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Anyone riding the Triple Bypass on this board(9 posts)

Anyone riding the Triple Bypass on this boardPDF
Jun 16, 2003 2:00 PM
Just wondering if any of you are planning on riding the Triple Bypass this July 12th. I am and getting psyched up for it. I've been training for it and feel pretty good but am planning on getting shelled anyhow.
You'll do finejtolleson
Jun 16, 2003 2:37 PM
It is truly like eating an elephant -- one bite at a time. You'll be amazed at how fast some folks are. I was humbled by the strength of those who passed me. You'll also be amazed at the very ordinary recreational riders that attempt (and usually complete) the Triple. At 7 pm, there will still be riders streaming towards Avon.

It is not particularly well supported in comparison to other large organized events. Aid stations are about 20-25 miles apart, so you'd better carry some extra snacks and have good fluid carrying capacity. Also, start early. Vail Pass can get stormy by mid-afternoon and many a rider has been stuck their shivering.

It is a classic event. Sorry to be missing it this year.
You'll do finePDF
Jun 16, 2003 3:05 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, jtolleson. Your advice is well-taken. I will be doing it with a few Triple veterans and they have pretty much said the same you did. Sorry to hear you won't be doing it. It would have been nice to meet a fellow RBR'er.
It's not a racemoneyman
Jun 16, 2003 3:06 PM
It is just survival. At least to an old fat guy like me. I've done it twice and will do it again this year. Each time I do it, I think to myself that it is TOO hard and I should be home watching TV. Instead, at the end, I talk about doing it again.

Like jtolleson said, one bite at a time. I am one of the slowbies who has gotten caught on Vail Pass in the rain. I don't think I have ever been that wet. Neverthless, its a great ride. Just be sure to eat and drink a lot along the way. Take a minute on top of Loveland Pass to catch your breath, put on your cape for the descent, and take in the amazing views.

Last year I saw a guy ride the whole thing on a Schwinn Orange Krate with the five speed hub and the shifter on the top-tube, complete with banana seat and chopper handlebars. Lots 'O fun!

re: Anyone riding the Triple Bypass on this boardDrDan
Jun 17, 2003 5:10 AM
As a flatlander from Kansas I will be attempting my first triple with a buddy from work. I have done Loveland, Vail and numerous week long rides in the Rockies but always wanted to do the triple. Unfortunately I am not in the best shape but still look forward to the challenge.
Thanks for the tips and good luck
re: Anyone riding the Triple Bypass on this boardgodot
Jun 17, 2003 6:23 AM
I'll be there. First time riding the triple for me too.
This will be my 6th TBPgopokes
Jun 17, 2003 7:27 AM
The TPB is great mid-season training goal for me, and a challenging ride with some incredible scenery. You can make this ride whatever you want- take your time and enjoy the experience or test your fitness and really push your limits. As with any long and difficult ride, starting out too fast can lead to considerable suffering later in the day. Eat and drink. Shouldn't even need to mention, but, it's surprising how many riders neglect this on extended climbs. The weather is always unpredictable and part of the challenge. I've seen 90+ degrees at Copper Mountain and finished the last 25 miles in a chilling rain (not the same year). As far as training, a good endurance base is critical, but intensity is also important. Your HR may be at 90-100% of LT for a hour or more at times. Be sure to incorporate these efforts into your training. It's a great ride which will reward with a feeling of accomplishment only those who have completed can appreciate. For those who dare.
Wish I wereLeadvilleBlues
Jun 17, 2003 7:51 AM
When I was a kid growing up in Leadville, we pounced at the idea of those very quick summers and our Schwinn's, much later I grew into the sport and much better bikes. My good thoughts are with all of you doing the ride, riding the backroads of my youth. Ride safe, Ride Hard !

Alohas from Maui,
re: Something New this Year!!Trux
Jun 17, 2003 10:44 AM
They've moved the start from the Elementary school DOWN the hill to Interstate 70. That'll add about 2.5 miles to the 120 and an additional 600 feet of climbing to the 10,000 plus!
Train hard and be prepared. Like the slogan says - "For Those Who Dare!" I'll be there. It's my favorite ride!