Cross on the Rock Season #15. Newsletter #9

Cross on the Rock 2021: Newsletter #9

We made it this far. Lets finish this season off STRONG!

Newsletter #9.
1. Hot Crossed Bunnies. Race #6. Series FINAL. Preview!
2. Broad Street Cycles GP.
3. Check your points. Check your team points!

Warm Ups.

  • Have you ever wanted to win a custom bike frame build specially for you? If you have raced this season then attending the series awards is your BEST CHANCE EVER!! Sam Whittingham will be drawing from our master draw prize list 1 special person that will win a Naked Bikes frame. Every time you raced this year your name has been entered. Race 6 times. You have 6 chances. Race 0 times. You will not win! We will also be drawing for other prizes from our series sponsors including a stay at Hotel Zed in Tofino and gear from MUC-OFF! You have to be there to win any of it!
  • We have made it this far. 5 of 6 races. When we made the decision to get Cross on the Rocks fired up again after 20 months away we did not know what to expect. One observation from the series so far is how incredible everyone have been. People are pitching in when needed. The community of racers has been great! There has been the least complaints or issues of any of the 15 seasons of racing we have hosted. Most of all people are reporting that during the races people are racing HARD but generally it has been clean and supportive. That has been so great to hear! We have one more race for the season. Lets all work together and finish this off the same way we have been all season. Race Hard. Have Fun. Be Nice. See you Sunday!
  • Don’t forget for the series only your top 5 race scores count. Check the link below in the “Check your points” section which shows which race is your lowest. Then you can do the math to see who you have to beat and by how much to move up in the series!
  • We started carrying an awesome product called Sport Wipes this fall at Frontrunners in Nanaimo. I have been using them all season after each race to clean up and look presentable for the awards. They are like a HUGE wet wipe towel. One of the best features is that they are 100% Biodegradable and you can put them in your compost. I thought they were so good that I contacted the company and asked if they would sponsor our series! So at the finish line on Sunday everyone will get a FREE Sport Wipe to use to clean up after their race. We will have a compost container on-site so you can drop your used one in there before the awards. I hope you like these as much as I have. You can get more from Frontrunners in Nanaimo!

1. Hot Crossed Bunnies. Race #6. Series FINAL. Preview!

Please NOTE: MASKS ARE MANDATORY IN THE AGRIPLEX for registration and spectating. They will not be mandatory for racers during the race. The awards will need to be fully masked for all ages and all people attending. Plan accordingly.

Parking: (Consult Map) Beban park is HUGE. But on any given weekend there is a LOT going on. The best place to park for the race is south of the race course in the gravel lot by the golf course and tennis courts. Be aware that there is a new road access to the Steve Smith Jump park, please do not block it. IF there is no soccer on the Beban fields then that lot will also be available. The lot by the BMX track is normally under-utilized. The paved parking by the Pool and arena might be over run so it would be best to avoid those lots. Parking on the roadways or grass is strictly forbidden and will get you towed

Team Tents: Make 100% sure your tent is staked and secured. With wind this week and in the forecast we can not have any tents becoming kites. It is drop and go (NO PARKING AT TEAM TENTS AREA) until we close and lock the gates around 9:30am. After that point you will have to carry your gear in. On the flip side the gate will be LOCKED until after the OPEN races so it will be carry out until that point. There will be no team vehicles inside the gate or we will run out of space for the team tents.

Registration: As it has been all season pre-registration only. This will close like normal at 6:00pm the night before the race. In this case that will be SATURDAY NIGHT at 6:00pm. The call up sheets are literally done by 6:10pm the night before the race. So if you FORGET or put it off you are unlikely to get your earned call up spot.

The link to register is Here

Race day number pick up and race central will be located in the Agriplex. Consult the map.

Washrooms: NOTE: MASKS ON IN THE PORTA JOHNS AND IN ANY OTHER BUILDINGS IN BEBAN PARK. There will be porta johns located at the end of the opening straight away. There are LOTS of other (Flush) washrooms located in Beban park. You can also locate washrooms in almost all buildings in the park. Both arenas. Down by the artificial turf field. In the Pool. NO DIRTY BIKE SHOES OR DIRTY PEOPLE INSIDE THE BUILDINGS OR WASHROOMS. Clean yourself up BEFORE going into a public area. We want to be able to use this venue again. MORE IMPORTANTLY if you are going IN a building LOCK YOUR BIKE!!!

