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ride report - Triple Bypass/first century(13 posts)

ride report - Triple Bypass/first centurydotkaye
Jul 15, 2003 12:54 PM
122.5 miles and 10 000+ feet of climbing.

Up at 4:30 to pick up the rest of the carpool, 163lbs out the door before breakfast of milk & PB&honey sandwich. Theoretically the earliest start was 6am, but we got there at 5:40, and there were lots of riders heading out already. Started just at 6.

First pass (Squaw) was lovely, road closed to traffic, climbing steadily up through pine forests and alpine meadows. Got sucked up in the slipstream of a couple of guys and a gal climbing fast, and followed them, then decided that was probably a bad idea. One of the guys had just taken delivery of a Klein with a triple, had to track down the UPS guy the previous night to get his new bike. Talk about a shakedown cruise. When we came up on the guy riding a Schwinn Orange Krate, stick shifter, sissy bars and all, I slowed a bit to talk. Told him about my Schwinns including my little boy's Pixie, all ruby sparkle paint and chrome, he told me about his.. He had khakhi shorts on and sandals, with platform pedals, but a nice old Schwinn/Wheaties racing jersey and cap. Said lots of people had Schwinn stories for him, but most of them ended with 'and then some b@st@rd stole it off the porch'. I kept seeing him at the aid stations until after Breckenridge, made me feel some silly with my climbing bike I'd carefully pared down to 17.4lbs, and there he is cheerfully loping along with a 40-pounder..

Stopped at first aid station, 15min of assorted activities, and on. Descent past Echo lake was good but cold, nice turns, clear road. The sunscreen I'd just put on collected a variety of bugs on the way down, which stayed stuck all the way into Avon. Unexpectedly pleasant ride from Idaho Spgs along the frontage road above Clear Creek, very steep climb on the bike path from Georgetown up to I-70. Along I-70 there was a hot dusty headwind, plenty of traffic, and lots of grades that needed my bottom gear of 38x26, not to mention extensive withdrawals from my reserves of fortitude. Never again without a triple.

Went into survival mode on the grind up I-70 and stayed there. Took 30min in the Loveland aid station to eat and drink, also starting to choke down the Gu's. 4 more miles to the 12000ft summit, started in bottom gear and slowly slowly up. Grand views on the way up and at the summit, another WHEE! descent. Kept at 45mph or slower because I didn't trust myself at speed by this point. Halfway down there was an old prospector-type climbing up the pass, everything the colour of dirt - his skin, raggedy beard, hair, clothes and bike. He may have been a hypoxic hallucination..

Swan Mountain which I'd cheerfully dismissed as a 'little bump' while contemplating this ride, was short but sharp. Back into bottom gear with aching legs and feet. Feedbag on again in the Breckenridge aid station, a bit of stretching and made it out again after only 25min. Temps in the 90s, lots of salt-encrusted riders.

Another lovely little section of bike path up to Copper, along the stream, mild grades and merciful tailwinds.

Bike path winds languidly up Vail pass through subalpine meadows full of wildflowers, rather gorgeous. However I suffered a complete sense-of-humour failure here. Actually cracked about a mile below the summit, got off the bike and lay down next to the stream to think about things for a bit. Riders streamed past, most politely averting their eyes from the steaming pile of abject misery that I'd become. Tried again after 5min or so, and tested to see how slowly I could ride before actually falling over. 15 min in the Vail aid station, I was ready for it to be over.

Potholed bike path down the other side, steep and twisty, stayed on the brakes all the way. Last 10 miles from Vail to Avon on a rather nasty frontage road, narrow with construction, and that hot dusty headwind again. Pacelines whizzing by as I soloed grumpily on.

The good news is that my torn calf muscle feels much better this week than it has since t
re: ride report - Triple Bypass/first century - cont'ddotkaye
Jul 15, 2003 12:56 PM
The good news is that my torn calf muscle feels much better this week than it has since tearing it, can walk without a limp for the first time. I guess 10.5 hours of flushing highly-oxygenated blood through the muscle is a kind of therapy - not for everyone, though: those who like action, maybe..

I saw a couple of triathletes running back to Vail after the ride, when I was 10k out, at about 4pm, in 90 degrees or so, hoofing it back up the hill. That was impressive.

