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West Coast Spin – October 28th, 2002

McQuaid 9th at the 2002 Nissan Xterra World Championship!

BC's Melanie McQuaid finished 9th after competing yesterday in the 2002 Nissan Xterra World Championship in Wailea, Maui Hawaii. The .93mile swim, 18-mile bike, and 6.8 mile trail run was won by American Candy Angle with a time of 2 hours 57 minutes. Second and third went to Jamie Whitmore and Shari Kain with times of 2:59:10 and 3:03:20 respectively.

McQuaid, a former National Team cyclist, was 2nd last year at the Xterra Championships. She was on the short list for another podium finish this year after a win in July at one of the series events and several top five finishes this season. She finished yesterday's race with a time of 3:11:01.

Federau wins BC Cyclocross Champs!
BC had its only Cyclocross race this season and it just happened to be the “La Bicicletta-ING Direct” provincials this weekend! Twenty-five men and three women competed for glory on the somewhat cloudy yet dry Saturday afternoon.

The event was held in the middle of downtown Vancouver, right on the beach in Vanier Park. Numerous spectators were out for this fall event and co-organizers David Cressman (Team Soliton) and Kreb's Cycle Clubís Derek Sakamoto were pleased with the turnout.

Some Americans came out to challenge the locals however it was Gears Racing's Ricky Federau who crossed the line for gold. The closest challenger, Norco's Andrew Kyle, was reportedly delayed by a slight mechanical problem with his rear derailleur. Kona's Dale Plant finished in third.

Kelly Wilcox (Team Soliton) led the women's race but was automatically kicked out of the race when she flatted and had no spare. Marg Feydana (Trek Alberta) also contested the win but DNF'd after a mechanical. The wome's race was won by Kelly Jones (SUGOI).

City TV, CTV, and the weather channel showed up to air clips of the race.

BC Cyclocross Championships 2002
1. Ricky Federau, Gears Racing
2. Andrew Kyle, Norco
3. Dale Plant, Kona
4. Drew MacKenzie
5. Rick Rodland
6. Will Freeman, Rad Racing
7. Murray Solemn
8. Steve Cork
9. Brad Collins
10. Beau Whitehead
11. David Frisch
12. Rich Hamilton
13. Douglas Ritchie
14. Paul Beard
15. Patrick Love
16. Ed Arthur
17. Chris Reid
18. Jeff Spence, Team Soliton
19. Michael Achuff
20. Andrew Ferguson, Team Soliton
21. Matt Drown, Krebís Cycle
22. Trevor Bant, Dizzy Cycles
23. Jay Murray, Trek V-W
24. David Neubeck
25. Vince Lee, Ambleside Cycles

1. Kelly Jones, Sugoi (Co-organizers)

The Future of Whistler!
WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association), in collaboration with the Pique, (a local Whistler newspaper) is promoting an upcoming night for locals to meet with all registered municipal candidates to discuss the Future of Whistler. A round table format will commence at 7:00pm, Tuesday October 29th, with candidates rotating through seven-minute time slots. Beer tickets will be given to those that attend! For mo' info check out WORCA's website, www.worca.com

Where: Spruce Grove Field House

When: Tuesday, October 29th, 7:00pm

Format: Round table

Trail Maintenance Day, West Coast Style!
SORCA (Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association) is hosting a trail maintenance day this November 3rd for their membership. “Free” pancakes will be served before everybody heads out to the trail for more details, see their website, http://www.sorca.org/.

Open House on Recreation Plan
SIMBS (South Island Mountain Bike Society) is encouraging their members and interested mountain bikers to attend an open house dedicated to the Cobble Hill Mountain Recreation Area Plan. Cobble Hill is what the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is calling the newest and largest recreation area in the CVRD.

The CVRD has prepared a Recreation Plan for the area and are offering an open house for interested parties to view collected information and comment on the new plan. They are 'looking forward to hearing your ideas for trails and recreation activities!'

Where: Cobble Hill Youth Hall
When: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Cobble Hill Youth Hall, 3550
Watson Avenue
For mo' info:
CVRD Parks Planning Co-Coordinator Jim Marsh jmarsh@cvrd.ca, 250-746-2620
For mo' info on the Recreation Plan or to share info and other recreation ideas, contact RRL (Recreation Resources LTD) Jeremy Webb and Debbie James: 250-743-4046 or 250-743-6763; email: rrl-ltd@shaw.ca

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