COTR 2013: October News #4: Crosstoberfest was AWESOME! (and what is ahead: My Little Pony Cross and Kona Kup Provincial Championships)

HOT COTR TOPICS (Happy Halloween Everyone)

  • If you couldn’t see my photos in the last newsletter….your e-mail settings might be set to “Basic Text” or you might block photos or….who knows….it is all wizardry anyways. If you still want to see them the old newsletters are on the home pages of the cross on the rock web site. Check it.
  • My Little Pony Cross and Provincial Championships. The series guide has been updated for this event and the Provincial Championships guide will be posted and registration live today.
  • Provincial Championships registration is live: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=475
  • There are a few important differences from Provincials to regular COTR races:
    • We have increased the categories at Provincial Champs from 11 categories in 2012 to 17. Added are: U13, U15, U17 Mens and Womens. Masters Women 45+. Masters Men 55+. Modified are the masters age categories from 30-39 Mens and 30+ for womens to 35-44 and 45-54 Mens and 35-44 womens. IMPORTANT. For Provincial Champs and National Champs it is your age at the END of 2014. So your category may be different from what you race at COTR or what you have raced all year.
    • Youth at Provincial Champs. In co-operation with Cycling BC we are trying to maximize our youth participation at Provincial Champs. Normally you would need a UCI license to race Provincials but this year they are going to allow anyone with any license to race. Which means if you have a citizen, uci or day of race license you can do provincials if you are U19 years of age.
    • The Challenge/Open/All comers races at Provincial Champs are for those that are more beginner to the sport or don’t have a UCI license (adults) or don’t want to race it the championship events. So anyone can race on that day.
    • You can use a MTB in ALL categories EXCEPT Elite Men and Elite Women. MTB’s are NOT allowed at the National Champs at the end of November in South Surrey.
  • Lots of rumours flying about NICSSCOTU making a come back for 2014 (every 5 years). I hear it will be invite only. Field limited.
  • Calling out: Pelle, Jamie Gauthier, Ian Smith, Ron Grant, Fukima, Chris Birch.
  • Commending: Shep Stewart, Robin Dutton, Paul Thompson
  • Provincial Champs
  • The series IS TIGHT in some categories such as Masters Men where only 5 points separate 1st and 2nd. 119 points for “Mr. Perfect” Tyler Trace over Tom Skinner. With the drop and the double points coming…..anything can still happen!!

REVIEW: COTR #4: Crosstoberfest at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith.

From Tara and Mike:

First, a big thanks to you, Norm, and Wendy, Roland and Jen, for taking care of the toughest part of the cross event in my mind!! Instant results and a totally organized registration system…what more could one ask for??? I LOVE those clipboards… genius!!! (Norm’s note: Mostly Roland and Jen on this one)

Thanks again to everyone for coming to Crosstoberfest!! What a day!!

THIS IS WHERE CYCLOCROSS PR/Politics COMES INTO PLAY AGAIN: If you enjoyed the event, it would be fabulous if you sent a quick email off to Clayton Postings at Ladysmith Parks and Recreation at cpostings@ladysmith.ca. As before. Cc me on it and we will draw for a 6 pack of Phillips or Rumble. Must be done before My Little Pony Cross.

It would be great for the Town to get positive feedback!

Crosstoberfest could not have happened without the following amazing people and groups…
Trevor Jones
Shari Morden
Ron and Rhea Hewitson
Cathy and Robin Dutton
Jim and Morgan Allair
Jennifer Ostle
Verna Buhler
Tiffany Chapman
Sue Glenn
Grant and Jayden
Barbara Altimas (aka: Mum)
Hilary
Roland Rabien
Jen Erlendson
Norm and Wendy (Tessa and Tycho for some help with the cinnamon buns!)

Cowichan Cycles
The Town of Ladysmith
The Lions Club (all food proceeds go to the Lion’s club to be put back into the community).
The Old Town Bakery (cinnamon buns… located on 1st avenue in Ladysmith)
Bouma Meats (also on 1st)
Wolf Breweries
Black and White Coffee (Crofton… run by a cycling enthusiast)

BIG THANKS to: Tara and Mike

And another shot of those wicked pies!
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Highlights for the Race Directors

  • Huge number of participants again.
  • The ongoing Wind vs. Tape battle.
  • Sand immediately followed by more sand, and then in case you forgot, a bit more sand.
  • Number of superhero’s (kids) racing.
  • Number of costumes.
  • Apple pies and cinnamon buns.

Norm’s Notes on COTR #4 Crosstoberfest.

  • Man it was TOUGH trying to keep that course together in the wind! Thanks to everyone that helped out and fixed tape and re-posted stakes.
  • I loved the section from the bottom of the amphitheater to the beach. The corners parallel to the start/finish were so fun and carrying as much speed as possible into the beach…well you had to have faith!
  • Loved the 3 sections of sand
  • Loved the costumes. Peter Hunsinger, Lindsay Chaimberland, Isaac Vander Viet, Martin Machacek, Guy Ridler and others (One day Wendy and I will have costumes again……one day…..There is always SO MUCH to do for these event that costumes are the least of our concerns)
  • HOT day.
  • HOTTER costumes.
  • A lot of questions as to why I raced masters. Well I got a bit sick on Friday and felt worse on Saturday so I was going to skip the race to try to recover. I ended up telling Roland and he said that I could not skip it as I am the only person to have done ALL the COTR races….the pressure was on. Expert takes a massive effort as everyone knows so I hung out with my alma matter in the Masters and raced Wendy’s Pink Surly S/S. It was super fun!
  • I had a season best time for cleaning up from the event on Sunday. I was gone at around 4:45 and home by 5:15. That is SMOOTH!

