Victoria Segment Challenge – Season 5 Segment Archives

Victoria Segment Challenge – Season 5 Segment Archives

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It's time to drop some watts!

Below is an archive of each week’s segments, relive the suffering!

When done, we’ll have a season final report here as well!

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This Week's Segments

Week #1 – June 10th – 16th – Wallace & Climbit

We’re baaack! Season 5 is a go, and we’ve got a couple great segments to kick off with! We’re headed out near Brentwood with a longer flat one ending with a nice kick, and a flashback to one of the very first from the OG KOMpetition series!

1A is also the first of our Rider’s Choice segments! Both Travis O and Travis F suggested something fairly similar, so I came up with this. After creating it I realized the Tour de Vic rolls through here, so lots of speedy times, but I bet a concerted effort could topple the QOM and KOM. (And whatever happened to Torin? He moved to UBC and doesn’t appear to have ridden this year?) Reminder that if I use your suggested segment, you’re immune to the LL curse for that segment!

Segment 1A Name: Willis Points to the Garden Gate – look up!
Deets: 3.69km, 48m elevation gain.
This is a new segment, QOM is Mega Rath with a 6:33, KOM is Torin Halvorson with a 6:03 & LL is Ken Miller with 1 effort!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/37056751

No need to ease into the segments this season, we’ve all been riding for a few months, right! While on the long side, it’s quite flat for the first 3km on Wallace. Then we make a fun right-hander onto Garden Gate Drive – this is another one almost everyone has ridden by, but many haven’t ever ridden up! It’s a neat little loop, but we’ve got a nice and obvious finish point (and start) for this new segment.

Segment 1B Name: Durrance Road
Deets: 1.13km, 7m elevation gain. (Definitely not right! Closer to 40m.)
This is an existing segment, QOM is Holly Henry with a 2:35, KOM is Clayton Hiltz with a 2:05 & LL is Dave Vunic with 2 efforts!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/2085147

UPDATE: Will be using this segment instead, easier to trigger the finish point: https://www.strava.com/segments/37110149

This one appeared in the second week (I think!) of the KOMpetition back in 2020 – I’d never been up this road before!! It’s also off Wallace, watch the bridge where you turn in, fortunately the segment starts a bit after. The surface isn’t great, and note that the end is a bit tricky; make sure you aim for the left side of the road to make sure you trigger the segment end!

SUGGESTED ROUTING

Not too many options getting out here, the most direct from the Switch Bridge area is Interurban to West Saanich to Wallace. A more fun/pleasant route might take you along Lochside, and head up Sayward, crossing the highway there, and doubling back to Spartan, and then down West Saanich/Wallace. I wouldn’t advise Keating/Benvenuto – the latter is a gross, concrete surface that has huge cuts in it, not fun to ride on.

Happy riding!! 🚵‍♀️

Extra Tip: Strava for some dumb reason doesn’t let you save Segments as Routes. But here’s a website where you can enter the segment, and download the GPX file so you can ride it as a route: https://www.doogal.co.uk/SegmentExplorer (Thanks Spencer for the tip!!) Also, if you’re ever trying to find out when you rode a specific road, Find That Ride is an amazing website: https://www.findthatride.com/activitymap

Week #2 – June 17th – 23rd – It’s Leg Day!

There’s gonna be a lot of ties this week, as we’ve got two very short but steep segments! Maria sent in the suggestion of Sparton Climb, and since Elkwood is right around the corner, let’s stick with the ‘short and steep’ theme this week with a double-header!

Segment 2A Name: Sparton Climb
Deets: 0.38km, 28m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is The Squaremeat with 44s, KOM is Chuck Detheridge with 35s & LL is Holly Henry with 11 efforts!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/1947833

Let’s go anaerobic!! You can get a nice run-in into this one (wait until the road is clear, you’ve got a great view) – plus you can catch some air on the speed hump! 😲 And then it’ll be over before you know it! Thanks again to Maria for the suggestion!

