We are happy to announce that this year's School of Cross is supported by our friends at Blindman Brewing. With their support, and delicious beers, we will have beer prizing as well as a beer garden at the race on Sunday!  

This year's School of Cross will be held at Argyle Velodrome as day 2 of the double header with Juventus. 



The race entry fee is $40 for all categories and is available on Zone4. Even if you do not have an ABA license you can join the fun by purchasing a Single Event License for $10 (Novice Men and Sport Women categories). Registration closes on Thursday September 19th. There is no race-day registration.


Principal          Greg Nicholson (vp@ertc.org)
Vice-Principal  Albert Nguyen (president@ertc.org)

Advanced Credit

CX Category             Road Category                                           MTB Category  
Novice Men               Cat.4/5, U15, U17, Masters 50+                   Novice, U15, U17, Masters 50+
Sport Men                 Cat.4, 5                                                       Sport, Expert
Expert Men               Cat.3,4,5                                                      Expert
Open Men                 Cat.1/2,3, open to all                                   Elite, open to all              
Sport Women            Cat.3,4,5                                                      Novice, Sport, Expert
Open Women            Cat.1/2, open to all                                      Elite, open to all

Exam Schedule


ABA License check will begin at 0900 at the ABA tent  and closes 30 minutes before the start of your race. Call ups will be based on current AB Cup points

9:00a      Sign-on, Course open for training
10:00a     Novice Men, 40 minutes
11:00a      Sport Men, minimum 40 minutes
12:00p     Sport Women, minimum 40 minutes
1:00p       Course open for pre-riding
1:20p       Expert Men, 50 minutes
2:30p      Open Women, minimum 40 minutes
3:30p        Open Men, 60 minutes


A beer garden stocked with beer from Blindman Brewing will be onsite. We will be serving their famous Blindman River Session Ale, Fruited Kettle Sour, Dry Hopped Kettle Sour, New England Style IPA, and Longshadows IPA available for $5 each. We will be able to take all forms of payment, including Cash, Debit, Visa, MasterCard, ApplePay, GooglePay and American Express.

BREAKING: We will have Purple Perogy food truck providing food for racers and volunteers. Don’t forget to pick up your food voucher at registration.  Note, we were only able to get the food truck from 12-5. Novice Men will have to hang out for a bit to get their food. Sorry!

School Cheer


Teams are encouraged to bring cheer and encourage all participants with signs, noise makers, cowbells, bullhorns, airhorns, vuvuzelas, etc.

School Uniform

Body number placement will be both shoulders and lower back. The ABA will provide cloth body numbers for cyclocross if you do not already have them. 



  • Novice Men and Sport Women may use mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes. Cyclocross bikes, maximum tire width 33mm and 50cm handlebar width, are required for Sport Men, Expert Men, Open Men and Open Women.

  • All bikes must be in good working order and free of racks or carriers and competitors MUST wear a CCA approved helmet at all times while riding and racing

  • Please take time to familiarize yourself with the ABA cyclocross ruleset

Shop Class


A mechanical pit will be available for spare wheels and bikes. Make sure to label your stuff and collect it after your race. 


Awards and podium ceremonies will take place immediately following the conclusion of each race. Podium ceremonies will take place outside, weather permitting. 

Prizing will be a mix of cash and merchandise/gift cards and will be determined based on registration. All podium finishers will get a 4-pack of a beer of their choice courtesy of Blindman Brewing. If you are under-18, it will be award to someone of your choosing, over 18. 

School Nurse

In case of emergencies call 911.

Emergency Plan

On site medical support will be provided by Aaron Paramedical Services. 
Race Organizers primary contact is Greg Nicholson 780-819-0798

The nearest full service medical facility is the Grey Nuns Hospital, 1100 Youville Dr, Edmonton. University of Alberta hospital is about 1km farther in the opposite direction.


Communication Plan:

A race radio will be available for medical personnel, who will also have a cell phone. If there is an incident on course, the medical team will be notified via race radio. In the rare occasion that radio communication fails cell phone communication will be used. Each course marshal will receive a list of phone numbers for race organizer and medical staff. Participants are informed to call 911 in the event of an Emergency.

First Aid Location:

A stationary First Aid attendant will be located at the south end of the parking lot adjacent to the the team tents. If there is an on-course incident, the nearest course marshal will alert First Aid personnel via radio who can be quickly dispatched on the short course. If the incident is serious, 911 EMS will be called.

School Campus

The race will take place on the grounds of the Argyll Velodrome Park. The below map outlines the proposed race course. We’ll use as much of the Juventus course in the bowl section, so it might be slighly different.

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