Antenna Rd Hill Climb is cancelled to allow our first Crit with SLAT. Single Lane Alternating Traffic. So know that the entire length of Weddell will have a dedicated lane for you racers.
Weather Unforecast calls for a moody afternoon of double digit winds, possible showers, high of 30.
WE ROLL NO MATTER.
Start / Finish will be on latter part of CROWLEY . This is to make our Prime and Finish Line sprinting more safety
as the Weddell to Crowley corner can be taken full speed with mongrels on your port and starboard side during.
How far down Crowley ?
Good question. If you chide me or the volys too much we'll make it 3.5" away from the Ethel turn. Ha ha ha just kidding. Something about Zen and a gut call will be the deciding factor. Think about it - we stretch the S/F - then there's more racing and sprinting to be had.
Iced bottle water will be on hand and plentified. Domcor has the lead as they will be implementing the SLAT - so we don't start till D-Dog Derrick calls it. I anticipate same time for Wedge & B - so don't panic.
REMEMBER - June 6th we transform each and every BVO Crit into 3 races.
From June 6th till September - the second race will be an all Women's Race. Spread the word . Come race - have fun.
The To Do List is shrinking. Now we just have to try and wiggle the following into our Budget :
- a VIP Blue box ( porta potty ) for each race
- Tent ( working on it )
- Van Halen concert row of speakers ( think 20' tall and 40' wide )
- a proper DJ to make the bump in your trunk move
- Valet Parking
- Corporate Boxes & Concierge Service
- Limo Service to & fro airport for our jetsetters
I'm tired and it's my 3rd post on OBRC today. See you all tomorrow. Adieu
- S.P. Interiors Time Trial No. 5 is tomorrow night. Tuesday May 28th.
Suggestions is SPF and hydrate well prior to race. We'll have cold bottled water for all. Always looking for NEW volunteers please - our Series runs on amazing peoples and their smiley happys.
- Antenna Road Hill Climb for Thursday May 30th is CANCELLED. In it's place is Brian Van Oene Criterium No. 5.
See below for details . . .
- BVO Crit No. 5 is a GO for Thursday May 30th !
We have been granted Single Lane Alternating Traffic for the entire length of Weddell - from the City of Kelowna.
Our race is going to be reflective of the dynamic progression of OBRC. Weddell from Ethel all the way down to the Crowley full speed turn will be ours. No mixing with traffic !
Props to TC Derrick for the pitch, and special thanks to Nick et al at the City of Kelowna.
START / FINISH will be on Crowley - go be looking for our amazing crew - go be listenin' for the tunes. If it puts a bump in your trunk - we're playing it.
Always looking for NEW volunteers please - our Series runs on amazing peoples and their smiley happys.
- BVO Women's Criterium Racing.
Starting Thursday June 6th - OBRC will be implementing THREE races for every BVO Crit. As follows :
1730 - 1755
B Group & Wedge Group Race
1800 - 1830
Women's A & B Group Race
1840 - 1925
Men's A Group Race
Pitched by Glynis & Doug Shaw - we are making a solid footprint for Women's racing - all ages - all abilities.
NOTE - this is going to increase our Traffic Control budget - as the SLAT on Weddell requires extra set up time.
SO SPREAD THE WORD - and come RACE !
See YOU out there
Tonight's Crit is a GO ! !
Multi point ramblings so here we go.
- Hayman Classic will have most of our Junior racers absent. Best of luck to all of you this weekend. Smile, enjoy the moments and race angry. Ha ha ha.
- Tonight's Racing will be run by the amazing crack team of :
Chief of Race - Glynis Shaw
Air Boss - Melissa Jack
Executive Officer - Craig Horon
130 Broom - Junior Elliott
We could use a few more hands to help out ( sign in, Ident, Crowley Arc Broom, general duties ) so talk to one of the Top 3 and do your part. Thank you.
Racers - be good sports and proper humans. Respect and thank the Command & Control volys please.
Start / Finish will REMAIN at halfway stretch of Weddell - we will start the Crowley S/F next week.
Points - yes darling we will start posting points totals after next week. The typing pool at the 2nd Floor offices of OBRC is short staffed - note it is 01:19 Thursday as this is being typed.
