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Important Updates For BC Riders

April 14, 2006 – Happy Easter on behalf of the staff at Cycling British Columbia! Please note that the CBC office will be closed on Friday, April the 14th and Monday, April the 17th.

BC Summer Games Selections happening soon! Are you 15 or 16? If you are interested in competing in the BC Summer Games, check out http://www.cycling.bc.ca/index.php?id=216 to see how to qualify!!!

Camps and Clinics – Register at www.karelo.com

Giant Bicycles Presents:

Learn to Race Road – April 22, 23 and 25

Women’s Only Learn to Race Road – May 27, 28 and 30th http://www.cycling.bc.ca/fileadmin/resources/pdfs/2006_RT_C_Calendar/Women_s_only_ltr.pdf

Road News

BC Cup #1 Harris Roubaix results http://www.trekredtruckracing.com/roubaix_results06.html

14th Annual Hatzic Valley Classic Road Race presented by the Dizzy Chicks
Sun May 07, 2006
$1900 in CASH prizing!
Selle Italia saddles, Hollywood bike racks, Masters Golf merchandise, Norco products, Concert Tickets, Massage Therapy Certificates, Mental Training Certificates and much more to be won!
For more information on registration and travel map please visit http://speedwayservice.com/dizzy.html

RACE THE RIDGE 2006 ROAD STAGE RACE April 29, 30, 2006
Join us for this challenging 3-event stage race featuring some of the best courses to hit the Lower Mainland in recent memory. The event starts off on Saturday with a 23 km Time Trial in Golden Ears Park, then proceeds to a hilly, 20 km road loop in rural Maple Ridge including primes on the 100th Ave. Hill from Hell. The event winds up Sunday, April 30 with the classic Town Core Criterium looping a unique 2 km course in the heart of Maple Ridge. Cash and prizes for overall stage winners. For information go to our web site at www.localride.ca. Register on line at www.Karelo.com or e-mail local_ride@shaw.ca.

Mountain Bike Events
Bridal Path Challenge — Super Cool Old Skool XC Time Trial on the Bridal Path in North Vancouver. Saturday, April 15. sea2summit.com for details and to register.

Island Series DH #2 — Hartland / Mt. Work Bike Park. Sunday, April 16. www.arrowsmithmtbclub.com

NSMBA Toonie Races are back starting April 19! Check out www.nsmba.com for more info.

Cow Trail Classic — Get ready for the first big XC race of the year! The folks of the Merritt Mountain Bike Association have stepped it up a notch to host some XC madness on April 30. www.merrittmountainbiking.com

Update for Downhill Racers:

Full Face Helmets

As some of the gravity inclined might be aware, the UCI has updated the regulations to require all downhill racers to wear a full face helmet. As a result, Cycling BC and the CCA require all Down Hill racers to wear a cycling approved Full Face helmet when racing or training at all downhill competitions as a condition of our insurance. Those without a full face helmet can’t be permitted to start their race or any train on the course. All other protective equipment is (pads, body armor, etc) is strongly recommended.

Late Starts

Unfortunately, since we have lost the service of our local timing company, 10-36, we no longer have the flexibility to permit late starts at “˜C’ or “˜B’ (formerly BC Cup) level downhill races. As a result, those who are not on time for their scheduled race start will not be permitted to start the race, unless it is proven that the lateness is the result of a delay caused by chair lift failure or shuttle truck break-down. So, plan ahead! It is best to arrive at the start area a few minutes early!

Update for Cross Country Racers:

Technical Assistance

The UCI has amended the Technical Assistance regulations (found in Chapter 4 of the UCI Regulations, available on the UCI web site — www.uci.ch). In order to be consistent with other provinces and national calendar races, Cycling BC has decided to implement the technical assistance regulations as described by the UCI Rule Book, with the exception that we only require 1 feed zone / technical assistance area in provincial level races.

To summarize, Technical Assistance is permitted only in the Technical Assistance zone, which will be found in an area just before each feed zone. Riders may place tools and spare parts in the zone for use during the race (entirely at their own risk). The organizer may supply neutral technical assistance in this area. Also, someone who is identifiable as a licensed member of team (team member, manager, coach or mechanic), can provide technical assistance to other members of that team within the technical assistance zone. Technical assistance is not permitted between anyone anywhere else on the race course (except between members of UCI Trade Teams), and remains punishable by disqualification. It is illegal to travel backwards on the course or leave the course to access a technical assistance zone or feed zone.

Whew! Have a great weekend, and get out and ride your bikes!

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