Hypothermia. Happily, not a single racer went home with this as a prize on Saturday. With a forcast that called for both wind, rain, sleet and more obviously, bitter cold, we had a wonderous BC Cup #5 at the South Surrey bike park. 106 racers graced the course with excellent results, and awesome prizes. Tiny bags of campfire were provided by Poler Stuff to ensure full functioning fingers.
The first race of the day was our 10:30 start: Cat ¾ Men, Citizen Men, and Citizen Women. As the rain had yet to start, the racers contended simply with the strong headwind off the road start. This years course featured more swtichbacks, a flyover at the new SCORE park and a nice run through the rhythm section of the bike park. The Cat ¾ race provided early action, with the group switching leaders and chase for the first 3 laps. The Citizen racers were not far behind. Cat ¾ contenders Matt Hornland (Mighty), Brett Wakefield (Local Ride), Jacob Hartsoch (BFF), Paul McCloskey (Mighty) and David Morrissey (Escape Velocity) were the top 5, with top Citizen Men Rob Parkin, Garry Bone, Andrew Touvinen, James Ingham and Brian Reguly and our three Citizen Women, Danielle Stevens, June Rosemary and Donna-Marie Tarver getting some R&B Beers and Rocanini Coffee. Our Mens U17 riders shredded as well, with Carsten Lapointe (Zimich Coaching) coming in 1st ahead of Pete Whalen (Local Ride) – they didn’t get beer.
Master ¾ Men took to the course with the largest field of the day, as well as the first of the freezing rain. 31 racers battled on the slippery course while Matt Barber and Nick Berry added color commentary and hot-dog handups. Our top five were James Cameron (Pro City), Simon Pulfrey, John Irvine (HR Block), Tyler Dumont (Physiomoves) and David Newbeck – top 3 took home some great stuff from Genuine Innovations, Lezyne, CatEye and RaceFace. Not to mention the beer and coffee.
Open Women and Masters Women were battling it out as well during the 12 o’clock callup, with a bit smaller field. Open Women finished with a top 3 of Jean-Ann Berkenpas (Xprezo), Sandra Walter (Local Ride) and Joele Guynup (Condo/Marin Bikes) and our Women’s Masters came in with Glenowyn Carlson (Team Alliance) taking first and Barbara Zimich down 1 lap. Gore and Brodie provided additional prizes!
Our final event, Masters ½ and Elite ½ came up as the rain was at it’s worst – 60 minutes of suffering at the hands of mother nature and Jeff Hanninen’s wicked course design.
Our Masters ½ had a commanding field of 15, with our usual suspects commanding attention as they tore apart the course. In the top 5 you can see most of your BC Cup leaders vying for those all-important points. In order of finish: Bob Welbourn (Cannondale/CX West), Kim Steed (Steed Cycles), Derek Shiers, David Kvick (Rocky Mountain/Different Bikes), Jascon Fluckiger (Daryl Evans).
A smaller field, 5 elites started ahead of the Masters, with Kevin Noiles (Sportique) taking the Cima Coppi handmade arm warmers as a holeshot prize; Kevin Calhoun (Rocky Mountain) looked strong though he had to be tired from bringing all the amazing swag from Cycles Lambert to the race for our winners. As the course wore on, Drew MacKenzie was steady but succumbed to the effects of a running race the day before (I swear running is bad for you), though he’s got bigger designs on SSCXWC San Fran. Sven Sturm (TREK Red Truck) kept the smile on, with Mike Berkenpas (Local Ride) looking large and in charge on the rhythm section. Noiles took the day with a powerful showing, Sturm coming second and Berkenpas coming in 3rd.
The day ended with some BBQ servings from Nick Berry, and the Brodie Romax frame/fork drawprize going to Brent Hambleton.
If you are interested in having Matt Barber MC your upcoming race, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
you want ’em, you got ’em. placement, organized and presented to you in a beauteous excel spreadsheet. these are in process of being submitted to Cycling BC for application to your BC Cup standings.
again, we must point thanks to our generous sponsors for providing us with the great things that make winning so much more exciting. also a wealth of admiration and thanks to our volunteers, from both Daryl Evans and Mighty Riders, braving the cold and rain to stand around for 5-10 hours.
we’ll get a link to photos up as soon as we are able*; share that pain face with the kids, just so they know what they’ll look like if they keep making that face.
thanks to all 106 riders who came out – you made my day.
*UPDATES* – the people have spoken, so I have gotten an account of how the results SHOULD look for the Citizen’s race, this is the last update – we are gently reminding the Commissaires that every race and every place are important*
*if you have a link, please share it with us!
oh man. I bet you’re excited.
a few things before we start the day. NUMBERS. pin’em on the LEFT. you will be passing the finish line with the bell, the counters and all that jazz on your left so put the number there. there will be a display.
also important, bring a little change for the Nick Berry BBQ, we’re toonie and loonie-ing you for the delicious treats. Be sure to have your own cup, as well, for the coffee. we’re pouring black gold, it’s above styrofoam cups.
finally, if you did pre-reg, still come and check in; we don’t have access to your bib numbers, so come show us what you got.
see you at the races!
just two more sleeps until it is upon us, the South Surrey CX race, BC Cup #5! you’ve got until Friday at 6 for PreReg to save $5 – And our friends everywhere have been kind to donate some excellent winnings for you folks.
we’ve gotten a rad selection of gear and clothing from our friends at Race Face, who would like to remind you, mountain biking will improve your technical skills.
R & B Brewing would like to remind you that beer may hinder those technical skills.
some rad cycling necessities from Cima Coppi, handmade here in Vancouver, to don upon victors.
we will share the wonderful roasted goodness of Rocanini Coffee; if you’re lucky.
again, thank you to all our sponsors for the amazing stuff; we owe you big time. now time to carry all that stuff down to Surrey.
Event Schedule (subject to change, please check back often for updated information
– 9:00am – Registration opens (sign in ends 30 minutes prior to each start)
– 10:30am – Cat 3/4 Men, Citizen Men / Women and U17 (40 minutes)
– 12:00pm – BBQ grilled up by Mighty Riders
– 12:00pm – Master 30+ Men 3/4, Cat 1/2 / Master Women (45 minutes)
– 12:30pm – Awards for Cat 3/4 Men, Citizen Men / Women and U17
– 1:00pm – Cat 1/2 Men (60 minutes), Master 30+ Men 1/2 (45 minutes)
– 2:15pm – Awards / Podium for final events
Note: Mountain bikes allowed in all races except Cat 1/2 races. Only cyclocross bikes per UCI regulations are allowed for Cat 1/2 races.
Open to any of the following
– UCI, USCF and CCA (incl. Cycling BC) license holders or Cycling BC Citizen license holders.
– One-day license from Cycling BC is available for $10.
There is no kid’s race scheduled but we will have a seperate course set-up that they can run all day long around the reservoir or the tennis court area.
We have a few added tricks this year, the 7th annual race held at the South Surrey Bike Park. Canadian Cyclist reveals the updates:
Daryl-Evans Racing and Mighty Riders are joining forces to host the 5th race in the BC Cup CX Series at the South Surrey Bike Park on November 12th. This is the 7th event to be held at this venue and we have a few new additions to spruce up the already popular course including a set of stairs, making a dedicated run-up and a 5 foot tall fly-over to add to a combination of grass, gravel, pavement and a trip through the redesigned dirt jump park.
that’s right – we’ve got the Internets. and you can use them to pre-register, saving yourself both time and money. Pre-reg also means you get a better call-up to the line, for that sweet hole-shot. Get into it here: https://reg.ccnbikes.com/index.php/event/south-surrey-cyclocross