Segment 2B Name: Elkwood Wall
Deets: 0.36km, 20m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is Steph Martinek with a 58s, KOM is Andrew Stewart Jones with 46s & LL is Shamus Ford with 4 efforts!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/18677544

If you’ve ridden with me along Oldfield, chances are I’ve gone up Elkwood – it’s a really fun detour (full segment here: https://www.strava.com/segments/3697866 – I’d love to feature this as a Segment, but that second corner is just a little too risky..) Similar to Sparton, it’s short and steep, but with an extra corner, and ends a bit down the downhill.

SUGGESTED ROUTING

Similar to last week, not the greatest options getting out here. The most direct from the Switch Bridge area is Interurban to West Saanich. A more fun/pleasant route might take you along Lochside, and head up Sayward, crossing the highway there, and doubling back to Sparton. (Or up Amblewood if you know the route.) If coming from the West Shore, Prospect Lake works well. But be sure to enjoy the Elkwood Alternative segment above, and hopefully add a fun new option to your routing! (I usually continue south on Oldfield/Old West for a really fun downhill!)

Happy riding!! 🚵‍♀️

Extra Tip: Strava for some dumb reason doesn’t let you save Segments as Routes. But here’s a website where you can enter the segment, and download the GPX file so you can ride it as a route: https://www.doogal.co.uk/SegmentExplorer (Thanks Spencer for the tip!!) Also, if you’re ever trying to find out when you rode a specific road, Find That Ride is an amazing website: https://www.findthatride.com/activitymap

Week #3 – June 24th – 30th – Oh no, not Seamist too!

We’re back in my favourite part of town (apparently!) It’s another Rider’s Choice plus seggie, as well as a short climb – and I’ve never actually done either in full! Apologies for 3 weeks in Saanich, next week we’ll be heading west for a couple big’uns! 😲

Segment 3A Name: Sea Ridge Dr Climb
Deets: 0.95km, 86m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is k kit with a 3:31, KOM is Nigel Ellsay with a 2:30 & LL is Jason Gammon with 2 efforts!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/897120

This week’s suggestion comes from Travis O again, it’s another I’ve had in mind, but thought I’d spare y’all…and we can all blame Travis now! 😂 Many have done Seapearl, as well as Seamist, but not so many have combined both for the ‘uber climb’. Save something in the legs for the final kick!

Segment 3B Name: Walema to Blakeney Place
Deets: 0.64km, 53m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is Rhonda Callender with a 2:31, KOM is Adam Giles with a 1:31 & LL is Laura Brown with 9 effort!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/9894582

We’ve all ridden by here, but only FOUR in the group have ever ridden up! (And 65 ‘ever’!) I was browsing around the segment map looking for something to compliment Seamist, and spotted this little brute, and our own Laura Brown had recently done intervals up it, so figured it looks like a good spot to give it a go on, it’ll be a surprise for nearly all of us!

SUGGESTED ROUTING

Both segments are off Lochside, so pretty straight-forward getting to them, but afterwards, if you finish up on Seamist, you might enjoy a little route to get over to Sayward – you continue along Seamist, and there’s a few turns, but ends on Sayward (where you can go left to Elk Lake, or back down Cordova.) This is a nice alternative to Lochside as well if you start on Royal Oak and head up Amblewood (and is great in the reverse direction too), here’s a Strava route file: https://www.strava.com/routes/3239642508204530090

Happy riding!! 🚵‍♀️

Extra Tip: Strava for some dumb reason doesn’t let you save Segments as Routes. But here’s a website where you can enter the segment, and download the GPX file so you can ride it as a route: https://www.doogal.co.uk/SegmentExplorer (Thanks Spencer for the tip!!) Also, if you’re ever trying to find out when you rode a specific road, Find That Ride is an amazing website: https://www.findthatride.com/activitymap

Week #4 – July 1st – 7th – A Whole Lotta Lindholm

We’re finally headed west, and we’ve got a couple bigger ones to test the legs and lungs!

