2016 The Copper Triangle

Quick little backstory on me. I finally quit smoking after 20 years and got back on the bike. Once I was able to ride more than 7 miles without puking in random yards (Paul knows what I’m talking about) I started setting goals. First it was distances: 10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles and then 100. Once I was able to check those off I started wondering what was next. I set my sights on the mountains of Colorado. A friend that had moved out there a few years back recommended I look into a ride called the Copper Triangle.

Approx 78 miles, three mountain passes and altitude. It was very intimidating on paper. And when you live close to sea level training for altitude doesn’t seem realistic. I traveled to CO and arrived one week before the ride. I figured a couple of rides ahead of time should help prepare me for what’s to come. I stayed in Silverthorne, about 15 minutes from Copper Mountain where the ride begins, and found a great 25 mile loop close to the place I was staying. I was able to ride that twice during the week before the big ride.

The morning of the ride was pretty cold, in the low 40’s and rainy. I remember thinking to myself that I wished I had disc brakes. I was squeezing my levers pretty hard on some wet descents and still going 20-25 mph downhill. I made it over two of the three mountain passes as the weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. Once I hit the third pass in Vail, I started having pain in my knee that was only getting worse as I made my way up to the halfway point and aid station. Unfortunately that’s where I made my decision to turn around and go back down in order to catch the SAG wagon back. I made it about 62 miles total. Also my Garmin didn’t want to work. Luckily my watch was charged and ready to go. I have unfinished business with ride. I hope to be back soon.

2019 Hilly Hundred

I feel like I will be jumping around a little chronologically. I also feel like that doesn’t matter. Here are two video clips from this years Hilly Hundred in Bloomington (Elettsville) IN. So one is a nice little section where I am actually keeping up with Paul and Steve. The second one is a time lapse and may be a little too fast.

As stated in the About Us section, for the last 4 years, the 3 of us have traveled down to Bloomington to do this ride to finish off our year. The ride is a weekend event that is really well attended. Ride 52 miles on Saturday and 52 on Sunday and hope the lactic acid isn’t too much to bear. This year, we only rode on Sunday due to the crazy amount of rain on Saturday. We took in a movie and some beers instead. the weather was much better on Sunday and we got to ride 2 of the biggest hills on the course anyway.

Plus there is a bit of a connection to this ride. Our dad rode this ride a handful of times in the 80’s when we lived in Bloomington, the last edition was 1985. My first time was a solo trip in 2015. 30 years since I had been back.

2019 Trek 100

Just about every year the three of us try to participate in the Trek 100 and raise money for the MACC fund. Any cause that has to do with raising money for cancer is important, but this is for kids, so I will raise money for this every year even if I can’t ride. I won’t lie, the beginning of this ride is usually hearing stories from families that the organization has impacted, I have a hard time starting without losing it a little. Throughout the day I try to think about that. It’s fun to get out and ride, but at the end of the day, hopefully we are helping in a small way.

This ride is maybe the most challenging century ride I’ve ridden. And it’s usually because of the weather. The first year I did the ride it was 95 degrees and had some pretty strong wind. We’ve had rain a couple years also, 2019 was one of those years. Not sure you can tell from the pictures, but the rain jackets were on and off about four times that day. And it was just Paul and I this year.