Category Archives: General Interest

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/Coal City Crit #13 Points Crit

Written By on July 18, 2017

A perfect night for a bike race.  Tonight we had 16 riders take the line for a 40 lap points Crit.  With sprints and points every 5 laps Norms suggestion of 39 neutral laps was quickly forgotten as he shot off the front on lap 3.  The pack quickly reeled him in and lined up for the first sprint which was taken by James sage followed by John Lam with the junior rider from Comox, Connor McGrady, taking the third spot. Chris James and John would cover the majority of the remaining sprints making it a close race. The lap? Read More


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

June 27 Coal City Crit

Written By on June 27, 2017

The fight for second place is going to be a tight one as only five points separate the next five riders in the standings.  With four races left and double points in the final it’s possible for these five to work together and shut down James Sage who has been great form and willingness to suffer at the front of the pack this season. We are still looking for volunteers to come out and marshall the corners tonight.  If you’re available please let us know by signing up online here We’ve got some pretty sweet draw prizes lined up and? Read More

The Windy Crit

Written By on June 20, 2017

While many of the riders were thankful it wasn’t another points crit, the headwind coming down the finishing straight over the finish line had me wishing otherwise. It was a fast race tonight with riders taking advantage of the tailwind up the back straight to push the pace into the top corner on Meredith and Tulsa before the headwind forced the pack into a paceline over the line.  Ten laps into the race just as promised by Phil the was sounded for the first prime.  James Sage must have been the only one who remembered Phils comment and attacked into? Read More

The Best Interval Workout in Town

Written By on June 13, 2017

Tonights Criterium was a points race.  With riders sprinting for points or just to hang on every five laps everyone was feeling the burn by the end of the race. LAP TIMES tonight for the most part were slower than the usual races on this course, but when you consider the amount of acceleration needed to cut 20 seconds off of 1km lap you can see just how hard they were working out there. It was also nice to see local RCMP out patrolling the course and assisting our marshalls with the occasional difficult motorist during our race. // // Read More

Miva/Coal City Criterium #8

Written By on June 6, 2017

Racing in Sunshine on a Tuesday night.  Definitely a welcome change from what we’re used to seeing.  A small turn out with only 15riders taking the line. Not surprising considering all the events that took place this weekend.  The highlight of which from a road cycling perspective was the Robert Cameron Law Series in Victoria.  We had quite a few members down to participate and spectate; including Janna Gillick who took third in the final Sprint of the criterium and third overall in the Omnium. We ran a 35 lap race with two Primes, the first Prime went off after? Read More

First Weekend of June

Written By on June 1, 2017

  What a weekend we have ahead of us here. The on again off again weather we’ve been having is looking to turn around again bringing the sunshine. To kick it off we have our weekly time trial out on Nanaimo River Road.  Pre Register here for tonights short and sweet 15km race.  We already have enough volunteers so come out for a last minute tune up before racing this weekend. Tomorrow night kicks off the Robert Cameron Law Cycling Series in Victoria with the Energy Lab Time trial on Dallas road.  Saturday is the Schwalbe Cycling Classic road race? 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