|Views of the Medicine Bow Mountains from the North Park basin. |
What's not visible in this picture was a little gift from Mother Nature: the wind! (Photo: Tim Schaefer)
|Poudre Canyon was clad in a deep, verdant green from west of Fort Collins to the top of Cameron Pass|
during the 2016 Colorado High Country Double Century (Photo: Tim Schaefer)
- 209 miles, approximately 12,000 feet of climbing
- 3 categorized climbs:
- Poudre Canyon to Cameron Pass (10,276 feet): HC
- Muddy Creek Pass (8,772 feet): Category 5
- Rabbit Ears Pass (9,426 feet): Category 3
- 27 pre-registered riders
- 25 ride starters, 2 early withdrawals. Of the riders who started, 22 were men, 3 were women.
- 21 riders successfully completed the course within the 16.5 hour time limit (12.55 mph avg speed), 4 DNFs
- Walter Zitz and Mark Lowe, both feeling a bit demoralized by the head winds in North Park, were the fastest finishers of the day, completing the Boulder-to-Steamboat course in 11 hours, 25 min. (18.6 mph).
- Triple Crown veteran, Diane Benoit, was our only official female finisher with a time of 14 hours, 34 min. (14.3 mph). Congratulations, Diane!
Special thanks to this year's volunteers! We cannot proceed with these events in their current timed format without your help!
- Craig Howell: support vehicle driver
- Corinne Warren: support vehicle driver and maker of fantastic muffins and cookies
- Joanne Vitanza: official time recorder at the conclusion of the ride
Also thanks to the impressive support crew of rider, Avery Collins, who provided support for riders along the course!
|Mark Lowe and Walter Zitz arrive at the iconic Rabbit Ears Motel, the final destination |
of this year's Colorado High Country Double Century
|Ultra runner, Avery Collins, made his foray into ultra cycling with the Colorado High Country Double Century and had a great ride! Geez...and he's only owned his bike 3 weeks!!|
|Stephen Strayer at the Rabbit Ears Motel after successfully completing his 2nd Colorado High Country Double Century! Excellent ride and welcome to Colorado full-time!|
|Chris Baker and Ryan Franz arrive safely at the Rabbit Ears Motel, barely escaping the rain. Great ride, guys!|
|Raise the roof! Kale Olson is in da Rabbit Ears house! Great ride, Kale!|
|Shaken, but not stirred, Triple Crown veteran survives the thunderstorm on Rabbit Ears Pass to successfully complete this year's event! Great ride, Steve!|
|RMCC Colorado High Country 1200 km record holder, Jeffrey Hullet, uses this year's High Country Double Century as a tune-up for next month's big brevet. Great ride, Jeffrey!|
|Caleb Carl completes his first Colorado Triple Crown event to warm up for...Ride the Rockies!?!|
Huh?? What?? Great ride, Caleb!
|Chris Miner contemplates how he could complete the Colorado High Country Double Century AND ride Pikes Peak in the same day! Excellent ride, Chris!!|
|Nederland, CO native, David Fullagar, who is perhaps the best-traveled cyclist in the world, completes his first Colorado Triple Crown event! Thanks for coming out, David!|
|RMCC newbie, Josh Peter, is all smiles after surviving his first double century! Great ride, Josh!|
|Andy Stockman and Chris Ellefson, riding perhaps the most suave bikes of the day, arrive safely at the Rabbit Ears Motel. (Hey everyone...check this out! Full rain gear! Perhaps a less to be learned for all of us!) Thanks for coming out, guys!|
|Jon Sendor is making these long rides look simple! Another great ride, Jon!|
|Flexing some muscle, Kieran Johnson successfully completes his first CO High Country Double Century in preparation for next month's big brevet. Great ride, Kieran!|
|Andy Lapkass impresses again on his single speed road bike! Great ride, Andy!|
|Triple Crown veteran, Diane Benoit, is happy to have successfully completed another Triple Crown event! Great ride, Diane!|
|Mike Turek is ecstatic that he is not this year's Lantern Rouge! Excellent ride, Mike!|
|Chilled at the end of the ride, Ray Rupel arrives safely at the Rabbit Ears Motel in Steamboat Springs.|
Next up: Cycle to Saturn Double Century on June 25, 2016! Don't be afraid! It's just climbing...lots of climbing. And a little fun on dirt too!