Hi folks! It's early 2015 and time to register for many of the bicycle rides in which we like to participate. It looks like a full year again. Sorry, backyard. Although many of these rides are charity rides, some have become quite expensive, so we're being more selective. This year's docket includes Elephant Rock, the Santa Fe Century, Ride the Rockies (if lottery drawn), the MS-150 and the Triple Bypass. Part of the game is going out on a limb; most rides are nontransferable and nonrefundable. Finally, I would like to ride many segments of the Colorado Trail on my mountain bike. A jaunt back up to the Pacific Northwest wouldn't be bad either.
So far, Snowcatcher and I are signed up for Elephant Rock, Colorado's season opener. We're also going to register for a ride we haven't participated in, the Santa Fe Century. I've always wanted to head south of the border (Colorado's) to ride New Mexico's Santa Fe area. This will be the ride's 30th anniversary, so why wait any longer? Besides, I like New Mexico, it truly is the land of enchantment. I know because I'm an enchantment lizard. :)
My most difficult ride is the Double Triple Bypass, a 120-mile ride over several mountain passes exceeding 10,000 feet, then right back the way I came on Day 2. These passes include Juniper (11,140 ft), Loveland (11,990 ft) and Vail (10,560 ft). Honorable mention goes to Swan Mountain – steep and short and painful. For most of us mortals, this ride is at least a seven- to eight-hour day with 10,000 feet of elevation gain. This will be my seventh year riding this event. This is not the hardest 100-plus-mile day in which I've tortured myself. That would be the defunct Deer Creek Challenge. Nonetheless, the Triple hurts, especially if you ride the two-day event, which is simply riding back the same way the next day.
I've often wondered what the stats are to pull off a ride like the Triple Bypass. Over the course of a weekend, there are four different rides; there's a westbound on Saturday, a westbound/eastbound on Saturday/Sunday and an eastbound on Sunday. In addition, there's a three-man (or three-woman, which Snowcatcher wanted to do last year but couldn't find a third teammate) relay on Sunday. Entry for all events is by lottery.
Below are a few stats:
5,000 riders over the weekend
420 pounds of peanut butter
43 permits required to organize the 120-mile ride
$500,000 given out to charities in the past three years
2,232 beers served
It'll be a hoot!