|David Nelson cruises up Kebler Pass Road toward the photogenic, Mt. Marcellina (Photo: Mark Lowe)|
|It's easy to get lost in endless aspen groves on Ohio Pass Road!|
Cycling Kebler Pass can be a "Jeckle and Hyde" experience. Riders never know what sort of weather they are going to encounter! In dry and sunny conditions, Kebler Pass Road is a spectacular pass with stunning vistas as it winds its way through the second largest aspen grove on the planet! In stormy weather, however, riding over Kebler Pass can be a cold, muddy, and extremely mentally challenging experience. This was the case during the 2016 Colorado Classic Double Century! On a day when weather forecasters had predicted a "0% chance of rain," strong thunderstorms blossomed over the West Elk Mountains and the skies opened up, turning Kebler Pass Road into a muddy nightmare for many participants! For many riders who could recall this demoralizing experience, the mere thought of riding a double century that included a daredevil double ascent of Kebler Pass, without the guarantee of immaculate weather, was truly a "kamikaze" experience!
|Kebler Kamikaze Double Century participants can breathe a sigh of relief as they descend down Kebler Pass into Crested Butte, especially after the second descent!|
13 RMCCers accepted the challenge to ride the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century, with its double ascent of Kebler Pass! Participants had beautiful, cool, and sunny weather to start the day. But once mother nature figured out what we were up to, she decided to unleash a few afternoon and evening rain showers, which dampened the spirits of participants. Several riders decided to stop their ride and DNF after passing through Crested Butte for the first time, fearing that the second ascent of Kebler Pass via Ohio Pass Road would be a dreadful experience. In the end, all participants had the opportunity to experience the beautiful West Elk Scenic Byway, one of Colorado's finest cycling loops! Congratulations to all of this year's participants!
|Riders exchange Kebler Kamikaze "battle stories" over pizza and beer at the conclusion of the ride.|
2018 Kebler Kamikaze Double Century Summary:
- 212 miles, 12,000 feet of climbing, 45 miles of dirt/gravel roads
- 3 categorized climbs:
- North Rim Climb/CO-92: Category 3
- Kebler Pass Road (entire climb): HC
- Ohio Pass Road: Category 2
- 14 pre-registered riders, 13 rider starters, 1 early withdrawal. Of the 13 riders who started, all 13 were men. Alas, no women participants, but Erika Van Meter did successfully complete her volunteer pre-ride!
- 8 riders successfully completed the course within the 19 hour time limit (62% finishing rate), 5 DNFS. 1 volunteer pre-ride finisher.
- Congratulations to Ryan Franz who posted the speediest time of the day with a time of 13 hours, 46 minutes (15.4 mph)!
Results: 2018 Kebler Kamikaze Double Century
Video Slideshow: Kebler Kamikaze Double Century
Special thanks to our volunteers for providing event support! We cannot ride these events in their current timed format without their help!
- Erika Van Meter
- Mark Lowe
|Congratulations to Ryan Franz for posting the speediest time of day! Ryan wins this year's stage race, which included the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder, Cycle to Saturn Double Century, and Kebler Kamikaze. Ryan is a true maestro of mixed terrain rides!|
|Jonathan Fey successfully completes the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century and his second Triple Crown event. Great ride, Jonathan!|
|It took a bit of prompting to get Andy Stockman to ride over Ohio Pass with rain showers in the area, but in then end, Andy did it to complete the Kebler Kamikaze and his second Colorado Triple Crown!|
|Jason's socks. Pretty snazzy, huh?!?|
|Rich Rodgers completes the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century and his first Colorado Triple Crown series! Great series, Rich!|
|Ray Rupel in Crested Butte. At 64 years young, Ray ties David Nelson as the oldest rider to ever complete the Colorado Triple Crown. Hmmm, who will blink first? :)|
|By completing the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century, Michael Bass can call himself a Colorado Triple Crown finisher! Congratulations, Michael!|
|Needle Rock, located between Crawford and Paonia|
By completing the Kebler Kamikaze Double Century, the following riders have successfully completed the 2018 Colorado Triple Crown. Congratulations to each of you!
- Michael Bass (1)
- Jason Kaminski (3)
- Harris Rosenthal (3)
- Rich Rodgers (1)
- Ray Rupel (5)
- Andy Stockman (2)
- Erika Van Meter (2)