What is the Triple Bypass?
Have you ever heard of the Triple Bypass? No, it is not referencing the operation your Uncle Charlie had last year. The Triple Bypass is a 120-mile bike race held each summer in the Colorado High Country that brings thousands of biking enthusiasts to Colorado to test their endurance and stamina against not one or two, but three high mountain passes:
Juniper Pass at 11,140 ft,
Loveland Pass at 11,990 ft,
and Vail Pass at 10,560 ft.
The trip is 120 miles long and tests even the most diehard of cyclists. The race begins in the beautiful town of Bergen Park/Evergreen, Colorado and ends in scenic Avon, Colorado. In 2011, there is an option to begin in Avon, Colorado and end in Bergen Park/Evergreen, Colorado.
What Makes the Triple Bypass So Unique?
So why would anyone subject themselves to such a grueling event? First of all the race arguably travels one the most scenic routes in the entire United States.
Common sites along the route include waterfalls, scenic rivers, wildlife such as deer, elk, eagles, and even the occasional porcupine.
Race participants also get the opportunity to mingle with an extremely diverse group of cyclists from all across the nation and the world. Other interesting activities can also be tied into participation with the Triple Bypass.
Many participants travel early to the area and take advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, camping, white water rafting, fly fishing, and site seeing.
What About Lodging?
If you are worried about the accommodations in the area you can also relax knowing that there are numerous hotels and lodges that specifically cater to the outdoor-minded guest.
Amenities such as hot tubs, professionally staffed spas, and gourmet restaurants are just some of the benefits of such facilities.
Communities along the route that offer lodging options include Avon, Beaver Creek, Vail, Copper Mountain, Frisco, Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Keystone, Idaho Springs, Evergreen, and of course Denver.
For the more budget-conscious traveler, camping and economically priced food options are also available. In fact, many cyclists enjoy the camaraderie of the camping experience so much that they come back and camp every year with the same groups of people.
Regardless of your preferences the Triple Bypass bike race is an excellent opportunity to test your biking skills and at the same time experience one of the most exciting and beautiful bike races in America. If you have ever thought about engaging in a truly epic bike race and meeting some great people at the same time the Triple Bypass is the race for you.