Ah well, I'm now perfectly convinced that 20miles/week isn't enough to prepare for this ride.. hem. Vast quantities of fruit at the aid stations and that noxious Accelerade held the bonk at bay, though. Weighed 163lbs at the finish, same as start, so I guess I was right on the mark with nutrition/hydration. It's amazing how adequate nutrition can keep the tattered shreds of the flag flying. Total time 10.5 hours, ride time 8.5 hours, average speed according to my computer 25.7km/h. I doubt I'd have finished without the two hours of footling about at the aid stations, so the 'ride time' is kinda irrelevant. I'll take the finish and happy with it.
Very impressive first century. . .js5280
Jul 15, 2003 1:33 PM
Congratulations, that is no small feat. I gave the Triple a try this year but had to drop out shortly after Georgetown due to really bad headaches, I imagine from altitude sickness. Spent the last 2 out of 3 weeks at sea level for business. 12 hours is not enough time to acclimate, I haven't been getting any training in to boot, and been averaging more beers per day than hours sleep the past week and a half. My first DNF but considering the circumstances, I wasn't too disappointed. Congrats on your first century! If you're looking for another, I highly recommend the Road Ramble for the Emily Griffith Center down in Larkspur. Beautiful riding with some moderate hills. I think it is in the next month or so if memory serves.
re: ride report - Triple Bypass/first century - cont'dgodot
Jul 15, 2003 2:05 PM
Congrats. Tough ride, much less as a first century. The stretch between Idaho Springs and Loveland pass seemed endless.

I bailed at the bottom of Swan Mtn Rd. I had gremlins tap dancing on my temples, and my stomach was in the middle of a full fledged revolt.

Two major mistakes: Didn't eat enough on the road and spending the week leading up to the ride sucking down scuba tanks, beers, single malt scotch and seafood (vacationing in Bonaire).
you picked a heck of a century for a first oneColnagoFE
Jul 15, 2003 1:49 PM
I have been on the triple the last 3 years but bagged out this year due to household commitments. Last year there was a guy who rode it on a Schwinn stingray chopper bike. Good thing there were tailwinds. I've done it where there are massive headwinds and inclement weather and that is no fun at all.
I bailed at Georgetownmoneyman
Jul 15, 2003 2:34 PM
Hot temps, bad headwinds, and a bad week (had a friend die, quite unexpectedly last Monday night. Funeral friday - my head was not in the ride.)

My skinny friend and resident mountain goat, Karl, bailed at the top of Vail pass. He never quits, so this was highly unusual. He said he just couldn't get his legs to go around anymore.

Congratulations on your finish. I saw the Schwinn guy last year, too. And yes, a triple is a change I will be making as well.

$$
Sorry I missed you. . .js5280
Jul 15, 2003 2:42 PM
Forgot that you were planning to do the Triple. I bailed at the Silver Plume exit about 11am or so. Sorry to hear about your friend. Keep in touch. . .
8:24 ride timePDF
Jul 15, 2003 3:21 PM
This was my first crack at the Triple. No problems and I finished in 8:24 ride time. I actually felt quite good and just concentrated on keeping the heart rate down, eating and drinking. The stretch on I-70 was nerve racking with the semis blowing past but the shoulder was fairly wide. I thought the worst part was the last 10 miles into Avon. Not hard but mentally tiring as I just wanted to get it done and enjoy the post ride eats. Awesome views on Squaw, Loveland and Vail. Seeing the old road graffiti from the Coors Classic on the descent into Vail was uplifting too. All in all a fun day being part of such a big ride.
Old Road Graffitijtolleson
Jul 15, 2003 9:34 PM
I don't think any of that dates back to the Coors Classic. Do you?

That road/path has been traveled by many, many organized events since then including Ride the Rockies, BTC, Biketoberfest (Copper Triangle) and the Courage Classic.
Old Road Graffitidotkaye
Jul 16, 2003 7:57 AM
the Triple information packet said it was from the Coors Classic, but I doubt it very much. A few years of blizzards with attendant freezing/thawing cycles would strip off any kind of paint, I think..
coors classic...look at the names (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 16, 2003 8:04 AM
Old Road GraffitiPDF
Jul 16, 2003 8:51 AM
Yes I do. Did you see it?
Old Road Graffitijtolleson
Jul 16, 2003 9:34 AM
I've seen it many, many times. On virtually all the events I named, plus the Triple. And I've seen new paint added from time-to-time (esp. last time Ride the Rockies came through). So, I just assumed that the mish-mash was of a more recent variety.