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Triple ByPass.(10 posts)

Triple ByPass.Juanmoretime
Oct 14, 2002 7:31 AM
While at the Hilly Hundred, a friend commented on that I'm a natural climber and always outclimb everyone. I really enjoy climbing and someone suggested that I ride the Triple ByPass. Has anyone on this site rode it? I'm interested in your comments on the Triple ByPass.

Oct 14, 2002 8:51 AM
Have done it twice now. It makes for a long day, but it's not as bad as it's made out to be. Three passes and Swan mountain in a day. Actually the worst section for me is the section where you have to ride on I-70 to from georgetown. Boring and not much scenery until you exit and get to head up Loveland pass. After getting over that it's not so bad. Vail pass from that side is no big deal. The only variables are weather. Last year was ideal. Tailwinds and decent weather the whole way. The year before it rained near the end and was pretty cold. You gotta be prepared for it. see for profiles and more info. you have a long time to train if you need it. it isn't until late next summer. If you want another challenge that is all climbing try the Bob Cook hill climb I think. Race 26 miles up a 14'er. That should let you know about your climbing skills.
sorry the Bob Cook is org (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 14, 2002 8:54 AM
...and for even more fun...Mootsie
Oct 14, 2002 9:48 AM
About a month after the Triple by Pass is the the Denver-Aspen classic. 200 miles and 13,000 feet of climbing. I did it once, never again. Check out for more info.
did you do the full or "abbreviated" route?ColnagoFE
Oct 14, 2002 10:05 AM
I thought about doing that one, but it just sounded too brutal. Independence pass is probably the one pass I've never ridden on a bike.
did you do the full or "abbreviated" route?Mootsie
Oct 14, 2002 6:34 PM
Full 200 mile route. Took me from 3am until 6pm.
ugghhh...that sounds brutal! (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 15, 2002 6:33 AM
re: Triple ByPass.Trux
Oct 14, 2002 10:43 AM
I've ridden it twice (once on a twelve speed) and plan to next July because it's one of my favorites rides. One hundred-twenty miles with over 10,000 feet of climbing over three major Rocky Mountain passes and one hill. Great food, terrific organization, friendly volunteers and lot's of fun!
Oct 14, 2002 12:54 PM
You can do it. It attracts more "all abilities" types than you'd imagine, with finish times ranging from 6 to 16 hours. Support is decent, route is awesome, and the first 60 miles are the toughest. It eases up a LOT after the top of Loveland Pass.

Ditto to the observation that the worst stretch feels like the stretch along I-70 from Georgetown to the Loveland Ski Area (though the 4 miles past that to the top of the pass are also no picnic).
re: Triple ByPass.Lactate Junkie
Oct 14, 2002 1:35 PM
If you like that you would love the Markleeville Death Ride. Just out of Tahoe, you climb 5 Sierra Nevada passes in 129miles for a total of about 17,000' of climbing. It is a bi**h and one of the best rides I have ever done. Fully supported and almost 5000 riders.