The first COTR newsletter of 2016!!

Are you ready?  Is your bike ready?  Does not matter you have until November 20th to get it all dialed in!!

We have a lot of information BUT I have been accused of having the LONGEST e-mails so I will try to restrict it to ONLY 5 things this week.  Next week we will fire up the 1st race preview for The Pro City Grand Prix and give you a bit more information.

In this COTR Newsletter:

  1. Series Overview.
  2. Some of the changes this year.
  3. Outlining license requirements.
  4. Other cross happenings on the island.
  5. Registration.

1. Series Overview.

If you have not been checking the website, or FB page and have been eagerly anticipating this e-mail… is the schedule for the year.

2016 Cross on the Rock Race Schedule
Race #1. September 11th: Pro City Cyclocross Grand Prix. Victoria. Topaz Park.
Race #2. September 17th: Top of the Rock Cross. Courtenay. Mt Washington.
Race #3. October 2nd: Tugboat Cross.  Ladysmith. Transfer Beach.
Race #4. October 10th: The Bear X’ing. Victoria.  Bear Mountain
Race #5. October 23rd: Farmer Bills Cattle X’ing. Port Alberni. Farmer Bills
Race #6. November 5th: Hot Crossed Bunnies. Nanaimo. Beban Park
Race #7. November 6th : Kona Kup. Nanaimo.  Bowen Park
Race #8. November 20th: Series Championships. Central Saanich.  Saanich Fairgrounds

A few things of note:

  • 8 races.
  • 4 Returning Venues from 2015: Topaz Park. Transfer Beach. Bear Mountain. Beban Park.
  • 2 Returning Venues from 2014: Farmer Bills. Bowen Park
  • 2 Totally New Venues: Saanich Fairgrounds. Mt Washington
  • Topaz Park was the biggest cross race ever in Canada in 2015
  • Transfer Beach was voted best race by the racers of 2015
  • 3 races in Greater Victoria.  3 races mid island. 2 races up island.

2. Some of the changes to COTR this year.

We are always looking to make improvements to COTR.  Some things are “doable”.  Others as much as we would like to do them don’t work with our series, organizers, venues etc.  So we call them “not currently doable”.  Sometimes our vision for the series and races does not match with what others have visioned.  That is reality.  We do appreciate everyone’s feedback though.  Sometimes it is not something we have thought of.  Sometimes it is something that we have wanted to do.  Sometimes it is just a crazy idea that will never work (in our minds) and then we try it and it does and makes the series better.  Anyways this is what we are working on changing this year.

  • Points structure. We have changed this a few times before.  Each time we think we will be good for a long time….and then the series and the categories grow and there are too many racers getting 2 points for a race.  So we have upped it again this year.  Winning naturally earns you a bit more of a buffer.
  • Series Points. In the past we have kept everyone together for points that races together.  For example in the women’s intermideate cateogry there are the series categories of women’s masters, women’s U17 and women’s intermediate.  To keep the series tighter we will do the points based on how you finish within the series category that you are racing.  Prizing for the races are still done on the race day category.  Call up will be based on points for that race day category (best and safest way to properly separate it as you can’t call up 3 people for the pole position).
  • Our on-line registration company: Race On Line has merged with Race Roster.  COTR racers and new father, Mark Nelson, is still our man to get all our quirky and details right for registration but you will be on a different web site and platform for registation.
  • Electronic Timing. This has been on our to-do list for a long time.  Patrick Burnham from MIVA has the system in place and we beta tested it at the MIVA Mid Summer cross race at Diver Lake for the first time.  It will take a bit to dial it in so we will be running parrallel (old and new) timing systems for the first few races until we have it dialed in.  For  racers it is going to mean a few more attentions to details as the timing chips do require some special care.  The reward will be that you will be able to geek out more than ever on lap splits and stats.
  • After 10 years of COTR and a few years of non-COTR races (we are now year #14 of putting cross races on Vancouver Island) the price is going up (for some).  Beginners goes up to $15 pre-registration and other races go up to $25.  $5 increase that was needed to cover the cost of Electronic timing and other increased expenses.
  • BUT we have adjusted the pricing for any racer racing youth categories.  Meaning if you are under 19 (JR and younger) the pre-registration price is $15.
  • PRE-REGISTRATION IS PRETTY MUCH MANDATORY. Again given the changes with electronic timing and the preparations that are needed for that and to make sure our call up lists are as accurate as possible we need to have time to do this work.  Race morning 10 minutes before the start is not the time!  So pre-registration is “pretty much” mandatory.  By “Pretty Much” we mean if you delay, procrastinate, hedge your bets on weather etc. you can still come and race BUT it will cost you $35/$25 youth and you will NOT receive a call up.  All day of race registrations will be called up at the end.  After the people with points and the people without points that pre-registered.  We really want people to pre-register.

