This Entire Section is new for 2020

Covid-19 Pandemic

To All Cowichan Crusher 2020 Participants,
This notice is in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Cowichan Crusher Gravel Fondo.
We have been patiently waiting yesterday for an update from the CVRD (Cowichan Valley Regional District) whom informed us yesterday evening that all events over 50 people are now cancelled until at least Mid-August.
We have been hoping for the best outcome, while knowing that in all likelihood, it would be the decision that we can’t go ahead for this year.
We are needless to say very disappointed not only for us and all our hard work but for you all the participant as well.
We also feel that with social distancing implemented, in the likelihood the event was held, the food, beer gardens and many other exciting things we have planned would not be possible or so severely restricted that this would negatively affect the entire event, your experience and the blossoming gravel community that we’ve been trying to foster for the last 6+ years.
We have been very busy checking in with our venue, the many regulating bodies, sponsors and vendors and the conclusion we came to was that it would be best to cancel to 2020 event and reschedule it for 2021.
We cannot move it to later in the Summer or Fall as even if we did get permission the traffic on the roads and conflict with other events would make it very difficult to put on safely.
In 16 years of sports event management this is the first time we have cancelled an event date.
We do not offer refunds but all who’ve registered are able to transfer to another one of our events in 2020 or defer to the 2021 event. ( We will announce the 2021 date soon.)
We look forward to seeing you at a Triple Crown of Gravel event soon. 
Please stay safe and healthy.
Dean Stanton
Tri 1 Events
2 Good Places for COVID – 19 Related Information 

Public Health Agency of Canada 


BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

Course Maps

We do not release the course maps to the greater public. Why? Because we spend hours and hours setting up our event courses and getting permits and permissions and do all this for the event. We will give out some course descriptions. 

What Type of Bike is Best for a Gravel Fondo

Any bike is best but specifically a bike with fatter tires in order to run lower pressures. This could be Gravel Bikes, Cyclocross bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid Bike, Touring bike or Road Bike. (and yes even e-bikes) You do not need Suspension like on a Mtn bike but road bike tires with high pressure and hard gearing (although you can do it on that kind of bike) is not that comfortable and the gearing is usually too hard. We will be providing specific information for each type of bikes with tire sizes and gearing for the event.


How do the Teams work. We have teams of 2 and teams of 4 categories. It is the combined time of all 2 or all 4 Team members and the lowest combined times wins.

Tri 1 Event Policies

Tri 1 Events Refund Policy
Our Entry Fees and all related event fees are Non-Refundable under any circumstances.

Deferral Policy
Participants are allowed to defer to the following year. Please Note: If there are price changes a fee may be charged in the following year. Once it is within 12 days of the event date there are no deferrals under any circumstances.

Race Cancellation
Tri 1 Events, in accordance with, city and/or district, Provincial officials, local stakeholders, venues and local law enforcement has the authority to cancel any of the events for emergency purposes such as, but not limited to, inclement weather, forest fire or threat of terrorism (or a Public Health Condition) . If such emergency conditions force cancellation, refunds cannot be provided since funds will have been spent in preparation for Race Day.