Evening of Champions | 5th Annual Cycling BC Gala

On October 5, 2017, over 265 of Cycling BC’s supporters gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre to celebrate, support, and champion the future of cycling in BC and Canada.

The 5th annual Evening of Champions Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction was a huge success in raising money towards the growth of Cycling BC’s schools program (iRide), youth and junior development programs, and supporting athletes who represent Canada as part of the Junior National Team.

Some highlights from the past year of Cycling BC programs include,

  • 35+ training camps delivered across all cycling disciplines (Road, Track, XC, DH, BMX, and Para)
  • 18+ race projects nationally & internationally
  • 10,ooo kids participating in schools program (iRide)
  • 500+ iRide coach training sessions
  • $10k awarded to athletes for the CBC Athlete Assistance program to help with training costs, equipment, travel, & more.

The success of Cycling BC’s programs and annual gala is attributed in large part to the ongoing support of Cycling BC’s supporters including corporate partners, private donors, athletes, teams, clubs, coaches, officials, community leaders, and the family of people who do great things for this sport.

Cycling BC would like to thank all our event partners and supporters for shaping a positive future for cycling in BC.

Cycling BC Member’s Night at MEC Vancouver

MEC 10 percent off

Cycling BC members are invited to join us at MEC Vancouver on Thursday, October 19th, 2017, for an exclusive member’s event. Cycling BC members will receive 10% off all in-store purchases – including bikes

Who

All current Cycling BC members.
Not a member yet?
Register here.

What

10% off in-store purchases.

When

October 19, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where

MEC Vancouver
130 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

How

RSVP below to let us know how many people to expect.

Please bring your Cycling BC ID to verify your membership.

All items must be in stock and purchased through MEC tills that evening in order to be eligible for the discount.  MEC cannot offer the discount on items that are purchased online, or on out of stock items at the Vancouver location. The discount also does not extend to items that are on clearance or are part of a packaged discount.

Members can put items on hold up to 48 hours before the event and can be picked up at the Member Services Desk during the club night.  Items that have been purchased before the event cannot be returned and re-purchased at the discounted rate (no exceptions).

All participants must be members of Mountain Equipment Co-op in order to make a purchase.  If you are not yet a member of Mountain Equipment C0-op, you are welcome to sign up and purchase a membership ($5.00) at the store that evening.

Cycling BC is proud to partner with MEC to offer opportunities like this to our members.

 

BMX Development Team National Recap

High-speed racing and National domination would be an accurate description of this weekend’s action!

For the second consecutive year, BMX National Championships were hosted at the beautiful Calgary BMX track located just outside of downtown Calgary. With a long, high-speed first straightaway and a technical rhythm section, this track always offers great racing for amateurs and elites alike.

The Cycling BC BMX Development team stayed above the border for this year’s annual team project and after a summer full of racing and training camps around the province, the team traveled to Calgary for their first trip to National Champs.

Competing in the 11, 12 and 13-year-old categories the blue jerseys were hard to miss out front. Development team coach Mischa Partridge was on hand helping the riders get their race lines figured out in practice and going over strategy during racing. The team was set up with pits for the riders to relax in between racing, grab some food/drink, and go over video. Located right next to the Provincial High Performance tent, riders also had the opportunity to see firsthand the race routine and preparations of BC elites Alex Tougas, James Palmer, Drew Mechielsen, and Olympian Tory Nyhaug.

With 13 of the 17 team riders in attendance, all athletes made their finals, seven of them got on the podium, and two became national Champions.

Coach Mischa Partridge commented “it is great to see BC continuing to be a leading province in the sport. These development riders have worked hard at every training camp this year and it definitely showed today.”

The development team has one remaining training camp this season to prepare for the final BMX Canada National race on Thanksgiving weekend before wrapping up the season.

Cyclocross Category Announcement

In the fall of 2016, Cycling BC sought to simplify our licensing by offering two kinds of licences:  a Provincial RIDE licence, which covers folks for club events, novice and grassroots racing where self-seeding is available, and the BC RACE (UCI) licence, which allows folks to race in sanctioned events at the A, AA, and AAA level, according to their licence categories, and to gain upgrade points, series points, and compete for BC Championship titles. Grassroots racing remains unchanged from 2016:  all Provincial RIDE and BC RACE (UCI) Licence holders are able to race in categories as determined by the race organizers.

Early this year, we received feedback from the XCM organizers, specifically around premier series race participation levels being negatively impacted by restricting category level racing to UCI licence holders.  Given that this was the first year Cycling BC offered XCM races, we worked to reach a compromise wherein Provincial RIDE licence holders and One-Day licence holders could race in their age category along with BC RACE (UCI) licence holders, but would not qualify for series points or the provincial championship.  As XCM races within the province currently operate with age-delimited categories, we concluded that this change could be made without compromising the level or safety of these races.

We are now receiving similar feedback from the Cross community, sparked by the elimination of the late season UCI Cross-only licence. Since most cyclocross races within the province currently run self-seeded categories, we have concluded that a compromise similar to the one reached earlier this year is possible. For Premier Series and Provincial Championship races, Provincial RIDE licence holders may self-seed into ability categories, except ELITE, along with BC RACE (UCI) licence holders, at the discretion of the race organizer.  Following regulations consistent with all other disciplines, RIDE licence holders will not be able to gain upgrade or provincial series points and will not be racing for the Provincial Championship.

For 2018, Cycling BC is considering the feedback we’ve received and will be bringing a membership structure proposal to an EGM to be scheduled in early October.  We welcome your feedback as we go through the discussions and hope to see many of you contribute your ideas to changes we make for the coming year.

Sincerely,

Erin Waugh

Executive Director

Cycling BC

Farewell to Vanessa Kroeker

It is with mixed emotions that I’m writing to let you know that Vanessa Kroeker, our intrepid Communications Director, is leaving us, effective today.

Vanessa has been an integral part of the Cycling BC Team for 3 ½ years – her contributions are too many to name; most significantly, Vanessa has worked tirelessly to produce our weekly newsletter, update our website and social media, and ensure that the great things happening throughout the Cycling BC community are visible and celebrated.

Vanessa is moving on to work as Communications Director with the Urban Native Youth Association, to support the organization’s work with Vancouver’s Indigenous youth. Please join me in wishing Vanessa the very best as she faces this new challenge.

In the meantime, we are in the final stages of finding someone to fill Vanessa’s shoes. I hope you’ll be patient with us as there will likely be some service gaps in the interim.

Erin Waugh

Executive Director