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Brick Overview & Schedule

Refer to the site-specific pages for locations, routes, maps, & scoring details:
1. Definition
A "brick" workout is any training session that involves two or more of three triathlon disciplines.  In most cases brick workouts tend to include biking and running, which is the case for the BTC brick workouts.  The origin of the term is a bit of a mystery.  Some say that it came from the combination of Bike-Run-ICK!  But others claim that the term was first coined by a couple of pro triathletes who felt that combining multiple disciplines together in these types of workouts was just like stacking building blocks, or bricks, to build to something larger.  Thus after finishing the workout one of them said "just another brick in the wall," inspired by the Pink Floyd song.
From May to September the BTC holds brick workouts and bicycle time trials.  Many of the workouts are timed and awards are presented at the year end banquet or picnic.

2. Rules
  • You must wear a helmet on all bike rides
  • You must follow all USAT rules (no drafting, no earphones, etc)
  • Glass containers are not permitted in the park (both Chestnut Ridge & North Amherst)
  • The park closes at 9pm (both Chestnut Ridge & North Amherst)
  • BTC members must sign themselves in prior to beginning the workout (you cannot sign in for someone else)
  • We can accommodate a maximum of 60 participants for the timed Northtown bricks, due to safety concerns and logistics.  Entry is first-come, first-served.  As noted above, you must sign yourself in.  As of the end of the 2012 season we have never had more than 60 at a workout, but we did have exactly 60 one week, and often have 50 or more.
  • Friends are welcomed. They must sign in and follow the rules. Also, a $5 insurance fee is required from all non-members for each workout they attend.
  • If your friends will not abide by these rules, please do not bring them to the workouts.  If you want to work out with a non-compliant friend, do not sign in or join club members in their workouts. This is due to legal and insurance concerns.
  • Members will not be permitted to participate in the workout if they have been drinking alcohol beforehand. Members are permitted to bring their own alcohol for personal consumption following a workout, provided that they do not violate any park rules or laws (no glass containers, no underage drinking, etc). Any members who bring and/or consume alcohol at or after a BTC event knowingly and personally assume the risk of so doing and expressly release from liability the BTC and all BTC officers and members.  (Note: at Chestnut Ridge beer and wine are allowed only with a shelter permit, and no other types of alcohol are allowed)

3. Schedule for 2015

This schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  Please be sure to watch this schedule along with the BTC online calendar, email list, facebook page, etc,  for any changes and cancellations.  It is very rare for an event to be canceled in advance.  Cancellations due to weather may be made on site at the time that the event is scheduled to start.  Even though it might be raining at 5 pm where you are, it may be clear and sunny at the event site or vice versa!  We'll all do our best to provide advanced notice of event changes/cancellations but your cooperation and patience are also appreciated!

Northtown bricks: Sign-in 5:45pm-6:25pm, workout starts promptly at 6:30pm
Southtown bricks: Sign-in 6:00pm-6:25pm, workout starts promptly at 6:30pm
Date (2015) Event
Thursday May 7th Northtown Brick introduction & orientation
Thursday May 14th Southtown brick
Thursday May 21st Northtown Time Trial #1 & GROUP PHOTO
Thursday May 28th Southtown brick
Thursday June 4th Northtown 3-2-1 Brick
Thursday June 11th Southtown brick
Thursday June 18th Northtown Time Trial #2
Thursday June 25th No brick (Corporate Challenge)
Thursday July 2nd
Southtown brick
Thursday July 9th Northtown 3-3-3 Brick
Thursday July 16th Southtown brick
Thursday July 23rd Northtown 1-2-3 Brick
Thursday July 30th Southtown brick
Thursday August 6th Northtown Time Trial #3
Thursday August 13th BBC-BTC time trial (Grand Island)
Thursday August 20th
Southtown brick
Thursday August 27th Northtown 3-2-3 Brick
Thursday September 3rdSouthtown brick
Thursday September 10thNorthtown 1-2-3 Brick
Thursday September 17th No brick
Thursday September 24th Northtown Members' Memorial Time Trial