3. License requirements for COTR this year.

Once again the Cross on the Rock’s series is sanctioned and supported by Cycling BC.  As always everyone that races a series race needs to have either a license from Cycling BC or purchase a day of race license ($10). A Cycling BC “General Membership”.  Masters cycling. Triathlon BC. Your library card.  None of those count or will help you out.

What we need to see is:

  • a) A Provinicial Racing License.  $45.  This will allow you to do all our races and is VERY economical.  Last year this also allowed you to race the provinical championships.  You can also use this license to race the Cross Club Victoria races or do the cross clinics in Nanaimo and Cowichan.
  • b) UCI Racing License.  Now discounted to $99 for the rest of the season and for ALL of the Cross Season.  This will allow you to race any cross race any place any category any where until the end of the year.
  • c) Day of race license.  Fill out a form.  $10.  Good to go.

As has been for the last 10 year…..EVERYONE needs to have their license WITH them at check in at EVERY COTR race to race.  If not you will be required to pay the $10 day of race insurance to participate.

4. Other cross happenings on the island

Cross on the Rock is not the only thing happening on Vanouver Island for Cross.

In Victoria there is the Cross Club.  7 training “rides” starting this Wednesday and going until October 26th.  Great workouts!!

In the Cowichan Valley on Wednesday Nights they have their practices/mock races. and Cowichan Cyclocross on Facebook

In Nanaimo on Thursday nights starting September 8th are cross practices hosted by MIVA and run by Carey Mark.

Also put October 16th on your calendar for the first ever Cross Fondo hosted and organized by Tripleshot.  40km of backcountry trails.

5. Registration

So…..are you ready to get registered?  Here are the links.

For the FULL SERIES: Series Page

If you sign up for the series you get 1 free race!
Race #1
Race #2
Race #3
Race #4
Race #5
Race #6
Race #7
Race #8

We are looking forward to the first COTR race of the season and the series a head.

Check your in-box next week for Newsletter #2 with more on the series, our awesome sponsors and a preview of the Pro City Grand Prix.




At some point in the past we posted a “save the date” list for COTR Fall 2016.
A lot of people missed it, lost it, forgot about it or they were already into ski season to remember it.
So this is where we are currently at for this year so far.
Sept. 11th. Topaz Park in Victoria.
Sept. 17th. Courtenay. New Venue. Later in Afternoon race. Possibly Elite under the lights
October 2nd. Transfer Beach. Ladysmith (NOT the day after MOMAR this year……my legs say “thanks”.)
October 10th. Bear X Ing (this venue is not confirmed as with he current construction at Bear Mountain we are not even sure if there will be a course left when they are done)
October 23rd. Farmer Bills.
November 5th. Bowen (Slightly changed course)
November 6th. Beban (Changed Course)
November 20th. -Series Final-
We will be keeping you posted as we like to all the time…….

WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #14. Last Newsletter for 2015. A.K.A. Wrap Up #2

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #14.

The 2016 Cross on the Rock season is a wrap. Our biggest yet. Our biggest by far. After 10 years we are still learning. We are still (usually) having fun. We are still enjoying seeing so many people come out and push themselves on their bikes. We really enjoyed the Mazda Zoom Zoom Half track this year and felt that was the best new thing. It is amazing to think we crossed the 10,000 race barrier this year (# of people racing X number of times raced).

Thank you for making COTR what it is.

This is our LAST newsletter of the year.


