The Northern Bush Rastas are a major force in provincial mountain bike racing. Club members have won numerous provincial championships, national championships, and even a world championship! Racing is an important part of the club, and to serve the needs of its mountain bike racers we host the Wednesday night training series. Race night begins the first week of may, (weather and trail conditions permitting).
We usually begin by riding a whole lap that we will use for the race at a slow pace, and then a for-fun race after about 30 minutes to give some practice riding tired, just like a full blown race. We don’t time or record results so it is a great workout even for those who have no interest or plans to race!
Meewasin Park West
The Wednesday Night Races at Meewasin Park West are informal races designed for all ages and ability levels with the emphasis on practicing single-track in the “Forest of Fun” and getting a good workout in on a course set around Meewasin Park West. The “races” last approximately 20 – 30 minutes. We don’t track or keep results so these so-called races are all about fun, practice, and fitness in a low-pressure environment.
If you are not sure about the skills required, ride the trails through the “Forest of Fun” anytime to get a measure of what you will be riding during the Wednesday Night “races”.
Pre-ride course from 6:45 – 7:00 PM
Race 7:00 – 7:30 PM
There is time afterwards to go for a trail ride after as long as the sun stays up.
The Wednesday night training exists for three main purposes:
- First, and most important, is that they are a fun way to get a good hard workout whether you are training for mountain bike racing or want to improve your fitness and speed.
- Second, it is an excellent first introduction to mountain bike racing for those who are interested and would like to try it out in a low pressure, fun atmosphere.
- Third, fun races are a good way to practice skills that are used in racing and don’t often get used during regular training rides. Examples include race starts, proper pacing, riding technical trails while fatigued, and proper nutrition.
Who can race?
The Northern Bush Rastas organize the Wednesday night training, but we welcome members from any cycling club to come out and participate. The only requirement is that you have an SCA membership (for insurance purposes) and that you wear a CSA approved helmet for your own safety. Last year participants ranged in age from ten all the way to their forties both men and women.
Remember that this is for fun, so don’t take chances by going too fast and hard on the descents. We don’t want to see anyone get hurt. If uncertain, consult any one of your co-members for advice.
We will make every attempt to cancel rides by 3:30PM, however, weather
doesn’t always cooperate and rides may be cancelled right up until the
event start time”. Please use the following weather guidelines to help
you determine if our rides are a go.
If the air quality indicated is in the red, all rides will be cancelled for the day, any
riders wishing to still meet up, are doing so outside of our organized club activity.
Minimum Equipment Requirements:
The bicycle must be a mountain bike.
The bicycle must be equipped with aluminum v-brakes (steel and plastic are not appropriate) or be equipped with disc brakes.
The bike must have tires that are at least 1.9″ wide with off-road suitable tread (no street slicks allowed).
The bicycle must be in good working order. This includes brakes that are operational, the bike will shift through the complete range of gears and the gears do not skip when pedaling hard.
It is a good idea to get your bike tuned up for the year before trail riding at a local bike shop.
BCW/NBR Mountain Bike Training Race Series
Once a month we meet at Blackstrap where we will be on slightly harder trails than our regular Training Night at Meewasin Park West with bigger hills and more challenging single track. The emphasis of these nights is getting a good hard workout and trail practice at the venue where we host one of Provincial Mountain Bike races. This is a great night to come out and get a preview of one of the provincial MTB race courses and farther develop your mountain biking skills. Again, we aren’t keeping results so it is a great low-pressure way to see what the provincial mountain bike races are like.
Dates for the Blackstrap Nights are as follows:
- May 15 – Race 1
- June 19 – Race 2
- July 17 – Race 3
- August 14 – Race 4 Finale!
This is a season-long points series with double points for the last race.
Price is $5 per race, or $15 for all four if you pay in full at the first race. You can register online or pay at the event.
Choice of 4,3,2 and 1 Lap Race, Male, Female, and youth categories, you choose how many laps to do.
Maximum of 60 minutes (4 Lap race)
Schedule of Events:
- 6:00 to 6:45pm Registration
- 7:00pm Rider Staging
- 7ish Start of Race