Victoria Segment Challenge

Strava segment snipers rejoice,
the bane of coaches everywhere is back!
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It's time to drop some watts!

Season 5 is has begun!

Sign-up form is now active, scroll down to the next section!

Season 5’s theme is Rider’s Choice! So YOU get to help shape the season!

The form is now closed, but thank you ALL for so many great suggestions, I think it’s been an amazing season so far, and a few weeks left!


Background

Inspired by the COVID ‘KOMpetition’ series (chapeau Dirtious J Dirt for the OG in 2020, and Dan Blackwell in 2021!), the Victoria Segment Challenge is a fun grassroots series for riders of any level to challenge themselves, compete with friends, and find new roads and routes! It’s basically individual time trials, done on your own schedule.

Simply put, every week for 10 weeks we feature two segments, and riders can go ride them as fast or slow as they want. The main goal for the is to (hopefully!) check out some new road and routes. Segments times are tracked, and if you’re feeling competitive, give it a go. I collect results and scores, and there’s a ton of awesome draw prizes each week thanks to our supporters (see below)! You do need a Strava account, but doesn’t matter if it’s free or paid, all are welcome. And jump in any time – join the fun part way through!

Season 5 is on the road, but keep an eye out for Season 6 in the late summer, where we hit the trails and go gravel!

Here’s the PDF for the Season 5 poster.

A Little History

Safety is a huge priority of course, and all efforts are made to select quiet roads/trails that are low traffic, but please do not take any unnecessary risks, this is just for run!

Da Rules

Riding with friends is great, but remember these are solo efforts, no drafting!
Victoria Segment Challenge Rules & Sign-Up

A few rules to try to keep things fun for all:

  • There’s a full week to complete segments, ride any time you wish, as many times as you wish, your fastest result will be the one that counts.
  • Make sure your ride(s) is ‘public’Β on Strava so I can see it in the segment list.
  • The hard cut-off is 6pm Sunday when I pull the results from the segments, if you upload after that, tough luck!
  • These are to be SOLO efforts! You are not allowed help! Cannot draft another rider during any portion of a segment. Any riders found to be cheating will be removed from the competition. (It’s fine being side-by-side with a friend however, since there is no drafting benefit.)
  • Bikes: this is intended to be done on road bikes, ‘Merckx-style‘ – no aero bars! TT bikes are fine if riding on the drop bars. No swapping between road and gravel bikes. (Tho if you only have a gravel bike, fine to ride that all the time.) Main intention is to level the field, and not turn this into an arms race!
  • Do not edit your Strava ride files. Do not crop your ride files to the segments. There must be a ‘substantial’ amount of time and distance before and after each segment, so it’s part of a ‘ride’, and not an edited/cropped file of only the segment. This is supposed to be a fun cycling challenge, not a hack-a-thon.
  • Safety safety safety – please follow the rules of the road!

There are Female and Open categories, and you can select A, B or C. A typically are pretty fit folk, C’s are definitely on the more casual end of the spectrum, or just planning to ride the segments as a fun destination or goal each week!

  • A’s should know who you are! For Open A, if your 1hr FTP has been over 4w/kg, this is for you. For Female A, above 3.6w/kg.
  • Open C’s should be below 3w/kg, Female C’s under 2.6w/kg for 1hr FTP.
  • B’s should find themselves in-between these.
  • If unfamiliar, or unsure, just add a note. I will move riders around if necessary. Riders can upgrade during the ‘season’, but will lose half their points.

And yes, it’s totally free!

The segments will be a rich variety of roads – there will be climbs, but there will be sprints. Some will be short, and some may end up rather long efforts! (And all appropriate for 23mm road tires, no crazy gravel sections!) Most will be within 20-60mins riding distance from the Switch Bridge. The segments themselves will normally be nearby each other as well, so reasonable to do in one ride.

To join the Victoria Segment Challenge:

Step 1: Sign-Up Form (Google Docs form)

Step 2: Join our Strava Group (This makes it easy for me to sort our riders out on each segment.)

Sorry, but failure to follow these two steps will likely result in omission from weekly results.

Weekly Updates: Each week on Sunday evening I’ll send out an email and post in the Strava group an update with the weekly results and upcoming segments! Sign-up for emails is at the bottom of the page. Note: the upcoming segments WILL be updated each Sunday night for sure, so check in the evening if you tend to ride them on Mondays.

Season 5 Archives – if you missed a week, you can check them all out here! The full email Newsletter Archive can be found here as well!

Any questions? Hopefully most questions are answered, but feel free to send a note!

And for those keen on past segments, check the blog posts for previous Season Reports, there’s an archive of all the segments there!

Our Strava Group Stats!
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This Week's Segments

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?πŸ˜‰)

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!! πŸš΅β€β™€οΈ

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 #7 –Β  Hints

Note: full details will be posted Sunday evening! Hints may change as well.. Now featuring the “CR” (Course Record) time estimate, scale to your riding ability.

Segment 7A: Yet another submission, another uncommon road and undulating climb, but I’m REALLY looking for to it, CR is under 2mins.

Segment 7B: Another rematch from the KOMpetition, it’s , CR is also under 2mins.

The Scores - how are you doing?!

Results!

Below are our Season 5 results! Note the tabs at the bottom to flip between overall and individual weeks. Please contact me if there are any errors. If a PDF is preferred, simply click here! Here is the full link to the GoogleDoc. (You can view the Notes each week for the Bonus and Curse details, which doesn’t show up in the table below.)

Below are the Season 5 results – get inspired and join in if you’re not already! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Thanks to our supporters!

A massive thank-you to the businesses below for contributing to ourΒ  Season 5 draw prizes!

Season 5 Prize List! (So much great swag!)

Each week we’ll be giving away a bunch of this awesome swag by random draw!

Note: limit of 2 draw wins per person, until all names have been drawn!

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 the ‘A’ 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! πŸ˜‰ )
  • 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.
  • Birthday Bonus – if you ride one of the weekly segments on your birthday, and let me know, and you’ll get 5 bonus points! (Note: you have to email me before 6pm Sunday that week so I know.)
  • 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!)

Help Get Word Out!

Ain’t this more fun with more people? Help get word out! Follow our social channels, and share posts, mention what you’re doing on your Strava rides, invite friends to sign up and join you, get your clubs and bike shops to get word out!

Anything Confusing?

Fire over a note on the contact page if you’ve got any questions, ideas, suggestions, etc!

Bonus Tip

Browse the site, you might find something helpful – like here’s my blog post covering the basics for getting PRs on segments. πŸ˜‰

Good luck and have fun!

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