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September 28/07 10:59 am - `Cross on the Rock Updated 2007 Schedule, Blizzard Bike Club News, Escape Velocity Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross

Posted by Editoress on 09/28/07

Courtesy Normon Thibault

With CCA scheduling the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships the earliest it has ever been (and at least a month and a half earlier than any other country in the world) we have had to do some shuffling of our Cross on the Rock: Year #2 Schedule.

You will note that we have one conflict with a Vancouver race with our Duncan event and Vanier Park. We apologize for that but thought that the island racers would want to try to get in another race prior to the early-nationals without traveling off island the weekend before going to Kamloops. Sorry to long-established Vanier Park!

Multi-Sport Promotions Re-presents the 2nd Annual Cross on the Rock Cyclocross Series. Vancouver Island BC

Updated and Adjusted Series Schedule

Complete technical guides for all our events will be updated and posted on our web site within this week.

Monday the 8th.

Cross on the Rock Race #1: Turkey Cross: Victoria

Location: Juan D’Fuca Recreation Center

Partner Club: Victoria Wheelers

Sunday the 14th.
Cross on the Rock Race #2: Cross in the Valley: Duncan

Location: Cowichan Exhibition Grounds

Partner Club: Experience Cycling Club


Sunday the 4th.
Cross on the Rock Race #3: Island Champs: Nanaimo

Location: Beban Park (2006 Nationals Course)

Partner Club: OBB Wheelers


Saturday November 10th
Cross on the Rock Race #4: Cumberland Cross

Location: No.6 Minors Park, Cumberland

Partner Club: UROC and Comox Valley Cycling Club

Saturday night riders social/party at the Riding Fool Hostel in Cumberland

Sunday November 11th

Race #5: Jungle Cross: Errington.

Location: Fletcher’s Farm

Partner Club: Arrowsmith Cycling Club

*Series Final and Double Points.

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.

ADJUSTED Categories for 2007 Series

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

Masters: Riders over 35 years old if they choose to not race Expert

Intermediate: “Killer B’s” for Cat 4 + 5 and slower 3’s. MTB Sport Riders. (Sandbaggers will be moved up)

Women: All Intermediate and Expert (Non-Beginners) We are not quite big enough to have separate women’s categories yet.

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

Kids Under 18 that are not at the Intermediate Level can race with the beginners as long as they have (at least) a club license. We have not had co-operation from Cycling BC to provide free kids races at these events (which is what we would like to do)


You can ride a MTB, road bike, BMX or Cross bike in all of our events.

Ride what you want!!

Disc brakes are allowed.

Sanctioning and Licensing.

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. If you currently do not have a license you will have the option to sign up for the race as well as a club license at any one of our events.

Series Sponsors:

Oak Bay Bikes in Nanaimo and Victoria
Frontrunners Nanaimo
Lighthouse Brewery
Converse All Star
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

Website for our events: (to be re-updated soon)

Contact: Normon Thibault:

Blizzard Bike Club Fort St. John, BC

September 27th

Robin Baillie held off the Ferris Boys, Stephen and Pat, to win Thursday night Cyclo cross on the North Peace circuit. Robin did 7 laps in the 35 minute deadline, including a cracking first lap of 5:35 minutes.

A big crowd of fifteen riders were on the start line. Robin Baillie and Stephen Ferris pulled away early and kept going. Robin dropped Stephen on lap 3 to continue on his own to make it 7 laps. Stephen also did 7 laps, 1:55 minutes back.

Pat Ferris held off Bob „The Animal‰ Andrews for 3rd spot. Roger St. Jean was 5th, Gord Harris 6th, Gary Hilderman 7th, Barb Polehoykie 8th, Darren Guliov 9th and Sam Keats 10th. All had done 6 laps.

Sandy MacDonald, Dean Lowry, Kathryn Fairweather and Link Snider all did 5 laps. Colter Young did 1 lap.

Coming up:
-Cyclo Cross Sunday on the North Peace Circuit at 2 pm. This race will be for the FSJ and Area Northern BC Games Cyclo Cross selections.

Escape Velocity Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross - NEW LOCATION
Courtesy Team Escape Velocity

Euro Style Cyclocross with a West Coast Flare

Team Escape Velocity is pleased to present the second annual Grand Prix of Cyclocross on an exciting new course in beautiful Coquitlam. Due to the City of Vancouver labour dispute, the venue for the EV Grand Prix of Cyclocross has been changed from Vancouver's West Point Grey Academy to Coquitlam's Town Centre Park. This is the same venue as Escape Velocity's November "Crossquitlam!" race, with some special modifications to keep the racing fresh and exciting.

"The City of Vancouver labour dispute left us unable to get the appropriate permits to hold the race at West Point Grey Academy and we were scrambling for an alternate location. However, the City of Coquitlam came through with the perfect venue on very short notice," Stephen Cork, Team Escape Velocity race director said. "We are really excited about the Coquitlam course and I expect it will test the endurance and bike handling skills of all participants."

The EV GP of 'Cross will be a true cyclocross course complete with Euro-style off camber grassy knolls, pavé, stairs and barriers with a few special West Coast influenced sections that include a beach volleyball court, a BMX track and some not-so-North-Shore inspired single track. The course layout will be perfect for spectators and all sections are within easy walking distance of the start/finish area.

"This course will be technically demanding and racers will have to be prepared to ride right on the edge of their abilities." Stephen Cork, added. "Imagine hitting the BMX track at full speed with thirty other riders on your 'cross bike? It will be exciting for sure."

The course has been designed to allow for plenty of passing opportunity and will be great for creating and building on rivalries with your fellow racers.

Escape Velocity thanks the City of Coquitlam for accommodating this last-minute change of location.

Event Details

Date: September 29, 2007

Location: Coquitlam Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC

Time: Sign on opens at 9 am and closes 10 minutes before your start time

• 9:30 AM - Under 16 Kids Race - 20 minutes
• 10:00 AM - Men's C & Women's C - 30 minutes (staggered start)
• 10:45 AM - Men's B & Women's A - 40 minutes (staggered start)
• 12:00 PM - Men's A - 60 minutes

Note: mountain bikes are ALLOWED in all races except "A" category. So come on out, and race what you have. No special bike is necessary.

For complete details, see:


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