The Mid Island Velo Association grew out of the OBB Wheelers – Nanaimo -series of week night races run since 2008 by ex– Brits, Dave Kenny and Peter McCaffery. Over eighty riders took part in these well organised events and at the end of the 2010 season, Aussie import, Tony Winter, and local triathlete and avid road cyclist Iain Hay, got together with Peter and Dave to discuss forming a new club that would unite cyclists from various small interest groups to form a club that would better serve the interests of road racing in the mid Vancouver Island region.
In the fall of 2010, a general meeting was held and a steering committee was chosen to set up the new club. A name was chosen, clothing designs were submitted, and at the second general meeting in January, 2011, Mid Island Velo Association – MIVA – was officially formed with a board of directors and a mission statement that reflects the club’s road, track and cyclo-cross interests, with a strong emphasis on youth development. The first president of MIVA was Peter McCaffery. Club directors were Philip Birrer, Iain Hay, Ross Palfery, and Kyle Waring. The debut season of 2011 proved to be a huge success, as 128 racers took part in the time trial series on Nanaimo River Road. The Criterium races on the great Boxwood Road circuit also turned out to be very popular, attracting participants from Victoria, Duncan and Comox Valley.
In 2013 Janna Gillick spearheaded the Monday Night Rides, aimed at bringing more riders out and making beginners feel more comfortable. These proved to be a huge success with upwards of 30 cyclists coming out at times.
The 2014 season saw a huge increase in attendance to the crits, bringing in 20+ racers on any given Tuesday at Boxwood. The time trials have grown exponentially in the past 4 years, from 128 race entries in 2011 up to 381 race entries in 2014!
The 2014 – 2015 MIVA Board includes:
Corey Friesen – President
Jason Hare – Director
Phil Birrer – Treasurer
Peter McCaffery -Past President, Velodrome
Matt Evans – Director/Webmaster
Mike McCarney – Director
Cheryl Morch – Director
Ron Hewitson – Director of Cross
Patrick Burnham – Director
Menno Jongsma – Director
MIVA would also like to thank all past board members, as your tireless work and dedication to cycling in the mid island will always be appreciated:
See you up the road.