Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #11 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off.

The Warm up.
· Does anyone have a pair of Winter weight bib tights from Top of the Rock cross at Mt. Washington? Mark Grant is missing a pair and would LOVE to get those back.

· Speaking of Lost and Found items. We are starting to ACCUMULATE a lot of things in the box. So much so that I have to get a bigger box. I will take a photo and make a list for the next newsletter if I can. In the meantime if you are missing something let me know.

· In the same theme…..are you missing your helmet from Farmer Bills? IF it is/was a white GIRO…..and you don’t have it. Roland does.

COTR Segments

· If you are a fan of the Mazda Zoom Zoom Half Track races and you have a Zoom Zoom’er racing you will be happy to know that we have caught up on the results for those races. We know how much the kids kid seeing their names on the web site. Here is the link:

· While looking over lap splits for the “Hot Laps” feature below I was impressed by Peter Stevenson ripping it up in Expert as the oldest racer there (50) and Ethan Pauley for being the youngest (16). Pretty awesome to see such a wide range of ages being so competitive at the highest level of COTR!

· Photos from Sean Voight at Pacific Mazda. A LOT of Photos:

· If you were watching the UCI world Road Racing Championships the weekend before last and happened to watch the Junior Women’s race you might have caught this impressive save: by one Canadian rider. Listen to the announcer. She probably would never know that Erin is one of us! One of 2 COTR racers at World Road race championships with Adam de Vos. Both products of the Triple Shot youth cycling program.

· If you are looking for some inspiration for on the trainer or while doing your core work this week. Check out the CX World Cup races from Valkenburg (NED) this past weekend. Men’s: and Women’s

In newsletter #11

1. Cleaning up from Farmer Bills. Cattle X-ing. Thompson Farm. Port Alberni.

2. Hot Laps

3. COTR 2016 Hats. Inventory

4. The DOUBLE HEADER approaches

1. Cleaning up from Farmer Bills. Cattle X-ing. Thompson Farm. Port Alberni.

It takes a LOT of work to put on a COTR race. A LOT of work!!

Famer Bill’s master race director, Lee Blais, would like to give a giant thanks to the following :

– Farmer Bill Thompson and son Billy.
-Dennis Jonnson and the Sproat lake fire department. (for first aid AS WELL as setting up an extra power washer!!)
– The many tireless volunteers that jump at a moments notice..xoxoxox
-Micheal (the Bull) Parcher.
– Charles Thomas
– Orange sport supply
-Totally Board Surf Company
– Lime ‘N food truck
– The racers… you came and braved the course. Thank you!!

Race day highlights:

– A very satisfyingly long embrace from Normon.
– Farmer Billy promising to race next year (which means we’ll be on the schedule 2017!! Yessssss) (Norm’s note…schedule has not be determined for 2017)
– Charles Thomas racing his custom drop bar run bike. Have a look for a photo of this.
– Deep fried pickles
– Donuts
– Sunshine
– Mud!!!!!

Norm’s Notes

It was great to be back in Port Alberni racing COTR again this last Sunday.

Furthest Westerly race in North America!?!?

247 Racers

96% finishers

Great Numbers.

BIGGEST bike race in Port Alberni’s History I heard. That would have to be confirmed as I remember a Stage Road Race in the mid 90’s that had a LOT of riders. TT, Crit.

Would 247 beat BCBR year 2?

Regardless it was about 34% bigger than last time we raced with almost the exact same finish percentage.

Huge thanks to everyone that came out. It is a bit of an adventure getting there so we hope we make it worth your while.

2. Hot Laps

You know how much we LOVE stats and numbers! (

With that in mind we went through the Lap Sheets from Farmer Bills to check out each categories FASTEST LAP and when that fast lap happened. This is what we found out.

Nicholas Knight was the winner for the beginner men and he also recorded the fastest lap on his last of 3 laps with a 9:34
In the women’s beginner Olivia Gribbon won and also had the fastest lap 11:39…..on her 2/2 laps….kind of a default as we did not count the opening lap and Olivia’s category only did 2 laps.

This year’s female speedster, Haley Lounsbury, won the women’s race against the biggest women’s field of the day. Her fastest lap was a 11:06 on the 2nd of 3 laps around the farm.
Carter Woods did not win the Intermediate category BUT he did record the fastest lap with a 8:54 on his 2nd of 4 laps.

