Triple Bypass 2009

My new friend Jordan cheers for Geri near the top of Loveland Pass at elevation 11, 990 feet.

My new friend Jordan cheers for Geri near the top of Loveland Pass at elevation 11,990 feet.

Last Saturday my wife, Geri, rode the Triple Bypass bike ride for her second time with our neighbor, Holly. It’s perhaps the toughest one- day, 100 plus mile rides in Colorado! The route starts in Bergen Park near Evergreen and goes over Squaw Pass, Loveland Pass and Vail Pass finishing in Avon 120 miles later.

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This was the 21st Annual Triple Bypass which is sponsored by Team Evergreen and attracts 3,500 riders.

The ride started out with a beautiful pink sunrise over Denver as the riders climbed Squaw Pass. Then things heated up as they crawled along I-70 to Loveland Ski Area, which many said was harder than climbing the mountain passes.

As I waited for Geri near the top of Loveland Pass, a guy named Jordan stripped down to his Speedo underwear to cheer on his friends and Geri. That was the highlight of the day for me! For Geri it was like being on a mountain stage of Le Tour de France where riders get chased up passes by strangely-dressed characters.

The next stop was Summit County High School where we ran into the Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, who was a participant in the ride. He called his wife and told her that he thought he was going to make it, and he did. That was also when it began to rain and didn’t stop!

Geri and Holly toughed it out going up and down Vail Pass in the rain.

Congratulations to all the riders and volunteers!

Cheers, Kent

For some bicycling is a form of religion apparently.

For some bicycling is a form of religion.

Bumper stickers show you how hardcore these cyclists are.

Bumper stickers demonstrate how hardcore these cyclists are.

Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, called his wife to say that he thought he was going to finish the ride and it did.

Colorado Governor, Bill Ritter, called his wife to say that he thought he was going to finish the ride and he did.

A group of cyclists pass up some fishermen on the bike path near Copper Mountain.

A group of cyclists pass by fishermen on the bike path near Copper Mountain.

A supporter cheers for cyclists in the rain near Copper Mountain.

A supporter cheers for cyclists in the rain near Copper Mountain.

Welcome to Vail!

Welcome to Vail!

An underpass in East Vail marked the end of the ride because of the rain.

An underpass in East Vail marked the end of the ride for some because of the rain.

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