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September 22/10 13:29 pm - 'Cross on the Rock Begins September 26th

Posted by Editoress on 09/22/10

The 'Cross on the Rock series for Vancouver Island starts up this weekend, and organizer Norm Thibault has lots of info for participants.

Have you:

• Dusted off your cross bike
• Bought a tire pressure checker for the season
• Checked your tires
• got your license sorted
• Checked to see if your skin suit is see through (Or shorts Fukie?)
• .....ARE YOU READY????

If you have not heard we have a NEW WEB SITE!

Roland Rabien has been working on it. Check out the "Stats" is pretty cool. You can also click on anyone's name in the results and see their history....much more interactive.

The series REALLY could use an enclosed single axle trailer to borrow or rent for the season....we don't quite have enough $$ to buy one and it has to be one that can be towed by our only single axle....if anyone has one or knows of one or wants to buy us one please let us know.

Anyone coming from Vancouver for our first race - Graeme Martindale is looking for a ride.....e-mail me if you can bring him up and I will fire you his contacts.

Don't forget to pull up the race guide off the web site BEFORE you come you know all the details we will have it posted in the next day!

Cross on the Rock 2010 Schedule

September 26: Cumberland. Village Park

October 11: Nanaimo. Bowen Park

October 17: Duncan. Providence Farm

October 30: Esquamalt. Gorge Park

October 31: Victoria. TBA

November 11: Port Alberni. McLean's Mill

November 22: Shawnigan Lake School

So if you have not seen the schedule that is what it looks like. We have seven events currently scheduled. Of those seven only three are courses that we have done before so four new courses. It will be our first time over the hump to Port Alberni. It all starts this weekend with a return to Coal Cross in Cumberland after a one year break. New Course. We will finish up on November 22nd with our last race at Shawnigan Lake School fighting for double points, series placing....and just an awesome time. I can't wait!

The other MAJOR thing is that we have NO conflicts with Lower Mainland events. This was done with great effort and co-operation between COTR series and the Lower Mainland races....GREAT for everyone!

Cumberland Coal Cross at Village Park

Race #1 Event Day Schedule.

11:00 - Registration opens at Village Park in Cumberland Course open for practice IF you have REGISTERED!

11:30 - Pre-race lap for beginners with WENDY SIMMS. She will show you the course and answer any questions for you. Beginners or first timers only please.

12:00 - At high Noon the Beginners men and women will hit the track

1:00 - Intermediates

2:00 - Masters

2:01 - Women

3:15 - Expert

This schedule should give a bit of time between races to pre-ride. Remember at our races you can NOT pre-ride during someone else's race.....or you will not be racing in your own race that day....'cause we will DQ you! Respect!

There is NO pre registration at these events. There is also NO BANK machine, Visa, MC, Amex or Diners card. Bring old fashion cash and everyone will be happy!

Categories for 2010

We have had quite a few questions about our categories for this year and if we will be the same as the BC Cup, etc. The answer is NO. We will keep our same categories for this year.....we are thinking that we MIGHT go 40+ for Masters though for 2011 so you are WARNED.

The Masters Category to keep it consistent with Cycling BC will be your age at the END of 2011. So if you are 35 by the end of are good to go in Masters.

So we have:

Beginner Men's and Womens; Races are usually 35-45 minutes long. These are racers who are first time cross racers. Racers that are not ready to move up to another category. First time bike racers. Cat. 5 racers. Triathletes that have never been off road, etc. If you think you are a beginner....but are not quite sure....just check with us.

Intermediate: Races are usually 40-50 minutes long. These are men who are Category 4 or 5 road or MTB racers.

Masters: Races are usually 45-50 minutes long. Men who are at least 35 years of age as of the end of 2011. Masters may choose to race in the Intermediate category IF they feel it better suits their level. Masters may also choose to race in the Expert Category IF they feel it better suits their level.

Women: Races are usually 45-50 minutes long. All women unless they are beginners.

Expert: Category 1, 2, and 3 Road or MTB level riders. Masters who feel this is better suited for them.

We have said for a number of years that we REALLY want to add a Women's Intermediate category....but we still don't have the numbers to do it. PLEASE bring the girls/women out to race. PACK that category. Get the numbers up to 20-30 and THEN I will gladly split it up into 2 categories next season. SHOW me the racers!!! PLEASE!!!!

CX Practice in Victoria .....for any lower Islanders.

Vegan Dave has everything posted at

Check it!

Licensing Requirements for the Cross on the Rock Series for 2010

THERE IS ONE THING THAT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER FOR SUNDAY and that is YOUR CYCLING BC LICENSE! I am YELLING THIS ONE. PUT IT WITH YOUR BIKE. PUT IT IN YOUR WALLET. PUT IT IN YOUR CAR....WHERE EVER YOU WILL NOT FORGET IT. IF you forget your license....NOTHING can save don't ever argue with our registration person. IF YOU FORGET YOUR LICENSE you WILL be paying an extra $10 to race. I don't care if I have known you for 15 does not race you have to have your license OR you have to have $10. NO EXCEPTIONS. NONE!

FULL UCI LICENSES HAVE BEEN DISCOUNTED FOR THE FALL ON THE CYCLING BC WEB SITE. You will need one of these IF you are racing off the Island. IF you are only racing on the island you need a regional road license to rip it up.

To clarify:

• Everyone is welcome at our events!
• Our series will have an option for those that do not have any Cycling BC affiliation or license as we did in 2010. As it was last year, it will be $10. SO those without ANY LICENSE can race cross our events in 2010

You can do our events without paying any extra:

• If you have purchased a full UCI race license for 2010 for EITHER Road OR Road with MTB
• If you have purchased a Cycling BC citizen license for 2010 for ROAD or MTB

For a description of Cycling BC licensing options, go to:

The Citizen License allows you to race any event in the Provincial calendar for Road, MTB and Cross BUT at Provincial level races you usually can only race at the lowest category.

A Citizen License does NOT allow you to race at the National Championships or outside of B.C.


Courtesy Normon Thibault


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