Masters Men
Pro City Racing’s, Sean Cruickshank, rocked the fastest lap of the 45 racers on his 2nd of 5 laps with a 8:44. He ended up finishing 2nd of the 45 racers in the 40-54 race.
Undefeated Bill McMillan knocked off a 9:24 on his way to first during his 3rd of 4 laps.

The 2nd undefeated rider of the season, Carey Mark, laid down her quickest lap on the 2nd of 4 laps. Fastest of the Expert women….but only the 2nd fastest women of the day with Mical Dyck taking that title with a 9:07 while racing the boys in Expert.
And the FASTEST of the Hot Laps for the day was Drew MacKenzie on his way to his 11th win and moving him up to 5th place for all time number of COTR wins. He had a 8:08 on his 2nd of 7 laps with the competitive Expert field in Port Alberni.

3. COTR 2016 Hats. Inventory.

Sew what I Sew in Cumberland did an extra batch of the 2 styles we sold out of. So have 7 more of the Green and 8 of the Grey. $28 if you have exact change. $30 if you don’t! This will be the last batch of hats for 2016. We will have them at the Double Header and expect they will pretty much be gone after that. First come.



4. The DOUBLE HEADER approaches


On the November 5th and 6th weekend.
2 races
2 days
2 course
3 events
300+ racers
2 sets of points available
‘Lil Nutcase
Zoom Zoom Half Track

Limited registration……like normal……so DO NOT MISS OUT!!



Parting Shot from Patrick Burnham who has been normally too busy behind the timing set up to pick up his camera this year. He made an exception at Farmer Bills.

Finish of the Masters Men’s 40-54. Totally spent.

Finish of the Masters Men’s 40-54. Totally spent.


Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #10 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off.

The Warm up.

  • Heard in the school yard this morning during drop off.  “Yesterday I got Rock City Cycles to convert my Private Jake to a single speed.  This morning I woke up with a full beard”.
  • Word over my e-mail is of a new cx event in the Cowichan Valley.  Night race on December 9th and a day time race on the 10th.  My vacation time is already booked so I will not be in attendance…..but it does not mean you can’t enjoy it.  Also around this same time is normally the Semi-Prestige race which we will keep you posted on.

COTR Segments


A few more Questions from us and answers from Drew MacKenzie about Bear X-Ing this year.  COTR #4.  This stuff was after deadline for Newsletter #9

What did you like?

People’s general excitement for racing cross. I loved the cheering going on near the finish line steep drop in and through tent alley. It was pretty fun to watch people who didn’t think they could do it ride the steep drop in for the first time. Also pretty scary to watch some folks doing it during the race. Hearing from the adults that the race course was too hard and at the same time getting guff from a 7 year old that the kids course was too easy!

Who looked good out there?

Everyone! Pandering aside, Felix Burke was looking pretty good out there, same with Parker Bloom. Mical was looking like she had been out for a run recently ; )

How did you like racing the course……

Course was good to race, more elevation changes and rougher terrain was fun. But even with modifications it was maybe still not selective enough.  Need to make it harder next year! Bring on the mud!

In newsletter #9

  1. Farmer Bills. Cattle X-ing.  Thompson Farm.  Port Alberni.  This Sunday.
  2. Interview with Lee Blais
  3. COTR 2016 Hats.  Re-Ordered
  4. Triple Shot Cross Fondo. Look Back.
  1. Farmer Bills. Cattle X-ing.  Thompson Farm.  Port Alberni.  This Sunday.


Pre-registration has become (Almost 100%) Mandatory so make sure you register by 8pm on Saturday the 22nd or before.  Here is the link:

 It’s time to spend a day at the farm! We are back at Farmer Bill’s so get out your tractor tires, safety goggles and lube yourselves up so the cow poo don’t stick – YEEHAW! This 3.2 km course is filled with deep, bumpy wet grass, piles of bear ‘apple sauce’, twists, turns, off-camber descents, a haunted barn roll through, electric fences and possible run ins with lonely bulls!

The Lime’n food truck will be serving up deep fried pickles and their famous jerk chicken… and of course we’ll have Normon’s favorite donuts to tempt you at check-in. You will need the extra calories to plow through this course


The Thompson family have lived and run this Beautiful farm including McCoy lake for over a century. Farmer Bill’s is Located on Highway 4 across from the Tseshaht market 10km out of Alberni on your way to Tofino.  Bathrooms on site. Some parking on site and more across the street. Let’s keep it clean and be respectful of this families property.  PLEASE be careful crossing the road.  It is a HIGHWAY!


