Category Archives: General Interest

MIVA Gear Swap

Written By on February 9, 2018

Time to get rid of some gear or find that part you have been searching for?     The 2nd Annual MIVA Gear Swap is scheduled for Saturday, February 24th. It will be located at the picnic shelter at Bowen Park (Millstream Pkwy and Wall St). The sale starts at 9AM goes until 11am. Entry is free. Rain or shine – we’ll make use of the picnic shelter along with the MIVA tents.   The sale is intended to be an opportunity for MIVA members and other cycling enthusiasts in the community to sell gently used bikes and bike parts that are otherwise sitting unused in garages.  ? Read More

Cedar 12k

Written By on February 2, 2018

This Sunday February 4th the Bastion Running Club is hosting the annual Cedar 12k as part of the Vancouver Island Runners Association race series. I’ve been asked by Jim to come ride and lead the runners on course.  I’m hoping I can get at least one other person to come out and ride with me.  The more the merrier The plan would be to meet at country club 9am and ride south to school on Gould road, support the runners then ride back for coffee at starbucks. It’s likely going to be wet and raining so fenders are a plus.? Read More

Hot Cross Bunnies

Written By on November 12, 2017

// Less than one week away from the big day.  The final race of the season is coming up. Thank you to everyone who has stepped up to volunteer with course set up/operations day of/clean up on Sunday. If you haven’t heard, we’re still looking for volunteers to help out with set up Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, manual back up timing and course marshalls as well as course clean up on Sunday. If you’re available to help out, please let us know here on WebscorerClick here to register   Also long time member Janna wanted me to let everyone know? Read More

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

Winding down(sorta)

Written By on August 13, 2017

Last week was a busy one. First we had the hugely successful second running of the Midsummers Cross Race at Diver Lake Park.  An amazing event.  Despite the heat and smoke we had a great turn out, lots of volunteers to make set up a breeze leaving plenty of time for racers to pre-ride the course.  Also a huge turn out of racers with 113 taking the line and kicking up dust.  That number includes the Zoom Zooms and the Half lappers that made sure Norm warmed up for his race He had to to drop that Megaphone because they? Read More

July 25 Final Coal City Criterium

Written By on July 25, 2017

A hot sunny night for the final crit. We had 14 racers take the line.  With it being the final race 40 laps were on the board.  After two neutral laps they were off with Harry getting out front pushing the pace and trying for an early break.  The pack reeled him in fairly quickly though.  13 laps in the bell was wrung for the first prime and Doug Merrick showed he was the thirstiest taking the sprint by over ten seconds on the rest of the pack.  He didn’t let up though and continued to push the pace staying? Read More