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COTR #4: PHOTOS and Edits.

Patrick’s Crosstoberfest Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157637031162204/

Get on board LIVE with Rob Parkin for the first lap of the Expert Race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_pJKzj3fXI

Come on board with Ken Olsen for the first lap of the Masters race and watch the HEAD-On collision with Paul Brend and another rider in the Whirly-Whirl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqop0bKcSes&feature=youtu.be

Photos from Colin Rennie http://www.flickr.com/photos/24960866@N05/sets/72157637095486754/

Don’t forget we have a photo contest annually for COTR. So save your best.

MORE $$$$$ for Juniors/Youth $$$$$$$ (Updated-again)

Past COTR Photo contest winner, Patrick Burnham, did a SWEET calendar last year of 12 of his COTR photos and sold them at the end of the season. He collected the $ for the calendars…..around $500. MEANWHILE down in Victoria Pro City Cycling and the Binab Property Group GP also had a donation from Vista Estates of $500. AND then Tyler Trace put in his prize money from last weekend….another $100. So we have $1100 for 11 X $100 Travel grants for U19 racers. Male or Female. Travelling to National Championships in Surrey at the end of November.

We thought that was ALL But then the Cross Club in Victoria coughed up another $1100 so we will be doing 11 X $200 Grants now!! Get on it JR Racers….get your application in.

So far (as of October 31, 2013) we have received 4 applications; Holly Simonson, Tarryn Cote, Sarah Van Dam, Talia Hill and Thomas Hill.

Our Criteria:

  • Must be from the Island, a surrounding Island or Powell River. (If not from an Island…they must be supporting COTR a lot!!)
  • Must be 18 or under
  • Someone who supports cross on the rock
  • Someone who is planning on attending Nationals, or would go if they had the help of the grant.
  • From there we will do a draw for the 11 grants from the submitted applications.
  • We will have forms at the races and since you have to support the series to apply…..that should work well. Submit back to people at registration please.

REGISTRATION for COTR
Pre-registration IS the way to go ALWAYS!

Provincial Championships registration is live: http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=475

Links to the individual COTR races are here:
My Little Pony Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=470
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES
In Victoria:
Cross Underground….Done for the year.

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. keep your eyes on their site/FB page or find out their secret handshake if you want to get out with these guys in Nanaimo.
Sometimes you can show up, wait inside where it is warm and they roll up and out without you….as Bill McMillan.

In Courtenay:
Trail Bicycles in Courtenay, meet at 5:30 every Wednesday for 1-2 hours of riding.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS and AVR

Supported by:
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

Cross on the Rock
www.crossontherock.com

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COTR 2013: October News #3: Farmer Bills….WOW. Crosstoberfest Ahead!!

HOT COTR TOPICS

#1. The Hottest of hot topics. IS THIS LEGAL?

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The answer and to be clear is that it is NOT. While we applaud Tom’s inventiveness and his ability to think outside the tape at Farmer Bills the reality is that we do not want to have to flag EVERY LITTLE DETAIL of every little course. We have said this before. Ride what the course is intended and supposed to be. If the flagging goes down. Ride the line that was there before….cutting the course is lame. Having to flag every inch is lame. Riding around barriers is super-duper lame. Tom’s line on this corner is not what the course was intended to be. PLUS his bike is outside of the flagging and course. If you can’t get your bike through there….then that should say something to you. Sorry Tom! The old race guide used to have a paragraph on this someplace so we will dig it up and re-post it for all those that like to see it in writing before they do what they know is right.

#2. THIS HOWEVER:

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Is 100% LEGAL and encouraged at Crosstoberfest this weekend!!

#3. Crosstoberfest Pre-Register.

(That one is self explanatory) about 35 hours to get this done at this point. Crosstoberfest -
http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=469

#4. Have you ever hear of Nacker’d Bikes?

Well Nacker’d Bikes is a “skunkworks” division of Naked Bikes with CEO Sam Whittingham guiding the torch.
From Sam:
Basically the idea behind “nacker’d bikes” was to introduce cross riding and racing to my riding friends on Quadra Island, who had little to no idea what cyclocross was but are keen bunch up for anything. Nobody could afford full on cross bikes so I started converting old steel road bikes to be cross ready. This usually involves, moving bridges, installing canti studs and making a bit more room for tires. These definitely aren’t naked quality bikes so we branded these new bastard bike spawn, “nacker’d”.

In truth, this idea is actually very traditional, In the “old” days, it was fairly normal to see people use there summer race bike for there winter cross bike. Back then, road bikes could usually fit up to a 30 or 32mm tire, this is why that tire size has become the normal cross size, with 33mm obviously being the current uci max.

If you follow COTR results you will see that the number of riders coming over from Quadra Island to the series races in the last year has exploded. All thanks to Nacker’d Bikes.

#5. More money for Jr/Youth Racers. Check the information below.

#6. Who is #1?
Half way through the series and with a race this weekend.
Who is leading your category?
Who is your main rival?
Who you trying to beat?
Will it all turn around this weekend?

#7. Provincial Champs
Information being finalized. Stay tuned….hope to have the guide and the registration links live in the next few days. Need more time in the day/week/month!!

