Uncharted Territory • October 18, 2020
5th annual. 40+ km of backcountry trails in Victoria BC. The Highlands. Private Property. Hartland Mtn Bike Park. Mud. Sweat. Big grins.
Have fun. Support youth. Get dirty.
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 9am
Yes, we are on for a covid-modified event for 2020! See FAQ below for modification details.
Victoria’s ONLY mass participation off-road cycling event for all ages and abilities winds through flowy pine-needle trails and hairpin turns, over hills, roots and rocks, and churns through chunky peanut butter mud and puddles. Oh, and maybe a few hike-a-bike sections to keep it legit.
Featuring: The Highlands. Hartland Mountain Bike Park. Vancouver Island Tech Park. Francis King & Thetis Lake Regional Parks. Private property that owners are opening up for this one day. Short and long course options.
Worried about how much energy you’ll expend? We’ll keep you fuelled along the route! And when you’re done, we’ll give you a musette with food and bevvy to help you recharge!
This event is a fundraiser for the Tripleshot Cycling Club youth racing team and will support the development of year-round training for 11-18 year olds who train hard and love to compete in cross, road, track and mountain bike at local, provincial, national and international levels. Since 2016, thanks to the generous donations of the participants, we have been able to donate $10,350 of the funds raised to support the South Vancouver Island Nature Trail Society and the South Island Mountain Bike Society, two hard-working not-for-profits that work to connect and build trail systems for all to enjoy.
Order by Sept 24 and wear on event day!
Once again Casey Garrison — Tripleshot Youth Team grad/team coach — has worked her magic to provide an eye-popping, whimsical jersey that provides a glimpse of Saanich peninsula highlights, a shout out to Dr. Bonnie Henry, and a charming capture of Ali & Grayson*! This 2020 TSCF jersey is available for purchase just in time for wearing on Sunday, October 18!
This jersey can be yours by ordering through the event organizer. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, size and the jersey style (standard or relaxed), and then e-transfer $99 to the same email address. Once your e-transfer shows up, you will get a confirmation email that your order has been submitted. This first order will be available before the Tripleshot CrossFondo (Oct 18) and details on how to pick up the jerseys will be sent to you. We can not have them sent directly to you as this is a special order with Jakroo and hey! we’re saving you the shipping fees!
This order closes midnight Thursday, Sept 24. Yes – one week away!!!
*The pair of donkeys on course who are anxiously anticipating watching you all again
Dana Murdoch, Investment Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns – Eclipse Creative 360
Cakes Etc. – Finest at Sea – Global Tents – Hornby Organic – Horne Coupar LLP – Island Nut Roastery – Jakroo Custom Cycling Apparel – Kal Tire – Properties in Victoria – RDH Building Science Inc. – Sutco Transportation Specialists – Totangi Properties Ltd. – Vital Health Pharmacy – Waymark Architecture – Whole Foods Market BC
Absolute Therapy – Cultured Kombucha – Eleven Speed Coffee – Island Farmhouse Poultry – Royal Victoria Yacht Club – United Rentals
ON COURSE MECHANICAL SUPPORT
Trek Bikes/Pro City Racing – Velofix – Straight Up Cycles – Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop – Brentwood Cycle
Broad Street Cycles – Eurosa Farms – Farsik – Fortis BC – Fort Street Cycle – Hertel Meats – Hoyne Brewing Company – Long & McQuade – Monk Office Supply – Oak Bay Bikes – Patagonia – Russ Hay’s the Bicycle Shop – Schwalbe Tires – Simply Pure Ice & Water – Terra Breads – Trek Bikes/Pro City Racing – U-Haul – VeloFix – Westshore Bikes
Special thanks to the University of Victoria’s Vancouver Island Technology Park for hosting our event.
What modifications is the event undertaking in light of COVID-19?
● Individual Time Trial format
● Maximum 50 people (riders + volunteers) at the start/finish area at any given time; controlled access to the start chute; physical distancing in the start chute
● Volunteers will be masked and practicing physical distancing
● Handwashing stations at access points and port-a-potty sites
● Sanitized surfaces and physical distancing throughout the start/finish area and at nutrition/water stations. No-touch bottle filling.
● Distanced parking near the start/finish
● Tasty carry-away lunch to enjoy away from the start/finish area
● Team size will be restricted to max four riders
What kind of bike should I use, a mountain, a cross bike or a hybrid?
This course has a little bit of everything! It was conceived to be ridden on cross bikes, so there is nothing too extreme, but there are rocky sections that will push smaller cross tires to their limits. Pinch flats are a definite possibility! If you are riding a cross bike, we recommend a minimum width of 35 mm and a higher tire pressure than you would ride in a typical cross race. Mountain bikes shouldn’t have any problems, but may want to consider a slightly higher tire pressure.
Will the event go rain or shine?
As many riders know, cyclocross goes rain or shine! And in our four years we’ve had typhoon warnings and super hot sunny weather! However, in the event the COVID-19 pandemic conditions worsen and there is a requirement to postpone the event until 2021, we will offer a refund (less service fees) or defer your entry to 2021. We really hope this won’t happen – we have faith in British Columbians!
What happens if I have a flat/mechanical or medical issues on the course?
On course we will have mechanical support from local bike shops, as well as first aid, and two food stations. But we can’t blanket all 45+ km of trails. So bring a spare tube and pump at a minimum. A multi tool and emergency energy bar would be a good idea, too. And don’t forget enough water for a two- to four-hour ride. Also if you are the type, e.g. can fix a flat, who can offer help to a fellow rider, please ensure you have a mask and hand sanitizer if a fellow rider needs mechanical assistance in between mechanical stations.
Is there a time cut off for the long course?
Closer to the event we will publish the cut off times. If a rider doesn’t make the cut off times, they can still continue on the ride, but there may not be traffic control. If a rider needs to drop out for any reason, you must advise one of the volunteers. If a rider doesn’t cross the finish line we will have to look for that rider, possibly even calling in search and rescue. If we send out a search party and you are not lost, you will be charged for all search costs.
Is the map published in advance so I can test the course?
Nope, there isn’t one! That’s what we mean by “uncharted”! While many of the trails you will be riding are on public land, the western part of Greater Victoria is a hodge-podge and there is no way we could string together an enjoyable course without crossing private land. Private land owners have been very gracious in allowing us access to their properties so that we can minimize the amount of road riding you will have to do. Thank you for respecting our land owners’ generosity by not riding on their private land before or after the event. Furthermore, at least one trail we have been given permission to ride in Thetis Lake Park is not normally open to bikes. When riding in Thetis (or the adjoining trails in Francis/King Park) please only ride on trails approved for bike access. Doing so could jeopardize our ability to run this event again and trail access for bikes in general. Rest assured the 2020 route will cover some of the previous years’ trails with some added surprises!