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How many Triple Crown'ers are out there?(12 posts)

How many Triple Crown'ers are out there?sprocket rocket
Aug 28, 2001 10:46 AM
I have decided since my big 40 is a few years away I will up the ante and start doing double centuries. I was suprised to see that only three hundred or so riders acheived Triple Crown status last year (three double centuries in a year and a hella cool Jersey). Are they THAT hard? I can do most centuries with little pain, so how bad can a double be? I am testing the waters with the Knoxville double up in Vacaville this September.
25 doubles and counting.MB1
Aug 28, 2001 10:55 AM
It takes a lot of time and dedication to do the triple. Got to stay in shape all year round and be able to recover before the next ride. Still, it is very do-able.

Remember not to go too fast, eat and drink plenty and you should be fine. Those California doubles are a lot of fun. Mostly good people doing them too.

Miss M lived in DC and got the triple crown. The flights back were pretty tough.
re: How many Triple Crown'ers are out there?Mr. Ed
Aug 28, 2001 10:57 AM
I won the triple crown
depends on youixiz
Aug 28, 2001 11:13 AM
Greatly depends on terrain and how hard you want to ride it

I completed a 400km (brevet) with 22,500 ft climbing in 19 hrs
IF you push it hard it will hurt more, If you ride an 8hr century pace it shouldnt hurt unless you dont refill both food and liquid.
re: How many Triple Crown'ers are out there?SamDC
Aug 28, 2001 11:27 AM
What's the Triple Crown? There's a free jersey involved (reverting back to my undergrad days where I would do anything for a free t-shirt). Thanks!
A Double Century Series in California.MB1
Aug 28, 2001 11:34 AM
You can buy a "Triple Crown" jersey and are a finisher if you complete 3 of about 13 total rides in one year. Some (very few) riders have done all of them in the same year!
Here's a link to the California Triple Crown siteCliff Oates
Aug 28, 2001 11:35 AM
Is there anything similar in the East? (nm)Len J
Aug 28, 2001 12:53 PM
No, unless you want to do a brevet series. Make your own jersey.MB1
Aug 28, 2001 1:03 PM
The long brevets are harder than most doubles. And the California doubles are mostly very well supported and cost a fair amount.

I have a lot of respect for the organizers of the Triple Crown and every one of those rides.
re: no, butcyclopathic
Aug 28, 2001 1:31 PM
do you wanna fly to California 3 times just to get jersey??
Look there's a bunch of people doing 400 and 600km brevets, most of BMB or Gold Rush riders get 3 double centuries on one ride. Do they get a jersey? do they care to get Triple Crown status?

I did 5 double centuries and one triple century this year, one of doubles on dirt (less then 1000' climbing, thanks god) I am not a Triple Crowner and I don't care.

Speaking of doubles it takes time and determination to ride one. With all food/pee stops you're looking ~13-17hr, need lights. No they are not hard, but they can be depends on road/climbing. Triple centuries are much harder, and I know only a few people who did quad century, it is tough!
Aug 28, 2001 2:33 PM
Did 3 this year so far. I'd do a lot more if my job and wife would allow me. Maybe be out of doing more, though, cause of the foot thing.

Fastest 10:14, slowest 12:56.

A double is about the equivalent of running a marathon, in terms of recover and physical damage. If you can comfortably do a century, you can do a double being careful with eating and pace, and a lot of willpower.

4.9 doubles this year...Zignzag
Aug 28, 2001 3:07 PM
Death Valley, Solvang, Davis, Eastern Sierra, and Terrible Two. The .9 was the Death Valley double where it rained and snowed - had to cut that one short. I really enjoyed the Knoxville double last year. It's got all the nice parts of the Davis double, but with Napa Valley riding instead of Central Valley riding. Cooler too. See you there.