#8. More experienced timers needed at the races.
We would love to get a data base of people to help out at events timing 1 or 2 races. We don’t need people all the time….but sometimes we do. If you can help out sometimes (does not mean for the whole day). Can you drop me an e-mail so I can start a data base of people please.

#9. More experienced First Aid responders.
We would love to get a data base of people that have first aid training at the event. We have 2 awesome guys and St. Johns is almost impossible to get so if you have first aid training and are going to watch or race at our events and could help out if needed (we don’t have you sitting on a chair). Please fire me an e-mail as we would love to build this resource a bit.

PREVIEW: COTR #4: Crosstoberfest at Transfer Beach, Ladysmith.

COSTUMES!!!! The best part of Crosstoberfest….so fire them up!!

Crosstoberfest will be a real treat again this year!!!
The Cowichan Cycles Cartel will treat you to an amazing course at beautiful Transfer Beach! This year will include the longest beach section in the series; lots of twists and turns in trees to keep you on your toes; fast pavement, gravel, hills, stairs, and gorgeous ocean views from every part of the course!! We have tweaked the course a bit from last year and have made it even better!

The kids crossathalon race will be in the middle of all of the action (on a separate course of course but in full view). Note 15 minutes earlier please!

On top of that, the edible treats abound!!

  • The Old Town Bakery is supplying us with their famous cinnamon buns
  • Bouma meats will be on board with their amazing bratwurst (included in your registration fee along with a beverage),
  • Pies are up for grabs
  • Other surprises!

It would be SUPER FANTASTIC if you could pre register, that way we know how many brats to buy!! Also, drop me an email if you are vegan or veggie and want veggie friendly
option (tealtimes@hotmail.com)

Things of NOTE for COTR #4: Crosstoberfest.

#1. There is no beer garden this year. I repeat. There is NO Beer garden this year. Although we had a ryder on our policy with CBC and we had it before there was complications and delays with the City of Ladysmith and it is just not going to happen this year. BBQ and Beverages….still happening!!

#2. KIDS race. We are going to fire this up about 15 minutes earlier at this event so at around 12:30. The course will be in the center of the action. We are going to make this a Kids Crossathalon. Either Bike-Run or maybe. Run-Bike-Run. Slightly longer races….a lot more fun!! IF you kids just want to do the running part…..heck we don’t care… bring them…. or a relay with a parent or sibling. Lets just get the kids out there.

#3. Sand.

#4. Pie.

REVIEW: COTR #3: Farmer Bills Cattle X-Ing. The race that was COTR#3

From COTR#3 Race Director. The Legend: Lee Blais

Huge thanks to the Alberni crew who made it happen !!!!

  • Rhonda Dame for the cow bells and childcare etc etc…
  • Brent Dame, Bryce Blake, Mike Parcher,Matt Banys, Jeff Forsythe for their blood, sweat and tears!
  • Hogs Gone Wild for their great food!… Pulled pork and Cross just makes sense!
  • Billy Leach giving up some Totally Board shwag!!
  • Glen Wakeling for making sure we weren’t without fresh Eatmore sprouts & greens!
  • And of course Farmer Bill and son Billy Thompson for the use of their property and their amazing hospitality!!!

Highlights:

  • Pulled pork
  • MUD
  • Mud in pulled Pork
  • Meeting double Spiderman (Tycho Thibault)
  • Faster to run in sections
  • Custom cow bells!!!!!!

Thanks for showin up

Highlights from Seana

  • spandex nerds catching air
  • bikes looking like swamp creatures
  • whiskey hand ups
  • norm selling veggies at the finish line
  • toms tire cheat line
  • norm beating his wife, lol
  • local chris hall beats the man of steele
  • Mark Wieler in 5th

Highlights from Norm

  • Huge thanks to Dave Hutley, Glenowyn, Guy Ridler and Gerry Huizinga
  • Many thanks to Lee, Farmer Bill, all the helpers and Hilary
  • Great course. LOVED the on and off and on and off of the course.
  • DOUGHNUTS……so good!!
  • Tough kids course.

COTR #3: PHOTOS

There was a link from Frontrunners-Splashes Team on our FB page earlier in the week. I only received one other link this week to photos:

Photos from Patrick Burnham:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157636782674873/

Don’t forget we have a photo contest annually for COTR. So save your best.

I did not have this link from Patrick for BPGGP Photos for last newsletter.
So here it is:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157636581221863/

MORE $$$$$ for Juniors/Youth $$$$$$$ (Updated)

Past COTR Photo contest winner, Patrick Burnham, did a SWEET calendar last year of 12 of his COTR photos and sold them at the end of the season. He collected the $ for the calendars…..around $500. MEANWHILE down in Victoria Pro City Cycling and the Binab Property Group GP also had a donation from Vista Estates of $500. AND then Tyler Trace put in his prize money from last weekend….another $100. So we have $1100 for 11 X $100
Travel grants for U19 racers. Male or Female. Travelling to National Championships in Surrey at the end of November.

We thought that was ALL But then the Cross Club in Victoria coughed up another $1100 so we will be doing 11 X $200 Grants now!! Get on it JR Racers….get your application in.

Our Criteria will be:

  • Must be from the Island, a surrounding Island or Powell River. (If not from an Island…they must be supporting COTR a lot!!)
  • Must be 18 or under
  • Someone who supports cross on the rock
  • Someone who is planning on attending Nationals, or would go if they had the help of the grant.
  • From there we will do a draw for the 11 grants from the submitted applications.

