Posted by Editoress on 09/10/15
COTR Season #10 is here! This weekend started the 'Cross season in B.C. with the first race at Aldor Acres in Ft. Langley. There is racing almost every weekend from now until the first weekend in December, with the season finishing up with a great finale the Single Speed Cyclocross World Champs in Victoria. Followed one week later by our own Provincial Champs.
Behind the scenes the race organizers have organized a schedule with the least conflicts in the last few years, allowing racers to travel back and forth over the Salish Sea for more CX action (and avoiding the strong US $).
There is a LOT going on!
Registration for each race will close at 7:00pm the night before the race. Registration for the series will close at 7:00pm the night before the first race (in order to get the series discount).
For more information and registration, please visit www.crossontherock.com/
This is the schedule for COTR 2015 with an overview of each event.
Race #1. September 13th: Coal Cross. Taking it to the trees. Cumberland. Comox Lake (Don't go to Village Park).
The first COTR race is September 13th but the season will start the night before in downtown Cumberland with the Cyclocross Criterium and UROC Fundraiser at the Waverly Hotel. This crazy event last year was a highlight of the season for everyone that raced, watched or heckled at. Plus Regan L. Pringle is on the poster.
Stay over night at one of the many nice little spots in Cumberland OR camp out at Comox Lake so you can wake up and be on the start line (literally) the next morning. Comox Lake will be this year's Cumberland venue. Curtis is "taking it to the trees".
Race #2. September 27th: Tugboat Cross. Ladysmith. Transfer Beach.
After a one year absence due to scheduling conflicts COTR travels to another scenic venue at Transfer Beach. .....yeah I know......it is beautiful! Not only that is has a wicked playground to keep the little kids busy ALL-DAY!
The course at Transfer Beach has a bit of everything including elevation change, sand, beach, steps, grass and a super cool outdoor stadium. If you get their early enough pop up into the town to find the best Cinnamon Bun on Vancouver Island.
Race #3. October 12th: Pro City Racing GP. Victoria. Topaz Park.
Every year we get a couple of e-mails letting us know that we put the date of our Thanksgiving Weekend race on the wrong date. Nope! Canadian legend-coach, Dan Proux, started this Thanksgiving tradition with us out at Juan de Fuca and it has become one of our biggest race dates with 3 of the biggest races in the top 10 on Thanksgiving Monday.
The last time we raced Topaz Park was in 2011 when Dawn Anderson and Tyler trace won the Expert Category. That race had 190 people which was our biggest event up until that point. A record that stood for a full season.
Race #4. October 25th: Bear Crossing. Victoria. Bear Mountain
Same mountain as last year....but a totally different area as we take over the LOWER golf course instead of the UPPER driving range. As normal Drew MacKenzie will have an exciting course planned out that will allow to race so hard that you will feel absolutely no guilt hanging out on the deck of the Westin in your chamois later with a Phillips in your hand.
Race #5. November 7th: KONA KUP. Nanaimo. Beban Park
Heads up...if you go to the location of the last 6 Kona Kups at Bowen Park....you will NOT find the race there. The Kona Kup heads to BEBAN Park for the first time. The last time Beban Park was used was in 2012 for the series championships put on by MIVA. It had been used every year for a cross race since 2003 up until 2012, including the National Championships in 2006. Always a tough course! Race #1 of our first Double Header in 2 years. Book a room and the HoJo and save the drive home....'cause we want you back for the next day.
Race #6. November 8th: My Little Pony Cross. Nanoose. Arbutus Meadows
MIVA is organizing Race #2 of this year's Double Header at Arbutus Meadows. COTR's third trip to this great venue that has a bit of everything. This event is not until November.....so the final bits and pieces of course design are not quite nailed down but I know the topo and aerial shots are out and the crew is marking out all the possibilities.
Race #7. November 15th: Ronde Van Hogwarts. Shawnigan. Shawnigan Lake School
The season final will be at Shawnigan Lake School for the second time in our 10 year history. This is a unique and amazing venue and we are incredibly lucky to have access to it. Last year was our third time in Shawnigan and our third course on the property. This year may be the same. It might be different. It will be super fun!
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