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It is with mixed emotions that I welcome a new direction for the BC Masters. We have had many years of good friendly pursuit road racing on very nice courses throughout southern BC.
As travel has become more expensive and clubs have found legs to cater to their members locally, the BC Masters events have dwindled. Regardless we have supported those clubs that needed a little help to get their events rolling (it’s always a challenge to get the bureaucrats to treat our events as grassroots amateur events as opposed to the next Tour de France).
So, this year we continue to support United Velo’s events in Langley and Abbotsford; and we are supporting events on the Island put on jointly by the Victoria Cycling League and some of our traditional co-hosts, Sidney Velo, and Cycle Therapy. Victoria Breakaway will be a new co-host.
These events will also accommodate the juniors corralled and trained by Lister Farrar.
They will be run as performance based categories (A, B, C….) and medals will be awarded to the top 3 of each category.
Masters traditional points will only be awarded to Time Trial results (adjusted to the world standard). It is possible that we will have a traditional Masters pursuit race at Cherry Point at the end of the season.
The first Island event is this weekend in Mill Bay/Shawnigan Lake, (see Sidney Velo web site), and that is followed by Cherry Point on May 19th (Cycle Therapy). Look for the 40 Km Duncan/Lake Cowichan TT, Metchosin, and Maple Bay as the season evolves.
I hope you will join me in supporting this new direction. Ultimately we want fun cycling for everyone, and this format is what we see is drawing a broader range of riders.
BC MASTERS invites you to the season’s final race, awards luncheon, and AGM on Sunday Sept 02nd 2018 at Cherry Point Vineyards.
The race (double points) will start at 11:00. Lunch is at 13:30. While there were not many races with Championship points, awards will be presented at the luncheon after the race. If you hold a trophy please bring it (all shined up) for the new champion.Lunch (lavish) will be provided free to all BCMCA full members, organizers and volunteers. Others can buy lunch for $25 +
Please RSVP: Kim Gard by Aug 27th, 2018, e-mail email@example.com or telephone 250-370-2689.
The BCMCA Annual General Meeting will be held after lunch. New Board members and Motions will be voted in/on.
This year we were part of the lower main land events put on by United Velo, but there were no points (except for the TT) because the format was not purely Masters. We took on the MOTI and got them to back down from requirements that could kill grassroots events. While our race numbers are declining we need to decide if our role as an organization should change.
Please join us, as much for the meeting as the race.
Event/Organizer: United Velo
Date: Saturday August 11th, 2018
Start Time: 7:45am (on site sign on)
Location: Hougan Park, Abbotsford, BC
Race Type: 16km TT and 75km RR
Contact: Darin Bentely
Please note the August 5th TT race in Abbotsford has unfortunately been cancelled. We are working on adding a 16 km TT to the August 11 road race at the same location.
Please note the following races will not be going ahead:
- Event/Organizer: United Velo
Date: Saturday April 28th, 2018 (Cancelled)
- Event/Organizer: Sidney Velo
Date: Sunday May 13th, 2018 (Cancelled)