We will have forms at the races and since you have to support the series to apply…..that should work well. Submit back to people at registration please.

FIRST AID
A refresher for some here and new information for others. COTR has an extensive First Aid kit at all the races. It can be found at registration.

During racers if someone around you gets seriously hurt the following applies. The first person on the scene should check on the person that gets hurt. The next person should divert the course to make sure that there is a way around the person that is hurt that is safe. The third person on the scene should make sure that help is coming and alert race officials either at timing or registration.

Your fellow racers safety and well being is more important than any cross race.

It is usually best to leave an injured person “in position found” until help arrives.

Do not move them unless there is an immediate hazard. If you do have to move them make sure it is only done to limit the hazard and no more.

If the accident happens early in a race sometimes the race can and should be
re-started. Think Western Speedway Open women a few years ago.

If you have to call “Neutral Section-Slow down” to safely get riders around. Not a problem.

We will review and revise this as needed and post this into the fresh edit of the series guide.

Lastly if you are one of the first ones on the scene and stop for a fallen rider. Please let us know and we will make sure you get your next race on the house. Thanks again Gerry Huizinga. If you are worried about points also let us know and Roland will adjust your series score based on a previous average or some magical formula that he can devise.

REGISTRATION for COTR
Pre-registration IS the way to go ALWAYS!

Links to the individual races are here:
Crosstoberfest – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=469
My Little Pony Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=470
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship -
http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES 

In Victoria:
Cross Underground….if you live in Victoria and don’t know about this ”practice” on Wednesday nights…you gotta get on it!

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. slipped in an extra CX practice this week but did not tell anyone…..keep your eyes on their site/FB page or find out their secret handshake if you want to get out with these guys in Nanaimo. M.I.V.A. has already finished their practices for the year but there have been some rides going. Keep an eye on their FB page to stay up to date.

In Courtenay:
Trail Bicycles in Courtenay, meet at 5:30 every Wednesday for 1-2 hours of riding.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS and AVR

Supported by:
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

COTR 2013: October News #2: BPGGP done. Farmer Bills in 2 days!!

HOT COTR TOPICS

Some new statistics.
You know that Roland and I love to track and follow what is going on with COTR. We have the stats page on the web site (under results) so that you can follow along too. This week Roland added a new stat: Biggest categories.

Masters Men from BPGGP was larger than 7 COTR races. Coal Cross (2006, 2007, 2008) Cowboy Cross (2006), NISSCCOTU (2009), Diver Lake (2006), Jungle Cross (2007)

At one point last Monday we had 86 on course at once (Intermediate M/W). Which is bigger or equal to 17 COTR races.

LAST CHANCE FOR THIS (WILL DRAW FOR BEER (Or RUMBLE) FRIDAY NIGHT)

Thanks to everyone that has sent notes so far. Politics. It just takes 2 minutes and it makes our job MUCH easier!! For each of our race venues there are usually many levels that we need to go through in order to use the venue and then many more in order to return to
the venue. For some reason….some people just don’t like us. They see the park with “Brown up” or a bit muddy and then can’t see ahead to when the course will be back to normal again as it always is. Some people will complain. Some people ALWAYS complain. As you know the seized-from-cumberland-mud hub will get the grease. Help us grease our way back to Cumberland next year and beyond. Fire a note of appreciation and thanks to: Kevin McPhedran at kmcphedran@cumberland.ca . I will make it worth your while. CC me and I will put everyone’s name in for a 12 pack of Phillips or Rumble (depending on age and preferences). Thanks for your help. DRAW TONIGHT!!

Pre-Register. (That one is self explanatory)

Get fired up for Farmer Bills

$$$$$ for Juniors/Youth $$$$$$$

If you did not catch this before:
Past COTR Photo contest winner, Patrick Burnham, did a SWEET calendar last year of 12 of his COTR photos and sold them at the end of the season. He collected the $ for the calendars…..around $500. MEANWHILE down in Victoria Pro City Cycling and the Binab Property Group GP also had a donation from Vista Estates of $500. AND then Tyler Trace put in his prize money from last weekend….another $100. So we have $1100 for 11 X $100
Travel grants for U19 racers. Male or Female. Travelling to National Championships in Surrey at the end of November.

Our Criteria will be:

  • Must be from the Island, a surrounding Island or Powell River. (If not from an Island…they must be supporting COTR a lot!!)
  • Must be 18 or under
  • Someone who supports cross on the rock
  • Someone who is planning on attending Nationals, or would go if they had the help of the grant.
  • From there we will do a draw for the 11 grants from the submitted applications.
  • Application Forms can be downloaded here.

COTR #2: Binab Property Group GP at Western Speedway.

Bike Shop Challenge was won this year by Mich Thacker. Bragging rights for the WHOLE YEAR!!

Kids races. 35 kids and a devious course that was build by someone that does not have kids!! I wanted to race it!

RECORD TURN OUT.

The Winner of the Trek CX Bike from Pro City Cycling was: Clayton Webb also had the distinction of being the top Singlespeeder this day in Intermediate. Clayton also helped out most of the day when he was not racing. An awesome thanks goes to Paul Underhill from our sponsor RUMBLE who won the bike after doing his first cross race earlier in the day but put the bike back in the prize pool for someone else as he had just purchased a new cross bike. Our sponsors are incredible!

