Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 Colorado Mesa Double Century Recap

Views from the stunning Grand Mesa during the 2018 Colorado Mesa Double Century

Sometimes, the unimaginable happens...

Who would have imagined that on May 25, 2018, the evening before the Colorado Mesa Double Century, a semi-truck would explode in the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park along I-70 in De Beque Canyon, sparking a raging wild fire that would torch the state park and close I-70 in both directions? The unimaginable Memorial Day weekend wild fire, which stranded several participants in De Beque Canyon to the east of the fire, closed the short section of I-70 through De Beque Canyon that participants of the Colorado Mesa Double Century had to ride through the next morning to reach the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway, the first major climb of the event.

With the entire event in limbo and without knowing when the fire would be contained, event volunteers made a late night decision with less than six hours before the start of the event to postpone the ride and open it to participants as an open, unsupported course when I-70 reopened, most likely on Sunday. Unbelievably, fire fighters were able to completely control the blaze, which had scorched 170 acres, and reopen I-70 in both directions shortly after midnight, less than two hours after the decision had been made to postpone the event.

With I-70 now open, many participants decided to head out as originally planned on Saturday morning in quasi-brevet (i.e., semi-supported) format. Event organizers scrambled to provide some support at key locations on the course (Colbran, Grand Mesa, and Kannah Creek), which was a good thing as temperatures soared to 97 degrees to the south of Grand Junction, which is unusually warm for the Western Slope during the month of May. However, participants were left to fend for themselves in Cedaredge, Delta, and on the south side of Grand Junction by self-supporting at convenience stores along the course.

In spite of the chaotic start to the event, 10 of 15 preregistered riders ventured out onto the Colorado Mesa Double Century course on Saturday. And two more riders rode the course entirely without support on Sunday! Kudos to all of this year's participants for keeping a positive attitude when the unimaginable occurred and all of our plans went up in a puff of smoke!

The twisty descent down Reeder Mesa forces riders to feather their brakes! 
Course
  • 201.8 miles, 13,000+ feet of climbing
  • 3 categorized climbs:
    • Grand Mesa Scenic Byway (North) from Mesa to Grand Mesa summit, elevation 10,875 feet: HC Category
    • Kannah Creek Climb, elevation 6,160 feet: Category 4
    • Colorado National Monument, south gate to Rimrock Drive high point, elevation 6,640 feet: Category 2
Participants: 
  • 15 pre-registered riders
  • 10 ride starters on Saturday, 2 ride starters on Sunday, 10 official finishers (83% finishing rate with limited support) successfully completed the course in less than 17.5 hours (>11.5 m.p.h.), 2 DNFs. Of the riders who started, 10 men, 2 women. 2 volunteer pre-ride finishers, 2 volunteer pay-back finishers. Given the semi-supported format, riders were given a little extra time to complete the event. All participants who finished, however, still managed to finish in < 17.5 hours! 
  • Congratulations to Caleb Carl who posted the fastest overall time of the day, total elapsed time: 10 hours, 36 minutes (19 mph), 39 minutes faster than last year's time! Smokin'! 
  • Congratulations to Corinne Warren who posted the fastest women's time of the day in 13 hours, 55 minutes (14.44 mph), her fastest double century to date. Great ride, Corinne! 
Special thanks to our volunteers!
  • Mark Lowe: Colbran and Grand Mesa
  • Erika Van Meter: Kannah Creek 


Jaw-dropping views from the Colorado National Monument!
Caleb Carl returns to Fruita after blazing the Colorado Mesa Double Century course.

Caleb Carl, Corinne Warren, and Erika Van Meter relax after a long day of riding and volunteering! 
Noah and Sparky Sears, mountain bikers by training, adventure seekers by heart, complete their first double century. Great ride, guys! So what's next? The Colorado Trail Race? The Tour Divide? Only time will tell! :) 
Harris Rosenthal is relieved to have survived the heat, the wind, and the Colorado Mesa Double Century! Great ride, Harris!
Ray Rupel survived a flat tire on his tubeless set up at Kannah Creek but still managed an impressive ride! 
Michael Bass completes the Colorado Mesa Double Century and is attempting to complete his first Colorado Triple Crown! Great ride, Michael!
Jason Turner kept the wheels rolling to successfully finish his second Colorado Mesa Double Century!
It is pretty obvious why the Colorado National Monument is considered Western Colorado's showpiece ride!

Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Recap

Pikes Peak on an amazing weather day during the 2018 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, members of the RMCC ventured to Monument, CO to tackle the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, the RMCC's only true gravel event. The AntiEpic Gravel Grinder consists of 2 events: the mighty AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Double Century (i.e, 206-mile long course), which is one of the more intimidating events on the RMCC Challenge Series calendar, and the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Mini-Epic (i.e., short course), a 76-mile course that includes 5,600 feet of climbing in the form of short, but steep rollers. The weather was about as anti-epic as it gets, which always a good thing for riders attempting to complete an epic adventure on the bike! Participants were blessed with bright, sunny skies, comfortably temperatures, and light winds for the entire day! And perhaps for the first time in the history of the entire universe, long-course riders were blessed with tail winds (or light cross winds) in nearly every direction! Due to an unusually dry winter, the dirt and gravel roads to the east of Castle Rock and Monument were especially rugged this winter, strewn with miles of sand and wash board; however, during the week prior to the event, the area received nearly 2-3 inches of rain, muting the unusually rugged roads and smoothing out the course for this year's participants. The favorable weather conditions and the fast-rolling roads laid the foundation for the fastest times that we have ever witnessed on this course! Congratulations to all of this year's participants!

Results:

2018 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Short-Course

2018 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Long-Course


Video Slide Show: 2018 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder

Course:
  • Long course: 206 miles, 12,000 feet of climbing. Time limit: 22 hours. The long course was over 5 miles longer this year and included a 5+ mile detour around the notorious "B-road," CR 98, which has been permanently closed by Elbert County.
  • Short course: 76 miles, 5,600 feet of climbing. Time limit: 9 hours
Andrews Road drops into the Greenland Open Space, the first taste of gravel during the AntiEpic Double Century
Participants: 

Short Course:
  • 48 short-course ride starters, 47 official finishers (98% finishing rate) successfully completed the short-course in less than 9 hours (>8.4 m.p.h.), 1 DNF, 4 DNS. Of the riders who started, 41 men, 7 women.
  • Congratulations to Simon Phuah and Bret Wichert who finished together in a record-setting time of 4 hours, 7 minutes (average speed 18.5 mph). Simon and Bret's time was 2 minutes faster than the record set by Brad Mosier and Chris Beaudin in 2017.
  • Congratulations to endurance maestro, Janie Hayes, who finished tied for second overall with a time of 4 hours, 11 minutes, shattering the previous women's record Kimberly Ober (5 hours, 54 minutes, 2017). I have a hunch that Janie's record is going to stand for long time! 
Simon Phuah and Bret Wichert at the conclusion of the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Short-Course.
Janie Hayes chases the lead group en route to her record setting ride! Janie is a true master of all distances! Janie was the 3rd overall finisher of the 2017 Trans Am Bike Race, a 4,300 mile unsupported road race from Astoria, Washington to York Town, Virginia, perhaps the most difficult road race on the planet! 
Long Course:
  • 22 long-course ride starters, including 12 Triple Crown rookies(!), 19 official finishers (86% finishing rate) successfully completed the long course in less than 22 hours (>9.4 m.p.h.), 3 DNFs. Of the riders who started, 20 men, 2 women. 
  • Congratulations to Nicholas Kulesa, who posted a blistering time of 12 hours, 27 minutes. Due to a support mishap, Nicholas was given a 14 minute time credit, so his official finishing time is 12 hours, 13 minutes (16.9 mph)...not too shabby his first double century, and a gravel double century at that! 
  • Congratulations to Oksana Kovalenko, who posted the fastest women's time of the day in 16 hours, 28 minutes (12.5 m.p.h.). Oksana and Laura Furey, who finished later in the day, are the only two women to have ever finished the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder long-course! Congratulations to both of you! 
Nicholas Kulesa and Jeremiah Gantzer had blistering days on the bike, posting times that have never been seen before on the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder course! Great ride, guys! 
Oksana Kovalenko with Triple Crown veteran, Ray Rupel, and Triple Crown rookie, Dustin Harding, at the end of an AntiEpic day.
Adam Kazilisky becomes the only rider to have ever completed the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder on a single speed! To give credit where it's due, Adam is also somewhat of a bad-ass, finishing 16th at the 2015 Trans Am Bike Race! Great ride, Adam!
Special thanks to this year's volunteers for providing support for this season's event. We cannot run these events in their current timed format without volunteer help! Thanks to David Nelson, Nat Schub, Erika Van Meter, Eric Wais, Corinne Warren, and Mark Lowe for a long day of supporting riders! Also, thanks to Josh Gillam (Laura Furey's significant other), for his help supporting long-course riders during the day! 


