For the second year in a row I went online at exactly noon on exactly the right date to secure entry for myself, my husband and my dad in the Triple Bypass. Hosted by Team Evergreen, this 120-mile supported, organized road bike ride summits three well-known mountain passes in one day.
This year, it was rumored that the 3500 entries sold out in 35 minutes. So if you call riding 12,000+ vertical feet over 120 miles on your bike fun, then I guess you could call us lucky for getting in on the party.
As always, the volunteers and staff were amazing. This year, we got a full-zip jersey, which sounds minor but is a huge deal for any woman committed to wearing bib shorts. I am one of those women. The post-ride grub (and grub-slinging staff) was excellent, and I’ve probably never been so excited to eat chicken in my life.
As for the ride, the weather never fully cooperates. It’s easy to identify those who are aware of this fact by the fullness of their pockets, backpacks and/or rear racks. 2010 was no exception.
We were greeted with wind and rain around Loveland Pass and again at the end in Avon. Faster riders likely dodged a bit more of the weather. We did luck out and miss a downpour by taking a detour to walk the dog.
Overall, the ride was as fun as ever. I can never help thinking that the guys who race in the Tour de France not only do this kind of mileage every day for some three weeks, they RACE it. We just finish.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for those hoping to get entry for next year’s event), we’re done with the Triple. And I think I’m over organized rides entirely. I don’t enjoy descending passes with 3,499 other people, I really don’t appreciate folks attempting to form pacelines on community bike paths and I guess I’m just not all that interested in paying money for something I can do for free.
The folks at Team Evergreen do an amazing job of wrangling 3500 cyclists. But I’m ready to take a different road. That doesn’t mean I won’t do the occasional race or fundraiser ride. It just means someone else can sit at a computer at exactly noon on exactly the right date to get entry to the Triple Bypass.