COTR 2014: Ronde Van Hogwarts (and BPG GP Look Back)

Has anyone seen or have Corey Maciver’s Black Giro Savant helmet with a light mount on top of it after last weekend’s race.  If you do….can you please let me know.  He misses it and so does his brain.

With only TWO races left all you awesome cross racers are already thinking about; the end game.  Series points.  Pre-race Rumble. Double points at the final.  Battles with your buddies.  Getting a few more of your friends out to race.  Next year’s bikes.  SSCXWC2015.  The MFG race in Seattle the first weekend of December.  “Epic Battles”. Photo of the year.  What will be the series prize. How to keep the rubber side down.  Wattage. Tire selection.  Skill.  Podiums.  Last-not-lapped.  First SS.  Holeshots.  Power sections. Post Race Phillips. Will there be a T Shirt.  No brakes left.  Run Ups.  Off camber.  Wafels.  Pizza Truck.  And of course…how to increase your odds for the Zed Wheels and the Naked frame (only one way…..race the last two races!!).

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While you are thinking about ALL these things and more check these out:

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Ronde Van Hogwarts at Shawnigan Lake School 

Register BEFORE 7:00 on Saturday night for less paper work.  Less $$.  Easier day-of-race.  http://www.crossontherock.com/races/2014race6/ 

A few things to remember:

  • Kids race is at 12:20.  NOT 12:45.
  • Expert Women are racing again with the Expert Men.  2:15 (but for 45-50 minutes)
  • Do not.  And I repeat.  DO NOT ride your bike across any playing field or “nice” grass area at Shawnigan Lake School.  We will DQ you.  If you have not yet raced….so we can’t DQ you….you will be not allowed to race.  Respect for the Venue.
  • No bike shoes in the club house.
  • We are REALLY lucky to be able to use this AMAZING venue for our cross series.  It only takes 1 bad COTR’er to ruin it for everyone.  Don’t be a bad COTR’er!

Also:

  • The pizza trailer will be there again.
  • Coffee from Drumroaster
  • Muffins from the school 

Registration is in the Rugby Club House again.  Check the season race bible for more information with regards to directions, parking, venue etc.

Binab Property Group GP – the look back.

Norm’s Notes:

There are only a few times in the 54 COTR races that I can honestly say I enjoyed EVERY second of a race.  Racing is HARD.  It is supposed to be HARD.  But when you have a HUGE smile on your face (even if it does not show through the mud or it is mostly “internal”) racing is amazing!  Amazing is how I felt about the race, venue, course and atmosphere last Sunday at Western Speedway.  A true coming together of a great and unique community we have built together on Vancouver Island.  A homecoming.  I am really looking forward to the last two rounds of this year’s COTR series!

Notes from Race Director Roland:

It’s good to be back and Western Speedway later in the season when there is some rain and some mud. We mixed the course up a bit this year and the changes got a lot of positive response. The 50 wide start was gone, but we added some new sections. The mud behaved in unexpected ways, some was slippery, some deep and sticky, some like quicksand. This course is destroyer of brakes, and a destroyer of bottom brackets. Get your maintenance done before Sunday.

Roland’s big “Thanks to”:

Huge thanks to our event sponsors Jason Binab & all the guys from Trek Bikes Victoria – Bill, Troy, Scott, Mitch, Regan.

Getting the flyover setup is a huge amount of work. Thanks to Scott, Curtis, Cam, Richard, Laura, Glenowyn, & Warren.

All our day of setup / teardown volunteers: Richard, Nathaniel, Sylvia, Cam, Scott, Drew, Joele, Jen, Erik, Eric, Holly, Glenowyn, Lief, Pete, Jenine, Jon

Our registration crew: Deb & Linda

Timing: Christyna (as always), Joele, Laura, Alex, Ed, Camille, Deb, Simon

Results: Katie, Sylvia.

Baby sitting: Holly & Tarryn

DJ Sean, Announcer Bill, bartender Sabrina and first aid Martina.

I know I missed a lot of you who just pitched in on the day — thank you as well And thanks to Norm who somehow keeps this whole thing going. 

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Albern
i DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
DONE
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

COTR 2014: Can we break the record?

GET PUMPED UP!!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo2x69-59b8
and this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157636581221863/
and this:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/reganpringleshoots/sets/72157636622294524/

3 weekends of COTR Series races left for 2014.  3 races done.  3 to go.
3 things for this week.

