Author Archives: Mike McCarney

AGM and Awards Friday (Oct 13)

Written By on October 9, 2017

Hello MIVA members Yes, this Friday is our Annual General Meeting / Awards / Social at the Nanaimo Squash Club starting at 6:30. We will elect a new President and the board of directors for the upcoming year at this meeting. We are still looking for nominations especially for the President position. If you are willing to serve in this role or know someone who is please fill out this nomination form. If you want to know more about the President or director roles please respond here. We look forward to handing out some hardware that night and socializing as? Read More


Written By on October 2, 2017

Volunteers needed for the Kona Kup (on Oct. 9) put on by RCC. Let’s make this an awesome race and raise the bar Nanaimo! Email them if you can help out in any way.

MIVA CycloCross this week

Written By on September 17, 2017

Monday Cross Ride – from the NIC at 6pm. All levels accomodated. A cross bike is needed. Thursday Cross Practice – in Bowen Park with Carey Mark leading the way. Skills and drills to help you get on and off your bike faster and go faster in between. Meet near the Wahl Street entrance. It’s fun, come try it out! Wednesdays – Rock City Cycles hosts a ride from the shop at 6:15.


Written By on September 5, 2017

Hosted by: Carey Mark/MIVA When and Where: Meet at Bowen -Wall St. Parking lot 6:00-7:30pm Thursday Sept 7th 6:00-7:30pm Thursday Sept 14th 6:00-7:30pm Thursday Sept 21st 6:00-7:30pm Thursday Sept 28th 6:00-7:30pm Thursday Oct 5th Who: Anyone who wants to practice their skills for riding What: A 1.5 hour clinic covering all of the basic skills of Cyclo-cross riding and racing. Warm-up, skills practice, short race. Need: cyclocross or mountain bike Cost: Free (All abilities are welcome and everyone should be able to learn something or at least practice their skills.) Topics will include: -Cornering -Hills -Start line plan -Dismounting -Remounting? Read More

Last Monday Ride / Social at White Sails

Written By on August 24, 2017

Wow, where did the summer go?! This brings us to the last Monday Group ride on August 28. We will NOT START AT the NIC. But instead we will start (6:00pm) and end at one of our great sponsors, White Sails Brewery. This is a good opportunity for a bit of a different ride and a chance to chat and swap cycling stories. Trophy holders – come ride or have a drink and bring your trophy back so we have it in time for the AGM. Season pass holders – this is a good chance to return your number with? Read More

Mid Summer Cross Race is filling up

Written By on July 20, 2017

It’s limited to 55 in each category (A and B) so don’t miss out, sign up! Hosted by Cross On The Rock and MIVA, held at Diver Lake on Wednesday August 9th. Two categories: The B’s start at 6:15 (beginner, intermediate) And the A’s at 7:15. (Fast intermediates top 15, experts, advanced) no sandbagging. Volunteers please contact, help will be needed during the race as well as setup/teardown. Each race is capped at 55 racers. No refunds. No wait list. No extra race added as we’d be pushing daylight. All pre-registration. ***Must provide valid Cycling BC number during online? Read More

MIVA this week…

Written By on July 16, 2017

Monday – Group ride from NIC @ 6pm. Open to all levels – come out and ride with a great group of people. Tuesday – Crit Race – the second last one in the series. Race time is 7pm. Thursday – 15k time trial on Nanaimo River Road starting at 7pm. Only 2 more left in our series. Sign up below. Sunday – MIVA DIVA 100k – we have 23 signed up already! But there is lots more room so sign up ladies. See below. MIVA event sign up:


Written By on June 28, 2017

Who – Over 10,000 women around the world, including the women of MIVA! (See #womens100 hashtag on social media) When – The ride will take place on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Start times will vary: 8:00AM (easy), 8:30AM (moderate) and 9AM (fast). What – The Rapha Women’s 100 is a global challenge inviting female cyclists around the world to ride 100 km or more on the same day. It’s not a race. On this day, MIVA will be hosting a female-only group ride in Nanaimo called the “MIVA Women’s 100” Where – Approximate route will be the MIVA Spring Challenge? Read More

Ride Don’t Hide – Mental Health Awareness

Written By on May 31, 2017

Please read about/support this great event to help raise awareness of mental health. Ride Don’t Hide, a community bike ride to create awareness and help break the stigma surrounding mental illness, raises funds to support mental health education and services in the mid island area. On Sunday, June 25, across Canada 10,000 cyclists, in 31 communities (including Nanaimo) are expected to ride. In Nanaimo accommodates riders of all ages and abilities with two different rides to choose from 16.5 km and 52.3km. The 16.5-km event is great for families and individuals and the 52.3-km event is for more experienced riders.? Read More

Cowichan Populaire 50 / 100 / 160 – June 3

Written By on May 28, 2017

This Saturday is a great opportunity to ride the Cowichan Populaire put on by the BC Randonneurs. You can choose one of three distances – 50k or 100k or 160k! Sign up here. This will also be the first ride for our newly formed “MIVA Women’s 100” group which is training to do a 100k event on July 23. MIVA members Kiyomi Shulz and Janna Gillick will be leading these ladies so if you are interested speak to one of them. Hopefully we will see lots of MIVA members out there on Saturday. How will we know? Because you will? Read More