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Triple Bypass July 14- Anyone riding?(11 posts)

Triple Bypass July 14- Anyone riding?moneyman
Jul 3, 2001 9:24 AM
I will be for the first time. Last year my early back injury put me out of training for it, but this year I am in better shape than ever. A bit concerned about 129 miles and 10,00 feet of climbing at altitude, even though I live at 6,000 feet. I am very much looking forward to it, however.

Anyone else doing this?

re: Triple Bypass July 14- Anyone riding?ColnagoFE
Jul 3, 2001 10:52 AM
yup...even getting new wheelset in time to test it out. have done all those passes before but never all in one day. should be a good ride. hope the weather cooperates. i think there was some lightning last year. if you see some doofus struggling up the hills on a 62cm black colnago master xl say hi!
As soon as I get an EPO transfusionMeDotOrg
Jul 3, 2001 12:06 PM
Does anyone do this who doesn't train at altitude? Should anyone who trains at sea level even think about this ride?
Triple Bypass TipsBipedZed
Jul 3, 2001 12:39 PM
I live in Denver and did the TB for the first time last year. Overall it is more mentally challenging than physically challenging. Squaw Pass goes by really fast and you drop fast down into Idaho Springs. Surprisingly, the portion between Idaho Springs and the Loveland ski area is the most difficult. It is roughly 30 miles of climbing, nothing steep but relentless and usually with a headwind. It was here last year that I seriously doubted I would finish the ride knowing that I was less than half way. Then you see Loveland Pass coming up in the distance and it seems like a wall. Get to the Loveland ski area and eat lunch. Loveland Pass actually goes very quickly and isn't too difficult with a 39x25. Once you are over Loveland, the rest of the ride is relatively moderate. Vail Pass from the east isn't too steep and you have a 25 mile downhill to Avon.
The thing to keep in mind is that the lowest point mentally will be the section to Loveland ski area, from there on it gets much easier.

Last year I was in decent shape and did it in 7 hours not including rest stops (don't stop too long except for Loveland). This year I'm shooting for under 6.5 hours.
waiting for Denver to AspenJiggy
Jul 3, 2001 1:33 PM
200 miles, 13,000+ ft, and Independence Pass (12,095) at the end- yeah!!!
No way!!Cima Coppi
Jul 3, 2001 2:15 PM
Yeah, and I'll wait to see half the cyclists get killed riding on HWY. 285!!! There's no f&*#!~g way I'd ride that route on a bicycle. Have you seen how all of those transplant Texans and Californians drive in Jeffco alone?

Good luck, hope you come of it ALIVE!!!

you could always raceColnagoFE
Jul 3, 2001 2:48 PM
in the Red Zinger...140 miles from Boulder to Breckenridge...some over rutted gravel mountain passes.
Open to Pro/1/2 onlyBipedZed
Jul 3, 2001 3:12 PM
Unfortunately, only the crits in Breckenridge are open to 3/4s. Actually that is probably a good thing as I would be stupid enough to enter the RR if I could.
probably for the bestColnagoFE
Jul 3, 2001 3:44 PM
a freind of mine was checking into whether or not lower cats could ride the same course...I'll skip the crit.
Did you see the start time?Peetey
Jul 4, 2001 8:33 AM
The Denver start is at 2:30 AM(!) in the Tech Center.

Um, next year. Yeah thats it!

I did Independence Pass about 15 years ago and was surprised how easy it was. (Ahh youth).
re: Triple Bypass July 14- Anyone riding?Von Zip
Jul 3, 2001 7:13 PM
I lived and biked from Dillon for over a decade. You should not have too much of a problem sucking air being somewhat used to it from 6,000. It's is usually the flat-landers that really suffer.