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

May Skills Clinic for TS Members

Hone your group riding skills with a 3-week skills clinic in May.

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 am, 3 sessions May 14, May 21, May 28. Meet at Oak Bay High parking lot on Caddy Bay Road (usual Tues/Fri meetup spot).

Aimed at members already doing the Tripleshot group rides, especially newer members. Learn and hone the skills to enjoy group rides, and keep them safe. This intro course covers basic skills for riding with others, in three sessions:

1. Getting Close (defensive contact, emergency braking, etc.)
2. Drafting and Pace Lines
3. Cornering

Coached by Brenna Pauly, TS women’s clinic and youth team coach, and Matt Patriquin, TS youth team coach.
Cost is $50, with $30 rebate for riders who complete all three sessions.
Minimum number of riders is 6 for the clinic to run, maximum 18.

Registration requires payment to hold a place. Registration is non-refundable, but you can sell it to someone else if you can, if your plans change.

Click here to register.

Women’s Group Road Riding & Skills Cycling Clinics – 2019

*** UPDATE:  The clinic is now full for 2019.  Please email tripleshotclinic@gmail.com to be added to the waiting list for 2019. The next clinic will be in 2020. ***

Tripleshot Women’s Cycling Clinics are run by women, for women, in Victoria, BC. They are for women who are interested in learning the skills and techniques needed for group riding and for those who are already comfortably riding in groups but who want to become even faster and more skillful.

Now in our 8th year, Tripleshot Women’s Cycling Clinic is holding all levels of the clinic simultaneously.  Register early for the early-bird special price! 

 

Dates:

April 9 – May 28
8 Tuesday nights, 6 – 7:30pm

Register here!

www.tripleshotcycling.com
tripleshotclinic@gmail.com

The first session, held at Maria Montessori Academy, 1841 Fairburn Street, is off-bike and will focus on basic bike maintenance. Seven on-the-bike skills sessions follow, held at various locations around the city from Beacon Hill Park to longer groups rides to be determined by the coaches. The clinic will run rain or shine; only hurricane-like winds will stop us. No make-up sessions.

During registration, you will answer a set of questions about your riding skills and comfort.  We will use these answers to help us determine which group to put you in, and we will adjust groups as necessary up to the end of the first on-the-bike session.  Some of the groups provide a series of skills and training sessions to get you more confident and comfortable on your bike and to help you learn skills needed to go on group rides.  Other groups will work from the fundamental skills and teach techniques to make you smarter cyclists, more efficient and faster to enable you to join more challenging group rides.

The Skills

Below are some skills that we will introduce and things we will practice, depending on which group you are in:

  • bike handling
  • safety drills
  • group riding techniques (drafting and pacelines)
  • cornering
  • how to ride hills better (climbing and descending)
  • basic bike maintenance
  • group rides
  • racing techniques
  • sprints and race tactics
  • time trial practice.

For all levels, road bikes or cyclocross bikes are required.  Unfortunately, we are not able to allow e-bikes in the clinic.

Come meet like-minded women, improve your riding and get more comfortable riding in groups and have fun!

Wrap-up Party

The final Tuesday is a wrap-up cycling event for all levels of the clinic, followed by a social with food and beverages. This event is sponsored by Broad Street Cycles and will begin and end at the bike shop. (www.broadstcycles.ca)

Clinic Cost

Early bird special: $130 until 11:59pm March 27, 2019, $160 after. Registration cost does not include the online processing fee.

Limited subsidies available. For more information contact tripleshotclinic@gmail.com.

Tripleshot CrossFondo – October 14, 2018 – Registration is Open!

It’s Year #3 …. and the Tripleshot CrossFondo fun continues!!!! Join riders of all ages and abilities for Victoria’s ONLY mass participation off-road cycling event!

This event is a fund-raiser for the Tripleshot Cycling Club Youth Team and a portion of the funds raised will support the development and maintenance of our region’s amazing trail systems. So far riders have helped us donate $4,100 to the South Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society and South Island Mountain Bike Society.

Lots more information, including how to register, can be found here.