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February 11/03 12:11 pm - Burnaby Track, 2003 'Cross Nats, Breast Cancer, IMBA Epic & More!

Posted by Editor on 02/11/03

Indoor Track Racing at the Burnaby Velodrome

Tired of the cold Canadian winter? Is is so cold outside that rollers and the weight room are your only cycling option until May? WRONG. There is a great indoor track event this weekend at the Burnaby Velodrome. See:

There is also an Air Canada seat sale this weekend with cheap fares to Burnaby (Vancouver) from many Canadian and US Cities. See:

There has also been a surprising run on track equipment at the local bike stores which hints at local cyclists realizing training and racing on the track is fun while making you faster for that summer and fall racing, be it off-road, track, road or cyclo-cross. Contact and registration details are on the Burnaby Velodrome web site.

David Schneider
VP Road, Track & Cyclo-Cross
Cycling BC

Cycling Reduces Breast Cancer Risk
Courtesy Dave Macfarlane

A German study has found a link between cycling and a reduction in the risk of breast cancer among women. 1280 women took part in the study. A full story can be found at the BBC news website:

2003 'Cross Nationals
Courtesy CCA

The CCA is pleased to announce the 2003 Cyclo-cross National Championships will take place in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, Nov. 9th at Jericho Park. The submission from Dave Cressman & Team Soliton was selected from three bids reviewed by the new CCA Events Committee. The Events Committee congratulates Mr. Cressman and his event organization, and acknowledges the strong submissions from Quebec and Alberta.

IMBA Epic Rides

Epic rides are why we love mountain biking. They create classic memories and inspire us to save the trails. To fuel this passion, IMBA has selected four outstanding routes as 2003 IMBA Epic Rides, adding to the 24 great rides we've picked since '99. We'll honor each one with a two-day celebration: you're invited!

Epic celebrations are a weekend-long opportunity to bring mountain bikers together to celebrate our sport and great riding. The first day we focus on trailwork, the second on riding and enjoying the fruits of our labor. Participants camp near the trailhead, share meals, riding stories and ideas. The events are co-hosted by local mountain bike clubs and IMBA.

2003 IMBA Epic Rides selections and celebration dates:

March 15-16, Alafia River Epic, Brandon, Florida
May 3-4, Henry Coe Epic, Morgan Hill, California
June 14 -15, Mansfield Epic, Alliston, Ontario
September 6-7, The Nan Epic, North Conway, New Hampshire

Host clubs are the Southwest Association of Mountain Bike Pedalers (Florida), Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers (California), Middle Aged Mountain Bikers of Ontario and White Mountains Chapter of the New England Mountain Bicycling Association (New Hampshire).

Epic celebrations are free to IMBA members and are limited to the first 100 pre-registered riders. Get more info and register at

National Commissaires Courses
Courtesy CCA

The CCA Officials Committee is pleased to announce that four National level commissaire courses will be delivered in 2003. Course details and registration forms will be circulated to the Provincial / Territorial Associations and CCA affiliated cycling centres.
Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements contained in the Appendix section of the CCA rulebook, and must have the endorsement of the Provincial / Territorial Association, in order to attend. A minimum of 6 candidate are required for the course to proceed. Candidates are responsible for all related expenses.

National level MTB - English
Date: March 8 & 9, 2003
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Instructor: Mr. Loyal Ma

National level ROAD - English
Date: March 29 & 30, 2003
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Instructor: Mr. Wayne Pomario

National level MTB - French
Date: To be confirmed
Location: Quebec
Instructor: To be confirmed

National level ROAD - English
Date: To be confirmed
Location: Ontario
Instructor: To be confirmed

Detroit Track Racing

A new site for track racers announces an exciting new series beginning in June at the Velodrome in Detroit.

Caribbean Racing

If you want to get some racing in a little further afield, check out the Caribbean Cycling website for upcoming events.

Happy Birthday To...

A bumper crop today: Anne Samplonius, Dominique Perras, Cory Lange and Heather Cole.


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