Rock City Cycles TT #1 - 15k

Seven riders braved the weather and made the drive up to Nanaimo River road last night. Including Eric Rush who gambled on the weather and made the drive down from Courtenay to join in the suffering. There was trepidation from most riders as a heavy fog was sitting on the top of Nanaimo Lakes Road making visibility a concern. But as usual the unique weather patterns around Mount Benson made for a clear course. James Sage set down a fast time to start the season finishing in 21:25.577 holding an average speed of just over 40km/hr, beating Eric by 16 seconds. In third place, in his first time trial on our challenging course was 15 year old Luke Hubner with an impressive time of 23:29.412.

It should also be noted that tonight was the last night for our other youth rider, Jack Mace, to receive a one minute interval lead instead of the standard 30 second gap; as not only was his mother unable to close the gap to supervise his race, but he also beat her time by 15 seconds.

Thank you to the volunteers, Lorrie and Steve for helping out with the start and turn around.

I hope to see everyone at the House of Kiyo Monday night development ride.



Click here to view the results

Follow this link to register for next week’s time trial:

Registration is also now open for volunteers for our next Aquarius Marine crit on April 23rd:

Patrick Burnham
Mill Bay Road Race - This Sunday!

This Sunday, the Sydney Velo Cycling Club is organising a British Columbia Masters Cycling Association/Victoria Cycling League race down in Mill Bay.

It’s on a beautiful course out in the Mill Bay/Shawnigan Lake/Cobble Hill area. There are A, B and C categories to suit your ability, and juniors are welcome too.

Sign-on starts at 11am with racing at noon, so there’s plenty of time to drive down from Nanaimo.

I rode my first road race last year and came last in my age group; it was a super-fun experience and I recommend giving it a go. There are prizes for first to third positions, so you might even win something!

For full details follow this link to the Sidney Velo Cycling Club website.

Peter Richards
Crit season has started!

It was the first criterium of the year tonight and despite the damp conditions everyone stayed rubber side down!

Racing started after 5 neutralised laps and on lap 8 James Sage attacked stringing the pack out. On lap 12 it was Jaymi Dumper’s turn to go off the front. In the end the race came down to a sprint with James Sage winning by a bike length from Iain Hay and 15 year old Luke Hubner.

Many thanks go to tonight’s volunteers for keeping everything running smoothly and making sure the course is safe for the riders. Big thanks also to Patrick Burnham for quietly and professionally running the show, as always.

Click here to view the results on Webscorer


Mary-Jo Mace
Jack Mace
Brad Temple
Larissa Richards
Graeme Copp
Antonius Adema
Shepherd Stewart

Peter Richards
Into the thick of it!

With the Spring Challenge season opener done we’re now looking forward to our first full week of 2019. Here’s what’s going on:

Spring Challenge

The 50k group before the Spring Challenge looking super bright

Congratulations to everyone that made it out for the Spring Challenge yesterday despite the less than promising looking weather. We even had a handful of new members! In the end, I’ve no doubt that the riders had a great time and were rewarded for their efforts with great hospitality from White Sails Brewing.

Group rides starting Monday

Our House Of Kiyo Monday Night Development Rides start on Monday. Remember this year we’re starting half an hour later at 6:30 pm. Our meeting point remains the same in the parking lot of the Nanaimo Ice Center. I’m looking forward to riding with people I haven’t seen since last August!

Criterium Clinic and the first Aquarius Marine Crit - Tuesday - Volunteers Needed!

On Tuesday we’re learning how to ride in a criterium and then putting it in to practice with our first competitive event of the year. For those of us who’ve never ridden a crit before, the clinic is essential for building skills and learning how to stay safe in a close-quarters peleton. We’re also looking for 4-7 volunteers to help; remember volunteers get entered for draw prizes at our AGM. Sign up here if you are available to help out. We’re starting at 6 pm to allow time for the clinic before the crit. Meet near the Longwood Brewery on Boxwood Road.

Time Trial Clinic and Rock City Cycles Time Trail - Thursday

We’ve also got a clinic before our first time trial on Thursday. Again we’re starting early at 6 pm to allow time for the clinic. Sign up is now open, and closes at 4:30 pm on Thursday to allow for time to prepare the start list. Entry is $5, and free for Seasons Pass holders. Meet on Nanaimo River Road here.

Seasons Pass

Our first competitive events this week give me the chance to remind everyone about the Seasons Pass. The Seasons Pass is $50 and will cover entry to every critierium, time trial, and hill climb for the whole year. These events are $5 each so if you are planning on participating in 10 or more of these events the Seasons Pass is the way to go. Follow this link to take advantage of this offer:

Under 15s race free!

Remember MIVA members under the age of 15 can ride our crits, hill climbs, and time trails for free!

Peter Richards
Daylight Savings Time

With the clocks springing forward this week it’s time to look forward to the upcoming season.  While most of us have been hibernating this winter and taking the opportunity to enjoy some down time and relax the board has been busy getting things ready behind the scenes.

First thing to note is that our 2019 Membership registration is open on Webscorer.

We’ve already had quite a few members sign up which is fantastic.  We have a busy season planned with multiple group rides, criteriums, hill climbs and time trials planned so sign up soon if you haven’t already so as not to miss out.


The first event on our soon to be packed calendar is our annual Spring 50/100k challenge.  An opportunity to get together, put some miles in and socialize.  Starting and finishing at Whitesails Brewing on Saturday April 13.  More details to follow.


While we don’t have any official rides on the go, later daylight does make for more opportunities to get out and start training.  Hit up our facebook group to arrange your own group rides.




Patrick Burnham