Group rides suspended

We are sad to say that as of December 4, 2020, we have suspended our group rides in order to follow the current provincial health orders.

We will start up again once we are told it is safe to do so. Until then, we hope everyone is able to get out to enjoy the roads and trails in their family bubbles.

Cycling through COVID

Following provincial health orders and guidance from Cycling BC, our club continued cycling safely during the pandemic. In fact, Tripleshot Cycling has grown bigger than ever before, with record numbers of riders trying gravel and trail rides.

We use an app called Spond, that requires riders to sign up for a spot on a ride—limited to 10 riders (or fewer, depending on the ride)—and allows us to record attendance in case we need to assist with contact tracing.

Using Spond has given us some extra benefits as well:

  • We are able to arrange ourselves into groups based on pace/level ahead of time, rather than at the last minute in the parking lot.
  • Riders know ahead of time whether or not someone of their ability will be showing up to ride, something that’s especially important in the dark winter months when our numbers are typically low.
  • For the first time, because of the advanced registration requirement, we have been able to set up different levels of trail rides, based on pace and skill level. After a bit of discussion, we’ve ended up with these fun ride levels: Mild, Medium, Hot and Extra Hot. Some days we even add extras such as Medium-Hot because we have so many riders! We have a dedicated beginner trail ride once a week where an experienced rider leads the group on a gentle route, stopping to introduce and practice skills along the way.

For more information on our trail/gravel rides, click here.

For more information on our road rides, click here.

If you would like to join our rides, please read our COVID Safety Plan and then send an email to tripleshotcyclingclub (at) gmail (dot) com, so that we can explain how we ride during Covid.

Women’s Group Road Riding & Skills Cycling Clinic – 2020

Sadly, the 2020 Clinic has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Tripleshot Women’s Cycling Clinics are run by women, for women, in Victoria, BC. They are for women with no previous group riding experience who are interested in learning the skills and techniques needed for safe group riding, for those who are already comfortably riding in groups but who want to become faster and more skillful, and for women who are curious to learn techniques to prepare for racing. Now in our 9th year, Tripleshot Women’s Cycling Clinic is holding all levels of the clinic simultaneously.

 

Register early for the early-bird special price and also to ensure a spot!  Last year, our clinic sold out before the early-bird deadline.

Dates:
April 7 – May 26
8 Tuesday nights, 6 – 7:30pm

www.tripleshotcycling.com
tripleshotclinic@gmail.com

For all levels, road bikes or cyclocross bikes with drop bars are required.  We are not able to allow e-bikes or flat handlebar bikes in the clinic because they are not conducive to safe group riding.  This is what drop bars look like:

If you are still uncertain whether or not you have the right kind of bike, please send us a photo of your bike at tripleshotclinic@gmail.com.

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Keeping Group Rides Safe

by Martin Farnham

As new riders join up and fair-weather riders dust off their winter cobwebs it’s worth revisiting the things we can do to keep ourselves, and those riding near us, safe.  And yes, most experienced riders in the club should brush up on the following too!

1) Keep groups to a safe size.  There should be no more than 12 riders in a group leaving the parking lot together on a weekday morning ride.  Once a group grows to 16 (as riders join midride), it should be split into 2 groups.  Smaller groups communicate better and tend to ride more smoothly. Take the initiative to make sure your group is a safe size.

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Olympic fever for Tripleshot!

Next year is looking to be a bit of a club milestone, with Tripleshot Youth Program alumnus Jay Lamoureux on track to represent Canada at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the Team Pursuit. He will be the first of our Youth Program graduates to make it to the Olympics.

Jay joined Tripleshot in 2010, as one of the first members of the Tripleshot Youth Program. He comes back to ride with the club, acts as a volunteer coach to the current crop of Tripleshot kids, and races in local VCL events when he’s in town. Much of his time, though, is spent in Milton, Ontario putting in long hard hours training with Team Canada to build one of the best Team Pursuit squads in the world.

Team Canada is a strong contender for a Team Pursuit medal at Tokyo 2020. Jay’s team was 8th at Worlds two years ago; they were 4th at Worlds last year. They’ve been passing on road racing and other opportunities to devote themselves to training on the track to become the best Team Pursuit squad they can be.

While certain Olympic sports draw big dollar sponsorship, that does not extend to track cycling. And Cycling Canada does not cover training or travel expenses, even for top athletes like Jay. Jay is expected to foot these costs on his own and cobble together support from friends, family, and a few hundred of dollars of sponsorship here and there where he can find it.

Jay needs to raise about $20,000 in order to cover training, travel, and living expenses to carry himself through the Olympics next year. If you think you can dig down to help a Tripleshot star make the club proud, consider lending him a hand.

Some more information about Jay here: jaylam_portfolio

A site to donate (tax receipt available): https://chimp.net/groups/jay-lamoureux