- Doug Jarvis Iron man
Stalwart NHL player Doug Jarvis played an astonishing 964 consecutive games from 1975 to 1987. No one is even close to breaking it.
I sadly end my Crit/TT/HC volunteer streak tonight - honestly it ain't a Doug Jarvis parallel. Actually I cannot recall the last time I didn't voly and even harder is the last time I raced a TT or Crit. Enjoy the Series people - a scant few work very hard for you all to push yourselves. The heritage we have is bigger than a lot of people realize.
- CMH Bobbie Burns
S.P. Interiors has been awarded the contract to sew and supply all of the curtains for the existing & new addition. Our 3rd lodge of work for CMH we embark on. Working with Chris Mink and the CMH crew is a treat - as their military precision envelopes all scopes of their operations.
Be at the Parsons FSR helipad Thursday 0830 MT - means yours truly is driving to meet parties for 0730 a good 4+ hrs away. Hence my absence tonight.
Yes darling pics will follow. No my dear there's no play time on this venture. Yes the vista will be there to soak in - but work - and a lot of it - awaits.
Planning, Initiation, Completion
Akin to the precision I'm rubbing shoulders with at CMH - our local trails have similar focus and energy being applied.
Smith Creek has the City of West Kelowna enhancing it up to IMBA standards - if you notice equipment and trailwork - this is who is working for your trails. Mitigation and upgrades.
Rose Valley has the Westside Trail Crew seemingly enhancing this network 365 with mitigation and upgrades - this is who is working for your trails.
Myra Bellevue Provincial Park has many nameless volunteers performing trail mitigation - this is who is working for your trails. Note that this does NOT include either trail user party.
Know your MBPP and the Management Directors Statement. This is a balanced and good read.
If you hear of anyone suggesting it's needs to be re-written - obviously benefits revenue directly from contracts for trail work. As well - one of the trail user parties own mission statement wholly notes " securing trails ". NOTHING about trail mitigation and upgrades whatsoever.
Look North to NOCS and South to PACA - dynamic progressive action with long term planning, trail mitigation, community involvement.
Then there's Myra - we are an embarrassment with comparison.
1840 Race Start
Forecast is in the 22C, single digit winds.
The picture is courtesy of IG group cyclinginstaselfies and is from ika_s_a . While many of us wish we looked this good with or without the helmet & kit on 😃- I posted this pic moreso to show off what all of us cyclists are - humans.
The drive to push ourselves comes from within - and is applied to duties , tasks , and sports we grab by the horns. Our 3 disciplines in OBRC all are based on pushing ourselves - racing ourselves against the clock. Never dilute the events to " a competition versus others ".
Time Trials were dubbed the " Race of Truth " because that is what they are. You versus you versus the clock.
Any of you that travel far far away to do a 3 day event will race yourself against the clock in a TT, Crit, and RR. So hone your skills in your backyard. Many of our racers do - but many don't. Inconcievable . . .
Tonight's Brian Van Oene Crit No. 3 is a GO !!!!
Ignore this morning's rain - it was ordered to clean the roads for us . .
B & Wedge Race Start 1800
A Group Race Start 1840
ALL podiums & primes for POINTS
See you there.
Forecast is for some spit from 5 - 8.
The Hill Climb is a GO !
1840 race mass start start
I need some voly help - please chime in.
Bring a rain jacket just in case.
Hopefully the drops will make the shuttlin' DHers scurry to the Red Bird or other dens of sin. Hence the parking will be ample.
The forecast is calling for rain Thursday morning - nothing in afternoon. So let's just roll with it and say - if your Thursday afternoon commute looks like the pic - then maybe we'll cancel.
Otherwise the BVO Crit is a GO as well.
Here's to a Long Weekend of rain so heavy and solid. This way no matter how stupid multiple humans are in the back country - we won't have an exponential jump in wildfires.
The Linear Park at Philpott Rd off Hwy 33 was beautiful amazing until some fooking clown flicked multple lit butts out their vehicle window. Now it's closed, burnt, and scarred for a very long long time. Stupid humans.
B & Wedge Group Start 1800
A Group Start 1840
Bueno weather conditions, legs unshredded ( we hope ) from a weekend's racing, smiley happy volys, exponentially positive TC people, Tunes, iced water.
