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May 29/12 10:57 am - Nanaimo Cobblestone Classic Criterium in Danger of Being Cancelled

Posted by Editor on 05/29/12

There are three days left for the early bird entries for Nanaimo's first top level bicycle race in nearly twenty-five years. When the MIVA race committee first started planning for the event, it was agreed that there would have to be sufficient entries to make the race viable and to justify the considerable time and expense that had gone into the preparation.

MIVA has publicised the Cobblestone Classic through the cycling media and via the provincial cycling associations and clubs, so most of the western Canadian provincial racing cyclists and all those on Vancouver Island have been aware of the event date and details for some time. There are paid radio, TV and newspaper advertising campaigns planned for June to help generate a crowd but these are on hold at the moment. Remember that, in the event that the race is cancelled, all entries fees will be returned in full.

The drop dead date for the Cobblestone Classic is June 10th. If there are less than one hundred entries by this date, The club will consider cancelling the race. Any grants and sponsorship monies received will be returned.

The organizer of the Nanaimo Cobblestone Classic Criterium has a long history of putting on cycling competitions of all kinds, from local to national and this is the first time in over fifty years that one of his events may have to be cancelled.

If any of you riders are still thinking about entering the race, DO IT NOW! Mid Island Velo Association has very rapidly gained a reputation for hosting well-organized bike races of all kinds in the Nanaimo region and it would be a great shame to lose this opportunity to showcase our sport to the public in Nanaimo.

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