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!