The nanosecond I saw the cartoon - I knew it was Hobbs' and Calvins Father penwork. Jeff Mallett must be a serious cyclist - and that makes the World way more better. I'm also laughing as this cartoon sums up our condensed SLOW/HOT/SLOW/HOT course.
A couple of things to note :
- Both Races . . the orange line halfway down Ethel is a NO PASSING zone till AFTER the 130 degree corner. Pass and you get punted. We're a grassroots community racing Series - not a UCI sanctioned event. We all work, volunteer ( well some of us do ), race, ride, and spectate. Enhance your environment and be a good sport.
- Sunscreen possiibly ? Temps are climbing.
- Thank your volunteers and Traffic Control team. Without them - YOU do not get to race.
-See YOU there.
Forecast of 22C , single digit winds, 32% humidity
More than bueno conditions gringo.
See that Schwinn Applecrate in picture ?
Yes it's allowed in our TTs. As long as you gots a brain bucket, CyclingBC licence, OBRC licence - you're golden.
Will this bike be the fastest ?
Nope - but it will set the trend for the most bitchin' tricked
out rig ( save for that sparkly frame that was at our inaugural BVO Crit ).
For me growing up near the Slate Quarry - this was the kind of rig every grommet wanted to roll. Except we'd loosen the headset and cast the apehanger bars forward abour 23 degrees. Or the " Why Not " kids would loosen the headset and drop the same bars level with the Top Tube.
One way you were stretched out like a sunning cat - the other you were unable to turn around unless you had 67 feet radius clear. True rolling. Ha ha ha
So be a part of the " Why Not " group of citizens and forge your path.
See you there. And yes we're always looking for volunteers.
Brian Van Oene Criterium No. 1
Tonight May 2nd is a GO.
Do not let the weather fool you - it's just overcast.
Tonight is going to be first crack - so know we will be running multiple neutral laps. Safety first.
LEARN TO CRIT
From our Antiquities Dept. - I give you the enclosed picture and link from Feb 3rd, 2006 :
to what was the Total Restoration Team formation. Enclosed in this picture is OBRC Executives Gary Wade, and Trevor Haaheim. North end punk and Crit regular Sean Williams as well. Pretty much all of these lads have raced, supported, and volunteered our Hill Climbs, Criteriums, and Time Trials.
We are lucky to have people like this supporting our events, racing our events, and a part of our cycling community.
We will be running some " Learn to Crit " events - with Trevor Haaheim and Gary Wade running the show. If you are interested or know someone who is - let us know by email or in-person - and will form up some dates.
Yup too many postings.
Yup too many event conflicts this weekend.
Yup we be running our first Crit on new route.
Signup from 1730 - 1755
Halfway down Weddell will be Start / Finish / Signup.
Last Race for $ 5 Race Fee.
May 7th on :
JUNIOR Racers $ 5
ADULT & SENIOR Racers $ 10
Race 1 starts at 1800 precisely. This is WEDGE Group and B Group.
Race 2 starts at 1840 precisely. A Group.
Warmup riding can be done on course until 1755. After that we're an active course.
See YOU there.
Belli Park product Shara Gillow snared second place in the women's time trial at the national championships in Victoria Jan 2017.
** Of course it's in Australia . . where else would one race with such light kit on a January day. 😁 **
S.P. Interiors Time trial No. 2 - 2019
Tuesday April 30th
race start 1840
Norris Rd & Old Vernon Rd.
Nick & company at the City have been sent pics of the abhorent-frenzied wake of hand-swept-action-jackson-fury on Antenna Rd & Old Vernon Rd. and I quote
" Great job on the sweeping. It looks really good. "
Thanks again to all that helped make our racing tarmac as beautiful as a free beer parade on a stinky hot August afternoon.
I requested the following areas be truck-traktor-swept :
OVR & McKenzie Rd
OVR & Anderson Dr
OVR & Posthill Dr
OVR Finish Chute ALL THE WAY to roundabout.
Cause I don't have the time nor do I want to get run over whilst doing this Han Solo.
Nick has forwarded it on - so if you mutts that SRR it and don't TT it - notice a clean shaven look to the tarmac on these critical points . . you're welcome.