Endless rollers during the final 40 miles of the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Colorado Triple Crown: What's New for 2018?



1. 2018 Colorado Triple Crown: Mixed terrain adventures! 
In 2018 Colorado Triple Crown will feature a combination of rides that we've never used before. If I had to pick a theme for 2018, it would be "mixed terrain." Three of the five events on the 2018 Triple Crown calendar include sections of unpaved roads and the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder is about 90% unpaved. These three events will also comprise the "stage race" for 2018. The idea of mixed terrain rides may be intimidating to many road riders, but consider this an opportunity to improve your repertoire of bike skills while tacking new terrain and adventures! This year's series definitely benefits the most "well-rounded" road riders!

Incredible fall foliage on Kebler Pass (Photo: Mark Lowe)
We do have one new twist for 2018: the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century!
I have long had a fascination with Kebler Pass, which is one of my favorite passes in the state! We've used Kebler Pass previously in the Colorado Classic Double Century, but with Cottonwood Pass still under construction, we simply cannot complete this course. I have also had a fascination with the West Elk Bicycle Classic, which was one of the best gran fondos in the state and one of my favorite non-RMCC events in this state. In 2017, however, Western State University in Gunnison decided to "pull the plug" on their gran fondo for unclear reasons, leaving behind one of the best loop courses in the entire state. Well, this is were we step in! Now RMCCers will have the opportunity to experience this very fine cycling loop and one of the best climbing passes in Colorado!

In 2018, we are taking another year hiatus from the Colorado High Country Double Century (i.e., Boulder to Steamboat Springs) and the Cripple Creek Crippler. We are also taking a year off from the Denver to Aspen Classic, Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop, and Colorado Death Ride. As previously mentioned, the Colorado Classic Double Century will remain on hold while the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) continues a massive paving project on the west side of Cottonwood Pass.

To sum things up, here's the 2018 Colorado Triple Crown calendar:
  1. May 5, 2018: AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, Monument, CO*
  2. May 26, 2018: Colorado Mesa Double Century, Fruita, CO
  3. June 10, 2018: Death Ride Challenge, Durango, CO**
  4. June 30, 2018: Cycle to Saturn Double Century, Littleton, CO*
  5. Aug 25, 2018: Kebler Kamikaze Double Century, Crested Butte, CO*
*Stage race event

**Death Ride Tour will take over the reigns of the Colorado Death Ride for 2018. Please come out and support their event! 

For the Challenge Series Short-Course Events, we will once again plan to keep thing simple in 2018: 
  1. April 7 2018: Foothills Climbfest, Littleton, CO
  2. May 5, 2018: AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Short Course: For those riders who want a shorter (but timed) version of a 200 mile gravel road sufferfest. 
The twisty 7-mile descent down Oh My God Road turns the insanely difficulty Cycle to Saturn into a "mixed terrain" ride! 
2. Qualification
We will continue to the same pre-qualification recommendations that we've used for the last two seasons. I believe these recommendations give more riders from outside the RMCC access to the series.