Awards: Awards location will be in the Agriplex where the finish is located.

Race Course: The weather is calling for rain. MIVA will have been out cutting blackberries and scouting lines. With the rain we’ll have mud, sand, gravel, grass, pavement and off camber hills. Everything you could want for an epic final race of the season.

Food: Tipsy Avocado (Same as Bowen Park) will be on-site and ready to serve up Lunch. We have also invited Georgies Pies to come back and set up her baked goods stand as she did in 2019.

Post race: We will want to get the awards going as soon as possible on Sunday. With that in mind please help us both tear down as well as RAKE out the course. With the rain in the forecast the more raking we can do the better the course will look on Monday when people are driving by or walking through. Please bring a rake and work gloves. Many hands make light work and get the work done FAST. We will make an announcement when we are starting the awards….and…..well…..there will be no one left on course so you will notice that the awards have started! Ideally we would like to start around 4:00

TENTATIVE COURSE MAP WITH SITE OVERVIEW

2. Broad Street Cycles GP Review

Photos from Patrick until his camera decided it did not like the rain any more.

Photos from Matt Powell

From Parker
THANK you to the volunteers, racers, spectators and weather gods for making Sunday a memorable event.
Icy temps, treacherous conditions, some patches of sun and a few squalls: perfect cyclocrossing.

From Roland
Thanks to all racers for coming out to to race. It’s getting harder and harder to find venues in Victoria, so it’s great to have a venue we will reliably be able to get going into the future. I hope everybody enjoyed the unconventional cross course that brought back memories of the early days of CotR of Jungle Cross at Fletchers Farm. Thanks to Jon Watkin for getting us the course.

Shout out to the setup crew: Parker Bloom, Cam McLellan, Doug Doyle, Andy Achuff, Glenowyn Carlson, Mitch Thacker, Scott Mitchell, James Pauly, Jon Watkin, Meegan Armstrong, Brent Hooper

Registration crew: Denise Mahon, Sylvia Storry, Markus Kellerhals

Timing crew: Dylan Reeves, Geoff Homer, Shawn McKean, Steve Crowe, Joanna Fox, Ros Penty, Holly Henry

Waffles: Ryan Dawson

Event Prizes: Broad St Cycles, Arc’teryx Victoria, Drew MacKenzie of Shimano

And everybody who helped tear down the course!

From Norm
We were very excited to be able to race at the Jordie Lunn Bike park in Irwin Park. Many members of our community including but not limited to Parker Bloom, Jon Watkin and Drew MacKenzie have spent hundreds of hours developing the plan for this facility and bringing it from raw land to what we were able to race on. It was a rowdy day! The course had a bit of EVERYTHING. Most exciting of course was another opportunity to race in the MUD.

With any new venue we learn after the first event. This past Sunday we made many observations and we hope that our event at this venue continues to improve in 2022 and beyond.

A special thanks to the Masters and Super Masters men who maintained their season long cool during our lap 1.5 on course incident. We made the best of the situation and hopefully it did not change anyone’s overall result too much.

Also a thanks to Roland for stepping up to race direct this event. Parker and Broad Street for sponsoring and making some REALLY nice prize packs and Jon for being the go between and working the behind the scene to make sure that everything was in place for us to race.

2. Check your points. Check your team points!

As you know from reading our series rules if you race the full series only your top 5 results count towards your overall standings. Roland has made a series results page with your lowest score crossed out. If you want to check it out it is located here!

The team competition continues to be CLOSE. Make sure you check your team points before the series final!!

Most of the errors that happen in the team competition have to do with the team name that was inputted at the time of registration. If it does not match your other team mates…..then your points will not get counted.

If your team name is NOT CORRECT it is now possible to adjust them yourself because Roland is a master of coding!

