Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

Thunderbird Long Road Race


Mar. 27, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Event Cost
$20 – $40

Event Information

Race Course: Thunderbird Show Park

While many consider it “just training races,” the Spring Series consistently offers some of the hardest fought competition of the entire year. This year as a bonus, many Sunday dates will feature a time trial in the afternoon.


Adults, $34 pre-reg (cut-off is 23:59 Wednesday before each race weekend) or $40 day-of. Juniors, $20. TT: +$10 with the road race, or $20 for TT only. First-race bib fee: $10, covers you for Spring Series and WTNC races.

What’s Required

Cycling BC Provincial Race License, USCF, or any UCI license (Register for your Cycling BC Provincial or UCI license here)

Race Categories

Start time
A Group
10:30 am 120-130 3:00-3:30 Men Cat 1 / 2
B Group
10:33 am 80-110 2:30-3:00 M Cat 3, W Cat 1 / 2
C Group
10:36 am 55-70 2:00-2:15 M Cat 4, W Cat 3
D Group
12:30 am 30-40 1:30-1:50 M Cat 5, W Cat 4
Learn to Race
11:00 am N/A 2:00 Never Road Raced? Start Here!

Riders are expected to race their categories, but requests to race up or down a level can be made to the organizers. We reserve the right to reseed riders at our discretion, too. Junior (under-19) racers will be seeded into ability-appropriate categories.

Some Rules to Remember

1. Fenders must be removed for racing at Spring Series.
2. There is no free lap rule for mechanicals.

If you do suffer a mechanical and sit out a lap you will be allowed to re-enter the race in the main group or any group behind the main group at the discretion of the race organizer. In this situation you will be allowed to finish out the race but must not impact the outcome of the race in any way. Should this occur you as well as your entire team/club will be disqualified from that race. This rule will be strictly enforced.

3. Center Line Rule

Any rider who intentionally rides on the left side of the centre line is in violation of the centre line rule.

You must also stay to the right of the cones in the middle of the road along the course. Cones will used to delineate the acceptable lines in all corners and in any curves with limited visibility.

Please remember that the races are run on open roads and there will be oncoming traffic in the other lane. Crossing the yellow line or beyond the cones is exceptionally dangerous to both yourself and the other people you are racing with.

The only times that is it acceptable to break this rule is when a rider is pushed over the centre line by riders beside them (and re-enters without gaining advantage).

If you are observed violating the centre line rule you will be pulled from the race and receive a Yellow Card. A Yellow Card may also be issued if multiple riders state that one individual has crossed broken the centre line rule. If a rider with a Yellow Card is observed to violate the centre line rule they will be expelled from all remaining Spring Series races.

4. Keep your bib & chip

You will get a new race number (“bib”) at your first race, and you will keep it for use in Escape Velocity races throughout the year. If you don’t have one from 2015, you will also get a timing chip. Bring them each time you race: replacement numbers cost $5; replacement tags cost $2. (Protip: timing chips will not survive a car trip on your bike rack; remove them before you drive off, or the wind will remove it for you)

5. Be Nice
  • Please be courteous and respectful to vehicles and residents, if they complain we will not be able to use this course.
  • Please use the washrooms provided.
  • Take your litter with you: this includes not tossing mid-race gel wrappers on the ground. Tuck it back in your pocket. Retrieve your bottles, too.
  • Offensive Language, whether directed at passers-by, fellow racers, officials, or yourself, is not acceptable.

Any of these offences are grounds for disqualification and banning from future Escape Velocity races.