Participants who have not met the pre-qualification requirements listed below can still register and participate, but they will need to ride with a personal support vehicle until they can demonstrate that they can safely complete at least one of the Colorado Triple Crown events within its designated time limit. As in previous seasons, RMCC membership is required to participate! 

To pre-qualify, prospective participants must complete one of the following events in the previous 24 months:
  1. Any Colorado Triple Crown event
  2. Any mountainous double century (or longer) event in another part of the country (time required for verification)
  3. One of the RMCC-sponsored 300 km brevets in less than 14 hours (16.5 hours for the Cripple Creek 300 km brevet)
  4. Successful completion of another extreme endurance event of at least 12 hours duration:
    • Ironman Triathlon < 14 hours (time required for verification)
    • 50+ mile mountainous running ultra-marathon < 12 hours
For 2018, we will continue to make an exception to the pre-qualification requirements for the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder. Any rider who is up for the challenge can sign up; however, 1) Active RMCC membership is still be required to participate. This is for insurance reasons. 2) There will be an additional cost-recovery fee to help us cover the expenses for hosting the event. 3) All riders who cannot complete the event will need to make arrangements to have someone pick them up. RMCC does not provide transportation for riders who cannot successfully complete this ride. Please keep in mind that an "I can do it!" attitude is fantastic, but it may not be adequate to successfully complete this event. Please be forewarned and come prepared!  

Please e-mail me if you have questions about pre-qualification! 

Riders on the horizon during the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder (Photo: Ben Welnak)
4. Volunteers
We are 100% dependent on volunteer support!!! 
For 2018, we are continuing to ask (i.e., beg) for volunteer help!  I'm not going to lie! Volunteering for one of these events is a long day...usually between 12-20+ hours! And it usually involves getting up well before dawn. But volunteering can be quite a bit of fun too! For 2018, we will continue to provide the following incentives to volunteer:
  1. If a rider volunteers for an event, he/she can 1) ride that event (as a volunteer pre- or post-ride) any time during that cycling season for Triple Crown credit AND 2) Sign up for another Triple crown event during that season for free! You're essentially getting two events for free! 
  2. Riders who volunteer for an event can pre-ride or post-ride that event anytime during 2018 to receive official Colorado Triple Crown credit. This is the only situation that we will allow participants to pre- or post-ride and receive credit for completing the event.
  3. Volunteers who provide SAG/driving support for the event will be reimbursed for their mileage  accrued during the event (at the current Federal rate). We will also reimburse for volunteer motels and food/snack purchases accrued during the event. 
Notes:
  • If we are unable to secure volunteers for an event, the event will still be contested in brevet format (i.e., without support). Please be aware of this! If this situation does occur, participants can expect to receive a partial refund for that event.

The picturesque Mt Sneffles Range from the Dallas Divide (Photo: Mark Lowe)

3. Registration
  1. Fees. Registration fees will be similar for 2018: $50 - $75 per event. Please keep in mind that these are cost recovery fees for running these events. These fees barely cover our expenses for supporting these rides. We do not turn a profit for running these events! And if we do have funds left over at the end of the season, we will apply these funds toward the cost of the Colorado Triple Crown kits for those riders who successfully complete the series. 
  2. Registration will open on March 1, 2018! 
  3. Withdrawal. For those individuals who have registered for an event and need to withdraw, they can do so up to 2 weeks prior to the date of the event for a full refund (minus our fees for using PayPal and Eventzilla). Within 2 weeks, refunds will not be granted. 
  4. Transfers. Registration fees are NOT be transferrable between events less than 2 weeks prior to the date of the event. So please plan ahead!
The Colorado National Monument is one of the highlights of the Colorado Mesa Double Century (Photo: Mark Lowe)



6. Triple Crown Kits

Riders who complete the challenging 2018 Colorado Triple Crown Series are eligible to receive one of our stealthy Colorado Triple Crown kits. If we have registration funds left over at the end of the season, I will apply these funds toward the purchase of next season's kits.

