Road Racing in Greater Victoria

The Victoria Skinny Tire Scene

Note: last updated June 4th

Victoria has a wide range of racing on the road, and here’s what we’ve got for 2024! (And check out our own Victoria Segment Challenge if you haven’t seen it!)

And if you’re looking for local group rides, there’s also lots to offer, head over here. And find all the local clubs and teams here.

Racing

Local Racing Series

Take a look at the wide range of skinny tire racing on the road, track as well as a TT series!

Related Notes & Updates

Some timely notes of particular interest:

  • 2024 dates and events now posted!
  • The races on June 9th & 16th have apparently been swapped, scheduled updated below

Road Racing

The foundation of Victoria’s road scene is the VCL (Victoria Cycling League), traditionally with several dozen races from April thru July. There’s typically other feature races or mini series as well. Below is their draft schedule, keep an eye on their site for any last-minute updates we may miss here.

Also in July we’ll see the Victoria Cycling Festival, and in 2024 will predominately feature the Masters National Championshps, but will have other non-Masters racing options as well. The three day event features a TT in North Saanich, a hilly road race in Metchosin, and a crit around the Legislature!

Note: There are several ‘Unconfirmed’ dates, please double check the VCL site for accuracy, and will update here best I can.

March

Sun, Mar 24 – (Unconfirmed, North Saanich Kermesse)
Sat, Mar 30 – Willis Pt Hill Climb (Strava-based)
Sun, Mar 31 – (Unconfirmed, North Saanich Kermesse)

April

Sun, Apr 7 – Cobble Hill/Mill Bay RR
Sun, Apr 14th – Seabrook Crit Cancelled
Wed, Apr 17th – Caleb Pike
Tue, Apr 23rd – Sidney TT
Wed, Apr 24th – Velodrome Bunch Races
Sun, Apr 28th – North Saanich Kermesse Cancelled

May

Sun, May 5th – Metchosin RR
Wed, May 8th – Caleb Pike
Sun, May 12th – Windsor Park Crit
Tue, May 14th – Sidney TT
Wed, May 15th – Newton Heights
Tue, May 21st – Neild Rd Hill Climb (Strava-based)
Wed, May 22nd – Velodrome Bunch Races
Wed, May 29th – North Saanich Kermesse

June

Wed, Jun 5th – Seabrook Crit
Sun, Jun 9th – Windsor Park Crit Mt Doug Hill Climb (Strava-based)
Wed, Jun 12th – Newton Heights
Sun, Jun 16th – Mt Doug Hill Climb (Strava-based) Windsor Park Crit
Tue, Jun 18th – Sidney TT
Wed, Jun 19th – Velodrome Bunch Races
Sun, Jun 23rd – Cherry Point RR
Wed, Jun 26th – Caleb Pike
Sun, Jun 30th – Windsor Park Crit

July

Wed, Jul 3rd – Newton Heights
Tue, Jul 16th – Sidney TT
Wed, Jul 17th – Seabrook Crit
Wed, Jul 24th – North Saanich Kermesse
Sun, Jul 28th – Observatory Hill Climb (Strava-based)

August

Tue, Aug 6th – Sidney TT
Wed, Aug 7th – Caleb Pike
Tue, Aug 13th – Sidney TT

VCL Course Maps (Strava segments, for location reference):

Caleb Pike | Seabrook Crit | Cherry Point RR | Cobble Hill | Neild Rd HC | Newton Height Hilly Crit
North Saanich Kermesse | Sidney TT Lap | Willis Pt HC | Windsor Park | Latoria (retired) | Western Speedway (retired)

Up-island in Nanaimo MIVA have regular TTs and crits, check out their busy calendar here!

On the mainland, 2024 events we have:

  • The Spring Openers series starting March 3rd by Local Ride and there are three more in the series, if you’re itching for racing and willing to travel!
  • The Spring Series Revival (new name?) organized by the Thrashers is a 6 week series, Mar 16th – Apr 27th, now featuring green jersey and team rewards, looks exciting!
  • Also of note, in 2023 the Delta road race is July 9th (website wasn’t working), July 10th is the 2024 Gastown Grand Prix, and hopefully we’ll have more events for BC Superweek!

2024 BC Provincial Championships

  • Prov. Road Champs – May 25th is the date, details here! (Note: the dates flipped, TT was originally on Saturday)
  • Prov. TT Champs – May 26th details here!
  • Prov. Crit Champs – TBD (2023 was July 16th here in Victoria around the Legislature by Panache)

2024 Canadian National Championships

  • Nat. Road & TT Champs – Jun 21st – 24th, Elite, Jr, Para in St. Georges, PQ, details here.
  • Nat. Road & TT Champs – UPDATED DATE: July 19th – July 21st, Masters in Victoria, BC, details here.
    Appears to be North Saanich TT, Metchosin hilly RR, Legislature crit.

Time Trials

The Sidney Velo TT series has been a Tuesday regular for decades, thank you to the Sidney Velo club for hosting this event so long! Here you can enjoy the past glory of results on their site.

Beginning in 2023 Jon Watkin is organizing the series through Panache Sports, there are several Tuesday dates (see the VCL schedule above!) Registration and details in the link. Note: new location/course! (Will post the Strava segment when it’s created!)

Track Racing

The local velodrome, built for the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, is a 333m outdoor track with 29 degree banking – it makes for fun, fast and safe racing! It’s at the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, and typically operates from April thru September, with weekly training sessions, a few larger events like Trackfest and Provincial Champs, and possibly weekly racing. Check out the GVVA for more details. (PS – let me know if you’ve seen my Argon 18 race bike!!)

  • Weekly racing: Friday nights, May 10-Aug 9
  • Track Challenge: May 3rd-4th
  • Time Trial Challenge: Jun 1st
  • Track Fest 1: Jun 14th-16th
  • Pacific GP: July 26th-28th
  • Track Fest 2: Aug 16th-18th

2024 Provincial Championships

  • Likely in Burnaby, in December!

2024 National Championships

  • Nat. Track Champs – March 29th – 31st, in Bromont, PQ. 2025 dates are TBD.

Road Clinics

Local Road Clinics

There’s not a lot in the way of road clinics, but there are some highlights! CyclingBC hosts some, but they’re on the mainland.

  • 2024 Tripleshot Women’s Clinic: Apr 16th – Jun 4th. Head over to the Tripleshot website for details, last year there were about 8 clinics held each Tuesday night.
  • 2023 Future Champs Camp: May 25th -28th. Held in Duncan for youth 14-22, details here.

We also have hosted our own TT clinics, sign up for our main newsletter to get updates on these!

Are We Missing Anything?

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