  1. Interview with Lee Blais
  1. Lee.  You started doing COTR in 2006 when you did 3 events (out of 4 at the time).  In 2007, 2008 and 2009 you only did 1 race a year.  Since then you have done 40 races in the last 6 years….almost all of the races.  What hooked you in?

What hooked me in??? the ridiculousness of the sport!! tiny tires, tasting blood..the strategy and all out battles in the corners… and I decided to work on my fitness a bit which made it more fun.

  1. Having done your first COTR race in 2006 and still racing in 2016.  What have you seen as being the biggest change at the events?

The biggest change as of late has been the huge spike in attendance of course.. way more female competitors and youth. It’s brought the island cycling community together.

  1. This will be the 4th time we will be racing at Farmer Bills.  What can we expect to be the same and what different on Sunday?

4th? (Norm’s Note: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) was sure it was on the 3rd time we’ve raced farmer Bill’s. Of course we’re racing through the barn and yes, there will be mud..lots of mud. There will be more opportunity to pass this year if you have    the power. We’ve also added some new singletrack through a treed section.

  1. What gear do you normally run and what gear will you be running on Sunday?

I normally run 38-18 gearing for the most races.. 2 teeth easier for farmer Bill’s, maybe 3? we’ll see how the course shapes up for the masters.

  1. When will you get a rear derailleur?

Rear derailleur? Ummm, another 6 years maybe?.. probably not though.

  1. When will you get real brakes?

Paul mini moto’s aren’t real? they don’t always stop well.

  1. Historically who has been your biggest nemesis?

Fluffy!! Dave Damery, Joel Lutz,.. Ken Olson, Dave Novak. (Norm’s note: and Dan Clements)


  1. COTR 2016 Hats.  More Coming.

Our COTR 2016 Hats made up by Sew What I Sew in Cumberland have been a HOT item.  We sold out of 2 styles so far because they are sweet.  We should have more of the Green and Grey for Farmer Bills this weekend.  $28 if you have exact change.  $30 if you don’t!  First come.



  1. No COTR race this weekend…..but there is the Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

Uncharted Territory. Big Grins. As Promised.

Tripleshot Youth Team says thanks to everyone who rode, supported, cheered and volunteered at the 2016 Tripleshot Cross Fondo. Dubbed #typhooncross the day before, the storm didn’t materialize but there was enough rain to make it a true cross event. 120 riders (40K 97, 20K, 23) from 11-70 years old finished with mud-splattered grins, with Clayton Hiltz and Katie Button claiming the 40K and Kurt Innes and Heather Ranson the 20K.  Lots of great comments were heard over beer and burgers, “very cool to link up some new trails”, “Tripleshot kids washing my bike made me feel like a pro”, and from Lynne Holt, “one of my favourite moments during the ride was waiting for sheep to cross the trail.”


Full results at and

Great photos by Vincent Whiteveen at … 120433735/




Parting Shot.  One of the more controversial moves EVER in the history of COTR.  Tom Skinner.

Parting Shot. One of the more controversial moves EVER in the history of COTR. Tom Skinner.

Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #9 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Wrapping up Bear X-Ing.

The Warm up.

From Sean Voight at Pacific Mazda.
I will post photos and video on Facebook tomorrow

Bear Mountain was a blast great venue and track Perfect day

(GREAT little Video….check it out)

COTR Segments
· The Hose at Bear X-ing….wow! That thing was a full on fire hose? #checkyourBBbearings

· Front page of the Times Colonist and the sports section on the SAME DAY and on Victoria Marathon weekend! So awesome!

· Congratulations to Eva Leikermoser (Trail Bicycles) for her first category win in Beginner Women.

· Congratulations to Phil Schum (KPH) for his first COTR win in Men’s Intermediate.

· Steph Roorda’s 2nd COTR race…..the last one was in 2006 at Cowboy Cross ( and she rocked at 2nd place in Expert Women

· Katie Button taking the 3rd spot in the Expert Women’s category in her 2nd COTR race.

· Young Felix Burke (Broad Street Cycles) taking his first expert podium spot (2nd). Felix almost had the win when he laid down the fastest lap of the day on lap 8/10 with a 6:51 but he suffered an untimely puncture on the last lap that let Parker Bloom slip by him.

· Have you checked out the lap sheets with splits? A LOT better capture rate at this event with fewer errors. Still not 100% but the racers are getting the notes and adjusting their wrist bands, clearing the finish line and generally we are doing things a bit better….please keep it up!

