19 Sep CYCLING FAN? CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THE CROSS ON THE ROCK CYCLING SERIES
Victoria is home to several great bicycle races, making it a cyclist’s paradise. The Cross on the Rock cycling series is a fun yet competitive series of Cyclocross cycling races run by the Council of Cross, with numerous businesses including ours (on November 2!) sponsoring the races. The series takes place from September to November of every year, crisscrossing Vancouver Island and ending with the series championships in Nanoose. Here’s what you need to know about Cyclocross’ Cross on the Rock, Vancouver Island’s most enjoyable competitive cycling series.
7 GREAT RACES, PLUS THE BIG CHAMPIONSHIP
The Cross on the Rock series of races will feature 7 exciting events from September to November, starting with the Cumberland race on September 14 and ending with the Nanoose Cross on the Rock on November 23. This tour will see the race come to Victoria, Ladysmith and Shawnigan before the final race. On October 13, the Cross on the Rock Championship will come to Nanaimo. Here, cyclists from all over British Columbia will compete for first place and the bragging rights that come with it. There will also be some great prizes up for grabs at the Provincial Championship. There’s no word yet on what these prizes are, but last year’s prizes included a Kona Jake the Snake, a Ridley Fenix frameset, and hotel stays at the Howard Johnston. Expect some great food as well, like hot, tasty chili courtesy of the Nanaimo MTB Club and some great offerings from Wanna Wafel.
CLASSES FOR MEN, WOMEN, AND KIDS OF ALL AGES
The Cross on the Rock isn’t just for the lads to enjoy. With a whole variety of classes spanning every demographic, the whole family can get in on the fun. With men’s and women’s races at the beginner and intermediate levels, it’s easy to find a race that will give you just the right challenge. Men over the age of 40 can also opt to join the Masters Men class, while the ladies can enjoy an Open Women class that is available to women of all skill levels. There are also U13, U15 and U17 Youth classes, with grants available for youth who plan to attend Nationals.
THE BIKE SHOP CHALLENGE: BIKE SHOP EMPLOYEES GET ONE SHOT AT GLORY
The Cross on the Rock Bike Shop Challenge is one race that you won’t want to miss. This challenge will see local bike shop employees pitted against one another in a fast-paced race, the winner of which gets bragging rights until 2015’s race. Victoria is home to a lot of great bike shops staffed by dedicated cycling enthusiasts who know their bikes from tires to handlebars, which will make for a great race. Expect some extra-fierce competition with this one – it’s only one lap long. If you’re ready to test your cycling abilities, the Cross on the Rock series is the race for you. Featuring great prizes, food, contests, refreshments and even youth classes, this race is one you won’t want to miss. To learn more about Cross on the Rock, visit www.crossontherock.com. To learn more about the great community events that Victoria has to offer, or to find a luxury Victoria home for your family, call or email us today.