Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Republic of Manitobah Pics

Junkyard Dogs have posted images from the Republic of Manitobah cross race here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cross Cup

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Manitoba Cross Cup Series!

CX1/2 Men: Willem Boersma
CX 12/3 Women: Anna Schappert
CX3 Men: Ian Hall
CX4 Men: Kailen Shackleton
CX4 Women: Jane Yardley

The full CycloCross Cup points in detail can be found here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Number Hand In/Deposit Return

Sunday, we'll be collecting numbers after people race and handing back deposits. Same area as registration.

Numbers should be returned without pins in them. (We will launder them on return.)

We'll be around for only a short time after the 60 minute race, so riders should make a note to return them immediately after their race.

If you can't make it to The Forks on Sunday anyone can bring your numbers in for you.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Last Half

Next up is Southern Cross in Altona. Details can be found here.

The following week is CrossTastic at Whittier Park. Information is here.

The season wraps up with Cyclocross Provincials at the Forks on Sunday November 3rd. Please note that you must hold a full MCA race licence to participate in the medal events (i.e. Citizen's licences do not qualify). An open event will be held (open to all) that citizen licensees are welcome participate in.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Beach Cross!

Notes from OCC about Beach Cross:

We are very excited to see you at St. Malo Provincial Park for Beach Cross this Sunday!

All pre-registered racers will receive goodies from our presenting sponsors---
Fresh espresso shot from Parlour Coffee
Pastry goodness from Jonnies Sticky Buns
Extra shots/buns available for purchase - cash only.

The 2013 course keeps the best of last year (see you on Heckler's Hill) and adds in some new features including an uphill finish. If you're spectating, dress for the elements - the breeze off the lake can be cool.

See you at the beach!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 25th CrossLab - final session for 2013

September 25th will be the final CrossLab of 2013 - your last chance for free, fun skills and drills that will get you ready to try 'cross for the first time or improve your racing.  Hal & Daniel will lead a shortened one-hour session this week (on account of the increasingly early darkness) that will walk through the course for MennoCross with some opportunities to preview a few of the tricky bits and get some extra practice in.

If you're planning on coming, might be a good call to bring bug spray - there were a surprising number of mosquitoes last week.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

CX101 Report

Huge thanks to lead instructor Michael Van Den Ham, assistants David Coughlin and Jayson Gillespie and to sponsors Olympia Cycling Club, Jonnies Sticky Buns, CMU and for a fantastic clinic today. Thirty riders ranging from age 14 to 50+ and from total newbies to top provincial riders came out - and everyone took away something.  (Photo shows one of the rare non-riding parts of the clinic).

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Season Pass Codes

Season Pass Codes have been sent out.

If you are having trouble with yours, make sure that you are entering yourself in the appropriate season pass race category on CCN.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cross Clinic with National Team Rider Michael van den Ham

CX101 Cyclocross Clinic with Michael van den Ham – Saturday, September 14th
Michael raced for Canada at the recent World Championships in Louisville. How cool is that?
Details and registration are here.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

EgoCross this Sunday

This Sunday September 15th.
Location: South East Corner of the former Southwood Golf & Country Club (University of Manitoba)
Time: On site registration opens at 0900, C Event starts at 1000, followed by Kids Race, B Event, and A Event.
Details are here.

Dirt Skirt Cross Race This Wednesday

Dirt Skirt open women's race at CMU this Wednesday. More information is here.

Cross Lab - September 11

CrossLab is a little different this week.
6:30 Wednesday @ CMU, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd

This Wednesday there will be a Dirt Skirt open women's race at CMU (more info here) - clinic will run concurrently and will focus on essential spectator skills including the fine (?) art of heckling. A special guest instructor will join us - you won't want to miss this session. We'll cheer the racers on and also talk course design, warm-up, starts. Stick around to help clean the course after and see how a course is put together.

P.S. Great job by all the CrossLabbers at Dark Cross!

DarkCross Results

An awesome opening to the cyclocross season at DarkCross. Thanks for everyone who raced, cheered, officiated and volunteered and an especially big hand to those who spent all day setting up the course Friday in that oppressive humid heat.

Results are here.

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Seeding points are given to every licenced racer for each race they take part in based on the typical number of racers for that category and finishing order. As cyclocross courses can be difficult to pass on this makes the start fairer. Because male and female riders in both the B and C events ride together the seeding points are unisex. Citizen racers cannot accumulate seeding points.

For the first race (DarkCross) seeding is based on points from the end of last season. For the second race seeding is based on points from last season and the first race with each given equal weighting.