· Seeing a few “independent” riders swapping teams at Bear X-ing to give more potential points in the team competition. Looks like it is getting competitive!! Victoria Wheelers are still a head. Check the standings here:

· Just passing the Half Way point in the series with 4 of 8 events down. How is your category shaking up for points? How are your epic battle stats? Can you catch that guy in front of you? Will the guy behind you catch you? Check it:

· Still LOTs of racing left. 1 “regular” race. 1 Double header. Then finishing up with the series final and double points!!

Next Event: Farmer Bills. October 23, 2016. Port Alberni.
There will be a full preview on this event in COTR Newsletter 2016 #10 next week but just a little info here. Last year in our end-of-year survey one of the most frequent comments was, “Bring back Farmer Bills”. COTR’ers LOVE this venue and this course. And of course we are almost always guaranteed MUD. Lee from Ozzies Cycles in Port Alberni has already been out to the farm and has been tweaking the course. I personally can’t wait.

Pre-registration has become (Almost 100%) Mandatory so make sure you register by 8pm on Saturday the 22nd or before. Here is the link:

In newsletter #9

1. The rising tide. Tires.
2. Bear X-Ing Wrap Up.
3. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity.
4. No COTR race this weekend…..but there is the Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

1. The Rising Tide. Tires.

Here are COTR we have a competitive little grassroots series going on. The main goal was and remains for everyone to improve. Does not matter if you are trying to improve your results, placing, performance, skill, competitiveness or just beat your buddy. We all want to improve. We want you to improve.

With that though we reached out to our 8 category winners from Bear X-ing and asked them about one of the most important aspects of your bike; their tires. This is your main contact between yourself and the ground. Type of tire and pressure are 2 key ingredients to cross success.

We asked each of the winners the following questions:
1. What tires did you run at Bear X-ing?
2. That pressure did you run?
3. Tubeless or Tubes?
4. What do you weigh?

Here are their responses.

Women’s Winner: Eva Leikermoser (Trail Bicycles)
1. Vittoria EVO XG tubular tires
2. Good Question! We don’t know. There are no valve stems so Chris filled them by feel. Guessing 35lbs?? But they have a bit of a slow leak, so who knows?
3. Tubulars so they have tubes
4. Approx. 90lbs

Men’s Winner: Nicholas Knight (Arrowsmith Bikes)
1. My tires are Maxxis Mud Wrestler
2. my front is at 28 , My back is at 30
3. Tubes
4. my weight is about 120 lbs

Women’s Winner: Glenowyn Carlson (Pro Kitty Racing)
1. Tire pressure I know nothing about it, just pumped to above 30, seemed good
2. Just bought new tires, thought that all of my old ones were probably worn out, Racing Ralph’s,
3. Tubes
4. I’m a big person in a smaller person sport 68 to 71 kg

Men’s winner: Phil Schum (KPH)
1. 33 mm schwalbe x-1
2. About 42 psi
3. Tubeless
4. 215 pounds

Men’s Masters
Men’s 40-54 Winner: Normon Thibault (MIVA-Frontrunners-Rock City Cycles)
1. Challenge Limus Tubulars
2. 24lbs Front. 25.5lbs Rear
3. Tubular so they have tubes
4. 170lbs

Men’s 55+ Supermaster Winner: Bill McMillan (MIVA)
1. Michelin mud 2
2. 33 front 34 rear
3. Tubeless
4. I weigh about 160lb

Women’s Winner: Carey Mark (Coal City Cycles)
1. tires are Specialized Terra Pros. (Bought them last year to be UCI “width” friendly)
2. front and back 25 a piece. (Rear is still holding some last years stan’s)
3. Tubeless
4. hmm today probably around 125

Men’s Winner: Parker Bloom (Bored Street Cycles)
1. FMB Super Muds (
2. 1.5 bar F, 1.6 bar R.
3. Tubulars so they have tubes
4. 60kgs in a rain storm.

2. Bear X-Ing Wrap Up

From Drew.

First off, a very special thanks to Norm, Katie and Roland for all of their hard work and tireless dedication to making the COTR series so awesome.

Secondly, I really want to focus on thanking the volunteers that helped out with COTR Bear Mtn. Without these fine folks none of this could happen.

When you see them at the next race, make sure to thank these folks:

Volunteer Wrangling:

The one and only, the incomparable Sylvia Storry.

