EV Introduces our Proud Supporters of DEVO program

We here at Escape Velocity pb Catalyst Kinetics are rightly proud of our DEVO program, and all it has accomplished so far. But our ambition is to make it, undisputably, the best program in the country of its kind (stretch goal: on the planet). And we can't do it alone.

So we are introducing the ‘Proud Supporters of DEVO’ (PSD) program. The PSD program invites Greater Vancouver race teams and cycling clubs who do not have youth programs, but share our passion for bike racing, to get involved in the future of our sport.

With this announcement we want to welcome our founding partner clubs and teams:

Full Partners

Trek Red Truck
Todd's Racing

Race Support Partners

Musette Caffe
Daryl-Evans Racing

By supporting DEVO, these clubs are supporting the future of Canadian bike racing.

Register & Volunteer for Spring Series

Good news! The Spring Series page is updated with the 2014 info. More good news! Registration for the first five races is also available on the Spring Series page, and you can also pre-register for your bib and chip for free! If you wait until your first race, we'll charge you $5.

Bad news: we still need more teams and individuals to sign up for Spring Series races. Just go contact Stuart at stuart.lynne@gmail.com directly, okay?

Spring and Sportif Series updates; Novice Race news

A few quick updates. First, the Novice Race Series page has been updated, and reflects the 2014 race dates. All of the Saturday races in the Spring Series and ALL Sportif Series races will have a Novice event (I think we have Time Trials listed as a Novice events, and that's totally true, but I'm pretty sure the TT will be just a TT for the Novices, not a sprint-and-regroup TT).

If you have ever contemplated bike racing, the Novice Races are a gentle way to try it out and learn a lot. These are coached sessions followed by an escorted sprint-and-regroup race, so you get plenty of chances to practice what you learn.

We have also revised the Spring and Sportif schedules slightly. Here's the Spring Series schedule now:

Updates on both pages will be posted shortly.

Spring Series: sign up for your chip early, save $5

Ever seen the phrase "in order to serve you better"? Usually it means "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD." But in this case, we mean it the other way!

In order to serve you better, our Spring and Sportif races will be using chip timing in 2014. This does increase the amount of bookkeeping that we need to do to keep track of everybody and produce the results. And we really don't want to be doing that data entry at the race.

To this end there will be a $5 fee for the BIB and timing tag.

That fee will be waived if you use this handy Early Registration form to let us know your vital information before February 15.

Vital information for racing that is. This is really simple: just your last name, first name, team or club and what racing categories you are in.

If you are the race director for a team or club you can also use this spreadsheet for bulk entries and email that back to us.

Spring Series: time for your club to volunteer!

Got a club? Possibly a team, maybe just a gang? Want to help make bike racing possible, while also contributing to the development of young riders?

Of course you do! You're not some kind of hideous monster, after all.

You can now sign up for Spring Series race slots. You provide a team of 6-10 race-day volunteers, we provide the preparation, organization, traffic control, and support. No experience or special skills necessary (but they can't hurt). We also give each volunteer a free race entry, and there are other fun fringe benefits too.

You can also sign up for Sportif Series races or WTNC (different system for commitment, same great feeling of helping!)

You can volunteer by using this handy-dandy online form.

Questions? Give us a shout at stuart.lynne@gmail.com, or rcousine@gmail.com.

And thanks! When you do this, you make bike racing happen.