Domcor TC will be on site - I'm still looking a few volunteers please. Chime in below or DM me or text me.
Weather forecast looks favourable . . . the wind forecast is not to be mentioned as right now it's single digits and I do not want to jinx it.
Our youngest racer is 9
Our oldest racer is 81.
As quoted by me earlier " Pocket those fistful of excuses why you aren't racing ".
BVO Crits - Antenna Rd. Hill Climb No. 1 - 2019
West Rutland's hardest and longest road bike Hill Climb you ever did see 😀
TONIGHT April 25th
Signup - 530
Race Start - 640
Road is completely swept.
We'll be shooting people out 30 seconds apart.
You can ripple-chip it all you need to.
Know this ~400 meter climb is almost all double digit grade.
The hardest ~ 70 meter vertical gain you'll do on a road bike.
The view topside is bueno.
I'm needing 2-3 hardy volys for topside timing.
CyclingBC base licence
A big goofy smile
Props again to Maliya, Madeline, Aaedyn, RRyan Moirand CCraig Mofor last night's moster sweep session.
Dilworth area off Selkirk Drive. Halfway up Selkirk is gate on left - park beyond this gate not before please.
S.P. Interiors Time Trial No. 1 - 2019
TONIGHT April 23rd
Sign-up 1730 at Old Vernon Rd & Norris Rd
( do not park in the Coca Cola pkg lot - the towing trolls is everywhere )
Race Start 1840
Less than 10% chain of precip
No in-flight meal will be served
The stewardess may have bevvies afterwards - depending on how cranky she is - time will tell.
Swept Zones :
OVR & Morrison
OVR 1st Corner all the way to McKenzie
1st Race for '19. If you look closely at the poster pic - this ain't no regular TT bike. It's the gargantuan Trek Equinox TT. Boldy rolling Surly Black Floyd 3.8 tyres, with a 43 chainring and a 10/42 cassette. Don't question " Why " - say " WHY NOT ". Oh my that's a whole lot of bike to crush tarmac.
I chose this pic as all kinds of bikes roll our TT.
A lot of regular road bikes with/without bolt on aero bars.
A fixie has rolled our course.
A Single Speed has raced our course.
All you need is the gumption to go race YOUR race, and set the bar or try to beat last year's highmark.
CyclingBC base licence
A big goofy smile
And yes Laurent - a helmet
We are not a shaved leg stuck up clique of rollers. We be an enthusiastic punch of awesome riders - all ages.
I am currently seeing if any sailors on leave are visiting their Mums in Kelowna. Trying to arrange a keg and their punching bravado to handicap Mr. Incredible Seth Cowie. Ha ha ha ha
OBRC Sweep Session No. 2
S.P. Interiors Time Trial Course
A Plumber nor Farmer am I.
Heed happy that my shorts stayed above waist for the entire 3 hrs. Dress decorum was above board with my flash high-viz JAFNR vest and trusty delineatiors.
Heed sad that I am not tilling fields, planting seed, not tending crops. Yet swim in dirt did I. Picture 1 shows the depth of dirt, sand, crud that is Corner 1 on Old Vernon Rd. For an annum plus - I've been calling out that OVR yields more uncovered truck loads than the rest of Kelowna combined.
Centrifugal forces make the 1st left Physics 101 as truck yaws left and load flies right - consuming the bike lane. This is not Winter spread of sand to fight the forces of ice. This is part of some Summer heathen's yard to be laid down and lawned up to out-brag the neighbors in between sessions of golf and waxing their Buick. Heck maybe it's part of the Plenty of Fish Winery at Tower Ranch ( true story ) . .
Regardless - the following critical points have been cleared.
OVR & Morrison Rd intersection
OVR 1st Corner all the way to McKenzie Rd junction
This was a Han Solo effort by yours truly.
The McKenzie Rd junction at OVR is almost a permanent junction triangle of gravel. The City just needs to auger a traffic light in the middle and finis !
I wanted to get to OVR & Spencer Rd - but I have a life to live. OVR needs a City Crew consisting of the following :
- Traffic Control lane closure team
- Bobcat with bucket to scoop out acres of dirt
- continual cycle of dump trucks to carry away loads back to the Plenty of Fish Winery.
Thousands of taxpayer dollars were saved today/ First corner cruising for the Tuesday night TTers was my only goal.