#1.  Sunday.

Turn your clock back.  Get an extra hour of sleep.  Or you will arrive for your race 1 hour early and we will NOT be ready or set up for you yet…..’cause our clocks are going back!

#2. WE ARE GOING FOR A RECORD

The Binab GP is currently tied for the BIGGEST COTR race EVER at 270 racers. 

So far this year we have had 445 people race at least one of our races this year.  Our goal….and it is a BIG one….is to BREAK our racer count at the Binab GP.

We want to go for it.  Be a part of the record! 

Register here:  http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=730

From race director Roland (with three more important items):

Binab Property Group GP – The most important stuff

First: The most important part, set your clock back an hour. You don’t want to show up at the wrong time.

Second: The Expert Women’s race has been moved to 2:15 with the Expert Men’s race. 

Third: This is either good news or bad news. The most polarizing feature on the course is gone. The 50 wide start is no more. I was out there tonight and there is a large mound of dirt blocking half of the starting grid. Back to a normal 8 wide start.

The Course

I posted the course map on Facebook earlier in the week. I made a few tweaks for this year. The motocross track has been split into two sections. The steep climb to the back corner of the motocross track is back in. After a far too dry race last year, hopefully mud will be back in too. The flyover has moved, and now it’s a ride over / walk under as you enter the venue. Please setup your team tents near the flyover. (Added by Norm) the FAMOUS/IMFAMOUS 50 wide start is a NO-GO this year because of a MASSIVE pile of dirt in the way.  Hopefully that unique feature will be back next year.

Prizes

I had cool custom prizes made for everybody who gets on the podium. Let’s just hope they arrive in time. Fedex is telling me the custom engraved CotR pint glasses will arrive Oct 31/2014. Still waiting to hear when the custom water-jet cut skull medals will be ready. I know, I’m cutting it close, but I really want to hand out something unique. Lets just hope I’m not handing out IOUs. (Update: They arrived! See sweet photos on Facebook and Instagram)

Food

Westshore Motocross will be running their concession with hot drinks and hot food. Confirmed  as well is everybody’s favorite waffle maker, Renaat from Wannawafel. There might even be some beer if we get the license sorted out in time. (Beer!)

Expert Women

We decided (through experience) that there are just too many people on course and the timing is too tricky for the 3rd start of the day, so we’ve moved Expert Women to the Expert Men’s 2:15 pm start. 1 minute behind. The race will still be 45minutes. This is a trial run, so let us know how it goes. I’m designing the course to be nice and wide, so no need to aggressive passing.

Also of note:
LOTS of Free Parking!!

#3. COTR Race #4.  The AFTER PARTY!

We have long acknowledged that the photos document the action and the action is captured in photos.  Two of our best action capturers are having a show Sunday night to cap off your COTR weekend in Victoria. 

Just wondering if you could let people know about the art show that will be happening as an after party for the Western Speedway race this Sunday, the event details are on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/727567780655217/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

BONUS STUFF

·         Did anyone get the Cycling BC newsletter yesterday?  We were snubbed (again).

·         Drew is catching up from his weekend at SSCXWC2014 doing budget stuff for his real job.  As soon as we have any information on SSXCWC2015 we will let you know. 

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

 

COTR 2014: Always worth it to go over the HUMP.

A few milestones at the last race as both Derek Steel and Roland Rabien hit the 50 races mark for COTR races!!  That is a lot of mud, safety pins, laundry and smiles.

FARMER BILLS

Normally the doughnut would be the highlight of the day.  With amazing racing at Farmer Bill’s on an almost completely different course……the doughnut would get 2nd place.

Photos from Patrick Burnham here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157648468245890/

Belgian cross racers have as many descriptions for mud as Inuit have for snow.  Farmer Bills was “muddy”.  But the mud was not thick.  It did not jam the drive train or accumulate on the frame….the grass on the other hand did.  I wonder what the Belgians would call those conditions? 

From LEE when I asked him about his race. “Big crash and a flat….it was going to be my race of the series”.

Thanks from Lee to:
Farmer Bill
Farmer Billy
Rose and Keith Bruner
Mike Parcher
Bryce Blake
Brent and Rhonda Dame
Pascale Houde

Also thanks to our crew of timers, Joele, Joanna, Paul, Sylvia and Christina.  Of course also Roland.