COTR #2: LIVE ACTION and PHOTOS

Pelle opens up his 2013 COTR edit season with this one: 

Russel Berg catches the action here:

Jon Waltkins says “Watch out Pelle” with this one: Actually I can’t link it as it is on his FB page. That is how he gets friends on FB apparently.

Regan Pringle’s Shots:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/reganpringleshoots/sets/72157636622294524/
Brad Head (Zed Wheels) behind the lens:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zedwheels/sets/72157636596737535/
Have not seen anything from Patrick yet.

Don’t forget we have a photo contest annually for COTR. So save your best.

Norm’s Notes from COTR#2: Binab Property Group GP

  • It is Friday and my van is still not unloaded from Monday and I have to pack for Sunday.
  • The Masters group is insane this year. With a bunch of masters racing in Expert and the level of competition in the actual Masters category PLUS all those 39 year olds that will be turning 40 in 2014 and because of the UCI’s stupid age the following year rule….Provincial and National champs this year will be….well….insane!
  • Where is Ian Smith?
  • The return of Peter Stevenson….fair weather Cyclocross racer.
  • The number of kids
  • The number of spectators
  • Rennat’s wafels….so freaken GREAT!
  • Beer.
  • Do NOT like it when ambulances come to COTR…..be careful.
  • GREAT course.
  • Another jump.
  • Jennifer on the megaphone.
  • A big DISLIKE to people pre-riding DURING other’s races.
  • DJ with Big Audio Dynamite
  • Victoria HoJo.

Race Director Roland gives thanks to:

A huge thank you to all the racers and spectators who made the Binab Property Group GP the biggest CotR event to date. You are the reason we host these races.

Thank you to all the business that supported the race. Support those who support us.

  • Title Sponsor: Jason Binab of Binab Property Group
  • Presenting Sponsor: Trek Bicycle Store Victoria
  • Flyover Sponsor: Rasmus Rabien of Razu Welding
  • Prize Sponsors: Vista Estates, Broadmead Physiotherapy, Mike Tuckey of Green/Horwood/Tuckey, L’Hermitage Boutique Hotel, Marriot Hotel, Cactus Club, Luv Hair Salon, Erin Anderson of Beyond Fitness, Phillips Beer, Accent Inns, Jasper Blake of B78, Kharma Design Studio
  • Choux Choux Charcuterie, DJ Sean Cunningham, Wannawafel, Rumble,
  • Westshore Motocross

And all our volunteers:

  • Race Committee: Scott Mitchell, Sylvia Storry, Peter Wellsman, Jason Binab
  • Results: Katie Duncan-Rabien & Jen Dosil
  • In the timing tent: As always Hilary Grant with help from Andrea, Sherri & her daughter
  • Registration: Laura Cook, Leah Tennent, Glenowyn Carlson
  • Kids Race: Cristyna Jones, Martina Edney, Danielle Stevens
  • Beer Garden: Sabrina Macleod, Christyna Jones
  • Course Setup / Destruction: Scott Mitchell, Mitch Thacker, Peter Wellsman, Troy Woodburn, Drew Mackenzie, Joele Guynup, Richard & Laura Cook, Joel Taylor, Halldor Gunnarsson, Ed Thacker, Tom Skinner, Jeff Doyle, Clay Webb, Vanessa Service, Mike Houston, Terry McCall, Cam Maysmith, Jamie Cameron, Jen Erlendson, Denise Mahon, JP Robinson, Christyna Jones, Dave Pfaffenberger, Parker Bloom, Leif Keithly, Curtis Schlossberger, Shannon Baerg, Mical Dyck
  • Keg disposal: Cam & Jeff
  • A bit of everything: Norm & Wendy, Katie, Mike Houston, Ed Thacker, Bill Fry

To those I missed or helped unnoticed: Thank you. Your help is always appreciated.

COTR #3: Farmer Bills in Port Alberni.

Returning to Farmer Bill’s farm for the second time. Fourth time in Port Alberni.

After last year’s event one of our racers commented that going to the event was one of the highlights of his entire life. That is how much fun it was. While we unfortunately will not have the saturated mud bath of last year….which is too bad. I am sure Lee will have it all dialed and super fun.

Course Description:
Not 100% sure what Lee has planned for us this year. Last year we had mud, mud, a barn, hay bails, mud, dirt road, mud and dirt.

What to expect? Well since you are in P.A. you can usually expect ASS.

REGISTRATION for COTR

Pre-registration IS the way to go ALWAYS!

Links to the individual races are here:

Farmer Bill’s Cattle X-ing – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=468
Crosstoberfest – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=469
My Little Pony Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=470
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship -
http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES

In Victoria:
Cross Underground….if you live in Victoria and don’t know about this ”practice” on Wednesday nights…you gotta get on it!

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. slipped in an extra CX practice this week but did not tell anyone…..keep your eyes on their site/FB page or find out their secret handshake if you want to get out with these guys in Nanaimo. M.I.V.A. has already finished their practices for the year but there have
been some rides going. Keep an eye on their FB page to stay up to date.

In Courtenay:
Trail Bicycles in Courtenay, meet at 5:30 every Wednesday for 1-2 hours of riding.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts
Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS and AVR

Supported by:
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

Frontrunners-Nanaimo
www.frontrunners.ca

COTR 2013: October News #1

HOT COTR TOPICS

We are a compassionate bunch. We take care of our cross community. We don’t ride over someone when they have wiped out. We help out…..so I am asking all our riders and friends. Don’t kick a course when it is down!The Coal Cross course had a beat down for COTR#1 after days of downpour. Instead of letting the course heal up people are still riding it. Fresh tracks yesterday in the deep mud from over the weekend. PLEASE let all our courses recover or our events will not be allowed back at those venues.

