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Oct. 3, 2013, 11:45 a.m.
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Indoor CX Course

Does that not go against what CX is? It's supposed to be cold muddy shitty hell.

Ya, but if it gets a few more people out (let's say on weeknight evenings during the winter), or gets others out more frequently, then they will hopefully transition into the real dealio outdoors.

Ya, if all they would do is indoors or only in fair weather conditions they're missing out on a huge part of the experience.

Oct. 3, 2013, 9:07 a.m.
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Indoor CX Course

I am looking for the NSMB CX gods advice.

Since none of the aforementioned NSMB CX gods have posted so far, I'll respond on behalf of the mere NSMB CX mortals/n00bs) side of things. Let's talk - send me PM.

Oct. 2, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

Was that teh Alison Sydor? She was a XC ripper back in the day.

Up until a couple of years ago Alison was still racing some local 'cross events including Vanier, and moving up through and past the men's field in her start like it was soft butter.

Times have changed a bit, but on paper she still probably has the lengthiest palmares of major results of any Canadian cyclist ever, in any discipline of cycling.

Oct. 1, 2013, 10:15 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

For Vanier we now have a full race report posted, plus an excellent photo gallery from Alison Sydor (4 pages, 250+ photos featuring just about every racer), and links to some wild interactive race animations and analysis tools to supplement the primary results PDF. Note that the interactive junk is 2 minutes short for the first lap time for everyone in the 3rd start (reference times in PDF are correct though) Sorry for minor glitch, but should still be kind of fun to look at for any tech heads.

http://www.westcoastcycling.ca/index.php?option=com_content[HTML_REMOVED]view=article[HTML_REMOVED]id=95:vanier-park-cyclocross-2013-results[HTML_REMOVED]catid=1:latest

Oct. 1, 2013, 8:28 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

i think you have your dates and locations mixed up
poco is on the 19th, mahon is on the 20th

I thought if I sent enough people to the wrong venue on each day then we could have both Saturday and Sunday racing at both venues. OK, not really. Duh… fixed.

Thanks

Oct. 1, 2013, 8:01 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

I agree - the variety of courses on the cross circuit is awesome and a good thing. Vanier is among – or may actually be – my least favourite, though.

Ya, Vanier is pretty far to one end of the spectrum. I can definitely see riders who lean to the opposite side of preferences in course style wouldn't necessarily be so keen on the Vanier track, even though from a competitive perspective in the end the best 'cross riders usually seem to find their way to the top regardless of the layout.

I know what you are saying about the riders coming more from a road background having a better chance at Vanier (in the dry at least), which is why it's more important to look at trends across a few races/courses before tagging someone as needing to move up a cat.

What Vanier does have going for it is a very "accessible" feel - and location - to pull in new entrants to 'cross racing, so that hopefully those new riders will follow the carrot, spilling over to one or more of the other events and get hooked as regulars in the series. Same goes the other way too, where the other more technical courses draw more new blood from the MTB crowd perhaps, to become series regulars.

Next stop for the SuperPrestige series Oct. 19th (Cross(Port)quitlam) / Oct. 20th (Atomic CX in Mahon Park/North Van) double header for the Lower Mainland, but lots of other stuff going on all around the province in between also for CX Island, Interior, etc. Bring a friend. Or six.

http://cyclingbc.net/cyclo-cross/race-calendar/

Oct. 1, 2013, 4:50 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

Of course Vanier is not a very good example of a technical course – it's much more Belgian flat track than most of the others on the circuit.

Variety is the spice of life when it comes to courses. Hopefully people enjoy having different options, and the challenge of trying to race some courses that don't necessarily favour their strengths (that can fall to either the technical or fitness side).

Oct. 1, 2013, 8:41 a.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

Thanks so much for organizing!! It was well done and the results are well done too. lets hope we can race there again next year.

Well, I'd tip my hat and give thanks instead to all the sponsors, volunteers, and racers for coming out. Can't do it without all of them. The "World's Happiest 'Cross Racer" a.k.a. race director Sven always comes up huge behind the scenes to make it all come together.

Vanier is the longest running 'cross event in B.C. as far as I know, so no reason to expect it to drop off the calendar anytime soon. The grass obviously left a brown track from the course route, but didn't actually churn up the surface too badly. Based on some previous years in wet conditions at Vanier, it bounces back pretty quick and I'd guess in a month you won't even be able to see the course route after some regeneration. Unless someone complains to Van Parks and/or the city (keeping in mind it's kind of "off season" for park users) I suspect all will be OK.

You can see that the top 5' in masters 3/4 should be in Masters 1/2 because they would be top 5 there as well. I am right in saying that there has always been sandbagging in that masters 3/4 cat.

If a trend is spotted maybe the organizers will give a "nudge" to anyone consistently topping the field, but someone has to win even if we keep moving people up. The course conditions got slower as the day went on, so a direct comparison of lap times may not be entirely useful to compare. Also keep in mind that the big hitters eligible for Masters (even some 40+) actually choose to race Elite 1/2 for this series, so I doubt the top Masters 3/4 would finish top 5 if the better Masters age riders (even a couple of 40+) dropped down from Elite 1/2.

