Welcome to Tripleshot. We’re an inclusive cycling club with members aged 10-80. Some ride casually and some race at the local, national, or even international level. We run a world class youth program that has produced national champions at the Junior and Elite levels of men’s and women’s cycling in road and track disciplines. But most of us just ride to start the day with a Victoria sunrise, the wind in our ears, a good workout, and a coffee with friends.
If you’re a new rider considering coming out to give us a try, make sure you can maintain a solo riding speed (i.e., not drafting) of 24km/h over an hour on a moderately hilly course (like the Victoria waterfront). This will ensure that you can maintain the pace of a C ride. You can work up from there. Prior group riding experience is not required, but even faster riders should start with the C group to learn basic group-riding etiquette and technique. Identify yourself as a new rider at the start of the ride and to all members of the group you ride with. There will usually be several people happy to give you tips and answer questions.
One of the most important aspects of Tripleshot Cycling Club is that post ride coffee is almost mandatory. This gives us a chance to get to know each other better and to sort out club/ride issues in an informal setting. Please make time to join us after the ride, have a coffee and get to know your fellow Tripleshot members. For this reason all weekday rides end at 7:15 so that people have time to get together for coffee.
There are A, B and C level rides each weekday. Saturday and Sunday rides tend to go as a single group, with Saturday being a fast drop ride and Sunday being no-drop and social.
The A ride is a no-holds-barred, go-as-fast-as-you-can general sufferfest. If you get dropped from this ride no one is going to slow down and wait for you. However, if someone gets a flat, the ride usually stops until the problem is solved. There is sometimes an A1 and A2 ride. The A1 ride tends to be more race-like with breakaways and tactics; the A2 ride tends to be smoother but still fast.
The B ride is not as fast as the A ride, but you need to have good group riding skills and a reasonable level of fitness on this ride. This ride will regroup after hills or a sprint so that the group can stay together.
Depending on the numbers, it is not uncommon for there to be two and sometimes three B rides so that the groups remain a manageable number. We ask that you self seed within these groups with the stronger riders in the first group, those less strong in the second and so on.
The C ride is the place for anyone looking for a more relaxed pace on the day, as well as the place for those new to cycling or new to group riding. This ride goes at the pace of the slowest rider and ensures that the group stays together. That said, you should be able to maintain an average speed of 24km/h riding solo for an hour on a moderately hilly route before joining the C group. Otherwise you risk holding them up excessively.
There is one ride where all groups can mix it up. The Team Time Trial ride on Thursday morning is an increasingly popular ride for all levels…… and you don’t have to know how to turn right! Groups of 4 riders of similar abilities leave at roughly 30 second intervals, doing 3 sets of 5 laps of the UVic Ring Road, with a gather-up of all groups between each set.
There are two rides offered for women, Tripleshot’s ONLY evening ride on Tuesday evening (April to September) and Thursday at the regular 6 a.m. time. These rides are offered to all women riders and are specifically designed to continue the skills developed during the Women’s Clinic.