We had GREAT prizes from Cycles Lambert for most of the categories.  For Beginner’s we had prizes from Straight Up Cycling who also supplied the CASH for 1st place in the Expert races.  Our Super Masters enjoyed special prizes organized by Jack Mar of:

1st Prize – 2 nights stay in Otter House Beach Cabin – Owner. Operators ,Jack & Nadine Mar, www.otterhouse.ca
2nd Prize – 2 nights at Taku Resort in a seaside cabin – Lynden McMartin, General Manager, Taku Resort, www.takuresort.com
3rd Prize – 1 night at Whiskey Point Resort – Nancy Cook, Resort Manager, whiskeypoint.com

As well as Coffee Donations: Ride Coffee (Roasted on Quadra Island by Aroma Specialty Coffee Roasters – Distributed by Island Cycle, Owner, Jack Mar

Super Cool to see some first time podium people last Sunday.  Leading the crew was Brechin Nowak in the U15/Beginner category with his 1st. Kieren Nilsen in 3rd in the same category. Ken Olson and Joel Lutz making their first podiums in Masters Men.  Doug Doyle taking his first win in 20 races in the Super Masters. Derek Steel 2nd in Super Masters at age 71! Derrill Shuttleworth making his first series race podium in Super Masters.  A good mix up on the podium and taking some solid points in the process for the series.

WE ARE GOING FOR A RECORD

The Binab GP is currently tied for the BIGGEST COTR race EVER at 270 racers. 

So far this year we have had 445 people race at least one of our races this year.  Our goal….and it is a BIG one….is to BREAK our racer count at the Binab GP.

What does that mean?

It means you have to come out and race!  And you have to bring your friends to race.  And Sean Cruickshank has to race.  And John Fokkema and all the LEGENDS have to get on their bikes.  Everyone has to bring a beginner (Or someone that has raced before…or their grandma to get on a cx bike) and everyone need to come out.

Be a part of the record!  We want to go for it.

(FULL PREVIEW COMING NEXT WEEK)

What you can expect:
As Roland say’s, “Sticking with the winning formula”

  • Custom made prizes
  • Waffles
  • Fireworks
  • Beer (hopefully)

Register here:  http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=730

Heads up…..we will have to tweak the schedule in our record breaking attempt to have the Expert categories race at the same time….heads up.

BONUS STUFF

A little article about Nationals but really just talking about difficulty of cross courses.  COTR talked about: http://bit.ly/1yuna1i.

Did you see this short edit from the start of F.B.’s Intermediate men’s race: http://instagram.com/p/uZgFEKIF9H/

COTR Series 2014
Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross DONE
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue DONE
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships DONE
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni DONE
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

COTR 2014: 7 days of COTR on V.I.

This Sunday marks the half way point for COTR this year with the famed Farmer Bills course.  Some people absolutely LOVE this course…..we hear how it is people’s favorite and a “not to be missed”.  Full preview below but before that we will review last Monday’s COTR Provincial Champs.  The KONA KUP at Bowen Park.  Sit back.  Feet up for recovery.  Enjoy the read.

KONA KUP 2014.  PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. 

Hardest Race EVER for COTR.  http://www.crossontherock.com/results/statistics/  If you made it to the finish line.  Take HUGE pride in that.  This race is a BEAST that ever cross racer must one day BEST.

Patrick Burnham photos here https://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157648695166636/

Erik Diertens’ first Cross Edit here: Kona Cup 2014: http://youtu.be/oo6ivm5zuSQ

Kick ass race report here: http://www.theholeshot.ca/kona-kup-race-report/

From Corey at OBB-Nanaimo
I would like to thank everyone who came out making the Kona Kup a success and reaching a record turn out for this course as well as for a Cross Provincial Championships. I love this course, to me it’s a very European style course. Lots of varied terrain, elevation gain, sand and natural obstacles. It’s the course you love to hate.

Thanks to Nanaimo Parks and Rec for letting us use it year in and out.
Thank you to Roland and Katie for their amazing results and stats.
Thanks to Hillary, Paul, Wendy, Tara, Joele and Peter for time keeping.
Thanks to Mike, Paul, Shep, Derek, Ken, Ron, Matt, Steve, Bryce, Sean and Trevor for setting up and helping through the day.
Special thanks to Del for coming and volunteering all day. It was her first cyclocross experience!
It was awesome to have Renaat and his Wafels there giving it an even more Belgian feel!
The Howard Johnson in Nanaimo.
Thanks to Cycling BC for letting Cross on the Rock and The Kona Kup have provincials two years in a row and thanks to Norm, who without we wouldn’t have this phenomenal series!!

