It's time to don your favorite yellow jersey and brush up on your best Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen quotes ("The peleton is riding like scalded cats!") because it's the TOUR de FRANCE!
This year, Susan and Burt Chandler have generously offered to host our club at their home for a cook out! - Saturday July 23rd at 5:00pm.
We'll be firing up the grill with some burgers, burger fixin's, and an assortment of beer. BYO fussy stuff. Bring your favorite side or dessert to share with the group (yellow, green and polka dot cupcakes anyone?).
Address: 3040 Old Ivy Rd. Irondale, AL 35210
Want to win a snazzy jersey that will make all your fellow triathletes GREEN with envy? Well then...Tuesday July 5, 12, and 19th the club will host a just for fun Le Tour de Birmingham. You will have to log onto the clubs STRAVA account to join. Strava segments for the contest will be listed below and we will have segments for both long and short course. Workouts will automatically download from your Garmin Connect account or you can use the Strava app on your phone. This fun contest is open to current club members only.
We will award both a Male and Female winner in the following categories:
Yellow Jersey - The 3 week average of each riders MPH in the combined segments. You can choose which route you do (long course or short) since it’s only average MPH.
This strava segment will NOT have the Karl Daly loop in it, but you can still ride Karl Daly to compete in the Polka Dot competition. This way someone NOT wanting to climb can still participate.
Polka Dot Jersey - The rider with the fastest average time climbing Karl Daly Rd (from the stop sign to the top).
White Jersey- Best New Rider (must be new to cycling within the last 2 years). We will take the average MPH for all 3 weeks. ***please let the club know if you qualify for this category.***
Green Jersey - Most Improved Time over the 3 week period. This will be based on your average MPH in the segments.
BONUS POINTS are awarded for each ride you participate in, so the person who is the fastest but only comes to one ride, may not win the jersey. The rider who participates each week has the best chance. PARTICIPATION COUNTS!
The following Strava segments will be the designated “zones” that we will award points:
$11. Ruffner – Fields to Parish Lane (long course). Irondale – Industrial Pace line until first RR crossing (short course).
$12. John Rodgers top of hill to Bridge (long course). BOT – Hwy 78 Pace line zone to the hill (short course).
$13. Dash Down the parkway (mtn. brook parkway) – both courses.
July 5th we kick things off with the first weeks ride and a social at Billy’s Bar and Grill located in English Village. The club will buy all the yummy appetizers and have them available when you arrive!
An example of how it works:
Matt - 1st place: 10 points + 5 participation = 15
Jake - 2nd place: 8 points + 5 participation = 13
Burt - 3rd place: 6 points + 5 participation = 11
4th place and below: 4 points + 5 Participation = 9
*These points are added to the July 12th and 19th rider points.
Craig - 1st place: 10 points +5 = 15 (did not come to July 5th ride - NO extra points)
Jake - 2nd place: 8 points + 5 = 13 + 13 from July 5th = 26 POINTS
Max - 3rd place: 6 points + 5 = 11 + 9 from July 5th = 20 points
4th place and below: 4 points + 5 participation (Burt placed 8th so he has 9 from this week and 9 from last week = 18).
*Jake is winning because he had good rides both weeks. Max moves into 2nd place because he came both weeks. Burt is in 3rd even though he finished in the back because he participated both weeks. This will make the July 19th ride VERY important.
You can participate in all categories (except Best New Rider - unless you meet the 2 year qualification), but you can only win ONE jersey (someone can not take both the yellow and polka dot - Sorry, we want to share the fun!).
To Join the Vulcan Tri Club on Strava:
1. Create a Strava account if you don’t currently have one. (Don’t worry, it’s free!)
2. Under the “Explore” tab at the top, choose “Clubs”.
3. Type in “Vulcan Tri” in the box asking to search for Club Name. You can leave location box blank. Make sure the circle “All” is check-marked and then hit Search.
4. The Vulcan Tri club page should appear and you can Join from there.
Did you miss your opportunity to order a club cycle or tri kit?
Good news! We will be opening the store one more time this year for you to get your orders in! Stay tuned for more information about when the store will officially open. We'll have posts on our Facebook page and in the upcoming newsletters.
This summer the Mountain Brook YMCA will be hosting a couple of week long programs designed to help kids become interested in triathlon. Please read the flyer below for all the details! Below the flyer is a link for signing up!
To sign up your child today: Sign Up
Vulcan Tri Kits are in! If you did not pick up your order Tuesday night we will have other options available. Please check our Facebook Page for pick up opportunities or contact
for more information.