Happy New Year and bring on 2018! 


Mark Lowe
e-mail: mvlowe5@comcast.net 

Kebler Kamikaze Double Century

Cloaked in one of the largest aspen groves on the planet, Marcellina Mountain is one of the most prominent climbs along Kebler Pass Road as it winds its way from Paonia to Crested Butte.

The RMCC returns to the heart of the Colorado Rockies to ride the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century. This challenging double century reinvigorates life into the (saddly) now defunct West Elk Bicycle Classic, which was one of Colorado's most beloved gran fondos for several years!  The Kebler Kamikaze, as it's name implies, climbs the alluring Kebler Pass, a dirt road pass that has been featured in numerous bicycle events, from amateur tours to professional races. The RMCC has also previously ridden Kebler Pass as part of the Colorado Classic Double Century, an extremely long and difficult double century that has been on hold since 2016 due to a massive paving project on the west side of Cottonwood Pass. The Kebler Kamikaze Double Century has a unique twist compared to these other events! Whereas these other events cross Kebler Pass once from west to east, the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century, in true kamikaze fashion, dares to summit Kebler Pass twice, once via Kebler Pass Road and the second time via the lesser known (but equally spectacular) Ohio Pass Road. The Kebler Kamikaze Double Century has the potential for glory or heartbreak! Will you test your cycling fortitude.....and luck???

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Sign-in/Start: Early sign-in/start: 4:45 AM/5:00 AM. Late sign-in/start: 5:15 am/6:00 am.

Start/End location: Crested Butte, CO, Old Town Inn, 708 6th St, Crested Butte, CO 81224. Phone: 1-888-349-6184.

Course Map: Kebler Kamikaze Double Century (Preliminary route)

Registration: Opens March 1, 2018!  This event preliminarily has a registration fee (i.e., cost-recovery fee) of $60. Please register early. Registration is limited to the first 50 pre-registered riders. Registration closes 8/23/18.  Participants may withdraw by 8/11/18 for a refund. After 8/11/18, refunds will not be granted. RMCC membership is also required to participate in this event. For more information about membership: RMCC membership. 

Dense aspen forests line Kebler Pass Road.
Course Highlights:
  • Distance: 209 miles, 44 miles of unpaved roads
  • Climbing: 13,000 feet
  • 3 categorized climbs:
Amazing views of Black Canyon of the Gunnison from CO-92 to the west of Blue Mesa Reservoir. 
North Rim Climb, Category 3. 
This relatively short 4+ mile climb gradually ascends 1,000+ feet from the west end of the Blue Mesa Reservoir to the western margins of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, providing brief glimpses of the spectacular canyon below. After reaching the "summit" of this climb, CO-92 continues to undulate upward for another 10 miles before making the exhilarating, long descent to Crawford.

Kebler Pass is one of Colorado's finest autumn passes! 
Kebler Pass, Hors categorie.  Kebler Pass is a bohemeth, unpaved climb, ascending just under 5,000 feet as it winds its way through the West Elk Mountains from Paonia to Crested Butte. Kebler Pass is actually a double peaked climb consisting of two category 2 climbs; however, these two climbs collectively make Kebler Pass a hors categorie (HC) climb!  Many of the "flatter" sections of Kebler Pass Road mid-way into the climb are enshrouded in one of the largest aspen groves on the planet. In the autumn, the spectacular colors of these aspen come to life! 


Ohio Pass is a lesser known, rugged aspen-viewing pass and a challenging way to conclude a double century! 

Ohio Pass, Category 2. Ohio Pass is a true gem! Ohio Pass Road climbs 2,400 feet in 23 miles. The lower sections of the road are paved; however, as the road continues to climb toward the summit of Kebler Pass, the surface turns to a mixture of gravel, dirt, sand, and some rocks. Grades become steep as well, pitching up to 12-14%.