I was reading the stats on the Cross on the Rock website and it blows me away the growth of the series and number of racers.

The first underground races to 65 racers per race in 2006 and now 241 racers per race in 2014.

I hope I didn’t forget anyone.

From Norm

More than just a few highlights for me for this event.

First was the feedback on the course.  SO MANY people love this course even though it is SUPER-DUPER hard.  I love that.  Yeah the road is LONG….but it is HARD so it is awesome.  Yeah there are a lot of climbs, turns, stairs, sand…..but combined….it is harder than hard….which makes it AWESOME!!  Always something to work on each lap.  Always something you can do better.  It is almost impossible unless you are Craig, Tom or Tyler to race the whole course clean and fast.  For the rest of us….it is a HUGE challenge.  It is not supposed to be easy.  I hope you all come back and challenge yourself again next year!!

Highlights:

Devon Moonie. 20 years old from Kamloops BC.  Drove to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.  Left his car.  Rode to Bowen Park to the start of the race in the morning.  BUT he had 2 bikes so he strapped his second bike to his back and rode from DUKE POINT to Bowen Park with his spare bike (which he did not use).  Places 13th in Elite.

The Grants back racing COTR after a coach and injury fixing race break.  Both Grant boys on the podium.

Doug Doyle who sacrificed his race to help out Peter Wellsman after his crash.  Then later helped out Arne Bickle after he crashed in the Masters 45-54

240 racers at Provincials.  All in Championship Categories.  No “Open/Citizen” categories.

The number of Intermediate men and women that stepped it up and races Elite for Provincials. 

51 men and 18 Women.  Biggest Elite EVER and more likely than not bigger than Nationals.

Unfortunately a couple of “Low”-Lights for this event

Confusion over the start of the Masters 35-44 and 45-54 race.  We thought we had communicated it well enough but apparently not well enough for a few people.  If you were affected by this or missed your start please fire me a note.  We are sorry and would like to refund your entry fee.  It will not make up for it but at least you will have some beer month.

The man in black.

Back to the good stuff.  This came from Chris Courtenay that works for Orange Sport Supply that supports our series.

Thanks again for putting on an awesome series.

I ended up having a pretty decent race. I’d never battled with Elite, never done a full hour before, so there was that. And I also crashed about 11 times, so there was also that, but managed to keep it mostly together and finished strong. Fought a good battle with a few guys mid pack, so that made the race for the top 20 quite interesting. If you aren’t going to podium, you may as well battle it out for 17th!

The course was awesome also. When I pre-rode it I figured it was going to be really tough with the punchy climbs and the stairs of doom, but the only thing that consistently hurt lockered me was the road section! Also I had my lines picked out in the dry, but as soon as it rained, it became a new course.

Thanks again, and cheers,
Chris Courtney    
Inside Sales Manager

FARMER BILLS 2014.

Pre-Registration closes at our normal time of 7:00PM on this Saturday Night.  The link is: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=729

Reminder as per the series “Bible”:  Onsite registration, number pickup and category changes close 30 minutes before the start of each event. Hard Cut OFF and has to be enforced to allow for the smooth running nature of COTR events.  Sorry if you don’t make it but others should not suffer because of your tardiness.

Forecast calls for MUD!!

2014 farm course promises to be more of the same delightful barn shaking fun. Lots of off bike sections and speedy descents.

This 3km course will be a little different from years past due to large cattle population.

Because we have been asked a few times….there is NO JUMP this year.

Lime’N food truck will be serving up great food and the farmers market will be open.

NEED SOME WHEELS? 

I have one set of Eason EC90’s for sale.  BRAND NEW.  Rim Brakes.  I REALLY WANT TO SELL THEM.  Fire me a note if you are interested.

I also have an awesome Blue 70 Helix wetsuit for swimming that has only been used once.  Medium….let me know if you are quitting riding and starting swimming and I will sell you that.

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final

Cross Club-Victoria

DONE for 2014.  Thanks to the Victoria Crew for putting on those events.  Not a lot of public buzz this year but we assume they were great!

Weekly CX Rides on Vancouver Island.