The following song may or may not have been cranked on speakers for the hapless worker.
A Plumber nor Farmer am I.
See YOU Tuesday night !!
OBRC Sweep Session No. 1 Antenna Rd. The JAFNR clan helped with this one - including the Mighty Chester. Tins of Sarsaparilla may have been consumed in large quantities . .
Yup it's an early call.
Yup I'll hear people chiming-in it's fine and what's the deal.
Yup the old course was accommodating to some wet and most drivers would pit and put on the intermediates ( that's an F1 joke people ).
Nope we cannot commit Flaggers and Volunteers for a handful of racers when the forecast is 70%. Our fiscal commitment for traffic control safety is a bigger.
Nope we don't want our first roll of new course to be something akin to Carlos's home base slide on last lap of last Crit ( that was a gooder Carlos ) a few years back. Sorry for the callout Carlos Antonio Capela but you were laughing as much as we were. The play by play call prior to his Corner 4 action-jackson from Trevor is even funnier.
When in doubt - we cancel and live with it. Go to
DAILY SPECIALS( you're here now ! Bonus ) of the website too. I'll always post there for event scrubs and updates.
See as many of you as possible for our Sunday April 21st Sweep Session of the TT Course on Old Vernon. Then it will be the first TT of 2019 on Tuesday April 23rd.
Season 2019 Race 1
S.P. Interiors Knox Mtn Hill Climb
Tuesday April 16th
Sign up 1730 - 1810
Race Start 1840 ( as always ).
What do you need ?
CyclingBC licence & $20 OBRC licence & $5 Race Fee
Never raced before and want to give it a shot ?
One-day CyclingBC licence & Race Day Fee = $15
We'll list all of your names and times on the interweb & Fakebook page.
All of 'em
Junior, Adult, Senior M & F
Fixie, Single Speed, Domestique
2019 Pre-Season Notes
ALL JUNIOR RACE FEES ARE $ 5 per race.
As we embark on Season 2019 - know this.
I am passionate about the three racing disciplines we've had in Kelowna for approaching-four decades. My mission has always been to improve racer and spectator attendance, and foundation safety as priority one for our multi-aged groups. I'm a vigorous proponent that our racing series has STRONG value, focusing on fun and safety. We are not based on selling-bikes, we are a grassroots volunteer-driven bunch of awesome.
Over the years, no one person can take credit/lay claim to anything with our series. We all enhance the Okanagan cycling community with our racership, spectating, and volunteerism.
It's that simple - Enhance your environment. If you haven't - my question is " Why ? ".
We are proud to be utilizing the services of Domcor Traffic Control for the entire 34 races ( 17 TTs and 17 Crits ). I haven't got to meet everyone with their team but will be in-person for both locales to ensure safety smooth. Dave Healy their Sales Lead has voly'd and covered a tonne of Triathlons so we're working with people that have done the dance.
I've raced and flagged 'em both so the experience will be passed on and invaluable. Life is always about learning so I anticipate some feedback & input from Domcor - and will implement anything that improves the venues.
I did due diligence and received other quotes - one company sledgehammered a price of 4 hrs minimum x 2 people x overtime plus truck. Believe it or not $ 582.56 PER RACE ?!?! Insane.
S.P. Interiors Time Trials will - as always - have 2 Flaggers. One at Old Vernon Rd and Spencer Rd to ensure smooth racer transition Northbound and left, and quick right and task ready Southbound. The second Flagger will be at the turnaround.
The costs being co-sponsored by S.P. Interiors as host will be a 2 hour minimum with Traffic Control Personnel @ $51.75 and Truck @ $20/hour = $ 256.35 PER RACE
Brian Van Oene Criteriums will have 2 Flaggers as well. One at Old Weddell Pl & Ethel to ensure that 130 degree righty is covered. The second Flagger will be at the Weddell / Crowley to ensure no vehicular conflict at this tri point.
The cost being covered by Race Fees is a 4 hour minimum with Traffic Control Personnel @ $51.75 and Truck @ $20/hour = $ 476.70 PER RACE
It is without question that SAFETY be priority one.
Hence an increase in race Fees to $ 10 and an elimination of all Criterium prizing is without question.