If you have not yet done the newsletter PLEASE take less than 2 minutes to fill out this survey. It will REALLY help us with our sponsors and planning for 2016. It gives you a chance to fire feedback our way which directly impacts the series and the races. To give you an inventive we will draw for 2 prizes from the submissions on December 10th.

In this COTR Newsletter:

1) If you want to keep racing this winter……check these out.
2) Thanks to our sponsors Part 2
3) Other Cool Stuff.

1) If you want to keep racing this winter…… are some options.

Provincial Championships.

This Sunday in Squamish are the BC Provincial CX Championships. Instead of ability based categories like COTR the event has age based categories. If you don’t have a license that is not a problem….you can get a day-of-race license like any COTR event. New Course. New Venue. New Town. The racing should be great.

Registration CLOSES Wednesday, November 25th at just before midnight. No day-of-race registration.

Here is the web site:

Here is the registration link:!/events/2015-bc-provincial-cyclocross-championships

B Team Super Prestige
Last race in the lower mainland for the year is December 5th in Aldergrove.

Semi-Prestige is a GO in Victoria

Semiprestige CX Race: Dec 13th Likely the same excellent venue as last year, with fingers firmly crossed for more SNOW, just like last year.

Boxing Day CX TT: tbd. Possible travel plans for the Christmas period that might nix the boxing day TT.

Blubberburn: Hartland MTB park is hungry for more tubes. We’re planning a ritual sacrifice for late January.


Rumours started texting in just tonight that MIVA may be putting on a New Year’s eve cross race at Arbutus Meadows. Better keep your eye on their FB page (and COTR FB page)


This is a BIG one. Never before in HISTORY has the World Masters CX Championships been held SO close to home. January 2016 and 2017.

There is talk of a few COTR racers making the trip down to San Jose for the action. Rumour has it that the organizer puts on wicked events and solid courses. Worth the effort.

This is what we know so far:

Cascade Cross Series

A few COTR’ers have popped across the border to Bellingham (and Whidbey Island) for these races.

These guys have races on December 5/6th as well as January 9th (perfect prep for CX Masters Worlds)

Web Site:

2) Thanks to our sponsors (Part I)

We would not have a race series without our sponsors. Simple as that. Support those that support what you like to do.

Naked Bikes
Chances of seeing a Naked bike at our race series 5 years ago was pretty LOW. Through support of Sam Wittingham there is a CREW of Naked riders down to each event from Quadra Island. There are a LOT of Naked bikes on the start grid at every race. And our island girl and Canadian champ rides a Naked. Belief in our series and support of COTR. Thanks Sam.

Our ‘Lil Nutcase kids races are SO MUCH FUN to watch!! We have seen kids graduate from these fun little events all the way up to the beginner category. They will one day rule the series! But for now it is enough to get them on their bikes having fun and getting some prizes to have more fun.

Long ago….when we were setting up our second cross race ever in Diver Lake park we were asked, “Why is a running shop the only one putting on bike races in Nanaimo”. Times have changed with Rock City Cycles, MIVA in Nanaimo and all our partners up and down the island. Frontrunners is still there though…..supporting Cross….’cause in cross you have to run. And to run well in cross…you need to train running. So when it is time to get new shoes think about Frontrunners!!

Title sponsor of the KONA KUP and supporter of COTR since before COTR. Need to get Dik Cox back over for one of our races. #1 bike at COTR (according to current survey feedback)

The Howard Johnston Nanaimo and Elk Lake
Dan Brady, the manager of both these hotels, does whatever he can to support sports in Nanaimo and Victoria. He walks the walk and is out their trail building, organizing events, writing newsletters and anything else he can fit in to help out.

Trek Bikes Victoria. Pro City Cycles
Title sponsor this year of the Topaz park race. One of the most popular bike shops on Vancouver Island. Great to have the support from this crew.

Riverway Dental in Courtenay
Our youth categories sponsor for the 2nd year. Also bringing out the loot bags and chocolate medals for the zoom zoom and ‘lil nutcase races. It was great to have Wade Luksay back racing in the Masters category this year as well after an injury year off.