Trail Bikes in Courtenay has a weekly ride at 5:45 on Wednesdays?  Or Tuesdays?  Check with them.

M.I.V.A. has a  weekly clinic/short race in Nanaimo at 5:00 on Tuesdays.  Beban Park.  Meet at the BMX track.  Until the time change.

Anyone else have anything going on at their Bike shop?  If not….you should

COTR 2014: ‘Twas the night before the night before the night before the Kona Kup.

It looks like we might have to adjust our COTR schedule for 2015 so that we can charter a plane and make ourselves over to do this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0baUKEMij_4  It has been on the list for a while….so we better try to make it happen soon!

 We had a great compliment from Sven who we have had a friendly competition between COTR and his series for a while: 

hi normon:
guess it’s my turn to congratulate you this time.

pretty impressive, 270 starters. and BTW: i counted 277 based on the results posted.
i got stuck with some 240 starters again, still quite happy about that.

good job, next year vanier cx will move to sunday oct 04, 2015. maybe then we can have a non-conflicting schedule. don’t say you didn’t know in advance …

cheers and good luck with the next races,
Sven Sturm 

A late shout out to Straight up Cycles for the support of the COTR series starting with some prizes and the CASH that was 1st place for Expert at the last race.  Thanks guys!!

BC Ferries…..LONG WEEKEND…..book reservations in advance.  Ride on.  Stay over.  Duke Point.  Plan it out.

KONA KUP-Provincial Championships.  Monday.  October 13, 2014

Race Bible:  Find it here:  http://crossontherock.com/files/2014%20KONA%20KUP-PROVINCIAL%20CHAMPS%20GUIDE%20PDF.pdf  Note Women’s masters category should read “35-44” not “34-44”.

Have you signed up yet?  Remember the last scene of Point Break http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLS5t0NdtRI  Where Bhodi was waiting and waiting for the 50 year storm because it would give him perfect conditions.  “Just waiting for my set”.  This Monday for cross on Vancouver Island is the equivalent.  The 50 year storm.  Everything coming together for this one day.  The best and hardest course.  B.C. Champs.  Cycling B.C. allowing multiple license types for the first time in HISTORY.  If you are not racing.  You are missing out on the set of a lifetime!!

PLUS if we don’t break the registration numbers in EVERY category from last year when you NEEDED a UCI license to race then Cycling BC (and I) will consider this experiment a failure and going forward forever more you will always be required to have the FULL license to race at Provincials (most likely).  So lets break ALL the category records.  That means FULL SUPPORT!

NO DAY OF RACE REGISTRATION.  Because we have to adjust for all the series for call up.  You have to register a head of time.  Sorry.  Don’t care who you are.  How fast you are.  How far you have travelled.  How much money you have.  No Day of Race Registration.  For all the other races you can procrastinate.  For this one you gotta pay up a head of time to ride the legend.   http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=728

Check out the stats and who has conquered this course before you: http://www.crossontherock.com/php/race-results/?raceid=49

Go back in History from 2009 to 2013 and look at the results from this race every year: http://www.crossontherock.com/results/

Check out our Stats Page and see how this race stacks up:  http://www.crossontherock.com/results/statistics/

It is a course rich with tradition and thick with mud, sand and grass.

Will this year’s edition be historic.  I can tell you that it will.

PLUS most importantly there will be Wafel’s from Wannawafel.

Impressed with the number of middle pack Intermediates that are signing up for the FULL Elite race this Monday.  Respect!

NEED SOME WHEELS? 

I have one set of Eason EC90’s for sale.  BRAND NEW.  Rim Brakes.  I REALLY WANT TO SELL THEM.  Fire me a note if you are interested.

I also have an awesome Blue 70 Helix wetsuit for swimming that has only been used once.  Medium….let me know if you are quitting riding and starting swimming and I will sell you that.

COTR Series 2014

Sunday Sept 14 – Cumberland. Coal Cross
Sunday Sept 28 – Victoria. Possible New Venue
Monday Oct 13 – Bowen. Kona Kup.  Provincial Championships
Sunday Oct 19 – Farmer Bills.  Port Alberni*Venue/Race Change.
Sunday Nov 2 – Speedway. Binab Property Group GP
Sunday Nov 9 – Shawnigan Lake School. Ronde Von Hogwarts
Sunday Nov 23 – Arbutus Meadows.  My Little Pony Cross.  Series Final