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2021 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 2021

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 Saturday Southtown Events - Sign-in 8:30am-8:55am, workout starts promptly at 9:00am

We're still finalizing the 2021 schedule. A few weekend group rides and Southtown events might be added.

Date (2021)Event
Thursday May 6th
Northtown Brick introduction & orientation
Thursday May 13th
Northtown Time Trial #1
Saturday May 15th
BTC Spring Thing - Grand Island
Thursday May 27thNorthtown 1-2-3 Brick
Thursday June 10thNorthtown Time Trial #2
Saturday June 19thOntario Scenario & Picnic - Lake Ontario Swim Site / Porter on the Lake Town Park
Thursday June 24thNorthtown 3-2-1 Brick
Thursday July 8thNorthtown 3-2-3 Brick
Thursday July 22ndNorthtown Time Trial #3
Thursday August 5thNorthtown 3-2-1 Brick
Thursday August 19thNorthtown 1-1-1-1-1 Brick
Sunday August 29thBTC/BBC Time Trial - Grand Island
Thursday September 2nd
Northtown Time Trial #4 (Members' Memorial)
Thursday September 9th
Northtown 1-1-1 Brick