Course Set Up crew:

1. Sylvia Storry
2. Cam McLellan
3. Amy Errington
4. Sabrina McLeod
5. Ian Brown
6. Curtis Schlossberger
7. Denise Mahon
8. Dave Podmoroff
9. Doug Doyle
10. Lister Farrar and his merry band of Triple Shot athletes
11. Joele Guynup
12. Kelly Guest
13. Rob Britton

Registration Team:

1. Ann Patrick and her daughters
2. Joanna Fox
3. Betsy Mackenzie
4. Patricia Roney
5. Sharon Hume
6. Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
7. Sylvia Storry

Timing Team:

1. Bruce Falk
2. Ritchie Collins
3. Victoria Leeson
4. Paul Brend
5. Darrel Barnes
6. Sherry Barnes
7. Roanne English
8. Warren McCall
9. Heather Simonson
10. Eric Simonson

Impromptu Tear Down team:

1. Matt Hornland
2. Adam Walker
3. Parker Bloom
4. Kris Sneddon
5. Jon Watkin
6. Lister Farrar
7. Joele Guynup
8. Roanne English
9. Terry McKall

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 cyclocross 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 you!

Shimano (
Pearl Izumi (
Pro Components (

And last but not least, a big thank you to Bear Mountain for hosting us once again. For the third year in a row Bear Mountain and the Westin have graciously let us take full advantage of the groomed cyclocross playground that is their driving range, and the best awards patio in existence, and yet has never once questioned our lack of cardigans and golf knickers.

From Norm
· BIG thanks to Richard Cook for towing the trailer down after Tugboat Cross to Bear Mountain for last weekend’s race.

· Thanks to Jak Mar at Island Cycles on Quadra for supplying the Super Masters prizes

· Peter and Cycles Lambert for the Muc Off for prizing.

· Phillips for Beer for the SSers

· Ho Jo for Draw Prizes

· And Bear Mountain!!

3. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity

Our COTR 2016 Hats made up by Sew What I Sew in Cumberland have been a HOT item. We sold out of 2 styles so far because they are sweet. I am going to try to get a few more of the Grey ones and maybe one other colour for Farmer Bills. $28 if you have exact change. $30 if you don’t! First come.

Remaining Styles are:



4. No COTR race this weekend…..but there is the Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

20km or 40km.

I stood on the edge of the Bear X-ing course last Sunday and Lister walked up beside me and said, “See that steam over there? That is where we are riding to next Sunday”. He was pointing WAY off into the distance. Triple Shot has been working on this for quite a while so this should be an AMAZING event and a tonne of fun. Get out on your CROSS bike….prepare for the rest of the COTR season. Have a great time!!

Check out this promo edit for the crossfondo:

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9am: Victoria BC’s first mass participation off-road cycling event for all ages and abilities winds through flowy pine-needle trails and hairpin turns, over hills, roots and rocks, and churns through chunky peanut butter mud and puddles. Oh, and maybe a few hike-a-bike sections.

If you have always wanted to do Three Peaks in England ( but have not checked it off your list. This is the closest we will get in Canada!!

Should be AWESOME



Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #8 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #4: Getting ready for Bear X-Ing.

COTR Segments

· I think I have fixed the formatting issue for the newsletter that have made the images “disappear”. You should be able to see the banners at the bottom and any other photos in the newsletters this week. If you can’t……I will go back to the keyboard and mouse and figure it out (or it might be your settings)

· Where was the MECX team at Tugboat? Only 2 racers getting points??

· Check out the re-formatted page for the Team standings that Roland has been working on.

· Besides the Bear X-ing and the Royal Victoria Running Festival this weekend there is another event going on Saturday south-west of here on the island of KONA. One of our own COTR racers, Peter Reid, was just inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame this week down in Hawaii (that is why he missed Tugboat and will miss Bear). Check out this article written a bit about Peter here:

Huge Congratulations Peter!
· Good luck to sometimes COTR racer Jason Sandquist racing the BIG show in KONA.

In newsletter #8

1. Bear X-Ing Preview and Information.
2. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity.
3. Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

1. Bear X-Ing Preview and Information

It is getting close to being MANDATORY but for now it is still (almost) mandatory. Registration CLOSES at 8:00 pm on Sunday Night. Before you e-mail me at 8:01pm, 9:05pm etc about re-opening it or us registering you…..the answer is “no”. We have other things to do!!

