August may still be the midst of summer for many, but for cyclocross nuts, it means one thing. Cross is coming! With only a month left before racing starts, it’s a crucial time of year. Time to get the bike out, the tires glued, and get out doing some laps because within a few weeks it will be time to line up for that first race. The pre-season brings a couple of summer races as well as a lot of local cross practices. Here’s what’s going down this August:
A Mid Summer Cross Race
This year brings a few summer surprises. First up we have a summertime cross race held by the Mid Island Velo Association / Cross on the Rock on August 9th. It’s at an old COTR venue which hasn’t been used in a number of years, but I’m told it’s a great course. The limited spots are selling like hot cakes. When writing this post, there was only one coveted spot left: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=75016
Hastings Grass Crit
Vancouver Cyclocross Coalition is kicking things off early this season with the Hastings Grass Crit at the Hastings Raceway. Miss ‘n Out style grass crits on the interior oval, 90 racer maximum, qualifiers for the final event, live broadcast, food, beer, music. Sounds like a great event. Registration is live: https://ccnbikes.com/#!/events/hastings-grass-crit
Steed Cycles Cyclocross Clinic
Steed Cycles is hosting two cyclocross clinics this summer. Sunday August 7th and Sunday August 14th. Great for those looking for an intro to the sport, or for anyone wanting to brush up on their skills. For more info:
Broad Street Cycles Cross Skills Clinic
Broad Street Cycles is starting up their skills clinic on Aug 17 and will run for 3 weeks. Definitely worthwhile if you live in the Victoria area. For more info:
In addition to those great events, there are also a lot of local cyclocross practices that run through the month. Here’s a run down:
Weekly Wednesday evening practice runs at Queen Elizabeth park at 6pm until early September, or until the light no longer cooperates. For more info check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/448991965225917/
New this year is a weds cx practice for those that are outside of the city. https://www.facebook.com/groups/276193786088521/
Look for cx rides to start soon. Keep checking Broad Street Cycles to find out more info.
Skills, drills, and hot laps in Duncan. Weds nights:
Cross rides start August 15 with MIVA. Meet at the Nanaimo Ice Centre at 6pm.
Skills clinics run Thursdays starting in September in Bowen Park. Info: http://bikeracing.ca/cyclocross-clinics-nanaimo/
Trail Bicycles transitions from their weekly road rides to CX rides at the end of the month. Check out http://trailbicycles.ca/ for more info.
Know of any other upcoming local cross events? Let me know and I’ll post them here.
See you out there!