Now people can go to their user page e.g. https://www.crossontherock.com/php/racer/?racername=Normon+Thibault

There is an edit link next to each result. Click the link, press the get password button. Your password gets emailed to you. Type in the team name you want and hit save. Team name updated!

You can edit team name, city and age. You can’t edit your name…..so if you have registered using different names and want the results for all your personalities to be put together send an e-mail to the link on the results page. Multiple names can ALSO effect your call up……so it is worth fixing.

Parting Shot
If you have been following the bike industry over the last 1.5 years you know it has been “Crazy”. With that in mind we are very fortunate to have the continued support of Nutcase Helmets supporting our little racers! Thanks to Elladee Brown for her continued support and making this happen for our series!

Cross on the Rock Season #15. Newsletter #8.

Cross on the Rock 2021: Newsletter #8
Race weeks are always the best weeks.

Newsletter #8.
1. Broad City Cycles GP.
2. Check then fix your team points.

Warm Ups.

1. Broad City Cycles GP.

Link to get registered……..it will go dark as normal at 6:00pm on Saturday night.
https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/cross-on-the-rock-2021-race-5-jordie-lunn-bike-park-irwin-park-langford

New venue in Greater-Victoria, sponsored by Broad St Cycles! Cross on the Rock will be visiting the Jordie Lunn Bike Park for the first time. A park that was designed, in part, to host cyclocross races. Expect a 3km loop with a mix of fast hard packed surfaces, technical features, pump track, and a bit of mud. Recent rains have transformed the course. All set in a beautiful forested park with two lakes.

Parking
Parking is going to be an issue at the race. DO NOT WORRY. There is more parking 500 meters from the race site!

The main parking lot is at 2992 Irwin Road.
Continue on Irwin Rd and make a left onto Creekside Trail for the secondary parking lot.
If both lots are full, there is overflow parking on Constellation Ave, only 500m away.
There is NO PARKING on the shoulder of Irwin Rd or other nearby streets. Please use a parking lot or you will be towed, we will make the neighbours angry and we may not be invited back!

Course Hazards
While we have use of the park, there may be people unaware. Keep your head up!
Getting to the start line requires crossing the course, please be careful when the previous race is still finishing.
As always, ride within your ability.

Registration
If you have not raced this year and need to pick up your number OR if you are changing categories etc and need to come to registration. Look for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics kiosk in the main parking lot. That is where it will be located.

Team tents
Tents will most likely be near main parking lot, with an option near overflow parking. Contact roland@rabien.com for a spot.

Food
Wannawafel will be onsite selling delicious waffles.

Prizes
Shimano and Broad St Cycles will be providing sweet prizes for this event along with series sponsors: Phillips Brewery, MUC-OFF, Nutcase, 11 Speed Coffee, Jack Mar and Hotel Zed!
In addition Arc’Teryx Victoria will also be doing some prizes!

PLUS Roland has made up some Custom COTR branded pint glass and medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

PLEASE feel free to share this poster as well!!

2. Check then fix your team points.

The team competition is VERY CLOSE right now. It is time to check the points for your team!!
Most of the errors that happen in the team competition have to do with the team name that was inputted at the time of registration. If it does not match your other team mates…..then your points will not get counted.

If your team name is NOT CORRECT it is now possible to adjust them yourself because Roland is a master of coding!

Now people can go to their user page e.g. https://www.crossontherock.com/php/racer/?racername=Normon+Thibault

There is an edit link next to each result. Click the link, press the get password button. Your password gets emailed to you. Type in the team name you want and hit save. Team name updated!

You can edit team name, city and age. You can’t edit your name…..so if you have registered using different names and want the results for all your personalities to be put together send an e-mail to the link on the results page. Multiple names can ALSO effect your call up……so it is worth fixing.

Parting Shot
Nothing like a mud beard at the finish of an epic race!

Cross on the Rock 2021. Race #5. Broad City Cycles GP. Registration Confirmation

Newsletter #7.

 


1. Muc-Off Cup Review
2. Registration is OPEN for the Broad City Cycles GP.

 

Warm Ups. Just ONE warm up note this week as it is SUPER IMPORTANT.

