Category Archives: Cyclocross

2015 Cyclocross News

Although there is lots of summer left, here is some cyclocross news from Cycling Manitoba:
  • The chip timing system (which is awesome) requires people to run it. It's an intuitive system, but does have a learning curve. If you are interested in volunteering to help for one or more races, please let the Cyclocross Chairperson (Terry Macyk) know. An honorarium is provided to timing crew members. And you'll have the thanks of many, many racers.
  • We will be reusing the cloth numbers issued to racers last year (2 ONE body number plus 2 shoulder numbers). If you have lost your set, please let the Cyclocross Chair know.
  • New for this year, to help manage the not-insubstantial costs of numbers, there will be a few for the issuing of replacement number sets once the season starts - $20 (note: if you don't already have a set of numbers, the first set is free).
  • The $5 levy/rider, per race that was instituted last year to pay for the timing system and course stakes will continue for 2015 to finish paying off the system, and may continue into 2016. When you the awesome, fast, accurate results the system creates you'll think $5/race is a deal.
  • Cross Labs (learn to cyclocross clinics, free and open to all) are planned for August 26, September 2 and September 9. More details coming.
  • Number and timing chip pick up night will also be September 9 (right after cross lab, in the same venue).
Also, Olympia Cycle will be hosting some info clinics in August that focus on cyclocross. Watch for details...

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World Cyclocross Championships and Manitobans

Two things that we don't think has ever been uttered in the same sentence. Well, this year they can be as Mike van den Ham, a Manitoban, is going. Because we think this is the bees knees (a saying popular with Dallas) we are trying to help Mike out with these expenses because this is a self-funded venture for Mike. If you would like to help there is an envelope at Olympia Cycle and Ski (1813 Portage). Drop off a cheque for Michael van den Ham. If you drop off cash we'll deposit it in our account and add that amount to the $100 we are sending. We are sending the cheques on the 22nd of January so get your money to the shop by the 20th. Here is what Mike has to say about it all
In the past couple weeks I have been completely overwhelmed and surprised by the level of support that people have shown for my Worlds trip. To be honest, it is quite humbling. When I found out I was selected, I was, of course, excited, but also nervous about the whole money factor. But thanks to some great folks like yourself, that worry is shrinking daily. So again, thanks so much to Olympia Cycling Club and anyone else involved, I really do appreciate not only the money, but the general level of excitement and support that it has demonstrated people are willing to show for my hopes and dreams. One last thanks, Michael

Help a Brother Out

MVDH We think it is pretty cool that Michael van den Ham, a Manitoban, is racing in the World Cyclocross Championships. So cool that OCC is donating a $100 to help MDVH with his expenses. We are inviting others who think this is cool to also help out; we'll get you the information on where to send money, just send us an email or comment to this post. Mike's race is on Saturday, February 2, if you want to send money it would probably be best to do it by January 20th. Go Michael!            

Do you fear the Rooster?

Don't. They may think they are the cocks of the block but they can be tamed, here are two helpful hints:
  1. Do not be afraid of the rooster - DO NOT back off, do NOT run away, don't throw things at him (well, maybe), as that will make him even more mean.
  2. Tame your rooster as much as possible. This serves the dual purpose of making him 'know who's boss'. This is much easier when he's very young, and gets harder the older (and more stuck in his ways) he gets, but it's usually doable. Pick him up whenever you can. Then, pet him, rub his wattles, carry him around, etc. Whenever a rooster is acting like a bit of a smart-alec, or even makes the slightest move to attack, I pick him up, make a bit of a fool out of him in front of the hens, and sometimes shake him up a bit if he's being a bit mean
Taming a rooster is going to take some time, if he's not a chick, but you CAN still just catch him, then hold him for a while. Show him that it's not a bad thing: feed him something. Then, just let him go slowly (when he's not struggling) and let him ride away. For more information on taming a rooster go to How do you stop a rooster from attacking?