Time limit: 18 hours (to receive an official finishing time and Colorado Triple Crown credit).

Bike selection: In dry conditions, this course is entirely rideable on a standard road bike with 23-25 mm tires; however, if the weather is wet and the dirt roads become muddy, wider tires on a cross/gravel bike would be much preferred. Participants must ride the same bike for the duration of the event. Please plan ahead!

Event organizer: Mark Lowe (e-mail: mvlowe5@comcast.net)

Additional Notes:
  1. Some ultra-distance experience is encouraged (but not required) to participate in this event.
  2. Pre-qualification: Please refer to our updated rules regarding pre-qualification: What's new for 2018??
  3. Given the exposure to high altitude, nasty weather can be a major concern with this event. Participants need to be prepared and bring their best winter- and wet-riding gear with them!
  4. Lights and reflective gear are required!

The stunning Blue Mesa Reservoir at sunset!




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Save the Date! 2018 Colorado Triple Crown Events


Please save the date for the 2018 Colorado Triple Crown events!

2018 Colorado Triple Crown Events
1) Saturday, May 5, 2018: AntiEpic Gravel Grinder (and short-course event)*
2) Saturday, May 26, 2018: Colorado Mesa Double Century
3) Sunday, June 10, 2018: Death Ride Challenge**
4) Saturday, June 30, 2018: Cycle to Saturn Double Century*
5) Saturday, August 25, 2018: Kebler Kamikaze Double Century* ***

*Mixed-terrain ride (i.e., has both paved and gravel roads)

**This event is hosted by the Death Ride Tour. To receive Colorado Triple Crown credit, participants must comply with the rules of the Death Ride Tour and finish the event within their specified time limit.

***New (probably one-time) Colorado Triple Crown event. More details to come!

To get you inspired for 2018, here are some video slide show recaps of the 2017 events:
1) 2017 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder
2) 2017 Colorado Mesa Double Century
3) 2017 Colorado Death Ride
4) 2017 Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop
5) 2017 Denver to Aspen Classic

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oh Captain, My Captain

Charlie Henderson and Penny Nelson at the conclusion of the 2014 Joe Lookingbill Denver-to-Aspen Classic
With a saddened heart, I report that former RMCC president, Charlie Henderson, has passed away this week after a short, but valiant fight with pancreatic cancer.

Charlie and other founding members of the RMCC decided to separate from the Denver Bicycle Touring Club (DBTC) and form the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club in 1993, allowing members of the newly-formed RMCC to pursue road cycling adventures that were longer, harder, and simply more challenging than the rides that were offered by the DBTC. Charlie was the first to admit that he was never the fastest rider, but he loved the physical and mental challenge of testing his limits, even in his mid-50s when he first started riding seriously! And he always supported those individuals who were passionate about endurance cycling.

The Colorado Brevet Series was borne within the RMCC to help Colorado randonneuring enthusiasts prepare for some of the world's most challenging road cycling adventures, including Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) and Boston-Montreal-Boston (BMB). Within in the club, Charlie and other club members created the Colorado Last Chance, the club's own 1200 km grand brevet. Charlie was also instrumental in creating the Challenge Series during the mid-2000s, allowing members who to push their limits by riding hard, but for shorter distances. Still contested today, the Foothills Climbfest, which traverses through the foothills to the west of Littleton, is the original Challenge Series event.

After dabbling in endurance riding in 2007, I asked Charlie about pursuing our own series of double century events, similar to the California Triple Crown. Charlie told me if I would help organize it, he would help provide volunteer support for the rides. In 2009, we created the Colorado Triple Crown, incorporating three events that the club had been riding since its inception: Denver-to-Aspen, the Grand Loop, and the Colorado Death Ride.  The series has continued to grow and take on new cycling adventures since 2009.

Charlie was a friend and mentor to me and everyone in the club who chose to test his or her limits on the bike. And without Charlie's support, the RMCC, the Challenge Series, and the Colorado Triple Crown would not exist. And I know that all of our lives would be much different, and I suspect much less fulfilled.

