Building Community Through Cycling

Blue Sky Velo

After competing in the March Gator Half Triathlon in Bradenton, FL, I was looking to take a
break from triathlon for the remainder of 2012. In addition to some cycling races, I wanted
another summer challenge, and I found it in the form of the Colorado Triple Crown Series. The
Colorado Triple Crown is a collection of single day, timed double century road cycling events.
They are, simply put, the most challenging road cycling events in the state of Colorado. These
events include the Joe Lookingbill Denver-to-Aspen Classic (180mi and 13k feet of climbing),
Colorado Death Ride (225mi and 16k feet of climbing), the Grand Loop (200mi and 15k feet
of climbing), and the (new) Cripple Creek Crippler. Since the early 1990s, the RMCC has been
riding the three individual events of the Colorado Triple Crown as preparation for Paris-Brest-
Paris (PBP), Boston-Montreal-Boston (BMB), and other longer endurance cycling events. In
2009, the RMCC formally organized these events into the Colorado Triple Crown. Completion
of three of the Colorado Triple Crown stages in a single calendar year earns the cyclist the
unique designation of a Colorado Triple Crown Finisher. To date, there are only 13 riders in
RMCC history who have accomplished this feat. I completed the first three events. Here is my

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