CTC President’s Report July 2019

Chico Tri Club raised $826.40 for the Rebuild Honey Run Covered Bridge fund from sales of our club’s designed Honey Run Covered Bridge jerseys. A big thank you to Tony English for designing this amazing jersey and thank you to everyone who purchased one. The efforts to rebuild our much loved Covered Bridge are well underway.

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. We really need everyone’s help for recruiting volunteers for make the event a success.

Here is a link to the Black Butte tri volunteer sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054AAEAA2EAAFB6-black1

CTC is happy to announce our newest sponsor: Royal Aire Heating, Air & Solar who has come on board as a platinum sponsor. Perfect timing with our current hot weather. Check them out online: https://wecareroyalaire.com/

Our next club event is the Practice Triathlon at Black Butte Lake on August 17th.

We’ll have boats out in the water to ensure swim safety and we’ll go over the basics of smooth and fast transitions. We’ll head out on the bike course together and have the directions for the run available. You can do the entire distance or practice with doing a shorter distance.

The next monthly “first Thursday” 10 mile time trial on River Road is Thursday August 1st.   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 members Eric Ayars and Shawn Hughes for volunteering to put on this monthly event.



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 have started now that the One Mile pool is open. Show up between 6:30-7 AM and swim for an hour or for as long as you’d like. This is a great way to practice how it feels to swim in a wetsuit.

2019 Club Events

Check out the CTC website for more details and locations TBD

Practice Tri at Black Butte Lake: August 17th

Year End Party: November 23rd

2019 Club Races

We have 2 more club races this year:  

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

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

Volunteer opportunities

We have the following volunteer opportunities remaining for the Club:

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 July 2019 is Paul Ricketts. Paul recently moved out of the area, but still represents CTC at races.  Be on the look out for Paul’s 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.

Here is the May Athlete of the Month Interview with Louis Davis:

Louis joined CTC this year.  He and his wife and 5 year old son lost their home in the Camp Fire.  A month after the fire his wife gave birth to a baby girl!  While living with family, caring for a new baby, and all of the coping and overwhelming details following the fire Louis continued to train. Louis did his first triathlon in April.  Prior to triathlon Louis did Spartan races, Wildflower cycling and Ultra Running. Louis started triathlon training to try something new. Already comfortable with running and biking, Louis went outside of his comfort zone to add swimming. He feels his strongest leg is the bike. Louis is a regular on the Monday night runs. He has also been to the track workout. He recently joined the Friday night bike ride and really enjoyed it. When asked what is his favorite piece of equipment aside from his bike, he replied that it is his hat because it keeps his hair out of his face. Louis big goal for this year is to race the ½ in Tahoe. Something you may not know about him is that he did a 100K run. Louis is a dedicated athlete and we are glad to have him in the club. iathlon training to try something new.  Already comfortable with running and biking, Lewis went outside of his comfort zone to add swimming. He feels his strongest leg is the bike.  Lewis' is a regular on the Monday night runs.  He has also been to the track workout.  He recently joined the Friday night bike ride and really enjoyed it.  When asked what is his favorite piece of equipment aside from his bike, he replied that it is his hat because it keeps his hair out of his face.    Lewis' big goal for this year is to race the 1/2 in Tahoe.    Something you may not know about him is that he did a 100K run.  Lewis is a dedicated athlete and we are glad to have him in the club. 

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:

USAP Events- 15% discount on races. www.usapevents.com

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

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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