CTC President’s Report August 2019

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

Where did the summer go? It’s amazing how quickly the summer flew by. I hope everyone had a great summer season and are gearing up for our last two club races, the Mt. Shasta Tinman and of course our own Black Butte Triathlon. We still need volunteers for BBT, so if you are not able to race we really need your help! We had a great time at the Black Butte Practice tri on August 17th. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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

Registration is also still 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 next (and last of the season) monthly “first Thursday” 10 mile time trial on River Road is Thursday September 5th.   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.


We’ll have our last Friday morning “open water” swim workout on Friday 8/30/19. These open water swim workouts will resume in the spring.

2019 Club Events

Check out the CTC website for more details.

Year End Party: November 23rd at the Arc Pavillion on Park Ave in Chico.

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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B054AAEAA2EAAFB6-black1

November 3rd 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 Greg Watkins. Greg has been competing in triathlons for over 20 years and embodies the multisport lifestyle!  Be on the look out for Greg’s interview to learn more about his continued success in our sport.

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:

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

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

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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