Friday, April 17, 2015

Triple Crown and Challenge Series Updates

Wow! It's already April! Lots of good things coming up!

1) Registration for this year's Colorado Triple Crown is now open (Colorado Triple Crown Registration) and registrations are slowly starting trickle in. We'll try to keep the rosters as updated as possible. Rosters are located on the right side bar of this blog.

2) Our two Challenge Series events are coming up next month in May! These events will surely help riders get ready for this year's Colorado Triple Crown.

  • The Golden Anti-Gravity Epic Century
    • Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
    • Time: Check-in time starts at 6:00 am. Ride starts promptly at 7:00 am. Please be ready to ride by 6:45 am for last minute pre-ride instructions. 
    • Location: Golden, CO, Coors Tek parking lot, 10th and Jackson St. 
    • Brief description: A behemoth day of climbing, guaranteed to test your physical and mental fortitude! Three different routes will be available this year. All three courses have a similar start and feature of mixture of paved and gravel/packed dirt roads.  Recommended tire size: the largest tires that your road bike can accommodate. 28 mm to 35 mm would be ideal, although experienced gravel road riders may be able to complete the entire route on 23 mm tires.
    • Time limit: Riders will have 12 hours to complete their course of choice.
    • Results: Results are based on whether or not a rider successfully completes the course he chooses to ride, NOT finishing times. Only riders who successfully finish will be listed.
    • Support: This ride is mostly self-supported. There are many places to self-support along this course (Bergen Park, Idaho Springs, Black Hawk, Dory Hill Campground.
      • There will be a RMCC water support vehicle at the Golden Gate Visitor Center from roughly 1 pm to 4 pm.
      • Consider riding with a small hydration pack for extra water. (You will probably not even need to fill the pack with water until Idaho Springs.)
    • Courses. Please study the routes in advance! Maps and cue sheets will be available at check-in:
  • Foothills Climbfest
    • Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
    • Time: Check-in: 7:00 - 7:50. Ride starts promptly at 8:00 am. This ride will be run in conjunction with the regular RMCC ride.
    • Location: Littleton, CO, Ken Caryl RTD park-n-ride, 1/4 mile east of C-470 
    • Brief description: This timed event features over 8,000 feet of climbing in 80 miles is a final tune-up for the Colorado Triple Crown.  
    • Time limit: 7 hours
    • Results: Results will be posted in order of finishing time.

2015 Colorado High Country Double Century Roster

2015 Colorado High Country Double Century (updated May 4, 2015):
  1. Horwood, Josh (Loveland, CO)
  2. Howell, Craig (Littleton, CO)
  3. Knowles, Paul (Boulder, CO)
  4. Lowe, Mark (Arvada, CO)
  5. Nelsen, Eric (Evergreen, CO)
  6. Nelson, David (Greenwood Village, CO)
  7. Rainwater, James (Nederland, CO)
  8. Rupel, Ray (Centennial, CO
  9. Smith, Vernon (Colorado Springs, CO)
  10. Turkaly, Edward (Black Hawk, CO)
  11. Turek, Michael (Longmont, CO)
  12. Van Meter, Erika (Aspen, CO)

2015 Colorado Death Ride Roster

2015 Colorado Death Ride Roster (updated May 4, 2015):
  1. Feinman, Larry (Lafayette, CO)
  2. Henderson, Michael (Dolores, CO)
  3. Horwood, Josh (Loveland, CO)
  4. Howell, Craig (Littleton, CO)
  5. Kaminski, Jason (Longmont, CO)
  6. Lowe, Mark (Arvada, CO)
  7. Nelsen, Eric (Evergreen, CO)
  8. Nelson, David (Greenwood Village, CO)
  9. Smith, Vernon (Colorado Springs, CO)
  10. Stokes, Colin (Mission Viejo, CA)
  11. Van Meter, Erika (Aspen, CO)

2015 Colorado Classic Double Century Roster

2015 Colorado Classic Double Century Roster (updated May 5, 2015):
  1. Henderson, Michael (Dolores, CO)
  2. Kaminski, Jason (Longmont, CO)
  3. Lowe, Mark (Arvada, CO)
  4. Nelsen, Eric (Evergreen, CO)
  5. Stokes, Colin (Mission Viejo, CA)
  6. Van Meter, Erika (Aspen, CO)

2015 Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop Roster

2015 Tim Kalisch Memorial Grand Loop Roster (updated May 4, 2015):
  1. Henderson, Michael (Dolores, CO)
  2. Howell, Craig (Littleton, CO
  3. Kaminski, Jason (Longmont, CO)
  4. Lowe, Mark (Arvada, CO)
  5. Nelsen, Eric (Evergreen, CO)
  6. Nelson, David (Greenwood Village, CO)
  7. Smith, Vernon (Colorado Springs, CO)
  8. Stokes, Colin (Mission Viejo, CA)

2015 Joe Lookingbill Denver-to-Aspen Roster

2015 Joe Lookingbill Denver-to-Aspen Classic Roster (updated May 5, 2015):
  1. Legagnoux, Thierry (Ableiges, FR)
  2. Lowe, Mark (Arvada, CO)
  3. Nelsen, Eric (Evergreen, CO)
  4. Nelson, David (Greenwood Village, CO)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What's New for 2015??? a nutshell...LOTS! 

