Triple Bypass

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I just signed up for the Triple Bypass Ride in Colorado this July. Lots of climbing:

I have never done such a mountainous ride and I wondered if anyone could recommend a training schedule that they found especially good.

I am going out to Boulder a week in advance but I've never been to CO and I don't know what to anticipate interms of acclimating to the elevation. any thoughts?

Also, any tips for sending my bike?



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Sally Cressey (not verified)

read this:

Going out a week in advance is a good idea, but Boulder is only 5400 feet. If you can get up to the start of the ride at least a day or two in advance, that would be better. I've heard it's a great ride - have fun.

Also, some people think it helps to take an Asprin a day for a week before you go to altitute.

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Anthony Donato (not verified)
Some tips in riding the North American Rockies & the Canadian Ro

"Some tips in riding the North American Rockies & the Canadian Rockies.

1.) It usually takes 2-3 days to get used to the altitude of over 6,000 ft. (this may vary depending on your fitness), but you should be fine since your arriving a week prior to your ride.

2.) Drink plenty of water during the ride and avoid alcoholic beverage prior to your ride. The best way to prevent acute mountain sickness is to climb short distances when climbing to higher elevations.

3.) Since this is a one day Tour, based on the profile of your route, I wouldn’t go ballistic w/ training. Do some hill repeats every other day and most importantly....practice on your descents. Sometimes the descents are nerve racking than the climbs itself (especially if it involves hairpin turns). Looking at your ride profile, there is a 15 mile descent after your first summit at Juniper Pass.

4.) Climbing a ""real"" Mountain pass is quite different as compared to your regular weekend SIG & STS NYCC rides. My best advice to have the right gearing. Having a triple is a plus.

5.) Bring proper clothing. The temperature can change quickly, especially on a long downhill, in the Rockies. I usually carry a vest and a pair of arm-warmers. Don't be suprise if it snows there in mid July.


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John Z (not verified)

"""4.) Climbing a ""real"" Mountain pass is quite different as compared to your regular weekend SIG & STS NYCC rides. My best advice to have the right gearing. Having a triple is a plus.""

I can't speak for the SIGs but the STS-A23 is carefully designed to prepare riders for such an event. While the routes vary from year-to-year, the rides become long and use the best local climbs to build form. For example, last year's STS-A23 Graduation ride, the ""Tour Des Catskills"" included climbs of Slide Mountain and Minnewaska over its 130 mile distance to specifically prepare some of its riders for Col, DE Tourmalet and Luz Ardiden in a one day ride. While Slide and Minnewaska are only about 1/2 of their Pyrenees counterparts, that's all you need, as there is no significant drop between 30-45 minute power and 1-1.5 hour power.


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Fred Steinberg (not verified)
shipping your bike

A major advantage of cycle touring in the US is being able to ship your bike ahead and have it shipped with just a phone call or web transaction.
I've used Fedex 3-day business saver to ship my hard case, bike and lots of gear ahead and back.

Last year I was advised to use which uses Fedex, UPS but apparently has negotiated bulk rates. I just checked and they will ship a bike from NY>Boulder for $112.

As for the epitome CO training ride around here, think about joining us on our July 10 Gunk ride. 100 miles and almost 7000' vertical. Long climbs and descents and as beautiful as any ride anywhere.

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Kate (not verified)
inquiring minds want to know


how did it go? I would love to hear all about it.....

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Diane Goodwin (not verified)

Hi Bessie,

Here is the email of the brevet admin in Colorado - [email protected]. His name is John Lee Ellis. He organizes brevets (really long distance events) in Colorado and will help you. His website is:

diane goodwin

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Rick Braun (not verified)
triple bypass

Forum: NYCC Message Board
Thread: Triple Bypass

Date: 5/16/2005 10:27:11 AM
Author: Rick Braun ([email protected]) Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)
Subject: triple bypass

You may need one after the ride. Two years ago I did some extensive hiking in Colorado to as high as about 12,000 feet. The breathing certainly is harder at such higher altitudes, but one does acclimate. You are wise in going out earlier, and I would suggest working your way up to higher altitudes. The only place that I cycled was in and around Boulder. I did not find that the altitude bothered me there, but I had already been in Colorado for about 2 weeks at that point and at significantly higher altitudes. Colorado is a lovely state. Enjoy Boulder (went to a terrific pan Asian restaurant there), and, when you return, cycling the hills here will be (relatively) easy.

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Herb Dershowitz (not verified)

Braun for a jurist you a funny guy.

