CTC-A place to have fun, learn and explore your talents.

Our triathlon season is in full swing with a great turn out to our first club race at the TBF Folsom International. Congratulations to everyone who participated and a big shout out to those who competed in their very first triathlon. Way to go!! Hope everyone’s training is going well so you can meet your goals for this year.

We have several events coming up quickly. Our second club race, the TBF tri for fun is right around the corner on June 8th.

  • Distances:Super Sprint Triathlon: 200 yard swim, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run

    • Super Sprint Duathlon: 1 mile run, 4 mile bike, 1 mile run
    • TRI for FUN Triathlon: 1/2 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 3 mile run
    • DU for FUN Duathlon: 1 mile run, 16 mile bike, 3 mile run


Some of us are also participating in the Tri for Real on June 9th.

The third monthly “first Thursday” 10 mile time trial on River Road is Thursday June 6th. This flat out and back race against the clock is free and open to everyone. It starts where 5th street leaves Chico and becomes River Road. Sign-ups begin at 5:30 PM, first rider leaves at 6:01 PM, with the rest of the riders on 1-minute intervals after that. Rules of this event include helmets are required, you are responsible for your own safety and no drafting. Big shout out to CTC member Eric Ayars for volunteering to put on this monthly event.

Our next club event is the Bike Maintenance workshop on Saturday June 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM at 1267 Orchard Way (originally scheduled in May). This is a great way to brush up on your skills for changing a flat and learning basic bike maintenance. Please RSVP to Shawn Hughes at vice_president@chicotriathlonclub.com or to the Facebook event.

Don’t forget that registration is currently open for the 2019 Black Butte Triathlon. https://www.trisignup.com/Race/CA/Orland/BlackButteTriathlon

CTC members are eligible for race reimbursement (except for the relay race) at the pre-April 1st registration price. You will need to volunteer or bring a volunteer to the race and start the race to get reimbursed. Please help spread the word to anyone who might be interested in participating in this fun event.  It is a great race for both experienced and first time triathletes.



The Saturday Beginner LSD is at 9:00 AM. It is a slower paced beginner run going for up to 60 minutes. Meet at the 5-Mile Recreation Area near the bathrooms.

There is also a LSD run on Saturday’s meeting at the 5 mile bathrooms at 8:00 AM.

The Monday Night Run meets at One Mile in lower Bidwell Park at 6:00 PM. The run is posted on Facebook weekly.

CTC Track Workout:

The track workouts at Pleasant Valley High School (PV) are held every Thursday at 5:45 PM (except for when we have the TT on the first Thursday of the month). The details will be posted weekly on the Facebook group, so keep an eye out for changes.

Cycling Workouts:

The Friday rides occur at 5:45 PM on most weeks. Please email Shawn Hughes (vice_president@chicotriathlonclub.com) if you would like to be added to the email distribution list for ride updates.

The Sunday ride is run by Jenni Merrell. Location, route, and distance vary from week to week. Email Jenni to get the weekly details (treasurer@chicotriathlonclub.com). Also keep an eye on the Facebook page, she will usually post details there as well. Rain typically cancels.

The Wednesday night “50” group rides occur weekly. They leave from Rosedale Elementary school. The Fun 50 starts at 5:30 PM. This ride is typically 17-19 mph, no drop, friendly and supportive group ride with no sprints until the end of the ride. The Fit 50 starts at 5:30 PM and typically is 21-24 mph, faster group ride with intermediate sprint points. The Fast 50 leaves at 6 PM and is 24+mph, advanced ride mainly targeted to Cat 3 and above bike racers.


The Friday morning “open water” swim workouts will resume in a date TBA in June when the One Mile pool is open (hopefully by June 14th).

2019 Club Events

Check out the CTC website for more details and locations TBD

Bike Maintenance class: rescheduled to June 15th

Summer Club Party: June 23rd

Practice Tri at Black Butte Lake: August 17th

Year End Party: November 23rd


2019 Club Races

We have chosen the following 4 races to compete in as a club. We’ll plan to have the CTC banner and tent set up when able, to have a place to meet before and after the events:

TBF Folsom International (Olympic, super sprint & aquabike) May 11

TBF Tri for Fun- (sprint & super sprint tri and du) June 8

Mount Shasta Tinman- (sprint tri due & relay) September 1

Black Butte Triathlon- (Olympic, sprint, duathlon & relay) September 14


Volunteer opportunities

Karen English has created the following list of volunteer opportunities for the Club:

March 2nd Bidwell Classic

March 31st Time Trial at Chico Stage Race

July 20th Bidwell Bump mountain bike race

September 14th Black Butte Triathlon

November Almond Bowl

Please respond to the call out to volunteers when they are posted.


Race Results

Multi-sport event results for CTC members are posted on the Results page of the website. Contact webmaster@chicotriathlonclub.com with any errors or omissions. Please send any information on a race you have participated in. This could be as simple as your name and the name of the event, your results or a race report outlining your personal experience.



You can order CTC logo merchandise at the Squadlocker store at any time: https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/118241?_k=xw05zt


Athlete of the month

The athlete of the month for April 2019 is Louis Davis. Louis is a new club member who participates in many club workouts and has been competing in triathlons. Be on the look out for Louis’ interview to learn more about him.

For 2019, the Athlete of the Month will consist of recognition of a club member who has contributed to the club in a positive way. This can be from volunteering, participating in club workouts, encouraging others or by competing in a multisport event. The Athlete of the Month will be invited by a CTC Board Member to answer some interview questions if interested, so we can share some information about them with our club.

Please take the time to help us pick the next Athlete of the month. Just send an email to president@chicotriathlonclub.com listing your nomination.


Race Discounts

Several race directors have offered discounts to CTC members. Please contact me (president@chicotriathlonclub.com) if you would like information on the discount code:

TBF (Total Body Fitness) racing-all multisport events 15% discount http://totalbodyfitness.com/site/races/

Golden Gate Duathlon by Wolfpack events-March 30th


Santa Barbara Triathlon- August 23-25-$15 off entry and One FREE ENTRY to the first CTC member who is interested.



Ironman Tri Club Benefits:

Ironman branded races are offering new benefits for triathlon club members. Some of these benefits include early entry, priority tiered pricing, and payment plans. Visit http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/forms/single-sign-up.aspx to sign up and get more information. Make sure to update your profile with your tri club affiliation.

Have a great time running, swimming and riding this month.






Thank you,

Joanne Gilchrist

CTC President

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