The Triple Bypass Grand Fondo has been a signature Colorado cycling event since 1988. Picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado, it was founded by a group of avid cyclists who thought it would be fun and challenging to ride from Evergreen to Vail, Colorado, and has turned into a premier bucket list event. Fast forward, and the event is now produced by Team Evergreen cycling, the oldest and largest cycling club in Colorado. Team Evergreen produces several other regional signature events, including the Mt. Evans Hill Climb and the Beti Bike Bash. All proceeds from the Triple Bypass are given back to local and national non-profits. Over $3M has been donated to groups ranging from High School Cycling to Bicycle Colorado.
The Triple Bypass is also a Gran Fondo National Series partner event. GFNS has been producing premier one-day events since 2012 and currently hosts eight national events, including the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo Championship. What’s unique about GFNS events is that they offer a mix of personal challenges and serious competition on roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery. Each rider is assigned an electronic timing chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for the best time through highlighted sections of the course. There is no start to finish as in traditional racing formats, but timed sections count towards a rider’s competition time.
The Triple Bypass route changes every year. We’ll update this information when the 2023 route is announced, but in the meantime here’s a sampling of what you can expect from the 2022 route details. There were two routes to choose from. The Triple route spanned 107 miles and three passes: Juniper (15.4 miles — 3,444 ft Elevation gain); Loveland (3.8 Miles — 1,165 feet Elevation gain); and Vail (4.1 Miles — 764 feet Elevation gain). The Double spans 65 miles and starts in Georgetown, covering Loveland and Vail passes. Total elevation gain for the Triple and Double was +10,644 feet and +6,292 feet, respectively.
Most of the route is on closed roads or bike paths and escorted by Colorado State Patrol. The route includes four aid stations with great food and drink. Swag includes a complimentary jersey, full-ride support, a finished meal and beer, and timing. As this is a point-to-point race, you’ll need to manage logistics. However, Vail, as your ride destination, offers an amazing opportunity to relax and stay the night after a long day in the saddle.
It’s hard to find prior year participants with something bad to say about this event. Previous riders love the high alpine scenery and mostly car-free riding. Any event spanning 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing is difficult, but one important consideration for anyone considering the event for the first time in Rocky Mountain elevation. The event started in Evergreen, is 7,000 feet, and peeks at nearly 12,000 feet over Loveland pass. If you don’t live at altitude, you must allow enough time before the event to acclimate.