Blue Tuke Sports
First year sponsor from this sweet consignment sports shop up in Courtenay. If you have a chance to check this shop out there is always great stuff in it. We had prizing from Paul for most of our events but the BIG one was the cool cruiser and the canucks jersey. I saw one of the Blue Tuke tukes at SSXCWC15Vic as well.

B78 Coaching
Jasper’s crew helped out with organizing the B78 pre-ride for beginners at all the events this year with Mitchell and Mical as well as some prizing. They were also out for the official “shot cut” at SSCXWC last weekend. Next goal: get Jasper racing.

Sew what I sew.
Every COTR racer needs a Filthy Taco. Thanks to Jason for jumping in mid season with some prizing.
Check out the Filthy Taco’s at:

3) Other Cool Stuff to sign off this season

· If you are on the COTR Facebook page you would have seen all the video’s from Rob Parkin highlighting the 3 days of carnage at SSXCWC15Vic. If you have not seen it….search it out.
· I was asked last weekend when we start working on the schedule for the next year…april….may? Actually the e-mail went out to the race directors 3 weeks ago. We are already working on it BEFORE the current season finished. We have a rough draft but will lock down a more solid schedule over the next couple of weeks and post it on the web site and our FB page.
· Did you check out the edit from the Waverly Crit from Pelle? Some amazing drone shots in there. Check it out:

· Hogwarts photos:
Mike Zinger | Photo | Video
· Patrick Burnham’s Flickr photo album from SSXCWC15Vic and Ronde von Hogwarts:

Some Numbers

Average Participation numbers per race by season.



# Growth

% Growth







































Total number of people that have done a COTR race: 1703 (not counting kids)

Racers Per Year

2015       660

2014        548

2013        496

2012         438

2011        331

2010       259

2009       239

2008        183

2007       160

2006       159


WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #13. Wrap Up #1

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #13.

This is our second to last newsletter of the year.

Before you read and if you raced this year it PLEASE take less than 2 minutes to fill out this survey. It will REALLY help us with our sponsors and planning for 2016. It gives you a chance to fire feedback our way which directly impacts the series and the races. To give you an inventive we will draw for 2 prizes from the submissions on December 10th (We will fire you a few reminders before that).


Another rather LARGE newsletter… we put a super-bonus at the bottom as an incentive (Don’t peek/cheat)

In this COTR Newsletter:

1) Ronde Von Hogwarts (Aftermath)
2) Thanks to our sponsors Part I
3) SSCXWC this weekend in Victoria

1) Ronde von Howgarts

In 63 events over 10 years we have never had such a polarizing event as last Sunday’s. We have had polarizing features at races such as the BIG jump at Farmer Bills in 2012. The beach run at Cumberland. The BMX track at Beban. We have had courses that people have “not loved”. We have had courses that people do love. There is no course that EVERYONE loves. There is no feature that EVERYONE loves. What we have never seen before is a course that had SO many people express lots of “Un-love” for the course and at the same time SO many people absolutely LOVE the exact same course.

By the numbers it was by no means the hardest we have done. Out of 63 events the DNF ranking was 27th easiest 36th hardest. Even of the races this year it was not the hardest ranking 6th between Coal Cross and the Pro City GP

What was also surprising was WHO loved and did not love the same course. We had vets of COTR series that have raced MANY-MANY events call it “stupid”. We had others that simply did not race. At the same time we had first year female-intermediate riders with no MTB experience call it the best course of the year after doing all 7 events. Another female rider in her 2nd race ever that made a point of saying how much she loved the course and the challenge of it. Others talked about how it pre-rode not well but it raced awesome! We had compliments about the number of dismounts while others called it a course for mountain runners (they obviously have never seen a mountain run).

Total opposite ends of the spectrum.

We had one major crash on a tough section that required an ambulance which resulted in a few scrapes and bruises only. At the same time our other major incident of the year happened on a non-descript spot of the Bear X-Ing course which was the most serious injury in probably 3 years. With 2162 races run this year (racers X number of times they raced). You can expect injuries. It is bike racing. It would not matter if it was a flat straight piece of road, a grand fondo, a DH or a BMX race. To put blame on the course is misguided. We all have the same course so if it was the course….we would all be injured. Injuries in bike racing are a combination of factors as they are in real life.

