MIVA Update – Change of Scenery/Schedule

14 Apr
Spring is here!!
Despite this week’s unseasonal snow, the weather is beginning to warm up and we’re looking forward to getting back out on the road. Next week is when things really kick off and further down this email you’ll find everything that’s happening. First a quick update on racing this year.
A note on racing
Race season is fast approaching. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve put a finish line down on the pavement and the board has spent quite a bit of time discussing changes and ways to hopefully improve the experience and encourage more people to come out and have some fun.With that in mind we wanted to share a couple of the changes to the way we’ll be running the races this year.First off, if you look closely at the schedule, you’ll notice that the old formula of every Tuesday is a Crit and every Thursday a Time Trial is gone. This year we’re mixing up by throwing in some early season Hill Climbs, so remember to check the calendar/discord/facebook to find out where we’re racing each week.Secondly we’re going to be adding a B Race to the Boxwood criteriums. The B category is going to be for beginners who’ve never raced a criterium before, or aren’t sure they’ve got the fitness to keep up with the fast kids in the A’s.Third we’re going to change the format slightly. With running two races/night time is going to be a factor. So with that in mind we’ll be using a time limited format. B’s will race for 20minutes plus 3 laps. A’s will race for 25minutes plus three laps. So how many laps will you end up doing? That depends on how many people show up and how hard they push the pace. As the season progresses and we get more day light the races will get longer. But for now this will ensure that the B race will be done by 7pm and the A race by 7:30 so that no one has to ride home in the dark.Fourth, and this one is for the Tri-athletes in the crowd. For anyone interested we will be adding a timed run after each race so you can practice your transitions. When you show up let us know if you’re going to want to run and you’ll be assigned a wrist band. Finish your ride, change your shoes and kit and then head back out to stretch your legs. Distance for the run will vary from week to week as will the course from road run to trail depending on interest.
Season’s Pass
To make the most of race season we’d encourage you to consider a Season’s pass for $50 which will cover entry to as many Crits, TTs and Hill Climbs as your legs can handle. Alternatively, you can enter individual races for $5 each.Get your season’s pass here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=273272
Next week’s events
We have a packed calendar for you next week, you can find all the details for this exciting first week of the season, and much more here:https://midislandvelo.ca/calendar?view=calendar&month=04-2022
Monday Night Development RideMonday, April 18, 20226:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.***Please note new meeting spot for 2022*** We have moved the start point for this year’s group rides to the gravel parking lot near the intersection of East Wellington Road and Westwood Road. https://goo.gl/maps/99hi6WUrP7pxg31p9.This weekly group ride is offered in 3 different groups = 3 different speeds. This means there is a group just right for most people. It is important that you are competent on a bike but you do not need to be fast – yes it is a “no drop” ride.
Boxwood CriteriumTuesday, April 19, 20226:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.2052 Boxwood Road Nanaimo, BCA criterium, or crit, is a bike race consisting of laps around a closed circuit, the length of each lap or circuit ranging from about 500 m to 1000 m with Boxwood being 1.1km.Crits are great fun, a tough workout and fantastic for building bike handing and group riding skills.We meet on Boxwood Road, just past the Longwood brewery.See notes on racing below.We will need 8 volunteers: sign up to volunteer here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=273273
Time Trial clinic followed by 15k TTThursday, April 21, 20226:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.1099 Nanaimo River Rd Cassidy, BCAfter a two year hiatus, we are excited to bring back the MIVA Time Trials Series which will pit riders against the clock, most Thursday nights along Nanaimo River Road. Riders can compete to win, or just to beat last week’s time. Points will be awarded at each race and totaled at the end of the series.Come join us at the race, whether you’re new to time trials or a seasoned veteran, the TT’s are sure to put a smile on your face.We will need 2 volunteers.
Spring Challenge 50k & 100kSaturday, April 23, 20228:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.Maffeo Sutton ParkWe hope you’re as excited as we are for the start of a new MIVA road season. Dust off your road bike and join us for a great ride to welcome in spring and get back on the road. We’re riding 50km or 100km routes, starting and finishing at Maffeo Sutton Park. Start times can vary depending on your anticipated ride time. The goal is to be finished between 12-12:30pm, recommended 8am for 100km and 9:30am for the 50km. After the ride feel free to grab a drink or eats at one of the nearby food trucks or establishments.Entry is free, but sign up here: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=273274
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