Friday, January 27, 2012

The Leechtown Invitational

Get ready for a Sunday in hell.


If you’re reading this, it’s because we thought you’d be a perfect candidate for our upcoming exercise in self-flagellation and cycling-culture revelry.

Consider this a formal invitation to pit yourself against a field of worthy competitors in Victoria’s finest early-season bicycle race: The Leechtown Invitational.

The Parcours

  • All 56 km of the Galloping Goose regional trail.
  • A mostly flat route, passing through busy road crossings, rural farmland, and ocean side overlooks, with the occasional steep gravel pitch to break up the peloton.
  • The potential for punctures, errant Labradors, or team treachery.
  • A final 20km of loose uphill gravel will sap what strength remains from the riders, finishing with a potential sprint finish.
  • The Invitational is a rouleur’s race - long breaks or an all-or-nothing last minute effort.

  • Sunday, February 12th, 2012.
  • Meet at The Switch Bridge (Recyclista’s Bike Collective, 5 Crease Ave, Victoria, BC)
  • $10 cash entry
  • There will be a car at the start line that will greet racers at the finish. Feel free to bring a bag of warm clothes for after the race and stash it in the trunk.
  • No shuttle back to Victoria. Expect to ride home after the finish, or make other arrangements.
  • When we say invitational, we’re kidding...mostly. If you know of anyone who would be up for a challenge, have them fire an e-mail to and then register below.

The Rules:

  • 10 am start.
  • Stick to the Goose. Gentleman’s (or women’s) honour.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Team tactics encouraged.
  • First three finishers win beer, high-fives and everlasting glory.


  1. Yup. Get excited!

    Registration begins 9:30 tomorrow am.

    We'll be doing a rain dance late tonight, hoping for a few showers to keep the trail muddy and the Goose users at bay.

  2. n.b

    We will have a car at the start in which racers can stash a thermos of coffee, warm clothes, or their better judgement.

    The Leechtown will have a neutralized roll-out commencing at 10am. Pre-reg from 9:30 onwards.


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