Back to my point. It was a TOUGH course. It was a tricky course. It was a polarizing course.

It also produced some amazing racing and in the tradition of the series final…..there were some shake ups!

I would like to thank:
Chris Cameron
Andy Pitre
Kevin Calhoon
Scott Mitchell
And a few people that we did not get their names for helping out Simon Webber after his crash on the course.

A quick note from Simon:
Just wanted to let you and everyone else know that I’m fine, no serious injuries thankfully, other than scrapes and bruises and generally being a little banged up. Thank you to everyone who helped out you guys are awesome and I can’t thank you enough. That was a great series and I am looking forward to next year.
Cheers Simon

From Race director: Ian Craib

Big THANKS to:
Scott Milnthorp from OBB YYJ helped me out by assembling and distributing the prizes prior to the event.
Scott also coordinated and organized the race course. He took some heat and responded in a professional manner.
Lesley Berkenstock, Richard Barrass, Andrew Barnes, Andrew Russell, David Begg, Derek (LNU) and Ian Brown.
Matthew Ronald Jones who stayed late with me to make sure everything was picked up and the course was cleaned up. In short he worked like a bull.
Rich Martin for his traffic cop control on Sunday.
Bruce “on time” Falk: Timing
Geoff Robson and Mike Zinger for the images (haven’t seen anything yet)
Karl Ulrich for supporting this from the beginning and providing the resources.
Dr David Attwell for his “on call” medical and first aid support.
Major contributors for prizes:
Oak Bay Bikes – Karl Ulrich
Oak Bay Bikes Westshore – Chris Dickenson
Live to Play Sports – Steve Pukesh
Cycle Therapy – David Beggs

Shawnigan Lake School
David Robertson (head master of Hogwarts),
Barry Walsh for providing guidance and support throughout
Ronnie Brown who worked with me to get everything ready
Ken Gillam (sports facility manager) for his patience and understanding when crush his grass.
Provided the facility and the Gator at no charge.
the schools wants us back
four students (a first) participated
more compliments than negatives
I’m in for one more year
the course was prepared while the Provincial Field Hockey championships was on
If I missed anyone… deepest apologies.

And to my club: the Victoria Wheelers who came out to help.


2) Thanks to our sponsors (Part I)

We have GREAT sponsors. We need GREAT sponsors to keep this series going. We say it several times through the year….we know that you have a choice out there. We HOPE that you support our sponsors that support Cross on the Rock. Not only do they all have super cool, super awesome stuff…..they are an amazing group of people and love helping out with our series.

Our new title sponsor: WD-40 Bike (and Cycles Lambert)
How many times have you been to an event where the sponsor slaved away for the entire day washing your dirty stuff? Peter Crieghton and his son Max helped out HUGE at the muddier events this year: Beban, Pro City GP and Ronde von Hogwarts. In the end they even had Valet service for the bikes! Peter has been helping out with prizing for the series since before there was a series. This year he brought on WD40 Bike to take some of the prize pressure off which helped us a lot.

Mazda did a bit of everything this year. They sponsored Pelle’s edit from Coal Cross and Tugboat. They contributed for prizing. They sponsored the SSCXWCVic2015 Ticket Noirs for free entries into the event. Where they were felt the most though was in the introduction of the kids Zoom Zoom Half Track (we should have given them more and called it the “Mazda Zoom Zoom”). We had 67 kids race that event this year. That is an investment into a healthy future for those kids and for cyclocross. Plus both Simon and Michael raced their first COTR races this year. Commitment!

Harbour Air
Harbour Air wanted to support the series….but in a different way. So they came up with the Harbour Air Hand up Zone concept which added another element to the event. It was super cool to see the kids out at the events handing out the tickets. The fly-in at Comox Lake will be one of the lasting memories of COTR for years to come. Plus they recruited new Harbour Air staff to come out and try racing along with their crew that are regular COTR’ers.

