Onward and Upward…

Written By on November 18, 2014


I’m honoured and humbled to move into the position of president with the Mid Island Velo Association. I’m excited to continue being a part of such a great organization of inspiring people.

To those that I haven’t met yet, I look forward to the chance very soon. My name is Corey Friesen, I’ve been a life long fan of all things bike. From BMX’ing to freestyle, from mountain biking to road biking, and from time trialing here to bike touring through Japan, everything good happens when you are on a bike.  When I moved to Nanaimo in 2011 I was blown away by the people in this great city.  With so many great groups to get out with, cycling, road racing, time trials, mountain biking, trail running, and running clinics, it was an incredible scene to fall into and I think we’re all so lucky to live here.  I feel very fortunate to call Nanaimo home and to have a chance to help grow cycling in the mid island.

But you can’t look forward without looking to the past and appreciating where you came from. MIVA’s roots grew out of the OBB Wheelers, and the Mid Island region’s rich cycling presence. For the past 4 years, Peter McCaffery has worked tirelessly to bring MIVA to where it is today. Peter’s efforts have not only encouraged many people to get out and ride, but also inspired others to personal bests. All summer long, for 20 consecutive weeks Peter volunteered his time by driving out to the time trial course, setting it up, taking registration, timing everyone, posting results, and then doing it all again at the criterium a few days later.  The amount of time and effort Peter selflessly put into MIVA is astounding, and we’re all lucky to have him staying on with MIVA to focus on the Velodrome proposal for Nanaimo.  The new MIVA Board of Directors has a good mix of fresh faces mixed in, all keen to spread the load and continue to promote cycling in the Nanaimo area.  A special thank you to both Kyle Waring and Iain Hay, MIVA board members the past 4 years who helped shape this club into what it is today with many hours of work, who are moving on.  Your new board of directors is myself, Peter McCaffery, Jason Hare, Phil Birrer, Ron Hewitson, Patrick Burnham, Cheryl Morch, Menno Jongsma, Mike McCarney, and Matt Evans.

2 key things to get out there ASAP:


    Our facebook group boasts 348 members, MIVA is well established as an integral part of the mid island cycling scene, and there is no time like the present to renew/sign up for your 2015 MIVA Membership. Register here for 2015, either with the downloadable form or online using paypal.
    By signing up now, you are getting:

    • Free (yes FREE) spin classes every Thursday evening from now until mid March.  Held at Northridge Fitness Center, Spin Night #2 is this Thursday (November 20) and you must sign up here to reserve your bike!
    • Access to MIVA club gear.  Top quality stuff showcasing some of the best sponsors in town.  Jerseys, jackets, leg warmers, arm warmers, beanies, you ask for it we can probably make it for you.
    • Insurance to cover you on all MIVA events from time trials, to criteriums, to group rides, to reliability trials.
    • Discounts on race entry to all events listed above, as well as the option to take out a season pass for the events.
    • A super awesome group of people to get to know in the Mid Island region of Vancouver Island.
    • You will be supporting the development of youth racing in Nanaimo as the club holds youth clinics as well as has purchased 6 youth bikes in the past year.
    • BONUS: for everyone who signs up between NOW and DECEMBER 31st 2014, your name will go in a draw for a FREE MIVA jersey.  A nice little gift for some member on New Years Day!

  2. MY LITTLE PONY CROSS – This Sunday November 23rd, 2014 @ Arbutus Meadows

    This is one no one should miss.  A fun super laid back no attitude insane heart pounding local cyclocross race.  MIVA is organizing it in conjunction with Cross On The Rock, and this is one of the marquee events on Vancouver Island, if not all of CANADA.  This is not just any race, this is the SERIES FINALE. There will be nothing but good times had here.  No one is being volunTOLD to come out, but just know we’d love to see you out volunteering, spectating, heckling, cheering, or even racing.  There’s even a nice little gift for all volunteers.  Take this opportunity to sign up to race, but if you’d like to volunteer please contact your local MIVA board member Ron Hewitson @ rhewitson@shaw.ca and he will be happy to have you.  MIVA will have opportunities to help set up the course Saturday, during the race Sunday, and even course take down afterward.
    If you don’t yet get the Cross on the Rock newsletter, click here and get on it!


All the best, let’s have a great season. See you Sunday!

Corey Friesen
President, Mid Island Velo Association

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/midislandveloassociation/

Twitter: @MidIslandVelo

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As always, thank you to our 2014 sponsors!

Cameron Law
Cowichan Cycles
Pure Chiropractic
Longwood Brew Pub
Glaros Designs
Pacific Rim Cycles
Arbutus Meadows
Northridge Athletic Center
Island Cycle
The Buzz Coffee House
Aquarius Marine