hard working crew on Saturday night of David, Ethan, Shawn, Manny, Heather, Michael and Jack, Evelyn, Shannon, Sue, Tiffany, Todd and Trevor. Little Jack Gregory will go on record for being the youngest volunteer in the history of Crosstoberfest!!! Ethan set a strong example of what Jack can aspire to be at the ripe old age of 7!! Everyone just jumped in and designed the course!

It seemed like all the racers enjoyed it, there were several challenging and tricky bits and such a beautiful palette of a park to work with!!!

That leads into the next special THANKS! This one is to the Ladysmith Parks and Recreation department and the Town of Ladysmith. This race could not have happened without their support. They were also so keen about this that several of their top notch staff even came and volunteered! Thanks to all of you… Sue, Shannon, Clayton, Tiffany and Ryan!

And now, the main event!!
Manny, Heather, Todd, Tiffany, Helen, Suilven, Jenna, John, Ryan, Jen, Edric, Kristin, Clayton, Sue, Shannon, Ryan… i can safely say, for most volunteer positions there were moments of laughs, multi tasking, dealing with challenging issues, appreciation for how tough standing all day can be as a volunteer… all of these things! Thank you for working through all of these things to help make this event happen!! All of you took on many different jobs and just rolled with it! YOU, each of you, made this day what it was!

This was an especially wonderful crew of versatile people !!

Much appreciation to Tycho and Tessa for taking over course design for the kids course!
Thanks to Medix, Wannawafel, TacoMania, and the Ladysmith Bakery for safety, food and prizes!!

And… to Norm and Wendy (and Patrick)… thank you for all you put into the series.

Ok… before I get too sappy…
THANKS.

If you have any feedback please do not hesitate to give it.
(I will have more safety vests next year).

Sincerely,
Tara and Mike

3. Provincial Championships Information

If you are planning on racing the BC Provincial Championships in Kelowna on November 10th they have published the tech guide. This has all the information you need.

https://cyclingbc.net/news/2019/10/18/school-of-hard-knox-2019-bc-cyclocross-championships-pb-chainline-cycle/

Registration CLOSES on November 7th.

Cross on the Rock 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 and local dealers of MAZDA) do NOT support community events.

Cross on the Rock is organized by the council of cross and supported by a lot of bike shops and awesome people.

The kids these days can jump anything! While most of the racers were barely making it over this rise Carter was getting some serious air! Good luck to Sean Lunny, Carter, Emily and Sam at the National Championships this weekend in Peterborough. (Not sure if anyone else is going).