Pro-Pearl Izumi-Shimano
Huge commitment to our series. Pro-Pearl Izumi-Shimano have been supporting us for years. Joele Guynup talks the talk as she races almost all of our races (normally on a SS). Draw prizes for most of our races. Category prizes for Pro City GP and Bear X-ing. SHOES!!!! For Ronde von Hogwarts (where else can you win running shoes at a cross race?). PLUS a wicked wheel set for a series prize. Course tape. Man power……….an amazing sponsor and we are lucky to have them along.

Island Cycles (Quadra Island) (55+ Men’s Category Sponsors)
We did not see Jack Mar out as much this year as past years but our series felt the support from his little bike shop on Quadra Island. Jak pushed HARD for a Super Masters category a couple of years back and has kept it going by supplying prizes for that category at EVERY race. Amazing prizes like nights stays at the Whiskey Point resort….anything that gets you to Quadra Island is amazing!! We hope to see him racing more in 2016 and his continued support.

Great to have Rumble-Paul Underhill-back racing this year. I get excited every time I see Rumble in a new place as I know he supported COTR from the very start of his company when it is very hard to sponsor events. The product is amazing. Having support for our “Last not lapped (I need a RUMBLE)” category at every event is awesome! Thanks RUMBLE!

Rock City Cycles Nanaimo (formerly Oak Bay Bikes-Nanaimo)
Corey and Sean not only sponsor the series but they also put on the Kona Kup and host a social night in the middle of a double header. Lots of work. Another sponsor that has been with our series since the very start of their business. Now if only we could get them both racing again…….

Phillips Brewery
Delicious Beer and delicious sodas (The root beer is my favorite). Great community support. Sponsors of our Single Speed Category. Growlers and Root beer for the series winners. Site of one of our very best Pelle video’s of all time….the Heist:

PART II in our Thanks to our Sponsors coming in our last newsletter.

3) SSXCWC this weekend in Victoria

Just in case you did not know….the WORLD Single Speed Cyclocross Championships are in Victoria this weekend. This is the FIRST time that this “World Champs” has been held outside of the USA. More than anything it is a FUN TIME.

Today (Thursday) at 11:00pm is the latest you can register for the event. If you are not participating in the event you can also come out to some of the social functions or to the “race” part on Sunday at former COTR venue at Western Speedway.

Expert SS racer Parker Bloom from Broad Street Cycles made up a short Q&A for anyone that wanted more information.

What exactly is this alleged Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships that is descending upon my city?
A weekend-long social occasion with a sprinkling of cyclocross racing on bikes with one gear.
This is the ninth iteration of an event that started in Portland OR, and has since been hosted in a number of different cities throughout ‘Merica.
SSCXWC is a real tongue-in-cheek countercultural cycling event. This year, we are proud to be bringing it to Victoria, its first international setting.

When is this happening? What does the schedule look like?
THURSDAY November 19th: Registration closes at 11pm.

SATURDAY November 21st: The Feats of Strength group ride begins at about 11am.
Registered riders will be broken into groups of about 15 racers, from all different hometowns, and towed throughout Victoria by a local ride leader. Between intermittent ‘hydration’ stops, riders will tasked with completing feats of cyclocross-strength at a number of checkpoints. Think hill climbs on single speed bikes, ridiculous sand sections, and some elbow-to-elbow mini races.

That evening Giro is hosting a kickoff party for the event. With roller sprints (Google it!), Hoyne beer, and live music lined up, it should get racers into that festive spirit. As well, the LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER alleycat race goes down. 9pm for one last opportunity to make Sunday’s main race.

SUNDAY November 22nd:
11am-4pm. Western Speedway, Langford.
Show up, check out our crazy course, grab some food from the excellent vendors on hand, including Caravan Cuisine and Wanna Wafel. Get ready to race, or cheer/ heckle your favourite SSCX’ers as they duke it out.