Registration link:
Note: Masters and Intermediate MAY fill up… don’t wait. (note: last year’s Intermediate at Bear X-Ing is over our 80 limit now)

One of the most important things you need to know about this coming Monday’s race is…it is in the SAME spot as the last 2 years. If you were not there for the last 2 years just drive to the top of Bear Mountain and look for signs.

Making use of the entirety of the ever changing Bear Mountain Golf Driving Range, plus some new “off range” sections and off-bike features, the race course will be like last year’s super-fast rolling and flowy endeavour but changed up from the previous 2 editions to make use of the undulating and perfectly groomed golf course terrain in new and exciting ways. There will still be lots of bermed corners, off camber sections and high speed momentum sectors, but there will also be some more challenging sections as well to mix things up from previous years.

Just like last year traffic control signage will be directing all cyclocross participants and fans to the corporate parking lot holding up to 280 cars.

From the parking lot, signage will guide participants to the race venue area 600m away.

TEAM TENT AREA – make sure to RSVP
Once again there will be a designated TENT ALLEY course section (with barriers!) for this year’s Bear Crossing. If you want to reserve a team tent spot fire Drew a note (

Keep in mind that Bear Mtn has very limited parking down at the driving range and so team’s wanting to be part of TENT ALLEY will have to drive down the gravel road, drop off their tent and then drive their vehicle back up to the main parking lot.

Water and bike cleaning area will be available at the back of The HUB located en-route between the main parking lots and the race course. (IF there is a hose bib that we can locate at the driving range we will also set up the power washer for pre and during events. Post event washes are expected to be done at “The HUB”)

Shimano (
Pearl Izumi (
Pro Components (

The best waffles in the business, Wannawafel will be on site.

We will also have a beer cart next to TENT ALLEY. Cash / Debit / Credit all accepted as payment for beer.

Following the Expert races, Awards will take place on the Masters Lounge Patio at the Westin Bear Mountain Resort. The Masters Lounge will be serving a pared down menu of pub fare (wings, soup, salad, pizza, burgers, and sandwiches) and will have a beer special – Lighthouse Lager for $5/pint. Lots of food options and one of the best views of any awards venue out there.

The weather is looking 50/50 at the moment, so if it’s wet and rainy we will provide some extra coverage on the Patio to keep everyone dry

2. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity

Short note on this one. We have had some COTR 2016 Hats made up by Sew What I Sew in Cumberland. They are sweet. 4 styles and so far the first 4 people that have them (Race directors) all picked different ones. So the score is 1 all. . We will have them at Bear X-ing for $28. First come.






3. (will keep repeating until October 16th) Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

Check out this promo edit for the crossfondo:

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9am: Victoria BC’s first mass participation off-road cycling event for all ages and abilities winds through flowy pine-needle trails and hairpin turns, over hills, roots and rocks, and churns through chunky peanut butter mud and puddles. Oh, and maybe a few hike-a-bike sections.

If you have always wanted to do Three Peaks in England ( but have not checked it off your list. This is the closest we will get in Canada!!

Should be AWESOME

All for now. See you Monday!!




Mazda – COTR – Newsletter 2016 #7 – Cleaned and prepped by Muc Off. Race #3: Tugboat Cross close out.

COTR Segments

* Nice to see Sean Lunny (Rock City Cycles) return to COTR after an 8 year absence. Sean made it from the back row of Masters all the way up to 6th place. An amazing ride!
* Nathan Braun continues to do great in the Beginner men’s category with his 2nd win in 2 start this year.
* Isla Walker in Beginner women’s category went 3 for 3 for 2016 at Transfer Beach
* Carter Woods (Dodge City Cycles) won his second intermediate race out of two this year as did Brian Green in Masters Men.
* Emily Boyle took her first Victory in 6 races and gained valuable team points for Victoria Wheelers.
* Bill McMillan took his 9th win in a row in Super Master.
* Amazing to see 50 year old Pete Stevenson lining up on the front row of Expert Men.
* Sorry to not see how young Emily Johnston (Trail Bikes) would have done on the hilly technical Tugboat race with her rare absence from a COTR event.


* BIG thanks to Richard Cook for hooking up the equipment trailer and giving it a tow down to Bear Mountain for Race #4
* The Zoom Zoom Half Track and ‘Lil Nutcase Kids racers had books as prizes this weekend curtesy of the re-purposed hill climb primes from Mt. Washington. Thanks Morgan Harker and Drew MacKenzie

A week today is Bear X-ing. Our Thanksgiving Monday event is typically the BIGGEST and most festive cross race of the season. We can’t wait to host it and Drew MacKenzie has designed a brand new course due to the on-going construction at Bear Mountain. It should be great. More details will follow on Thursday night heading into the long weekend. Register here:

Before we proceed into the main body of the newsletter we just need to re-address something that comes up every year. Helmets.

