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2020 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)
  • Please bring a red tail light for your bicycle, if you have one.  (A headlight may be desirable as well)
  • 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 2019 you must be an active member of the club to participate in club events. There is no more $5 non-member option. This is due to changes with our USAT insurance.
  • You will not be permitted to participate in the workout if you have been drinking alcohol beforehand. You are permitted to bring your own alcohol for personal consumption following a workout, provided that you do not violate any park rules or laws (no glass containers, no underage drinking, etc). Anyone who brings and/or consumes alcohol at or after a BTC event knowingly and personally assumes the risk of so doing and expressly releases 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 2020

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 Events - Sign-in 5:45pm-6:25pm, workout starts promptly at 6:30pm
Saturday Group Bike Rides and Southtown Events - Sign-in 8:30am-8:55am, workout starts promptly at 9:00am

The Sunday Group Bike Ride on July 12th is planned to start approximately 9:30-10am, allowing members an hour to swim before.

The dates for the two 2 BTC/BBC events in August might flip, and the start times are still TBD.

Date (2020)Event
Thursday May 7th Northtown Brick introduction & orientation
Thursday May 14th
Northtown Time Trial #1 & Group Photo
Saturday May 16th                
BTC Spring Thing
Saturday May 23rd    
Group Bike Ride (East) - 9am - Location TBD
Thursday May 28th
Northtown 1-2-3 Brick
Saturday June 6th
Southtown Brick - 9am
Thursday June 11th
Northtown Time Trial #2
Saturday June 20th
BTC Ontario Scenario & Picnic
Thursday June 25th
Northtown 3-2-3 Brick
Thursday July 2nd    
Northtown 3-2-1 Brick
Sunday July 12th
Group Bike Ride (North) - 10am - Ontario Swim Site
Thursday July 16th
Northtown Time Trial #3
Saturday July 25th
Southtown Brick - 9am
Thursday July 30th
Northtown 3-2-3 Brick
Thursday August 6th *
BTC/BBC West Tillen Hill Climb - Time TBD
Saturday August 15th
BTC Lockport UnDu
Thursday August 20th *
BTC vs BBC Grand Island Time Trial - Time TBD
Thursday August 27th
Northtown 1-2-3 Brick
Saturday August 29th
Group Bike Ride (South) - 9am - Location TBD
Saturday September 5th
Southtown Brick - 9am
Thursday September 10th
Northtown Time Trial #4 (Members' Memorial)
Thursday September 17th
Northtown 1-1-1 Brick -or- Time Trial Make-Up Date
Wednesday September 23rd
Final Lake Erie swim + end-of-season get together

* tentative / pending ... avoiding possible Orchard Park Bills game day