Politics. It just takes 2 minutes and it makes our job MUCH easier!! For each of our race venues there are usually many levels that we need to go through in order to use the venue and then many more in order to return to the venue. For some reason….some people just don’t like us. They see the park with “Brown up” or a bit muddy and then can’t see ahead to when the course will be back to normal again as it always is. Some people will complain. Some people ALWAYS complain. As you know the seized-from-cumberland-mud hub will get the grease. Help us grease our way back to Cumberland next year and beyond. Fire a note of appreciation and thanks to: Kevin McPhedran at kmcphedran@cumberland.ca . I will make it worth your while. CC me and I will put everyone’s name in for a 12 pack or Phillips or Rumble (depending on age and preferences). Thanks for your help.

Pre-Register. (That one is self explanatory)

COTR #1: COAL CROSS (Review and re-visit)

From RD Lisa Ludwig.
Thanks so much for making this year a smooth success. We really appreciate all that you (and the little woman) do so much. I had a few compliments on the race being well organized but that really is all of us working together, so thank you from Curtis and I.

Our other thanks go to our amazing volunteers, who I am sure are reeling in the cyclocross hangover that we experienced as the monsoon beat over our heads last night…

  •  Nicole Rippel, Sara Cherewaty and Andrea Keenan (registration)
  • Hilary Grant, Colin Wilson (timing)
  • the sages of result-dom – Katie and Roland
  • Matt Powsey (MC)
  • Damien and Amanda (DJs)
  • Alicia Saunders (kids race, et al.)
  • Ryan, Tristan, Gary and Jeff Beeston from Trail Bikes (course set-up and perfection of the ghetto canyon jump transition)
  • Comox Valley Cycle Club minions (and mom Andrea)
  • Amanda, Carmen and Glenn Wakeling at Eatmore Sprouts
  • UROC, Riding Fool Hostel, DCC, Mtn City Cycle for tent and table loaners
  • Coal Hills BMX and their concession
  • No “off-switch” Norm
  • Rollie Thibault (peanut gallery/comic relief)
  • and everyone else who did little things to help us with course set up/take down – you all made this so easy! Thank you!

Retail and Prizing:

  • A huge thanks for their generous contributions: Trail Bikes and Steve Pukesh from Norco Bikes
  • Seeds Natural Foods for Kids’ refreshments
  • Dark Side Chocolates for the kids’ race CHOCOLATE medals
  • Blue Toque Sports Consignment, Courtenay, BC
  • Dodge City Cycles, Cumberland, BC
  • Sam Whittingham and Naked Bikes, Quadra Island
  • Ride Coffee, Quadra Island Cyclery
  • Archie Pateman (Cumberland Crate Company; Cumberland Brothers Bluegrass)
  • Mt. Washington Alpine Resort

Congrats to all the participants on toughing out the ominous forecast and staining your pristine racing kit. You impressed us all; our voices are hoarse to prove it. Thanks for supporting our event and hope to see you next year!

Ride on, Lisa Ludwig and Curtis Saunders

COTR #1: PHOTOS

Here are some links to revisit COTR#1 and get fired up for this Monday.

From Scott Mitchell:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclepuller/sets/72157636056130395/

From Patrick Burnham:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/palleus/sets/72157636037125094/

From Regan Pringle:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/reganpringleshoots/sets/72157636137419016/with/10063346234

Don’t forget we have a photo contest annually for COTR. So save your best.

Norm’s Notes from COTR#1: Coal Cross.

  • So great to see everyone after a LONG 9 months. The season is looking great with category and individual battles already shaping up.
  • It does not matter how much warning I give….the BMX track always claims someone.
  • Mud is awesome!
  • The spirit over by the jump with the fire pit and sausage handups…..it was pretty fricken cool!
  • I am out of shape.
  • Even being out of shape….cross is so fun!

COTR #2: The Binab Property Group GP

Returning to Western Speedway for it’s 2nd year! This time we’re turning it up to 11.

NOTES: Bike shop EMPLOYEE CHALLENGE. Send your best. Send your worst. Send your hungover. The GLORY will be yours (probably not…the glory will be someone’s).

Course Description:
Call up? It does not matter this time…….the race starts on the motocross track — 50 wide. After the horn, give it 100% to get the holeshot and the best position for the first few corners. Exit the motocross track and onto the oval, hit an optional jump (select categories only) before choosing your line in the tire dual slalom course. A sweeping turn into the infield sends you through the barrel maze and then under the flyover. Sprint around the oval and then in boggy grass. Get your speed up and then over the flyover. Through the parking lot, down into the pit of doom and up along the fence line before dropping back into the motocross track.

One tough lap.

Highlights (other than the aforementioned awesome race course):

  • Cash prizes for top male and female racers.
  • Top 3 in each category receive an aluminum skull.
  • Trek Bicycle Store will be giving away a Trek CrossRip as the grand draw prize.
  • Before the intermediate race there will be the bike shop challenge. One hotter than hot lap for all the glory. Bike shop employees only.
  • DJ Sean Cunningham will be spinning tunes. SEAN CUNNINGHAM!!!
  • Kids race has moved onto the motorcross track! Last year we were too easy on them.
  • Luke from Choux Choux Charcuterie will be providing turkey handups.
  • Renaat will be serving authentic Belgian waffles.
  • Paul from Rumble will be on-site, racing and sampling.
  • There will (hopefully) be a tiki bar serving beer.
  • Westshore MX will be serving food and drink.