  • Before you do ANYTHING else. Before you read this newsletter or register for Race #5. Please send Nanaimo Parks and Recreation a note thanking them (do NOT mention MUD, Rain, course conditions, remediation or destruction) for supporting our race at Bowen Park. They have always been GREAT but the department has a LOT of new staff so they have not been around the last time we hosted this race. Here is the e-mail address: gail.johnson@nanaimo.ca Send a note to her. BCC us at normon@crossontherock.com and we will enter everyone that took the time to send a note into a draw for a prize pack at the next race. We want to return to Bowen park so help us make sure this happens!

1. Muc-Off Cup Review.

PLEASE STAY OFF THE COURSE!

So many posts on Instagram and Facebook from the Muc-Off cup. It was great to see everyone’s photos and comments!

Winning the GRAND DRAW PRIZE of a CUSTOM Muc-Off bike was Jonathan Hart!!
Corey from Rock City Cycles presenting the bike.

 

Photos from the Muc-Off Cup
Photos from Nick Dunlop from Rock City Cycles.
Photos from Dirk Heydemann who was blown away after coming to Bowen on Sunday. It was the first time he had attended a cyclocross race.
Photos from Patrick Burnham.

Notes from Sean and Corey.
Wow, just wow!

That was a cross race!! Great turnout, thank you to all that made the effort considering the weather forecast! The Low Pressure Bomb showed up midday to give us all a scare and to set the tone for the afternoon’s races. It was the mudder’s day to shine and they did. Big thanks to Pete and the Muc Off crew, Jamie and Brad, for keeping everyone’s bikes clean.

A separate thank you to Peter Creighton from HCL Bike and the local representative of Muc-Off. Peter has supported the series from the start and is there at the races making sure that everything is covered. His support is a HUGE part of our success!

I always get stressed leading up to this race. We love this course and take pride in doing our best to keep it one of the most loved with you too. Thankfully we have such an amazing crew that comes out that it takes all the stress away.

Thank you to Paul, Sheppard, Nick, Tyler, Aiden, Michael, Andrew.

Extra special thanks to Edwin, Laurie and their girls Bridget and Emma who came out to set up and then raced!

Thanks to Patrick and Roland for timing and scoring and Colin, Leigh and Daniel for helping with the timing.

I really appreciate how many racers pitch in at the end and get the course cleaned in record time. This series really has an incredible family/grassroots feel to it yet still blows every other series in Canada away with how professional the races are. It’s great to receive emails from out of town racers telling us how much they like the series.

Thank you to Lyle and his crew at Medix and also to the Tipsy Avocado! We try to only keep the food truck busy but unfortunately we sometimes keep Medix busy too. Send all your good thoughts to Wayne Shtybel to heal up quickly after his crash.

As always we couldn’t do this with the support of the City of Nanaimo and Parks and Rec. Thanks for supporting our series for all these years, especially Gail and Michele.

Norm! Thanks for keeping Cross on the Rock alive!! Big congratulations on your win!!

Corey and Sean
Rock City Cycles

Just a few notes from Norm
What a great opportunity for us last Sunday to race in unreal conditions!

A HUGE thanks to the crew from Rock City Cycles, MIVA and other members of our community for coming up to set up, monitor/maintain, clean up and rake. The course was taking a beating and people were stepping up all around the course to make sure it was still maintained.

Although I did not like it at the time a BIG THANK YOU to Patrick Burnham who was observant and with his experience was able to calmly make a call to cut the Masters Men’s race by a lap. With the conditions the way they became during that race it surely saved some racers a great deal of discomfort and may have saved a life. There were more than a few masters racers that were not dressed for the conditions once they changed.

Other than that masters race we absolutely lucked out on the weather! For the day that it was supposed to be we had a pretty stellar day for the race.

I was personally very satisfied with the number of people that LOVED the course. It is TOUGH but so fun. Since it is our home course Nanaimo takes pride in making sure that it is great and the tweaks we had this year made it as good as any other and far better than the time we had to do the stairs 10 times!

Always trying to come up with good prizes for the Younglings. This time we had some Halloween goodies in a Muc-Off bottle…..but trying to promote healthy habits with a toothbrush from Dr. Wade Luksay at Riverway Dental.