We are working on prizing for Primes. They will be announced pre-race and awarded that night.
Our new BVO Crit Course is going to bring more spectators and more racers. How & when is up to the networking we all do to promote it, volunteer it, race it.
Bringing our Traffic Control above bar accomplishes many things :
- concentrate racer safety at both race tri-points.
- work on bringing to form the requests of making 1 of every 4 races a FULLY Sanctioned for Points Race. As of now a work-in-progress.
- Free up my time to focalize Start/Finish and housekeeping duties.
Prior to the 1st TT of the '19 Season - there will be a Sweep Session Sunday April 21st. Let's go with noon to 3pm again. We definitely need help with this for flagging as sweepers work the bike lane. Areas to concentrate on is OVR & Morrison, OVR 1st left corner to McKenzie, and driveway points of crud along OVR. The new tarmac is pretty sweet.
I will also be working the Antenna Rd tarmac prior to the first HC on April 25th. It will be the Wednesday night April 24th from 1730 to 1930. Trust me that .4 km hunk of ugly pitch tarmac will be smooth as a baby's bottom.
We still need you to " do the deed " and help us. For Tuesday's Knoxo Hill Climb - I need 5 people. Chime in below please or contact me DM.
We have the Volunteer webpage - and I'll be chiming in prior to every event.
We will be implementing a Code of Conduct for OBRC and publish it we will when done. In the meantime - common courtesy, riding your line, no abrupt changes of said line, respect other riders, volunteer at least one event per discipline, promote the Series.
Learn to Crit Sessions. It's interesting - we've offered this a lot in the past with no nibbles. This year we'll be promoting specific date & time clinics. When you see the call for said - hit up friends you know would benefit from this. Promote the Series.
SEE YOU AT OUR RACES
Old Vernon Rd & Norris Rd
We need at least 6-10 peoples to help Flag and Sweep many many a section of OVR.
A backset arked vehicle in Bike Lane will ensure sweeper safety.
OVR & Morisson Rd
OVR first LEFT corner to McKenzie Rd
multiple driveways along OVR to Spencer Rd
Chime in with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Selkirk Drive & Antenna Rd
Another person with a mechanized leaf blower. We need at least 6 peoples to walk the entire .4km road and air blow/sweep her clean. This double-digit pitch will demand some racers " ripple chip " their attack to get up the hill. We need to clean the road for this.
Chime in with an email to email@example.com
- NEW Crit Course sweep day tomorrow Sunday April 6th from noon to 3pm. Weddell Place, Crowley, Ethel.
Will probably park along Weddell somewhere and migrate peoples where needed. Honestly the priority will be all 3 corners first.
I'll have at least 3 brooms, vests, all kinds of refreshments. There is NO meal on this flight - but we will have cheezies. Ha ha
If you have a good broom / shovel to bring - please do so.
We will have paddles and signs to flag the sweeping areas. So if you're unable to sweep cause you just crashed yer mtn bike - we'd love your scabbed exterior to help out flagging.
Thank you all that plan to show up and flag or elbow grease some sheen into the tarmac.
If you bike to this session - you can have the pleasure of rolling the Course post-sweep. This is going to be a hot/cold throttle and test of your cornering kind of racing. See below in * Transition * header.
- June Springs Hill Climbs are not going to happen this year. If you've ridden / driven up Juney - you'll see the extensive logging that's going on just before Homrek Rd and up to the zip line park. The tarmac is beat to shreds at Homrek so don't wear your flash kit if you're riding Juney for repeats.
We've put in a request with the City of Kelowna for an alternate - and the various departments are reviewing said.
We will keep you posted. If this doesn't occur we'll be rocking 6 times Knoxo.
- Transition & RACE FEES.
For 2019 our Race Fee is $ 10 & OBRC Membership $ 20
For April & May - All Crit Races will be $ 5 no matter age. Whilst we transition into a Hot/Cold course - we all need time to work the feel and corner the corners. I'll make a section on webpage for the $ 5 Race Fee.
All Juniors will be $ 5 per race ( TT, HC, Crit ) until otherwise stated.
- OBRC memberships
Get 'em online.
- Think bicycles are just a reflection of your soul and karma ?
Think again . . . Uganda's Bicycle Ambulances