Expect Ridiculousness.

Win this man with a bike!

Scotty

$$$$$ for Juniors/Youth $$$$$$$
Past COTR Photo contest winner, Patrick Burnham, did a SWEET calendar last year of 12 of his COTR photos and sold them at the end of the season. He collected the $ for the calendars…..around $500. This $$$ is going to be used as travel bursaries for juniors or youth going to Nationals at the end of November in South Surrey. We are not 100% sure on how we will split it up yet but are thinking 10 bursaries of $50 each to help out 10 families. I will get criteria, names and applications some time in November and firm up details but in the meantime….thanks PATRICK!!

REGISTRATION for COTR

Pre-registration IS the way to go ALWAYS!

Links to the individual races are here:

Binab Property Group GP -http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=467
Farmer Bill’s Cattle X-ing -http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=468
Crosstoberfest – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=469
My Little Pony Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=470
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship -
http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

LICENSES for COTR….what you need.

Make sure you have your license in order (See guide for more information) for the series OR just bring an extra $10. The extra $10 works for ALL races EXCEPT Provincial Champs.

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES

In Victoria:
Cross Underground….if you live in Victoria and don’t know about this ”practice” on Wednesday nights…you gotta get on it!

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. has already finished their practices for the year but there have been some rides going. Keep an eye on their FB page to stay up to date.

In Courtenay:
Trail Bicycles in Courtenay, meet at 5:30 every Wednesday for 1-2 hours of riding.

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS and AVR

Supported by:
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com

COTR 2013: September News (#it’sonlikedonkeykong(Call out to Jimmy Fallon))

HOT COTR TOPICS

Before we get into the Veggies and potatoes of this Newsletter I really want to give a shout to Jim Pearson. Jim has been involved with cycling on Vancouver Island through Avia West, Parkside and Pacific Shores for years and years. He has donated prizes. Helped with accommodations. Supported teams. Been lead or support sponsor. He has done a LOT for COTR. The economic downturn has really effected the Pearson’s and their business. We want to say “Thank You” for all the support they have given our community over the years.

It was great to see many of our COTR racers getting their last of the summer fitness goals and base training done at the MOMAR race in Cumberland last weekend. I like to get my whole race base done in one day too! It was a great event with a great after party. Cumberland hosting two awesome events in 2 weekends!

CHANGES THIS YEAR TO THE SERIES

Sharp eyes reading over the series guide will spot a number of changes to this year’s series. For those that do not pay as much attention as the super-fans I will summarize them here.

  • More categories. We have added a number of series categories for the overall series rankings. Added this year: Masters women 40+ (Racing with Intermediate). Youth U13 and Youth U15 (Racing with Beginner). Youth U17 (Racing with Intermediate). If you fall within those categories but want to race “up” it is not a problem you just will not be ranked for those categories. For example if you are an over 40 women but maybe race the occasional Expert race. It is fine. Or if you are a super fast 14 year old and want to race Intermediate. Also good. You just don’t qualify for those categories but we would rather you are challenged!
  • More Points. Roland worked out a new points schedule that we will try this year. With the growth of our series we found that we had too many people ending up with 2 point per event. How are you going to prove your supremacy over your buddies if you all getting 2 points even though you ”crushed” him/her? Well we have fixed that. We also gave the top finishers a few more points as we all know how hard it is to get 1st vs to get 10th…..well every place is hard to get really as this is cross….but we will try out this points schedule this year and see how it goes. Good luck!
  • Pre-Registration. We tried it last year and honestly it just makes EVERYTHING so much EASIER that we can’t deny it. Pre-Register PLEASE! It saves you a couple of bucks and it makes it a LOT easier for us. If you wait until day-of-race it just costs you ashtray change of $5 extra.

SERIES GUIDE

Now posted on the web site. This guide has ALL the information for the WHOLE series such as; Description of course, how to get there, categories, where it the closest hospital, accommodations……it should be in there!

Online: Read now.

There is some information missing for a few races later in the season so we
will update it when we have that information and let people know when it is
updated.

THIS IS YOUR SERIES

COTR has grown because people come out. They race. They have a good time. They tell their friends. Then they drag their friends out. That is how we do it. We want it to be successful. We want the women’s categories to grow. We want people to have a great time. We want to be #1 in Canada (not an actual goal but pretty cool). Come race. Have an “attitude free” good time. Tell your friends. Bring them out.

If you think something sucks. Fire me a note. If I agree with you….I will change it or fix it. Lets all work together to make this a great series and a great year. This is a Cross Co-Op and we are all members.

BEER

If you have not seen the Phillips Beer (Heist) edit:

LOOKING FOR RIDES. LOOKING FOR PICK UPS for COTR#1

  • If anyone is coming up from Shawnigan Lake area and can pick up a package for me please e-mail me (it is legit)
  • If anyone is coming from Power River or lives in Comox and can pick up Graeme Cockshedge please fire him an e-mail at: gcocksedge@hotmail.com His ferry will get in at 9:30am.

COAL CROSS IN CUMBERLAND. COTR#1. 2013. AWAITS THIS WEEKEND!!!!!