2. Registration is OPEN for the Broad City Cycles GP.

We will post a preview for Race #5 of the 2021 Cross on the Rock series next week. For now here it the link to registraion which is now OPEN but will close the night before the event at 6:00 like normal.
https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/cross-on-the-rock-2021-race-5-jordie-lunn-bike-park-irwin-park-langford

Parting Shot
Peter Creighton. Cross on the Rock’s longest supporter. We all thank you.

Cross on the Rock 2021: Newsletter #6

Newsletter #6.
1. Muc Off Cup Preview
2. Pro City GP of Cyclocross. Review

Warm Ups.

  • We are at that half way point in the season. Thank you all for following our COVID Protocols. so far this season. A couple of notes: Please continue to wear your masks to: Registration. Staging. Podiums. Washrooms. Within your team tent area it is up to you and your team.
  • We are no longer accepting vaccination cards for proof of registration. You must present a Vaccination passport with QR code going forward.
  • If you are CHANGING RACE categories please #1. Let us know so you get your points and #2. we need to re-assign you a number in the new race category so you need to come to registration.
  • Given that we are half way through the season it is a good time to check your points and standings to make sure all your results are accounted for.
  • LAST Warm up is Patrick’s photo album from the Pro City Racing GP of Cyclocross

1. Muc Off Cup Preview.

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Saturday at 6:00 PM. No on site registration. LINK

Time to get Muc’d up!

Muc-Off is back as title Sponsor or our event again this year! It’ll be great to have all their amazing products and Pete and Jamie working hard washing bikes again. The Bowen park course is a classic. It looks like there will be lots of rain this week, so get ready for things to be slippery. The course will be similar to last year with a road section start, into a single track wooded climb, quick down hill, then onto the grass for lots of twists and turns before the infamous stairs and volley-ball court/sand section.

The Stats!!

  • This race has some impressive stats over the history of the event.
  • Biggest race of all time! 2019
    • 5th biggest in 2018
    • 6th biggest in 2017
  • Biggest category of all time masters men 40-54 in 2019 with 88 racers
  • Most DNF’s EVER in 2014
    • 4th most DNFs in 2010
    • 10th most DNFs in 2011
  • LEAST DNF’s ever in 2016
    • 2nd least DNFs in 2019!

The last time this race was held in 2019 Holly Henry won the Open women’s with Wendy Simms in 2nd.

On the men’s side there was a great battle between Canadian Champ Michael Van den Ham and Carter Woods with the Canadian Champ coming out on top.

Course Hazards

  • First of all the park is open to the public. There are people everywhere and some will NOT be aware of the race or cyclists on course. Keep your head up!
  • Please be very cautious of the down-hill section after the pool. This is the fastest section with some BIG trees that can break your shoulder or your head.
  • There are slippery sections, roots and trees and uneven ground all over the place and it will be WET
  • You MUST stay to the inside of the cones near the tennis courts. This is very important as we are sharing the road with other park users.
  • The last hazard is the down-hill after the stair section. Please use caution, as it its steep and can be slippery.

Parking

  • Parking is located in the lot beside the Volley Ball courts off WALL STREET. These spots are not marked so please don’t park like a donkey and mess it up for other people. Organized rows!
  • Overflow parking can be found across the street at the Curling Club.
  • There is also some parking up by the park administration buildings by the tennis courts and then above that by the pool
  • All spots are within 1 minute of the main race area.

Registration and race central

  • Will be located near the Volley Ball courts

ALWAYS: Please be courteous to other park users.

Team Tents

  • One row on the grass in front of parking area
  • Then a second row against the curb in the parking lot.
  • STAKE YOUR TENTS!

Please do not put any tents on the opposite side of the course. Only event tents are allowed in that area. Thanks

Food Truck.

We are lucky to have Tipsy Avocado coming to provide healthy Mexican food for the event.
https://www.facebook.com/tipsy.avocado/

Prizes

Muc Off and Rock City Cycles are literally giving away thousands of dollars of product at this event. We have been posting photos on social all week. Check them out.

