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August 7/07 8:36 am - Second Annual Cross on the Rock Cyclocross Series

Posted by Editor on 08/7/07

Second Annual Cross on the Rock Cyclocross Series
Courtesy Normon Thibault

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Building on our successful first year Cross on the Rock series, we would like to announce the dates and venues for 2007. Our series this year will consist of 5 events. There will be 3 new courses and venues. With Bastion Square moving (for this year only) from May to September we will not be hosting our traditional kick off event at Diver Lake, Nanaimo. Instead, we will start the 'Cross season on the Island with a new race on Thanksgiving Monday; the Turkey Cross at a new venue in Victoria. All events will count towards the series. We are also working on having kids events at all the races.

All our events will be sanctioned by Cycling B.C. at the "Multi-Club" sanctioning level. This means that you can race any of the events with either a club level provincial license or a full UCI level racing license.

Series Schedule


Monday the 8th. Cross on the Rock Race #1: Turkey Cross, Victoria

Saturday the 20th (Double Cross Weekend). Cross on the Rock Race #2: Cross in the Valley, Duncan

Sunday the 21st. Cross on the Rock Race #3: Island Champs at Beban Park, Nanaimo


Saturday the 10th (Double Cross Weekend). Cross on the Rock Race #4: Cumberland Cross. Saturday night rider's social.

Sunday the 11th. Race #5: Jungle Cross at Fletcher's Farm. *Series Final and Double Points.

Our Club partners for the events will be: Cowichan Valley CC, Arrowsmith CC, Oak Bay Bikes Nanaimo and Victoria, Comox Valley CC and Wheelers.

Of course like all the other Cyclo-crossers in Canada we are waiting for the announcement on where Nationals will be (highly "Rumored" to be Kamloops but not yet announced) and WHEN they will be (we have heard 4 different dates at this point ... one conflicting with the 1st and 2nd USGP races, another conflicting with the UCI race in Aurora, the third date with a venue conflict). IF Nationals is scheduled on one of our weekends then we will swap the affected series races to the first weekend in November.

Categories for 2007 Series

Expert: For road category 1+2 and faster 3's. MTB Expert riders.

Masters: Riders over 40 years old if they choose to not race Expert.

Intermediate: "Killer B's" for Cat 4 + 5 and slower 3's. MTB Sport Riders

Women Intermediate and Expert

Beginner (Men and Women); New to racing, New to MTB'ing. New to Cross

And hopefully if we can ... a race for the kids!

Equipment: You can ride a MTB OR a Cross bike in all of our events. Disc brakes allowed on cross bikes.

Series Sponsors: Oak Bay Bikes in Nanaimo and Victoria, Frontrunners Nanaimo, Lighthouse Brewery, Norco, Converse All Star, Specialized, The Howard Johnson

2006 Series Winners

Masters: Robin Dutton - Arrowsmith Bikes

Women: Trish Sinclair - Scott Bikes

Intermediate: Bill McMillan - NMBC

Expert: Troy Woodburn - Gigabike/Pro City Cycles


Multi-Sport Promotions has been putting on events on Vancouver Island since 1995. Their main event has been 12 years of the NewBalance Half Iron. Their first cross race was held in 2003. They held another cross race in 2004 at Beban Park. In 2005 they hosted 2 B.C. Cup events at Diver Lake and Beban Park. In 2006 they hosted the first Cross on the Rock Series with 4 event to help promote cycling at a grass roots but competitive and fun level. They also hosted the National Cyclocross Championships in 2006 at Beban Park.

Website for our events: (to be updated soon)

Contact: Normon Thibault:


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