I was DFL in SS.

Somebody has to take the DFL bullet. Thanks for stepping into the line of fire!

Sept. 30, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
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Let's Talk Cyclocross

Vanier 2013 results, some photos now posted on WCC's news section;

http://www.westcoastcycling.ca/

Thanks everyone for coming out to slide around in the goo. Awesome day, about 230 riders on the line counting all 3 starts.

Jan. 6, 2013, 6:58 p.m.
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Cycling BC AGM - the state of racing in BC

Great work to see the board making tough choices! Right on.

But, how does this w0rk, I read in the bylaws the CEO has this authority and he's MIA?Did you let the CEO go? Do you even have the authority to do this? There's rumors of 4 staff let go. Who was let go and how will you service us?

HR changes at Cycling BC were handled among staff, by staff (in the absence of the CEO an acting senior staff person was appointed).

We'll make sure an updated staff list is posted up to the Cycling BC web site sometime in January. You can expect to find most of the staff exactly where you left them, to assist with memberships, licensing, events, etc.

While the new board is making it a top priority to increase the level of transparency of Cycling BC's operations to members in a general sense, hopefully you can understand that information related to some internal HR items will have remain internal.

Dec. 22, 2012, 7:20 p.m.
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Cycling BC AGM - the state of racing in BC

The board does not require a president to function. Per the Cycling BC bylaws in the absence of the president the VP Road [HTML_REMOVED] Track (now Tim Abercrombie since the Dec. 2nd AGM) takes on the president's responsibilities (which I think we can also safely assume to mean in the absence of a president), although it does not make any current director the "interim President" per se. In other words, life goes on with the remaining directors each having an equal say in voting matters when it comes to board decisions.

We have already started to discuss procedures for repopulating the board to fill open positions, but may wait until the bylaw amendments from the recent AGM to split the Track part from Road [HTML_REMOVED] Track are filed with the registrar to do so.

In the meanwhile, work goes on at the board level. Lots of it. Last couple of weeks since the AGM have been very busy behind the scenes. Hopefully more information forthcoming soon.

Thanks everyone for your support along the way.

Nov. 30, 2012, 2:46 p.m.
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Cycling BC AGM - the state of racing in BC

This attached PDF letter is supposed to be distributed by Cycling BC to its entire member email list today. Posting up here also just in case anyone doesn't receive it through that method.

Nov. 29, 2012, 10:46 a.m.
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Cycling BC AGM - the state of racing in BC

Matt,
Fair enough.
thanks
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Thanks Gary - if elected, JeffC would be leading that discussion but the purpose of having a full board of directors, and a diverse committee for each discipline hopefully is to act as parts of a funnel to properly sample opinions from all members, and combine that with their knowledge of the topic to make best decisions. This is a high-value strategic topic that isn't suddenly going to get "whitewashed" toward any outcome by unilateral opinion from any one person or more vocal group of people, without understanding what portion of the community that vocal group truly represents. Those types of checks and balances are crucial to any good decision-making.

Maybe the entire current CBC/CCC/UCI BMX setup stays untouched? Maybe there are some ABA elements that can be worked in to the current model without completely upsettig the apple cart? Maybe the current setup stays untouched, but is made more accessible to all members of the community regardless of their ABA affiliations. Who knows at this point? I only know that it's a good operational practice to keep an open mind.

Nov. 29, 2012, 9:48 a.m.
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Cycling BC AGM - the state of racing in BC

VP CYCLO CROSS Matt Klymson

I am hoping Matt K /Tim A will support the vision of BC BMX sanctioning.

Gary, I am supporting revisiting the entire topic from first principles in an unbiased and rational manner, with proper due diligence and consultation with all BMX community stakeholders. That doesn't necessarily place my support either with continuing the current model or increasing cooperation with the ABA.

I know Michelle, Adam, and the rest of the folks at Cycling BC do regularly consult with various stakeholders already, but hopefully you can appreciate that I would consider it proper due diligence to review the nature of those consultations to ensure that there was fair opportunity given to all points of view rather than working from the beginning with a no-ABA viewpoint.

I understand the scope of your contributions Gary to the cycling community with BMX, MTB and other - it's fantastic - thank you. Still, I don't take any single person's opinion as gospel on any topic, and right now there's too much he said / she said style of hyperbole floating around. It seems that it's not a black and white issue, with potentially many levels of compromise in between.

I'll support whatever path of action is supported by the facts, after a proper process has been completed (if that has not already been done with a recent enough time frame for that analysis to reflect the current environment).

Nov. 28, 2012, 5:03 p.m.
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Cycling BC AGM - the state of racing in BC

I'm start to get a bit concerned about how much it's going to cost Cycling BC to dig itself out of these various situations. Still, if it has to be done to find some daylight at the end of the tunnel then so be it. According to the 2011 year end annual report, there's $1.6M in annual revenue (mostly through grants/funding), so there's cash flow available. Sacrifices may need to be made along the way to lay out a viable path, financial and otherwise, to a more stable environment for the organization.

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