I guess I’m doing the Copper Triangle RIde this morning. I say I guess because it is cold out and it looks like it might be raining some or most of the time. I like to race in those conditions, but I’m not much into just riding at those conditions. Especially at 8000 + feet altitude. I might rather just be loungin’ watching the Olympic Road Race this morning.
If you didn’t click on the link above, here is the description of the ride from the website. A spectacular 78-mile loop cresting three Colorado Mountain passes – Fremont Pass (elevation 11,318’), Tennessee Pass (elevation 10,424’) and Vail Pass (elevation 10,666’). The course passes three ski areas and is littered with historic mining outposts and camp Hale, the training ground for the famous 10th Mountain Division.
There are lots of guys I know out here, from all over, doing lots of different things. A few guys are training for Leadville, so are heading over there to pre-ride some of the course. Vincent is going up to Laramie to do the Laramie Enduro on a tandem. It is 70 miles, so not that much shorter than the ride today I’m doing.
Last year I rode from Silverthorne to Copper Mtn., but today I’m driving. I’m still just mediocre and am just doing the ride because I’m entered and a bunch of friends are riding it. Last year, Vincent and I rode pretty hard. Like the 7th fastest time on the Strava KOM for the loop. And if you subtract the 20 + minutes I stopped, then it was the fastest the loop has been ridden by someone with that uses Strava.
That isn’t going to be the speed today. I’m a little worried about getting too cold. We got caught in a storm coming back from Breckenridge yesterday and the temperature on my Garmin was 49 degrees. And it was raining hard. That is over 50 degrees cooler than I’ve been riding in at home and it felt cold. The ride benefits The Davis Phinney Parkinson’s Foundation, so it is for a good cause
Anyway, I’m going to keep optimistic and cross my fingers it stays dry. I’d better get a move on. We’ll already be the last ones starting. Some guys take off before sunrise.