OK THERE IS A NEW LOGO coming for Season #17.  We are interrupting our normal summer activities earlier to get some pre-season work done for Cross on the Rock.  Stay tuned.

Congratulations to Emilly Johnston and Carter Woods for their National MTB Championship wins this past weekend!!

Before we get to Season #17 updates though we wanted to get the word out about our first Mid Summer CX event since 2018.
 The Menno Mid Summer CX Event.

We have not held a Mid Summer CX Race since 2018 when we had visiting cyclocross dignitaries visiting town.  We thought this would be a suitable situation to bring this event back.
 Last March we lost one of our own. Menno Jongsma was a super-fan of cycling and a long time participant at all events around Nanaimo and Vancouver Island for decades. We are planning on celebrating and remembering him with this event. All proceeds go to the charity of the family’s choice. We hope you can attend in person either as a participant or spectator.
Race any bike you have.  Mountain, Cross, Gravel.  Road with cross tires…..it does not matter.  What matters is getting together and supporting this community!
July 27th. 5:00PM.Diver Lake Park located at 2430 Black Franks Dr, Nanaimo, BC V9T 3K5

Diver Lake Park was one of the first venues that we ever used for Cyclocross in Nanaimo and also hosted the first ever BC Cup for Cyclocross WAY back in 2005.  It is a fun and tight course.  VERY turney.  NOT super “fitness”.  Perfect for a mid-summer event.

NOTE:  There is not a lot of parking at Diver Lake park.  The venue will take up the parking lot and the surrounding areas have spots that are ONLY residents and limited other parking.  There is some parking on the surrounding streets and it is a very SHORT ride to get to the venue. PLEASE don’t upset the local residents by parking some place you should not.

There will be no food vendors unfortunately as there are other events going on in town that night.  So pack a snack and we will see if Tycho and Tessa will get a drink or freeze stand going on site so bring a few dollars.

There are field limits for each of the races set at 50 so don’t wait to register. No license required but you save a bit of money if you have one. $20 with a license. $25 without. Licenses will be checked when you show up.  Bring your license or bring an extra $5Kids in the Kids race are FREE. 5:00 Course and Number Pick up Opens. (Need to sign waivers and check licenses) 5:40 we are doing a Ride Out on the playing field.  All participants and spectators are encouraged to participate. 5:45 Younger kids 1 lap race   (Kids that are not ready for the B race that normally race the kids race at COTR.  Not for “tiny” kids.  Should be able to complete a full lap.  Parents can join younger racers) No tiny kids race at this event. 6:00 B Race (40 Min for first racer) (Those that normally compete in Launch/Beginner COTR or MTB races.  New to the sport.  Lower Half of Intermediate/Masters field.  Super Masters) 7:00 A Race (50 Min for first racer) (Upper half of intermediate field.  All of the OPEN racers, upper half of Masters field.  Super faster super masters. Socializing strongly encouraged before, during and after all races.We would love for you to attend

If you can help out with set up, Timing, Registration, take down, trailer packing please fire us an e-mail.  Thanks in advance.  normon@crossontherock.com 
Thanks to Peter Creighton from HLC Bike supplying some prizing. Your mental health is everything — prioritize it. Make the time like your life depends on it, because it does.” Mel Robins. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/nanaimo-bc/menno-jongsma-11231083?fbclid=IwAR1xNvPcGEDCthcxVnYhl1KCnJguj6hwZursnc7RSlBXdMiZ8sLPk%20tqi60k

SEASON #17 Schedule Update

This is where we are at for scheduling for 2023.  As you know things can change and be adjusted.  Brett is on a road trip coming back from ST6 so we will get these dates updated on the site when he gets back.

September 10th. Season opener in Cumberland at Coal Cross.  Make it a double header with the Dodge X Off Road triathlon on the Saturday.
September 17th. We would LOVE to host a race in Victoria….but this is proving challenging.  We will keep you posted.
October 1st. This is supposed to be Cross on the Commons in Qualicum.  Will confirm soon.
October 9th. Nanaimo. Bowen park. Almost same as normal. We are going to try to sort out a YOUTH – CLUB CUP challenge. It was suggested by one of the coaches of the vancouver DEVO team so we will try to run this with our event.
October 15th should be the Cross fondo.  If you have not done it.  You SHOULD do it!
October 22nd. Grand Opening of the Langford Bike Park Club house AND the Broad Street Cycles GP at the Jordie Lunn Bike Park.
October 29th. Hot Crossed Bunnies at Beban Park
November 12th. CoweX series final at the Cowichan Fair Grounds!!

Cyclocross National Championships are going to be November 24-25-26 in Saanich again so that is a GREAT reason to get a UCI license for the season!!

Hey……that is it for now.  Check your tire pressure.  Do a couple of starts.  Sign up for the Menno Mid Summer CX Event.  Hope to see 120 or so of you on this Thursday.  We will see the rest of you in Cumberland on September 10th.  Have a great summer!!

Parting shot of Menno at Transfer Beach Crosstoberfest with Paul and Lee.
“Nun For You”

MUC OFF – Cross on the Rock 2023. Newsletter #1 – Race Week!