Yesterday we had a few incidents where this was “less than ideal”. Here are two;

The first one was before races started with a dad riding the course with his son. Son had helmet on. Father did not. Certainly not a great example and certainly not safe.

The second one a rider racing in the elite category was riding UP and DOWN the road leading to the park warming up with his headphones on, and no helmet. A car was driving towards the park stopped at the “race in progress” sign and decided to turn left into the gravel parking lot by the “amphitheater stairs”. The rider who was doing sprints up and down the road approached the stopped vehicle at decent pace, snaked around the car on its left, which now is turning, nearly avoiding collision, and then threw hand gestures in the air towards the driver.

In this case we have more than one problem: Helmet. Headphones, bad pr and really bad behavior. All not great for COTR. This rider knows who they are.

A few points:

* COTR is NOT a UCI world championships race….the riders here are not “pros”. So no need to try to be super cool.
* COTR usually do not have a closed venue, we almost always share the parks/roads we race on with other users/drivers
* Riders should always wear helmets especially riding on public roads, since, it’s the law
* Youths always look up to adults, parents or “elite” riders, if you are one or both or all three don’t set bad examples

IF this turns out is not enough of a reminder then we will have to increase the penalty.

In newsletter #7

1. Tugboat we Loved you 2. Interview with Tugboat Cross Expert Winners; Carey Mark and Drew MacKenzie 3. COTR 2016 Hats. Limited Quanity. 4. Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

1. Tugboat we loved you.

From Race directors, racers and awesome organizers Tara and Mike Pollock Thanks to: Jim Allair Chris Birch Trevor Jones Pete Stevenson Glenn Popenko Rich Huggins Caitlin Dave Pady Aaron Clare MacKinnon Helen Gibbins Kathy Theobold Tiffany Wong Jen and Chris Day Sue Glenn Kari Pollock Natalie Jones Sydney O’Toole Tom Rozendaal

Thanks to event sponsors: Active Solutions and Health Coal City Cycles Old Town Bakery the Town of Ladysmith Mexican Food Mafia Wolf Brewing.

Interesting points: Rich Huggins who helped with the kids races, said that his 3 year old daughter, who raced for the first time, wore her number for the rest of the day and kept running around the house, pretending that she was racing her friends! Such a great introduction for kids!!

Observations and notes:
* The course this year was easy on the eyes (as always) but not on the body!
* The “trifecta of pain”, (sand, stairs and the steep hill), took its toll!!
* The Town of Ladysmith Parks and Rec was great to work with as always.
* A special thanks to the Mexican Food Mafia for coming at the last minute.
* We had a record set up time and a smooth event thanks to the great team of volunteers!

Signing off, Tara and Mike

Notes from Norm
* One of the most challenging courses that I have raced on Vancouver Island. So many technical features that the laps went by so fast. LOTS of line choices.
* LOTS of kids in the Half Track with around 40 and the little kids race at around 20!
* Great tacos
* Amazing weather
* Incredible venue
* A lot of sore back complaints today! I read a couple on FB. A few people mentioned it to me in e-mails. My back got progressively more sore as the day went on so much so that my co-workers got sick of me complaining about it.
* Pro-Tip. Dry Lube (thanks Greg MacDonald)
* Mike and Tara are amazing organizers. There is VERY little extra that I have to do at this event outside of my “normal” work. They treat their crew great and they explain everything well. We are lucky to have them!
* Great prizes from the event sponsors as well as from Series Sponsors: Muc Off, Phillips, The Howard Johnston and Blue Toque for this event.

2. Interview with Tugboat Cross Expert Winners; Carey Mark and Drew MacKenzie

Carey Mark (Steed Cycles)

Congratulations on your 12th win at Tugboat CX yesterday and your 24th podium placing.

Carey: Thanks so much Norm! Really appreciate the opportunity. Great race today.

1. You have won 6 of the last 8 expert races. What’s it going to take to beat you?

Excellent question, and one I’m so glad I don’t have to answer. I’m just so happy to be doing well, I love the positive atmosphere, the great venues and the amazing people that consistently come back. Why throw a cloud over the sun burst?