Make sure you stay for the draw prizes we are giving away a very special Muc-Off inspired Bike this year!!

PLEASE STAY OFF THE COURSE AFTER RACE DAY!

Lastly we can almost guarantee this…..NUMBERS ON YOUR LEFT!

2. Pro City GP of Cyclocross Review

Notes from Race Director Scott Mitchell.

Another awesome day for Cyclocross in Victoria. It was great to see so many people out on the thanksgiving weekend and the weather was pretty perfect for racing. I couldn’t believe how many kids came out and raced, I’m sure we will see many of them racing and standing atop podiums in the future. Can’t believe how fast the course came down, that was such a relief after a long day of directing and racing. Thanks to all that helped clean up!

There were several key volunteers that deserve a BIG THANK YOU!
Deb and her sister for their dedication to the registration table.
The course setup crew, Dave Pod, Kyle, James, Kelly, Gabor, Doug, Rowan, Grace, Andy, Mark ,Dylan and family. There were more….sorry if I missed ya.
Also the critical number trackers in the timing tent, Patrick, Bruce, Bruce #2, Alan, Joanna, , not an easy job but a job well done.
I’m sure there were several more that pitched in in all aspects of the day and I’m sorry if I missed you.

The City of Victoria Parks Department hasn’t complained…… fingers crossed….. so please respect the area and keep away with your cross bike. Although this might be the last Topaz race. We will certainly try and race at Topaz again if the park renovations allow for enough course.

As always Norm is the super industrial glue that holds these events together. He is always calm and collected, organized, and deserves so much credit for the success of this event and the entire series. Thanks Norm!

Event sponsors: Shimano Pro and Trek Bikes Victoria

Check out the photos from the event. The link is posted above in the warm ups.

Parting Shot.
Aaron Schooler rocking the OLD Bowen Park Downhill. Photo by Colin Wilson

Cross on the Rock 2021: Newsletter #5

Newsletter #5.
1. Pro City GP of Cyclocross Preview
2. Cross on the Commons. Review
3. Triple Shot Cross Fondo. One more day to register!

Warm Ups.

    • Wannawafel coming to Topaz Park on Monday. Everything is RIGHT in the world! (No pie truck this year though)
    • Cross on the Commons ranked #6 in all time TAMEST races. Meaning the 6th fewest DNF’s EVER!
    • As always please make sure you are HEALTHY for the race this weekend (and your social events) if you plan on attending. Refresh your memory on our COVID Protocols.
    • If you are CHANGING RACE categories please #1. Let us know so you get your points and #2. we need to re-assign you a number in the new race category so you need to come to registration.
    • Speaking of registration how is everyone liking the new process for registration this year?
    • LAST Warm up is Patrick’s Photo Album from Cross on the Commons.

1. Pro City GP of Cyclocross Preview

Pro City GP of Cyclocross Monday October 11th 2021

Volunteers needed for all the normal race stuff: Set Up. In Race Day Maintenance. Timing. Registration. Timing. Take Down. Raking etc. Without volunteers none of the races happen! You can still race AND volunteer. Contact Scott Mitchell to help out please: scott@trekbikesvictoria.com

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Sunday at 6:00 PM. CLOSES! No on site registration. LINK TO REGISTRATION

Description:
Could this be the final race at Topaz? There are plans to change the park considerably in the next year so this could be our last chance to race in this central Victoria park.
There will be grass…. and more grass… stairs…. and more grass…… Expect some slippery off camber corners, some long painful straightaways, there is room for the largest whirly whirl in Cross on the Rock history but we will leave that to the course crew on Monday morning.

Venue:
Topaz Park is located at the corner of Finlayson Street and Blanshard Street in Victoria. Parking is available on the north end of the park off of Finlayson Street or on the East side of the park by taking Spruce St off of Quadra Street. Additional parking is available at Mayfair Centre and SJ Willis School, a short walking distance to the park.

Please be courteous to other park users during race day and keep off the sports fields. The park is still open to the public so please be respectful.

We encourage team tents along the East side of the course near the Spruce parking lot, first come first served. If you do not have gear to haul please consider those that do and try to find parking a bit further from the fields.

