Uncharted Territory • October 17, 2021
6th annual. 45-ish 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 17, 2021, 9 am
Victoria’s ONLY mass participation off-road cycling event 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.
Worried about how much energy you’ll expend? We’ll keep you fuelled along the route! And when you’re done, there will be 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 $13,000 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.
Every year more than one hundred volunteers come together to put on this fantastic event and we are grateful for every single one of them. If you’d like to volunteer on the event day, or to help organize the event, please reach out to us via email at tscrossfondo (at) gmail.com.
Photos from 2020
This year we were pleased to have Kevin Light on board as our photographer. You can download his stunning images from his website, password “bike”. (Personal use only, please, and credit him if you can.) Here’s a sampling of the shots.
Eclipse Creative 360
Cal Davis ~ Hornby Organic ~ Island Nut Roastery ~ Jakroo Custom Cycling Apparel ~ Properties in Victoria Professionals ~ RDH Building Science Inc. ~ The Old Farm Market ~ Totangi Properties Ltd. ~ Vital Health Pharmacy ~ Waymark Architecture
Berryman Farms ~ Cultured Kombucha
ON COURSE MECHANICAL SUPPORT
Brentwood Cycle ~ Oak Bay Bikes ~ Russ Hay’s The Bicycle Shop ~ Straight Up Cycles ~ Velofix
Accent Inn/Hotel Zed ~ Andrew Paulmier/Indecent Risotto ~ BC Hydro ~ Brentwood Bay Empourium ~ Broad Street Cycles ~ Canadian Linen ~ Country Grocer ~ CRD Parks ~ Church & State Wines ~ CragX Climbing Centre ~ District of Central Saanich ~ District of Highlands ~ District of Saanich & District of Saanich Parks ~ Eugene’s Greek Food ~ Eurosa Farms ~ Fort Street Cycle ~ Jeune Bros Tent and Awning ~ Kevin Light Photography ~ Spinnakers Beer and Wine Merchants ~ Long & McQuade ~ Ministry of Health, Environmental Health Office ~ Monk Office Supply ~ Mosi Bakery Café ~ Opus Art Supplies – Victoria ~ Paul O’Callaghan ~ Politano Café ~ Root Cellar ~ Russ Hay’s the Bicycle Shop ~ Saanich Fire Dep’t ~ Schwalbe Tires ~ Simply Pure Ice & Water ~ Town of View Royal ~ U-Haul ~ Union Pacific Coffee Shop
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!