As the inaugural 2011 race of the notorious Cross on The Rock cyclocross race series, the Trail Bicycles-Eatmore Sprouts Cycling Team is presenting the Cumberland Coal Cross race. The Sunday, Sept. 11 event sees all the fun, action and attitude of cyclocross return to Cumberland Village Park and the Coal Hills BMX track.
Racers will toe the line to see how quickly they can tally up laps within 45 minutes. Adding to the competitive challenge, racers will be taken through a whirly-whirl of a course including: the BMX track, sand and gravel pits, close-knit trees and some man-made barricades.
“These obstacles are what make cyclocross so spectator friendly and exciting as there is marginal room for error,” a race spokesperson said. “There will definitely be some thrills and spills from many vantage points!”
Categories include: Beginner, Intermediate, Masters, Open Women and Expert Men as well as a kids’ race hosted by Trail Bikes-Eatmore Sprouts athlete Glenn Wakeling. As well, there will be “primes” (monetary incentive) for the fastest junior riders in the adult events, sponsored by Comox Valley Nissan.
As a step up from last year, the Coal Hills BMX has not only offered the use of their track for this race but they will also have their concession open and bathrooms available. Seeds Natural Foods will be there in full force providing refreshments for racers.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and there will be a beginner clinic at 11 a.m. For more information and race start times, go to www.crossontherock.com.
The race has received an overwhelming response from the Comox Valley community to help promote Cumberland as an excellent recreation and tourism destination. The Cumberland Coal Cross thanks the following companies for their donations of product and draw prizes: Seeds Natural Foods, Trail Bicycles, Riding Fool Hostel, Tarbell’s, Island Mountain Rides, Raw Hair, Organic Family, Blue Toque Sports Consignment, Eatmore Sprouts, Dodge City Cycles, Rusty Rooster, Polka Dot Pants Consignment, Darkside Chocolates, Sushimon, Carmie’s Catering, the Wandering Moose, Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Cumberland Massage Therapy.