12:30pm- Everyone’s NOT a Winner. The consolation “Open” race.
1:30pm- Women’s championship event
2:30pm- Men’s championship event

The entry fee is a hundred bucks. Isn’t that expensive?
We think it’s great value for a weekend of events. With group rides being arranged for Friday, parties every evening, a killer qualifier in the Feats of Strength ride, and of course the grandiose event on Sunday.
Plus, racers receive a bunch of schwag from our excellent sponsors, including Hoyne brewing, Wolf Tooth components, Nuun, etc. And Hoyne beer tickets. Did we mention the beer tickets?!?

I’ve got a great cylcocross bike. But it has gears. How hard is it to set up a SSCX for the weekend?
Easy-peasy. Start by bringing the bike down to your LBS. Likely the easiest fix is a single speed cog & spacer kit (Aprx. $65) combined with an inverted shift cable that tensions your derailleur to sit where it needs to be. Adjust the limit screws to keep it all in place, and BAM.

Any secret insights into the ‘winning gear’ ratio?
Somewhere in the 55-62 gear inch range is cozy.
39×18 is a good starting place.
Bump down a tooth on your cog size if you are feeling tough as nails.

There are rumours of mandatory costumes. What’s the scoop?
Get clever with it. SSCXWC doesn’t like to have too many rules. But be warned: the winners will probably be wearing some ridiculous outfit. You really don’t want to be the only one ripping around in a silly skinsuit, do you?

Will the race course differ from our usual Cross on the Rock style of racing?
Same kind of idea. But instead of nanaimo-bar hand ups, think Tequila shot shortcuts, and maybe more jumps, berms and whups.

“World Championships” sounds kind of intense. What if I don’t want to race against the fast guys?
The Saturday Feats of Strength ride will seed racers into either the Championship event, or the Everyone’s NOT a Winner race. If you feel like ripping it up on Sunday, go hard on Saturday. If you want to race the NOT a Winner race, have fun on Saturday, but maybe make a couple of extra tall-can stops.

What if I don’t qualify in the Feats of Strength ride? Can I somehow make the Championship race selection?
The LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER! An alleycat race Saturday night. Leaving from the Giro Pre Race Party at 9pm. Super short, super fast. Hit all the checkpoints and get back in the first couple of riders.

The Feats of Strength Qualifier is scheduled for Saturday. I’m working/ busy/ doing super serious interval training that day. Can I still race if I miss this?
Probably. We’d love it if you come out for the whole weekend, but life gets in the way.
Drop us an e-mail at, and we can try to arrange for a starting spot in Sunday’s non-championship race.

I’m not foolish enough to want to race. But I want to come spectate. Where do I go and when?
Western Speedway. 12pm-4pm. Bring refreshments, and money for food vendors. Bring a
mega-phone and rubber boots. Maybe bacon-wrapped marshmallows to hand to racers?

Is there an e-mail address that I can send questions/ e-heckles/ kudos/ concerns to?


WD-40-Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #12. The Last Round

Cross on the Rock 2015. Season #10. Newsletter #12.

So….what are you up to this weekend?

If you are an active cross racer on Vancouver Island you know that there is only one place to be. Shawnigan Lake School for round #7 of the 10th season of Cross on the Rock. The Last Round. Ronde Von Hogwarts.

Not signed up yet?

Better get on it:

Here is the BIGGEST pre-race preview we have EVER done. This newsletter is dedicated entirely to Ronde Von Hogwarts

You want to “Get Naked”

There is only one way to win a custom frame from Sam Wittingham

You have to have raced (one entry per race you have done)
You have to be at the awards on Sunday at Shawnigan Lake School.
At this point your chances of winning are better than 1 in 624

In this COTR Newsletter:

1) Where we have come from
2) All the details for Sunday’s Race (Ronde Von Hogwarts)
3) Looking at the series
4) Call up and the grid
5) Maps (Way down below)

1) Where we have come from.

In 2009 in COTR’s 4th season we hosted 99 racers at Shawnigan Lake School for the series final.

Looking over the results from that race…..the who-who of earlier-island CX.

Mitchell Thacker and Rolland Rabien 3rd and 4th in Intermediate.
Scott Mitchell down in 9th followed by Halldor.
Justin Mark and Fluffy 1-2 in Masters with Peter Wellsman in 6th
Mical Dyck winning Open Women with Alison Sydor coming in 2nd
Craig Ritchey, Drew MacKenzie and Normon Thibault 1-2-3 in Expert.

