Cycling BC and ChainLine Cycle are proud to present the School of Hard Knox 2019 BC Cyclocross Provincial Championships being held on November 10, 2019 at Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna, BC.
Knox Mountain Park is Kelowna’s largest natural area park, with over 300 hectares supporting runners, hikers, cyclists and more, located immediately north of Kelowna’s downtown at Knox Mountain Dr.
School of Hard Knox is classically a part of the BC Interior Cyclocross (BCICX) series and has been hosted at Knox Mountain Park for the past 8 years. The Provincial Championship races will not formally be a part of the BCICX series but is taking place a week following the BCICX series finale in Penticton, BC.
The course is traditionally twisty, running through a semi-wooded area of the park. It will include sections of gravel, grass, forest floor, hardpack dirt and sand. Weather conditions in November are traditionally snow-free in the Okanagan but anything can happen; the race will be held come rain, snow or shine except in the event of unsafe weather (lightning, overwhelmingly strong winds), for which race officials may delay or cancel racing.
Participation, Sanctioning, Prohibited Substances and Licensing
By registering for this event, racers agree to follow and be bound by the rules and procedures outlined in this Technical Guide and of the International Cycling Union (UCI), Cycling Canada and Cycling BC.
The School of Hard Knox 2019 BC Cyclocross Provincial Championships are sanctioned by Cycling BC, Cycling Canada and the UCI.
Entry fees are non-refundable.
Athletes participating at the 2019 BC Championships requiring the use of a medication included on the Prohibited List (available at www.cces.ca/prohibited-list) must have a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) prior to participating in the event. This applies to all categories of athlete. For more information and to apply for a TUE, visit www.cces.ca/therapeutic-use-exemptions.
All Championship category racers must have a valid Cycling BC Provincial Race License, a Cycling BC UCI License or a UCI License from another jurisdiction and must present their license upon package pickup and on demand at the event. Domestic licenses are not permitted for Championship categories and no day-of licensing for the Championship categories will be available.
Open category racers must have at least a valid Cycling BC Provincial Ride License. Day-of licensing will be available for purchase at sign-on.
The categories are defined as per UCI rules based on year of birth. Cyclocross racing age for the Championship is the rider’s age as of December 31, 2020.
All competitors must enter their event class as shown on their license unless they can present a letter from Cycling BC granting an upgrade; e.g. elites cannot race as masters, nor vice versa without a letter of permission from Cycling BC.
Any inquiries about upgrades to the Elite category should be directed to Cory Ostertag at firstname.lastname@example.org. All upgrades must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to the race.
To be eligible to win a BC Championship a rider must be a resident of BC and possess a valid Cycling BC Provincial Race License or a Cycling BC UCI License.
Should a non-eligible rider place among the top three finishers in a Championship race category, a podium presentation will take place based on the order of finish of the race and a second presentation based on the Provincial Championship results of eligible riders.
The following are the official BC Championship categories:
- • U13/U15/U17 Men & Women
- • Junior (U19) Men & Women
- • Elite Men & Women
- • 30-39 Masters Men & Women
- • 40-49 Masters Men & Women
- • 50+ Masters Women
- • 50-59 Masters Men
- • 60+ Masters Men
- • Single-Speed Men & Women
There will also be an Open Men & Women category for those not licensed to race in a championship category.
Helmets must be worn by ALL riders on or off the course whenever riding a bike. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
For championship races (all categories but Open), UCI equipment rules apply. Racers must be on a cyclocross bike with tires measuring no wider than 33mm (45mm/1.85” in Single Speed categories) and drop bars (flat or moustache bars are permitted in Single Speed categories).
For Open races, cyclocross, mountain, hybrid and road-style bikes are allowed. Tandems, unicycles, recumbents, tricycles, etc. are not allowed. Flat or moustache bars are permitted without bar ends.
Starting grids will be UCI-compliant 8 riders wide. Grid positions will be allocated to each region based on 2018 event participation numbers. Grid position will then be assigned to riders based on their regional ranking. 3 spots on the first row of the grid will be reserved for the 2018 Provincial Championship podium members.
Each region (Island, Lower Mainland and Interior) will be responsible for reporting their regional results to Cycling BC by November 3, 2019. The start grid will be published 48 hours prior to race start.
Need accommodations in Kelowna? We have reserved a block of rooms, with a group rate, at the bike-friendly Accent Inns.
For individual reservations: 1-800-663-0298 or hotel direct 1-250-862-8888 and quote GROUP ID 5761876 “BC Cyclo-cross”
Two queen standard: $89 plus tax including continental breakfast
Two queen kitchenette: $99 plus tax including continental breakfast
All reservations must be made prior to the release date of October 9.