Tripleshot Cycling, one of BC’s largest all-age cycling clubs, invites cyclists of all ages and abilities to explore backcountry trails in the Greater Victoria region on Sunday October 14, 2018 while supporting youth cycling and the development and connection of South Vancouver Island trail systems. REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT MIDNIGHT!
The Tripleshot CrossFondo, which won the 2016 and 2017 Cycling BC “Event of the Year”, is appropriate for cyclocross or mountain bike riders. Riders start and finish at the Vancouver Island Tech Park and ride flowy pine-needle trails, single track hills, mud puddles and gravel roads throughout the Highlands, Hartland Mountain Bike Park, Camosun College, Francis King & Thetis Lake Regional Parks and acres of private property that 50+ owners are opening up for the day.
“This is our third year, and it’s the first of its kind in Western Canada, offering something for everyone – from roadies, to cross-riders, to mountain bikers. I rode the course both years and yes, I ended up with a big grin on my face at the end,” said Tripleshot Cycling Club President Martin Farnham “And since the profits go to support youth riders and trail development you also get the satisfaction of knowing that while you’re out having fun you’re also helping to grow the local Victoria cycling community.”
Leading the mass event is 2017 World Champion Leah Kirchmann from Winnipeg and three Vancouver Island rising youth mountain bikers. Kirchmann was the 2017 World Champion in Team Time Trial and took Bronze in the same event and 4th in the Individual Time Trial as part of a crazy successful Canadian team at the recent 2018 World Championships. She’ll be joined by Victoria’s Max McCulloch (2nd at the Enduro World Series, Whistler 2018 race); Comox Valley’s Emilly Johnson (1st U17 2018 National Mountain Bike Champion) and Cumberland’s Carter Woods (1st U19 2018 National Mountain Bike Champion).
Riders have two options: Doubleshot (approx 20km) and the Tripleshot (approx 40km) at $79/$99 respectively; kids under 16 can register for either distance for $45. Aid stations provided by local bike shops and youth team members will support riders and their bikes offering mechanical, psychological and nutrition support. Everyone is greeted at the finish line with a hot lunch and cold beverage, and lots of cheering!
The Tripleshot CrossFondo is a fund raiser for the 30+ member Youth Team and will support quality year-round coaching for the riders — age 10-19 — who love to train hard and compete in cyclocross, road, track and mountain bike races at the local, provincial, national and international level (they bring back lots of medals and Canadian Records too!). In the first two years, over $4,000 was raised to support the South Vancouver Island Nature Trails Society and the South Island Mountain Bike Society’s mandates to develop and connect trails.