Bessie, I concur with Anthony about alcohol. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol to avoid a high altitude headache.

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Carol (not verified)
Hill Training

If you want to get a feel for a longish climb, go up Seven Lakes Drive (about a 6-mile climb), then go on to Bear Mountain and continue up Perkins Drive (altogether about another 3 miles of climbing), then go down the other side of Bear Mountain. At that point, you can either go across the Bear Mountain Bridge and take the train home from Garrison, or you could turn around and climb back up Bear Mountain and Perkins before coming down again and taking the train. You would get in either 2 or 3 good climbs with descents. There's probably a cue sheet on the Ride Library for something close to this or email me and I'll send you one.

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John Z (not verified)
6 Mile Climb

Seven Lakes a 6 miles climb? I wish...

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Splaver (not verified)
Training for triple bypass

Yes, Seven Lakes Drive is good training. But so is riding on some long flat road in a gear that's just a little too hard for you. That's because the climbs between Squaw and Vail aren't all steep as the ones in Orange County (although there are steep parts). Instead, the climbs endless. You climb so long that you can't tell if you're still climbing and the only way you know for sure is that the stream beside the road is flowing behind you. I don't know whether it's necessary to get to Colorado more than a day or two in advance. If you do go early, don't bike away all your power before the big day.

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Fred Steinberg (not verified)
Bergen Park to Nottingham Lake

I rode those roads in the opposite direction two years ago. Its gorgeous country and a tremendous amount of climbing. There are no real flats until you descend to Vail.

I strongly advise a triple chainring setup. Unless you are very strong you'll be on you low gears for hours.

Its wonderful country but you've got to train for it. You must be prepared for winter weather in the passes and there's always the threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon. You'll need a rain shell, warm gloves, etc which you can use on the descents. You must be prepared. The sag is never around when you need it. You do not want to be wet up at altitude.

You've been given good advice about training. Again,the best climbs for training are in Harriman/Bear Mtn and vicinity. Climb R106 from 9W into Harriman Park. That's about 6-7 miles. Then turn R to Welsh Lake (3mi descent) and climb Tioretti Brook rd (3mi up, a typical Western climb, but short), do Seven Lakes Drive from end to end, that's 2-3 long 3-4 mile climbs. Climb up Perkins Dr (Bear Mtn). That might be steeper than anything you'll hit out there but you are 10000' lower here. Avoid the killers, Little Tor, Gate Hill (Rt98).

If you have access to a car go up to New Paltz or Ellenville and ride in the Gunks, there are longer climbs up there.

Email if you need some training routes.

Good Luck,


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Chris T. (not verified)
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Chris T. (not verified)
More Acclimating Tips..

Rick, John, Fred, Anthony and everyone else have hit the essentials. Here are a couple of others...

1. Even when you are not riding, hydrate much more than you do at home -- you need more at altitude (even Boulder), plus it's a much drier climate, and you lose more water, even though may not notice it. Even on a rest day, you absloutely must have an extra 1.5 - 2 liters of water to drink during the day.

2. If you can SLEEP at a higher altitude, that helps in acclimating. Maybe spend a night in Winter Park or Idaho springs, or camp out on a hill/Mountain

3. On your first day in Boulder, if you have your bike or any bike, take a spin up Boulder Canyon Drive, and keep your heart rate below 75% of your max for an hour or so. The object is for your lungs to get used to to the thinner air. Your heart rate will probably get higher for a similar level of effort at sea level due to the altitude. Don't work too hard or too long -- just get a feel for it.

4. If you can get some training time there, train at higher altitudes than Boulder.

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Allison (not verified)
preparation for the Triple- additional advice

Hi Bessie!

Ive done the Triple a few times, the biggest tip I can give you, in addition to the other advice, is to start early, try to start by 6:00am. It usually rains in the afternoon and you dont want to be stuck on a Pass when it does (unfortunately I have learned this the hard way).

As far as riding in Boulder, Old Stage Road and Left Hand Canyon in North Boulder are great for climbing and generally have less traffic than Canyon. University Cycles on 9th and Pearl Street downtown is a good bike shop if you have any problems with your bike.

Lastly, make sure you go to the RIO Grande on Walnut Street (in Boulder) and have a great big margarita, they are the best! Be safe and have a great time.

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don montalvo (not verified)
about half a dozen hill repeats on...

...plate clove road (aka: devil's kitchen) ought'a do it. jeff vogel used to have an annual ride to that climb. i did it in a 39x26 a couple years, then the last year i did it in a 39x23 (i practiced my track stands before the ride).


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