1. First, we're adding two new rides to the mix for 2015: 

We here at the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club (RMCC) are always dreaming of new rides, especially EPIC ones! We sit at home, late at night, staring at Colorado state maps, conjuring up new (and sometimes sadistic) ways to "connect the dots" and challenge our club members. We're constantly searching for the next BIG ride!

Well, the search for the next BIG adventure continues for 2015. And we've conjured up several new, EPIC routes for this upcoming season that will hopefully pique your interest.  For 2015, the RMCC presents: 

Please look for the postings on this blog about these new events.

2. Second, we're "relaxing" some of the rules regarding pre-qualification for the Colorado Triple Crown events. 

Since the inception of the Colorado Triple Crown in 2009, we've required riders to "prequalify" for these extremely challenging rides. The reason behind pre-qualification is simple. Since the RMCC runs these events with minimal volunteer support, we need to be sure that participants have both the physical and mental fortitude to complete these rides. Pre-qualification is the best way to do so!  For many prospective participants, however, pre-qualification is a major barrier to participation. So, to continue to encourage participation, ensure event integrity, and ensure rider safety, we are making the following changes to our pre-qualification requirements for the 2015 season...

To pre-qualify, registrants must complete one of the following events in the previous 24 months: 

1) Any Colorado Triple Crown event

2) A 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

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
Participants who have not met the pre-qualification requirements listed above can still register, but they will need to ride with a personal support vehicle (which is allowed and encouraged) until they can demonstrate that they can complete at least one of the Triple Crown events within its designated time limit. After registering, these riders will need to e-mail me with the name of their support person.

As in previous seasons, RMCC membership is still be required to participate! 

3. Registration
  1. Fees. Participants can expect a small increase in registration fees for the Colorado Triple Crown events in 2015 ($50/event). So where does this money go? Believe it or not, the RMCC really don't make any money for running these events. Our goal is to encourage participation, NOT turn a profit. But the fees that we charge to participate in these events barely cover our expenses of actually running these events (e.g., reimbursement for mileage, food, and sometimes motels for volunteers, etc.).  If we do have extra revenue at the end of the 2015 season, we will use these extra funds to subsidize the production costs of Colorado Triple Crown cycling kits for those riders who successfully complete the series and purchase a Colorado Triple Crown cycling kit at then end of the season! 
  2. Dates. Registration for the 2015 Colorado Triple Crown events will open on March 1, 2015. Please pay attention to this blog and the RMCC website for more details in the weeks ahead. 
  3. Withdrawal. For those members who have registered and need to withdraw from an event, they can do so up to 3 weeks prior to the date of the event. After 3 weeks, refunds will not be granted. 
  4. Transfers. For 2015, registration fees will not be transferrable between events. So please plan ahead!

4. Volunteers

We are 100% dependent on volunteer support! Since 2009, RMCC president, Charlie Henderson, has been essential for supporting these rides. Without Charlie's help, we simply could not run this series in its current format. Over the past few seasons, other individuals--usually family members of other Triple Crown participants--have volunteered time to provide event support. Thank you to all of you!!!

For 2015, we are looking for more 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 the crack of dawn. But volunteering can be quite a bit of fun too! For 2015, we will provide the following incentives to volunteer:
  1. If a rider volunteers for an event, he/she can participate in another Triple Crown event for free.
  2. If a rider volunteers a family member to provide event support, that rider gets to ride for free. Those riders will receive a refund for their registration fee. 
  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 food/snack purchases accrued during the event. 
  1. Please note that personal support vehicles do not count as volunteer SAG for these events. 
  2. If Charlie is unavailable to volunteer and we are able to secure another volunteer for an event, then that event will be ridden in brevet format (i.e., without support). Please be aware of this!

5. Triple Crown Kits

For 2015, we will re-designing our very distinguished Colorado Triple Crown kit to perhaps include some lighter colors. We will start working on the new design in the months ahead. Please stay posted!

Well...the road to 2015 begins now. Bring it on!! (If only it was that flat!)