2. Typically you are a slow starter and a FAST finisher. Is that your plan or just how things work out?

I used to think that passing people would give me motivation to continue working harder, but with many words of wisdom, and some amazing opportunities to race with some of the best in Canada, I know the start is where many races are won. I still think of myself as more of an endurance athlete. A diesel. Strong and consistent, but honestly in the past year that has probably changed, and I just haven’t thought about it much.

3. How did you approach the Tugboat course?

Ha! My extensive preface ritual includes; Saturday rides with friends (2-4 hrs), a late night with a few non hydrating beverages, 7 am kids hockey practice, followed by a frantic attempt to pack, load and get the kids to the event for the zoom zoom half track. Today, when we did arrive, I realized it was a different course than previous years, which lends for more excitement! Multiple dismounts, stairs and hills, things I have been practicing in the Thursday night clinics. Perfect!

4. At Mt. Washington this year there was a 33 year age spread between the podium placers. How is that even possible?

Emily is a phenom. She inspires every woman there to want to reach their potential. As for me, I feel I have a lot to learn about cycling in general. But I have been fortunate to compete with many talented racers, who make me to be better. I do my best to step up for the challenge, and dig into that hurt locker when needed.

5. Have you been working on your starts?

Yeah I’ve had to face the reality that although I’d rather use the 1st lap as a warm-up, starts are critical. My strategy has been to find a fast steady wheel and use it as a carrot to put into a better 2nd lap position. That said I don’t see to many 1st lap primes in my future. Which is a shame because I really enjoy Phillips beer.

Drew MacKenzie (Shimano/ Marin/Pearl Izumi)

Congratulations Drew on your 10th win and your 30th COTR podium yesterday at Tugboat CX!

Thanks! Sorry for missing the awards podium. Clearly I still need some practice when it comes to this podium thing.

1.Tugboat was your first win since 2014 Binab Property Group GP. Did you ever think you were going to get back on the top step at COTR?

I had some close ones last year, so I figured one might go my way again at some point.

2.How did you approach Tugboat differently?

I honestly did not do much differently. I think I’m just getting fitter now after racing into shape through September. We’ve also been having some great practices on Wednesday nights in Vic for the last month. Apparently trying really really hard to keep up with the likes of Kelly, Parker, Raph, Felix, Terry and the Robs (Parkin and Britton) is a pretty good workout.

3.Tugboat was a “very” tough course with LOTS of dismounts……you typically don’t like dismounts. How did you overcome your dismount dislike yesterday?

I usually never run, so longer stair sections are not my friend, but with the 2 le mans starts we’ve had this year, that’s two more runs than I normally do in a year, so I am in the best running shape of my life and was just bouncing up those suckers.

4.What was the key to your victory (besides just going faster than everyone else in Expert)?

Basically I got onto the beach section first and was able to ride it cleanly. I didn’t see exactly what happened but from what I heard it was a bit chaotic for the rest of the field the first time through the beach section, so I got a pretty good gap off of that and then went hard for the next 2 laps to see if I could grow the gap and stay away. After that I just suffered as much as I could and tried to stay as smooth as possible through all the various sand sections and technical bits. I had a couple spots on the course that I could look back and check if the gap was staying the same and so I could adjust the effort accordingly, generally fluctuating between DEFCON puke and cellular hypoxia.

5.You are currently 2nd of ALL time COTR podiums. You also hold the dubious honour of having the most DNF’s. What are you doing this year to keep your DNF count down?

I’ve just been taking the “Did Not” out of DNF. Actually, I just had a look at the stats right now. First, I think it is so cool how good the stats are for the COTR series. Second, some of those races I actually did finish so I want a recount

3. COTR 2016 Hats.

Limited Quanity Short note on this one. We have had some COTR 2016 Hats made up by Sew What I Sew in Cumberland. They are sweet. 4 styles and so far the first 4 people that have them (Race directors) all picked different ones. So the score is 1 all. I will post a photo after I dig them out of the van. We will have them at Bear X-ing for $28.

4. Tripleshot Crossfondo 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 9am: Victoria BC’s first mass participation off-road cycling event for all ages and abilities winds through flowy pine-needle trails and hairpin turns, over hills, roots and rocks, and churns through chunky peanut butter mud and puddles. Oh, and maybe a few hike-a-bike sections.

If you have always wanted to do Three Peaks in England ( but have not checked it off your list. This is the closest we will get in Canada!!

Should be AWESOME

All for now. More on Thursday.