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Cross on the Rock returns to Cumberland, B.C., with Coal Cross

The Vancouver Island cyclocross series gets underway Sunday

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Cyclocross kicks into high, muddy gear for Vancouver Island riders when Coal Cross, part of Cross on the Rock, returns to Cumberland, B.C., on Sunday.

Registration opens at 9:15 a.m. at Cumberland Village Park, with the first competition getting underway at 10:45 a.m.

Several classifications—beginner, intermediate, masters, expert, junior, youth and kids—will compete on a course that, this year, has been tweaked a little to make things a bit more interesting. While the details are being kept hush-hush intentionally until race day, the course, organizers say, will offer a range of twists, turns, straightaways, and as always, huge elevation gains. Some tricky off-camber sections, too, will be a part of the Coal Cross mix.

Beginner men will start at 10:45 a.m., followed by the women a minute later at 10:46 a.m. At noon, the intermediate men get underway, with the intermediate women—including under-17 and masters competitors—starting out at 12:01 p.m. Masters men 40-54 will ride at 1 p.m., followed by super master men—55 and older—at 1:03.

Finally, the event culminates with the expert men race at 2:15 p.m., followed by expert women at 2:16 p.m.

Pre-registration is $15 for beginner and junior, youth, intermediate and expert classifications, or $25 for same-day registration. For intermediate, masters and expert riders, pre-registration is $25, or $35 on the day of. Kids, of course, ride for free.

Coal Cross is followed on Oct. 9 by Kona Kup, the next instalment of Cross on the Rock, at Bowen Park, Nanaimo.