NOTE: To speed up race day flow you must be pre-registered to be seeded. Pre-registration will typically close 48 hours before the race. If you do not pre-register you can still race, but won't be seeded i.e. will start at the back of your category.


Sorry for the delay. Category list can be found here. PLEASE NOTE that adjustments have been made up and down based on performance last year.

If you are not on the list you must race in the C event unless you gain an exemption from the cyclocross committee. That can take time. Apply to Gary Sewell ahead of time.

When you pre-register online, the CCN system cannot tell if you are in the correct category. It may let you to register for a category you won't be allowed to race in. If you accidentally sign up for the wrong category show up for your proper race and an adjustment will be made at sign-in.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cyclocross Categories

Rider's categories are based on last year's results.

Because there is a lack of cross over between road or mountain bike racing and cyclocross, racers who are new to cyclocross MUST register as CX 4 male or CX 4 female (race in the C event). If you are too fast for this event you will be moved up after a couple of races. Riders who are extremely strong in road (very strong in cat 2/3 or riding away from the whole field in cat 4) or mountain bike (elite or expert men level) may apply to the cross committee to start in CX 1/2 or CX 3.

Note: The online registration system cannot tell which category you are allowed to race in. If you are a CX 4 rider, but register for CX 3 online you are still expected to show up for the CX 4 race. If you miss the CX 4 race you will be categorized as 'Did Not Start' and will  forfeit your race fee. You will not be allowed to take part in the CX 3 race.

The 2013 rider category list will be posted asap.

For more information please see this post and and this one.

Belgian Club Number Handout and Season Pass Night

Wednesday, September 4th - 7-10 p.m.
Belgian Club, 407 Provencher Blvd

- Pick up new 2013-14 race numbers (skip the line at the first race!)*
- Season pass available for purchase (cash only). The pass is $10 cheaper this night only.
- Talk to race organizers
- Ask questions - new racers welcome
- Have a Belgian brew

*Please note that everyone will need a new cyclocross number in order to race. There is a $20 deposit that will be returned at the end of the season if the numbers are returned in good shape.

Cyclocross Numbers

PLEASE NOTE: We will be using new numbers for cyclocross this year that are UCI compliant (one on body and one on each arm) so EVERYONE WILL NEED A NEW CYCLOCROSS NUMBER (except open and kids racers). The numbers are reusable so everyone will need to leave a $20 deposit which will be returned when the numbers are returned in good condition at the end of the year. If people lose one or more of the numbers they will need to pay for a new set.

Avoid the pre-race stress and danger of running behind at your race and pick up your numbers at the number handout and season pass night on Wednesday Sept 4th at the Belgian Club.

Season's Passes

Once again the cyclocross organizers are offering a crazy good deal in the form of the season's pass.
This year the pass is good for all eight races on the MCA calendar starting with DarkCross on September 7th and finishing up with Provincials at The Forks on November 3rd.

The pass is $130 for one day only: Wednesday September 4th at the Belgian Club 7 to 10 pm ($140 after that). Save over $50* off the cheapest method of race by race registration and up to $150 off race day registration! Race about a third of the races for free!


If you can't make it to the Belgian Club on the 4th a friend can buy a pass for you. They will need to know the email address that you used to register with CCN when you bought your MCA licence.

If you live more than 50km outside of Winnipeg you can email gsewell at mts dot net with a valid VISA number, name on card, and exp date before midnight on the 4th. Sorry no MasterCard, AMEX, etc. and no IOUs.

*Pre-registering early for each individual race (the next cheapest method) will cost you approximately $181 for the season. Registering on race day at each race will cost approximately $260-$280.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cross Labs 2013

The one and only CrossLabs returns for 2013.

Everyone is invited to free, fun cyclocross clinics at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The clinics will involve skills and drills designed to challenge all abilities. If you are new to the sport and aiming to try an event this season (like Dark Cross on September 7 or MennoCross on September 28) or if you've got experience and are aiming to improve - these sessions are for you.
All sessions will be held at CMU.

The first two sessions will be held on:
Wednesday,  August 28th
Tuesday, September 3rd
further dates to be posted
What to Bring:
- A bike in working order (mountain, touring, hybrid or cross bikes all work)
- Helmet
- Drinking water
- Bug spray 
- If you're under 18, a parent or guardian (to sign a waiver -- all participants will need to sign a waiver in presence of clinic staff)
Parking is available in the lot north of the large university building (or come by bike - lots of great bike routes nearby!).

Please note: These events are very popular. Accidents can and will happen. You take part at your own risk.

These particular sessions are put on by members of the cyclocross community, not the MCA.