A Golden Age!

In 2010 we were set to finish the series at Shawnigan again but a snow storm on the Friday night shut down the school and our race.

We returned for the series final again in 2013.

A younger 11 year old Emiliy Johnston 2nd in Beginner. Jak Mar from Quadra making an appearance in beginner men. Katie Button winning Intermediate women in her only COTR race. Steve Bachop taking the masters. Dawn Anderson adding to her MASSIVE victory total in Expert Women and Tyler Trace winning Expert Men.

235 racers

Last year Shawnigan hosted a regular series race.

261 Racers

Ritchey and Dyck winning again the Expert Categories.

Who will win on Sunday and be entered in the history of COTR?

Shawnigan has also has a few mentions on the COTR stats list. The 2014 race is currently the 9th biggest COTR race of all time. The 2013 Masters men’s race is the 4th biggest start we have ever had. It also appears on the tamest races for the 2013 race with only 2.5 % did not finish for 2nd tamest race ever.

2) All the details for Sunday’s Race (Ronde Von Hogwarts)

If it is not clear the COTR Race #7 is being held at Shawnigan Lake School which is a private school. As such there are a few rules and guidelines that need to be followed:

No open consumption of alcohol on campus. Students are on campus.
No shoes in the Rugby Pavilion (Where registration is) (see map. Pavilion in yellow on left side of the map)
No shoes in the gym (Bring warm socks or slippers) (see map. Gym is in yellow on the right side of the map)
No riding on the Rugby, Soccer and field hockey fields (You will be DQ’ed….we are THAT serious about it)
The Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra) on anyone who violates the above rules (see attached)
What you also need to know:
The change rooms will be open in the Rugby Pavilion (Where registration is)
The old gym will be used for the awards. (Doors open as soon as course is taken down)
Peter Creighton will be there from Cycles Lambert running the WD-40 Bike wash station (power washer is tuned up again)
We will have water available.
Wanna Waffle is coming.
No coffee (yet) but there are two fabulous coffee places just off campus: Drumroaster (Cobble Hill) and Shawnigan Coffee (in the village) UPDATE on this is that there will be coffee on site.
We’ll have water available.
There is NO FOOD TRUCK at this event. IF you know someone that has a food truck that wants to come out…..we would welcome them. Otherwise pack a bit of food for the day and drinks.

Getting there….getting Parked.
Parking access (see attached) is not through the main gates. Please encourage everyone to use the alternate access which is 100m further west from the main gates. All cars will proceed to the upper parking area until the lot is full. We will then direct vehicles to use the parking around the ice rink and gym. No parking around the main buildings and dorms.
Parking areas are outlined in BLUE on the map.
There is alternate parking and washrooms available at
Course Description (According to Ian Craib the race director) (see attached preliminary map)
· Similar to last year at the top.
· But totally different every place else.
· Stairs
· Elevation
· Mud
· Pain
· then joy

3) Looking at the series.

When you start looking at the series standings:

And subtracting worst result for those racers that have currently done 6 races. Then re-calculating. You see that things are TIGHT.
When you factor in that Sunday’s race is DOUBLE POINTS and realize that ANYTHING can happen you know only one thing:


That is the #1 priority!!

First of all it is super cool to beat one of our stat records.

Second the only way to get points is to finish.

Third you always want to finish the season on a high note. If that means a better placing than other races. A PB. Not being lapped. Beating someone you have not this season. Or beating someone that you have beaten 3X but they have you 3X so this is the stalemate. To try to finish the season stronger than last year. To finish a higher series ranking than last year. For what ever reason.


Next September is a LONG way away.

4) Call up and the GRID

We had a few “sneakers” at the last couple of races. Racers sneaking up to someplace they were not called up to. With a lot on the line this Sunday and in respect of the racers that have made the effort to come out, race, get points and come back the grid will be “strict”. “Strict” means 8 rows. Called up in ranked order and then random. Line up behind the person in front of you. Each row is 8. No Sneakers.

Advance Notice: Numbers will be on the RIGHT SIDE