Charlie Henderson, oh Captain, my captain, thank you for everything that you accomplished and thank you for bringing us all together! You are a gregarious, story-telling, wine-loving, cowboy cycling superhero to all of us! Rest in peace, my friend...

Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 Colorado Triple Crown Finishers


Congratulations to the following individuals for completing the 2017 Colorado Triple Crown! 

From AntiEpic to EPIC, from deserts to mountains, from prairies to high alpine tundra, the 2017 season had a bit of everything! We had 25 official finishers, our largest class of Colorado Triple Crown finishers to date. We also had 10 Colorado Triple Crown rookies, including two from out of state (Nebraska and Utah). Congratulations to each of you!
  • Laura Anderson (1)
  • Jerry Arnold (NE) (1)
  • Chris Baker (3)
  • Graham Barnes (3)
  • Caleb Carl (2) 
  • Ryan Franz (5)
  • Scott Griffith (1)
  • Paul Grimm (UT) (1)
  • Keith Jensen (2)
  • Kieran Johnson (1)
  • Oksana Kovalenko (1)
  • Andy Lapkass (single speed) (2)
  • Mark Lowe (8)
  • Tom Miller (7)
  • David Nelson (3)
  • Josh Peter (2) 
  • Harris Rosenthal (2)
  • Steve Rudolph (6)
  • Ray Rupel (4)
  • Nathaniel Schub (1)
  • Ricardo Stephen (1)
  • Erika Van Meter (1)
  • Corinne Warren (3)
  • Felix Wong (1)
  • Walter Zitz (4)
Caleb Carl
Laura Anderson
Congratulations to Caleb Carl and Laura Anderson for winning the 2017 Colorado Triple Crown Stage Race. This season's stage race included the fastest combined times of the Colorado Death Ride, the Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop, and the Denver-to-Aspen Classic, the original three events of the series. Caleb posted the fastest known time (that we are aware of) on the Colorado Death Ride course in the traditional counterclockwise direction and his time at the Colorado Mesa Double Century will be tough to beat! Laura Anderson is our first woman to finish the Colorado Triple Crown Stage Race since Diane Benoit in 2013.

Congratulations as well to David Nelson who, at 63 years young, ties Dick Wiss as the oldest rider to ever complete the Colorado Triple Crown! David spent most of the season recovering from several (very serious) health set-backs to whip himself back into double century shape in a very short period of time. In a tactically savvy move, David completed the Colorado Death Ride as a volunteer post-ride in late August to successfully complete the series! Kudos to you, David! 

Volunteering can be a fun and rewarding experience! (Photo: Walter Zitz)

Special thanks for all of our volunteers this season! We simply cannot run these events in their current timed format without help! So thanks to each of you!
  • Chris Baker (Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop)
  • Julie Elliott and Jerome Gonzales (Colorado Mesa Double Century)
  • Heidi Hartman (Colorado Death Ride and Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop)
  • Kieran Johnson (Denver-to-Aspen Classic)
  • Mark Lowe (AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, Colorado Mesa Double Century, Colorado Death Ride)
  • Beth and Brent Myers (Event registrations for all events)
  • David Nelson (Colorado Death Ride)
  • Kale Olson (Denver-to-Aspen Classic)
  • Josh Peter (AntiEpic Gravel Grinder)
  • Harris Rosenthal (Foothills Climbfest)
  • Andre and Carla Schub (Colorado Death Ride and Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop)
  • Nat Schub (AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, Denver-to-Aspen Classic)
  • Jon Sendor (Foothills Climbfest)
  • Fran Summerhill and Girvan Kroesing (Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop)
  • Joanne Vitanza (Colorado Mesa Double Century)
  • Corinne Warren (Foothills Climbfest, AntiEpic Gravel Grinder)
  • Mike Young (Colorado Mesa Double Century)
  • Walter Zitz (AntiEpic Gravel Grinder)
There was abundant epic scenery during the 2017 Colorado Triple Crown!