If you are like me….and I know all of you are a bit like me in some ways….this weekend is what you have been waiting for since Beban Park….WAY back last November. A new Season. A New Series. Fresh Points….all very EXCITING. We are kicking our year off at Cumberland and it is going to be AWESOME.

First of all…..the Caveman is coming. He is travelling from cross-meca all the way up to Cumberland to race our series. Sharpen your game experts….see if you can beat him.

Second of all….Demo Dave is coming. He might be racing at the other end of the competitive spectrum to the caveman….but you have to start someplace and he is coming. Big KONA truck. Tents and hopefully fireworks……maybe.

Course Description
The start chute is a long drag strip straight-away on 6th Ave. (Anti-freeze will be provided at the start line for brakestands.) Entering the park, there will be a sweeping right hand turn into an off-camber up hill and arcing down the bank towards the Evil Knievel canyon jump – WEATHER PERMITTING. (There will be an alternate time-sucking line for ninnies, sissies and road riders.) The canyon jump will be followed by a whirly whirl so Curtis can take the holeshot, bottleneck everyone, and win the first lap beer prime. After that, racers go into the woods to everybody’s favorite choose-your-own-adventure lines. Next up are the barriers and the BMX track, followed up by the sandpit of despair and onto the pump track. REPEAT.

REMINDER: Every year. Despite warning. People take the BMX track TOO FAST. They crash. Their day is done. Possibly their season is done. Practice it. Check your speed. Know your skill level.

Other TEASERS

  • 2 dozen “World’s Best” Doughnuts from the Cumberland Village Bakery (for hand ups)
  • Choose your own adventure line(s)
  • possible Evil Knievel cannon jump in the race (weather permitting)
  • whirly whirl
  • kids race refreshments sponsored by Seeds Natural Food Store
  • Coal Hills BMX concession will be open for food
  • first lap primes to be done again by Eatmore Sprouts.
  • BRING THE KIDS. The Nutcase Helmets Kids races will be happening at most of our events this year….good fun!

Also: Cumberland Community Schools Society will be setting up a tent/table to talk about their after school programs – this is the program we donated four BMX “loaner” bikes to so that kids who may not have the means to buy BMX equipment can still participate with their friends and learn new skills that keep them excited, stimulated and out of trouble! Since our donation of 4 bikes, another community member has stepped up and bought “loaner” helmets and armour. Website for Cumberland Community Schools:
http://cumberlandcommunityschools.com/

Call up’s at this race are RANDOM aside from 1 racer…..Ian Hay. We did not use his EXACT slogan for the (future) series T’Shirts BUT reading it inspired Wendy’s and my brain storming that did come up with the final slogan….T.B.A. Ian. You have the pole!

REGISTRATION for COTR

We are doing a SERIES DISCOUNT if you register for the whole series PRIOR to
this Saturday at 7:00pm.
regnow

Links to the individual races are here:

Coal Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=466
Binab Property Group GP – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=467
Farmer Bill’s Cattle X-ing – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=468
Crosstoberfest – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=469
My Little Pony Cross – http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=470
Ronde Van Hogwarts Series Championship -
http://www.raceonline.ca/events/details/?id=471

LICENSES for COTR….what you need.

Make sure you have your license in order (See guide for more information) for the series OR just bring an extra $10. The extra $10 works for ALL races EXCEPT Provincial Champs.

GUIDE to LOCAL CROSS RACES, RIDES and PRACTICES

In Victoria:
Cross Underground….if you live in Victoria and don’t know about this ”practice” on Wednesday nights…you gotta get on it!

In Nanaimo:
M.I.V.A. has their practice sessions on Wednesday nights. Contact MIVA. It is usually a skills session and then a short race. Norm’s session’s: Erratic. Not on usual times or dates. Most of the times EASY. Sometimes hard. MIGHT be heading out Thursday night…..fire me an e-mail if you want to do some “training”.

In Courtenay:
Trail Bicycles in Courtenay, meet at 5:30 every Wednesday for 1-2 hours of riding.

FOR SALE
There is a classified section on our web site for any cross stuff you are selling. Wendy and I still have some stuff that needs to move. I need a new lawnmower and to pay my visa….so take a look! I am also bringing up a box of FREE stuff and other stuff for sale to the COTR#1 if you need something or just want to poke at it.

Wendy and Norm’s Carbon Cross Wheels for Sale.

1) Easton EC90SL with Challenge Limus Team Edition Tubulars. Easton
Skewers. $950

2) Easton EC90SL with Challenge Grifo 33′s (Tubular). Never been ridden.
Brand New. Easton Skewers. $1200

3) Easton EC90SLX with Dougast Typhoon Tubulars. Easton Skewers. Dura Ace
Cassette. $1000

4) FSA RD 888 K-Force Wheels with Grifo XS 32 Tubulars in White. Skewers.
Dura Ace Cassette. $1000

Series is Organized by the Cross Council:
With the following cycling clubs: MIVA, VICC, Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts
Cycling Team, Cowichan Cycling Cartel, ASS and AVR

Supported by:
Oak Bay Bikes in Victoria, Westshore and Nanaimo
Trail Bikes in Courtenay
Experience cycles in Duncan
Cowichan Cycles in Duncan
Cycle Therapy in Duncan
Frontrunners in Nanaimo
Straight Up Cycles in Victoria
Dodge City Cycles in Cumberland
Ozzie’s Cycles in Port Alberni

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault
E-Mail: normont@islandnet.com