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.