Race sponsors: Shimano, Pro and Trek Bikes Victoria

 

2. CROSS ON THE COMMONS. Review.

2021 Cross on the Commons – The Rear View

Thanks everyone for coming out to the second race in the Cross on The Rock series. Race registrations (334) were awesome as we learn to live in the time of COVID. Thanks also for wearing masks, hard and difficult as it is and being respectful of others.

How did you like the new location for registration, award presentation etc? I figure it worked well and not having to put cardboard down in the Civic Centre was a bonus. Ok, so maybe access to the team tent area was not the best but if we go back there that won’t change. Another thing missing was a handy bike wash site (unless you had an ‘in’ with Jake Mar) but maybe we can twist some QB arms to change that!

And the race course? Just the right amount of gooey mud, slippery grass and, oh ya, the 3 sand sections, fast flat sections and some slow techy sections. OK, so maybe all that sunshine played a big role roll with the fun factor. And what about those Younglings, pushing their bikes up the middle sand slope? True Grit (even better then John Wayne or Jeff Bridges)! I asked one youngster, maybe 6 or 7 yrs. old, how he liked it, his answer; “it was fun”. Sweeeet!

Dean figures the “Start worked well, loved the finish line (barring antics like mine!), excellent utilization of the venue and actually felt a bit more user friendly then previous years”. So all in all, judging from the comments, feedback, smiles and camaraderie, I would say we had a good time!!

A special shout-out goes to the many volunteers that come out to make this race really happen. By my count, 25 volunteers doing multiple jobs and putting in many hours of service. Starting with course set-up on Saturday (once again, course was still standing come Sunday morning, 4 for 4), registration, marshalling and timing. Thanks to Georgia from Big Grin Bikes for conducting the Beginners Clinic as well as leading out the Younglings half (almost full) lap. Also, a special thanks to Michael Addiscott for providing the First Aid coverage. And then, course take-down, with a lot of thanks to those that helped out. I think Norm’s trailer went away a little more organized and, as usual, packed to the gills.

Also, thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach for wanting and making this race happen.

And far from last, is the awesome support we received from a large number of businesses in Qualicum Beach and Parksville that donated product, gift certificates and a whole lot more to a great event! Including:

Onwards and upwards for #COTR2022!

Thanks one and all,
Roy

Town of Qualicum Beach Qualicum Pet Foods, Qualicum Beach
Arrowsmith Bikes, Parksville Qualicum Toy Shop, Qualicum Beach
Big Grin Bikes, Qualicum Beach Quality Foods, Qualicum Beach
Creekmore’s Coffee, Qualicum Beach Richard Frankin, Parksville
Dolly’s Home Hardware, Qualicum Beach Samsara Cycle, Vancouver
French Press Coffee Roasters, Qualicum Beach Seabreeze Gifts, Qualicum Beach
Island Cycle, Parksville Sweet Dreams Bed & Bath, Qualicum Beach
Mercy Seat Tattoo Company, Qualicum Beach The Tool Shed, Parksville
Mount Arrowsmith Brewing, Parksville Wild Culture Artisan Bakery, Qualicum Beach

The Cross on the Rock race series is supported through all 6 events by:
MUC OFF
Naked Bikes
Eleven speed coffee
Hotel Zed
Island Cycles
Study Build
Nutcase
Frontrunners
Riverway Dental
Shimano
Rock City Cycles
Phillips Brewery

3. Triple Shot CrossFondo. Last Chance to register!!

2021 Tripleshot CrossFondo, presented by Properties in Victoria Real Estate….45km or 25km….wave starts with both routes showcasing new scenery on private property, swoopy trails with nutrition/aid stations and a hot lunch (salmon! eggplant parmigiana!) and cold bevies (Whistle Buoy brews, Spinnakers cider and sodas, Cultured Kombucha!) …. and so so much more! Registration closes midnight Friday Oct 8! All proceeds go to youth cycling and trail development and maintenance! Register at tripleshotcrossfondo.ca

 

Parting Shot.
So many smiles at the start line for the Younglings.