Segment 4A Name: ‘dis ain’t yer mamma’s segment…
Deets: 2.29km, 107m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is The Squaremeat with a 7:13, KOM is Shay A with a 6:38 & LL is Qionton Disera with 1 effort!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/5279815

Another one many have ridden by, but only 5 in the group have ridden! (The QOM was set when we were checking it out last year!) It doesn’t seem like the top times are anywhere near max efforts, so there’s probably lots of potential for the QOM and KOM to change hands a few times. A big thanks to Dave B for suggesting this one, it’s been on my radar for over a year, glad to finally (have an excuse to) use it!

Segment 4B Name: Infinite Content, Infinite Content, We’re Infinitely Content 🎶
Deets: 5.92km, 136m elevation gain.
This is a new segment, QOM is Mega Rath with a 10:12, KOM is Clayton Hiltz with a 9:37 & LL is David Boyd with 1 effort!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/37164103

Donell suggested a MUCH longer one (start of Happy Valley all the way around to Kangaroo and back down Sooke Rd back to where you started!) Which was a bit long (and dangerous, not a fan of the Sooke highway), but it inspired this one. I intentionally left off going up Lindholm, tho it was tempting. This is also part of a VCL course, so it’ll be interesting to see if any individual can top what appears to be a group of three that set the top times….

SUGGESTED ROUTING

This is a ways out of town, easiest is to get yourself onto Happy Valley Road and it’s a pretty flat, fast shot along there! There are several options of getting from the Goose to Happy Valley – here’s my preference, tho it’s a bit of a wiggle that gets you there with fairly minimal traffic or busy roadways: https://www.strava.com/routes/3107750435997229492

Happy riding!! 🚵‍♀️

Extra Tip: Strava for some dumb reason doesn’t let you save Segments as Routes. But here’s a website where you can enter the segment, and download the GPX file so you can ride it as a route: https://www.doogal.co.uk/SegmentExplorer (Thanks Spencer for the tip!!) Also, if you’re ever trying to find out when you rode a specific road, Find That Ride is an amazing website: https://www.findthatride.com/activitymap

Week #5 – July 8th – 14th – Rocky Point Remediation

A bit further out of town than last week, but don’t worry, they’re both short segments, and only one is a bit of a climb! Two more new ones for me, both suggested by our members once again!

Segment 5A Name: Rocky Road
Deets: 1.60km, 14m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is salena anderson with a 2:28, KOM is Jean-Paul Condon with a 1:41 & LL is Jean-Paul Condon with 13 efforts!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/23867596

I don’t have any record on Strava having ridden this one, but looks like a pretty straight shot with bit of a drop at the start, and a short kick at the end, looks fun and fast! The KOM and QOM are a little suss…e-bikes?! Props to Glennon for suggesting this one!

Segment 5B Name: Pearson College Return
Deets: 1.00km, 59m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is C Pendrel with a 3:25, KOM is Rob Britton with a 2:26 & LL is Mike Jones with 2 efforts!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/1181254

Another that I haven’t been on! Louis suggested this area, and browsing a few options along that stretch, went with this segment – appears to be a nice climb with a bit of a descent at the end. The watts aren’t terribly high, so I suspect we’ll see the top times change hands.

SUGGESTED ROUTING

Similar area of town to last week – if sticking to the roads, Happy Valley to Rocky Point might be the easiest… If you’re okay with light gravel, the Goose is very flat and takes you to both and avoids most elevation! You can also jump on the Goose off Rocky Pt to get to Pearson for a shortcut, otherwise you’re going all the way around to William Head Rd (which is a pretty fun road in and of itself if unfamiliar!)

Happy riding!! 🚵‍♀️

Extra Tip: Strava for some dumb reason doesn’t let you save Segments as Routes. But here’s a website where you can enter the segment, and download the GPX file so you can ride it as a route: https://www.doogal.co.uk/SegmentExplorer (Thanks Spencer for the tip!!) Also, if you’re ever trying to find out when you rode a specific road, Find That Ride is an amazing website: https://www.findthatride.com/activitymap

Week #6 – July 15th – 21st – Speed Farms!

