First off:

Before we get to the good stuff we all know that the “man” is harshing on everyone sending out “unsolicited” e-mails. At this point…..many years down the road we have a pretty diverse and huge mailing list. BUT I know that not everyone is into “Cross” or reading about all the awesome stuff we do….SO IF YOU DON’T WANT THESE E-MAILS….just send me a note. I don’t have some fancy program to filter everyone and send “please love us” e-mails and all that stuff (read “crap”). Just reply to this one. Send me a nice note. I will take you off our list of super cool people. (OK you might be still a bit cool but not into cross….just not super-cool).

This is a great photo of how COTR is….we race the snot out of each other….for 1st or 30th. Then we turn and shake hands and congratulate each other on the effort! (Geoff Robson Photo)

OK onto the important stuff.

No summer race this summer.
I have to call “No Mas”. No more. I can’t do it. You see I have had a dream for 4 years since doing a wicked Raleigh Mid Summer Night cross race in Roslyn Washington of doing a similar one here. This year I got the closest to my dream. Filled out park applications. Talked to people about it. Put it on a schedule. Even harassed SRAM to get my brakes back (took so freaken LONG) for my Major Jake so I would have a bike. But the reality has set in. I just can’t do it. There is SO MUCH going on right now with the main thing being that Frontrunners is moving at the end of the summer and we are moving/building a new shop. The amount of time that is taking up is pretty much every moment that might have been used for something fun….and then some. I just can not allocate any time for the super-cool-summer-cx race that I have been thinking about for 4 years. Sorry everyone! In the meantime if anyone wants to play that old favorite game “Who is busier than who” just e-mail me and we can compare notes. BUT be warned…..I will be getting bonus points as I am sitting in my office at 9:22pm writing all my favorite cross people to give them the news….on the day I was born….because I could not find any time otherwise… don’t want to play that game with me!!

More important stuff.

If you have not checked out the complete BC Cylocross race Calendar for 2014 it is here:

The most important dates are of course these ones:

COTR 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 – Ladysmith. Crosstoberfest.
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

7 Races.
6 Series Races
1 Provincial Championships
Drama, Excitement, pukeworthy effort, Post race beer. A Tonne of really-really nice people.

(Geoff Robson Photo)

One more piece of important news.
We have learned that more than one of our female COTR racers are helping us boost our racer numbers. Unfortunately this participation boost does not help the series for about 12 years. In the meantime the mom’s are out for the season (rightfully so….the first year is TOUGH). Knowing our numbers….and wanting to keep those female categories STRONG as they have been in the past. Start thinking about recruiting NOW. Get those new and past female racers on their cross bikes and stoked for cross! We have the best numbers for female racers…but we need to keep them UP to keep all the categories viable and competitive! Congratulations to the new, new again and soon to be new future cross racers and families.

ONE little note from last year’s LOST and FOUND.

All the stuff below has been given back to their owners or tossed with the exception of the Specialized leg warmers in the bottom right corner. Normally I would just pass these onto a deserving jr racer or Darrel that picks up bottles from our shop on his bike and puts more km’s (need to get that guy on Strava) than Peter Wellsman…..but these leg warmers have been modified with RED RIBBON….so someone has taken some LOVE and attention to them….a GIRL… I would love to get them back to the right owner.


Have a GREAT SUMMER everyone. Get on your Cross bike. Tour some Parks. Get ready for a fun fall.

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 Pro City Racing club

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
Pro City Cycles in Victoria

Supported and Sanctioned by:
Cycling BC

Normon Thibault


Cross on the Rock

Parting Shot…… (Geoff Robson Photo)


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