We’re out in the farmland around Island View this week, with another new segment, and another rematch from last year – ready to head back up Dooley? (And wouldn’t riding up Island View be just a little too predictable?😉)

Segment 6A Name: Corny
Deets: 3.28km, 54m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is Rhonda Callender with a 7:38, KOM is Andrew McCartney with a 5:47 & LL is Travis Orr with 2 efforts! (Immune to the LL curse since it’s his Rider’s Choice!)
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/13059293

Another new-to-me segment, we’ve got an out-and-back, and another Rider’s Choice thanks to Travis O! I might have ridden part of this some time…but never this entire segment! It appears to have a fairly gentle rise to the end, quick dip, and a decent cul-de-sac to turn around in, and then double-back. You make a left hand coming back on Puckland, probably with a bit of speed, but it’s a pretty quiet road so shouldn’t be much of an issue, but do be careful as always! And looking at the CR speeds, I expect both the QOM and KOM to change hands, likely a few times once again!

Segment 6B Name: No time to stop for Ms. Dooley!
Deets: 4.31km, 84m elevation gain.
This is an existing segment, QOM is The Squaremeat with a 8:41, KOM is Damian Parlee with a 7:14 & LL is no one!
Link: https://www.strava.com/segments/34090166

Many will remember this one from last year – it’s got a great mix of terrain, starting with some flat, then a nice rise up Martindale, around the corner where the speed picks back up, then onto Dooley, and wham! A little wall, then a grinder to the end. Be sure to save something for the finish!! Think you’ll improve on your previous time?

SUGGESTED ROUTING

These are both right off Lochside, so pretty easy to get to from town, and part of the standard ‘loop’. If coming from Westshore, I’d cut across Elk Lake and come down Sayward via Hunt and cruise to whichever segment starting point you feel like hitting first!

Happy riding!! 🚵‍♀️

Extra Tip: Strava for some dumb reason doesn’t let you save Segments as Routes. But here’s a website where you can enter the segment, and download the GPX file so you can ride it as a route: https://www.doogal.co.uk/SegmentExplorer (Thanks Spencer for the tip!!) Also, if you’re ever trying to find out when you rode a specific road, Find That Ride is an amazing website: https://www.findthatride.com/activitymap

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Boring Stuff

Have fun and ride safe!
Scoring

Scoring is geared towards rewarding the consistent!

For each segment completed, points will be awarded this way for the A, B & C fields:

1st – 50pts
2nd – 47pts
3rd – 45pts
4th – 43pts
5th – 41pts
6th – 40pts (and one point spread beyond 6th, to 30pts, which all below this will receive.)

Bonus Points

There are a few opportunities to score extra points! Since these are awarded to ‘one’ person each week, the rider may be Open or Female, A, B or C. Some are random, some you can actually go for.

  • New QOM/KOM – if a new QOM or KOM is set on the segment, that rider gets an extra 5pts.
  • Time Bonus – a time will be secretly pre-selected for each segment, any who happen to ride that exact time will be awarded 5pts.
  • The Early Bird – the earliest locked-in effort for each segment will get 5pts. (Eg: someone might preview the segment on Monday, and be the ‘first’, but if they ride it again and their final result tops that one, then the second is what counts – sorry, I just don’t want to have to refresh the segment pages constantly! 😉
  • The Socialite – tag @AboutTheRideCA on Twitter, FB or IG in a post relating to the competition, and my favourite post each week will get 5pts.
  • Bonus Segments – some weeks there may be a bonus challenge, it won’t be scored like the others, but a declared number of points will be awarded to all who simply complete that segment.
Curses

But it’s not all roses – there are also a few ways to lose points each segment!

  • Yellow Jersey Curse – if a rider in the competition holds the QOM/KOM at the start, and they fail to defend it, they lose 5pts.
  • Try-Hard Penalty – if a rider becomes the Local Legend during the week of the segment, they lose 5pts. (If they go into it already as the LL, then this will be ignored.)

There’s a few surprises to keep you on your toes! (Also note that in fairness Dave the organizer will be omitted from winning any bonuses, but can collect the curses!)

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